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Family Ties

5th generation of pretzel benders on Xenia Avenue By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Smales Pretzel Bakery has been around as long as the airplane. Theoretically, the Wright Brothers could have had a Smales pretzel. In fact it’s likely, considering that Smales (rhymes with “sails”) were the Montgomery County Fair pretzel up until the latter part of […]

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Him of many faces

Tommy Davidson makes impressions at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Remember the T-1000 from “Terminator 2” and how it was made up of that mimetic alloy that allowed it to instantly transform into whomever it wanted? Tommy Davidson must be made of similar stuff, considering how completely he disappears into impressions, from Sylvester […]

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Battle of the voices

Dayton’s spoken word collective Metaphorically Speaking turns three By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin If you’ve ever been privy to the intensity of a spoken word poetry slam, you know the spine-tingling effect that the power of well-chosen words can have on your very being. Metaphorically Speaking does just that. A collective of local artists, creatives and […]

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Just a guy

Bill Engvall at the Schuster Center By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Bill Engvall has been trying to convince us he’s “just a guy” since he began his professional career in comedy some 30-odd years ago. He has that easy quality, the warmth that radiates from genuine people. He loves his wife. He’s proud of his daughter […]

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Getting her done

LARRY THE CABLE GUY WITH JEFF FOXWORTHY AT THE TAFT THEATRE By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin You know Larry the Cable Guy, the jovial, sleeveless sensation, widely recognized for hollering his supportive catchphrase “Git-r-done!” For this you likely also know Mater, the loveable tow truck sidekick from Cars, the third installment of which is currently in […]

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Cross my heart and hope to Dye

Jeff Dye at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin You know that one friend you have who’s always good for a story? It doesn’t even have to be about anything extraordinary, they just have a really engaging way of telling you about daily minutia. If you’re lucky, that friend is something like Jeff Dye, […]

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Who wants to be smarter than a 5th grader?

Diving head first into the Dayton trivia scene   Trivia Host: “The answer is Ursa Minor.” Husband: “Aw, nuts.” Trivia Host: “Which of course is also known as the Little Dipper.” Husband: “Oh! Nice!” Me: “Told ya so.” There were several told-ya-sos on the night our Dayton City Paper team trouped out to the Buffalo […]

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What a character!

John Witherspoon at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: John Witherspoon performs Friday, Jan. 22, and Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 and 10 p.m. at Dayton Funny Bone For 40 years, John Witherspoon has been stealing the show with his memorable roles in blockbuster movies, music videos and TV shows. From Willie Jones […]

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2015: Sex

 The world is your oyster By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: “We are committed to supporting the development of safe and effective treatments for female sexual dysfunction.” – Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Raise your hand if you’re excited and maybe also a little confused about the state […]

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Will the real Santa please stand up?

A day in the life of Mr. Claus By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin     THE BEGINNINGS It’s not every sunny October afternoon you get to sit down with Santa Claus; that sort of thing is usually reserved for the frenzied days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. But this lucky writer got to meet and chat with […]

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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” […]