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Acting forward in Dayton theatre scene

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Educating with Shakespeare, plus Camelot By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Human Race Theatre teaching artists plus trainer Kevin McClatchy (center back) use Shakespeare’s rhythm to ease communication for children with autism  Experienced director, new tricks at Playhouse “What do the simple folks do?” King Arthur and Guenevere wonder. Since few among us hobnob with royalty, we can safely […]

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Sacred cows

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Feed your soul at Keener Farm Day By Paula Johnson Photo: One of farmer Habekost’s old school hogs Matthew Keener is a man with big plans – and not just those pertaining to the fifth-annual Keener Farm Day. He invited me out to the 160-acre spread and explains, “We love what we do here, and […]

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A Blast from the past….

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Dayton Heritage Day at Carillon Historical Park By Matt Clevenger Scenes and characters from Dayton’s past will come to life on Sunday, May 29, during Dayton History’s Dayton Heritage Day at Carillon Historical Park. Musket shooting, blacksmithing, hearth cooking, candle dipping and high-wheel bicycling are just a few of the historically accurate activities that will […]

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Getting back to happy

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Dayton Theatre Guild fills up for “Last Gas” By Jacqui Theobald “Last Gas” by John Cariani concerns a man who hopes to be happy, a teen son caught between his dad and his mom, and two women and a man who want him in both funny and serious moments. Director Debra Kent calls it “a […]

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‘Midnight Special’ races in to save the sci-fi genre

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Speculative indie sci-fi traffics in real intimacy By T.T. Stern-Enzi What would Amy Seimetz (associate producer of “Medicine for Melancholy,” writer-director of “Sun Don’t Shine”) and Shane Carruth (writer, director and star of “Upstream Color”) and Mike Cahill (and cohorts Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij) do with real studio budgets behind their psychologically idiosyncratic ideas? […]

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Depth of focus

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Images inspire movies with photo archivist Gino Pasi By Jim Hannah It was just a photograph. It was just one of thousands of photographs that Gino Pasi processed in his job as archivist and collections manager at Wright State University’s Special Collections and Archives in the Dunbar Library. But this photograph—that of a beautiful young woman taken […]

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Just a guy

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Bill Engvall at the Schuster Center By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Bill Engvall has been trying to convince us he’s “just a guy” since he began his professional career in comedy some 30-odd years ago. He has that easy quality, the warmth that radiates from genuine people. He loves his wife. He’s proud of his daughter […]

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Gospel according to Sean Oswald

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Artist brings contemporary, religious imagery to Oxford Arts Center By Emma Jarman I don’t believe in God. My father took me to an Episcopalian church as a child, and my mother and stepfather dragged me to their Methodist congregation throughout my pre-teen and teenage years, but similar to my relationship with mushrooms or shellfish (I […]

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Making a critical example of ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’

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Look beyond the beard, people By T.T. Stern-Enzi I wish I could have simply settled into my seat Friday afternoon, downshifted from the critical hyper-drive setting in my head and enjoyed the Tina Fey transition into more dramatic fare that nearly all of my critical brethren signed off on, but I couldn’t reject the elephant […]

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The broken notes of ‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’

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Hearing the long-lost voice of the hippie blues By T.T. Stern-Enzi We have gone through phases where the musical biopics were all the rage. Jamie Foxx earned an Academy Award for his near-flawless embodiment of Ray Charles in “Ray” all the way back in 2004. A year later, Joaquin Phoenix was nominated for his turn […]

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‘45 Years’ measures a marriage and finds it wanting

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Does love conquer all? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Film, so rarely, takes the road less traveled. The journey I am speaking of, in this case, would be time and long-term relationships. From a narrative standpoint, filmmakers seem less likely to trust that audiences will appreciate the shorthand that develops between a couple over decades, the ability […]

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2015: Drugs

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Disturbing trends, and the strides taken to break them By Tim Walker Photo: “The past few years have seen a massive increase in overdoses from heroin and fentanyl abuse in the Miami Valley.” If one subject dominated our local news headlines in 2015, it was drugs. Fentanyl, caps, Narcan, rigs, boy—local residents have been forced […]

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All things being equal

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Inside a classic Denzel Washington versus Liam Neeson box office match-up Photo: Liam Neeson in “A Walk Among the Toombstones.” This past weekend featured a tantalizing match-up of box office power punchers, with the debut of Denzel Washington’s first franchise starter “The Equalizer” against the second week of Liam Neeson’s “A Walk Among the Tombstones.” […]

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Keeping the doctor away

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Apple Fest returns to Aullwood Audubon Farm By Joyell Nevins Photo: Take a wagon ride pulled by draft horses Mick and Red, at the 2014 Aullwood Audubon Farm Apple Fest; photo: Ardith Hamilton Fall is here, and brings with it the 28th Annual Apple Fest, Sept. 27-28 at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm. To those […]

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Out of the classroom, into the community

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College fellowship winners exhibit at Dayton Art Institute By Josher Lumpkin Photo: The 2014 Yeck College Artist Fellow Exhibition is on view through Sept. 14 at the Dayton Art Institute; photo: Alexis Brown We Daytonians are fortunate to live in a city with such access to art in all of its forms. There are larger […]

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Causing an uproar

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Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati In 2012, Godsmack put out a concert album called Live And Inspired.  If the music lived up to the title, Live And Inspired did not describe the state of the band. By year’s end, Godsmack […]

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Springfield’s hidden gem

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Referred to as an American Folk Art site, I didn’t know what I expected on my journey to Springfield’s Hartman […]

Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play

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Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across […]

Conspiracy Theorist 7/17: Hooray for Domino’s

Year after year, the same roads are torn up and road crews patch them. But they never really repair them. […]

On Your Marc 7/17: Good any day

First, a funny story. Larry Lee, the big tackle from Roth High School, for a number of reasons decided he […]

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush at Rose

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“Rock and roll never forgets,” the classic rock song goes, and Billy Duffy, guitarist and founding member of the British […]