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Steady as she blows

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The Winds Café – Eclectic people and diverse menu  By Brian P. Sharp   Dinner with friends seemed to draw us to Yellow Springs. Just about 20 minutes from downtown Dayton, there really is something for all tastes in Yellow Springs. A community that prides itself on acceptance is also home to a broad spectrum […]

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More than another war story

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‘War Horse’ looks at World War I through another set of eyes By Brian P. Sharp Photo: [l to r] The puppet horses Joey and Tophorn in “War Horse,” which runs at the Schuster Performing Arts Center Oct. 22-27; photo: © Brinkhoff/Mögenburg Are you ready for “War Horse”? The Victoria Theatre Association is opening their Broadway […]

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Local roots

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Centerville’s Twisted Root a not-so-hidden gem By Brian P. Sharp Photo: The Cajun shrimp fettuccine with sweet peppers, red onion, plum tomatoes and cream sauce at Twisted Root in Centerville I do love to try new places, and while this is not terribly new, it was truly a delightful experience. I went with two friends to […]

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Unexpectedly fresh

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The Midwest Coast at Jay’s Seafood Restaurant By Brian P. Sharp   “Is there good seafood in Dayton?” That’s a question I am often asked. While usually I remind people that we are not living on a shoreline, there are a few places that exist where you can get very fresh seafood. Jay’s Seafood Restaurant […]

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What’s on your plate?


Restaurant Week gives you the chance to experience something new! By: Brian Sharp Photo: Warm chocolate cake from The Hawthorn Grill   Restaurant Week is more than just fixed menus and cheaper prices. Restaurant Week in the Miami Valley area – curated by Amy Zahora of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association – has been going on […]

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Something yummy at White Lotus


Authentic Thai food downtown By Brian P. Sharp Photo: Panang curry with white rice at White Lotus How many times have you passed the White Lotus – previously known as White Tower  restaurant, and still sporting the Yummy Burger sign from its last incarnation – at the northeast corner of Patterson Boulevard and Third Street and […]

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A few of my favorite things


‘The Sound of Music’ at LaComedia  By Brian P. Sharp Photo: “The Sound of Music” runs at LaComedia Dinner Theatre in Springboro through June 30 “The Sound of Music” takes the stage at LaComedia. The last collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein is produced in robust style. This timeless classic never ceases to fill […]

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The Anticolis still have it!


Giuliano is rich in heritage and flavor By Brian P. Sharp Photo: Lasagna alla Romano at Giuliano in Miamisburg Growing up in Dayton, especially north of downtown, we had many great dining options. There was Suttmiller’s, Brown Derby, The Tropics and The Key Hole, just to name a few. There was one, however, that seemed to […]

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Worth the wait


Coco’s Bistro delivers in new location  By Brian P. Sharp It is a thrilling thing to hear about a downtown Dayton restaurant having a two-hour wait, and that was just the case when I visited Coco’s Bistro in their new location on Warren Street. The good news was a friendly valet was available to assist […]

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Expect the unexpected


Patriot Steakhouse in Lebanon By Brian P. Sharp Photo: The pork trio at Patriot Steakhouse in Lebanon featuring babyback ribs, pork chop and pork tenderloin Don’t be fooled by your initial thoughts of a restaurant that sits in shopping center right next to a Goodwill store and in front of WalMart. I was certainly skeptical, but […]

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On Stage


New offerings from Dayton Playhouse, Zoot Theatre and Troy Civic Theatre By Brian P. Sharp Dickens’ Classic interpreted by two local theatres “Scrooge” continues at The Dayton Playhouse You have one more weekend to take in the holiday favorite “Scrooge.” This time of year it is kind of nice to just sit back and be […]

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A new twist on “Oliver!”


Human Race Theatre offers unique take on Dickens’ classic By Brian P. Sharp Human Race Theatre Company has a winner in “Oliver!” As someone who has directed “Oliver!” I went into this production a skeptic. “Ugh, another production of ‘Oliver’ full of kids.” We all know the story – based on the Charles Dickens’ novel […]

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Dayton’s Untrained Audiences


We’ve all experienced it…“the untrained audience” By Brian P. Sharp You know the ones. We go to a show, sometimes paying a premium, and then someone around us interrupts the show, or us.  What has happened to civility?  However, in chatting with Maestro Neil Gittleman of the Dayton Philharmonic, he cautions that, “Maybe the trained […]

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On Stage


New plays from Sinclair Theatre, Playhouse South and Beavercreek Children’s Theatre By Brian P. Sharp Dayton Playhouse looking for 2013-2014 season directors The Dayton Playhouse is looking for potential directors for its 2013-2014 season. The potential Directors are asked to submit up to five plays or musicals for which they are passionate. The candidates can […]

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Is it a crime … if God commands?

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“Under a Red Moon” examines that very question By Brian P. Sharp Human Race Theatre Company is offering the world premiere of “Under a Red Moon” – a play by Michael Slade under the direction of Margarett Perry. Any play that is taken from real life always intrigues me. This play came after the playwright […]

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Amazing food + amazing service = El Meson


From tapas to dessert, El Meson is a hit By Brian P. Sharp There are a few things that we as consumers expect as we shop or dine. We want the very best quality with the very best service at the very lowest price. No matter whether we are shopping for televisions or dinner, no […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]