Archive | April, 2014

‘Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt’ – Mark Twain

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Dayton Opera presents grandiose Aida By Eric Street photo: Jon Silla; Love among the pyramids! Heartbreak by the Nile! And it’s all set against the monumental splendors of sun-washed ancient Egypt, presented to you by the formidable combined forces of the Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. This season’s final Dayton Performing Arts […]

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The bare necessities


Dayton natives do more with less By Rusty Pate Photo: “I thought the reason we were discontented was just because we didn’t make much money.” – Joshua Fields Millburn   The brilliant comedian George Carlin once had a routine about “stuff.” While the multi-layered genius could never be conveyed on this written page, the crux of […]

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Sister act


Tegan and Sara ‘make things physical’ By Tim Anderl Photo: Tegan and Sara perform Thursday, May 8 at The Madison Theater in Covington, Ky; photo: Chris Buck The Quin sisters spent 2012 at the mercy of fate, which ultimately worked to their benefit. At the end of 2011, Tegan and Sara announced 2012 would bring the follow up […]

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Miss Maha and the City

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A month of moms, models and music By Maha Kashani Photo: DE-FI Models put a spotlight on fashion in Dayton Dear sunshine, how I’ve missed you! April Showers have brought those long awaited May flowers, and oh how I’m enjoying each and every one of them. After that brutal winter, I’m taking advantage of every opportunity […]

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Commentary forum: 4/29

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Debate Center: City tax may be permanent, at least until it changes again By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter The year 1984 was a big one in Dayton. The city was recovering after a big recession swept the land. People in town were introduced to Madonna. Consumers could finally get one of Apple’s personal computers. The […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Last chance for a tax revolt  By Mark Luedtke There’s a long, patriotic history of tax revolts in America. The Boston Tea Party is the most famous. The Whiskey Rebellion occurred during George Washington’s presidency after big whiskey producers in the east conspired with Alexander Hamilton to tax the whiskey produced by small farmers in […]

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‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’: In search of genius


The story behind the greatest film never made By T.T. Stern-Enzi photo: Alejandro Jodorowsky’s, unscussessful attempt at adapting the science fiction novel, “Dune” is the focus of Director Frank Pavich’s The old adage goes that the greatest journeys begin with that single first step, but what about the epic odyssey you and a band of merry […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

Gluten-free snacking By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Listen, sweet peas: I’m all about the occasional snack. I love a little nosh just like the rest of you and actually think it’s a necessary part of a well-balanced healthy diet. But you might remember a little time in the 1980s when people thought every label that said “low-fat” […]

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Four legs good, two legs bad


Zoot Theatre Company presents ‘Animal Farm’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Zoot Theatre Company presents Animal Farm the next two weekends at Dayton Art Institute; photo: Bill Franz “‘Animal Farm’ is a natural for puppets,” Darren Brown, one of Zoot Theatre Company’s core ensemble of actor/puppeteers said. As performed by Dayton’s own creative puppet company, you may […]

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Why should the fire die?

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Nickel Creek play Taft Theatre By Justin Kreitzer Photo:  Nickel Creek perform on May 6 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati; photo: Brantley Gutierrez To celebrate their 25th anniversary as a band, Nickel Creek – the trio featuring mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Sean Watkins and violinist Sara Watkins – have returned from a nine-year hiatus to […]

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Forget the food court

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Spinoza’s is fresh and delicious By Brian P. Sharp photo: Spinoza’s suggests ordering pizzas side by side, for those who can’t choose between their 16 choices On a recent Friday evening, I went with a friend to Spinoza’s Pizza and Salads inside the Fairfield Commons Mall. Certainly, we have all experienced mall food courts or chain […]

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On the beat

What will you do this summer? By Jim Bucher The title of this article sounds a lot like that horror film some years back – “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” Well, this column is by no means here to frighten you, but it could be if the kids are out of school for […]

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Arm wars


PUSH Dayton’s Ladies Arm Wrestling Event By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Melissa “Slay West” Fowler and Aja Delaney; photo: Cecilia Fox You can hear it from halfway down Fifth Street. The shouts of the crowd muted by the walls of the Trolley Stop, only to be let loose in a roaring deluge as the doors swing […]

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Seasons in exile

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Lysura bring black metal rituals back home By Gary Spencer Photo: Lysura perform Friday, May 2 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Luke Ryan; Dread Pirate Photography For many musicians who grew up in the Gem City or honed their skills here in Dayton, eventually the time comes when a new environment becomes necessary. This can take the […]

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Next time, don’t wait for Earth Day! By Stacey Ritz Photo: The Sugarcreek Farmers’ Market offers a wide variety of local organic produce; photo: Sally Skelly Earth Day was born from reaction to a massive oil spill in the waters near Santa Barbara, Calif. in 1969. April 22, 2014 will mark the 44th anniversary of Earth […]

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Heavy metal Cosby kid

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Jim Breuer brings the laughs to Dayton’s Funny Bone By Zach Rogers Photo: Jim Breuer will perform at Dayton Funny Bone on April 25 and 26; photo: Gregory Pallante Goat Boy. “Half Baked.” Metallica. All of these things could easily be used to describe comedian Jim Breuer, yet they’re all just one side of the famous […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]