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The art of Finesse

College football player, SNL alum, hit TV show: Finesse Mitchell at Funny Bone By Rusty Pate Photo: “All you’ve got to do is show up and make people happy … That’s a great job!” Finesse Mitchell will perform at the Dayton Funny Bone March 21-24 Rule number one when interviewing a standup comic: don’t try to […]

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The Hummingbird Effect

Local Natives’ second album is darker, more emotional  By Nick Schwab Photo: Local Natives visit Cincinnati March 25 and Columbus March 26 with their new album, Hummingbird; photo credit: Bryan Sheffield They say three times is a charm … but why not less? Local Natives is a band that had a fantastic first album in Gorilla […]

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Get stoked for “Stoker”

Director Chan-wook Park’s sinister English language debut translates well By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode star in “Stoker” Rating: R Grade: A In dreamy bit of voiceover narration at the start, India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) tells us, “we are not responsible for what we have come to be,” and […]

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Needlewomen

Sew unique, sew chic – Sew Dayton By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: [l to r] Tracy McElfresh and Jesy Anderson at Sew Dayton. Photo credit: Mugshot Studios It’s just lying there. Draped casually, yet somehow dauntingly, over the back of a dining room chair. It’s The Mending Pile, and you’d just as soon chuck the whole […]

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On Stage

The future of the theatre, the “Bare” challenge and “Godspell” – nostalgia with a twist By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Heather Gorby and Tamra Francis (front) during Mayhem and Mystery’s production of  “Game Night Grudge”; photo credit: MediaMoments.com / Peter Wine Why Don’t You Go to the Theatre? This topic will be discussed and debated on Tuesday, March […]

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“West of Memphis” travels down a long, dark road

A masterful shortcut through a horrible travesty By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Henry Rollins and co-writer/director Amy Berg seek justice in “West of Memphis”; Rating: R Grade: A A monumental miscarriage of justice in the early 1990s leads to three young men – Damien Wayne Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. – being […]

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Don’t call it a comeback…

…although Native won’t mind if you do By Tim Anderl Photo: Native will perform at The Southgate House Revival on March 20; photo credit: David Summers Hailing from northwest Indiana, Native is comprised of four friends who came together after realizing they were each the most serious about music in their respective former high school bands. […]

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A lot with a little

Dolfish visits South Park Tavern By Leo DeLuca Photo: Dolfish [aka Max Sollisch] will perform at South Park Tavern on Friday, March 15 Dolfish, the indie folk-rock venture of Cleveland-based songwriter Max Sollisch, is no stranger to brevity. In his short time on the scene, Paste, American Songwriter, Daytrotter and more have all hailed Sollisch. In […]

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You don’t have to be Irish to have a good time

St. Patrick’s Day Bar Guide By Megan Garrison Photo: Boston’s Bistro will offer a number of special events and live music during their St. Patrick’s Day celebration which runs March 15-17 Everyone loves St. Patrick’s Day. What isn’t to love? A sea of green, lots of beer and the occasional off-key rendition of any song by […]

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Worth the wait

Coco’s Bistro delivers in new location  By Brian P. Sharp It is a thrilling thing to hear about a downtown Dayton restaurant having a two-hour wait, and that was just the case when I visited Coco’s Bistro in their new location on Warren Street. The good news was a friendly valet was available to assist […]

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Advice Goddess: 4/21

By Amy Alkon Malice in Wonderland My boyfriend has a crazy ex-wife who can’t let go. She is the meanest, […]

News of the weird: 04/21

By Chuck Shepherd Government in action The predawn line in March actually started forming at midnight, snaking around the building […]

The Docket: 04/21

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Who? What? Me? Officers responded to a report […]

The man in the tall black hat

Troy-Hayner remembers Lincoln this month By Tim Walker Photo: Seward Johnson’s “Return Visit” sculpture will be unveiled on May 3; […]

Chew on this: 04/14

Banishing the blues with blueberries By Jayne Powers A change of seasons often signals a change in what we eat. Springtime […]

The Docket: 04/14

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim A mirror misunderstanding Officers responded to a theft report in a grocery store parking lot. […]