Archive | August, 2010

Rock

The Motel Beds By Kyle Melton In a year thus far that has witnessed numerous excellent local releases, The Motel Beds offer their second for 2010. Following up on the January release of their sprawling sonic episode, Moondazed, the Beds return this weekend with its follow-up, Feelings. While more focused than their previous release, Feelings […]

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Get Low

Robert Duvall lays His Burden Down In Engaging Indie Dramedy By T.T. Stern-Enzi Based in part on the true story of a legendary Tennessee loner from the 1930s, Get Low starts with a fever dream, a house afire and a figure, a man who dives from an upper story window and staggers off as the […]

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The Switch

Miramax Pulls A Switcheroo On Audiences By T.T. Stern-Enzi Despite the fact that her post-Friends big screen career hasn’t exactly earned her any new friends or fans, Jennifer Aniston curiously continues to snag top billing. When was she ever a box office draw though? The Break-Up might qualify as a hit, but the laughs came […]

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News Of The Weird

By Chuck Shepherd Government in Action_______ Though volunteers got the project started in May, Ventnor City, NJ, continued through the summer to seek financial donations to finish the new restrooms that provide relief for those visiting the town’s Atlantic shore. Said Commissioner Stephen Weintrob, “How would someone like to have a toilet named after themselves, […]

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House of Thai

Goddesses of Cuisine By Elizabeth Fields Hogue Kenerly I’ve written a few articles in the past about the Asian Culinary Goddesses of Dayton: Japanese and Vietnamese. I will now add Thai to this growing list of culinary masters who have migrated to the Miami Valley. First, I must admit that I don’t like all Asian […]

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Ruckus Roboticus

Perfecting The Art Of Turntablism By Kathleen Cahill In a music scene dominated by masculinity and aggressive sounds, Ruckus Roboticus brings new meaning to turntablism. When thinking about turntablism, the first thing to come to most people’s minds is crude scratching of records over top of hip-hop beats. Not often can a musician break outside […]

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The House In My Head

By Jud Yalkut “The House in My Head” is a group exhibition running through Sunday, August 29 at the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati that explores perceptions of the house as a fantasy architectural form. Artists included are: Keith Benjamin (associate professor of art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati) who reconstructs consumer packing; Tracy […]

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Sign Language Astrology

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) The show must go on, they say, and performers dedicated to this principle have endured tremendous hardship in order to make sure their team isn’t let down by their mishap. How much of your suffering can you put aside to spare others its consequences? How much are you willing to? Those […]

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Get Outside

Get Out And Bike. By Valerie Beerbower From the historical significance of the Wright Brothers to the upcoming downtown hub, cycling has always played a prominent role in the Miami Valley. Most residents who live near or frequently use the region’s extensive bikeway system can tell you where the trails are and perhaps even where […]

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Illustrating Peace

Frank Swift’s Planet Gazimbo In Galaxy Zamz’ By Jud Yalkut The Planet Gazimbo in Galaxy Zamz is an earth-like planet with water, mountains, plants, animals, fruit and flowers, peopled by Garbles, Gazoopers, Gams and the egoistic ruling Gumblies. The delightful illustrated story of this planet reveals how it escaped from the brink of war and […]

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Debate Forum Center 08/25/10

Should Jet Blue Flight Attendant Steven Slater Be Treated As Folk Hero? This month, one of the top stories making the news didn’t involve President Obama, the economy, the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq, or irrational statements by the leaders of Iran or Venezuela. It was the story of Steven Slater, a fed-up flight attendant […]

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Debate Forum Left 08/25/10

Out Of The Clear Jet Blue By J.T. Ryder JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater’s obscenity laden rant (just before grabbing a couple of Blue Moon beers for the road and deploying the friendly sky slip and slide) has become a rallying cry for those feeling that they are among the oppressed, harried and abused working […]

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Debate Forum Right 08/25/10

Steven Slater Is No Hero By Gregory D. Lee Former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater reminds me of “Johnny” in Airplane! His frolics aboard his plane, while at a gate at JFK international airport in New York City, are reminiscent of the flamboyant gay actor, Steven Stucker. He played the air control tower worker who […]

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The Advice Goddess

Bye Now! (Pay Later) There’s never a good time to break up with your girlfriend, but there is a really bad time, and that’s what I chose. I did it over the phone as she was boarding a plane to attend her best friend’s wedding. I thought it would be good for her to be with […]

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The Blessing Of The Animals

A Thoughtful New Work From Local Author Katrina Kittle By Lara Donnelly Oakwood author Katrina Kittle’s latest novel, The Blessings of the Animals ($14.99, 464 pages, Harper Peren-nial), is a thoughtful look at marriage in all its various forms. Inspired by two back-to-back radio stories on National Public Radio, one emphasizing whether marriage was necessary […]

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Maroon 5 Comes To The Fraze

Riding High Maroon 5 Brings Hits And New Music To Fraze By Alan Sculley No one would suggest that Maroon 5 hasn’t had a good run since releasing its debut CD, Songs About Jane, in 2002. But one thing that, in at least one important way, hasn’t been easy for the band has been its […]

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Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]