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For the Record

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Singles, shows and specials on Record Store Day By Gary Spencer Photo: Local dance/pop rock group Grenades?! will perform live at Omega Music on Record Store Day, April 18 Releases to look for Record stores – especially independently owned and operated ones – have become increasingly rare within the past decade. Dayton alone lost one locally […]

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From our House to yours

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Fifth annual Ronald McDonald House Doors of Compassion fundraiser By Tara Pettit Photo: Amy Saling [left] with Red Box Catering prepares salad at the 2014 Doors of Compassion event It’s that time again in Dayton when doors open – doors to individual homes, to community fellowship and to local support of a larger mission focused […]

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Dayton gets ‘chopped’

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Dining diva talks chow with Food Network star Ted Allen By Paula Johnson Photo: Ted Allen, the host of Food Network’s Chopped, will visit Dayton April 19 as the honorary chair of the Ohio AIDS Walk; photo: Food Network Ted Allen wears many hats – including a chef’s toque. He’s a longtime journalist, having written […]

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Since the day I was born

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Nickel Creek’s Sean Watkins solo at Canal Public House By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek will perform a solo show at Canal Public House on April 22; photo: Devin Pedde Singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Sean Watkins has practically been playing music since birth. He co-founded the influential Grammy-winning Americana trio Nickel Creek, […]

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Back to the garage

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Old school promoter brings The Woggles to Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Garage rockers The Woggles will perform at Blind Bob’s on April 23 The Dayton music scene has evolved a lot over the years, both for better and worse. One thing many longtime Dayton concertgoers bemoan is the lack of national touring acts stopping […]

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The one that got away

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The Pearl Fishers at the Schuster By Eric Street Photo: Soprano Chloe Moore will perform as Leila Has an unsolvable love triangle ever produced such unforgettably ravishing music? Come to the Schuster Center and hear for yourself when the Dayton Opera, Ballet and Philharmonic present Georges Bizet’s fragrantly exotic The Pearl Fishers. Sung in French […]

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Play that country music, Whitey

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Whitey Morgan and the 78’s pay visit to Rockstar Pro Arena By Tim Anderl Photo: Whitey Morgan and the 78’s will perform April 18 at RockStar Pro Arena Whitey Morgan’s forthcoming album, Sonic Ranch, is an outlaw country-influenced, bare knuckle barn burner that tells the rough and tumble tales of Morgan’s Flint, Michigan upbringing and […]

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From parts unknown

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Hardcore heavies Every Time I Die play Cincinnati By Alan Sculley Photo: Every Time I Die will perform on April 17 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati; photo: Justin Reich Vocalist Keith Buckley has nothing but good things to say about how From Parts Unknown, the latest album by his band, Every Time I Die, turned out. […]

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For the birds

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Five Rivers MetroParks’ Bird Brigade By Kristen Wicker Photo: Members of the Five Rivers MetroParks Bird Brigade monitor migrating bird species at the Great Miami River Wetland Mitigation Bank Bullying is for the birds. Take, for example, a recent early-morning scene at the Great Miami River Wetland Mitigation Bank: A juvenile red-tailed hawk swoops out […]

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Daring to tell a ‘True Story’

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Lying is all about performance By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jonah Hill as Michael Finkel and James Franco as Christian Longo in “True Story”; Rating: R, Grade: B+ There’s a sneaky logic to the old adage – “All stories are true” (which John Edgar Wideman wisely sampled as the title for a collection of short stories) […]

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Red-taped

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Where have all the clinics gone? By Jeremy Wiedle Photo:  Anti-abortion protesters gather outside the Women’s Med abortion clinic in Kettering; photo: Jeremy Wiedle   Terms to Know   Stroop Road in the Dayton, Ohio suburb of Kettering is home to subtle, yet timely irony. Large, narrow-windowed office buildings sit on each end of the busy […]

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Make it unforgettable

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Fifty years of the Dayton Opera Ball By John Hamilton Photo: [l-r] Betty Holton, Robb Sloan, Ron Anderson, Mimi Kuntz, Ken Kuntz and Dana Kane at the 2014 Opera Ball; photo: Kim Coughnour The curtain will, figuratively, rise again for the Dayton Opera Guild as it hosts its 50th Annual Dayton Opera Ball on Saturday, […]

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Make it home

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Annual UpDayton Summit at DAI By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The 2015 UpDayton Summit will take place April 10 at the Dayton Art Institute; photo: Briana Snyder Photography OK, say you’re a city. Your ability to thrive depends on having a whole lot of citizens milling around making life awesome. So how do you attract […]

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Packing a punch(line)

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The Nobodies of Comedy tour at Victoria Theatre By Erin Callahan Photo: Comedian Liz Miele will perform as part of the “Nobodies of Comedy” tour at the Victoria Theatre on April 10; photo: Mills Entertainment “The best comics you’ve never heard of” are coming to Dayton. On April 10, the “Nobodies of Comedy” tour will […]

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An offer you can’t refuse

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Roadhouse Mafia (formerly The Rick Frazier Band) comes to Riff Raff By Rusty Pate Photo: Rick Frazier and Matt Stump perform at Oscar’s in Vandalia; photo: Rusty Pate The Rick Frazier Band has been making music for the better part of eight years. The lineup has changed over the years, and it’s seen a myriad of […]

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Lose your mind

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Manray create mind-boggling rock and roll By Tim Anderl Photo: Matt Carey, Alec Snead and Joey Beach of Manray will perform at Garden Station on April 11; photo: Ryan Bell Young Dayton, Ohio, rock and roll trio Manray has as much in common with Buddy Holly or Captain Beefheart as it does with more current […]

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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, […]