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Can you ‘Handel’ this?

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance presents Handel’s ‘Messiah’ By Gary Spencer Photo: The DPAA presents Handel’s “Messiah” Sunday, Dec. 20; photo: Andy Snow It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as Frank Sinatra once sang, and there are so many traditions during this time—decorating trees, hanging stockings, leaving stale cookies and spoiled milk for Santa […]

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Let it snow

3DMentional’s Snowed In brings legendary DJ Josh Wink to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Josh Wink will perform at Snowd In, Saturday, Dec. 12 at The Venue on Third In case you’ve been living under a rock, it is my duty to inform you the duo of Tony Desaro and Billy Dickensheets, known collectively as […]

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Handmade from the heart

Annual Handmade Holiday at Yellow Cab By Gary Spencer Photo: Handmade drink coasters made by A-Round Dayton, one of many unique items available at Handmade Holiday, Dec. 4-5 at the Old Yellow Cab Building; photo: Erin Vasconcelos The holiday gift-giving season is upon us once again, and us would-be Santas face choices when it comes […]

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Rock from the heart of it all

Motel Beds, mr. Gnome at Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Nicole Barille and Sam Meister of mr. Gnome, who will play Nov. 28 at Blind Bob’s It’s not often that one looks at a rock show in Dayton and its lineup, and then considers it a can’t-miss affair—a “megashow,” if you will. However, that’s exactly […]

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Face it

UD’s ArtStreet exhibition makes fear less scary By Gary Spencer Photo: Krista Franklin, FEAR collage Fear is a strong emotion, to be sure. It causes most humans to take drastic actions to avoid that thing that they fear, or to avoid that emotion to begin with. The University of Dayton’s ArtStreet has decided to take […]

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Dirty deeds

NYC’s Dirty Dishes to dish it out at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Dirty Dishes will perform on Nov. 17 at Blind Bob’s Sometimes bands form in the strangest ways. Such is the case for Dirty Dishes, a New York City based, Boston formed duo comprised of Alex Molini (synth and bass) and Jenny […]

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Eat your smiles

Japanese Action Comic Punk Band Peelander-Z lands again By Gary Spencer Photo: Peelander-Z will appear at RockStar Pro Arena on Nov. 9; photo: Brian Byers As a music journalist, I find most artists to be relatively straightforward when discussing their music. However, the New York-based, self-proclaimed “Japanese Action Comic Punk” band Peelander-Z has is a […]

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Dark arts

Night of the Creeps Art Show: simply eerie-sistable By Gary Spencer Photo: Night of the Creeps Art Show will feature Halloween and horror-themed art and more, Oct. 30 at Club Vex; photo: Mary Kathryn Burnside It’s that time of year when people seem to embrace all that is ghastly, ghoulish and creepy, and a group […]

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Around the world in 183 seats

Legendary metal guitarist presents Planetary Coalition at UD By Gary Spencer Photo: Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick deviated from thrash metal to explore world music; photo: Tom Couture Photography Many musicians become famous for playing in a musical era or genre and pretty much stick to what brought them to the dance. Then, there are other […]

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Things that go boom in the night

Yiiiikes! 3 drops Halloween on Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Yiiiikes! 3 takes place this Saturday, Oct. 24 at The Venue on 3rd in downtown Dayton; photo: William Dickensheets There’s an old saying that anything worth doing is worth doing twice. Well, in the case of the now annual Yiiiikes! EDM event that takes place […]

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Seed you there!

40 years of Troy’s Strawberry Festival (a berry good year!) By Emma Jarman Forty years ago, a small group of […]

On Your Marc: 5/24/16

A passing brush with No. 1 Bush By Marc Katz There’s a fascination with being No. 1, and since I’m […]

Vitality Check: 5/24/16

WTF: Genetically modified mosquitoes By Rocco Castellano This week’s column is going to sound like it’s coming right out of […]

On Your Marc: 5/17/16

Some moments at Hara By Marc Katz I can spin a funny story about this now. but in 1996 it […]

Sew what?

I Make Things Because I Must explores the value of homemade at YSAC By Jimaur Calhoun Sometimes in art, a […]

Vitality Check: 5/17/16

Estrogen: the enemy among us By Rocco Castellano About a year ago, I wrote a column called “Soy Meets World” […]