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Bangin’ botany

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A crash course in plant reproduction Don Cipollini, professor and bug sex expert; photo: Amanda Dee By Amanda Dee Some parts of life are inescapable: death, taxes, and, apparently for this writer, bug sex. Hear me out—I went to professor Don Cipollini’s lab with honorable intentions. I wanted a botany lesson, a family-friendly educational experience. […]

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Comedy plus time is self-help

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Joel McHale thanks you for your money at Dayton Funny Bone photo: Joel McHale, holding a bear on The Great Indoors, warns his stand-up audience of intense laughs By Amanda Dee Joel McHale is one of those first-name, last-name people, the ones whose first and last names seem to be permanently conjoined. Perhaps that effect […]

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SCOUTS: Fighting for Inclusive Scouting in the Miami Valley & the US

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Photo: Amanda Hendrixson By Amanda Dee It takes a name to rally a movement. For the scouting movement, it took Robert Baden-Powell. Baden-Powell, a British military officer, published “Scouting for Boys: A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship” in 1908, when history books cite the formal start of the global scouting movement. Today, Boy Scout Law […]

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‘We the people’

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Dayton celebrates PRIDE Weekend 2017 Photo: PRIDE Weekend, organized by the LGBT Center of Greater Dayton, takes the streets with a parade and festival June 3 Compiled by Amanda Dee Dayton is home to some gems. One of those gems is Dayton’s LGBT Center, the organizer of PRIDE Weekend. The LGBT Center has served the […]

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Midwest’s best

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DCP music writers highlight Nelsonville Music Festival Photo: Cloud Nothings take the Main Stage June 2 at Nelsonville Music Festival   Ween Saturday, June 3, 9:30 p.m., Main Stage They Might Be Giants Friday, June 2, 9:30 p.m., Main Stage By Gary Spencer In the past, most bands featured at the annual Nelsonville Music Festival have […]

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‘Feel so good you can’t stand yourself’

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Two Houses bring ‘triumphant sad bastard music’ back to Blind Bob’s By Amanda Dee Photo: Two Houses’ (l-r) Mike Boren, Dave Satterwhite, and Ryan Smith return to Blind Bob’s May 20; photo: Maryam Hassan The party’s almost over and you’ve had more than one too many. It’s time to finally tell that someone how you […]

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Black History

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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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Engineered Magic: Zoot Theatre presents Booze & Puppets

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Of Science, Religion, or Magic? Zoot Theatre creates Booze & Puppets @ the Plaza Theatre By Amanda Dee Photo: Bill Franz   It was the most magical cemetery I’d ever seen. It’s also a hospital: bodies of varying sizes, textures, and forms are born and mended here. Right before I step into the space, I’m […]

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Rebels with a cause

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The Mekons’ Jon Langford fights for scholarship at the Antioch School Auction Gala By Amanda Dee Photo: Jon Langford’s ‘Star, Map, Cowboys,’ at Emporium Wines March 4 “Prolific” isn’t always a welcome label, but it befits Wales-born Jon Langford, whose work seems almost omnipresent, ranging from punk music to country, portraits to comic strips, and social […]

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Surviving Brock Turners

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A local look at college sexual assault policy and culture By Amanda Dee Photo: Dayton area resident Brock Turner became the name and face of lenient punishment for sexual assault on college campuses, after the impact statement of Emily Doe, the woman he assaulted at Stanford University, went viral and California Judge Aaron Persky recommended six […]

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FAKE U! : DCP’s Fake News Edition

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FAKIN’ IT : Searching for truth in our news By Amanda Dee photo: Last spring, people from the U.S. to the U.K. were buzzing online about a faux Limp Bizkit concert purportedly at the Sunoco on Wayne Avenue. Dayton Police tweeted to dispel these rumors, but more than 100 people still showed up, even if they […]

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Me Myselfie and I

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Looking at DAI’s Portraiture: Mirror or Mask? & ourselves by Amanda Dee When we look in the mirror, we can’t always change what we see, nor can we when someone else does the looking. But when we hold a camera to ourselves, we wield complete power. With angles. And lights. And filters polishing blemishes like […]

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Laughing local

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The Levinson bros. at Dayton Music Art and Film Fest By Amanda Dee Photo: Comedians and Dayton natives Stephen (left) and Joel Levinson host the DMAFF film event; photo: Jennifer Taylor Sometimes daddy issues can destroy a man’s sense of masculinity, but Joel and Stephen Levinson decided instead to run with that insecurity and hide right […]

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What’s the same? What’s changed? And what still needs to change?

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Dayton Regional STEM School learns from controversy By Amanda Dee   Photo: “The Experience of Women” by STEM students Elizabeth Worthen, Sherry Zhu, Kalie Roundtree, and Beth Snyder   Sometimes, “kids” can say what “adults” struggle to spit out. This May, those paying attention to the 24-hour news cycle saw it bent to clutch onto a […]

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Green porno

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The Talk with an entomologist By Amanda Dee Photo: NSFW Warning: The image above may be inappropriate for some readers; Two beetles copulate; photo: John Stireman John Stireman knows more positions than you can think of. As long as it’s bug-to-bug. Dr. Stireman has been teaching biological sciences at Wright State University for a decade, […]

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We’ll take you to the candy shop

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DCP women walk you through Hustler Hollywood By Amanda Dee Photo: When you walk into Hustler Hollywood and turn right, the scene resembles a Victoria’s Secret; photo: Amanda Dee The sun shines through the windows and reflects off the display case. When you walk in, you can turn right toward clothing or left toward novelties […]

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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 […]