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Is the Pope Catholic?

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Political cartoonist Ted Rall’s graphic Pope Francis biography Kettering native Ted Rall has published over 21 books, his cartoons and editorial column are widely syndicated, and he appears regularly as a cable news commentator. By Tim Smith Ted Rall is one angry dude. The award-winning graphic novelist, political cartoonist, and journalist has made a career […]

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Dayton’s Bourbon landmark

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Award winning Century Bar at the top of their game Stepping in to the Century Bar is taking a step back in time. “So set ’em up Joe, I’ve got a little story I think you should know…” By Dr. Mike Rosenberg | Photo by Michael Morris Bourbon’s popularity in the United States is booming. The […]

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On Stage April 2018

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The stage is a world of entertainment (L-R) Paige Jacobs, Elisha Chamberlin, Amber J. Smith, and Justin Lampkins from the ensemble cast of the Sinclair Theatre production of “Blood at the Root.” Photo: Patti Celek By Tim Smith “Blood at the Root” Sinclair Theatre Sinclair Theatre tackles a controversial yet timely subject when they present […]

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Kansas resurrected

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Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie Platt, David Manion, and David Ragsdale By Tim Smith In the world of classic rock music acts, there are bands—and then there’s Kansas. The one-time garage band from Topeka has been entertaining fans since 1974, […]

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On The Cutting EDGE

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DPAA Program Reaches Out To New Audiences EDGE performers Thomas Sobieski (violin), Kim Trout (viola), Christina Coletta (cello), and Leslie Stratton (harp—not pictured) perform in Yellow Springs By Tim Smith The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance continually strives to introduce their various organizations to a wider audience. One of their newest programs is called EDGE, and […]

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Mayor of Bluesville

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Doug Hart Band blueses Trolley Stop Doug Hart controlling his stratocaster By Tim Smith I’m continually amazed at the wealth of musical talent in the Dayton area. Some bands have a solid local following, but many have found fame outside of their comfort zone. One such example is the Doug Hart Band. They’ll be appearing […]

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An enchanted evening

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Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra presents “An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein” The members of the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra are all volunteers, playing for the love of the music By Tim Smith The music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II forever changed the Broadway landscape beginning in the 1940s, contributing shows and songs that […]

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Play that damn guitar

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Jay Jesse Johnson Band will perform at the Dublin Pub Jay Jesse Johnson playing that damn guitar. Photo: Ed Sawicki By Tim Smith It’s been said that sometimes you have to leave home to find your true calling. Indiana-born blues guitarist and singer, Jay Jesse Johnson is living proof of that adage. His band will […]

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Architecture in motion

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Diavolo’s fearless dance fusion Diavolo’s unique architecture is the launch pad for their high-flying dance. By Tim Smith Anyone who has attended the circus has experienced that breathtaking moment when the trapeze artists fly high above you, and one of them lets go in mid-air. You instinctively gasp and wonder, “Will they catch the other […]

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A little Czech music

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Czech Republic’s Bennewitz Quartet will perform in Yellow Springs Bennewitz Quartet members (L-R) Štěpán Ježek, Štěpán Doležal, Jakub Fišer, and Jiří Pinkas are a classically balanced team By Tim Smith  The Bennewitz Quartet is one of the top international chamber ensembles, a status confirmed not only by their victories in two prestigious competitions, but also […]

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Gonna have some hot stuff baby this evenin’

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Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s “Symphony Night Fever” fundraiser Theme Party Fun like Bathtub Gin – Emily McEvoy attendee at 2016 Grapes & Escapes theme night By Tim Smith The Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has been entertaining and educating the Miami Valley for 74 years, with a mixture of classical and pop music. It’s also heavily invested […]

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Sophisticated Swing

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“Sophisticated Ladies” honors Holiday, Fitzgerald,  Vaughn, and more at Schuster with Dayton Philharmonic Capathia Jenkins is also a successful screen actress By Tim Smith Once upon a time, song lyricists were akin to poets, telling interesting stories set to memorable melodies. Sometimes they were sad, sometimes lighthearted, but most often, the subject was love and […]

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Debate Forum: 01/23

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Judge not, lest ye be judged Should California-elected judge Persky be recalled because of his sentence to convicted rapist Brock Turner? By Sarah Sidlow Ninety-five thousand. That’s a conservative estimate of how many signatures were submitted in the campaign to recall Judge Aaron Persky of Santa Clara, California. What’s the reason for all the petition signing? […]

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The men in black (shirts) are back

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Trey Stone and the Ringers at Trolley Stop Trey Stone and the Ringers (Left to Right) Jason Swann, Joahn Dubuc, Brian Hoeflich, Trey Stone, Rich Reuter, Eric Knorr, Erich Reith, and Leo Smith By Tim Smith True to their motto “Rock and roll music, played by men in black shirts”, Trey Stone and the Ringers […]

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Underground local

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Peach’s Grill presents Subterranean Subterranean’s (l-r) Chuckie Love, Stephen Buttree, Chris Coalt, and Rob Brockman. Photo by Libby Ballengee By Tim Smith Dayton has long been an active market for local bands, and there’s no shortage of talent in every musical genre. There doesn’t appear to be a shortage of listeners and fans, either. In an […]

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Thought-provoking

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The Cline Show at the Dayton Visual Arts Center Simeon Estes “Cut It Out”, chalk By Tim Smith The Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) has always showcased and encouraged local artists in the pursuit of their artistic visions. Every year it holds numerous exhibits that give Dayton area artisans free expressionistic reign. One of its […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]