Archive | February, 2015

From cell to stage

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Groundbreaking opera piques Dayton’s interest By Eric Street Photo: Composer Jake Heggie; photo: Art Clarity An extraordinary event is about to take place in the Mead Theater of the Schuster Center: the first Midwest production in a decade of the gripping contemporary opera, Dead Man Walking. Composed by Jake Heggie to a libretto by Terrence […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 2/24

The root problem By Mark Luedtke If you fell for the Ebola fearmongering last year, you might fear the Disneyland measles outbreak is the new Black Death. Fearmongering dominates reporting on the measles outbreak. The Hill reports, “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden on Sunday warned that the U.S. could see […]

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Homegrown harmonies

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National Sing-Off Live Tour in Troy By Tara Pettit Photo: Street Corner Symphony will perform at Hobart Arena as part of The Sing-Off Live Tour on March 21 NBC’s hit TV series, The Sing-Off, which showcases several a cappella singing groups competing for the first place prize that includes a Sony Music recording contract, is making its way […]

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Fashionable fundraising


Annual AWear Affair Fashion Show Luncheon at Sinclair By Katie Christoff Photo: Leslie Solganik takes to the runway at the 2014 AWear Affair Fashion Show A cancer diagnosis is a scary thing to face, and can leave anyone feeling completely alone. For women, that’s where the Noble Circle Project comes in. The Dayton-based organization, free […]

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Ask Rocco: 2/24

Stop bench pressing, dumbass! By Rocco Castellano Photo: Composer Jake Heggie; photo: Art Clarity When I was 17 years old I was working for my cousin in a gym that would later become mine. At the North Jersey Health Club, I noticed many of the members, including myself, had sustained shoulder injuries. If it wasn’t […]

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Chew on this: 2/24

Be your own nutrition sleuth By Jayne Powers Photo: Composer Jake Heggie; photo: Art Clarity You may have read the headlines – Tomato-rich diet ‘reduces prostate cancer risk’ or Overweight people ‘live longer,’ study claims. Headlines like these might pique your interest to read more and follow the advice to achieve a healthier you. But […]

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The Docket: 02/24

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Hey, bud Officers responded to a call about a possible dead body hunched over in a car. When they arrived they found the man to be barely breathing. When the car door was opened officers immediately smelled an overpowering scent of marijuana. Once […]

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On the beat

Observations from an observant mind By Jim Bucher Hello all! Hope you had a great week. I did, thanks for asking. So, thought I’d share some things I came across recently in my travels and travails. Did you by chance catch the wonderful show, “Family Shots” at the Human Race Theatre Company’s Loft Theatre? Written […]

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Joyful noise

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Clemency makes Gem City debut at Bob’s By Rusty Pate Photo: Jason and Paul Watkins began writing music together in Oklahoma during high school There’s something about brothers and rock ‘n’ roll that just seems to make magic. From Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks to Chris and Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes, […]

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News of the weird: 02/24

By Chuck Shepherd Lead story – Weird news you can use It turns out that a person having a heart attack is usually safer to be in an ambulance headed to a hospital than to already be a patient in a hospital, according to a study by University of North Carolina researchers. It takes longer, […]

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Come Helen Highwater


Bluegrass tag-team including Balsam Range at MU By Joyell Nevins Photo: Balsam Range will perform Saturday, Feb. 28 at Miami University, Hamilton What is the mark of a truly great musician? Is it someone who plays for the joy of playing and the love of music – not for the money and glory? If so, […]

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‘Mr. Turner’ bears his artistic soul

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Filmmaker offers an appreciation of an artist much like himself By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Marion Bailey as Sophia Booth and Timothy Spall as J.M.W. Turner in “Mr. Turner” In the current world of British cinema, there is likely no greater practitioner of the art form than Mike Leigh. Over the years, he has fine-tuned a […]

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El hamburger?


Sammy’s El Pueblo: Mexican and gourmet burgers By Paula Johnson Photo: The Pick Three Platter with Chile Relleno, Chile Mixto and Pork Tamale at Sammy’s El Pueblo The end of February is not a time for delicate hints of flavor, subtle notes of spice or wisps of well, anything. PIP (Palate In Progress) and I […]

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Where were you when…


UD theatre presents “One Sunday in Birmingham” By Janell R. Ward Photo: Gloria Humphrey, who plays the lead role, and her mother Dalisse Humphrey, also a cast member; photo: James Wynn It was a Sunday morning when four girls lost their lives. That morning, in 1963, the girls arrived at the 16th Street Baptist Church […]

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Advice Goddess: 2/24

By Amy Alkon Beak experience I recently started dating this new girl. I asked her whether her lips and boobs are real (and it turns out they are). However, I did call her out on having a nose job. She admitted it but seemed kind of upset. It’s the truth. And she’s beautiful, however she […]

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Debate Forum: 02/24


Debate Center: Who’s in charge here, anyway? By Sarah Sidlow A coalition of 26 states led by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s November executive orders on immigration. This move, which the White House has promised to appeal, will give the states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to […]

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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 […]