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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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news of the weird: 10/28

by Chuck Shephard Lead Story – Eye of the beholder The Osiligi Maasai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying […]

The hands-on headless horseman

Zoot Reboots for “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: C.J. Suchyta and Natalie Houliston display Ichabod at a Zoot […]

The Docket

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Editor’s Choice: Saucy and stalk-y After […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Knight Terrors I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got […]

Putting the ‘boo’ in book

Inside Troy’s haunted bookstore By Matt Bayman Photo: Around About Books is located at 8 W. Main St. in Troy […]

News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]