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Dervish does Dayton

Emerald Isle-style at Stivers By Benjamin Smith Photo: Irish folk outfit Dervish  returns to Dayton for a performance at Stivers School for the Arts on Friday, March 22 Although Dayton arguably contains more lepers than leprechauns, most Gem City citizens will leap at the chance for a little Irish entertainment, especially during the month of March. […]

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“Don’t get all P.C. on my ass”

Dave Attell brings the blue to Funny Bone By Benjamin Smith Photo: ComedianDave Attell visits the Dayton Funny Bone March 8-9 As Hippocrates, the famed physician of ancient Greece, once wrote: vita brevis, ars longa. Translation: “Life is short, my schlong is long.” I’m kidding, of course – about the translation, not about the length of […]

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Farewell to waves

Good pipes, distorted bliss and the end of an era By Benjamin Smith Photo: The Irrepressibles deliver songs of “magical ship” and “glistening mermen” 2013 is already proving to be the busiest of years for your writer. So much so, in fact, that – after copious vodka consumption and consultations with the “I Ching” – I […]

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Bright motion and forward-looking music

Pianist Michael Mizrahi to perform at University of Dayton By Benjamin Smith Photo credit: Steven Taylor In these turbulent economic times, it might prove useful to pause and reflect on the relative value of, say, $15. In New York City, $15 can buy you a decent martini or Manhattan. In San Francisco, $15 can buy you […]

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Dark summer, absurd sex, heart infatuation and definitive veto

The sounds of a questionable future  By Benjamin Smith New Year’s resolutions are lies, people. Lies! Are you really going to lose weight, quit smoking and become brilliant? No. You are going to stay fat and gross and stupid. Yet you can start 2013 on a slightly improved foot simply by trying something new this […]

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Radiohead, singing children and synthesizers

OK KID: Worst of all albums, end of all culture  By Benjamin Smith As the proud father of a precocious 10-year-old, I feel I have the experience and wisdom to proclaim, with impunity, that children are terrible. Seriously, they ruin everything. Children piss on your shoes, eat all the cupcakes, vomit at operas. Children ruin […]

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Cabin Fever

DCP writers’ confessions on Seasonal Affective Disorder Sweaty palms, dizziness, heart beating out of my chest, nausea, but yet I’m shivering. I need to run, get away, get away from wherever I am. I need to walk, feel the cool air on my face, tell myself everything is going to be OK and hope this […]

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Impish robots, dark stars, flying horsemen and wonderful toys

Four albums you have to buy or die By Benjamin Smith Hell is holiday shopping. Oh, how I loathe the upcoming exercises in self-induced anxiety and advertising-induced excess. Purchase or perish! For me, it’s bad enough that I don’t know what to buy people anymore; worse still is the fact that I don’t know if […]

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New tunes for end times

Questionable health, haunted people, wintry pop and electric sex By Benjamin Smith As I write this article, a colossal storm is slamming the East Coast, a toxic presidential election is reaching fever pitch, many are hoping for some sort of apocalypse on Dec. 21 – and I think I have the plague. ‘Tis a bleak […]

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Salt, sketches, caves and cosy cushions

Four foreign records for the fall By Benjamin Smith So the serpent has been slain – the venomous, endless summer of 2012. Somehow we survived the toil and trouble. Zounds! Let us now bask in the crisp calm of autumn. There’s a turbulent election coming of course, but hush: we need a break from chaos. […]

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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 […]