Archive | December, 2015

2015: Lies

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Torrent of diarrhea By Benjamin Tomkins Photo: “Trump has managed to insult twice as many people as Hitler, and that’s assuming that Hitler was categorically hated by everyone in the known universe.” There is a reason Father Time only makes it a year before he hacks his head off with a scythe and turns over […]

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2015: Film

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Under the radar selections for 2015 By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart star in “Clouds of Sils Maria” Every year, there are simply too many releases for a hardworking critic like myself to take in, especially when you consider how many never reach our market. Thanks to festivals and an astonishing number […]

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Drinking the stars

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The Naked Vine Guide to Champagne and sparkling wine By Mike Rosenberg Photo: “There’s nothing quite like the ritual of cracking open a bottle of celebratory bubbly.” Dom Perignon, the monk who popularized the concept of carbonated wine apocryphally stated, “Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!” upon opening a bottle in the wine caves […]

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2015: Sex

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 The world is your oyster By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: “We are committed to supporting the development of safe and effective treatments for female sexual dysfunction.” – Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Raise your hand if you’re excited and maybe also a little confused about the state […]

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Debate Forum 12/29/15

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Subtext 2015’s language ends with a 💥 By Sarah Sidlow Hold the phone! No, literally, hold your phone. Within that device lies 2015’s Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year. Now, you may be thinking the possibilities are seemingly endless; your phone holds all sorts of technology, information and access that one wouldn’t have dreamed imaginable 10 […]

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Ask Rocco 12/29/15

… and what a F–ked up year it’s been By Rocco Castellano The fun part about writing a weekly column is that you are able to address the stupidity as you see fit as current events unravel. One problem … the idiots came out in droves this year and it was too overwhelming to fit […]

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Coming to you live, from Dayton!

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Gem City touring highlights of 2015 By Gary Spencer Photo: Weird Al Yankovic’s appearance at Fraze this summer was one to be remembered Well gang, 2015 is about to come to an end. Time flies when you’re having fun, and judging by staggering amount of good touring acts that came to the Gem City this […]

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What you missed

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Best overlooked albums of 2015 By Alan Sculley Photo: JD McPherson, Let The Good Times Roll (2015) As I scan my list of the best albums of 2015 that didn’t get nearly the attention they deserved, I realize I like this group of albums better than the albums that made my top 10 CDs of […]

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Be steel my art

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A visit with Hamilton Dixon, steel sculptor By Bill Franz Photo: Hamilton Dixon’s handrails at the Dayton Art Institute Hamilton Dixon has been working with metal his entire working life. His very first job was as a welder on an offshore oilrig. He decided he liked working with metal but he didn’t like life on an oilrig, so […]

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On The Beat 12/29/15

2016 Buch predictions By Jim Bucher Hello, I’m back. Yes, back with my predictions for 2016. This all started two years ago when my editor asked for my predictions of what could and might happen in Dayton and the Miami Valley for the New Year. Here’s a couple of my predictions from years past. Dayton […]

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Be Well, Marsha 12/29/15

We all fall down By Marsha Bonhart I am getting clumsier by the year. I was decorating the Christmas tree last weekend and hit my head several times on the chandelier that hangs near it. I mean really big smacks. One sent me to the floor. I think to create stronger footing, I have created […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 12/29/15

Year in Review: 2015 Mark Luedtke Perpetual wars dominated the 2015 news. President Obama extended the Afghan war, but the scariest new development was U.S. and NATO threats against Russia on multiple fronts. The war in Syria garnered the most coverage. The CIA and U.S. allies Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and others have […]

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2015: Drugs

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Disturbing trends, and the strides taken to break them By Tim Walker Photo: “The past few years have seen a massive increase in overdoses from heroin and fentanyl abuse in the Miami Valley.” If one subject dominated our local news headlines in 2015, it was drugs. Fentanyl, caps, Narcan, rigs, boy—local residents have been forced […]

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The Docket 12/29/15

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim by Amanda Dee The year of 2015 had its fair share of trials and tribulations. CDs were stolen, Christmas decorations set aflame, and plenty of verbal abuse was dealt. But most remarkably, this year, the Miami Valley was home to a red meat epidemic. Steaks went missing, jerky was looted, […]

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2015: Guns

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Clinton wants to make gun manufacturers financially liable for misuse of their products By Andrew Napolitano Photo: “The liability-shifting proposal is akin to punishing General Motors whenever a drunken driver misuses his Chevy and injures someone.” While the FBI continued to analyze the emails Hillary Clinton thought she deleted and her advisers pressed her to […]

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Thinking of you

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For those who are gone, but certainly not forgotten By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Christopher Lee in the “Lord of the Rings” saga Take the time to truly stop and remember those who have gone too soon, as the saying goes. Social media allows for rapid remembrance—140-character shout outs, distillations of factoids with little of the […]

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No Jet Engines Here

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]