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A world of pure imagination


Primus brings Willy Wonka to Rose Music Center By Rusty Pate Photo: Primus brings their Primus and the Chocolate Factory tour to Rose Music Center on August 4 Fans of Primus have come to expect weird and strange offerings from the group. Songs such as “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” and albums like Sailing the Seas […]

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Beer street


Dayton’s next open container Entertainment District TBD By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin photo: Andrew Thompson On April 30, Gov. John R. Kasich signed into law House Bill 47, giving cities the ability to create “entertainment districts” that would be exempt from the state’s open ver stntainer law, which prohibits people from freely strolling around with adult […]

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Meat me at Fatback’s


Family BBQ puts Dayton in Hog Heaven By Paula Johnson Photo: Pulled pork, chicken and brisket with crusty buns and cornbread at Fatback’s BBQ Natives of the Caribbean islands have been smoking and roasting meat for centuries. They called it barbacoa. The modern American equivalent of this is barbecue, and it’s most associated with the […]

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App the taps


Mobile tech geeks craft brewing By Hayley Fudge Photo: The Untappd app allows users to check-in and track the beers they’ve enjoyed Thankfully for lovers of the hops, a group of like-minded, tech savvy beer geeks have put their glasses down long enough to create apps and websites that help the craft beer industry and […]

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Cheers to charity


Brews Fore Birdies Beer Festival rookie year By Janell R. Ward Photo: First Tee of Greater Miami Valley teaches life skills and development through golf. Pictured: participants in the PLAYer program at Madden Golf Course mingle with local media; photo: Amanda Zedrick Come cool down with a beer on a hot summer’s day and make […]

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No words necessary


Instrumental metalheads Karma to Burn return to RockStar By Gary Spencer Photo: All-instrumental metal trio Karma to Burn will perform July 24 at RockStar Pro Arena; photo: Karma to Burn As much as things change, some things never go out of style. Like a solid, catchy, heavy guitar riff. Or a thundering bass line. Or […]

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Fifty years of progress?


Danny Lyon: Memories of the Civil Rights Movement at Herndon Gallery By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Protesters stage a sit-in at Toddle House in Atlanta, Georgia, December, 1963; photo: Danny Lyon The Herndon Gallery, tucked unassumingly away inside an academic building on the campus of Antioch College, is a blank canvas. The medium-sized art epicenter has […]

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Ready for more Riff Raff


Ira Stanley and Dixie Peach perform annual final show By Mike Ritchie Photo: Ira Stanley and Dixie Peach will perform their “annual final show” on July 25 at Riff Raff Tavern Ira Stanley started his musical career in 1972 in the basement, playing southern rock blues. With friends, he formed Dixie Peach, quickly gaining notice […]

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‘Mr. Holmes’ ties up loose ends


Director Bill Condon lets the detective set his story straight By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in “Mr. Holmes”; Rating: PG, Grade: B+ I can’t say I’ve made the leap back to Arthur Conan Doyle’s celebrated detective. In recent years, I made forays into the literary detective genre, but I have done […]

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The final frontier


Ringo Deathstarr charts course to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: Ringo Deathstarr will perform at Canal Public House July 24; photo: Chad McGillivray Ringo Deathstarr, a three-piece outfit from Austin, Texas, is conjuring a unique response to the noisy and melodic, guitar pedal-loving, shoegazing, dreamy bands from the late 1980s and ’90s. Dashes of The […]

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On stage


Dayton theatre scene is a big summertime happening By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Teryn Barker as Miranda, Kelly Johnson as Prospero and Judy Shaw as Ariel in the Shakespeare in South Park performance of “The Tempest” Shakespeare in South Park – “The Tempest” – Aug. 7-9 If you think Shakespeare as an all-age all-community endeavor must […]

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The Canadian Rockies

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Finger Eleven hits Oddbody’s Music Room By Rusty Pate Photo: Finger Eleven will perform at Oddbody’s on July 24 in advance of their latest album, Five Crooked Lines; photo: Dustin Rabin The terms “rock band” and “longevity” rarely go together. Some bands aren’t successful enough; others collapse under the weight of too many expectations. Creative […]

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Celtic crush


Annual Dayton Celtic Festival returns By Gary Spencer Photo: Celtic/Klezmer/World music headliners Scythian will perform at the 2015 Dayton Celtic Festival; photo: Dayton Celtic Festival Staff Some events in Dayton become an institution over the years, and the annual United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival has definitely become one of them. In fact, the festival […]

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Water Pressure


City of Dayton proposes changes to Source Water Protection Program By Erin Callahan Photo: Officials observe the damage from the Sherwin Williams fire on May 30, 1987, three days after the fire began; photo: Dayton Daily News Archives at Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University “I drink Dayton water; that’s why I’m here.” This […]

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Staging the future


FutureFest’s 25 year milestone at Dayton Playhouse By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Maggie Carroll, Debra Strauss, Matthew Lindsay and David Hallowren rehearse for “The Consul, the Tramp and America’s Sweetheart”; photo: Jacqui Theboald Twenty-five years! Hard to believe it? Volunteers at the Dayton Playhouse have been selecting and presenting six new scripts in one weekend, and […]

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Amy Schumer avoids a major crash in ‘Trainwreck’


From stand-up to television to film, this comic rides her own bullet train By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Amy Schumer as Amy and Bill Hader as Aaron in “Trainwreck”; Rating: R, Grade: A Amy Schumer is on the fastest of the fast tracks. The successful stand-up comedienne made the transition from the stage of comedy clubs […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]