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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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Cabin Fever

DCP writers’ confessions on Seasonal Affective Disorder Sweaty palms, dizziness, heart beating out of my chest, nausea, but yet I’m shivering. I need to run, get away, get away from wherever I am. I need to walk, feel the cool air on my face, tell myself everything is going to be OK and hope this […]

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The longest drink order

Dayton native Beth Stelling performs at Wiley’s  By Leo DeLuca Comedian Beth Stelling has been entertaining friends and family since her childhood days in Dayton, Ohio. Stelling’s bent for humor recently landed her on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and earned her the title of “Best Stand-up Comedian” by The Chicago Reader. In addition, Stelling […]

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Midwestern splendor

Dayton native Joseph Remnant illustrates Harvey Pekar’s best-selling posthumous novel By Leo DeLuca Cartoonist and illustrator Joseph Remnant grew up in Dayton and graduated from Oakwood High School in 2000. Remnant recently illustrated “Cleveland” – the 2012 New York Times best-selling graphic novel by famed comic book author Harvey Pekar. Pekar is best known for […]

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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 […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]