Archive | April, 2017

Black History


The 365 Project preserves history year-round By Amanda Dee This past New Year’s Eve in the Village of Yellow Springs, hundreds of residents gathered to celebrate the ball drop, like every other year. This time, though, police officers reacted in stark contrast to their annual routine. Minutes after the ball dropped, officers drove squad cars, […]

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The 2017 Big Lens Film Festival


The annual student film showcase gets bigger and brighter By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ian Ashwell and Leah Byrd (right) in the web series Hot & Bothered, written and directed by Byrd Just a couple months ago, I employed the bully pulpit of this space to preach the gospel of film shorts, promoting the stellar slate […]

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Salute, my friend!


A toast to Troni’s Pizza and Restaurant in Kettering By Jurgen Durstler Photo: Meat Lasagna at Troni’s Pizza and Restaurant in Kettering; photos: Jurgen Durstler There is an Eastern European gentleman at the door, saying, “Heeeeey, my friend, my buddy! How’s my favorite customer?” After a long day on the job being overworked and feeling […]

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Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system had been moved. The family also noted a broken window on the top floor and a bottle of Paul Masson brandy on the floor below it. The brandy was not something they kept in the […]

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Skeeeewwwing left


The Liberal Redneck tears into politics at the Dayton Funny Bone By Paula Johnson Photo: wellRED Comedy Tour’s (l-r) Drew Morgan, Trae Crowder, and Corey Forrester perform May 3 at the Dayton Funny Bone If Trae Crowder has a catchphrase, or word in this case, it’s “Skeeeewww!” pronounced with two syllables, as in “ski-you.” This […]

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Growing local


Columbus Creative Co-op picks Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II By Brittany Erwin Photo: Columbus Creative Co-op presents a rich mix of work in Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II “Whatever you need, this book is here for you.” So promises Brad Pauquette, founder and director of Columbus Creative Cooperative (CCC), in the […]

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Wonder at one man, an ‘Odd Couple,’ plus some Guys and Dolls


The choices are yours, tough with this spring’s theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Alan Bomar Jones as Thurgood Marshall in the Human Race Theatre’s production of ‘Thurgood,’ running April 27 – May 14 It starts with one-man show, ‘Thurgood,’ April 27–May 14 It’s history, as pertinent now as when it was the news of the […]

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Debate Forum: 4/25

As if flying wasn’t stressful enough United Airlines overbooking policy up in the air By Sarah Sidlow Is there a doctor on board? Not anymore! By now, you’ve likely seen or heard about a video of a physical confrontation between United Airlines passenger David Dao and the security officer who forcibly removed him from United flight […]

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On Your Marc: 4/25

Late life of the party Remembering the rise of Fifth Third Field By Marc Katz Freddie Benavides, now a coach for the Reds, heard whispers on his bus from staff members and even some players as they stopped at Fifth Third Field a few weekends ago for the Futures game. “This is Low A [baseball]?” […]

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Saving the Victory, part 2


The rescue mission continues with the Victoria Theatre Association, live theatre By Joyell Nevins Photo: Richard Benedum, chairman of the UD Department of Music, conducts ‘Handel’s Messiah’ in December 1983; photo: D. Altman Fleischer In the early 1970s, the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton, known then as the Victory, faced extinction due to lack of […]

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Be merry, make music


Drink to fund the arts at Lebanon’s BrewHAHa By Dana Walczak Photo: Lebanon’s BrewHAHa at the Warren County Fairgrounds raises money for the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra and Choir youth programs   Ever since Mesopotamians invented beer, we’ve paired the libation with music. The Lebanon BrewHAHa celebrates the two, selling craft beer to create more music. […]

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They will rock you again


The Music of Queen returns to the Schuster By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Rachel Wooding performs The Music of Queen in 2012, back to the Schuster Center by popular demand April 29 For conductor Richard Sidwell, Queen wasn’t a favorite band or even one that was on his radar. Sure, he knew “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 4/25

Trump’s War Trump now owns the war in Syria By Mark Luedtke A few weeks ago, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and their Russian allies were winning the civil war in Syria. They had ISIS and al-Qaeda on the run. Furthermore, they had the election of Donald Trump—who promised to stay out of Syria—so Assad […]

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Down the black rabbit hole


Ceramicist Beth Cavener dives into human psychology at Rosewood workshop By Laura Jones Photo: Beth Cavener works on ‘In Bocca al Lupo,’ a process she explains during her workshop at Rosewood Arts Center April 28-30‘I Montana-based ceramicist Beth Cavener is an elusive artist, and there are not many things as elusive as that. Her work […]

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Balancing art


Bike-themed art exhibit rides into Mayflower Arts Center By Brennan Burks Photo: Marcelina Gonzales’ ‘Summers on Camino Verde,’ on diplay at the Mayflower May 1-June 24 When you think of Troy in the summer, there’s more than a slim chance that strawberries come to mind. Strawberry pie, strawberry cannoli, chocolate strawberries, a fountain shooting strawberry-red […]

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Salt of the Earth


Lucinda Williams rides her ‘ghosts of the highway’ to the Victoria By Dave Gil de Rubio Photo: Lucinda Williams performs May 2 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: David McClister In the 1968 song “Salt of the Earth,” the Rolling Stones sang, “Let’s drink to the hardworking people/Let’s think of the lowly of birth/Spare a thought […]

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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 […]