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 Walker | Photos by Michael Morris Homelessness: it can strike anyone, anywhere, at any time. One day you’re working and paying your bills on time, trying to save a little money for a rainy day. […]


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, rice, and succotash were terrific. By Paula Johnson Factory Man PIP (Palate In Progress) and I arrived on a Tuesday evening to assess the merits of Merit Grill. We had been there before with friends, […]

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Bread Baking Demystified

The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes proofing, dimpling (above), shaping, and slashing. By Paula Johnson “Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” —James Beard “If thou tastest a […]


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 three diverse musical presentations. All events are free and open to the public. Kicking things off on March 24 is jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin. The Cleveland native began her career singing in small clubs in […]

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A tradition of storytelling

Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a firm tradition of storytelling and honoring the past. For singer-songwriter Shannon McNally, this is a trueism indicative of a recording career that dates back to her 2001 Capitol Records debut “Jukebox Sparrows.” And while she […]


Hawthorne Heights side project

The Story Changes at Jimmie’s The Story Changes (L-R) Mark McMillon, Christopher Popadak, and Chris Serafini By Allyson B. Crawford “I fly the Dayton flag all over the world every time I do an interview!” The Story Changes singer and guitarist Mark McMillon tells the Dayton City Paper. “To be a band in Dayton you […]


Nasty Bingo mixes it up onstage

Local “Folkadelic” sounds at Trolley Stop Nasty Bingo (top L-R) Scott Givens, Matt Byanski, Brian “Red” Baumgardner, Eric Reith. (lower L-R) Steve Phelps, Ron White, and Khrys Blank. (Not pictured: Brian Spirk) By Tim Walker While recognized nationally mainly for its lo-fi and funk, the local music scene in Dayton is actually all-inclusive, being made […]


An American in Springfield

Springfield Symphony highlights 20th century American classical “Exultations” a composition by Yellow Springs native Drew Heminger will be featured. Photo: Christopher Duff By Pat Suarez Your humble author once mentioned to a conductor friend that an orchestra could present an entire season, at least a dozen concerts, of only 20th century American classical works and […]

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A common dream

Visual Voices exhibit on display at the Schuster Center By Terri Gordon The annual Visual Voices exhibit, created through a partnering of the Victoria Theatre Association and the Willis “Bing” Davis Art Studio is on display now in the lobby of the Schuster Center. The King/Dunbar Art Project uses the writings of Dayton’s own Paul […]


A unique and universal art celebration

11th annual Art and Soul exhibit highlights adult artists with developmental disabilities Isias B. beams with pride at his big win By Katie Fender For the past 11 years, a selected group of talented Ohio artists have presented their artwork in a beautifully unique exhibit that displays truly original art. This exhibit features adult artists […]

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Questioning the answers

Challenges abound in The Other Place at Dayton Theatre Guild The cast of The Other Place (L-R) Mark Sharp, Kayla Graham, Amy Askins, and Jamie McQuinn By Jacqui Theobald Complexity can come in short pieces, such as Sharr White’s The Other Place, now at The Dayton Theatre Guild. It only takes 80 minutes to create […]


Tomb Raider revealed

In search of the humanity of a videogame avatar Academy Award Winner Alicia Vikander takes a new approach to the character of Lara Croft By T.T. Stern-Enzi Back in 2001, when Angelina Jolie first assumed the title role in the Simon West adaptation of the videogame “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” she was a newly-minted Academy […]

Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. by Sarah Monroe | photos by Jeremy Daniel Picture this: England, sixteenth century Renaissance. The year is 1595 and the plight of the dark ages is tucked firmly into the grave of the fallen Roman […]

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A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By Paula Johnson The Silence of The Mans This one’s for the men out there. Well kind of, anyway. Forgive generalizations according to sex, but women are more highly socialized generally—they hang out with friends more, […]

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Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the dark brown … or the amber … or the red … By Tom Morgan St. Patrick’s Day is upon us. Again. It’s that not-so-glorious time of year when people around these parts celebrate being Irish […]

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What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery has long been known for presenting innovative work by artists from the Miami Valley. Their latest exhibit is called “Have You Red/Read It?” The exhibit runs through April in the lobby of the gallery, located […]

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Kansas resurrected


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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The Rockin’ O’ the Green


John Dubuc & The Guilty Pleasures at South Park Tavern St. Pat’s “matinee” John Dubuc (right) with Guilty Pleasures bassist Tom Rastikis. Photo: Jennifer Taylor By Tim Walker The key to enjoying your St. Patrick’s Day this year in Dayton, like the key to so many things in life, can be found in a single […]

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Crowd-funder road warrior garage-rock


When Particles Collide duo at Jimmie’s By Justin Kreitzer When Particles Collide is a garage-rock duo that calls Bangor, Maine, their home and who epitomize the DIY attitude of indie rock with their relentless touring schedule. Husband and wife, vocalist/guitarist Sasha Alcott and drummer Chris Viner formed the band in 2010. They have since released […]

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The horizon and beyond


Dayton Philharmonic interprets Williams’ Sea Symphony and DeBussy’s La Mer The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Neal Gittleman, will take the audience on a sea-faring musical adventure. By Pat Suarez The ocean: it is the largest collective organism on the planet, with an ecosystem that affects every living creature. It is a swirling mass […]

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The urban Ol’ MacDonald


Getting started in the earth-to-table movement Learn about raising livestock and more in your own backyard at the upcoming MetroParks programs. By Nick Hrkman What if you could get fresh eggs, wool, milk, cheese, or meat without ever having to leave your yard? A growing number of communities across the country are relaxing regulations to […]

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A Few Good Men delivers genuine intensity


Intimate Dayton Playhouse production is suitably lean and mean Col. Nathan Jessep (B. Lee Drew) swears to tell the truth. (Bailiff played by Ron Maurer) By Allyson B. Crawford | Photos By Art Fabian “What I love about community theatre is that it is local,” explains Dayton theatre regular Jennifer Lockwood. “You may find a […]

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‘A Fantastic Woman’ is a natural wonder


The Academy Award-winner is truly fantastic  Daniela Vega as Marina. By T.T. Stern-Enzi Every year, I find that somehow, no matter how carefully I plan my festival screening schedule, I wind up missing out on a gem or two in Toronto. And typically, the omissions tend to be foreign language titles. This year, I eagerly […]

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Tempus Fugit


Time to Turn Back the Clock On Daylight Saving Time by Tim Walker  |  Illustrations by Crystal Ash It’s about time. Again. Spring forward, fall back, and lose an hour of rest or more each way. For exactly one hundred years now, we’ve been disrupting our lives and costing ourselves sleep twice each year as […]

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Debate 3/20: Money walks

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Ohio lawmakers set sights improving bail system Q: Should Ohio’s bail system be overhauled to treat suspects more uniformly regardless […]

Conspiracy 3/20: Russia Responds

Nuclear war must remain unthinkable By Mark Luedtke Thank Putin. Again. Just a couple of years ago Russian President Putin […]

On your marc 3/20: Awaiting the next call

UD alum Michael Hauschild working for another chance at “the show” By Marc Katz It doesn’t always happen this way, […]

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona duit (Happy St. Patrick’s Day)

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Having a ‘craic’ time surviving St. Patrick’s Day Dayton boasts an abundance of great venues that carry on the traditions […]

Debate 3/13: ICE ICE, baby


California Mayor narcs on ICE, faces charges Q: Should Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf have alerted illegal immigrants about the […]