Archive | January, 2011

Blue Valentine

A dark bluesy ode to love By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R Grade: B+ “No Strings Attached” captured hearts and the opening weekend box office by giving audiences the same old, same old vision of love, which, in the end, isn’t really about love at all. Love doesn’t live at the multiplex; the reflection of it that […]

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News of the Weird – 01/26/11

News of the Weird By Chuck Shepherd Two hundred boredom “activists” gathered in London in December at James Ward’s annual banal-apalooza conference, “Boring 2010,” to listen to ennui-stricken speakers glorify all things dreary, including a demonstration of milk-tasting (in wine glasses, describing flavor and smoothness), charts breaking down the characteristics of a man’s sneezes for […]

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Critics Pick – Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts By Matt Clevenger Country megastars Rascal Flatts will be at Dayton’s Nutter Center this Friday, Jan. 28, performing with special guests Luke Bryan and Chris Young as part of their “Nothing Like This” tour. Known for a string of modern country hits including “Prayin’ for Daylight,” “Mayberry,” “Bless the Broken Road” and “Fast […]

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Critics pick – Nathan Kalish & the Wildfire

Nathan Kalish & the Wildfire By Kyle Melton Hailing from the unlikely locale of Grand Rapids, Mich., Nathan Kalish & The Wildfire deliver a sonic stew that sounds much more at home in a backwoods swamp. The band is currently out on tour in support of their latest album, Waterbirds, on which they combine muscular […]

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Critics pick – Kid Rock

Kid Rock By Matt Clevenger Straight from the Motor City, American Badass Kid Rock will bring his over-the-top live show to Ervin J. Nutter Center on Saturday, Jan. 29. On tour supporting his new album, Born Free, Rock has come a long way since the days of “Cowboy,” “Bawitdaba” and his short-lived marriage to Pamela […]

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The Advice Goddess – 01/26/11

The Advice Goddess Amy Alkon FIRST QUESTION — You Make Loving Fund My wife and I have been married four months after dating a year. She’s 40; I’m 34. Before we married, we agreed (because of our values) that the man pays the daily living expenses (rent/mortgage, bills, taxes, groceries). She said I should never […]

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Hail the Ale

The art of craft beer in Dayton By Kevin Gray It’s a snowy Friday night in early January and I’m navigating traffic to get to South Park Tavern to meet Joe Waizmann, founder of AleFest, Dayton’s largest annual beer tasting. The week has been long and I’m eager for a pint. Despite the weather, I […]

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Green with anticipation

Your Spring Garden is just around the corner By Valerie Beerbower With January’s snow and frigid temperatures, it can be hard to picture yourself outside, up to your elbows in soil, preparing your garden or landscape, but because spring really is just around the corner, there’s no better time to hone your gardening skills—and the […]

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The Proof

Celebrating the History of Dayton Music By Kyle Melton For nearly 50 years, the humble metropolis of Dayton has given to the world a number of genre-defining musical acts that have gone largely unnoticed at home. Some have served as beacons for music lovers the world over, elevating Dayton to near-mythical status as an unlikely […]

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Hometown Glory

Why Dayton beats to the sound of its own drum By Keith Bange When most people speak of their hometown and the pride that they take in the things that make their town what it is, music is a very large part in some circles. A local music scene is a very important cog in […]

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The beauty of ‘Fidelio’

When Beethoven’s health failed him, his genius did not By Pat Suarez In 1801, Beethoven was in despair over his increasing hearing loss. In his words, “Let me tell you that my most prized possession, my hearing, has greatly deteriorated. Needless to say, I am resolved to overcome all this, but how will it be […]

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Greatness thrust upon us

Human Race presents ‘Twelfth Night’ By Brian P. Sharp The Human Race Theatre Company is gearing up for “Twelfth Night.”  A play originally written by William Shakespeare is set, for this production, in the 1920s. Under the direction of Aaron Vega, a Wright State University graduate and the youngest director in the history of The […]

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PechaKucha Night in Dayton

The coolest thing you haven’t heard of and can’t pronounce By Nicole Wroten PechaKucha. (Japanese: ペチャクチャ, IPA: [pet͡ɕa ku͍̥t͡ɕa][1], chit chat) Funny word, right? So, what does it mean? Sounds kind of like Pikachu. No, that’s not it. A new sushi place? The latest model from Toyota? The eternal partner of Hello Kitty? It draws […]

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Law and Disorder – 01/26/11

Stranded in my driveway, branded a fool? By Isabel A. Suárez I own a sports car that has transmission problems, which needs to be completely replaced.  Due my current financial situation, I cannot afford to have the repairs done in the near future. I have been told by my insurance company that I need to […]

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Sing and Spell

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” premieres at the Dayton Playhouse By Brian P. Sharp “The word is HILARIOUS.” “Can you use that in a sentence, please?” “Dayton Playhouse’s ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ is HILARIOUS.” Dayton Playhouse will be presenting their next production of the 2010-11 season this week. And what […]

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Debate Forum Topic 01/26/11

To raise or not to raise? At the current rate at which the U.S. is spending money, experts predict that the country will exceed the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling currently approved by federal law by the end of March. Government officials from both political parties agree that under no circumstances would it be acceptable for […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]