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Nudity As A Shroud

The Nude Is Condemned To Never Being Naked By J.T. Ryder “No nude, however abstract, should fail to arouse in the spectator some vestige of erotic feeling, even if it be only the faintest shadow – and if it does not do so it is bad art and false morals.” ~Kenneth Clark We revel in […]

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Preserving Liberty Film Festival

Ohio Liberty Film Festival Begins On Veteran’s Day By J.T. Ryder The dream of liberty is a rather delicately elusive concept with an imagery that carries a weighty faith and conviction within many people’s hearts. It is true that most people do not realize what liberties they have been afforded until they are taken away. […]

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Debate Forum Right 11/03/10

Spring Forward, Fall Asleep By J.T. Ryder Daylight Saving Time is almost here, so go hand crank the ol’ Hudson and we’ll motor down to see a moving picture show down at the Gold Theater! Why, maybe Chaplin’s Modern Times will be playing! Wouldn’t that be swell!? The cool thing about arguing against the continuance […]

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Jazz

Bill Cunliffe Trio By J.T. Ryder Bill Cunliffe is a triple threat: a superb musician, an accomplished composer/arranger and a first-rate music educator. He won a Grammy for his arrangement of West Side Story Medley from the CD Resonance Big Bands Tribute To Oscar Peterson, and is currently the associate professor of music at California […]

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Billy Idol

Billy Comes To The Fraze By J.T. Ryder Billy Idol (which is a far cooler name than his given name: William Michael Albert Broad) will be rockin’ the cradle of love right into the Fraze Pavilion Friday, September 3 at 8 p.m. Idol gained recognition back in the 1970s as a member of the punk […]

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Debate Forum Left 08/25/10

Out Of The Clear Jet Blue By J.T. Ryder JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater’s obscenity laden rant (just before grabbing a couple of Blue Moon beers for the road and deploying the friendly sky slip and slide) has become a rallying cry for those feeling that they are among the oppressed, harried and abused working […]

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African-American Cultural Festival

Around Town By J.T. Ryder The 2010 Dayton African-American Cultural Festival will offer a diverse mix of arts, entertainment and education, blending jazz, soul, gospel and hip hop with traditional African storytelling including an authentic glimpse of African village life. The festival promises to entertain with a wide range of music include performances from Darin […]

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Blondie Brings The Beat To The Fraze

Platinum Perfection By J.T. Ryder The two-toned hairstyle that became Deborah Harry’s signature in the 1970s and 1980s almost acts as a physical analogy to the dualistic nature and perception by the public of her and her band Blondie, which will perform Saturday, August 28 at the Fraze Pavilion. Born in 1945, Harry was adopted […]

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Cover Story: A Wonderland Of Art And Purpose

The Art And Articulation Contained Within Front Street By J.T. Ryder The red river brick monolithic structures sit straddling East Second Street with Front Street, intersecting through the middle of what has become known colloquially as the Front Street artists’ lofts. Simultaneously daunting and inviting, the buildings have housed some of the area’s most recognized […]

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Crescent City Connection

Trolly Stop Welcomes Paul Sanchez And The Rolling Road Show By J.T. Ryder Paul Sanchez, who has been a featured performer on the HBO series Treme, has concocted a flavorful bayou stew featuring performers that represent some of the various styles of music that comprise the New Orleans sound. His fellow players include such Louisiana […]

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Party Polynesian Festiki Festival

Surf Ohio Presents Second Annual Festiki While attending Whetstone High School in Columbus, Ohio during the mid-1970s, Ron Kaplan started a joke. His first creation was a bootleg T-shirt he designed for an upcoming Beach Boys concert that had the cryptic message “Surf the Olentangy” incorporated into its monochromatic design. From there, he designed what […]

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Of Saints and Wonders

Of Saints and Wonders Unite Irish of Dayton Presents Dayton Celtic Festival. -By J.T. Ryder The mythopoetic imagery of the Emerald Isle causes a stirring in some, a sense of longing, a yearning to hear the strident fiddle match against the keening wail of the uilleann pipes calling over the misty mountains and across the […]

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The Pigmentation of Imagination

An Overview of the History and Psychology of Tattoos “Primitive tribes were certainly convinced that the spirit, having escaped from the body at death, retained a replica of its earthly tenement. They therefore used tattoo marks as a means of identification in the next world and a passport to future happiness.” ~ Ronald Scutt The […]

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The Sustainability of Stability – The Greater Downtown Dayton Plan

Since Dayton was founded on April 1, 1796, there has always been a plan. Some plans failed because of lack of foresight and a few others, while boons for a short time, were quickly supplanted by some other burgeoning method, like the railroads replacing the canals. In recent memory, plans have been drawn up by […]

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Conservatively Comedic – Mark Klein

Mark Klein brings political and observational humor to Wiley’s While Mark Klein’s early career careened around the edges of the blue circuit playing in seedy clubs and even strip joints, over time, his act evolved and matured. His performance reflects who he has become rather than a persona he cultivated over the years on stage. […]

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The Fraze – Kettering’s Outdoor Oasis

Fraze Pavilion organizers have seemingly perfected the art of scheduling a lineup with a balanced mix of music and entertainment that cuts a swath across all demographics and musical genres. The 2010 season particularly sets the bar higher, including a variety of music we have come to expect from the venue such as jazz (Dave […]

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]

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Humans and animals must coexist on this Earth, of that there is no doubt—the circle of life, after all, is […]