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Through cracked lenses

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David Sedaris’ dark humor illuminated at Springfield’s Kuss Auditorium The cracked lenses aren’t in David Sedaris’ spectacles… By Allyson B. Crawford We are living through a world of tension. Each day, we all step over political landmines, trying not to destroy what’s left of our friendships and family relationships while remaining true to our own […]

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If Captain Lou Albano could sing…

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Fozzy with wrestler Chris Jericho at Rockstar Fozzy’s high-energy live show (L-R) Billy Grey, Frank Fontsere, Chris Jericho, Rich Ward, Paul Di Leo. Photo: Iron Mike Savoia By Allyson B. Crawford What started as a lark and a cover band has evolved into a rock and roll money-making machine. The guys in Fozzy now find […]

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Hawthorne Heights side project

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The Story Changes at Jimmie’s The Story Changes (L-R) Mark McMillon, Christopher Popadak, and Chris Serafini By Allyson B. Crawford “I fly the Dayton flag all over the world every time I do an interview!” The Story Changes singer and guitarist Mark McMillon tells the Dayton City Paper. “To be a band in Dayton you […]

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A Few Good Men delivers genuine intensity

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Intimate Dayton Playhouse production is suitably lean and mean Col. Nathan Jessep (B. Lee Drew) swears to tell the truth. (Bailiff played by Ron Maurer) By Allyson B. Crawford | Photos By Art Fabian “What I love about community theatre is that it is local,” explains Dayton theatre regular Jennifer Lockwood. “You may find a […]

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Outstanding Warrant

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Metal stalwarts promise ‘Louder Harder Faster’ at BMI Raceway Warrant wants YOU! (L-R) Joey Allen, Jerry Dixon, Robert Mason, Erik Turner, and Steve Sweet By Allyson B. Crawford A lot of people might be surprised to learn that Warrant released an acclaimed new album in May of 2017. For folks that equate Warrant with late […]

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Fun with a K!

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Sons of F.U.N.K. at Middletown’s Old Crow Bar As hype man or behind the kit, Rico Lewis lives for fun(k) By Allyson B. Crawford “Funk is freedom!” Sons of F.U.N.K. bandleader and hype-man Rico Lewis tells the Dayton City Paper. Lewis sat behind the drum kit with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic for 15 years. He’s […]

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One giant leap for gifted women

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The Victoria Theatre’s “One Small Voice: Women Who Rock” project champions female singer-songwriters Valerie Reaper will be running a singer-songwriter boot camp for Dayton-area women who rock By Allyson Crawford Calling all budding female singer-songwriters! The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) wants to help foster female musical talent in the Miami Valley. The VTA is holding […]

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The things that she is made of

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Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to Dayton Mary Chapin Carpenter; photo: Aaron Farrington By Allyson Crawford Mary Chapin Carpenter is a different kind of songstress. She’s not so much straight country anymore but more so evolved in to her own lane. She’s a storyteller first and has a knack for creating melodies that highlight the ebb […]

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Living the good life

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Marshall Tucker Band brings southern charm to Clark State Community College (L-R) B.B. Borden, Rick Willis, Doug Gray, Marcus James Henderson, Tony Black, Chris Hicks; photo: Marshall Tucker Band By Allyson B. Crawford “We’re nothing special, we’re just a bunch of guys that get together and make people smile and have a good time,” Doug […]

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Dayton City Paper ‘Audible’ writers present…

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The 2017 sizzling summer mixtape   Allyson B. Crawford | Crazy Lixx “Hunter of the Heart” What could be sexier than a 2017 track that sounds like it is straight out of 1987? Crazy Lixx formed in Sweden in 2002, and they’ve stayed true to their goal of creating music full of anthemic riffs and gang-choruses. “Hunter of […]

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Scream your own luck

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Cincinnati’s Ethicist returns ‘brootal’ to Blind Bob’s Ethicist’s (l-r) Michael Wojtkiewicz, Chad Snowden, Johnny Finger, and Scott Stevens; photo: Adam Weeden By Allyson B. Crawford When you think of post-black metal, what comes to mind? Norwegians in corpse paint? What about Midwesterners with beards and day jobs? For Cincinnati-based band Ethicist, it’s definitely the latter. […]

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Come as you are

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Kinky Boots fits everyone at the Schuster Center Photo: Kinky Boots struts into the Schuster Center May 23-28; photo: Matthew Murphy By Allyson B. Crawford When someone says “Broadway,” Cyndi Lauper isn’t necessarily a name you think of. But maybe it should be. Lauper, the ’80s hit-maker, along with Harvey Fierstein, created Kinky Boots, a […]

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Road warriors

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Road warriors Flaw keeps on riding to Oddbody’s By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Flaw’s (l-r) Dan Johnson, Tommy Gibbons, Chris Volz, and Jay Daunt perform May 13 at Oddbody’s; photo: Jonathon Walters The music industry is often a cruel mistress. It’s always been hard to break into the business, a fact that is truer today than […]

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They will rock you again

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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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Geeks and superheroes

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Geek Gala gives back at Blind Bob’s By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Spiderman considers his next move in Battleship, already a good one, as Geek Gala tickets are $5 with costumes Geek culture, if there is such a thing, is more accepted now than when the word was first widely used around the ’70s and […]

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Underneath the purple rain

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Underneath the purple rain DCP eulogizes this year’s lost musical icons By DCP Audible Writers Editor’s note: After his departure Jan. 10, 2016, David Bowie has been hand-selecting elite humans from this terrestrial realm for his own—or at least putting his plans into action. These are some of the musically inclined among the Chosen Ones.  […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]