Archive | April, 2016

Where the magic happens

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Dayton’s off-stage theatre stars By Jacqui Theobald You have your ticket in hand and arrive at the theatre, eager with anticipation. There’s a contagious energy and excited chatter as the group that has become an entity—the audience—settles, clutching their Playbill. The lights dim. The theatre goes dark. There’s an instant when you almost hold your […]

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Calling all geeks

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Boonshoft’s second annual GeekFest By Josher Lumpkin Readers of Dayton City Paper are sure to know that the Gem City is full of people who self-identify as “geeks.” This may include gamers (of the video, board and card varieties), comic book enthusiasts, people who enjoy dressing up as Star Wars characters, Trekkies, role players, folks […]

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Vitality Check: 4/26/16

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Heeeeeere’s Rocco! By Rocco Castellano What’s up b–ches? I’m back! I know all of you were wondering where I went … and the reason I know this is because I, as well as my editor, was inundated with calls and emails asking, “where the hell I had gone.” Now you don’t have to worry your […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 4/26

The stupidest war Mark Luedtke At least so far, the Syrian war has to be our rulers’ stupidest war ever. Several recent reports highlight nobody knows who’s on whose side. Aranews.net reports, “Local activists confirmed that a number of Islamist factions, backed by Turkish artillery shelling, were able to deter an SDF-led offensive on their […]

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International Jazz Day

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Keigo Hirakawa Trio performs at Gilly’s By Tim Walker The local jazz music scene, the Keigo Hirakawa Trio, and Gilly’s Jazz nightclub in downtown Dayton: three local treasures, all of which are coming together April 30 to celebrate International Jazz Day. In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated April […]

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More than a building

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Troy walking history tours offer a deeper look By Don Hurst On Friday April 29, Downtown Troy’s past will come alive when Troy Main Street and the Troy Local History Library partner to present the Troy Streets Alive Walking History Tour. The guided exploration visits local businesses that occupy buildings almost 200 years old. Historians […]

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When in … shower?

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Hayley’s top five moments when that cold one tastes even better By Hayley Fudge For us beer lovers, there’s rarely a time that a well-crafted beverage of sorts doesn’t sound appealing or taste great. But there are definitely times when they just taste a little better than others. Here’s a look at five of the […]

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Debate Forum: 4/26/16

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Drive me crazy NY bill suggests textalyzer tech for distracted drivers By Sarah Sidlow Term to know: Textalyzer. As in, technology that detects whether your cell phone is to blame for your car accident; like a breathalyzer for texting. And New York Senator Terrence Murphy and Ben Lieberman, co-founder of Distracted Operators Risk Casualties (DORCs) […]

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Genre bender

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Cincinnati’s Ampline at Bob’s By Katie Christoff Cincinnati-based rockers Ampline are no strangers to the stage at Blind Bob’s. The punk rock band has played many shows in Dayton over the course of its 15-plus year career, and always looks forward to coming back. “We always get a lot of support in Dayton,” says Rick […]

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Brought to you by the letter ‘B’!

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Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra presents Bach, Beethoven and Brahms By Gary Spencer A classic piece of music is one that stands the test of time and endures for generations to come. In the case of classical icons such as Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, their works continue to be wildly popular centuries after those composers’ deaths […]

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Our Starship’s not in Kansas anymore

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Classic rock legends perform with DPO at Schuster By Tim Walker “I loved Paul Rodgers, I loved Lou Gramm. And then I loved Michael Jackson.” These are words spoken by Grammy Award-winner John Elefante, the former lead singer of Kansas. He and Mickey Thomas, the vocalist of Starship, will be joining the Dayton Philharmonic on […]

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A debut is worth a thousand gigs

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Folk artist Mike Vial performs live at Eaton’s Taffy’s By Justin Kreitzer Mike Vial gave up teaching high school English in 2011 to become a fulltime musician. Since then, the Michigan-based singer/songwriter has no regrets, playing more than 1,000 gigs and releasing three EP’s and several singles that capture his confessional and organic brand of […]

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On Your Marc: 4/26/16

Quite a ride Side trips are worth it By Marc Katz Sometimes, the sideshows are better than the destination obligations. It will actually take me two installments to tell you about a few of those sideshows. The stand-alone is the visit to Iowa’s Field of Dreams, next week’s offering. And, yes, I walked out of […]

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A legendary performance from beyond the screen

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Saying goodbye to a musical icon in the context of moving frames By T.T. Stern-Enzi It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. As a film and cultural critic—and today I lean much more heavily on the cultural side of the ledger—I have to say something about the passing of Prince Rogers Nelson. I am […]

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‘Soulclad boogie funk’

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Common Center brings gypsy jam spirit to Trolley By Miranda Brooks At the core of Common Center is a dynamic balance of sound. And the dynamics are such that, musically, the band’s strength lies in their non-traditional configuration, and incorporation of each player’s sound—ranging from a 12-string acoustic guitar to saxophone to keys to violin […]

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On the Beat: 4/26/16

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The ‘behind the scenes boys’ By Jim Bucher OK, you’re seeing a show at the Victoria or Schuster and it’s a masterpiece of sound and light, absolutely wonderful, perfection. It’s so engrossing you forget sometimes it’s just a show. That means the folks behind the scenes are doing their jobs flawlessly. There are two longtime […]

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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 […]