Archive | March, 2015

Back in the game

Documentary reveals Dayton’s latest reinvention tale Every city has a unique story to tell. Dayton’s story so happens to be one that begins with invention and, through decades of social and economic changes, has been transformed into a compelling story of reinvention. That story of reinvention is revealed time and time again in Dayton’s history […]

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Ask Rocco: 03/31

Negatives: If you want big numbers on the bench By Rocco Castellano When I was a kid (I say “kid” because I’m old enough to have kids in their 20s), I used to bench press an insane amount of weight. Everyone asked, “How the f**k can you do that?” The first thought was always, “he’s […]

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See the Falls. Trek the cave.

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Miami County Park District’s Charleston Falls Preserve By Janell R. Ward Photo: Charleston Falls Preserve features a 37-foot waterfall; photo: Terry Netzley How long has it been since you’ve seen wild Geraniums, Blue Bells and Solomon Seal flowers? Charleston Falls Preserve may have what you’ve been missing. This family-friendly park offers a relaxing habitat along […]

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Rollercoasters and rock and roll

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Hands-on learning at Boonshoft’s “Design Zone” By John Hamilton Photo: The “Design Zone” exhibition will be available until Sunday, May 3 at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Like any good parent out there, I’m sure you’re more than worried about how to educate and enlighten your child. You want to make sure they get a […]

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Get ready for a long hot summer at the movies


Film emerges from the cold post-Oscar doldrums with a fiery vengeance By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Iron Man reveals new armor in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” Ten years ago, the summer movie season began, in earnest, on Memorial Day Weekend. Back then, by late May, the mercury was finally starting to rise and audiences, especially […]

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Advice Goddess: 3/31

By Amy Alkon Eyes that light up a womb I’m a 35-year-old guy who’s doing online dating and who’s against having kids for moral reasons. Don’t get me wrong; I love kids. I just don’t think we need any more people on this crowded, violent planet. I’m wondering whether I should make the “no kids” […]

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Debate Forum: 03/31

Forum Center: A cure for apathy? By Sarah Sidlow Let’s make this clear: President Obama did not call for a constitutional amendment that would make voting mandatory. However, during a March appearance in Cleveland, Ohio, Obama did muse that mandatory voting was one strategy that could be useful in offsetting the power of political spending. […]

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News of the Weird: 3/31

By Chuck Shepherd The continuing crisis The trendy St. Pauli neighborhood in historic Hamburg, Germany, suffers its share of uncouth revelers who wander out from nightclubs seeking restroom facilities but too often choose walls of storefronts and private homes, reported London’s The Guardian in a March dispatch. The solution, according to the civic group IG […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 3/31

ISIS rising By Mark Luedtke Syria, Iraq and Libya have two important things in common from a U.S. policy perspective. First, all were relatively stable countries until the U.S. intervened in them. While none of the rulers of these countries were good guys, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld sold weapons to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein […]

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What a drag


Wright State’s Rainbow Alliance puts on the hits By Tor Simms Photo: Local drag troupe The Rubi Girls will host this year’s Wright State University Rainbow Alliance Drag Revue on April 3 If you wanted to raise some money to fund a scholarship, what would you do? You could have a bake sale, a car […]

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Men are from Mars…

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Pas de Deux: A wine not meant for me By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Biltmore Estates’ Pas de Deux As you know, the Wine Fairy brings me little gifts from time to time. These samples are generally accompanied by a press kit with tech information, tasting notes and some general information about the wine. I opened […]

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The Docket:03/31

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Bad timing A Dayton police detective stopped at a convenience store and was waiting in line to make a purchase. The man in front of him had a 12-pack of Yuengling beer and was complaining to the cashier that he didn’t have enough […]

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Hollywood Vampires awaken

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L.A. Guns at Oddbody’s By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: L.A. Guns drummer Steve Riley will perform with L.A. Guns April 4 at Oddbody’s; photo: James Garvin “We love touring all over the world, but there’s no place like playing in the U.S.,” exclaims L.A. Guns drummer Steve Riley. “The fans here are so knowledgeable and […]

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Sharon share alike

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Local musicians unite for Dayton icon By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Dayton musicians will gather Saturday to raise money for local staple Sharon Lane; photo: Jimmy Cummings When it comes to our local music scene, there are a few acts that are just quintessentially Dayton; musicians that can often be found performing in our bars and […]

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Armed and dangerous

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Arms Race head to Canal Public House By Rusty Pate Photo: [l-r] Kris Neises, Cole Bohanon, Justin Satinover and Tim Anderl of Arms Race will perform on April 4 at Canal Public House; photo: Lindsey Neises Arms Race formed in 2013, as a bit of a local super group. Members of the band have also […]

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Songs for a New World


Sinclair Theatre presents life, through music By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Andrè Tomlinson, Anna Sheldon, A.J. Breslin, Natalie Sanders and Skyler McNeely will perform Songs for a New World April 3-11 at Sinclair Community College; photo: Patti Celek It’s about one moment. The moment before it all becomes clear. The moment of decision. The precipice […]

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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 […]