Archive | June, 2014

From mummies to meerkats


Plenty to discover at Boonshoft By Joyell Nevins Photo: Children play at the Boonshoft Museum’s Water Table; photo: Kristy Creel Discovery: a word associated with eye-opening wonder and new ideas. Where your mind is stretched beyond its current capabilities. Where the world you think you know is bigger and more intricate than you realized.  Such is […]

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On the beat

High gas prices give me gas! By Jim Bucher OK, time for my ongoing rant against the oil companies and high gas prices. But first, a couple of observations: How come gas goes up 30 cents in two minutes, but drops a couple of cents every week? By the time it gets to something I […]

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Debate forum: 06/24

No Humor

Forum Center: Ice cream truck music threatens to divide the Union By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers A common song to hear jingling from an ice cream truck on a summer’s day is “Turkey in the Straw.” The tune has its Scots-Irish heritage and is quite old, but an NPR story a couple months ago […]

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Dayton’s travel(ing) photographer


Bill Franz debuts in Dayton and beyond By Melissa Markham Photo: “Made in America,” by Bill Franz Behind every image lies a story. A simple facial expression captured by a camera’s lens holds endless tales of victory and loss, and there are so many stories yet to be told. What began as a pursuit of a […]

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Sounds of summer


Four picks to sizzle your speakers By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: La Sera // Hour of the Dawn // Hardly Art   La Sera // Hour of the Dawn // Hardly Art Former Vivian Girl Katy Goodman turns up the noise on Hour of The Dawn, the third album from her project, La Sera. In […]

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It Figlios so good


A wood-fired pizza treat with endless possibilities By Paula Johnson Photo: The build-your-own-pizza option at Figlio provides over 3 trillion different possible topping combinations It’s an axiom in the industry that nothing fails faster than a restaurant started by a bunch of lawyers or doctors. These businesses almost always tank, due to the lack of commitment […]

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Look! Up in the sky…

Crowds and performers at Saturday's Dayton Air Show

Vectren Dayton Air Show spotlights Dayton’s history of aviation By Rusty Pate Photo: One of the most popular air show attractions, The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will return to the 2014 Vectren Dayton Air Show on June 28-29; photo: Tim Gaffney It might be easy to take for granted the importance Dayton holds in the world […]

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‘Black Mayors, White Majorities’

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Author includes former Dayton mayor  Rhine McLin in new book By Leo DeLuca Photo: Author Ravi K. Perri with his new book, “Black Mayors, White Majorities”; photo: The Blade/Dave Zapotosky Former Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin is a central subject in “Black Mayors, White Majorities,” a new book by Ohio native Ravi Perry (Ph.D, Brown University, 2009). […]

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The pulse on the Plaza


Troy Summer Music Concert Series is in season By Gary Spencer Photo: The Troy Summer Music Concert Series runs through Sept. 1 at Prouty Plaza; photo: Troy Main Street It always brings a smile to my face when an underdog manages to overachieve. This could very well be applied to the city of Troy, Ohio, as […]

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Streets alive!


Local favorite event returns with a bang By Katie Fender Photo: Troy Streets Alive returns Friday, June 27 at 5 p.m. in downtown Troy; photo: Troy Main Street Presented by Troy Main Street, the back-by-popular-demand event, Troy Streets Alive, returns to downtown Troy from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, June 27. In 2012, Troy Streets Alive made […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo


Slimmed down summer travel By Caroline Shannon-Karasik A large part of crawling out of winter hibernation and into the days of spring and summer involves the excitement of exploring new places. Whether you are off to your favorite amusement park or indulging in a tropical vacation, chances are likely the warmer days ahead will involve some […]

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Similar skin


Umphrey’s McGee at Fraze Pavilion By Alan Sculley Photo: Umphrey’s McGee will perform on June 28 at Fraze Pavilion; photo: Chris Monaghan Umphrey’s McGee is known for playing a diverse range of rock music. Their live sets, which sometimes run upwards of three hours, can run the gamut from expansive prog-ish rock – “Day Nurse” –  […]

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Is Jo Nebsø Scandinavian fiction’s Elmore Leonard?


Adaptation of ‘Jackpot’ hangs out among the riff raff By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Henrik Mestad as Solør and Arthur Berning as Billy Utomjordet in “Jackpot”; Rating: R, Grade: B- I’ve spent the last few years investigating a specific niche subset of the criminal underworld: the seedy realm of Scandinavian crime fiction. It is much more distinct […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Obama unleashed By Mark Luedtke With the 2014 election all but sure to be a wave election for Republicans, President Obama must feel he’s finally unleashed to do things he’s wanted to do for over five years, but was reluctant to because of political consequences. For those of us who put in the work before […]

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Fortunate son

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Human jukebox Nick Mitchell releases new album By Kyle Melton Photo: [l to r] Marty Romie, Jay Scott, Scot Givens and Nick Mitchell of the Skeptical Cats; photo: Pam Mitchell For musicians, the idea of making a living by playing music is the dream. Many musicians work hard at their craft and struggle to find an […]

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Getting the skinny


Upcoming documentary sparks debate over BMI testing By Matt Bayman Photo: [l to r] Award-winning filmmaker Mike Webber, Bailey Webber and Maddy edit film for the upcoming release; photo: Serif Cinar Most Americans agree there is an obesity problem in the United States. But whether or not children as young as kindergarten age should be subjected […]

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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]