Sub-par pub grub

Springfield’s Hickory Inn: nothing special Photo: Full rack of ribs from Springfield’s Hickory Inn By Paula Johnson If I look at what a place is setting out to do, which is the premise for all my reviews, then how do I rate Springfield’s Hickory Inn? It’s a highly popular casual neighborhood mainstay in business since 1947 […]

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A wonderland of beer

Though complex, enjoying Belgian beer doesn’t have to be Photo: Little Fish Brewery’s Belgian saison ‘Saison du Poisson’ By David Nilsen   Among esteemed   European beer cultures, perhaps no country’s brews hold more mystique than Belgium’s. A quarter of the size of Ohio with about the same population, Belgium’s beer reputation far exceeds the nation’s […]

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Just in Time!

Your Ho-Ho-Holiday Spirit Action Plan By Marilynn Preston   Here comes  the December dilemma: Am I going to enjoy this holiday season or not? We all have obstacles to overcome: too little time; too little money; too much commercial merrymaking. And that’s not to mention the nightly news! And still, dear reader, we have a […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 12/12

Editor’s Choice The grass ain’t always greener  The pastor of a local church called the authorities to inform them that two of their lawnmowers are now missing in action. The perp, an unidentifiable large male, used a blue work style van with “B.A.M” smacked on the rear panel of the vehicle. “B.A.M” although it does […]

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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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‘Tis the season to be nutty

Dayton Ballet’s annual holiday treat Photo: The Nutcracker ensamble dances as snowflakes in the pine forrest By Arnecia Petterson Images by Scott Kimmins   When The Nutcracker ballet had its 1892 premier in St. Petersburg, Russia, critics viewed it unfavorably for its mass appeal and circus-like atmosphere. It was categorized “ballet-féerie,” a spectacle created to appeal […]

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Something wicked comes

Raven Black’s Dark Metal Carnival at Fairfield’s The Tavern Photo: Raven Black (l-r) Raven, the ‘Doctor’, Muppett, and Stiches. Photo: Cruella Photography By Mike Ritchie Cuter than Chucky and more bewitching than Annabelle, Raven Black’s family tree could be traced back to The Twilight Zone’s Talky Tina. Though she conjures more creepiness than the average […]

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98 Degrees in December?

98 Degrees’ comeback at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Photo: 98 Degrees (l-r) Drew Lachey, Nick Lachey, Jeff Timmons, Justin Jeffre. Photo: Ellas Tahan By Alan Sculley   Don’t expect a bunch of lasers, explosions, or other high-tech special effects in the holiday shows of 98 Degrees this holiday season. That’s the word from singer Drew Lachey. “With […]

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Wright Patt’s holiday gift

Air Force Band of Flight’s annual holiday concert Photo: Santa performs with United States Air Force Band of Flight By Tim Smith   One of the most eagerly anticipated musical events every Christmas season is the annual concert performed by the United States Air Force Band of Flight. This year’s program will be held at […]

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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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Eat, shop, support local

Holiday times at 2nd Street Market Photo: Don Wick (right) of Hydro Growers sells his produce at 2nd Street Market By Lauren Lemons Equal parts  heartwarming and exhausting, the holidays are a time to shop, wrap, cook, host, and create lasting memories with your family and friends. For those looking to skip the stress of crowded […]

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Of symphony and God

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performs Handel’s Messiah Photo: Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Chior will perform Messiah this Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Photo: Andy Snow By Tim Smith   It wouldn’t be Christmas without seasonal music, and Handel’s Messiah is an indelible part of the celebration. When you mention Messiah to most people, they automatically […]

Now you see it…

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The Illusionists live on stage at Clark State Jeff Hobson, The Trickster, interacts with an audience member on stage in The Illusionist’s act. Photo: Joan Marcus By Tim Smith  Audiences have long been fascinated by magic and the art of illusion. It’s been a popular form of stage entertainment from Harry Houdini to Siegfried and […]

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Egg as Canvas

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Unique Art 360 exhibition at Springfield Museum of Art Art: Cody Heichel, “Protected From the Elements”, water color By Paula Johnson The egg is the primal beginning of everything—we’ve all literally been one. In art history, the egg has always held particular symbolic significance; it’s visual shorthand for new life and nascent potential. It references hope […]

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Wings, fried veggies, and hamburgers, oh my!

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Nick’s Restaurant in Xenia does not disappoint Photo: Nick’s Reuben on grilled rye with corned beef. By Paula Johnson I drove out to Xenia to Nick’s Restaurant to meet a DCP pal for lunch recently, curious to see if the buzz about the place was deserved. Nick’s has been around since 1949 when Nick Malavazos […]

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A seasonal, artful jubilee

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Rosewood’s Holiday Arts Festival showcases community Photo: Ceramicist Sarah Hydell, RHAF ‘s 2017 featured artist. By Brennan Burks Since Halloween, you have probably been bombarded with the statement “the holidays are right around the corner!” It’s everywhere: on commercials, email ads and billboards, at the office, and in the endless group texts that simultaneously decide […]

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Beery Christmas!

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DCP’s beer lovers Christmas list Photo: “National Geographic’s Atlas of Beer: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer” makes a perfect Christmas gift. By Jim Witmer If you want to give the gift of beer this holiday season, there is no shortage of options. Besides the obvious six-pack or bomber under the tree, you […]

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The early buzz of awards season

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2018 Spirit Awards Photo: Armie Hammer (left) and Timothee Chalamet (right) star in ‘Call Me By Your Name’, which has six Spirit nominations By T.T. Stern-Enzi For the last nine years, I have attended the Toronto International Film Festival, intent on using it as an opportunity to get ahead of the award season buzz. I […]

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A wintery walk through history

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Wonderland Windows from Rike’s on display at Schuster The Toyland window display at the Schuster. Photo: Diane-Schoeffler-Warren. By Tim Smith If you lived in Dayton prior to 1999, it was a family tradition to venture downtown every December to ooh and aah over the animated window displays at Rike’s Department Store on the corner of […]

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Holiday in dance

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s The Littlest Angel Countess V. Winfrey and Matthew J. Talley in DCDC’s production of The Littlest Angel.  Photo: Scott Robbins By Arnecia Patterson As children’s stories go, The Littlest Angel’s florid language can be read aloud as an undulating lullaby. Charles Tazewell, who wrote the story in 1946, crafts long, winding […]

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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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An experiment gone right, at Oddbody’s

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DCP interviews Moon Hooch saxophonist / vocalist Mike Wilbur Moon Hooch’s Wenzl McGowen, James Muschler (drums), and Mike Wilbur. Photo: Jeff Spirer By Paul Noah At inception, on the subway platforms of New York City in 2010, Moon Hooch was accurately, and simply, described as two sax players and a drummer. Though still a trio, […]

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Let’s Hang On

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The Midtown Men live at Clark State Photo: The Midtown Men bring the ’60s to Springfield Kuss Auditorium November 29 By Tim Smith For persons of a certain age who listened to Top Forty radio in the 1960s and beyond, some songs produce a smile and a nod of recognition. The music created by Frankie […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]