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Education meets improvisation

Beavercreek’s unique weekend of jazz returns By Benjamin Smith Photo: Spyro Gyra; Photo: Brian Friedman/B-Freed Photography Fact: the three toughest things on the planet are diamonds, silicon carbide and jazz. Obviously that’s an exaggeration, but even distortions reflect some truth. Jazz is challenging to learn, challenging to play and occasionally challenging to enjoy or even comprehend. […]

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Earth, space/ceramic, paint

New Grounded exhibition at Dayton Visual Arts Center By Benjamin Smith Photo: From the Grounded exhibit at DVAC through Feb. 28; Beth Holyoke, Rabbit Head, 2013, ceramic cut out Rightly or wrongly, “grounded” may not be the first word that immediately springs to mind when you think of artists. Yet, a new exhibition at the Dayton […]

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Debate Forum 01/07

Debate Center: Texas court seizes Fourth Amendment issue By Alex Culpepper  Illustration:Dayton artist Elliot Ward.   Normally, the police cannot just come to a house, walk in and begin searching for evidence, even if a person has been suspected of a crime. Under the Fourth Amendment, the police need probable cause and a search warrant, […]

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Fun and fusion

Jazz giant Jeff Lorber at the Schuster Center  By Benjamin Smith   Photo: The Jeff Lorber Fusion will perform at the Schuster Perfoming Arts Center on Dec. 28; photo: Greg Allen Considered “one of the founding fathers of fusion” by Keyboard Magazine, Jeff Lorber – the Grammy-nominated composer, producer, and keyboardist – has made his mark […]

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Starman lands In Dayton

The Second Coming of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars at Gilly’s By Benjamin Smith  Photo: JJ Parkey leads the Spiders from Mars as Ziggy Stardust at Gilly’s on Nov. 23; photo: Tracy Mallott It’s probably safe to say that, musically speaking, Dayton would not be considered a “postmodern” city. (Some critics might not even […]

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Find some relief!

Black & White & Color exhibit at Gallery Saint John By Benjamin Smith  Photo: “Wheat Field,” woodcut, B. Weinert-McBee; One of the relief prints in the Black & White & Color exhibit at Gallery Saint John through Dec. 1 While the next couple of months are synonymous with holiday color and cheer, they can also conjure […]

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‘Paul’ is live

Symphonic Tribute to The Music of Paul McCartney at the Schuster Center By Benjamin Smith   Photo: Tony Kishman [pictured] and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the music of Paul McCartney in Live And Let Die at the Schuster Center on Friday, Oct. 18 Sir Paul McCartney unveils his new album – titled New (that […]

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‘At least we aren’t eating each other’

Lewis Black serves comedic truth at Taft Theatre  By Benjamin Smith  Photo: “I will be talking about legalizing pot, the fact that ignorance can no longer be rewarded and that science is a real thing.” Lewis Black will be at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Oct. 5 Comedian Lewis Black needs no introduction. If you are […]

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Music, magic and mayhem

Cap’n Johnny’s Whiz Bang brings the burlesque  By Benjamin Smith   Photo: [l to r] See Sunny Wonderland and Cap’n Johnny Business during the Cap’n Johnny’s Whiz Bang at Gilly’s on Sept. 13; photo: Jennifer Taylor Clarke Let’s face it: we’re all jaded. Hardly anything surprises us, entertains us. The present can be dull, maybe even […]

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Every picture tells a story

The allure of album artwork Truth: the term rock n’ roll is a thinly veiled metaphor for sex dating back to blues artists of the early 20th century. It’s no wonder then that countless rock songs pay homage to all manner of extracurricular activities and the music itself has driven countless generations wild with carnal […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]