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Fifty years of progress?

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Danny Lyon: Memories of the Civil Rights Movement at Herndon Gallery By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Protesters stage a sit-in at Toddle House in Atlanta, Georgia, December, 1963; photo: Danny Lyon The Herndon Gallery, tucked unassumingly away inside an academic building on the campus of Antioch College, is a blank canvas. The medium-sized art epicenter has […]

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Ready for more Riff Raff

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Ira Stanley and Dixie Peach perform annual final show By Mike Ritchie Photo: Ira Stanley and Dixie Peach will perform their “annual final show” on July 25 at Riff Raff Tavern Ira Stanley started his musical career in 1972 in the basement, playing southern rock blues. With friends, he formed Dixie Peach, quickly gaining notice […]

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‘Mr. Holmes’ ties up loose ends

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Director Bill Condon lets the detective set his story straight By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in “Mr. Holmes”; Rating: PG, Grade: B+ I can’t say I’ve made the leap back to Arthur Conan Doyle’s celebrated detective. In recent years, I made forays into the literary detective genre, but I have done […]

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The final frontier

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Ringo Deathstarr charts course to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: Ringo Deathstarr will perform at Canal Public House July 24; photo: Chad McGillivray Ringo Deathstarr, a three-piece outfit from Austin, Texas, is conjuring a unique response to the noisy and melodic, guitar pedal-loving, shoegazing, dreamy bands from the late 1980s and ’90s. Dashes of The […]

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On stage

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Dayton theatre scene is a big summertime happening By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Teryn Barker as Miranda, Kelly Johnson as Prospero and Judy Shaw as Ariel in the Shakespeare in South Park performance of “The Tempest” Shakespeare in South Park – “The Tempest” – Aug. 7-9 If you think Shakespeare as an all-age all-community endeavor must […]

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The Canadian Rockies

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Finger Eleven hits Oddbody’s Music Room By Rusty Pate Photo: Finger Eleven will perform at Oddbody’s on July 24 in advance of their latest album, Five Crooked Lines; photo: Dustin Rabin The terms “rock band” and “longevity” rarely go together. Some bands aren’t successful enough; others collapse under the weight of too many expectations. Creative […]

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Celtic crush

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Annual Dayton Celtic Festival returns By Gary Spencer Photo: Celtic/Klezmer/World music headliners Scythian will perform at the 2015 Dayton Celtic Festival; photo: Dayton Celtic Festival Staff Some events in Dayton become an institution over the years, and the annual United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival has definitely become one of them. In fact, the festival […]

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Water Pressure

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City of Dayton proposes changes to Source Water Protection Program By Erin Callahan Photo: Officials observe the damage from the Sherwin Williams fire on May 30, 1987, three days after the fire began; photo: Dayton Daily News Archives at Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University “I drink Dayton water; that’s why I’m here.” This […]

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Staging the future

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FutureFest’s 25 year milestone at Dayton Playhouse By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Maggie Carroll, Debra Strauss, Matthew Lindsay and David Hallowren rehearse for “The Consul, the Tramp and America’s Sweetheart”; photo: Jacqui Theboald Twenty-five years! Hard to believe it? Volunteers at the Dayton Playhouse have been selecting and presenting six new scripts in one weekend, and […]

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Amy Schumer avoids a major crash in ‘Trainwreck’

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From stand-up to television to film, this comic rides her own bullet train By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Amy Schumer as Amy and Bill Hader as Aaron in “Trainwreck”; Rating: R, Grade: A Amy Schumer is on the fastest of the fast tracks. The successful stand-up comedienne made the transition from the stage of comedy clubs […]

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Highway to… Heaven?

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First Heavy Metal Church of Christ rocks stereotypes By Tim Walker Photo: Pastor Brian Smith stands outside of his church, The Heavy Metal Church of Christ; photo: Tim Walker Church? Me, go to church? “But I haven’t been inside a church in years,” I explained to my editor. “If they have a baptismal font, the […]

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Louisiana comes to Kettering

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Annual Swamp Romp Zydeco festival returns to Fraze By Tony Baker Photo: Lil’ Malcolm performs at Swamp Romp 2011 at Fraze Pavilion There’s not much going on at Fraze Pavilion on an overcast Friday afternoon. A few kids stream by on bicycles and rollerblades. The hum of landscaping machinery can be heard coming from a […]

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Culture meets cuisine

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Dayton Art Institute’s Leo Bistro By Paula Johnson Photo: Leo Bistro’s Grilled Salmon BLT An outing to the Dayton Art Institute promises a pleasant afternoon strolling through galleries, drinking in works of art from the ages. On this particular visit, I was joined by budding artist Elle, a young talent whose work I’d bet might […]

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The real deal

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Freekbass unleashes retro-modern funktronica By Tim Anderl Photo: “It was rhythm and melody, a drum that could play notes!” – Chris Sherman on hearing the bass for the first time; photo: Musical Earth Cincinnati-born funk bassist Freekbass, aka Chris Sherman, is a visionary musician who bridges the gap between classic funk styles and future grooves […]

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Rollin’ on the river

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Paddle Miami Valley Kristen Wicker Photo: Young adventurers try canoeing at a recent Try Paddlesports program at Eastwood MetroPark Southeast Ohio is home to a bountiful network of rivers and streams, including nearly 300 miles along three state-designated water trails: the Mad, Stillwater and Great Miami rivers. Mid-summer can be a great time to get […]

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I am.

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Miyelo Music Festival debuts in Tipp City By Tim Walker Photo: Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Will Hoge will perform at the Miyelo Music Festival in Tipp City on July 18 photo: Rykodisc Kelechukwu “Chu” Oparah, one of the organizers of Tipp City’s upcoming Miyelo Music Festival, couldn’t be happier or more excited. The festival is only a […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]