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He comes to you from the future

John Heffron at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: John Heffron will perform Dec. 10-13 at Dayton Funny Bone John Heffron has been telling jokes for more than 20 years, his first gig being emcee at Main Street Comedy Showcase on the University of Michigan campus. A Detroit native, Heffron later spent years […]

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The comedy man cometh

Bert Kreischer at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Bert Kreischer will perform Nov. 6-8 at Dayton Funny Bone Remember at the end of “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978) how they do a little freeze-frame on each character to let you know where they ended up? And you see the one for John […]

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Comedy’s real deal

Mike Epps at the Schuster Center By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Comedian Mike Epps will perform at the Schuster Center on Oct. 24 Mike Epps’ career reaches back to the early ‘90s, when he started as a stand-up comic. On the big screen, he’s played memorable roles such as Day-Day in the “Friday” films and […]

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Stewed, screwed & tatooed

Discovering Dayton’s not-so-sub tattoo culture By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Truth & Triumph Artist Joe Brenner sterilizes an area to be inked; Photo: Bill Franz Dayton’s got ink, and it’s not afraid to show it. “Even in big cities, if you’re at the beach and you have a lot of tattoos, people look at you weird,” […]

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The rant king returns

Lewis Black in Concert: A Benefit to The Human Race (Theatre Company) By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Comedian Lewis Black will perform at the Victoria Theatre on Oct. 11 as a benefit for the Human Race Theatre Company “It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.” I don’t know that Philip K. […]

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Gnawing through the straps will be totally worth it

Emo Philips at Wiley’s Comedy Club By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Comedian Emo Philips will perform at Wiley’s Comedy Club Sept. 24-26; photo: Guy Viau Emo Philips has performed more than 6,000 times since the beginning of his comedy career in 1976 in Chicago. During that time, he has produced award-winning comedy albums including E=MO2, […]

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Ding dong!

The Book of Mormon knocks at Schuster Center By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Monica L. Patton, David Larsen and Cody Jamison Strand perform in the national tour of The Book of Mormon, coming to the Schuster Center Aug. 18-23; photo: Joan Marcus Matt Parker and Trey Stone, the creative team behind such acclaimed productions as […]

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Philanthrappelling

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ big steps for charity by Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The Over the Edge event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley; photo: Peter Wine, Media Moments Photography   Average Friday got you down? Want to see the world—at least the Dayton part—from another angle? How about instead of a […]

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Beer street

Dayton’s next open container Entertainment District TBD By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin photo: Andrew Thompson On April 30, Gov. John R. Kasich signed into law House Bill 47, giving cities the ability to create “entertainment districts” that would be exempt from the state’s open ver stntainer law, which prohibits people from freely strolling around with adult […]

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Sharp tongued

“Girl Code” confidante Jessimae Peluso at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Jessimae Peluso will perform July 9-11 at Dayton Funny Bone Jessimae Peluso possesses the kind of unbridled honesty that makes you acutely aware of how ridiculous the world can be. The quick-witted Syracuse, New York, native made a name for herself […]

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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” […]