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The Vegetable Butcher

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Eating clean and green with chef and author Cara Mangini Columbus chef and author Cara Mangini. Photo: Matthew Benson By Paula Johnson Most everyone is now becoming familiar with the trend towards “reducitarianism”, if not by the name then by concept – eating less meat. Whether it’s done for the health benefits or for concern for animal […]

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The House hits home

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Human Race Theatre raises questions of attachment, morals, and humor Human Race Theatre’s cast of The House (l-r) Vince Gatton, Alex Sunderhaus, Caitlen Larsen and Scott Stoney. Photo: Scott J. Kimmins By Jerome Yorke One of the many gifts of live theatre is the revealing and unraveling of character through relationships and circumstance. As soon […]

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A new type of YA fiction

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Maggie Stiefvater visits Dayton to promote new book Photo: Maggie Stiefvater (center) and fans spray paint her car in resemblance to an earlier novel By Megan Garrison Young adult fiction is a genre that, in recent years, has been synonymous with vampires, werewolves, and post-apocalyptic worlds where a hero is needed to show people a […]

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Not wasting any time

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Justin Townes Earle highlights new album at Memorial Hall Photo: Justin Townes Earle performs at Memorial Hall this Friday By Alan Sculley It’s no secret that as he grew up, Justin Townes Earle did not have an ideal relationship with his father alt-country/roots music artist Steve Earle. But there are benefits to being the son […]

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The Dayton Donut Trail

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The road map for your sweet tooth Photo: Bill’s Donuts regularly has a long line, sometimes out the door By Brennan Burks A little over a year ago, I heard rumors about a trail of debauchery that seemed akin to Adult Candy Land: The Butler County Donut trail. I didn’t know what to make of […]

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Socio-political reflections from the big screen

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A pair of new releases speak to life in these trying times Photo: Left: Jigsaw from the Saw series. Right: Will Tilston as Christopher Robin and Domhnall Gleeson as A.A. Milne. By T.T. Stern-Enzi Reflective parallels appear  in some of the most unlikely places and faces. We have come to expect refraction, a splintering of […]

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Country stardom fast-track

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Up-and-comer Jackie Lee at Oddbody’s Photo: Country singer, Jackie Lee, takes the stage at Oddbody’s this Friday By Lisa Bennett The early 1920s was an interesting time in American history. World War I was officially over, the country was becoming more urban than it was rural, and inventions like home refrigeration, penicillin, and radio were […]

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A DIY celebration

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Dayton Craft and Artisan Expo returns to Masonic Center for 2nd year Photo: Artists frequently demonstrate their craft at the expo, this year to be held Nov. 4 and 5 By Tim Walker Some might call it a compulsion. An artist works in his or her studio, usually alone and in obscurity. They spend thousands […]

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Great eats. Geographically challenged.

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Riverside’s Linh’s Bistro hits Vietnamese, but partially misses too Photo: Lihn’s Bistro’s Rau Cai Xao Sa Ot (mixed vegetables with lemongrass) By Warwick Kensington In my travels to Southeast Asia, one of the most exciting aspects of the adventure is experiencing the local cuisine.  There is something about the food that drives me to visit every […]

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Back to square one

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Dayton Music Festival promises two nights of music from the Miami Valley Photo: Dayton pop-punk band The Raging Nathans opens the Dayton Music Festival Friday night at Blind Bob’s. Photo: Todd White By Josher Lumpkin Dayton Music Festival (DMF) is a homegrown annual tradition that has served to exhibit some of the incredible local region’s best […]

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Blessid state of mind

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Blessid Union of Souls perform at Old Crow Bar in Middletown Photos: Blessid Union of Souls (l-r) Chris Arduser, David Lessing, Eliot Sloan, Brian Lovely, Dave Ramos By Scott Malan Eliot Sloan is a positive thinking, inspirational musician. When we begin our conversation over the phone, the lead singer and pianist for Blessid Union of Souls cannot […]

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Grape or gin?

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G’Vine Floraison gin speaks French Photo: G’Vine’s Florasion Gin By Mike Rosenburg This week, a new sample of liquid goodness made its way across the threshold at Vine HQ, which was definitely a bit of a change-up for your Wine Guy’s palate. This representative from a family of potent potable not seen before in this space […]

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Plan for lots of company

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The Longest Table breaks bread and barriers in Dayton Photo: Longest Table Dayton at Lincoln Hill Gardens on Earth Day for the April meal this past year By Erin Callahan “Imagine a table spanning the length of a bridge.” That’s what Bryan Stewart asked of his audience at the 2016 UpDayton Summit. And now, this vision […]

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From Piano Man to Rocket Man

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Michael Cavanaugh interprets ‘The Music of Elton John’ with Philharmonic at Schuster Photo: Michael Cavanaugh performs “The Music of Elton John”  this weekend By Tim Walker Elton John: when the history of popular music in the 20th century is written, few names will carry as much weight. With his evocative voice, shameless antics both onstage and […]

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We’ll always have Paris

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“An American in Paris” tour arrives at Schuster Photo by Matthew Murphey: Nick Spangler, as Henri Baurel, tips his hat with the touring An American in Paris troupe By Tim Smith The music of George Gershwin is timeless, whether it’s the numerous songs he penned for Broadway musicals with his lyricist brother Ira, or his classical compositions. […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 10/31

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Let them eat cake! Last week officers quickly made contact with a shopkeeper on a breaking and entering complaint. This local shop owner told the officers how his employees locked up his store one night and how he believed his storefront was secure for the evening. However, he arrived the next morning to his store […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]