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The illustrated adventures of Mr. Ted Rall

A conversation with the man behind the panels By Zach Rogers Photo credit: Paul Noah Illustrations: Ted Rall In a way, boredom is the best muse for a creative individual, and sometimes it can do wonders for both your drive and passion. Just ask Ted Rall, a native of Kettering who broke free from the […]

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Farewell to waves

Good pipes, distorted bliss and the end of an era By Benjamin Smith Photo: The Irrepressibles deliver songs of “magical ship” and “glistening mermen” 2013 is already proving to be the busiest of years for your writer. So much so, in fact, that – after copious vodka consumption and consultations with the “I Ching” – I […]

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Get growing!

The Miami Valley Gardening Conference at Sinclair Community College  By Val Beerbower  Photo: Attendees at the 2012 Miami Valley Gardening Conference explore the expo area; Photo courtesy Five Rivers MetroParks The temperatures are still low and branches are still bare, but it is the final few weeks of winter that kick off the gardening season. Seed […]

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A lovely and fitting curtain call

As a director, Dustin Hoffman celebrates his fellow actors By T. T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Billy Connolly, Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay and Pauline Collins star in “Quartet” Rating: PG-13 Grade: B+ I have been astonished at how little fanfare has accompanied the release of “Quartet” from Dustin Hoffman. As an actor, Hoffman has over […]

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Expect the unexpected

Patriot Steakhouse in Lebanon By Brian P. Sharp Photo: The pork trio at Patriot Steakhouse in Lebanon featuring babyback ribs, pork chop and pork tenderloin Don’t be fooled by your initial thoughts of a restaurant that sits in shopping center right next to a Goodwill store and in front of WalMart. I was certainly skeptical, but […]

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Song of South Africa

Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Miami University’s Middletown Campus By Leo DeLuca Photo:  Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala [front] brings the group he founded over 45 years ago to Miami-Middletown campus on Feb. 13 Ladysmith Black Mambazo – the South African male choral group first widely recognized for their appearance on Paul Simon’s classic 1986 Graceland […]

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Rock star

An interview with Aesop Rock By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Aesop Rock will perform on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Thompson House in Newport, KY Hip-hop artist Aesop Rock released first self-produced album, Skelethon, in 2012 and is now touring the Midwest. The Dayton City Paper posed ten questions to the rapper. Five were included in […]

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Motherly love

Menomena strips down with new album Moms By Kate E. Lore Photo: Menomena [l to r] Danny Seim and Justin Harris rwill perform on Friday, Feb. 15 at The Basement in Columbus  photo credit: Alicia J .Rose Every human being on earth gets their own unique experience; this is the journey that we call life. We […]

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On Stage

Two incredible ladies and a talking house plant By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Desmond Thomas and Zach King in thePlayhouse South production of “The Little Shop of Horrors”; photo credit: Rob Breving No matter what the weather may be when you decide to take in a stage play while anticipating spring (and this IS […]

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Viva Detroit!

Hot Club of Detroit channel the spirit of Gypsy Jazz By Nick Schwab Photo credit: Anna Webber  If you place bets and are a football fan, then you probably bet on who would be the winner of the Super Bowl shortly ago. You either won or you lost, but you surely didn’t know the exact outcome. That […]

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News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy […]

A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; […]

Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – […]

Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we […]

News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]