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On Stage

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Murder mysteries, wizards and new seasons By Jacqui Theobald “Black Coffee” at Xenia’s X*ACT The proud little community theater at 45 E. Second St. in Xenia concludes its present season, focused on murder mysteries, with one of Agatha Christie’s very first plays, “Black Coffee.” Tony Copper directs. Performances are May 27-29 and June 3-5. A […]

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Bang, Bang

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Locally composed world premier opera The Book Collector opens for Carmina Burana By Eric Street The wheel of fortune has turned once more in Dayton’s favor with an energetic push from the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance! Whether you’re in the mood for something innovative, fresh and completely new, or you’d rather indulge in a time-tested, […]

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Critical value finds its place in ‘City of Gold’

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The life of a critic explores his impact on the culture of a city By T.T. Stern-Enzi A recent spate of books on leading critical voices—AO Scott’s “Better Living Through Criticism” and Owen Gleiberman’s “Movie Freak: My Life Watching Movies”—has sent me down a rabbit hole of sorts, questioning and challenging the idea of what […]

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My size comedy

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Brad Williams cracks Funny Bone By Don Hurst Early fans of Brad Williams know him from his guest spots on “Mind of Mencia” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” where he has performed as the captain of an all dwarf basketball team and scared the hell out of people as a live Chucky doll. He’s come a […]

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Ottoman Empire Strikes Back!

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Worth the trip: Sultan’s Mediterranean Cuisine (yup, in West Chester) By Paula Johnson When I got home from a late weekend lunch at Sultan’s Mediterranean Cuisine near Liberty Town Center in West Chester I immediately dug out my photo album with pictures of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, home of Turkish sultans for more than […]

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All bottled up?

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DCP’s guide to bottle versus can By Jim Witmer Which do you prefer, beer in a bottle or in a can? Let’s begin with the fact that more and more craft beer is being canned these days and it has surpassed bottles in market share. It’s likely that your favorite beer that was only available […]

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The simple impossible

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Canada’s small-town country star Codie Prevost at Eaton’s Taffy’s By Lisa Bennett Theodore Roethke once said, “What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.” If that statement is true, then this world needs a whole lot more people like the Award-winning Canadian country star, Codie Prevost. Over the past several years, this […]

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Boogie Downton

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Bach Society of Dayton presents the Music of Downton Abbey By Gary Spencer Often times classical music performances can be pretty standard fare—you walk into the concert hall or recital space, take your seat, the orchestra or chamber ensemble plays, audiences clap—it doesn’t leave much to the imagination. But this coming Sunday the Bach Society […]

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B-A-N-J-O

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Ragtime stays alive with Kettering Banjo Society By Jimaur Calhoun I will admit, I am not too familiar with the banjo. I grew up in the music video era and I never saw Michael Jackson, Prince or Public Enemy strumming on one, so the instrument wasn’t on my radar. However, the banjo has always had […]

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Metal’s mythical beasts

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Stoner metal with Casino Warrior at Bob’s By Mike Ritchie The Cincinnati stoner-prog outfit Casino Warrior are young but have amassed a decent following since last year’s inception. They specialize in “Clash of the Titans”-themed songs about Medusa, mythical beings and beasts including half-man and half-horse centaurs. While still in the metal crib, so to […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]