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Let’s go to the movies

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Miamisburg Plaza Theatre now showing! By Gary Spencer From time to time, something old and long forgotten is revisited and cherished—think record collections or vintage finds at antique stores. This also seems to be the case for a historic movie theatre in downtown Miamisburg that, thanks to generous support from the public, has a new […]

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The language of song

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Francesca Blanchard brings her multicultural music to UD By Gary Spencer Inspiration for writing music comes from many places and personal experiences. That inspiration is drawn from far away memories, experiences growing up, places we lived a long time ago and everything in between. For Francesca Blanchard, a singer/songwriter, style, sound, lyrics and inspiration is […]

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Foundation of stone

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Nashville band Frances & the Foundation at Bob’s By Gary Spencer As most any artist from Dayton past or present can attest, being an ambitious, young musician can be challenging and frustrating. The burning desire to make a living out of your craft and get your music out for the world to hear drives many […]

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Lonesome highway grooves

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The Devil Doves’ Dayton debut at Trolley By Gary Spencer Photo: The Devil Doves perform Jan. 15 at The Trolley Stop If you’ve ever made the drive from Dayton to Columbus, you know the scenery well (or lack thereof). Once you get past Springfield, there isn’t much to look at until you get closer to […]

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Murder, she wrote

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Local author JJ Philips sheds light on new novel By Gary Spencer Photo: JJ Philips, author of “Parental Bloodshed”; photo: Chet King of Hexfyre Photography Horror fiction, be it in cinematic or literary form, has been a popular form of entertainment since it first saw the light of day. However, over the years horror has […]

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Coming to you live, from Dayton!

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Gem City touring highlights of 2015 By Gary Spencer Photo: Weird Al Yankovic’s appearance at Fraze this summer was one to be remembered Well gang, 2015 is about to come to an end. Time flies when you’re having fun, and judging by staggering amount of good touring acts that came to the Gem City this […]

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Can you ‘Handel’ this?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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 […]