Archive | July, 2015

Apples and oranges


Farmers markets produce more than ever By Paula Johnson Did you know you can pet an alpaca and do yoga at Dayton farmers markets? Talk to the guy who baked your bread this morning and the folks who made the honey you just bought? Pick up a handmade ceramic piece or a painting? Hear live […]

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Bring it back


God Bless and Asher Jones take hip-hop RnR to Bob’s By Christian Roerig Photo: God Bless and Asher Jones (GB&AJ) will perform July 31 at Blind Bob’s A few years ago, the future of God Bless and Asher Jones was uncertain. A few years prior, the band quickly jumped out as a stand-out in the […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 7/28

The problem in Greece: Socialists ran out of other people’s money By Mark Luedtke Apologies to Margaret Thatcher for the title. One of the ironclad laws of economics is if something is unsustainable, it will end. Socialism, a system of theft and violence against the people, is unsustainable, and it’s ending in Greece—as it will […]

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A twisted take


Local author looks west for dark first novel By Tim Walker Photo: Local author Ryan Ireland has always had a soft spot for western themes When you think of writers penning intellectual novels, books that offer imaginative as well as visceral thrills, you rarely think of books published in the Western genre. Posses and cattle […]

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Advice Goddess: 7/28

By Amy Alkon   Emotion Sickness Last week, my girlfriend was all annoyed about something (something relatively unimportant). I’m normally not a bad listener, but I was getting stressed out just hearing about this. I blurted out, “Calm down!” and she really flipped, yelling, “DON’T TELL ME TO CALM DOWN!” It took me forever (and […]

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Eat at Sam and Ethel’s


It’s the same menu, not the same food By Paula Johnson Photo: The dinner-plate sized blueberry pancake at Sam and Ethel’s That’s a quote from PIP (Palate In Progress) as we critiqued our breakfast at Tipp City’s Sam and Ethel’s Restaurant. We arrived on a mild Sunday morning a little after 10 to find a […]

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Chew on this: 07/28

Rediscover your drive By Jayne Powers On a hot, muggy July afternoon, I bolted out of my apartment to take a hard and fast ride down the Crescent Trail to Thompson Boat Center near the Potomac River in Washington, DC. I felt revved up to hit the trail after a stressful day, knowing that I […]

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Hobart Urban Nature Preserve


A piece of Heaven in the middle of the city By Tor Simms Photo: The Hobart Urban Nature Preserve has its own ecosystem that supports a 3-acre wildlife pond; photo: Miami County Park District If someone were to ask you what are some of the Miami County’s best kept secrets, one of your replies should […]

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On the beat: 07/28


Comedian Jimmy Pardo: Never not funny By Jim Bucher Photo: Comedian Jimmy Pardo will perform July 25at Wiley’s Comedy Club In life, I’ve noticed there’s a handful of people you meet that make an impression on you. They can be friends, acquaintances or someone who you don’t talk to for a while, but when you […]

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news of the weird 7/28/2015

  Outsourcing Among the protesters at New York City’s Gay Pride Parade the Sunday after the Supreme Court’s historic gay-marriage decision was a group of men outfitted in Jewish prayer garments representing the Jewish Political Action Committee, carrying signs reading, for example, “Judaism prohibits homosexuality.” However, the men were very likely not Jewish—and actually Mexican […]

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Pump up the give


Charity rocks Miami Valley Music Fest By Gary Spencer Photo: Singer-songwriter Sharon Lane will perform at this year’s Miami Valley Music Festival, taking place July 31 and Aug. 1 There are rarely definites in life, but when it comes to summers, there are a couple—warm weather and music festivals topping the list. And during the […]

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One miscue on the path to glory


Jake Gyllenhaal takes it on the chin in ‘Southpaw’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jake Gyllenhaal as Billy Hope in “Southpaw”; Rating: R, Grade: D+ Jake Gyllenhaal has been working his way up the contender’s list since earning an Academy Award nomination (Supporting Actor) for “Brokeback Mountain,” which was released back in 2005. At the time, […]

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Ask Rocco: 07/28

Obviously Congress is trying to kill us By Rocco Castellano   If you are a human being in America, it is time for you to wake the f–k up and know that our government is literally run by idiots and assholes. This new law, which is likely to pass, proves my point exactly. Known as […]

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Stuck in the ’80s


DPAA’s Rewind: Music of the ’80s By CC Hutten Photo: Grammy Award-winner Sheena Easton will perform with the DPO for Rewind: Celebrating the Music of the ’80s Rewind: Celebrating the Music of the ’80s is the grand finale of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s partnership with the City of Dayton’s Summer in the City, having […]

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The Docket: 07/28

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Amanda Dee   What’s at steak? “$85.85 worth of meet [sic],” apparently. An officer arrived to a grocery store on a theft call and asked where exactly the crime took place. The loss prevention employee disclosed that the dog food section was the scene of […]

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To the Max

Pictured: (L-R) Harvey, Fee and Foo in new animated series, HARVEY BEAKS, coming to Nickelodeon in 2015. 
Photo Credit:  Nickelodeon. ©2015 Viacom International, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

Dayton-grown pint-sized actor voices new Nickelodeon cartoon By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Harvey Beaks and his friends Fee and Foo on the Nickelodeon show Harvey Beaks; image courtesy of Nickelodeon Max Charles is a little guy with a big career. At just 11 years old, the Oakwood native has already acted for the big screen and […]

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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 […]