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Tough enough

Historic Toughman Contest returns to Hara Arena By Gary Spencer Photo: The Original Toughman Contest returns to Hara Arena Jan. 24-25; photo: courtesy Steve Coppler Some pastimes have no shelf life. In fact, fighting is something humans have been doing since the beginning of time. In ancient Greek and Roman cultures, stadiums would be filled with […]

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That what is naught

Stolen Babies merge heavy rock with heavy theater By Gary Spencer Photo: Cabaret/metal trio Stolen Babies will perform at Bogart’s in Cincinnati on Jan. 26; photo: courtesy of Stolen Babies In the world of the performing arts, the mixing of heavy, guitar-based music and the artiness of theater seem to rarely cross paths. Sure, there are […]

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‘The Invisible Woman’ creeps among the shadows

Ralph Fiennes captures the scandalous love affair of Charles Dickens By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Felicity Jones and Ralph Fiennes star in “The Invisible Woman”; Rating: R Grade: B Remember the first time we saw Ralph Fiennes? For most of us, it was in “Schindler’s List” as Amon Goeth, the concentration camp commandant who […]

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On Stage

Many mid-winter choices By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Suzanne Clabaugh, Kip Moore and Director Jim Lockwood rehearsing “Working” at the Dayton Playhouse, which runs Jan. 31 through Feb. 16“You don’t need superheroes or historic figures in a play when you have stories based on interviews by journalist Studs Terkel,” said Jim Lockwood, director of […]

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Ear to the tracks

New music for the new year By Justin Kreitzer Here are three excellent new albums to get your new year started off with a bang! Ray Tarantino//Good Things Will Happen//Tiny Drum Records   Rising singer/songwriter Ray Tarantino will release his third album, Good Things Will Happen, via Tiny Drum Records in May, though it is available […]

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The beer fest with class

Brew Ha Ha benefits Montessori School of Dayton By Sara Mastbaum There’s no question about it: Ohio versus Michigan is always a brouhaha. When the contenders are a certain pair of college football teams, only one will emerge victorious. When the contenders are 40 craft beers, it’s Brew Ha Ha, and we’re pretty sure everyone […]

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The best tick and woody cults

New year – new albums By L. Kent Wolgamott Welcome to 2014, everyone! As we set out into the void of another year, let’s take a look at a few releases that you may have missed at the end of 2013. After all, it’s never too late to catch up to great music… Cults//Static//Columbia Records  […]

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Learning and serving with nature

Super-powered volunteer opportunities By Kristen Wicker Photo: Volunteers working during a native plant primer class offered by Five Rivers MetroParks   Carrying five-gallon buckets of water to nourish tree seedlings isn’t too much to ask of volunteer Marketa Anderson – even if it means displacing a rib in the process. “That was one of the times […]

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A new identity

Amy Kollar Anderson Identification exhibit at University of Dayton By CC Hutten Photo: The making of the installation portion of Identification by Amy Kollar Anderson, on display at University of Dayton’s ArtStreet Studio D Gallery through Feb. 10   Amy Kollar Anderson is known for her colorful, narrative paintings. On Monday, Jan. 13, however, she is […]

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Riding the wave of the future!

Internet and alternative radio broadcasts to Dayton and the world  By Zach Rogers   Photo: Mike Clare/mikecimages Chances are, if you’re someone who still listens to the radio your options have never been better. In the past ten to 20 years there’s been a gigantic surge in radio, one that’s seen a lot of changes […]

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Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]

Be Well, Marsha 11/17/15

The slower seasons By Marsha Bonhart I have a friend whom I adore. I don’t always understand her, but she’s […]

Three artists. Three days. One lock.

‘Locked In’ on art at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Artists Brandon Lowery, Nathaniel Foley and […]

Ask Rocco 11/17/15

Who the hell is Tony Zale anyway? By Rocco Castellano Photo: Boxer Tony Zale knocks Rocky Graziano to the ground […]

March of the Turkeys

The Turkey Trot tradition treks on By Don Hurst Photo: The Ohio River Road Runners Club 37th Annual Turkey Trot […]