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French connection

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WSU instructor teaches language through cheese By Jim Hannah Photo: New Wright State University French instructor Benjamin Hirt poses at his desk among homemade cheese and freshly grown produce; Resting on the desk in his Millett Hall office is a creamy strip of handmade blue cheese – a silky, oozing, mouth-watering labor of love new […]

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The face(s) of courage

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Picturing Moral Courage: The Rescuers at UD By Janell R. Ward Photo: Rwandan rescuer Augustine Kamegeri; photo: Riccardo Gangale Be inspired the entire month of February at the University of Dayton’s (UD) extraordinary photography exhibit, Picturing Moral Courage: The Rescuers. This event is sponsored by The Human Rights Center in coordination with PROOF: Media for […]

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Solo Toad

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Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips at Canal by Rusty Pate Photo: Glen Phillips will perform on Feb. 5 at Canal Public House Glen Phillips has been at this life a long, long time. He was just 16 in 1986 when a little band called Toad the Wet Sprocket formed. Five years later, their breakout […]

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Certifiably Jonathan

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Ohio comedy legend Jonathan Winters honored in film By Rick Eichhorn Photo: [l-r] comedian Jonathan Winters, executive producer Matt Fortnow and comedian Robin Williams Comedian Jonathan Winters carried a buckeye in his pocket every day, everywhere he went. Ever the collector, the buckeye was most likely indicative of the strong bond he felt with his […]

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(Still) modern day cowboys

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Tesla rocks Hobart Arena By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Brian Wheat, Tesla bassist, performs at an outdoor festival “We’re headed across the country to tour until the end of September,” exploded Tesla frontman Jeff Keith. “We’re really excited!” The band, best known for ’80s rock hits like “Love Song” and “Modern Day Cowboy” will play […]

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A community concoction

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Dayton Brew Ha-Ha: fermentation, libation, education By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Shane Juhl, owner of Toxic Brew Company holds up a glass at Brew Ha-Ha 2014 Picture a science classroom with a large pot of water, held at a stable temperature, steaming away on a burner. Given supplies of malted grains, hops and other ingredients, students […]

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We come in peace

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The Peace Corps Experience in Dayton By Tammy Newsom Photo: Sara Kacvinsky wears funeral attire from Ghana; photo: Patsy Ferrell Some readers may recall President John F. Kennedy’s famous 1961 inaugural address that served as a call to order for young volunteers entering the Peace Corps. “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can […]

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Hear them roar

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Troy’s Miss May I headlines in Cincinnati By Tim Anderl Photo: Troy’s Miss May I will perform at Bogart’s in Cincinnati on Feb. 4; photo: Travis Shinn For a young man, just years into his 20s, former Dayton native Levi Benton has a lot on his shoulders. Not only is he facing some of his […]

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Madman across the water

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Dayton Philharmonic, Jeans ‘n Classics celebrate Elton John By Rick Eichhorn Photo: Jeans ‘n Classics Founder/Owner Peter Brennan To be sure, Jeans ‘n Classics is definitely not a tribute band. What they are is a crazy concoction of more than 30 members, who understand orchestra culture, that pull out all the stops when teaming up […]

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The rock that will save us all

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Red Hot Rebellion’s “mission” to save the world By Gary Spencer Photo: Red Hot Rebellion will perform at Blind Bob’s on Jan. 31 Contemporary punk rock could be seen as a very limited music genre – there are certain expectations of what punk bands can do musically and otherwise, which seems ironic given the original […]

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Kind of blue

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Bluesman Keb’ Mo’ at Cincinnati’s Taft Theater By Rusty Pate Photo: Keb’ Mo’ will perform on Jan. 29 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati Since his 1994 self-titled debut, Kevin Moore has been viewed as a sort of harbinger of the seemingly continuous roots blues revival. While the larger blues community is littered with all […]

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The heart wants dance

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company premieres “HeartShakes” By Arnecia Patterson Photo: The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company presents “HeartShakes” Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Scott Robbins An early celebration of relationships will be in the Valentine’s Day air when Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) premieres its latest full-length ballet, “HeartShakes.” With “HeartShakes” […]

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Painted worlds

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The Art of Brian Chu and Shiao-Ping Wang By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Shiao-Ping Wang, “Waves,” acrylic on canvas Painting has persevered as a dominant artistic medium for centuries. Artists continue to develop personal voices and innovative ideas within the established tradition, sustaining a practice that is a versatile vehicle for expression. Brian Chu and […]

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Irreconcilable?

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UD’s “performance installation” explores faith and reason By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Alexandra Damiani, Michelle Hayford, Jenn Freitag, Luke Frazier and Ohana Garcia-Isgut [center] rehearse for “(ir)reconcilable: A New Devised Play Exploring Faith and Reason” University of Dayton’s (UD) upcoming “(ir)reconcilable: A New Devised Play Exploring Faith and Reason” is not just a play. It’s […]

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Stick to your, well, ribs

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Vandalia’s Original Rib House By Paula Johnson Photo: The Ribs and Chicken Combo dinner at Original Rib House in Vandalia The dining room of the Original Rib House in Vandalia reminds you of nothing so much as the 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch. The harvest gold and rust brown interior of what was once a […]

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Race complicates family matters in ‘Black or White’

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Mike Binder and Kevin Costner engage in tough talk By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jillian Estell as Eloise and Kevin Costner as Elliot Anderson in “Black or White”; Rating: R, Grade: C- What we’re talking about when we talk about race depends on our individual perspectives, but it is not the talking that matters. What truly […]

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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 […]