Archive | January, 2015

A community concoction


Dayton Brew Ha-Ha: fermentation, libation, education By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Shane Juhl, owner of Toxic Brew Company holds up a glass at Brew Ha-Ha 2014 Picture a science classroom with a large pot of water, held at a stable temperature, steaming away on a burner. Given supplies of malted grains, hops and other ingredients, students […]

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We come in peace

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The Peace Corps Experience in Dayton By Tammy Newsom Photo: Sara Kacvinsky wears funeral attire from Ghana; photo: Patsy Ferrell Some readers may recall President John F. Kennedy’s famous 1961 inaugural address that served as a call to order for young volunteers entering the Peace Corps. “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can […]

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Bluegrass at the Mayflower


Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers at Mayflower Arts Center By Rick Eichhorn Photo: [l – r] Vickie Abbott, Ma Crow, Trina Emig and Margie Drees of Ma Cros and the Lady Slippers Bluegrass music has a rich history in the Miami Valley. Take the Corndrinkers, for example. Based in the Miami Valley, they’ve been […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 01/27

Bad actions have terrible consequences By Mark Luedtke There’s no such thing as freedom from consequences of actions. If you poke a stick into a hornets’ nest, you can expect to get stung. If you poke a stick at a rabid dog, you can expect to get bitten. If you oppress and kill thousands of […]

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Hear them roar

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Troy’s Miss May I headlines in Cincinnati By Tim Anderl Photo: Troy’s Miss May I will perform at Bogart’s in Cincinnati on Feb. 4; photo: Travis Shinn For a young man, just years into his 20s, former Dayton native Levi Benton has a lot on his shoulders. Not only is he facing some of his […]

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Madman across the water


Dayton Philharmonic, Jeans ‘n Classics celebrate Elton John By Rick Eichhorn Photo: Jeans ‘n Classics Founder/Owner Peter Brennan To be sure, Jeans ‘n Classics is definitely not a tribute band. What they are is a crazy concoction of more than 30 members, who understand orchestra culture, that pull out all the stops when teaming up […]

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Advice goddess: 01/27

By Amy Alkon Urning curve My boyfriend of eight months was with his ex for almost five years. Unfortunately, she passed two years ago. I have sympathy for him, but occasionally he’ll call me by her name, and it’s really upsetting. I feel like she’s haunting his brain, and I don’t know how to do […]

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The rock that will save us all

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Red Hot Rebellion’s “mission” to save the world By Gary Spencer Photo: Red Hot Rebellion will perform at Blind Bob’s on Jan. 31 Contemporary punk rock could be seen as a very limited music genre – there are certain expectations of what punk bands can do musically and otherwise, which seems ironic given the original […]

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The heart wants dance

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company premieres “HeartShakes” By Arnecia Patterson Photo: The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company presents “HeartShakes” Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Scott Robbins An early celebration of relationships will be in the Valentine’s Day air when Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) premieres its latest full-length ballet, “HeartShakes.” With “HeartShakes” […]

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News of the weird: 01/27

With Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Spidey sense gets real Among the breakthroughs demonstrated by the computer chip company Intel’s RealSense system is a cocktail dress from Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht that not only senses the wearer’s “mood,” but also acts to repel (or encourage) strangers who might approach the wearer. Sensors (including small LED […]

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Kind of blue


Bluesman Keb’ Mo’ at Cincinnati’s Taft Theater By Rusty Pate Photo: Keb’ Mo’ will perform on Jan. 29 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati Since his 1994 self-titled debut, Kevin Moore has been viewed as a sort of harbinger of the seemingly continuous roots blues revival. While the larger blues community is littered with all […]

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Debate Forum: 01/27


Forum Center: The highs, the sighs (and the lies?) By Sarah Sidlow Last week, President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address, in front of a congress fully controlled by Republicans for the first time in his presidency. His address, which ran just shy of an hour, called for a number of […]

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Painted worlds


The Art of Brian Chu and Shiao-Ping Wang By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Shiao-Ping Wang, “Waves,” acrylic on canvas Painting has persevered as a dominant artistic medium for centuries. Artists continue to develop personal voices and innovative ideas within the established tradition, sustaining a practice that is a versatile vehicle for expression. Brian Chu and […]

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Ask Rocco: 01/27

Sugar daddy drama By Rocco Castellano If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s so-called fitness gurus spewing falsehoods without even doing the research. I hear it all the time from some of the top fitness pros around the world: “Sugar’s bad for you … watch your sugar intake, blah, blah, blah.” I’m going to […]

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UD’s “performance installation” explores faith and reason By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Alexandra Damiani, Michelle Hayford, Jenn Freitag, Luke Frazier and Ohana Garcia-Isgut [center] rehearse for “(ir)reconcilable: A New Devised Play Exploring Faith and Reason” University of Dayton’s (UD) upcoming “(ir)reconcilable: A New Devised Play Exploring Faith and Reason” is not just a play. It’s […]

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The Docket: 01/27

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove They always come back… Officers pulled a U-turn to conduct a stop on a car with illegal window tint. The car accelerated quickly, made a left turn out of sight and then slowed back down after police caught up. After citing the driver […]

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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 […]