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The power of Pollak

Actor/comic Kevin Pollak mocks celebs and more at Funny Bone By Jason Webber Kevin Pollak understands the often thankless role of a journalist because he’s one himself – in addition to being an actor, comic and author. When he called me at our prescheduled interview time, he sheepishly asked if we could postpone our discussion […]

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What’s that sound?

Carrying the banner Gem City talent takes place at the forefront during DMF 2012 By Tim Anderl For the last seven years, both casual and diehard fans of Dayton music have converged on downtown, joining their peers to celebrate their love and admiration for the musical art and mayhem provided by their city’s homegrown talent.  […]

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On the “threshold”

Stivers students create art in the public space By Kevin J. Gray The sculpture students at Stivers School for the Arts had a busy summer. Nine students, working with adjunct Sculptural Studies Director and local artist Ryan McCullough, designed, fabricated and placed a new outdoor sculpture made with more than one and a half tons […]

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Get out and live!

The Midwest Outdoor Experience at Eastwood MetroPark By Valerie Beerbower Six years ago, outdoor recreation enthusiasts gathered in the parking lot at what is now the PNC 2nd Street Market and hosted a gear swap. Equipment was sold, new friends were made and good times were had by all. Then the event gained traction and […]

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Let them speak

Austin’s Agent Ribbons make art and music of old into something new By Gary Spencer There are occasions when music and art inspired by the past are melded together to create something different, new and intriguing.  Such is the case with the two-woman duo Agent Ribbons.  Originally hailing from Sacramento, Calif., but now residing in […]

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Chef Profile: Liz Valenti

Pizza Mondays at Meadowlark give birth to a new pizzeria By Theresa Thinnes In the restaurant business, some ideas, like food, just spring up organically. Such is the case at Meadowlark where Monday nights are now known as Pizza Mondays. Chef Elizabeth Valenti initially began making pizzas at Meadowlark to pass around the bar as […]

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Women on wheels

Artemis Center’s Second Annual Girlfriend Ride By Jennifer Hanauer Who doesn’t like massages, luaus and bike rides? The Artemis Center’s Girlfriend Ride on October 6 has all of these things and more while also being the kick-off event to Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Dayton. So ladies, grab your best gal pal and sign up […]

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The moments of “Conception”

Serialized vignettes explore couples on the verge of making babies Grade: B The pitch for “Conception,” a slightly skewed romantic comedy from writer-director Josh Stolberg (screenwriter on “Good Luck Chuck” & “Sorority Row”), probably reminded some of the gatekeepers that heard it of would-be mainstream crowd-pleasers like “Valentine’s Day” and “New Year’s Eve,” the broad […]

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On Stage

New productions from Dayton Playhouse, Sinclair Theatre and Dayton Theatre Guild By Brian Sharp Dayton Playhouse opens the season with “Dracula” The Dayton Playhouse will present “Dracula,” Oct. 12-21.  This version of the well-known play was adapted by William McNulty and was originally dramatized by John L. Balderston and Hamilton Deane from Bram Stoker’s novel.  […]

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Finding true north

Stars support sixth album with Cincinnati stop By Tim Anderl Stars are lovers, not fighters.  And operating under the KISS principle (keep it simple stupid) when it comes to the ingredients of a compelling pop song, Stars’ narratives have long told stories of love, beauty and relationships while the music soars with sweeping bombast.  Remarkably, […]

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News of the weird: 09/23/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – New frontiers in American vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August  it had […]

High expectations

Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest returns to Troy By Melissa Markham Photo: The Miami County Harvest Moon and Balloon Festival […]

Troy, unplugged

Fall Farm Festival at Lost Creek Reserve By Tammy Newsom Photo: Visitors take a wagon ride down Scarecrow Lane at […]

Law & Disorder: Blowing up our democracy

Lawmaking for sale By AJ Wagner Last week, I noted how Republicans won’t be formally approving President Barack Obama’s war […]

The bold and the beardless

A clean-shaven Matisyahu at Bogart’s By Alan Sculley Photo: Matisyahu will perform on Sept. 26 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati Aside […]

Advice goddess

By Amy Alkon   Doody-bound You printed a letter from a guy who doesn’t want to be a father and […]