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The symphonic sounds of Hogwarts

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Au naturel

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The Rising popularity of natural burial options Photo: The memorial wall for Calvary Cemetery’s natural burial area By Tim Walker As human beings, there are a handful of fundamental needs which we all have in common: food, shelter, water, and clean air to breathe. We are all born and without a doubt, as much as […]

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Cosmic dancers

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The Claudettes return old school blues and a dash of punk to the Miami Valley Photo: The Claudettes (l-r) Matthew Torre, Johnny Iguana, Berit Ulseth, Zach Verdoorn By Tim Walker Punk rock piano-playing blues troubadour that he is, Johnny Iguana is also a very busy man, and therefore, one not always so easy to connect with. […]

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Debate Forum: 10/17

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Mother knows best? When health is concerned, who gets the last word? By Sarah Sidlow Michigan mother  Rebecca Bredow went to jail for defying a judge’s order to have her 9-year-old son vaccinated. (Record scratch.) You’re probably wondering how we ended up here. Let’s back up. Rebecca Bredow and her husband, James Horne, are in […]

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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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In this fast-paced world of immediate answers and non-stop connectivity, there is a real need for us to unplug and […]

Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Have you ever heard of an emotional support mouse? What about an emotional support hedgehog, or mini pig? (Can we […]

Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]