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‘Back to Life’: what’s a pet’s soul II soul?

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What happens when animals return from the dead? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: A dog becomes a test subject for a neurotransmitter stimulant in “The Lazarus Effect” I need to start off by admitting that I am not much of a pet guy. I had fish for a hot minute as a kid, took care of […]

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Local brews, local blues, local cause

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Big Brews and Blues festival returns for year six at RiverScape By Katie Christoff Photo: [l to r] Eric Jerardi and Gary Gates of the Eric Jerardi Band perform at Big Brews and Blues in 2014; photo: Sarah Browning Sipping on craft beer outside with live music being played in the background … sounds like summer, […]

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Raising Dayton

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MOMs of Oakwood organize chaos By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: MOMs of Oakwood is a community of Oakwood area caregivers and plans a number of social and service-related projects throughout the year; photo: Nikki Forte With Mothers’ Day just around the corner, we got to thinking about how much mothers do for us, how demanding a […]

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Welcome to Night Vale 

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Popular cult podcast, live in Cincinnati By Tim Walker  Photo: Cecil Baldwin will narrate as Cecil Palmer in a live performance of Welcome to Night Vale, May 13 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati; photo: Whitney Browne Actor Cecil Baldwin has found his dream job, and thousands of regular listeners around the world are infinitely […]

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O Captain, my Captain

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Captain of Industry returns from hiatus to play Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Captain of Industry will perform on May 8 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Zdenka Blumensheid The name Captain of Industry should bring happy memories of indie pop nostalgia to any Dayton music fan who hears it. Comprised of some of Dayton’s best musical […]

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Taking a ride on ‘The D Train’

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Reunion allows a forgotten figure a chance at redemption By T.T. Stern-Enzi What does it say about our culture and society when watching the story of someone like Dan Landsman (Jack Black), a quintessential high school loser, a member of the invisible forgotten class, that we all seemingly automatically identify with him, especially as he […]

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Persistent punks

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Dayton Music Pest slams downtown, again By Mike Ritchie Photo: Cleveland’s Fuck You Pay Me (FYPM) will headline Day 2 of Dayton Music Pest, May 15 at Canal Public House; photo: Shel Greenberg Erba While other huge rock festivals are happening elsewhere in the state, Dayton Music Pest is staying local, bringing the best of […]

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From the ashes

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The Agonist returns with new singer, new album, new tour By Gary Spencer Photo: The Agonist will perform on May 8 at Oddbody’s The parting of a popular lead singer can be a devastating blow to an established band – to the point where some bands never truly recover, and their popularity and creative output dies […]

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The Rose is alive with the sound of music

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance christens new venue By Eric Street Photo: Dayton Ballet dancers Case Bodamer and Annalise Woller will perform as part of “An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein” at the Rose Music Center at the Heights on May 16 Come prepared for an “Enchanted Evening” when the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance and the […]

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Fifty shades of crepe

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Crepe Boheme brings Paris to Dayton By Paula Johnson Strolling through the Second Street Market in downtown Dayton feels very much like strolling through a public market in Paris, with open stalls full of vendors selling fruits and vegetables, flowers, meats and tasty treats. On a recent Friday I roamed the length of the hall, […]

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Blood, sweat and success

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Dayton Sideshow celebrates a decade By Lisa Bennett Photo: Dayton Sideshow music coordinator Todd the Fox performs with assistant music coordinator “Queen” Victoria Harper at Sideshow 8; photo: Jennifer Taylor At first glance, Dayton is not a place where anyone would imagine one of the largest art communities in the U.S. to reside. But block […]

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The cycle continues

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Miami Valley celebrates National Bike Month By Tor Simms Photo: James Carter, Lucy Sanchez, Amy Dingle and Dan Sahli take a ride at RiverScape during National Bike Month 2014; photo: Jordan Hart National Bike Month was established in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists. Since its inception, it has grown to become a national month-long […]

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Exploring cultural identity

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2015 Dayton Jewish International Film Festival By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: The 2015 Dayton Jewish Film Festival will screen “Dancing in Jaffa” on Wednesday, May 6 To answer the age-old question – what does it mean to be (blank) – requires deep and extensive investigation, on the level and scale of historic and cultural survey. And […]

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Foaming the landscape

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Ohio’s craft beer scene continues growth By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Enthusiasts gather for Dayton Beer Company’s downtown opening In March, Cincinnati’s nearly two-year-old Rhinegeist brewery announced a jaw-dropping expansion plan. As part of a $10 million undertaking, the brewery bought the building it previously leased, added a massive new brew system and fermenters and […]

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Bombing the music industry

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Ex-Bombers bring vinyl-only ethos to SPT By Christian Roerig Photo: Scott Walus and Keri Cousins of the Ex-Bombers will perform at South Park Tavern on April 30 These days, most music lovers are completely inundated with links to videos, overwhelming Spotify playlists, and in general, too much. Because of this, it can be very hard […]

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The last laugh

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Funny Women of Comedy Show at Wiley’s By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The Funny Women of Comedy Show featuring comedian Kim Coles will take place May 2 at Wiley’s Comedy Joint At some point or another, we all need a release, an escape from the troubles of this life. And what better way to do […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]