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To the Gem City, with love

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Swearing At Motorists returns to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: Swearing at Motorists will perform at Blind Bob’s March 13; photo: Gunnar Nicolaus Tastemaking music website BrooklynVegan.com cited Dayton, Ohio as Swearing At Motorists’ homebase in a recent write up on the band. Although Swearing At Motorists founder, frontman and figurehead Dave Doughman relocated to […]

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The land of the three faiths

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Rose Ensemble explores religious crossroads at UD By Tammy Newsom Photo: The Rose Ensemble will present Land of the Three Faiths on March 15 A major event occurred in Spain in 1492. Yes, besides that one. In 1492, Catholic King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella ordered the Jews and the Muslims out of Spain. They were […]

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From war trenches to piano benches

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Britten’s War Requiem wages at Schuster By Pat Suarez Photo: Boston Pops Orchestra conductor Keith Lockhart will conduct Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem by the DPO on March 13 and 14; photo: Stu Rosner The human intellect has a vast capacity for understanding and processing what we see and hear, but it has limits. One of […]

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When cadavers speak

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Learning in the shadows of heroes, dead and alive, at Wright State’s Cadaver Anatomy Procedure Lab By Josher Lumpkin Photo: In one of many simulations set up for practice, an emergency professional puts her skills to the test There I was, 9 in the morning, holding a cold, grey human heart in my gloved hand. […]

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What’s in a name?

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“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” come to the Vic By Jacqui Theobald Photo: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” will be presented March 10 through March 22 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Scott J. Kimmins If “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” seems a challenging title to remember, just consider it’s […]

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A snowball’s chance…

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Full of Hell Set to Mutilate Rockstar Pro Arena By Gary Spencer Photo: Full of Hell will perform March 12 at RockStar Pro Arena Sometimes, life can be downright mean. Full of Hell founding member and guitarist Spencer Hazard is one musician who uses that darkness to create something else: music. In a recent interview, […]

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The shape of jazz to come

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Blood, Sweat & Tears headlines Beavercreek’s annual Weekend of Jazz By Rusty Pate Photo: Musician Jeff Coffin gives students pointers at Weekend of Jazz 2013 Many might view jazz as a strictly intuitive musical form. The classic stereotype of a sweaty horn blower with eyes closed and a furrowed brow blasting off a series of […]

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‘Say Yes’: Recent ‘Lessons in Love’ from the movies

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A three-week survey of love and sex at the start of 2015 By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Judi Dench as Evelyn Greenslade and Bill Nighy as Douglas Ainslie in “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” With all apologies to both Floetry and Level 42 (the musical acts whose song titles inspired the title of this feature), […]

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This ain’t Luckenbach

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Shooter Jennings at Oddbody’s By Rusty Pate Photo: Shooter Jennings will perform on March 7 at Oddbody’s When your parents are royalty in the outlaw country genre, certain expectations follow you. Shooter Jennings does not eschew his father Waylon’s legacy. He loves his dad’s music and is even currently touring with his father’s old band. […]

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Feeling bubbly?

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The fresh bubbles of Franciacorta By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Cavalleri (NV) Franciacorta Blanc de Blancs Brut The common knowledge of Italian sparkling wine begins and ends with two particular types of sparklers: Prosecco and Moscato. Prosecco is the best known. Prosecco is both the name of the white grape used to make the wine and […]

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Comedy and curriculum

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Leighann Lord at Antioch School Gala By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Comedian Leighann Lord will perform at Antioch School’s Annual Auction Gala & Comedy show, March 7 Is it me, or is a lot of the conversation I hear from my teacher friends these days centered around standardized testing? They sound beleaguered by the hand-tying […]

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Who’s the boss?

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Dayton Philharmonic interprets Bruce Springsteen By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Matt Ryan of Bruce in the U.S.A. This Saturday, Daytonians have a unique opportunity to experience a show unlike any other. Symphonic Springsteen: the show that takes the music of working class hero Bruce Springsteen, aka “The Boss,” and ups the dynamic about 1,000 percent by […]

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Stelth, solo

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Lumineers’ Stelth Ulvang brings his own songs to Ohio By Tim Anderl Photo: Stelth Ulvang will perform at Canal Public House on March 11; photo: Norah Hoover Although the name Stelth Ulvang may not be familiar, his performance with celebrated Denver, Colorado-based folk rockers The Lumineers probably is. The band’s self-titled debut album, released in […]

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Vienna calling

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Bach Society of Dayton presents an evening of Mozart By Gary Spencer Photo: The Bach Society of Dayton performs with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company; photo: Laurana Wong German-born composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is without question one of the most enduring composers of the classical era, both in terms of his enormous body of music […]

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From cell to stage

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Groundbreaking opera piques Dayton’s interest By Eric Street Photo: Composer Jake Heggie; photo: Art Clarity An extraordinary event is about to take place in the Mead Theater of the Schuster Center: the first Midwest production in a decade of the gripping contemporary opera, Dead Man Walking. Composed by Jake Heggie to a libretto by Terrence […]

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Fashionable fundraising

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Annual AWear Affair Fashion Show Luncheon at Sinclair By Katie Christoff Photo: Leslie Solganik takes to the runway at the 2014 AWear Affair Fashion Show A cancer diagnosis is a scary thing to face, and can leave anyone feeling completely alone. For women, that’s where the Noble Circle Project comes in. The Dayton-based organization, free […]

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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 […]