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The uncertain future of speed cameras in the miami valley By Alyssa Reck Photo: Traffic enforcement cameras automatically send tickets to the registered owner of a vehicle caught violating a traffic law The alert scanner is set at the ready. Your foot hits the gas pedal and it’s smooth sailing. Your eyes dart to all […]

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The core of Dayton’s dance scene

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Matt Cahill drives Masque’s music By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Masque DJ Matt Cahill Anyone who has hit the dance floor at Club Masque in downtown Dayton in the last seven years has undoubtedly shaken their booty to the sweet sounds provided by resident DJ, Matt Cahill. DJ MSC, as Cahill is known behind the wheels […]

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It’s the same, on purpose!


Dayton Holiday Festival kicks off the holidays for year 42 By Katie Christoff Photo: The Downtown Dayton Partnership’s Grande Tree Illumination and Children’s Parade will kick off Nov. 28 from 4-9 p.m. in Courthouse Square The day after Thanksgiving is known to many as Black Friday. But for 42 years, it’s also been known as […]

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Telling a good story

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Narrative and ARTtoBUY at DVAC By Joyell Nevins Photo: Susanne Scherette King, “Changers are always near” Seven years ago, Susanne Scherette King tentatively opened the door to the artistic world and brought one painting to a Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) member’s auction and critique. Now that door has slammed wide open. “It’s surreal but […]

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Funny is in his blood

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Charlie Murphy at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Charlie Murphy will perform at Dayton Funny Bone Nov. 28-Nov. 30 For the past 12 years, Charlie Murphy has been using his standup comedy to kindle our happiness. During a unique transition from service in the Navy to working security for his younger brother, […]

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Thankfully delicious holiday potluck


Dining critic Paula Johnson’s “tradition with a twist” By Paula Johnson Photo:El Meson’s Drunken Tequila Turkey   It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving. The time of gloppy, canned green bean casseroles and treacly, marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes. Don’t forget the winning combination of dry turkey slices with lumpy gravy over bland mashed potatoes. All this […]

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Worth the trip to the Opera house

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Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers at the Clifton Opera House By Katie Christoff Photo: Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers will perform at the Clifton Opera House on Nov. 28 The Clifton Opera House has served as a symbolic venue in the Historic Village of Clifton since it was built in 1893. “It’s a […]

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Buffalo killin’ it

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Hometown rockers Buffalo Killers at Canal Public House By Tim Anderl Photo: [l to r] Zachary Gabbard, Sven Khans, Andrew Gabbard and Joseph Sebaali of Buffalo Killers;  photo: Scott Beseler   When Sun Pedal Recordings released Heavy Reverie in the spring, fans of the bearded, blues rockers Buffalo Killers fans believed they were enjoying their yearly […]

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All is lost when security becomes political


The intersection of “Rosewater” and “Citizenfour” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Edward Snowden in “Citizenfour” Election Day 2014 has come and gone, but the issues, the ones that are never truly addressed through the electoral process or during the all-too-brief legislative interludes that punctuate the big money/big game campaigns that have replaced actual governance, stubbornly remain. […]

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Buying back the holiday

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A simple look at holiday shopping By Tara Pettit Photo: Josh Milburn (left) and Ryan Nicodemus on tour in New York City; photo: Adam Dressler and Spyr Media It’s a familiar feeling that returns year after year at about this time. You feel the pressure building. The to-do lists are getting longer. The sales ads […]

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I’m with The Band


Dayton rockers unite to perform ‘The Last Waltz’ By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Kyle Byrum, Tim Pritchard and Todd the Fox during a performance of Such a Night: The Last Waltz Live; photo: Jennifer Taylor Almost exactly 38 years ago, classic rockers The Band teamed up with an all-star cast of musicians of many different types […]

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Three-minute masterpiece

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Psychodots return to Gilly’s By Tim Anderl Photo: Bob Nyswonger, Chris Arduser and Rob Fetters of Psychodots; photo: Charles Madden Once upon a time, legendary music industry mogul and record producer Clive Davis visited Cincinnati. The rumor making its way through the grapevine was that his intentions were to offer The Raisins a lucrative contract. […]

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Tackle the taps

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Pies and Pints pregame pits pigskin rivals By Kevin J. Gray Photo: The Ohio vs. Michigan Tap Takeover starts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at Pies & Pints At the time this article was written, Ohio State was poised to take on Michigan State, hoping to regain respect after their 2013 fourth-and-2 Spartan […]

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Honor thy parents: ‘Beyond The Lights’


What happens when children dare to go their own way? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker in “Beyond the Lights” Gina Prince-Bythewood solidified her reputation in Hollywood right off the bat with her debut feature, the 2000 hit “Love & Basketball,” a surprisingly adult examination of love and romance and the games people […]

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Beat this!


Dayton’s Burundi Royal Court Drummers By Tammy Newsom Photo: The Burundi Royal Court Drummers have performed traditional and improvisational acrobatic drumming in Dayton for five years; photo: Bill Franz Burundi now has a golden crown. As a tiny Central African nation bordering Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi has been plagued […]

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Acting natural

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Jason Kaufman brings acting chops to Wright State By Jim Hannah Photo: Jason Kaufman, Wright State assistant professor of acting; photo: Roberta Bowers When he was growing up in Cleveland, he and his father would go to the movies together every Friday night. He saw Marlon Brando in “On the Waterfront” when he was only […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]