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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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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]