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Transatlanticism

This Is Thunder’s overseas collaboration yields ambitious debut By Tim Anderl Photo: [l to r] Nopse [aka Marc Navoizat] and Jen Schnade of This is Thunder This Is Thunder grew out of a transatlantic bond and concrete desire to create together in spite of geographical boundaries. It takes a certain unity of vision to make a […]

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Dynamic duo

Japandroids put the ‘wham, pow, bam’ in indie rock By Tim Anderl Photo: Japandroids play Columbus June 12 [l to r] Brian King and Dave Prowse; photo credit: Leigh Righton It is nearly impossible to fathom that the sound generated by two-piece Canadian rock phenomenon Japandroids isn’t the result of a much larger powerhouse sextet or […]

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Dare to diva

‘Dreamgirls’ at Schuster Center By Kate E Lore Photo: [l to r] Mary Searcy, Jasmin Richardson and Charity Dawson star in ‘Dreamgirls’ National Tour at the Schuster Center June 4-9 Spotlight center stage, where a young woman is fighting for her right to the platform, her deserved moment in the warm heat of stage lighting. This […]

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Lords of light

Torche blaze path for melodic metal By Tim Anderl Photo: Torche brings their melodic metal to Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Monday, June 3; Photo credit: Gary Copeland For the better part of the past decade, Miami, Fla. outfit Torche has emerged a triumphant and powerful quartet responsible for pioneering their own brand of groovy, melodic […]

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Gay pride and the theater

A 500-year history By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Scene from “The Normal Heart” which helped raise awareness regarding the ongoing struggles of the LGBT community From the end of the 16th century until today, gay plays have had a presence on the stage. From Edward Marlowe’s “Edward II” – with what has been referred to as “homosexual […]

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Great things come in little packages

sami.the.great at Ghostlight Coffeehouse By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Brooklyn singer/songwriter Sami.the.Great will perform at Ghostlight Coffeehouse on June 2; photo credit: Laura Crosta Brooklyn-based musician Sami Akbari, who also records and performs under the moniker sami.the.great, is currently on tour in support of her excellent self-titled debut album released in early 2012 by Bold Love Records. […]

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What’s a guy gotta do to get a drink around here?

A husband and wife take on Dayton’s ‘Fruit Loop’ By Wu W.A.N.G. Photo: Masque boasts one of the best sound systems in the Gem City; Photo credit: Wu W.A.N.G. What’s happening on Jefferson and Third Streets? Dayton’s Gay club district has a “seee-cret.” The intersection of the two streets is affectionately known as the “Fruit Loop” […]

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Equality events

Dayton’s Pride celebrations By Kate E Lore Photo: A float rolls down Third Street during the 2012 Gay Pride Parade in Dayton; photo credit: Bill Franz Rainbow, sparkles and all things fabulous; this is what you might typically think of when you hear “Pride Weekend” and “Gay Pride Parade.” How about love, support, equality and acceptance? […]

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The big parade

Denver’s The Lumineers visit Riverbend Music Center By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: The Lumineers visit Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati June 2; photo credit: Scarlet Page In 2009, Stelth Ulvang was one of dozens of Denver musicians who got a message from a New Jersey duo that was moving to Colorado and looking for contacts and […]

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Love God and love your neighbor

Christianity, the LGBT community and gay-friendly churches in Dayton By Leo DeLuca Photo: “If [Christians] took our blinders off … we would see that God affirms gay relationships …” – Christopher Pyle As unifying as it is divisive, the Bible has always been a mystifying text. For centuries, Scripture has been employed in defending innumerable beliefs […]

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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 […]