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Playing with fire

Bassel and the Supernaturals heat up behind new release Dreamer By Rusty Pate Bassel Al-Madani sits in his apartment on a seemingly ordinary night. The Kent, Ohio native began recording albums in 2008 and he now finds himself living in Chicago with his latest album, Dreamer, freshly completed with his group, Bassel and the Supernaturals. […]

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The Handmade Revolution

Homegrown as it should be By Rusty Pate By the time September rolls around, festival fatigue starts to set in. After a long summer of every city, village and township celebrating something or other, the scenes start to melt into each other. Before long, it becomes hard to remember where that terrible cover band butchered […]

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What’s it like to live downtown?

Find out at Urban Nights by Kevin J. Gray Friday, Sept. 14, show your love for downtown Dayton by coming out to Urban Nights. The event, which runs from 5 to 10 p.m. is an extensive collaboration between the Downtown Dayton Partnership, several local not-for-profits, and many, many local area businesses, galleries and entertainment spots. […]

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Bow down!

Naughty rapper Blowfly brings his “nastiness” to Dayton By Wu W.A.N.G. Sure, many of us might desire to transform into another person or test drive another personality, but to do it in public, in front of an audience? Well … maybe not. For thirty odd years less than a century, Clarence Reid obviously has seen […]

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Don’t look down

Local philanthropists go “over the edge” for Big Brothers Big Sisters By Maha Kashani Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be Spiderman? On the day of Urban Nights, a handful of adventure-seeking philanthropists who are raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Miami Valley (BBBSMV) will know. Key Bank […]

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Flights of fancy

Thirst quenching through samples around Portland By Mike Rosenberg I love doing flights of almost anything. A “flight” usually refers to a set of small samples of wine, but can be beer, whiskey, cola, orange juice, coffee…you get the idea. In general, I differentiate “doing a flight” from a “tasting” since there’s almost always a […]

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I gotsta get paid

ZZ Top return with new album, La Futura By Alan Sculley It would appear that one word Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top has learned when it comes to work on the long-awaited new CD, La Futura, by the band is patience. The project has been under way for several years now, and plenty of fans […]

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Best tastes in town

The Taste of Miami Valley at Riverscape By Stacey Ritz The Taste of Miami Valley began in 2005 and features a wide variety of food choices, from frozen custard to the best BBQ. Every year, additional restaurants are added as well as new restaurants to the area. Vendor booths are also included- there is truly […]

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Pianos, pictures and pines

DPO launches 2012-2013 Imagine Season By Joe Aiello Time: mid-1940s. Place: Patterson Elementary School on Wyoming Street in Dayton. A first-grader, a boy, walks home carrying a piano! Under his arm! I was that boy. And the piano in question was a hinged, poster-board replica of a keyboard that weighed little. Since we didn’t own […]

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Carving desert canyons

Carving desert canyons Scale the Summit brings heavy instrumental progression to Dayton By Gary Spencer There are two words in the popular musical lexicon that are bound to divide or unite audiences, and those two words are often “progressive” and “instrumental.”  And if you throw the term “heavy metal” into the mix, things get even […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]