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The thrill remains

The 28th Annual Michelob Dayton Blues Festival  By Benjamin Smith Photo by: Longtime regional blues favorites Cincinnati Slim & the Headhunters return to headline the Dayton Blues Festival on July 21 Earl “Southside” Hayes’ love affair with the blues began with a single song. It then bloomed with a case of mistaken identity. “I went to […]

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Wading into ‘Pacific Rim’

Guillermo del Toro plays with robots and monsters on a large scale By T.T. Stern-Enzi  Photo by: The battle for Earth rages on the high seas in “Pacific Rim”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: B- There’s a lot more than meets the eye in Guillermo del Toro’s robot-monster mash-up “Pacific Rim.” We’re told from the start in voiceover […]

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The seers

No Wave legends Swans visit Newport’s Southgate  By Gary Spencer photo by: “We’re doing the best sonics I’ve ever experienced.” -Michael Gira brings Swans to Southgate House Revival on Tuesday, July 23; photo credit: Jennifer Church You know how it usually goes when a legendary band considered long dead and gone reunites, right? Initial excitement of […]

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Where we are going, we don’t need roads

Hovercraft rally in Piqua By Stacey Ritz photo by: Graham Spencer racing in Formula 35 during a Hoverclub of America rally in 2012; photo credit: Jay Frost “We are going to have racing and cruising all at the same venue. We will have a full schedule of races on the banks and waters of the Great […]

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Cultured cuisine south of town

Matera Caffé: Worldly, wood-fired flare in a low-key locale By Brandy King Photo: The Midnight Sun pizza at Matera Caffé in Franklin Just south of the Montgomery County border, one exit down from the retail and empty office space mecca of Austin Landing and cozied up right next to the classy New York, New York […]

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Drive into history

At Dayton’s Packard Museum  By: Mark Luedtke Photo: 1930 745 Brewster Convertible Sedan Photo Credit: Andrew Thompson Daytonians take it as an article of faith that Dayton was a big time car town a century ago. Everybody says so. Visitors can view an historic automobile exhibit at Carillon Park to validate this claim, but few really […]

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Beyond Thick As A Brick

Jethro Tull leader plays classic album in its entirety plus sequel at Riverbend By Gary Spencer Jethro Tull is one of those artists who, for all intents and purposes, exist on their own musical planet, removed from their classic rock contemporaries who, for varying reasons, aren’t quite in Tull’s unique musical league. And then there’s […]

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The square is where … it’s at

Downtown program is like ‘recess’ for adults By Justin Kreitzer Photo: [l to r] Charles Walker and Porsche Carmon of The Charles Walker band wil perform for The Square is Where on July 12; photo credit: Artaska Roberts The Square Is Where is a free entertainment program held at Courthouse Square, presented by the Downtown Dayton […]

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The boys of Summer

Dayton rockers deliver concept EPs By Tim Anderl Photo: Red Hot Rebellion deliver their rock revival, the Melt the SkyEP   The idea of the concept album has long been present in rock lore. Ziggy Stardust, The Wall and, more recently, American Idiot and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. Rock diehards recognize, adopt and develop deep […]

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When the farmer comes to town

Shop for fruits and vegetables at regional farmer’s markets By: Stacey Ritz Photo: Fairborn’s Farmer’s Market is in its ninth year, providing fresh fruits and vegetables to the community; photo credit: Katie Lewallen “We’re not just a farmer’s market, we are a community focal point,” shared Jeff LaFollette of the Huber Heights Farmer’s Market. “We have […]

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News of the weird: 06/30

By Chuck Shepherd   What Cannibals Can Teach Us Researchers studying the human-brain-eating Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea reported […]

Advice Goddess: 6/30

By Amy Alkon   Owe, Baby, Baby My girlfriend always cries that she’s “broke.” I just ended up buying her […]

The Docket: 06/30

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Amanda Dee   Man sorry for accidentally lurking nude At 6:30 […]

Chew on this: 06/30

Back-of-the-envelope nutrition By Jayne Powers   From picking quality carbohydrates to protein powders and dietary supplements, there are scores of […]

Advice Goddess: 6/23

By Amy Alkon Rise And Spine My fiancé is good friends with his ex-girlfriend from college. (We’re all in our […]

30 feet of Abe

Lincoln’s legacy lives on in Troy By John Hamilton Photo: A monumental “Modern Man” discusses the Gettysburg Address with a […]