Archive | May, 2015

News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy Birthday to You,” but to this day (until a judge renders a decision in a pending case), Warner/Chappel Music is still trying to make big dollars off of the 16-word ditty (15 original words plus […]

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Snow White for generation Z

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Local author’s dark fantasy series By Tim Walker Photo: Local author Rob E. Boley is in the process of releasing a nine-novel series, The Scarey Tales What happens when you combine a love for off-the-wall fairy tales, comics and old-time Universal Studios monsters, a penchant for fantastic fiction, and a real talent for storytelling and […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 5/26

Apple is flying high but it has to crash By Mark Luedtke As a general rule, when a stock goes parabolic, it’s time to sell. Currently the richest company in the world, Apple Inc., some analysts believe, has gone parabolic again. Apple had a parabolic move in 2000, right before the tech bubble popped and […]

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A berry good time

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Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; photo: Corie Schweser One of Miami Valley’s largest and most beloved festivals, the Troy Strawberry Festival, is here again for its 39th year to celebrate the community’s relationship to, well, the strawberry. But, let’s face it. […]

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Against the grain

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Family band Pure Grain hits Peach’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Mai Nguyen, founding director of Wright State University’s Asian/Hispanic/Native American Center Like wheat swaying gently in an Indiana prairie breeze, Pure Grain will blow into Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs this weekend to perform its brand of homespun, feel-good tunes and promote its latest release, […]

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Still bad to the bone

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George Thorogood and Brian Setzer co-headline Rose By Rusty Pate Photo: George Thorogood and the Destroyers will co-headline with Brian Setzer on June 2 at the Rose Music Center George Thorogood and the Destroyers have spent the better part of four decades recording and crisscrossing the country. Their raucous and hard-edged take on bar-band blues […]

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Building bridges

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Sinclair theatre program performs collaborative, Dayton-focused show By Tammy Newsom Photo: Sinclair Theatre presents “Building Bridges in Our Town” May 29-30; photo: Patti Celek One never knows where the next really big idea comes from. Gary Minyard, vice president of education & engagement at The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) wanted to improve literacy in Dayton […]

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Vietnamese-Americans: between two worlds

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Wright State’s Mai Nguyen chronicles plight of Vietnamese-Americans By Jim Hannah Photo: Mai Nguyen, founding director of Wright State University’s Asian/Hispanic/Native American Center She left her native Vietnam in 1974 to attend college in America, narrowly escaping the bloody Communist takeover of her homeland. It would be a quarter century until Mai Nguyen would return. […]

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Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – except one: She often passes gas and recently started belching audibly. She is a psychotherapist, dresses nicely and has great figure. However, she grew up in a male-dominated, military home. She thinks I’m “weird” and […]

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Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we have to pay attention to not only what we eat, but how we prepare our food. With the air getting warmer and grilling season upon us, you may be planning for a weekend filled with […]

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This is beer country

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Yuengling Bands and BBQ event returns to fairgrounds By Tor Simms Photo: Ann Ring and Stacia Burlingame unpack Yuengling at the annual Yuengling Bands and BBQ event, taking place this year May 31 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds On May 31, for $5 you can dance to country music, eat barbecue from the area’s finest […]

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Sushi Hana? I don’t wanna

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Is there such thing as a “disappointment roll?” By Paula Johnson Photo: The Tuna Tataki at Sushi Hana Sometimes you have a restaurant experience that almost seems surreal in its blundering awfulness. You leave, scratching your head and asking yourself, “Did that just really happen?” Before further elucidation, I’ll present the positive notes which bookended […]

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The repeatles

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DPO, Jeans ‘n Classics tackle Rubber Soul, Revolver By Tim Anderl Photo: Jeans ‘n Classics vocalists Leah Salomaa [left] and Kathryn Rose [right] will perform the music of Rubber Soul and Revolver the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra on May 30 In the lexicon of rock and roll history, Rubber Soul and Revolver, the sixth and seventh […]

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‘Tomorrowland’ is a day and paradise lost

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Brad Bird and George Clooney take audiences on an unfulfilling trip By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: George Clooney and Thomas Robinson as old and young Frank Walker in “Tomorrowland”; Rating: PG, Grade: C+ Is the world truly small after all? That’s the question that lingers with me days after watching Brad Bird’s new futuristic family-friendly fantasy. […]

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Blasts from the recent past

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Dashboard Confessional and Third Eye Blind hit Cincinnati By Alan Sculley Photo: Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional will perform on May 31 at PNC Pavilion; photo: David Bean Dashboard Confessional frontman Chris Carrabba knows that his band’s summer co-headlined tour with Third Eye Blind might seem like an unlikely pairing to some. After all, the […]

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Ask Rocco: 05/26

Prenatal vitamins and the false security they provide By Rocco Castellano Over the past few weeks you may have come to the realization that my wife is pregnant and that the health care system—specifically OB-GYN—sucks. At least from where I’m standing. We finally, at 34 f—ing weeks, were able to find an OB-GYN who didn’t […]

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Ready, Set, LEGO!

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Be prepared for LEGO dazzle and delight when the BrickUniverse Convention for LEGO Fans visits the Dayton Convention Center August […]

We all live in a ‘Yellow Submarine’

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Coinciding with the 50th anniversary and theatrical re-release of Yellow Submarine, animator Ron Campbell is bringing his Rock Art Show […]

Four headliners and more this week at Downtown’s Levitt

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Delhi 2 Dublin, Kyle Dillingham, Sol Driven Train, Lao Tizer Band Delhi 2 Dublin (l-r): Serena Eades, Sanjay Seran, Ravi […]

The Oregon’s Seafood Stalwart

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Carving out history Jay’s Seafood Restaurant is a longtime pillar of the Oregon District dining scene. It’s steeped in lore […]

Destination Yellow Springs

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Yellow Springs artist exhibited (times two) Yellow Springs painter Christine Klinger is showing her work at the Emporium/Underdog Café through […]