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Brews and tunes

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Old friends celebrate beer and brotherhood at Canal By Tim Anderl Photo: Authors & Audio’s Jack Cox; photo: Orest Dorosh No successful gathering is ever quite complete without a rich combination of festive music, friends and libations. The forthcoming Belmont Party Supply 30th Anniversary Party, which takes place at Canal Public House on Dec. 27, […]

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Now and then…

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The intriguing past lingering in Troy’s historical sites By Tara Pettit Photo: Commercial Row in 1910, part of Troy’s business district, which burned down in an arson fire in 1900 Troy, Ohio is known for its rich history. With the city’s eighteenth century architecture, still-standing historic buildings and flair for the antique business, a day […]

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Murphy, The Marathon Man and me

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Terry Wilson on his book, “Life’s Too Short … And So Am I” By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Terry Wilson, about to go on the air for the first time on WING radio Terry Wilson has been all over the globe. For over 40 years, he has brought his boundless energy and sense of humor to […]

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Black top revelation

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Lo-Pan bring colossal riffs to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Lo-Pan will perform at Blind Bob’s Dec. 26 Good music that comes out of Ohio should be a no-brainer. Whether we are talking about Bootsy Collins, Devo or Guided By Voices, Ohio has earned its stripes in the world of daring, original and sometimes […]

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Jammin’ in the new year

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Rock ‘n’ roll New Year’s Eve at Oddbody’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Blue Moon Soup will perform as Red Sun Pasta at Oddbody’s New Year’s Eve; photo: Tom Wickstrom The new year always brings with it the potential and promise that can only be seen through a lens that combines anticipation with hindsight. We consider […]

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Christmas Day options for dining out By Paula Johnson Photo: Deluxe Fried Rice at Tik’s Thai Grille Restive not festive? As the days fly by in this frenzied holiday season, you might find yourself overwhelmed and thinking something’s gotta give. Between shopping, parties, wrapping, parties, baking and parties, you might be left with the nagging […]

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A year’s worth of independence

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Embracing the freedom to look beyond 2014 and the regional big screens By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Juliette Binoche as Anne in “Elles” Forget the conventional play of compiling a top ten list – you can find that elsewhere. This year’s rewinding is reserved for a different class and brand of loves I have found. It’s […]

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… Oh yeah, and basketball, too!

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Harlem Globetrotters return to Nutter Center By Gary Spencer Photo: Harlem Globetrotter forward Alex “Moose” Weakes As much as things change in the world, it’s sometimes nice to have an old throwback that stays pretty much the same, even after the span of decades. One such entity is the world traveled and world famous Harlem […]

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State of the stage

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Area live theatre companies step back from the financial edge By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] Dayton Theatre Guild Board members Patty Smith, President Kathy Mola and Rick Flynn Two major factors, financial stability and artistic standards, frame a discussion of what people closely involved in community theatre talk about as they assess the state of […]

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Get to the point!

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World’s youngest professional knife thrower never misses By E.F. Shaub Photo: Nine-year-old Grennan Nealeigh and his six-year-old sister, Charlotte Most people would be insulted if you called the work they do for a living a “freakshow,” but not Grennan Bartlett-Nealeigh’s family – they take it as a compliment. This is because they run an actual […]

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Country music, evolved

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Ashley Martin at Riff Raff Tavern on the Canal By Katie Christoff Photo: Ashley martin will perform on Dec. 20 at Riff Raff Tavern; photo: Kent Cretors Dayton native Ashley Martin is changing the face of country music, and she’s gaining national recognition for doing so. “Country music is evolving into pop and rock, and […]

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Pints and half-pints

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Family-friendly breweries in the Miami Valley By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Kids play pinball at Warped Wing Brewing Company, while adults taste the beers and take a tour Several weeks ago, Dayton saw its first “Beer Geeks with Kids” event, a meetup designed to bring families in the craft beer world together. About 25 people, […]

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A very rocky Christmas

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Cult classic goes Christmas at Blind Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Ben Riddlebarger as Tranta Claus Long considered a cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is an outrageous film that scoffs at traditional gender roles and encourages viewers to do what they want and have a good time. In cities across America, “Rocky Horror” […]

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Worth the wake-up

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Fort Ancient’s annual Winter Solstice celebration By Tara Pettit Photo: Participants gather at the Fort Ancient Fall Solstice program in 2011; photo: Kristy Kreel There is a single moment that occurs each year when Earth’s maximum axial tilt to the sun is at 23 degrees and 23 feet, creating the shortest day and longest night […]

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On Stage

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Dayton’s local theatre, from humble beginnings by Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] John Saurine, Stage Manager Ralph Dennler and Laurie Scott of The Dayton Theatre Guild Dayton is a great theatre town, we often say, and the question is, what makes that happen? Here’s a suggestion: It is the people who absolutely love theatre and have […]

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Gimme shelter

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The Nightbeast and friends play benefit for Daybreak shelter By Gary Spencer Photo: [l-r] Steve Sturm, Brian Whitten, Vincent Arceo, Alex Todd and Kelly Hanus of Swimming With Sharks We’re in the midst of yet another holiday season here in Dayton – one in which, like every year, the adage “better to give than receive” […]

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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 […]