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Jazz aged Ballet

Dayton Ballet’s 80th season opens with “The Great Gatsby” Photo: Margot Aknin plays Daisy Buchanan (left) with Evan Pitts as Jay Gatsby (right). By Arnecia Patterson  When the curtain  goes up on the Dayton Ballet’s 80th season this month, there is a possibility that the majority of audience members will be younger than the company, […]

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Interpreting life

Art Werger’s masterful works at DVAC Photo: Art Weger’s “Tidal Shift”, 2016, displayed as six individual images at DVAC, is stiched together here to illustrate its impact. By Ehron Ostendorf The Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) put out a call for proposals and Art Werger answered. Ohio University professor and printmaker, Werger, has been making […]

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Traditional and modern via Bollywood

Mystic India’s World Tour dances into Dayton Photo: Mysitc India shows captivating traditonal Bollywood colors and music By Gary Spencer In 2004, an IMAX film was released entitled “Mystic India” about India’s culture, people, and traditions as told through the 12,000 km barefoot journey throughout 18th century India. While it’s no feature film and no […]

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Good vibrations

Mike Love still loving Photo: The Beach Boys currently (l-r) John Cowsill, Brian Eichenberger, Scott Totten, Mike Love, Jeffrey Foskett, Tim Bonhomme, Bruce Johnson. Photo: Udo Spreitzenbarth By Alan Sculley Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love has released an autobiography that covers the long and, at times, tumultuous history of the group, not to mention more than […]

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Preserving progress

60 years of art and social change at YS Arts Council Photo: Antioch College’s 1960s production of Shakespeares Rape of Lucretia By Tara Pettit It’s no secret that Yellow Springs harbors a deeply rich cultural arts community. Creative collaboration is truly the lifeblood of this town and the foundation of a 60-year history that has […]

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Boos and brews 

Ohio Craft Brewers Association serves up scares at Ale O’Ween 2016 Ale O’Ween contestants for “Day of the Dead” costume contest. Photo: Jim Witmer By Lisa Bennett Like many traditions before it, Halloween has seen changes in how it is celebrated over the years. What used to be a night of bobbing for apples (or […]

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The White House crumbles in ‘Mark Felt’ biopic

 Peter Landesman assumes the role of chief historian again Photo: Liam Neeson plays FBI agent Mark Felt in his latest film “Mark Felt: The Man Who Took Down the White House” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Writer-director   Peter Landesman has an undeniable fascination with the stories behind the landmark headlines of our times. The filmmaker, who […]

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Street legal

Dayton’s golf cart grand tour Photo: Touring Carts are safe and legal. They meet all Highway Traffic Safety regualtions for low speed vehicles. By Lisa Bennett When my editor, Ashley, asked me to cover a story about a golf cart tour of Dayton, it sounded like fun; but I have to admit I was a […]

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Go funk yourself! 

Krunk Town Boogie blends DIY flavor and funk at Oregon Express Krunk Town Boogie blends DIY flavor and funk at Oregon Express Photo: By Scott Malan By Scott Malan Dayton, Ohio has bred some of the most valuable funk acts in the genre’s history. Groups like Ohio Players, Zapp (and its offspring, Zapp Band or Zapp & Roger), and Slave paved the […]

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Mexed-up

Las Peñas in Miamisburg is a tasty treasure Photo: Huevos rancheros By Paula Johnson TV personality, chef, and food writer Anthony Bourdain has claimed that Mexican food is one of the least understood cuisines in the world. I would tend to agree, adding that what the typical American experiences and expects from Mexican restaurants isn’t […]

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Down the duero

Spain’s best wine Photo: Vineyard after harvest in Winter in Spain’s Ribera del Duero. By Mike Rosenberg Let’s pop back over to Spain for a moment, Rioja is not the only game in town when it comes to the fruitful production of grapey goodness. Just a bit south of Rioja flows the Duero River, along […]

A mini convention for big ideas

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Rosewood Arts Centre’s Suburbicon promises fun and excitement for all ages Browsing the goods at Suburbicon; photo: Shayna McConville by Josher Lumpkin This Saturday, comic book fans and their families will have a unique opportunity to attend a fun event for people of all ages. Rosewood Arts Centre’s “Suburbicon” is a kid-friendly comic extravaganza with […]

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Folk for the everyman

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Decades of stories in song with Arlo Guthrie at Memorial Hall Photo: Arlo Guthrie By L. Kent Wolgamott Arlo Guthrie has, of late, toured celebrating the music of his father, folk music legend Woody Guthrie; marked the anniversary of his 1967 classic album, Alice’s Restaurant,”in shows; and now, he’s playing shows that don’t have that […]

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Curating Movements from Frame to Frame

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Dayton LGBTQ Adult Film Festival Photo: Martin L. Washington and Maya Washington in “Alaska Is a Drag” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Intersectionality is  the buzzword of this cultural moment. The term, coined by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, an American feminist legal scholar, critical race theorist, and civil rights advocate describes the “overlapping or intersecting social identities and […]

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Don’t judge this book’s cover

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Troy’s Ording’s surprises since 1962 Photo: Ording’s deli counter By Warwick Kensington It’s another day in the daily grind of the food service world, and Joe Ording continues at the conn as he has for 55 years directing his team members, some of which are family and some employees that have worked for him for […]

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A backyard party

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Joan Soriano brings Bachata to Dayton The duke of Bachata, Joan Soriano; photo: iASO records By Tim Smith Travel the world, and you’ll discover many variations on traditional native music. One such form is Bachata, which is defined as a hybrid of Latin American music with European, Indigenous, and African musical elements. It originated in […]

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Weathering the storm

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The Lone Bellow live at Miami University – Middletown The Lone Bellow photo: Eric Ryan Anderson By Ashley Moor For every artist, there is an event, no matter how small, that can be the start of something new. It can become the reinvention of yourself as a songwriter, an artist—as a human being. For Nashville band […]

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Wright State begins 43rd season with a bang

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“You Can’t Take It With You” is as colorful and joyous as a fireworks display (L-R) Jeremy Farley, MacKenzie Kasbaum, Logan Kitchens, Nick Wasserbauer, Danni Hepp, Isaac Ingle; photo: Wright State Theatre By Carlo Wagner Walking into the Festival Playhouse performance space, it was clear that this play was going to please. Director Joe Deer, […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 10/3

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A rocky road Recently, a woman called the police when a rather shocking incident occurred on her way home from work. The woman observed a group of ten people crossing the road as she pulled up to a stoplight near her house. The car in front of her seemed harmless…but that was not the case. […]

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Trust your gut

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Wright State’s Dr. David Novick’s new guide to your internal health Photo: Dr. Novick does a book signing at the Booksellers at Fountain Square, Cincinnati By Tim Walker Looking good and feeling good are closely intertwined, and good health can manifest itself in many different ways. Too often, people who are concerned about their own […]

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The new home cook

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Meal prep kits and what the future holds for how we cook and weat Photo: All ingredients come freshly packaged and ready to cook By Paula Johnshon The rise of convenience food in the mid ‘50s gave us commercially prepared, highly processed, prepackaged food. Most of us grew up with ready-to-eat frozen foods such as […]

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The man who sold the world

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Getting to know Kurt in “Cobain on Cobain: Interviews and Encounters” Photo: Kurt Cobain, 2/20/1967–4/5/1994 By Tim Walker Kurt Cobain, 2/20/1967 – 4/5/1994. You hear his name and you picture his face, forever young. Flannel shirt. Unkempt hair. Haunted eyes. A rock star who should have been on top of the world, who had achieved […]

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Stars elevate ‘The Mountain Between Us’

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Hany Abu-Assad brings this Charles Martin adult fairy tale to life Photo: Idris Elba (left) and Kate Winslet (right) survive together in ‘The Mountain Between Us’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Idris Elba has not officially been dubbed Sexiest Man Alive, by People magazine, but he’s been mentioned in the hallowed company of David Beckham, Justin Timberlake, […]

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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 […]