Archive | February, 2017

Disconnect or Die?


Unplug Thyself : Disconnect for National Day of Unplugging By Tim Walker Are you suffering from electronics overload? Are there days when your phone and your tablets, when that overused social media account—with its seemingly endless stream of silly memes and political debates, barely-known “friends” and petty complaints—becomes too much to take? Do you ever […]

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Definitely not sappy


Two newer plays and two ambitious classics tackle ‘friendship’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Carrie Thurston as Fabian, Ian Snapp as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Suzy Kroeger as Lady Toby, and Timothy Kushmaul as Malvolio in ‘12th Night,’ March 3-12 at Playhouse South; photo: Sara Bortz Planning your theatre calendar for March will be a fine […]

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Dance with a view


Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Vantage Points at the Victoria By Arnecia Patterson Photo: DCDC’s Devin Baker surrounded in Stafford Berry’s Wawa Aba, to be in Vantage Points at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Scott Robbins Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s annual performance foray to the historic Victoria Theatre Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5, is old and new. […]

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Debate Forum: 2/28

Le disconnect Should we consider French ‘unplugging’ law in the US? By Sarah Sidlow Illustration by Angel Boligan   From the country that brought you Coco Chanel, universal health care, and the Statue of Liberty comes the latest in French fashion: the right to disconnect. Oui. Starting Jan. 1, 2017, French lawmakers introduced a series […]

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On Your Marc: 2/28

More alternative facts By Marc Katz Are we still talking about fake news, alternative news, personal opinions, and lies? Yes, we are. I’m going to tell you something that was told to me 48 years ago—actually typed on a piece of scrap paper that has since turned to dust on a typewriter that I’m assuming […]

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Power pairing


A local look at women and beer for International Women’s Day By Hayley Fudge Photo: Celebrate International Women’s Day with General Manager Tanya Brock at 5th Street Brewpub March 8 photo: Hayley Fudge At a time in our country when women’s rights have been considered under assault, the world should seize every opportunity it can […]

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Walking the American landscape

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Kay WalkingStick’s retrospective travels to the Dayton Art Institute By Brittany Erwin Photo: Kay WalkingStick’s ‘New Mexico Desert,’ one work in her retrospective at Dayton Art Institute   Art lovers, rejoice! A world-class, contemporary landscape artist with a nationally acclaimed exhibition now at the Dayton Art Institute. Kay WalkingStick’s touring retrospective—the first of her career—will […]

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Sweet but no heat


Riddle’s Ribs in Springfield By Paula Johnson Photo: Ribs and a chicken wing with (l-r) macaroni and cheese, collard greens, potato wedges, and cornbread at Riddle’s Ribs in Springfield photos: Paula Johnson Riddle’s Ribs is a tiny, white, one-story building on a corner on South Wittenberg Avenue in Springfield. A couple of sandwich boards are […]

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Rebels with a cause


The Mekons’ Jon Langford fights for scholarship at the Antioch School Auction Gala By Amanda Dee Photo: Jon Langford’s ‘Star, Map, Cowboys,’ at Emporium Wines March 4 “Prolific” isn’t always a welcome label, but it befits Wales-born Jon Langford, whose work seems almost omnipresent, ranging from punk music to country, portraits to comic strips, and social […]

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Classic cocktail of sound


Pink Martini shakes things up at the Schuster By Tim Walker Photo: Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes backed by Pink Martini’s ‘little orchestra’photo: Chris Hornbeckerphoto: Chris Hornbecker   Pink Martini occupies a unique niche in the world of modern music, combining classical, pop, jazz, and lounge music with Latin beats and lush vocals. The melange […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 2/28

Goodbye $5 footlong By Mark Luedtke As we left Wal-Mart this morning, my girlfriend noticed Subway was advertising footlong subs for $6. Not long ago, those subs cost $5. It’s getting harder and harder for the government to deny the price inflation we all feel in our bank accounts. Every day the Dayton Daily News […]

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All that jazz


Ellis Marsalis and Sherrie Maricle headline Beavercreek’s Weekend of Jazz By Gary Spencer Photo:Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra co-headline the 17th annual Weekend of Jazz Festival March 2-4; photo: Shaun Mader Jazz is one of America’s biggest and most important contributions to modern culture. Born of southern African-American culture in the late 19th century, […]

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‘Groundhog Day’ meets ‘Mean Girls’


‘Before I Fall’ slogs through a never-ending day of life lessons By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Zoey Deutch as Samantha Kingston in ‘Before I Fall’ Rating: PG-13; Grade: D+   Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch) is the wannabe mean girl in the cool crowd who has to work the hardest simply to create the kind of persona […]

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On The Beat: 2/28

7 days a week By Jim Bucher As we celebrate another Black History Month, I recall my reporting days at channel 2. Apologies first though, because this column is at the tail end of February. But can’t Black History Month be celebrated year round? Well, back in my reporting days at channel 2. My friend […]

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‘This is not a test’


TobyMac’s experimented sound at the Nutter Center By Alan Sculley Photo: TobyMac performs at the Nutter Center March 10; photo: True Artist Management     TobyMac says one thought he had as he went in to make his latest studio album, This Is Not A Test, was to create “soul” music. That doesn’t mean the […]

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Legal Graffiti: Drawing to and from K12 Gallery and TEJAS


K12 Gallery & TEJAS’ art revolution By Karen Ander Francis Photo: A creative revolution has been underway in Dayton’s urban landscape. Evidence is found in the plethora of public murals that surprise and delight folks all around the city: the 90-foot flood wall along the Great Miami River, Second Street Market, and the stories-high replicas […]

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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 […]