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The power of Pollak


Actor/comic Kevin Pollak mocks celebs and more at Funny Bone By Jason Webber Kevin Pollak understands the often thankless role of a journalist because he’s one himself – in addition to being an actor, comic and author. When he called me at our prescheduled interview time, he sheepishly asked if we could postpone our discussion […]

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Life of Brian

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Brian Posehn on Sarah Silverman, hipsters, and the dangers of telling Juggalos you don’t smoke weed By Jason Webber First impressions are everything and here was an unforgettable one – a chubby, bespectacled dude who looked like the owner of a vinyl-only music store, who was making a sandwich of raw spaghetti and jelly for […]

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Roger and me


Duran drummer Roger Taylor dishes on supermodels, David Lynch and the thrill of getting your video banned By Jason Webber The only thing more surprising than being able to actually secure an interview with a member of Duran Duran – arguably the biggest group of the 1980s – is that member being drummer Roger Taylor. […]

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We could be (super)heroes!


Dayton Art Institute salutes comic art (not just for geeks!) by Jason Webber Look! Up in the sky! It’s Superman! Spider Man! Wonder Woman! A super-sized knitted Mr. Fantastic costume! And they’re all in the Dayton Art Institute! Holy highbrow, Batman! The colorful new DAI exhibit “You Are My Superhero,” running through Sept. 23, proves […]

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Way Out with the Wayans


Shawn and Marlon Wayans to tickle Dayton’s Funny Bone By Jason Webber Fame and fortune are seldom glamorous—just ask poor Marlon Wayans. After a week of email and a brief flurry of phone tag with his publicist and manager, we finally got Marlon Wayans on the phone from his hotel room in Florida, where he […]

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Love, Comedian Style


Loni Love Brings Her Keepin’-It-Real Comedy to Dayton By Jason Webber Being from Detroit, Loni Love just tells it like it is -no holds barred, no sacred cows, just pure, let-‘er-fly comedy pleasure. But there’s more to this funny lady than just an inner city ‘tude. Ms. Love also has a background in electrical engineering, […]

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Meat Loaf’s Hell In A Handbasket


By Jason Webber So it’s come to this — from Bat Out of Hell, to Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, to Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose to, finally, Hell In A Handbasket. At this point, the album should’ve been called Meat Loaf: Shut the Hell Up. Thirty five […]

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Sinéad O’Connor


How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?   By Jason Webber With the release of the wonderfully raw and confessional album How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?, Sinéad O’Connor proves that tearing up a picture of the Pope back in ’90 was just a small sample of her chutzpah. It’s […]

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Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas


By Jason Webber Decades after eating Chinese oranges with Suzanne, waxing poetic about torn blue raincoats and predicting a future that is “murder,” 77-years young Leonard Cohen has lived and loved enough for three lifetimes. But his new album Old Ideas proves that the self-described “lazy bastard in a suit” will not be going quietly […]

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The Big Pink’s Future This and 4AD Records

By Jason Webber Once upon a time, in the late ’80s/early ’90s to be exact, there was a magical world called 4AD Records, a mystical land where Pixies, Breeders, Cocteau Twins and other creatures played melodic and dreamy alternative music that touched the souls of millions of misfit listeners. But as the years passed, a […]

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Kathleen Madigan Speaks Out

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On Politics, Men and the Business of Being Funny By Jason Webber Kathleen Madigan is kind of a pain to interview … because she’s so damn funny and interesting. It’s tough to take notes and move through your list of questions when you’re too busy laughing at her no-nonsense analysis of this insane asylum called […]

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Still Pauly After All These Years


Pauly Shore Delivers Wiezel-free — But Still Funny — Comedy to Dayton By Jason Webber It was Southern California. It was the late ‘80s. And to those of us in a certain demographic who were there — the “Yo! MTV Raps” — watching, T&C Surf Design-wearing, suburban kids who were being spoiled by our Yuppie […]

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Arise, Sir Cedric

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Cedric the Entertainer on Spike Lee, Prince … and trying not to embarrass the President by Jason Webber After you talk to Cedric the Entertainer, you just wanna hug the guy. What you see onstage is what you get when you’re just chatting with him—he’s laid-back, jovial, friendly, and very, very funny. The Artist Formerly […]

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Bachelor’s Pad

Jason Webber and Hugh Grant in "Love Actually" ... together at last.

Jason, Actually Bumbling and stumbling in my first year in Dayton By Jason Webber So there I am sitting on the sofa in the traditional post-Thanksgiving food coma with my ex-girlfriend’s new husband when it occurs to me — my life is rather odd — and not just because I’m good buddies with my ex’s […]

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Bachelor’s Pad

Getting older, getting wiser? A pirate looks at 36 … By Jason Webber And now I shall tell ye the accursed tale of how I inadvertently damned myself with a permanently lazy eye from playing pirates with my third-grade classmates, and what in Davy Jones’ Locker this has to do with my upcoming 36th birthday. […]

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Bachelor’s Pad

The More The Scarier: Why Halloween friggin’ rocks By Jason Webber Keep your Independence Day, your Thanksgiving, and especially your Christmas (humbug!). Of the 365 days that make up the Gregorian calendar, there’s only one holiday that really matters — Halloween. As I type this, I have a jack-o-lantern-worthy smile and some killer pumpkin stencils […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]