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If there’s a rock ‘n roll heaven,

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Well you know they’ve got a hell of a band Tom Petty. Photo: Sam Jones By Tim Walker 2017 is leaving us, and it’s taking with it some big names from the music business. A surprising number of well-known and beloved artists and musicians passed away too early over the past twelve months. Some had […]

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“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Solstice”


Celebrating The Shortest Day of the Year, (plus marinara) Several thousand Pagans, druids and revellers celebrated the winter solstice at UK’s Stonhenge in 2015 By Timothy Walker   Allow me to wish a heartfelt “Happy Holidays,” to all of you reading these words—just be careful to whom you repeat that particular sentiment on your travels […]

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Still driving them out of their minds

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The symphonic sounds of Hogwarts


Cincinnati Pops Orchestra performs “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” Brass musicians of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra By Tim Walker Has it really been sixteen years since the film “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” first graced the screens of theaters worldwide, filling countless theater seats with fans of J.K.  Rowling’s bespectacled young wizard-in-training? As […]

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Deck your walls


Holiday Art Jumble returns to Yellow Springs   Photo: Gifts are donated throughout the year to be sold at the annual Holiday Art Jumble By Tim Walker Since the days of the Three Wise Men, Christmas and the accompanying holiday season have been celebrated as a time of giving. O. Henry’s famous short story “Gift […]

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Celebrating the Christmas season with song


Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday concert Photo: The Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra performs their annual Holiday Concert this Saturday. Pictured: Trumpeter Tom Jacobs By Timothy Walker   For many, it just doesn’t feel like Christmas unless they’re surrounded by the beautiful sounds of holiday music favorites. Whether you’re a fan of jazz, pop, rock, […]

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The lyrics are sad but the music is sweet

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Indie folk rock septet Beams live at Peach’s in Yellow Springs One of Beam’s vocalists, Heather, on stage at Horseshoe Tavern in Onterio. Photo: Gaelle Legrand By Tim Walker Combine the easygoing mountain sounds of a mandolin and a banjo with a steel guitar and a singing saw. Add the poignant lyrics and lilting strains […]

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Santa’s south-of-town rail ride


LM&M Railroad’s North Pole Express steams into Lebanon LM&M’s North Pole Express makes its journey through Warren County with Santa on board. Photo: Matt Lang. By Tim Walker Children love trains. Wide-eyed with excitement, they stare at the great engines, travelling as they do down those endless rails and pulling massive cars loaded with people […]

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Jingling bells rock


REO Speedwagon adds Christmas to their Hobart Arena Troy stopover Still rocking after 50 years, REO Speedwagon returns to Troy. Photo: Randee St. Nicholas. By Tim Walker The holiday season is filled with traditions – some of which, admittedly, remain more popular than others. As the weather turns colder, we cringe as we suddenly find […]

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King of the Boogie


John Lee Hooker 5 disc set Photo: John Lee Hooker’s 5 disc set released August  22, 2017 in celebration of his 100th birthday. By Tim Walker What can one say about John Lee Hooker and his music that hasn’t been said already? The legendary man’s name itself defines a certain strain of electric blues, steeped […]

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Christmas, country style


Martina McBride’s “Joy of Christmas” tour stops at Hobart Arena Martina McBride performs at Hobart November 29. Photo: Joseph Lianes By Tim Walker Martina McBride is one of country music’s biggest female stars, and she’s been a household name since the release of her first album, “The Time Has Come”, back in 1992. But her […]

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Local talent continues

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Author Tim Waggoner speaks at Dayton Metro Library Photo: Dayton horror/fantasy writer Tim Waggoner will speak at the Dayton Metro Library main branch this upcoming Monday By Tim Walker Ask your friendly, local book lover which American city has the strongest literary heritage or the most supportive community for its writers, and chances are good […]

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No-shave November comedy

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Nick Offerman brings his “Full Bush” to Taft Theatre Photo: Nick Offerman brings his “Full Bush” tour to Taft Theatre this Saturday By Tim Walker Nick Offerman—successful actor, author, comic, producer, and enthusiastic woodworker—is speaking to the Dayton City Paper from his home in Los Angeles, and bemoaning how sound bites, screen culture, and technology have […]

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A DIY celebration

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Dayton Craft and Artisan Expo returns to Masonic Center for 2nd year Photo: Artists frequently demonstrate their craft at the expo, this year to be held Nov. 4 and 5 By Tim Walker Some might call it a compulsion. An artist works in his or her studio, usually alone and in obscurity. They spend thousands […]

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From Piano Man to Rocket Man

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Michael Cavanaugh interprets ‘The Music of Elton John’ with Philharmonic at Schuster Photo: Michael Cavanaugh performs “The Music of Elton John”  this weekend By Tim Walker Elton John: when the history of popular music in the 20th century is written, few names will carry as much weight. With his evocative voice, shameless antics both onstage and […]

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Debate Forum: 10/31


Oh, baby Should men have the option of paid paternity leave? By Sarah Sidlow So, you had a baby. Congratulations! When are you coming back to work? Well, if you’re a mother, your workplace may offer maternity leave (also called family leave, family medical leave, pregnancy leave). The terms of maternity leave may vary depending […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]