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 […]

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Xenia’s Tables Of Contents Café begins a new chapter The day’s special was Cajun chicken and Rice with green salad, but the entire menu changes from day to day. By Paula Johnson It’s Still On The Table I really hate it when I have to change things up right in the middle of something. The […]

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Avoid “Post Refreshment Syndrome” by choosing the right wines Many people complain of wine headaches, even after one or two glasses. Hangovers are another matter entirely. By Mike Rosenberg No one can work with wine without tipping back too much from time to time. The morning after. The headache, the nausea, and the sun, as […]

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Screen 3/6: The Party to end all parties


Sally Potter refashions “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” for a new darkly hip age The party animals (Top L-R) Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Mortimer, Cherry Jones (Bottom L-R) Patricia Clarkson, Timothy Spall, and Bruno Ganz By T.T. Stern-Enzi In the Mike Nichols classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” George (Richard Burton) and Martha […]

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Outstanding Warrant


Metal stalwarts promise ‘Louder Harder Faster’ at BMI Raceway Warrant wants YOU! (L-R) Joey Allen, Jerry Dixon, Robert Mason, Erik Turner, and Steve Sweet By Allyson B. Crawford A lot of people might be surprised to learn that Warrant released an acclaimed new album in May of 2017. For folks that equate Warrant with late […]

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Going Forward with Dark Backward


Playing good art at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 Dark Backward (L-R) Patrick Berry, Eric Purtle, Jim Ingram, Jeff Brelsford, and Jeff Vahldie. By Mike Ritchie  |  Photo by Corn Photography The five-piece Dayton-based Dark Backward have long-standing ties to the Los Angeles scene and almost two decades in the local scene. Named after a movie as […]

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Fun with a K!


Sons of F.U.N.K. at Middletown’s Old Crow Bar As hype man or behind the kit, Rico Lewis lives for fun(k) By Allyson B. Crawford “Funk is freedom!” Sons of F.U.N.K. bandleader and hype-man Rico Lewis tells the Dayton City Paper. Lewis sat behind the drum kit with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic for 15 years. He’s […]

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That down-home sound


Young Heirlooms sing their stories at Peach’s in Yellow Springs Young Heirlooms (L-R) Kyle Elkins, Laura Bock, Kelly Fine, Chris Alley, Christopher Robinson, and Steve Hauke. By Tim Walker | Photos by Gary McBride Why does art exist? To expand our consciousness and to touch our souls, you might say. To educate or instruct, to […]

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Where the streets have a name


The curious origins of Dayton street names at Wright Library The brickyard may be long gone, but Brown Street remains. By Joyell Nevins  |  Photos by Michael Morris Did you know that Stanley Avenue was named after a former king and queen of the gypsies? Or that Booher Lane’s namesake’s mother was the first person […]

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Climbing Walls


Be upwardly mobile at Oregon District’s Urban Krag Climber Miranda Stricker By Julie Sigler  |  Photos By Gary McBride It’s Friday night. Maybe you are going out with friends to your usual places. Maybe you are visiting for the first time for work. Maybe it is even the middle of the day in the middle […]

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Crashing the party


Playground Theatre’s unfiltered “Bachelorette” Alaska Stoughton as Gena (left) with Kaleigh-Brooke Dillingham as Regan get downright spiteful in “Bachelorette” By Terri Gordon Life’s early milestones come so readily—we walk, we talk, we learn to read. We navigate puberty. We experience our first crushes, dates, and kisses. We get driver’s licenses. We graduate high school. We […]

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Shooting Stars


NASA Astronaut Terry Virts touches down at Victoria Terry Virts at work in the Cupola Module By Gary Spencer There’s an old saying that adults used to refer to a youngster with a lot of intelligence, ingenuity, and drive: “That kid’s going places.” That adage could have certainly applied to Terry Virts, as he’s gone […]

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Dayton Ballet presents a compelling Swan Lake


Dayton Performing Arts Alliance presents Tchaikovsky’s iconic classic at Schuster A study in contrasts, Nathaly Prieto is the Black Swan, Margot Aknin is the White Swan. by Arnecia Patterson  |  Photos by Scott Robbins The Dayton Ballet’s founding in 1937 makes it one of the oldest ballet companies in the country, so it would be […]

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Debate 3/20: Money walks

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On your marc 3/20: Awaiting the next call

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Oh my cod!


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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 […]