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Dayton Visual Arts Center’s 20th Annual Art Auction By Benjamin Smith Photo: Amy Deal; His Type, 2014; mixed media on wood To some, auctions are stuffy affairs – all pretense and pallid interaction. Yet, this month at least one local sale will be defined by jarring color, uncanny fervor and maybe even creative chaos. The Dayton […]

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Education meets improvisation

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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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The DCP Sizzlin’ Summer Sex Mixtape

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In keeping on theme for our first annual Sizzlin’ Summer Sex edition, we tasked our music writers to each contribute a track for our own special mixtape. While certainly there is more than one way to reach the palace of delights, depending on your mood and other inclinations, feel free to compile these tracks in […]

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Let us tell you about the birds and the bees

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‘The Dawn Of The Deed’ looks at the ancient act of getting ass By Benjamin Smith   Photo: The provocative prehistoric cover art for John A. Long’s look at the evolution of sex, “The Dawn of the Deed” The life of a writer can be bizarre. To produce content for this fine paper, I have […]

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Learn, dance and raise a glass!

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12th Annual Dayton Celtic Festival By Benjamin Smith Photo: Gaelic Storm returns to headline the 12th Annual Dayton Celtci Festival at Riverscape the weekend of July 26-28   What springs to mind when you see the word “Celtic”? Ireland. Scotland, possibly. Red hair. Ancient warriors. Mandolins and bagpipes. Maybe even a certain basketball team with a […]

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The thrill remains

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The 28th Annual Michelob Dayton Blues Festival  By Benjamin Smith Photo by: Longtime regional blues favorites Cincinnati Slim & the Headhunters return to headline the Dayton Blues Festival on July 21 Earl “Southside” Hayes’ love affair with the blues began with a single song. It then bloomed with a case of mistaken identity. “I went to […]

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Certainly cool (but not necessarily ‘smooth’)

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Guitarist Peter White at the Schuster Center By Benjamin Smith Photo: Guitarist Peter White joins the Summer Breeze Jazz Tour at the Schuster Center on Friday, June 28 He has probably never set a Fender Stratocaster on fire à la Jimi Hendrix, or been called “God,” like Eric Clapton, but make no mistake: Peter White is a […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]