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A lady’s charm never fades

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Muse Machine’s “Hello, Dolly” at Victoria Theatre Muse Machine cast of “Hello, Dolly”  with Sarah LiBrandi (center) as Dolly. Photo: Daniel Rader By Dr. Jill Summerville Hello, Dolly is an American musical that epitomizes the best of America itself. It’s irreverent without being shallow, exuberant without being bombastic, and irresistible without being aloof. It’s startling, […]

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Thought-provoking

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The Cline Show at the Dayton Visual Arts Center Simeon Estes “Cut It Out”, chalk By Tim Smith The Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) has always showcased and encouraged local artists in the pursuit of their artistic visions. Every year it holds numerous exhibits that give Dayton area artisans free expressionistic reign. One of its […]

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Does the ‘Last Key’ close the door in the ‘Insidious’ franchise?

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The fight against the paranormal gets personal By T.T. Stern-Enzi Creators of hit franchises never know, at the very beginning, what elements will work, so decisions are made that sometimes can’t be altered without complex tinkering that defies the internal logic and mythology they are attempting to bake into their narrative worlds.  When working in […]

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Debate Forum: 01/09

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Soul(less) train Should self-driving technology that doesn’t require a human at the controls be mandatory on US Railroads? By Sarah Sidlow This past December, an Amtrak train making its inaugural run of a new service between Seattle and Portland jumped the tracks on a highway overpass, and 132 tons of train hurled onto Interstate 5. At […]

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Cozy up

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Cozy’s Cafe is worth a trip south Cozy’s Cafe Dry Aged Bone in House Ribeye By Paula Johnson Liberty Township is a little far afield from the usual DCP territory, but when we hear tell of a place that sounds like something special might be going on, we like to investigate. If it’s worth it, […]

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Back to the farm(house)

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The romance and reality of rustic beer styles Farmhouse Ale from Little Fish Brewery By David Nilsen The term “farmhouse ale” conjures images of a rustic farm in the middle of flowing grain fields, a line of workers in old-timey dress lining up for a tankard of beer in front of the barn, and the […]

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Resolutions ‘R’ Us

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How to Make ‘Em So You Don’t Break ‘Em By Marilynn Preston As 2017 bangs to a close, many of us open up to the possibility of a zippier, zestier 2018. We resolve to make changes, positive changes that move us in the direction of enhanced well-being, less stress and a new determination to find […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 01/02

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Playing chicken Two sisters were arguing when one sister decided to leave. She got into her car, but hesitated in leaving. The sister looked at her sister standing on her apartment steps. She then decided to put her car in drive to start creeping up towards the apartment. The sister stood her ground. The sister […]

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A Santa for the road

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Miamisburg Art Gallery celebrates holiday art The Miamisburg Art Gallery’s Artist of the Month, Patsy Weidner, with her Santas. By Megan Garrison The Miamisburg Art Gallery has been promoting and displaying art for over 50 years. Through those years the gallery has relied on the community to support local artists and keep the lights on. […]

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The Sport for all

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How to soop, avoid crossing the hog-line, and win a bonspiel By Megan Garrison In the 16th century, a Flemish artist by the name of Pieter Bruegel painted a series that depicted life throughout the seasons. One painting, “Hunters in the Snow,” has a curious game being played on the ice. While the sport is not the […]

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We can be heroes, for just one day

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David Brighton performs the music of David Bowie with the Philharmonic at Schuster David Brighton performs the music of David Bowie with the Dayton Philharmonic By Tim Walker Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. The Thin White Duke. Aladdin Sane. Space Oddity. Suffragette City. Rebel, Rebel. Scary Monsters. In the long history of the […]

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How’s this for honesty?

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You vs. Yesterday at Bob’s You Vs. Yesterday’s (l-r) Cody Collins, Kramer Welker, and Michael Murray By Tim Walker Images by Ryan Ferdelman   It has been said that the definition of a “musician” is this: someone who puts $5000 worth of gear into a $500 vehicle, then drives 100 miles to play a $50 […]

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Electric Celtic

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Cleveland’s Mary’s Lane’s unique style at Dublin Pub Mary’s Lane (l-r) Tessa Thistlewaite, Patrick Mulloy, Brent Hopper, Matt Sofranko,     Michael Crawly, Mark Whalen By Gary Spencer Cleveland has a long, varied, and storied history of the annals of rock history. Everyone from The Moonglows to James Gang to The Raspberries to The Dead […]

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Willkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome!

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“Cabaret” live at Kuss Auditorium Kyra Christopher (center) plays the saxaphone with the ensamble of Cabaret By Tim Smith In the musical theatre universe, there are many shows that are considered timeless. Some are legendary for their story, some for the songs that became standards, and some for their impact on pop culture. “Cabaret” seems […]

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Oh, Tannenbaum!

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The Great Tree Burn blazes In Tipp City People can bring their Christmas trees to the Great Miami River in Tipp City to be burned at The Great Tree Burn By Tim Walker Christmas and the festive decorations this time of year bring along with it are always a welcome sight. Good friends and family, […]

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Defending dreams

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Playground Theatre’s The Tutors at Schuster Playground Theatre’s cast for The Tutors (l-r) Ryan Grissett (Milo) Jenna Gomes  (Heidi) A.J. Breslin  (Joe) Boyang Zhang (Kwan) Skyler McNeely (Toby) By Dr. Jill Summerville You’re having that dream again. No, not the one you have in bed that you’re ashamed to tell your parents. This is the […]

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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]