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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

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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News of the weird: 09/16/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – A nerd’s rhapsody Nicholas Felton’s latest annual recap of his personal communications data is […]

Their exits and their entrances

Celebrating 20 years of Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Artistic director John Fleming addresses the audience during […]

In living color

Color: Impressions and Innovations at Glen Helen By Joyell Nevins Photo: Joe Barrish, “McLain Street View”; oil Our visual spectrum has […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Whoa is me Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked […]

Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]