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Personal and awkward

Mike Birbiglia thanks God for jokes at Victoria By Gary Spencer Photo: Comedian Mike Birbiglia will perform at the Victoria Theatre on Sept. 12;   According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word “religious” has a few synonyms, two of which are the words “devotional” and “sacred.” Most comedians could be said to feel religious about their […]

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Neck and neck

Guitarist Mark Kroos wows at Canal Public House By Gary Spencer Photo: Mark Kroos will perform Sept. 5 at Canal Public House Some things have to be seen to be believed. That certainly seems to be the case with North Carolina guitarist Mark Kroos, who has played every style of music from ska to country, […]

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Tray tables up

Joseph Airport takes flight with new album, first live show By Gary Spencer Photo: Top [l-r]: Jereme Sanborn and Matthew Cutter;  Bottom [l-r]: Pen Penry and Bazooka Joe Patterson of Joseph Airport Love’em or hate ’em, Daytonian rock gods Guided By Voices have inspired hundreds, or possibly thousands, of bands all over the world to do […]

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Dirty jobs

Professor John A. Long researches prehistoric sex and beyond By Gary Spencer Photo: Professor and paleontologist John A. Long on location in South Australia Have you ever wondered how the dinosaurs “did it”? Have you ever wondered what member of the animal kingdom is the best endowed? Have you ever wondered if there are any […]

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All systems go

Man or Astro-Man? invade Taft Theatre By Gary Spencer Photo: Man or Astro-Man? will perform Sept. 3 at the Taft Theatre Going under an assumed identity is nothing new in the world of music. Many, many musicians have made a “name” for themselves under a pseudonym or moniker other than what is written on that artist’s […]

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Between the ditches

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band dirties up the blues By Gary Spencer Photo: Breezy Peyton and Ben “Bird Dog” Bussell of The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band; photo: Birch Miller The blues has existed as a form of musical expression for well over a century. It’s a sound and style that once you hear it, […]

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Getting steamy

Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret does it again By Gary Spencer Photo: The Bronwen Belly Dance Troupe performs at Ye Old Yellow Cabaret I; photo: Joe Mays Some subcultures are on the fringe; others are so underground the majority of the public isn’t aware they exist. That seems to be the case when the subculture in question […]

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Whiskey fueled, hell bent

The Loveless bring sinner’s rockabilly to South Park By Gary Spencer Photo: The Loveless will perform on Aug. 8 at South Park Tavern On Twitter, Dayton rock ‘n’ rollers The Loveless bill themselves as “whiskey fueled” and “hell bent.” I couldn’t think of a better introduction to this contemporary psychobilly band that calls the Gem City […]

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All the same

Australia’s Sick Puppies ready to connect with Ohio By Gary Spencer Photo: Sick Puppies will perform June 25 at JD Legend’s; photo: Myriam Santon It is somewhat unusual the Miami Valley gets an internationally touring band on its musical calendar in any given year. But that rarity will become the case this Friday, when Australian hard […]

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Of art, outreach and lemonade

A year in review at Gallery Saint John By Gary Spencer Photo: “Begin the Journey” by Brother Charles Wanda The phrase “man on a mission” evokes certain types of traits and attributes for most people – somebody with a grand plan, somebody making moves. But sometimes a man on a mission is somebody who’s just armed […]

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Advice Goddess: 7/28

By Amy Alkon   Emotion Sickness Last week, my girlfriend was all annoyed about something (something relatively unimportant). I’m normally […]

Chew on this: 07/28

Rediscover your drive By Jayne Powers On a hot, muggy July afternoon, I bolted out of my apartment to take […]

Hobart Urban Nature Preserve

A piece of Heaven in the middle of the city By Tor Simms Photo: The Hobart Urban Nature Preserve has […]

news of the weird 7/28/2015

  Outsourcing Among the protesters at New York City’s Gay Pride Parade the Sunday after the Supreme Court’s historic gay-marriage […]

The Docket: 07/28

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Amanda Dee   What’s at steak? “$85.85 worth of meet […]

Chew on this: 07/21

More than picking fresh vegetables By Jayne Powers   Today, let’s shine a light on vegetables—literally. Walk into any supermarket, […]