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‘Dear White People’ is an open letter to all audiences

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The 2014 Sundance breakout chips away at social and cultural identity issues By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: “Dear White People” won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance; Rating: R, Grade: A It is ironic writer-director Justin Simien displays such assurance over material that is so fraught with uncertainty. The subjects up for consideration […]

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Dayton’s other orchestra

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25 years of the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra By Pat Suarez Photo: MVSO founding conductor Ron Kindell conducts a rehearsal of MVSO’s 25th season opening concert production of Le Mis   In 1976, a group of us caravanned to Missouri to hear the St. Louis Symphony perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand. After the concert, […]

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On stage

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Halloween theatre frights and delights by Jacqui Theobald Photo: Dean Swann, as Sweeney Tood and Pamela Matheson Jones as Mrs. Lovett in Beavercreek Community Theatre’s production of “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Dark and Funny at Dayton Playhouse If gobs of candy and supplicating children are not first on your favorites list, mount […]

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A lesson in blues

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Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen at Canal Public House By Katie Christoff Photo: Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen will perform at Canal Public House on Oct. 24; photo: Peter Sloane   If Ted Drozdowski weren’t a musician, he’d probably be a teacher. The blues musician, who will play in Dayton on Friday, Oct. 24 with his band Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen, […]

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Seize the day

Today is the Day to lay waste to Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Today is the Day will perform at Oddbody’s Music Room on Oct. 24 Many bands have trouble staying together and relevant two years into their existence, let alone over 20. But that’s exactly what Nashville noisecore stalwarts Today is the Day have done […]

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Not just any dream will do

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Newlyweds Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young talk Joseph By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Daniel A. Swalec More than 40 years ago, Andrew Lloyd Webber created what would become one of the most beloved musical theatre pieces to hit Broadway. With lyrics by Tim Rice, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tells the biblical story of Joseph […]

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Thy diabolical parade

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Dayton one-man metal project Enoonmai wields The Witches’ Hammer By Gary Spencer Photo: Jake Koch, one-man metal project Enoonmai   One-man black metal projects are hardly a new thing. Artists such as Burzum, Xasthur, Leviathan and countless others have chosen to eschew putting up with other band members and performing live in favor of concentrating on […]

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Viva La Colombiana!

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Where everything is about family By Paula Johnson Photo: Bandeja Paisa from La Colombiana I am sorry I didn’t get to La Colombiana in Beavercreek on July 20 for Colombian Independence Day. And I’m really sorry I didn’t get there to watch Colombia play in the World Cup. This is because my recent visit, in […]

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30 fingers + 3 guitars = wow in Troy

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Fingerstyle guitar event at Mayflower By CC Hutten Photo: Guitarist David Youngman will perform at Mayflower Artc Center as part of Six Strings x 3 On Saturday, Oct. 18, the Mayflower Arts Center will host Six Strings x 3, showcasing an intimate, acoustic performance by three passionate fingerstyle guitarists: Mark Bayer, Chris Weiss and David […]

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May we have this dance?

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South Slavic Club shares its Balkan hospitality by Tammy Newsom Photo: Bulgarika performs at the South Slavic Club; photo: Jim Rohal Eastern Europe built a wall to keep out dissidents. When the wall came down, popular entertainment let us back in. Dayton’s South Slavic Club (SSC) is made up of the countries of the former […]

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Meanwhile, in Portland…

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Ages and Ages at Cincinnati’s MOTR Pub By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: Ages and Ages will perform on Oct. 18 at MOTR Pub in Cincinnati It sounds complex, with layers of harmonies wrapped around melodies and rhythms created by handclaps, shakers and noisemakers along with the standard lineup of guitars, bass and drums. But, for […]

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Our rambunctious Earth

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Environmental writer Emma Marris on saving the planet By Kristen Wicker Photo: Emma Marris, author of “Rambunctious Garden,” will be a keynote speaker at the Natural Areas Conference Emma Marris has traveled the world researching and writing about environmental issues and natural spaces, but she wants you to pay more attention to the nature right […]

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Full STEAM ahead

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Dayton Regional Science Festival proves science isn’t scary By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Dayton Regional Science Festival is this weekend at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and other locations; photo: Kristy Creel, courtesy of Boonshoft Museum Close your eyes and imagine a world where children are encouraged to learn about science, instead of being chastised for participating […]

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‘Men, Women & Children’ of a certain age

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Jason Reitman attempts to crack the modern Internet code By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Olivia Crocicchia as Hannah Clint and Judy Greer as Donna Clint in “Men, Women & Children”; Rating: R, Grade: D+ I was going to begin by saying that we live in fear, with a degree of uncertainty, concerning the modern world and the […]

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Going solo

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Bruce Hornsby at the Victoria Theatre By Katie Christoff Photo: Bruce Hornsby will perform at the Victoria Theatre Oct. 18 Bruce Hornsby is no stranger to the Gem City. The Grammy Award-winning musician, whose repertoire spans classical, bluegrass, jazz, folk, rock and blues, will perform at the Victoria Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 18, but this […]

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Bigger beer for your big beer glass

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Big Beers and Barley Wines festival benefits Resident Home Association By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Big Beers and Barley Wines begins at 4 p.m. on Oct. 11 Fall means whale hunting season for beer geeks in the Miami Valley. In the world of craft beer, whales are rare or hard-to-find beers, beers that are usually […]

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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 […]