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In a league of their own

How women chefs and restaurateurs are breaking the gender barrier in Dayton’s most successful restaurants By Brian P. Sharp Family legacy. Family dynasty. Award-winning. Those are just a few words to describe the women restaurant owners and women chefs in the Miami Valley. It has been my great pleasure to get to know this group […]

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Onstage

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp Just before off-Broadway, it’s Dayton Playhouse The Dayton Playhouse is getting ready for the season extra “Bill W. and Dr. Bob,” a play by Samuel Shem (Stephen Bergman) and Janet Surrey. The play’s local premiere is quickly selling out and an additional performance has been added. It […]

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Victoria Theatre gets ‘Drowsy’

Hilarious is the word … or is it Hysterical? By Brian P. Sharp The Victoria Theatre Association in partnership with The Human Race Theatre Company will present “The Drowsy Chaperone.”  With songs by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, it is a romp through the mad-cap world […]

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Onstage

Theatre News and Reviews By Brian P. Sharp Victoria Theatre Association announces the 2011-2012 season The Wintergarden at the Schuster Center was the setting for the announcement of the 2011-2012 season by the Victoria Theatre Association. There are world premieres, star attractions and repeat performances. The big news of course was the Broadway Series which […]

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Mambo Italiano

Palermo’s brings a taste of Italy to Kettering By Brian P. Sharp In a quiet shopping center just minutes from downtown Dayton is Palermo’s, an amazingly authentic Italian restaurant. Palermo’s, located at 2667 S. Dixie Dr. in Kettering, is a hit among regular clientele. The dining room was remodeled and expanded in November 2010, increasing […]

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A ‘fat’ chance

‘Fat Pig’ debuts at the Dayton Theatre Guild By Brian P. Sharp In these days of New Year’s resolutions, weight loss and gym membership advertisements, childhood obesity, no-carb diets and lap-band surgeries, is there weight discrimination? Does this discrimination speak to other biases? Have we become people that simply judge based on too fat, too […]

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What a way to make a livin’

Some days, it’s more than ‘9 to 5’ By Brian P. Sharp I had the opportunity to talk with Diana DeGarmo who plays Doralee Rhodes in the musical, “9 to 5,” coming to the Schuster Center February 1 through 6.  The role was made famous in the movie by Dolly Parton – one of Diana’s […]

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Greatness thrust upon us

Human Race presents ‘Twelfth Night’ By Brian P. Sharp The Human Race Theatre Company is gearing up for “Twelfth Night.”  A play originally written by William Shakespeare is set, for this production, in the 1920s. Under the direction of Aaron Vega, a Wright State University graduate and the youngest director in the history of The […]

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Sing and Spell

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” premieres at the Dayton Playhouse By Brian P. Sharp “The word is HILARIOUS.” “Can you use that in a sentence, please?” “Dayton Playhouse’s ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ is HILARIOUS.” Dayton Playhouse will be presenting their next production of the 2010-11 season this week. And what […]

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New Asian dining in the New Year

Two-month-old restaurant CJ Chan delivers on price and quality By Brian P. Sharp Today was one of those days where you just don’t want to cook at home. It’s cold and snowy, and while a nice, hot pot of chili sounds nice, a clean kitchen sounds better. So, we hop in the car and decide […]

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The naked truth in Dayton Theatre

How audiences react to actors stripping down By Brian P. Sharp As we start the “nude” year, it’s interesting to think back on how the Dayton theatre audience has been pushed regarding the issue of nudity over the years. You would think this would only apply to the professional stage, but no – in Dayton, […]

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Going Green

Theatre in Dayton had a very “green” 2010 By Brian P. Sharp By green, I don’t mean environmentally friendly. I do mean green with ‘wickedness.’ It would be difficult to start talking about this year in theatre without acknowledging the dollars that “Wicked” brought in to our community when it appeared on stage at the […]

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Dining Review Of Greenfire Bistro

It Will Not Disappoint By Brian P. Sharp Hearing about all of the changes at the restaurant formerly known as Chin’s Ginger Grill, I just had to give it a try.  So, I called a friend and invited him to join me for the quick 15 minute drive from downtown Dayton to the newly renovated […]

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Joel Burns Emotional City Council Speech

What an amazing moment of real honesty and heartfelt advice and caring from a politician. If you haven’t seen it…check him out on YouTube. It’s simply an amazing speech about stopping bullying in his small piece of the world

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The Barnsider

A Must-Dine Destination North Of Dayton By Brian P. Sharp The first time I visited the Barnsider at 5202 N. Main Street I was in elementary school. I remember my family being thrilled that a fine restaurant had opened north of town. I remember going there for birthdays, holidays, Mother’s Day or simply just to […]

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Jeet India

Hearty Ethnic Cuisine That Hits The Spot By Brian P. Sharp When I decided to review an Indian restaurant in town, I had no idea how different they would be.  I must admit that I had my doubts since many of these establishments are located in shopping centers. Certainly there are a number of mediocre […]

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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 […]