Archive | January, 2016

The World Accordion to Charlie


In print, on-air and online, Charlie Campbell makes Dayton shine By Amanda Dee Charlie Campbell is the Mark Zuckerberg of Dayton—except his mouth curves up in a permanent, wrinkled smile and he’s more interested in “live-to-live interaction” than interactions online. Plus, he plays in an accordion band. (And he’s never seen “The Social Network.”) Charlie […]

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On the Beat 1/26/16

National Park Service celebrates 100 years By Jim Bucher When national parks are mentioned what comes to mind? The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, or perhaps the Great Smokey Mountains?  But what about Dayton’s very own national park?  Yep, we do have one here—and it’s a dandy. But first, a little history lesson.   The first national […]

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Debate Forum 1/26/16


Oscars the grouch Little Gold Man is now a black-and-white issue By Sarah Sidlow For the second year running, the four Oscars acting categories are conspicuously monochromatic. And by that, we mean white. Oh yeah, Hollywood noticed. There’s even a trending hashtag, “#OscarsSoWhite,” which makes it really, really serious. Recently—actually on Martin Luther King Jr. […]

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Force de la femme


Broadway Beveled gives feminine twist to men’s theatre By Joyell Nevins Fresh. Funky. Feminine. Those are the three words the Magnolia Theatre Company (MTC) lives by. MTC is a professional theater company with a mission to produce theater that celebrates women. Their latest production offers a new spin on Broadway favorites with a feminine cabaret […]

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The butter half of breakfast


Butter Cafe is part of a complete breakfast By Paula Johnson Photo: Blueberry pancakes at Butter Cafe Though it’s probably not enforced, there is an 1895 Wisconsin statute stating that it is illegal for restaurants to serve margarine unless the customer specifically orders it. Governor Warren Knowles called it  “the yellow stick from Satan himself,” […]

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Foundation of stone


Nashville band Frances & the Foundation at Bob’s By Gary Spencer As most any artist from Dayton past or present can attest, being an ambitious, young musician can be challenging and frustrating. The burning desire to make a living out of your craft and get your music out for the world to hear drives many […]

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The Docket

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim by Amanda Dee The loads we carry Two officers were dispatched to check on a public restroom. Witnesses on site reported someone had been in there for “an extended period of time.” One of the officers did what anyone would do to check on the status of a long-term bathroom […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 1/26

Theft replaces profits Mark Luedtke In his new book about Dayton’s great innovators, “Dayton’s Children,” Mark Martel shows some things never change. Angered at Dayton government’s system of patronage, poor schools and having to pay bribes to get valuable work accomplished, John Patterson confronted his obstructers. “He convoked a meeting of a thousand local leaders, […]

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‘Anomalisa’ finds life in ordinary clay


Filmmakers use stop-motion animation to reveal hidden reservoirs of emotion By T.T. Stern-Enzi Michael Stone, voiced by David Thewlis, arrives in Cincinnati to take part in a conference. He is the author of a bestselling book on successful customer service practices, techniques that work based on their ability to help practitioners focus on establishing strong […]

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Witness them


Tasting the wines of Macedonia By Mike Rosenberg Photo: “Eighty-five percent of all Macedonian wine is exported, making it an important part of the country’s economy.” Some of my favorite wine tasting days involve sampling from countries whose wines I’ve not yet experienced. If you’ve followed this space for any length of time, you know […]

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Songs made of human clay


Scott Stapp takes you higher at BMI By Alan Sculley As Scott Stapp begins a winter tour in support of his latest solo album, Proof of Life, he sounds ready to be on point and deliver strong performances. “It really feels good to have direction, and I’ve made quite a few tremendous lifestyle changes over […]

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Singin’ the Detroit blues


Eliza Neals and the Narcotics play Taffy’s By Josher Lumpkin Eliza Neals is no stranger to music and performing. Song filled her home as she was growing up in a suburb of Detroit. Her father would play guitar, her older sister would play piano and Eliza and her two sisters would sing together to pass […]

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Dayton Brew Ha-Ha raises money for Montessori School By Hayley Fudge If drinking in a school gymnasium has ever appealed to you, the upcoming Dayton Brew Ha-Ha may just be your kind of event. The largest fundraiser for the Montessori School of Dayton (MSD), held annually since 2011, celebrates regional beer offerings in an approachable […]

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Sound the alarm


Kiera Cass brings ‘The Siren’ to Books & Co By Emma Jarman Themes in young adult fiction have trended toward the otherworldly supernatural as of late, evidenced by the raging popularity of series such as Twilight, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. New York Times bestselling author Kiera Cass’s latest publication, “The Siren,” is another […]

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Flying high on the ground


Troy’s WACO Museum offers classes, camps, robotics and more By Tim Walker WACO—pronounced like “taco”—was the name of the WACO Aircraft Company, which was located in Troy and was the single largest manufacturer of civil aircraft in the country in the 1920s and early 1930s. Now, the WACO Aircraft Museum, Historic WACO Field and WACO […]

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Women’s health warning signs


By Marsha Bonhart   It’s the same old song. I have sung it many times (and not necessarily with feeling). Too tired, too busy; just disregard or cancel the doctor’s appointments. Believe it or not, it is the better-educated women who make the sometimes fatal mistake of not paying closer attention to their health. Taking […]

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Oh my cod!


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 […]