Archive | August, 2016

Truth & Dare


Dare to Defy theatre proves its spirit By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Lisa Glover as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors; photo: Laura Dell “What is Dare to Defy?” Daytonians are asking. It is a dreamer’s reality complete with costumes and music. It is hope looking for a full house. It’s a small group of innovators daring […]

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Positive Vibrations


Dave Hall Plaza thrives (as it always has) with Dayton’s Reggae Fest By Matt Clevenger photo: Seefari jams at 5 p.m. at Dayton Reggae Festival Sept. 4; photos: Lamonte Hall A downtown tradition for almost 30 years, the Dayton Reggae Festival returns, bringing a day of fun and live reggae music to the corner of Fourth and […]

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Art for every body on display at Color of Energy gallery By Brittany Erwin Photo: Parrish’s untitled nude figure calls viewers to confront the female form Is the ideal female body tall and long-limbed? Short and curvaceous? Voluptuous with soft, fleshy rolls? For artist Parrish, it’s all of the above. Parrish, a recent graduate of the […]

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‘Love and Memories’


Twenty-year-standing O.A.R. turns the car to Fraze By Alan Sculley photo: (l-r) Benj Gershman, Richard On, Jerry DePizzo, Marc Roberge, and Chris Culos of O.A.R. hit the Fraze stage Sept. 2 O.A.R. reached its 20th anniversary as a band doing something many acts that manage to last two decades don’t achieve. This band from Rockville, Maryland, […]

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Bulls, broncs, and barrels


Rolling Stone Rodeo rides into this year’s Montgomery County Fair By Tim Walker photo: Barrel racer Jessica Fisher from Oxford, Ohio It’s that time of year again in Ohio – county fair time. The days are long, the nights are hot, and there are lots of thrilling rides to enjoy and fair food to consume. The […]

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Beyond civilization


A brutal journey into the desert and the monster within By Brittany Erwin photo: Frisco, Utah, where the Jacobyites call home in ‘Ghosts of the Desert’; photo: Steven Poelzing Imagine you are kidnapped by desert-dwelling hermits. You live among them, rob graves together, and even commit murder as you succumb to being a member of this […]

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Debate Forum: 8/30

Ballot box blues For third parties, getting on the ballot isn’t a piece of cake By Sarah Sidlow Hundreds of aspiring high school politicians across this great collection of states have likely thrown their hats into the competitive ring of student elections—representing such underdog political teams as the Pants Party, the Party Party, or the […]

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Women in the arts dig them out at Ladyfest Dayton By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Lisa Bird of Whiskey for Kids marks a long lineup of rockers at Ladyfest Sept. 2 and 3; photos: Jennifer Taylor Telling a little boy he could one day be a good father may not be as effective as actually showing […]

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Buck it

The great expectations of Ohio State By Marc Katz Politicians always claim to be able to do things that can’t be done, and football coaches publically hope they can win a game they can’t possibly lose. Why is that? Why are politicians so sure of themselves and football coaches so cautious? Well, I don’t really […]

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Montgomery County Fair

Memories then and now By Jim Bucher As the dog days of summer approach and the cicadas make music in the muggy August air, it’s a sure sign that our hometown fair is upon us. Yep, the 164th edition of the Montgomery County Fair is this week, Aug. 31 – Sept. 5. You know me, […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 8/30

No new car for you Thanks to Obama’s regulations By Mark Luedtke   You might have noticed the price of new cars is rising. Kelley Blue Book reports, “The estimated average transaction price (ATP) for light vehicles in the United States was $34,112 in January 2016.  New-car prices have increased by $919 (up 2.8 percent) […]

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Ship and sinking stories


‘The Last Lifeboat’ at Dayton Theatre Guild By Jacqui Theobald photo: (l-r) Heather Martin as Florence Ismay, Heather Atkinson in multiple female roles, and Matt Lindsay as J. Bruce Ismay in ‘The Last Lifeboat’ photos: Craig Roberts In one of the few times in Theatre Guild’s 72-year history, a contemporary playwright came to see his show. […]

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A hoppy ending


Ollie’s Place in Centerville By Paula Johnson Photo: The Ollie’s Burger at Ollie’s Place; photos: Paula Johnson Everyone has heard the saying “Beer is evidence that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” (Myself, I’d substitute wine and a really good slice of cake, an indication of where I start when considering Ollie’s Place, […]

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More than a spit and whittle

2015 Artistry in Wood, Dayton carving show. Competition winners.

Dayton Carvers Guild shapes 35th Artistry in Wood By Erin Callahan We’re living in the age of technology, when we can use computer design programs to create something on screen and build out designs with a vast selection of materials using 3D printers. It may seem that with this advanced digital technology, the traditional handcrafted […]

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Cool climate malbec


Domaine Bousquet’s deep dark grapes By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: The Andes backdrop the Domaine Bousquet vineyards   This space has a long history with malbec, the varietal that has become the national wine and biggest export from Argentina. Malbec was one of the first wines I ever reviewed around here. Malbec’s popularity really took off […]

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A Wall Street woman seeks ‘Equity’

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A lack of human capital limits real narrative gains By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Anna Gunn as Naomi Bishop in ‘Equity’ Rating: R; Grade: C+ The old adage warns us that time is money, and in large part, that holds true. Fortunes can rise and fall in a matter of seconds, and films devoted to the […]

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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 […]