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L is for Loire

Appreciating Loire’s Valley Wine Region By Mike Rosenberg The Loire (pronounced luh-WAHR) Valley wine region is a long, skinny stretch of land that lies along the river of the same name in France. Some of the first evidence of winemaking in France dates to the first century A.D. in the evidence of vines planted by […]

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Gun control talk is cheap. A sane mental health system is not.

Guess Which Policy Prescription We Hear After Shooting Sprees? By Ted Rall It is, unfortunately, necessary to state the obvious after America’s latest mass shooting in Colorado. Like: we don’t know why James Holmes, the 24-year-old suspect, shot up that movie theater. We don’t know his mental state. Given the legal presumption of innocence, we […]

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The Catwalk Comes to Dayton

Gem City Fashion Show By Brian Sharp Dayton is soon to be home to something new – Fashion Week.  No, this is not the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as seen in New York, but rather, a smaller Midwest version.  However, CEO/Founder Junda Morris-Kennedy has high hopes.  She brings to the event some previous experience in other […]

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London Calling

The Dayton Art Institute Matches Fetes with the Olympic Opening Ceremonies Happening Across the Pond By Jennifer Hanauer On Friday, July 27, the opening ceremonies will mark the beginning of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. The celebration will showcase the finest of the United Kingdom and will be watched by an estimated 4 […]

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Open Wounds

Miss May I show ‘Heart’ to Warped Tour By Tim Anderl In 2008, a group of high school friends from Troy, whose loftiest goals went no further than playing cover songs after a day of skateboarding, found themselves with a growing local fan base and management by The Devil Wears Prada’s Chris Ruby.  Three months […]

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Wild Life in the Bathtub

Co-writer & director Benh Zeitlin’s feature debut refuses to tame the beasts By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: A “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” the savage visual poem from debut director Benh Zeitlin (which he co-wrote with playwright Lucy Alibar), takes us on an adventure from its opening frame, yet what makes it so special […]

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Get your celtic on

The 11th Annual Dayton Celtic Festival Returns to Riverscape By Kevin J. Gray The last weekend in July, the sights, sounds and tastes of Ireland, Scotland and Wales will fill Riverscape Metropark for the eleventh annual Dayton Celtic Festival. Hosted by the United Irish of Dayton in partnership with Five Rivers MetroPark, the three-day event […]

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Expressway to Dayton

The Midnight Ghost Train spread gospel of stoner blues By W.C. Rufnel The Midnight Ghost Train are no strangers to touring. In the past five years, this heavy-as-fuck-stoner-blues goliathon has completed 13 tours of the United States and 2 in Europe. Talk about effort – I can’t even get out of bed to take a […]

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Read Local

Local Bookstores survive despite high tech challenges By Joyell Nevins In a sea of commercialism and mass production, the independent bookstore stands out like a lighthouse, drawing the would-be reader into a world that embraces quirkiness and goes around the standard line. That lighthouse is bright and shining in the Dayton area. “Warriors of culture” […]

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Festival of New Plays

Dayton Playhouse’s Future Fest returns By Brian Sharp Dayton Playhouse, located within the Wegerzyn Garden Complex, plays home to a nationally recognized festival of new plays July 27, 28 and 29.  This festival, now in its 22nd year, has received attention from the playwriting community in this country and beyond.  The festival that takes place […]

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Bluegrass at the Mayflower

Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers at Mayflower Arts Center By Rick Eichhorn Photo: [l - r] Vickie Abbott, Ma […]

Advice goddess: 01/27

By Amy Alkon Urning curve My boyfriend of eight months was with his ex for almost five years. Unfortunately, she […]

News of the weird: 01/27

With Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Spidey sense gets real Among the breakthroughs demonstrated by the computer chip company Intel’s […]

Chew on this: 01/27

The 7 highly effective habits of the longest losers By Jayne Powers You’d think after 21 years of research by […]

News of the weird: 01/20

By Chuck Shepherd Man’s other best friends People’s love for their pets reached a new high in December when a […]

Chew on this: 01/20

Get more in the know about your dough By Jayne Powers Sometimes, we don’t know when we think we did […]