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Jennifer Taylor’s Rock Retrospective sounds off at Christopher’s Restaurant ‘Bernie Worrell Orchestra’; photo: Jennifer Taylor By Morgan Laurens “When I say I’m a music photographer, people look at me kind of strangely,” says Jennifer Taylor. The raven-haired Taylor sips water instead of coffee during our interview, saying that a 2:30 p.m. dose of caffeine will […]

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Speaking in tongues

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Tyler Peffley delivers Diction at Blue House Gallery Photo: Tyler Peffley’s ‘Censors,’ part of the Diction series on display at Blue House Gallery through June 30 By Morgan Laurens Remember your first-ever gig ticket? How about the flier from your friend’s art show that you taped, crooked and unframed, to your bedroom wall? Or the […]

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Backseat souvenirs

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Photographer Leah Stahl digs up her Artifacts at Dutoit Gallery photo: ‘Unknown Backseat Specimen 23,’ part of Leah Stahl’s Artifacts series, is on display at Dutoit Gallery through June By Morgan Laurens Photographer Leah Stahl is a kindred spirit. I can tell, even before she sets foot inside the café where we’re having our interview. Wearing all […]

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Speak, memory

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James Luckett captures ‘The View Behind the Café’ at Dutoit Gallery Photo: ‘Tuesday, March 8, 12:13pm, 68 Degrees’ by James Luckett By Morgan Laurens There must be a word, in German, maybe, or Japanese, that conveys what it feels like to wind up in the same dream twice. I’m not talking about the prickly French […]

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Beach noir

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Katie Lee Mansfield dives into ‘Summer Break’ at The Blue House Gallery Photo: Katie Lee Mansfield’s ‘Summer Break’ is on display at The Blue House Gallery May 27-June 2 By Morgan Laurens “This is the American Dream. This is my f–kin’ dream y’all! All this sheeyit! Look at my sheeyit! I got SHORTS! Every f–kin’ […]

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An eye for existentialism

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Darren Haper’s Almost There looks inward at Rosewood Arts Centre By Morgan Laurens Photo: Darren Haper’s Almost There is on display at Rosewood Gallery through May 19   “Ooh, look! Isn’t this fun?” coos a woman in a red shirt, pointing to a distressed cartoon character caught in an ominous looking funnel. The cartoon, a […]

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Fine finals

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Surveying the area’s spring college art shows By Morgan Laurens Photo: Wright State’s Robert and Elaine Stein Gallery; photo: Tess Cortes   Every spring you’ll find an above average number of college students hunkered down in the library, surrounded by a small army of paper coffee cups. It’s finals time, and most students are busy cramming […]

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Eating electricity

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Andy Gabbard channels AC/DC at Yellow Cab By Morgan Laurens Photo: Andy Gabbard, of Buffalo Killers notoriety, strips away heavy guitars for his solo, bare-bones rock; photo: Sven Kahns   A favorite childhood band can say a lot about a person: their passions, their priorities, their preferred style of air guitar. Andy Gabbard’s early obsession […]

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Realism isn’t dead

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Peter Clive’s Narrative Figure Paintings color TEJAS Gallery By Morgan Laurens Photo: ‘Lamplight’ depicts a solemn world of interiors “I have no use for Jeff Koons, for probably obvious reasons,” Peter Clive tells me. The New Hampshire-based painter—whose Narrative Figure Paintings is on display at TEJAS Gallery through the month of March—is telling me about […]

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Film, photograph, or memory?

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Julie Renee Jones’ ‘UMBRA’ casts a shadow at Blue House Gallery By Morgan Laurens Photo: ‘Chiral’ is one of the more surreal works in Julie Renee Jones’ ‘UMBRA’, running through Feb. 28 at Blue House Gallery Julie Renee Jones is a bit of a film buff. “Have you seen “Solaris?” she asks, grasping a mug […]

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Physical Instagram : Pecha Kucha builds a real social network

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A 20×20 Vision Pecha Kucha takes back big, concise ideas from the Internet By Morgan Laurens Photo: Guest MC Jason Antonick by Briana Snyder It’s painfully cold just outside Dayton’s Masonic Temple. Even the coarse chunks of rock salt can’t cut through thick slabs of ice coating the inky blacktop of the parking lot. Several […]

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Mitosis is…

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Multiverse exhibit divides and conquers at UD’s Radial Gallery By Morgan Laurens Photo: ‘Multiverse’ by Natalie Lanese at UD’s Radial Gallery through Feb. 16 There’s something alien about Julie Abijanac’s “Poumon Noir.” The dark, amorphous mass juts out intrusively from the left wall of the Radial Gallery, a black hole lying in wait, startling you […]

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Lights, camera…hope?

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Dayton Philharmonic brushes off Oscars’ buried gems By Morgan Laurens Photo: Marie Danvers sings the classics at Lights, Camera… the Oscars! Jan. 20-21 at the Schuster Every true film lover has that moment when they realize, Oh, right, the Oscars are bullshit. Mine arrived precisely 6 minutes and 26 seconds into 2013’s opening monologue, when I […]

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Nerd is the word

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Dare 2 Defy presents The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee By Morgan Laurens Photo: (l-r) Logainne (Tori Kocher), Marcy (Abby Land), William (Brennan Paulin), and Leaf (Brett Norgaard) in D2D’s 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee photos: Mackensie King Galoubet. Capybara. Tittup. Periscii. Cystitis. Syzygy. How many of these words do you know? One, maybe two […]

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Phil Dona-who?

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Local director spotlights Dayton’s Phil Donahue in The Human Animal musical By Morgan Laurens Photo: Director Ian Turner hones in on the life of Phil Donahue, above in an interview on Democracy Now!, through musical Ian Turner glances at his watch. Just under an hour ago, he was leaning against the wall of a tiny […]

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Through the Looking Glass

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Strong’s Surrealist Ball By Morgan Laurens   It’s a cold winter night in France. You’re dressed to the nines in formal wear, a sky-blue invitation dotted with white clouds tucked inside your coat. The invitation reads, “black tie, long dresses, surrealist headpiece.” You’re going to a party and the only thing missing is your antlers. […]

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No Jet Engines Here

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]