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That’s amore!

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Roost Modern Italian always delivers By Brian P. Sharp Photo: Grilled swordfish at Roost Modern Italian It’s true – even the best of restaurants have days where things just aren’t right. However, Roost seems to be spot on every time.  That might be part of the reason for a major expansion and remodel which should […]

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The rockabilly Fab Four

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Million Dollar Quartet at Schuster By Brian Sharp Photo: John Countryman as Jerry Lee Lewis, James Barry as Carl Perkins, Cody Ray Slaughter as Elvis Presley and Scott Moreau as Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet; photo: Jeremy Daniel What happens when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis just happen to stop […]

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Be our guest!

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Schuster By Brian P. Sharp Photo: “Beauty and the Beast” will be performed at the Schuster Center May 27 through June 1; photo: Amy Boyle Disney’s “Beauty and The Beast” is taking the stage at the Schuster Center from Tuesday, May 27 through Sunday, June 1. This timeless story of romance […]

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Forget the food court

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Spinoza’s is fresh and delicious By Brian P. Sharp photo: Spinoza’s suggests ordering pizzas side by side, for those who can’t choose between their 16 choices On a recent Friday evening, I went with a friend to Spinoza’s Pizza and Salads inside the Fairfield Commons Mall. Certainly, we have all experienced mall food courts or chain […]

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There’s a whole new sound coming out of Memphis

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Tony Award-winner ‘Memphis’ comes to the Schuster By Brian P. Sharp Photo: The Victoria Theatre Association presents “Memphis” April 8-11 at the Schuster Center; photo: Jeremy Daniel Memphis disc jockey, the late Dewey Phillips – also known as “Daddy-O-Dewey” – is thought by many musical historians to be the person most responsible for integrating American radio […]

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Worth the trip to Waynesville

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Surprise and delight awaits at Cobblestone Village Café By Brian P. Sharp Photo: The grilled romaine salad at Cobblestone Village Café Tucked into what appears to be an old home on Main Street in Waynesville, Ohio is Cobblestone Village Gift Shop and Gourmet Café. Waynesville is known for a number of things – the Sauerkraut Festival and […]

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Fire it up!

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Dayton City Paper’s Guide to BBQ in the Miami Valley By Avery King, Brandy King and Brian P. Sharp Is there anything more American than BBQ? Among our more notable culinary contributions, BBQ brings us together in a way few foods do. While debates rage on among various BBQ camps (North Carolina, Memphis, Kansas City and […]

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Great food comes in a small package

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Olive, An Urban Dive offers local food in intimate setting By Brian P. Sharp Photo: The Urban burger with sweet potato fries and aioli at Olive, An Urban Dive Olive, An Urban Dive is not new to downtown Dayton, but it has not been on my short list of restaurants to frequent. On a chilly night […]

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More than a milestone

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“Torch Song Trilogy” at Loft Theatre By Brian P. Sharp Photo: [l to r] Jamison Stern and Jamie Cordes in “Torch Song Trilogy” at the Loft Theatre through Feb. 16; photo: Scott J. Kimmins For some, this production could be life changing. For others, it pulls on emotional heartstrings and addresses issues so real it’s hard […]

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Hallelujah!

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‘Sister Act’ at Schuster Center By Brian P. Sharp Photo: “Sister Act” runs at the Schuster Center Jan. 28 through Feb. 2 photo: Joan Marcus The Schuster Center is going to be home to “Sister Act” – the musical comedy made famous by the movie with the same name starring Whoopi Goldberg. “Sister Act” garnered five […]

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Let’s start at the very beginning …

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‘The Sound of Music’ lives on … and you can sing along! By Brian P. Sharp  Photo: “Sing-a-long-a-Sound of Music” at Kuss Auditorium on Jan. 25 is part of a worldwide phenomenon where attendees dress in costume Certainly there has been a lot of discussion about “The Sound of Music” lately with the NBC production that […]

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Big Bowl is a big deal!

New Asian Bistro is a winner By Brian P. Sharp Photo: The Ring of Fire with chicken at Big Bowl Asian Bistro in Riverside Delicious, full of flavor, spicy, different, unassuming, hidden –all words that could describe the Big Bowl Asian Bistro, opened in the location formerly known as Linh’s. I must say that I was […]

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It’s truly a Wonderful Life in Dayton!

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Step back in time this holiday at Victoria Theatre  By Brian P. Sharp   Photo: The Human Race Theatre presents “It’s a Wonderful Life –A live radio play” at Victoria Theatre through Dec. 15; photo: Scott J. Kimmins Many of us have our favorite holiday movies this time of year – “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Christmas […]

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A master of … what exactly?

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Crazy Mango at The Greene reaches too far  By Brian P. Sharp   Photo: Coconut shrimp with sweet chili sauce from Crazy Mango at The Greene in Beavercreek It is nice to have dining options when you are out shopping, or just want to head to a shopping center/mall to browse and have dinner. Better yet, […]

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Come and sing along!

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Mamma Mia! at the Schuster Center By Brian P. Sharp   Photo: The touring cast of Mamma Mia! will perform at the Schuster Center Nov. 29–Dec. 1; photo: Kevin Thomas Garcia Just when you thought “Black Friday” only meant shopping, the Victoria Theatre Association is giving you another reason to be excited. Plus, you don’t have […]

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Not the traditional ‘tradition’

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Human Race succeeds with pared down ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ By Brian P. Sharp  Photo: The cast of Fiddler on the Roof in “Tevye’s Dream” I’m not sure just how many times I have seen “Fiddler on the Roof.” I do know that I have never seen a version quite like what I saw Friday night […]

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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 […]