Archive | April, 2018

Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be missed By Eric Street Nobody will be sleeping when Dayton Opera plunges you into the dazzling alternative universe of Puccini’s last and most richly luxuriant work, Turandot. It’s a world of palatial splendor and high […]

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Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more “pop” songs, including her self-penned “Wonderland.” By Sarah Monroe There are many things that get better with age: delicious wine, smooth whiskey, tasty cheese and the ethereal voice of Jackie Evancho. She astounded audiences worldwide […]

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Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By Andrea Kowaleski If you were to walk into a Panera, Kroger, or even your neighborhood bar, I bet you wouldn’t expect to see an original piece of art by a local artist. But in fact, […]

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Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her designs. By Liz Dougherty It was Van Gogh who inspired Tracy McElfresh to grant herself permission to follow her dreams. Seeing an exhibit in Amsterdam and ruminating on the whirlwind of paints presented in diverse […]

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A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, Scott Forney, and Bill Dixon. Not pictured: Kainan Shank. By Tim Walker Mention the Dayton music scene to most people, and two things may come to mind: lo-fi and funk. And with this area having […]

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Confidence Game

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Female insecurity is more than skin deep in “I Feel Pretty” Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps, and Amy Schumer (L-R) in “I Feel Pretty” By T.T. Stern-Enzi There’s a pretty simple reading of the new Amy Schumer movie from writer-directors Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (the writing duo behind “Never Been Kissed” and “He’s Just Not […]

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Debate 4/24: The Death Debate

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Should terminal patients choose when to die? Q: Should doctors be allowed to end a terminally ill patient’s life by painless means if the patient requests it? By Sarah Sidlow In America, there are rules. Rules about how you drive, rules about what food is available to you, and even rules about how you die. In […]

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Better the devil you know

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Brantley Gilbert raises a little hell at Nutter Center Brantley Gilbert brings the country-fried devil to his fans. By Alan Sculley One thing country star Brantley Gilbert promises when he releases a new album is he’s not going to throw fans of his earlier albums for a loop. “I want to avoid the situation where […]

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World-class bluegrass

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Songs from the Road Band at Peach’s (L-R) Mark Schimick, Ryan Cavanaugh, Charles R. Humphrey III, Sam Wharton, and James Schlender of the Songs from the Road Band. By Katie Fender The popular bluegrass ensemble, Songs from the Road Band, are making a stop at Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs, and anyone with a taste […]

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On your marc 04/24: The Earle of Columbus

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A branch falls from the Buckeye Tree My daughter Rachel still treasures the Buckeyes cap given to her by Coach Bruce By Marc Katz What kind of a guy was he? Well, he always asked about my kids, and I’m not sure he knew how many I had. At one pre-season photo day, he noticed […]

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Good for wheat ales you

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There’s more to Germany than just lagers The Berliner Weisse at Carillon Brewing can be complemented with traditional raspberry syrup. By David Nilsen Germany loves its lagers, and the beer culture there is characterized by clean, crisp lager styles like Pilsner, Munich Helles, Märzen (Oktoberfest), and many others. These beers showcase classic malt and hop […]

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Destination Troy 04/24

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The Troy Foundation Building is a highlight of the Downtown Walking Tour Downtown Troy Walking History Tour Returns Journey through downtown Troy as it once was on the Downtown Troy Walking History tours. Hosted by Troy Main Street and the Troy Local History Library, these tours offer a glimpse of what downtown Troy looked like […]

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Conspiracy 04/24: Pavlov’s Presidents

Another false flag chemical weapons attack in Syria By Mark Luedtke President Trump almost did the right thing despite the US war-profiteers. At the end of March, CNN reported, “President Donald Trump said Thursday that the US would ‘be coming out of Syria like very soon,’ just hours after the Pentagon highlighted the need for […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and Susan McFadden By Dave Gil de Rubio The Irish have always had a strong cultural base rooted in song and storytelling. And while the tradition is often steeped in images of cable-knit sweaters and caps, […]

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BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first mid-life crisis from his girlfriend Susan (Danielle Ruddy), and his best friend Michael (Philip Drennen). By Sarah Monroe What’s the big deal about turning 30? It’s just like turning 20 but ten years later, so […]

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The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By Tim Walker In June 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 523 into law, thereby making Ohio one of 29 states that have legalized the medicinal use of marijuana. The new law, which took […]

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No Jet Engines Here

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]