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Let’s get physical

The Miami Valley celebrates Record Store Day 2013 By Leo DeLuca Photo: Record collectors celebrate Record Store Day 2013 on Saturday, April in the Miami Valley Founded in 2007 and launched in 2008, Record Store Day (RSD) is designed to bring “independently owned record stores and artists together to celebrate the art of music,” according the […]

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A lot with a little

Dolfish visits South Park Tavern By Leo DeLuca Photo: Dolfish [aka Max Sollisch] will perform at South Park Tavern on Friday, March 15 Dolfish, the indie folk-rock venture of Cleveland-based songwriter Max Sollisch, is no stranger to brevity. In his short time on the scene, Paste, American Songwriter, Daytrotter and more have all hailed Sollisch. In […]

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Dark humor

Christopher Titus visits Funny Bone  By Leo DeLuca  Photo:  Comedian Christopher Titus will visit the Dayton Funny Bone March 1-3 Comedian Christopher Titus first came to prominence with “Titus” – a contentious FOX television program that aired in the early aughts. While censors admonished him to tone down his sinister humor, Titus refused to compromise and […]

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Splitting sides since 1976

Emo Philips returns to Wiley’s By Leo DeLuca Photo: Comedian Emo Philips returns to Wiley’s Comedy Club Feb. 21-24; photo credit: Kevin Thom Comedian Emo Philips has been splitting sides since 1976. Hailed by Jay Leno as “the best joke writer in America,” Philips has appeared on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Arsenio Hall. In addition, […]

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Song of South Africa

Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Miami University’s Middletown Campus By Leo DeLuca Photo:  Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala [front] brings the group he founded over 45 years ago to Miami-Middletown campus on Feb. 13 Ladysmith Black Mambazo – the South African male choral group first widely recognized for their appearance on Paul Simon’s classic 1986 Graceland […]

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Coming for to carry me home

The regional impact of The Emancipation Proclamation and The Underground Railroad By Leo DeLuca Photo: Abraham Lincoln [third from left] at the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the cabinet; photo courtesy of the Library of Congress Less than four years after campaigning for the United States Presidency on Dayton’s Old Courthouse steps, Abraham Lincoln issued […]

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Stop staring at the cracks in the wall

WHY? kicks off 2013 with a hometown show at Taft Theatre By Leo DeLuca Photo:  [clockwise from left] Josiah Wolf, Doug McDiarmid, Yoni Wolf and Liz Wolf; photo credit: Aaron Conway Ohio-based indie rock/hip-hop band WHY? has been garnering international acclaim the past few years. Evolving from experimental hip-hop groups such as cLOUDDEAD and Reaching Quiet, […]

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To the principal’s office!

From Vince Vaughn films to “Weeds,” Comedian Bret Ernst has been around the block  By Leo DeLuca Los Angeles-based comedian Bret Ernst performs at Dayton’s Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant on Jan. 24-27. Raised in New Jersey and South Florida, Ernst went on to play football at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island […]

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Saving face

Original West Side Wright Factory to be preserved  By Leo DeLuca The President of the United States continues to recognize Dayton, Ohio as the “Birthplace of Aviation.” In 2009, Barack Obama signed an act to expand the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Park to include the Wright Company factory – the oldest aircraft manufacturing facility in […]

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She ain’t what she used to be … and that’s not a bad thing!

The classic film “Sunset Boulevard” stirs thoughts of Dayton’s past, present and future By Leo DeLuca Ranking high upon the American Film Institute’s Greatest Movies list, “Sunset Boulevard” (1950) stars Joe Gillis (William Holden), a struggling screenwriter from Dayton, Ohio. Gillis happens upon Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), a fading silent film star who bemoans audio in […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]