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Reviving the soul

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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings touch Rose By Tim Walker Photo: Sharon Jones belts out with the Dap-Kings July 23 at Rose; photo: Jacob Blickenstaff Soul singer Sharon Jones has seen it all at this point. At 60, the gifted vocalist is on tour with her band, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, who are supporting […]

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Wake up Call

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Heroin addicts aren’t ready until they’re ready By Tim Walker Yes, you are addicted…but you have reached a turning point in your life. You don’t want to live this way anymore. You’ve taken that first step: you’ve admitted you have a serious problem, and now you want to get treatment. Trust that you are far […]

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Go ask Alice—and Johnny and Joe

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Hollywood Vampires new supergroup graces Fraze By Tim Walker Photo: Alice Cooper is still looking to write the best song ever writtenphoto: Ross Halfin Rock stars—they come and go. Few of them become household names, and even fewer achieve the status of musical icons. But in the universe of hard rock and heavy metal, your […]

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Hot between the covers

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Local erotica writers keep the pages turning By Tim Walker Photo: NSFW Warning: The image above may be inappropriate for some readersTim Smith (top left) and Andrea Smith (bottom left) write novels that stimulate the brain; photos courtesy of the authors “The brain” may not be the first answer that comes to mind when people […]

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Debate Forum: 6/28/16

Criminal Minds

From prison locks to ballot box Should felons get the vote? By Sarah Sidlow You can do it in public, or you can do it in private. You can do it with your friends, or by yourself. You can do it early; you can do it by mail. That’s right, we’re talking about voting. And […]

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The rocky mountaineer

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Butch Ross’s dulcimer rock at Taffy’s by Tim Walker Butch Ross—touring musician, Chattanooga resident, and lover of the mountain dulcimer—began his musical career playing a much more common stringed instrument: the guitar.    “I came to the dulcimer backwards. I started out playing rock and roll guitar,” Ross says, “and from there, I transitioned into […]

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On The Hilltop

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The inaugural Dayton-talent-driven Festival on the Hill By Tim Walker Photo: Local favorite Eric Jerardi starts the festival June 24  at 5 p.m.; photo courtesy of Eric Jerardi If you’re traveling through downtown Dayton on I-75, you’re afforded two beautiful views of our city. A glance to the east and you’ll see Dayton’s impressive skyline, dominated by […]

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Smooth grooves in the sunshine

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Dayton Jazz Festival revisits Dave Hall Plaza By Timothy Walker It’s beautiful in downtown Dayton. The weather is warm and pleasant, local residents are out and about and there’s no better way to spend an afternoon than sitting in the sun and grooving to some cool jazz tunes while enjoying a nice bite to eat. […]

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Debate Forum: 6/7/16

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Revenge of the nerd? Should we rewrite whistleblower laws for Edward Snowden? By Sarah Sidlow “We can certainly argue about the way in which [Edward] Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made.” […]

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Debate Forum: 5/31/16

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Game of thrones What should be the final word in the single-sex restroom debate?By Sarah Sidlow Bathrooms have a special place in the annals of American history. They have served as sketchpads for graffitists, informative community bulletins (“for a good time call…”), public places of procrastination and porcelain cornerstones of protest. Now, once again, the […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]