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Bidding for treasure

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DVAC’s 21st annual art auction By Janell R. Ward Photo: MB Hopkins’ “The Order of Things” is a featured piece of artwork at the 21st annual DVAC Art Auction Place your bid at the 21st annual Art Action for your favorite painting, photograph, print, sculpture, piece of jewelry or glass by a local artist. The […]

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Making the grade

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A review of “Taking Shakespeare” at Human Race By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Johanna Leister as Prof and Jon Kovach as Murph in Human Race Theatre Company’s “Taking Shakespeare”; photo: Scott J. Kimmins We may know grouchy teachers and alienated students in the real world, perhaps none so passionate as the pair in the current HRTC […]

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Time for spring cleaning

New releases for open windows By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott   Courtney Barnett//Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit // Mom + Pop Music   Courtney Barnett sings about seeing Jesus in the watermarks on a ceiling, buying organic vegetables and staring at a lawn that needs to be mowed […]

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Moving on up the evolutionary ladder

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“Ex Machina” dares to question the definitions of “gods” and “robots” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Alicia Vikander as Ava in “Ex Machina”; Rating: R, Grade: A As the summer movie season approaches, I am heartened by the notion that 2015 will stand out as the year that the independent filmmaking model lives up to its […]

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Freedom and joy

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Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra closes season with Lincoln tribute By Joyell Nevins Photo: Dr. Herbert Martin will narrate Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” during the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra Freedom & Joy concert “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the […]

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For the Record

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Singles, shows and specials on Record Store Day By Gary Spencer Photo: Local dance/pop rock group Grenades?! will perform live at Omega Music on Record Store Day, April 18 Releases to look for Record stores – especially independently owned and operated ones – have become increasingly rare within the past decade. Dayton alone lost one locally […]

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From our House to yours

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Fifth annual Ronald McDonald House Doors of Compassion fundraiser By Tara Pettit Photo: Amy Saling [left] with Red Box Catering prepares salad at the 2014 Doors of Compassion event It’s that time again in Dayton when doors open – doors to individual homes, to community fellowship and to local support of a larger mission focused […]

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Dayton gets ‘chopped’

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Dining diva talks chow with Food Network star Ted Allen By Paula Johnson Photo: Ted Allen, the host of Food Network’s Chopped, will visit Dayton April 19 as the honorary chair of the Ohio AIDS Walk; photo: Food Network Ted Allen wears many hats – including a chef’s toque. He’s a longtime journalist, having written […]

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Since the day I was born

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Nickel Creek’s Sean Watkins solo at Canal Public House By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek will perform a solo show at Canal Public House on April 22; photo: Devin Pedde Singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Sean Watkins has practically been playing music since birth. He co-founded the influential Grammy-winning Americana trio Nickel Creek, […]

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Back to the garage

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Old school promoter brings The Woggles to Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Garage rockers The Woggles will perform at Blind Bob’s on April 23 The Dayton music scene has evolved a lot over the years, both for better and worse. One thing many longtime Dayton concertgoers bemoan is the lack of national touring acts stopping […]

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The one that got away

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The Pearl Fishers at the Schuster By Eric Street Photo: Soprano Chloe Moore will perform as Leila Has an unsolvable love triangle ever produced such unforgettably ravishing music? Come to the Schuster Center and hear for yourself when the Dayton Opera, Ballet and Philharmonic present Georges Bizet’s fragrantly exotic The Pearl Fishers. Sung in French […]

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Play that country music, Whitey

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Whitey Morgan and the 78’s pay visit to Rockstar Pro Arena By Tim Anderl Photo: Whitey Morgan and the 78’s will perform April 18 at RockStar Pro Arena Whitey Morgan’s forthcoming album, Sonic Ranch, is an outlaw country-influenced, bare knuckle barn burner that tells the rough and tumble tales of Morgan’s Flint, Michigan upbringing and […]

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From parts unknown

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Hardcore heavies Every Time I Die play Cincinnati By Alan Sculley Photo: Every Time I Die will perform on April 17 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati; photo: Justin Reich Vocalist Keith Buckley has nothing but good things to say about how From Parts Unknown, the latest album by his band, Every Time I Die, turned out. […]

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For the birds

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Five Rivers MetroParks’ Bird Brigade By Kristen Wicker Photo: Members of the Five Rivers MetroParks Bird Brigade monitor migrating bird species at the Great Miami River Wetland Mitigation Bank Bullying is for the birds. Take, for example, a recent early-morning scene at the Great Miami River Wetland Mitigation Bank: A juvenile red-tailed hawk swoops out […]

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Daring to tell a ‘True Story’

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Lying is all about performance By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jonah Hill as Michael Finkel and James Franco as Christian Longo in “True Story”; Rating: R, Grade: B+ There’s a sneaky logic to the old adage – “All stories are true” (which John Edgar Wideman wisely sampled as the title for a collection of short stories) […]

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Red-taped

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Where have all the clinics gone? By Jeremy Wiedle Photo:  Anti-abortion protesters gather outside the Women’s Med abortion clinic in Kettering; photo: Jeremy Wiedle   Terms to Know   Stroop Road in the Dayton, Ohio suburb of Kettering is home to subtle, yet timely irony. Large, narrow-windowed office buildings sit on each end of the busy […]

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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 […]