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Not just in the Boondocks


‘Pioneering cartoonists of Color’ By Lauren Adams   When most people think of famous Black cartoons, political Black cartoons, revolutionary Black cartoons, or any Black cartoons for that matter, most people think of the Boondocks, a comic strip turned TV show created by Aaron McGruder. McGruder shares searing commentary of race and culture told through […]

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Much Godot about nothing


Springfield StageWorks keeps “Waiting for Godot” By Lauren Adams The very first words of Samuel Beckett’s absurdist play “Waiting for Godot” are “Nothing to be done.” Ironically, the Irish literary critic Vivian Mercier described it as a play which “has achieved a theoretical impossibility—a play in which nothing happens, that yet keeps audiences glued to their seats. […]

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Funny with a purpose


Suzanne Westenhoefer brings bold comedy to Antioch By Lauren Adams Laughter is truly the best medicine, and as any good doctor will tell you, there is an inherent responsibility in the way that medicine is dispensed. At its best, comedy not only entertains—it inspires, educates and exposes some difficult truths about society. It’s something we […]

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Booze and body mods


Science of tattoos, taboos and more at Boonshoft By Lauren Adams Wine? Check. Hors d’oeuvres? Check. Tattooing and makeovers in a science museum while drinking wine and eating hors d’oeuvres? Check. On Feb. 27 the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery will deliver it all with the Eureka!: Sip, Savor, Science event. The experience will give guests […]

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Rat pack retro


Dayton Philharmonic’s Music of Mad Men By Lauren Adams Photo: Conductor Steven Reineke and the DPO present the Music of the Mad Men Era Feb. 19-20 at the Schuster Center The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present the Music of Mad Men Era with guest conductor Steven Reineke at the Schuster Center on Feb. 19 and […]

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Seeing red


‘Red Combines’ provides colorful display of agricultural historyBy Lauren Adams Photo: “Red Combines 1915-2015” is available for purchase on By Lauren Adams A few months ago, a friend and I debated the merits of an e-book versus a “regular book.” I’d decided that I didn’t care what format it was in, as long as […]

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What the heck is Kwanzaa?


Answers to a question you may have been afraid to ask By Lauren Adams Photo: Larry Crowe performs tambiko—the ritual of pouring libation is an essential ceremonial tradition and a way of giving homage to the ancestors It is a question many of us have. Like most holidays, many think Kwanzaa is a religious celebration, […]

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Saucy Santas


Ten years of the Santa Pub Crawl By Lauren Adams Photo: The Santa Pub Crawl takes place Saturday, Dec. 12 in the Oregon District; photo: Geek with a Lens Photography If you see hundreds of elves stumbling around the Oregon District on Saturday, Dec. 12, don’t be alarmed. It’s just Daytonians celebrating the holidays, and […]

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Home is where the art is


Rosewood Holiday Arts Festival celebrates 30 years of community art By Lauren Adams Photo: A Rosewood Holiday Arts Festival takes place on Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Rosewood Arts Center; photo: Shayna McConville On Saturday, Dec. 5, the Rosewood Arts Centre will celebrate its third holiday festival. The festival celebrates local artists and gives the […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]