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Madman across the water

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Dayton Philharmonic, Jeans ‘n Classics celebrate Elton John By Rick Eichhorn Photo: Jeans ‘n Classics Founder/Owner Peter Brennan To be sure, Jeans ‘n Classics is definitely not a tribute band. What they are is a crazy concoction of more than 30 members, who understand orchestra culture, that pull out all the stops when teaming up […]

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The rock that will save us all

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Red Hot Rebellion’s “mission” to save the world By Gary Spencer Photo: Red Hot Rebellion will perform at Blind Bob’s on Jan. 31 Contemporary punk rock could be seen as a very limited music genre – there are certain expectations of what punk bands can do musically and otherwise, which seems ironic given the original […]

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The heart wants dance

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company premieres “HeartShakes” By Arnecia Patterson Photo: The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company presents “HeartShakes” Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Scott Robbins An early celebration of relationships will be in the Valentine’s Day air when Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) premieres its latest full-length ballet, “HeartShakes.” With “HeartShakes” […]

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Kind of blue

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Bluesman Keb’ Mo’ at Cincinnati’s Taft Theater By Rusty Pate Photo: Keb’ Mo’ will perform on Jan. 29 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati Since his 1994 self-titled debut, Kevin Moore has been viewed as a sort of harbinger of the seemingly continuous roots blues revival. While the larger blues community is littered with all […]

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Painted worlds

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The Art of Brian Chu and Shiao-Ping Wang By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Shiao-Ping Wang, “Waves,” acrylic on canvas Painting has persevered as a dominant artistic medium for centuries. Artists continue to develop personal voices and innovative ideas within the established tradition, sustaining a practice that is a versatile vehicle for expression. Brian Chu and […]

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Irreconcilable?

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UD’s “performance installation” explores faith and reason By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Alexandra Damiani, Michelle Hayford, Jenn Freitag, Luke Frazier and Ohana Garcia-Isgut [center] rehearse for “(ir)reconcilable: A New Devised Play Exploring Faith and Reason” University of Dayton’s (UD) upcoming “(ir)reconcilable: A New Devised Play Exploring Faith and Reason” is not just a play. It’s […]

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Stick to your, well, ribs

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Vandalia’s Original Rib House By Paula Johnson Photo: The Ribs and Chicken Combo dinner at Original Rib House in Vandalia The dining room of the Original Rib House in Vandalia reminds you of nothing so much as the 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch. The harvest gold and rust brown interior of what was once a […]

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Race complicates family matters in ‘Black or White’

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Mike Binder and Kevin Costner engage in tough talk By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jillian Estell as Eloise and Kevin Costner as Elliot Anderson in “Black or White”; Rating: R, Grade: C- What we’re talking about when we talk about race depends on our individual perspectives, but it is not the talking that matters. What truly […]

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Debate Forum: 01/20

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Forum Center: When journalism becomes activism By Sarah Sidlow French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo recently made international headlines when its cover, which is known for lampooning political or religious figures, bore an image of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. However, it was not the cover itself that made the world pay attention, but the reaction of two Islamist extremists, […]

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One in 43,252,003,274,489,856,000

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Xenia’s Drew Brads takes speedcubing World Record By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Xenia local Drew Brads displays his collection of Rubiks puzzles I bet there was one in your basement in the ’80s. A six-colored, six-sided puzzle cube, deceptive in its apparent candor, charming in its manageable size. And if it was like mine, half […]

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Bending the genre

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Jazz pianist Gregg Kallor at UD By Katie Christoff Photo: Pianist Gregg Kallor will perform at University of Dayton on Jan. 22 ArtsLive at the University of Dayton strives to challenge its audiences’ traditional notions of music, particularly jazz. On Thursday, Jan. 22, pianist Gregg Kallor will kick off the 2015 season with his fusion […]

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On stage 01/20/2015

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Two openings and a remembrance By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Rob Willoughby as Hucklebee and Brian Sharp as Bellomy in Dayton Playhouse’s “The Fantasticks” “The Fantastics” Whether “The Fantasticks” is familiar to you or yet unknown, the Dayton Playhouse invites you to share their delighted smiles and good humor on a romantic journey to look at young […]

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Ohio: the heart of it ale

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Beer road trip destinations dot the state By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Willoughby Brewing Company’s red brick exterior The brewery explosion of the last three years isn’t a purely Dayton phenomenon. Since 2011, Ohio has grown from 49 operating breweries to more than 100, with more to come (the Ohio Liquor Control has issued more […]

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Hit me with your best shot

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Human Race premieres Michael Slade’s new “Family Shots” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: The Human Race Theatre Company premeiers “Family Shots” Jan. 22-Feb. 8 at the Loft Theatre Bring in a heart throb, a popular theatre and TV soap star, an experienced stage-film-TV pro and, with others, prepare to create the first interpretation of New York […]

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I dream of Sundance

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What might be hot and buzz worthy at Indie kickoff of 2015? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Still from “How to Dance in Ohio,” directed by Alexandra Shiva I’ve caught a serious case of the film festival bug and I’m not sure how to get over it. Last year, being able to add the Munich Film […]

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A country outlaw

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Dallas Moore Band at Riff Raff Tavern By Josher Lumpkin Photo: The Dallas Moore Band will perform on Jan. 24 at Riff Raff Tavern; photo: Jenna Danielle Moore The outlaw country musician Dallas Moore had a busy 2014. “Between my solo shows and the full band tour dates, I hit 321 nights in 2014, which […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]