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Where the magic happens

Dayton’s off-stage theatre stars By Jacqui Theobald You have your ticket in hand and arrive at the theatre, eager with anticipation. There’s a contagious energy and excited chatter as the group that has become an entity—the audience—settles, clutching their Playbill. The lights dim. The theatre goes dark. There’s an instant when you almost hold your […]

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Calling all geeks

Boonshoft’s second annual GeekFest By Josher Lumpkin Readers of Dayton City Paper are sure to know that the Gem City is full of people who self-identify as “geeks.” This may include gamers (of the video, board and card varieties), comic book enthusiasts, people who enjoy dressing up as Star Wars characters, Trekkies, role players, folks […]

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International Jazz Day

Keigo Hirakawa Trio performs at Gilly’s By Tim Walker The local jazz music scene, the Keigo Hirakawa Trio, and Gilly’s Jazz nightclub in downtown Dayton: three local treasures, all of which are coming together April 30 to celebrate International Jazz Day. In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated April […]

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When in … shower?

Hayley’s top five moments when that cold one tastes even better By Hayley Fudge For us beer lovers, there’s rarely a time that a well-crafted beverage of sorts doesn’t sound appealing or taste great. But there are definitely times when they just taste a little better than others. Here’s a look at five of the […]

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Genre bender

Cincinnati’s Ampline at Bob’s By Katie Christoff Cincinnati-based rockers Ampline are no strangers to the stage at Blind Bob’s. The punk rock band has played many shows in Dayton over the course of its 15-plus year career, and always looks forward to coming back. “We always get a lot of support in Dayton,” says Rick […]

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Brought to you by the letter ‘B’!

Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra presents Bach, Beethoven and Brahms By Gary Spencer A classic piece of music is one that stands the test of time and endures for generations to come. In the case of classical icons such as Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, their works continue to be wildly popular centuries after those composers’ deaths […]

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Our Starship’s not in Kansas anymore

Classic rock legends perform with DPO at Schuster By Tim Walker “I loved Paul Rodgers, I loved Lou Gramm. And then I loved Michael Jackson.” These are words spoken by Grammy Award-winner John Elefante, the former lead singer of Kansas. He and Mickey Thomas, the vocalist of Starship, will be joining the Dayton Philharmonic on […]

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A debut is worth a thousand gigs

Folk artist Mike Vial performs live at Eaton’s Taffy’s By Justin Kreitzer Mike Vial gave up teaching high school English in 2011 to become a fulltime musician. Since then, the Michigan-based singer/songwriter has no regrets, playing more than 1,000 gigs and releasing three EP’s and several singles that capture his confessional and organic brand of […]

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A legendary performance from beyond the screen

Saying goodbye to a musical icon in the context of moving frames By T.T. Stern-Enzi It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. As a film and cultural critic—and today I lean much more heavily on the cultural side of the ledger—I have to say something about the passing of Prince Rogers Nelson. I am […]

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‘Soulclad boogie funk’

Common Center brings gypsy jam spirit to Trolley By Miranda Brooks At the core of Common Center is a dynamic balance of sound. And the dynamics are such that, musically, the band’s strength lies in their non-traditional configuration, and incorporation of each player’s sound—ranging from a 12-string acoustic guitar to saxophone to keys to violin […]

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Vitality Check: 4/26/16

Heeeeeere’s Rocco! By Rocco Castellano What’s up b–ches? I’m back! I know all of you were wondering where I went […]

More than a building

Troy walking history tours offer a deeper look By Don Hurst On Friday April 29, Downtown Troy’s past will come […]

Be Well Marsha: 4/19/16

Toast to joy By Marsha Bonhart Shhhh … I have a secret. It’s one I am willing to share, despite […]

On Your Marc: 4/19/16

Dayton, the start of it all By Marc Katz It was a dark and stormy winter—yeah, with snow piled up […]

On Your Marc: 4/12/16

UD a place to emulate By Marc Katz When Wright State University was introducing its new men’s basketball coach Scott […]

Be Well, Marsha: 4/12/16

One tooth at a time By Marsha Bonhart “All I want for Christmas … “ Completing that popular little ditty […]