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The America we never knew

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Novelist tells riveting alternative history By Tim Anderl Photo: Author TJ Turner Yellow Springs resident TJ Turner is a renaissance man. In addition to his career as a research scientist with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, he’s also a federal agent, and as a reserve military officer, he has served […]

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Kicking cancer in the C-Note

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Dayton Blues Society benefits American Cancer Society By Mike Ritchie Photo: [l-r] Paul Goodwin, Greg Calvert and Fred Gillespie of The Beaumonts The Dayton Blues Society (DBS) and Team Vanderpool (TV) present the “Blues in the Key of C” Benefit for the American Cancer Society (ACS). TV is a group from Indiana and Ohio who […]

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Seeing (and hearing) stars

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Catch A Rising Star Gala showcases young talent By Erin Callahan Photo: Alpin Hong will perform in the Education Center of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery as part of Discover Classical WDPR’s Catch A Rising Star program The three performers of Catch A Rising Star, hosted by Discover Classical WDPR, can boast professional music study, […]

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Hung on the high wire

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Jessica Hung’s “Concertmaster’s Choice” at the DAI By Pat Suarez Photo: Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra concertmaster Jessica Hung will perform her “Concertmaster’s Choice” May 17 at the Dayton Art Institute Who doesn’t love a generous helping of symphonic red meat? Seventy-some musicians filling the Mead Theater with blood-pounding fortissimos, brass blazing, percussion thundering; it’s the backbone […]

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The age of the Marvel?

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Cross-platform releases could signal a shift in the Marvel narrative experience By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Chris Evans as Captain America and Chris Hemsworth as Thor in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” Expectations couldn’t be higher for the upcoming Marvel/Disney release “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” especially in light of this year’s front-loading of each month of […]

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A growing concern

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ResponsibleOhio puts marijuana on November ballot By Mike Truax Photo: ResponsibleOhio’s ballot initiative would allow individuals to have up to four marijuana plants In recent years, proponents of marijuana legalization have shaved and started wearing suits, literally and metaphorically. They hired professional public relations firms, and eschewed the decades-old stereotypes that made it so easy for […]

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Breadwinner

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Charlie’s Deli and Catering is the place to go By Paula Johnson Photo: The Rueben from Charli’s Deli in Dayton Sandwich sleuth Since arriving in Dayton a little more than a year ago I’ve asked lots of Daytonians where they go for a good sandwich. Charlie’s Deli and Catering is always first out of everyone’s […]

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On stage 4/21/15

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A look ahead to spring theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Dayton Playhouse presents Grease May 1-17 Dayton Theatre Guild’s “Criminal Hearts,” April 24-May 3, 2015 Jane Martin’s comedy will run for two more weekends at the Dayton Theatre Guild. In the unlikely role of ego-centric, neurotic, clueless-about-life Ata is multi-talented Katrina Kittle, a local theatre […]

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Transmission. Alpha. Delta.

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Punkers Strung Out in Newport By Alan Sculley Photo: Strung Out will perform on April 25 at Thompson House in Newport, Kentucky Jason Cruz of the punk band Strung Out is nothing if not driven. When he formed the original lineup of Strung Out with guitarist Rob Ramos in 1989 in Simi Valley, California, Cruz […]

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With riotous intent

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High 5 Riot brings “Urban Chaos” to Gilly’s By Mike Ritchie Photo: High 5 Riot will perform on April 25 at Gilly’s A riot is thought of as a bad thing – images of violence and chaos, rampaging pillagers running through the streets and flamed Molotov bottles flying through the air are just a few of […]

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Twenty-first century ‘wisdom’ 

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A collaborative exhibition at University of Dayton’s ArtStreet By Erin Callahan Photo: University of Dayton junior Gillian Taylor discusses her installation piece for the WISDOM: Who Are You? exhibition at UD ArtStreet Who are you? What road will you take? What virtues do you embrace? What choices will you make? Are these questions interconnected? Are […]

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Bidding for treasure

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DVAC’s 21st annual art auction By Janell R. Ward Photo: MB Hopkins’ “The Order of Things” is a featured piece of artwork at the 21st annual DVAC Art Auction Place your bid at the 21st annual Art Action for your favorite painting, photograph, print, sculpture, piece of jewelry or glass by a local artist. The […]

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Making the grade

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A review of “Taking Shakespeare” at Human Race By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Johanna Leister as Prof and Jon Kovach as Murph in Human Race Theatre Company’s “Taking Shakespeare”; photo: Scott J. Kimmins We may know grouchy teachers and alienated students in the real world, perhaps none so passionate as the pair in the current HRTC […]

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Time for spring cleaning

New releases for open windows By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott   Courtney Barnett//Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit // Mom + Pop Music   Courtney Barnett sings about seeing Jesus in the watermarks on a ceiling, buying organic vegetables and staring at a lawn that needs to be mowed […]

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Moving on up the evolutionary ladder

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“Ex Machina” dares to question the definitions of “gods” and “robots” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Alicia Vikander as Ava in “Ex Machina”; Rating: R, Grade: A As the summer movie season approaches, I am heartened by the notion that 2015 will stand out as the year that the independent filmmaking model lives up to its […]

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Freedom and joy

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Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra closes season with Lincoln tribute By Joyell Nevins Photo: Dr. Herbert Martin will narrate Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” during the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra Freedom & Joy concert “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the […]

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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, […]