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The next sound you hear will be…well, I don’t know what it will be but I know what it won’t be. It won’t be an electric car. After a false start or two, quiet, battery-powered, zero emission electric cars are here to stay. General Motors developed a concept electric car in 1990. This car, the […]

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Debate 6/12: A tweet too far

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Was anyone really surprised? Roseanne Barr has stepped in it again. Always a loose cannon, she managed to offend just about everyone last week with, no matter how you slice it, a Tweet that few would argue was racist. She compared former Obama Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, an African-American woman, to an ape. The outrage […]

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If you’ve seen one ‘Ocean’, you’ve seen ‘Ocean’s 8’

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Near the start of “Ocean’s 8,” we’re led to believe that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is dead and his sister Debbie (Sandra Bullock) has just gotten sprung from the clink—on parole after pleading for a chance to live an honest life—but it’s obvious that you can’t trust a single word or account told by or […]

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Gin and Tonic on the Horizon

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On June 13, The Rose Music Center is the place to be to get your 90s nostalgia fix as Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon, and Tonic are set to bring their hits to the stage. Rootsy 90s alternative rockers Gin Blossoms recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of their 1992 hit album New Miserable Experience. At the […]

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Goodnight Goodnight’s new morning

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“We’ve known Larry for years,” says Gary Thornton of Goodnight Goodnight. He’s talking about the newest addition to their lineup, Larry Evans, formerly bassist with The Smug Brothers. “It feels like he’s a good fit.” Word is that Larry’s looking forward to it as well. The band is booking a tour for the summer, probably […]

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Dayton’s historic innovations also include dance

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Ohio’s unique and powerful dance history will take center stage from June 18 to 24, 2018, as ballroom dancers and world-renowned dance instructors convene for the unveiling of Dayton Historic Dance Week. It is organizer Jeanette Watts’ way of showing off her hometown of the last 20 years to the vintage dance community as ballroom […]

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P is for Pinot

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When I started writing about wine, one cultural touchstone was a 2004 indie-film-that-blew-up called Sideways. The events of the film surround a wine tasting bachelor trip through Santa Barbara County’s Pinot Noir country. As a film, Sideways may not have held up terribly well, but the movie’s effect on wine consumption continues.

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Destination: Yellow Springs

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The 5th annual Springfield Barnstorming Carnival will take place on July 14 and 15 at historic Springfield Beckley Airport. This free event brings aviation enthusiasts and the community together to experience the golden age of aviation. The festival is a unique opportunity to experience some of the rarest aircraft from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s […]

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Pulling Classical Strings

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Media entrepreneur Pendra Lee Snyder has spent her career traveling the roads, broadcasting and writing the news, taking pride in all she creates. The Indiana State graduate is currently celebrating a decade of strings with her traveling ensemble Viva La Strings. After operating The Christian Citizen newspaper she dusted off the violin, and started playing […]

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Darling, you don’t look a day over 150

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Stars will have plenty of opportunity to shine on the Star City’s Bicentennial bash. Miamisburg, Ohio, is set to celebrate its two hundredth birthday with eight fun-filled days of an eclectic mix of events. In a nicely niched parallel, two hundred volunteers have been working for three years on the celebration. According to PR Chair […]

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Celebrating emancipation

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“Juneteenth is a date set aside to recognize the freeing of the last group of slaves that were held in Galveston, Texas in 1865,” says Emma Andrews, Case Manager at The Wesley Center. She was kind enough to take time out of her day to tell me why this date and its celebration holds such […]

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The epitome of virtuosity

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Prodigy? Virtuoso? These are terms often loosely bandied about when discussing musicians. But both terms apply equally to Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez. Like most performers at her talent level, she began playing at an early age – 5. Unlike almost everyone else in her orbit, she is the fifth generation of women in her family […]

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Debate 6/5: Does the punishment fit the crime?

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On May 18, 2018, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. Ten people were killed; 10 more injured. Pagourtzis was arrested the same afternoon, and booked into Galveston County Jail on one charge of capital murder of multiple persons and one charge of aggravated assault against a public […]

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Shakespeare? Seriously?

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If you have avoided Shakespeare, remembering it as incredibly slow and hard to understand, this abridged and revised version will keep you awake and possibly breathless. It is 97 minutes of comedy and action, dipping lightly and irreverently into all 38 of the Bard’s plays. The actors run, they leap, they play football with a […]

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Making the mark in Miamisburg

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Watermark’s larger space and expanded menu shine The thick-sliced brisket is hickory smoked for 6-8 hours. Time well spent. By Paula Johnson Watermark, located in Miamisburg’s historic Erie Canal Building, is named for the building’s high water line from Dayton’s 1913 Great Flood. It’s the newest incarnation of Maria and Eric Walusis’s former restaurant, Nibbles. […]

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Aimless and “Adrift”

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Can Jennifer Lawrence’s mini-me buoy this true-life disaster tale? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Tom Hanks and Robert Redford anchored films (“Cast Away” and “All Is Lost” respectively) where they had to shoulder the narrative burden on their own. Hanks did so with his quintessential good humor, while Redford with his rugged stoicism. Quite often, I imagine […]

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Plugged In

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The next sound you hear will be…well, I don’t know what it will be but I know what it won’t […]

Debate 6/12: A tweet too far

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Was anyone really surprised? Roseanne Barr has stepped in it again. Always a loose cannon, she managed to offend just […]

If you’ve seen one ‘Ocean’, you’ve seen ‘Ocean’s 8’

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Near the start of “Ocean’s 8,” we’re led to believe that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is dead and his sister […]

Gin and Tonic on the Horizon

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On June 13, The Rose Music Center is the place to be to get your 90s nostalgia fix as Gin […]

Goodnight Goodnight’s new morning

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“We’ve known Larry for years,” says Gary Thornton of Goodnight Goodnight. He’s talking about the newest addition to their lineup, […]