Archive | June, 2017

‘Beatriz’ seeks to redefine privilege


Creative team Arteta and White pen the 1st ode to the age of Trump Photo: Connie Britton as Cathy (left) and Salma Hayek as Beatriz in ‘Beatriz at Dinner’  Rating: R; Grade: B+ By T.T. Stern-Enzi When did “privilege” become such a negative buzzword? I suppose it was always there in the definition, which speaks […]

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The beautiful struggle

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Beadwork exhibition journeys from South Africa to Dayton Artwork: “My Mother Peach Tree” by Zondlile Zondo By Lisa Bennett  What is beauty? It is a titillating, age-old question that has undoubtedly sparked debates for millennia. For some, beauty is simply happiness. For others, it is a spiritual state akin to “oneness.” In general, beauty is a […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/27

A game of telephone Last week, on a particularly scorching hot afternoon, a man was driving his ex-girlfriend home. The two had been broken up for about a month, but he wanted to help her move to another house. She had previously been living at a relative’s house. As the man parked the car at […]

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Lights, bubbles, angels


Corey Feldman and the Angels go 4 it at Oddbody’s Corey Feldman promises the unexpected at his live show with the angels; photo: Maggie St. Thomas By Gary Spencer Prior to September 2016, not many people had Corey Feldman on their contemporary pop culture radar. The former child actor and star of ’80s hit films […]

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Repair, prepare


July theatre companies rev down, up for new season Photo: (l-r) Kayla Graham as Cassius, Jared Mola as Brutus, and Miriam Eckenrode-Saari as Cato for YS Theater’s ‘Julius Caesar’ By Jacqui Theobald Without the constant pressure of audition/rehearsal/performance schedules in a regular season, area theatres still manage to find plenty to do in the summer. […]

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Rock and roll wine and maker


Charles Smith’s Wines maintain their reputation Photo: Charles Smith Wines run the gamut of quality varietals at value prices By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Over the Vine’s period of years, I’ve seen wine trends come and go. Wineries merge, brands change, labels change. Early on in my tasting time, I remember hearing about a Washington winemaker […]

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Gravity-defying ’grass


The Infamous Stringdusters travel on to Cincy Infamous Stringdusters’ (l-r) Travis Book, Andy Hall, Andy Falco, Chris Pandolfi, and Jeremy Garrett; photo: Scott McCormick By Alan Sculley Coming off of a 2016 album, Ladies & Gentlemen, that was a bit of a musical detour, The Infamous Stringdusters knew it was time to re-establish what the […]

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Master space opera


John Scalzi rides new wave to Antioch Writers’ Workshop at UD Award-winning sci-fi author John Scalzi bestows his teachings at Antioch Writers’ Workshop, this year at UD; photo: John Scalzi By Tim Walker Bestselling author John Scalzi, who has quickly become one of the biggest names in the world of science fiction, couldn’t be in […]

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Pho sho’


A sensational trip to Miamisburg’s Pho Mi Vietnamese Restaurant Hot Spicy Pork and Beef Noodle Soup, or Bun Bo Hue, at Miamisburg’s Pho Mi; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson Vietnamese is a cuisine that isn’t nearly as well known or popular as it should be. After all, it’s considered to be among the healthiest […]

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On Your Marc: 6/27

Sparky Anderson and an appendix Prepping for surgery, not dinner By Marc Katz I know a lot of people remember June 14, 1979, the day Sparky Anderson managed his first game for the Detroit Tigers when he should have been in the middle of his 10th year with the Reds. I can’t believe that day […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 6/27

Concert entitlement program Levitt Pavilion bulldozes Dave Hall Plaza By Mark Luedtke As any honest economist will tell you, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Or free concert. Somebody provides the supplies and does the work, and somebody pays for it. The question is, who? Home of the Dayton Jazz, Blues, Rock, and […]

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Debate Forum: 6/27

Baby, you’re a firework …but you can’t light one Artwork: Pat Bagley By Sarah Sidlow July 4 is coming, and that means we’re gearing up for a weekend of grillin’, chillin’, and callin’ the cops on the neighbors when they set off fireworks. Why? Because in the state of Ohio, at least for now, it’s […]

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Tiny, not pony tails


Mini horses compete at Springfield’s Regional Champions Center AMHA’s Eastern Regional Championship Show runs June 30-July 2 in Springfield; photo: Patty Diehl By Erin Callahan When it comes to showing horses, bigger isn’t always better. In fact, there are plenty of opportunities for mini horses to steal the show, and some are bred to perform […]

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Sonic boom


Jennifer Taylor’s Rock Retrospective sounds off at Christopher’s Restaurant ‘Bernie Worrell Orchestra’; photo: Jennifer Taylor By Morgan Laurens “When I say I’m a music photographer, people look at me kind of strangely,” says Jennifer Taylor. The raven-haired Taylor sips water instead of coffee during our interview, saying that a 2:30 p.m. dose of caffeine will […]

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On the Beat: 6/27

Any way you slice it Flying Pizza still aloft downtown By Jim Bucher Back in the day, and before getting a driver’s license, my main mode of transportation was a Huffy Stingray bicycle (complete with banana seat, of course). And living near the city center, it was always an adventure to ride bikes downtown, looking […]

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Awakening music 


Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit bring ‘Nashville Sound’ to Rose (l-r) Jimbo Hart, Derry deBorja, Sadler Vaden, Jason Isbell, and Chad Gamble; photo: Danny Clinch By Dave Gil de Rubio Life is clearly good for Jason Isbell. Since embracing sobriety five years ago, his career has seen an upward trajectory with a string of […]

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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 […]