Archive | August, 2017

Jed Helmers – Illustrated Cover Art

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Words Behind Worlds : Local Children’s Authors Tell Their Stories


Big Ideas, Small People Photo: Illustration by Jed Helmers Tales of Local Children’s Authors By Tim Walker If you’re a book lover like I am, then chances are your love of reading began during childhood. You may think back to a parent or grandparent who loved to read to you at bedtime, or maybe you […]

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Home is where the (heavy) heart is


Veronica Grim returns to Ohio Photo: Members of the outlaw clan: lead singer Veronica Grim and guitarest Honey Osborn By Gary Spencer There’s an adage that goes something to effect of “you can take the girl out of Ohio, but you can’t take the Ohio out of the girl,” or as more specifically heard in Dayton […]

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Reaching rock ‘n’ roll divinity

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Cold War Kids on fame, fans, and the desire for something more Photo: Cold War Kids, led by Nathan Willett By Alan Sculley Cold War Kids singer/guitarist Nathan Willett feels his group has occupied a rather rare and enviable niche in the music world so far during its career. The group is widely considered an indie […]

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Star City suds

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Miamisburg’s craft beer scene foams over Photo: A fine selection of craft beer at Lucky Star Brewery By David Nilsen Off the beaten path at the southwest edge of Dayton sits a beer lover’s hidden gem within this Gem City. Miamisburg combines small town charm with big city offerings in their historic, revitalized downtown district, and […]

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On the Beat: 8/29

Why I do what I do From the big coasters to my small iced tea By Jim Bucher This and that, that and this… It’s time for my bi-monthly column off my meds. So, this may be all over the map. If you follow me, chances are you’re not taking your meds either. Things on […]

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A meal kind of like Christmas


Smiths’ Boathouse bikes and socks Photo: Prince Edward Island Mussels appetizer By Paula Johnson To describe my meal at Smiths’ Boathouse as uneven is probably an understatement. Schizophrenic swings from really terrific to really not left my companions and me perplexed. What we found that was good was quite so. The mistakes in execution and missteps […]

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When they weren’t called drones


Giant-scale R/C aircraft take flight at the Air Force Museum Photo:  Soaring above the crowd; photo: courtesy of D.O.G.S. By Matt Clevenger Some of the world’s largest model aircraft will be landing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Sept. 1-3, presenting an air show of epic proportions hosted by the Dayton Ohio Giant Scalers Club (D.O.G.S.). […]

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On Your Marc: 8/29

By the seat of his pants Former Dragons player Didi Gregorius gets new pants By Marc Katz I have seen Peyton Manning endorse pizza, Shaquille O’Neal endorse back pain medication, and several athletes endorse athletic shoes, upscale clothing, and watches, none of which I can afford. I mean, I can afford the pizza, and the […]

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Symphony scribe

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Wright State lecturer Dennis Loranger turns program prose for Dayton Philharmonic into art form Photo: Lecturer Dennis Loranger; photo: courtesy Chris Snyder By Jim Hannah If you’re taking in a symphony by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the guy you want to sit next to is Dennis Loranger. The Wright State University music historian will likely know more about […]

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Whimsical live


Dare to Defy presents Seussical at the Victoria Theatre Photo: Chavin Medina as Jojo and A.J. Breslin as the Cat in the Hat; photo: Mackensie King By Erin Callahan What comes to mind when you think of Dr. Seuss? Maybe you think about Sam I Am’s whimsical rhyming in “Green Eggs and Ham,” every foot in […]

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The Docket: 8/29


Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a current crime. While at the sheriff’s office, she left her car unlocked on the street. This white Chevy sedan contained many of her personal items. When she returned to her vehicle, she realized that many […]

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Busy fall season begins September


New productions and more on stage Photo: Josh Richardt and Judy Shaw in “Shakespeare” in South Park; photos: courtesy South Park By Jacqui Theobald A new season, filled with eager anticipation and enthusiasm by community theatres, actors, and audiences. Hold on to your calendars. Two delightful offerings run simultaneously for three dates, creating opportunities to attend […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 8/29

Police corruption It’s the rule, not the exception By Mark Luedtke While nearly every mainstream media news story is fake news, I recently saw a refreshingly honest story about police corruption in the Dayton Daily News. Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Steven Dankof granted a motion to suppress evidence obtained in a traffic stop of […]

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Continuity in order foundry

The sculptures of Renata Manasse Schwebel Photo: Renata Manasse as a senior at Antioch College, proudly standing beside her clay sculpture portrait of her beloved professor, Amos Mazzolini. Circa 1952-53 By Ashley Jonas Renata Manasse Schwebel’s exhibition Sculptures at the Herndon Gallery at Antioch College is an expansive collection of the artist’s mixed media sculptures that opened July […]

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Multi-hyphenate rings her own bell


Lake Bell pushes the ceiling like a natural wonder Photo:  Actress, director, and screenwriter Lake Bell By T.T. Stern-Enzi As soon as she appears onscreen, Lake Bell inspires people to ask, “Who’s that girl?” The dark-haired actor with the biggest smile this side of Julia Roberts has been that other girl in mainstream movies like […]

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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 […]