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Melodies that move

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Escher String Quartet continues Vanguard legacy By Tara Pettit Photo: Escher String Quartet will debut at Dayton Art Institute’s NCR Renaissance Auditorium as part of the annual Vanguard Concert series; photo: Laura Rose It’s no secret that at the heart of Dayton lies deeply embedded ties to decades of cultural arts and music. Dayton continues […]

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‘While We’re Young’ from a different worldview

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Generation X and hipsters clash from the sideline By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Adam Driver as Jamie and Ben Stiller as Josh in “While We’re Young”; Rating: R, Grade: B Writer-director Noah Baumbach (“Frances Ha”) sets out, in his latest film “While We’re Young,” to skewer the pretensions and First World problems of the artistically privileged […]

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Match made in music

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Acoustic duo Higgins-Madewell at Gilly’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Erin Higgins and Jeff Madewell will perform April 11 at Gilly’s; photo: Jeff Madewell and his musical partner-in-crime, Erin Higgins, play a unique style of blues-tinged rock music you just don’t hear much anymore. Playing together as Higgins-Madewell, the West Milton duo has released two CDs […]

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Down for a dog?

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Archer’s hits the bullseye By Paula Johnson Photo: The Stadium Dog with Mac-N-Cheese at Archer’s Tavern The snow is melting, the sun is attempting a resurgence and spring training is here. Baseball makes me think, of course, of hotdogs. Humphrey Bogart said it best: “A hotdog at the ball park is better than a steak […]

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Back in the game

Documentary reveals Dayton’s latest reinvention tale Every city has a unique story to tell. Dayton’s story so happens to be one that begins with invention and, through decades of social and economic changes, has been transformed into a compelling story of reinvention. That story of reinvention is revealed time and time again in Dayton’s history […]

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See the Falls. Trek the cave.

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Miami County Park District’s Charleston Falls Preserve By Janell R. Ward Photo: Charleston Falls Preserve features a 37-foot waterfall; photo: Terry Netzley How long has it been since you’ve seen wild Geraniums, Blue Bells and Solomon Seal flowers? Charleston Falls Preserve may have what you’ve been missing. This family-friendly park offers a relaxing habitat along […]

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Rollercoasters and rock and roll

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Hands-on learning at Boonshoft’s “Design Zone” By John Hamilton Photo: The “Design Zone” exhibition will be available until Sunday, May 3 at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Like any good parent out there, I’m sure you’re more than worried about how to educate and enlighten your child. You want to make sure they get a […]

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Get ready for a long hot summer at the movies

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Film emerges from the cold post-Oscar doldrums with a fiery vengeance By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Iron Man reveals new armor in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” Ten years ago, the summer movie season began, in earnest, on Memorial Day Weekend. Back then, by late May, the mercury was finally starting to rise and audiences, especially […]

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What a drag

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Wright State’s Rainbow Alliance puts on the hits By Tor Simms Photo: Local drag troupe The Rubi Girls will host this year’s Wright State University Rainbow Alliance Drag Revue on April 3 If you wanted to raise some money to fund a scholarship, what would you do? You could have a bake sale, a car […]

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Men are from Mars…

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Pas de Deux: A wine not meant for me By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Biltmore Estates’ Pas de Deux As you know, the Wine Fairy brings me little gifts from time to time. These samples are generally accompanied by a press kit with tech information, tasting notes and some general information about the wine. I opened […]

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Hollywood Vampires awaken

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L.A. Guns at Oddbody’s By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: L.A. Guns drummer Steve Riley will perform with L.A. Guns April 4 at Oddbody’s; photo: James Garvin “We love touring all over the world, but there’s no place like playing in the U.S.,” exclaims L.A. Guns drummer Steve Riley. “The fans here are so knowledgeable and […]

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Sharon share alike

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Local musicians unite for Dayton icon By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Dayton musicians will gather Saturday to raise money for local staple Sharon Lane; photo: Jimmy Cummings When it comes to our local music scene, there are a few acts that are just quintessentially Dayton; musicians that can often be found performing in our bars and […]

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Armed and dangerous

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Arms Race head to Canal Public House By Rusty Pate Photo: [l-r] Kris Neises, Cole Bohanon, Justin Satinover and Tim Anderl of Arms Race will perform on April 4 at Canal Public House; photo: Lindsey Neises Arms Race formed in 2013, as a bit of a local super group. Members of the band have also […]

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Songs for a New World

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Sinclair Theatre presents life, through music By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Andrè Tomlinson, Anna Sheldon, A.J. Breslin, Natalie Sanders and Skyler McNeely will perform Songs for a New World April 3-11 at Sinclair Community College; photo: Patti Celek It’s about one moment. The moment before it all becomes clear. The moment of decision. The precipice […]

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Calling All Geeks

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Comics, cards and collectibles and Gem City Comic Con By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Sarah Sidlow: A wide array of comics and collectibles are available This weekend, collectors young and old will gather at the Nutter Center to celebrate that most cherished collectible visual media item, the comic book. Gem City Comic Con, a favorite annual Dayton […]

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Artists and scholars

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15 years of the Wright State University ArtsGala By John Hamilton Photo: Art student Bret Eikenbery showcases his sculpting abilities at ARTSGALA 2011; photo: Peter Wine Wright State University dawns its best dresses and suits for the 15th Annual ArtsGala, an event to showcase the hard work and dedication of the students and staff of […]

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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, […]