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On Stage

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The summer cool-off By Jacqui Theobald Photo: A small crowd gathers for the grand illumination ceremony of the new Dayton Theatre Guild sign A July island Every summer, a gigantic and ambitious musical is mounted by Epiphany Lutheran Church’s Players Drama Ministry. For their 23rd season, Once on This Island takes the stage. A cast of […]

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Re-staging ‘Jersey Boys’ for the screen

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Clint Eastwood favors words and motion without sacrificing the music By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda in “Jersey Boys”: Rating: PG-13; Grade: B Clint Eastwood, as both an actor and a director, has a no-nonsense approach that has served him well over the course of his career. He […]

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Americana at its best 

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Vandalia’s A Taste at the Crossroads returns By Brandon Semler Photo: A Taste at the Crossroads will begin at 5 p.m. on June 24 at the Vandalia Sports Complex; photo: J Spivey Photography The seventh annual Taste at the Crossroads will take place at the Vandalia Sports Complex on Tuesday, June 24. The all-you-can-eat extravaganza of […]

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Grime of your life

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Fourth annual Grime Prom at Blind Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Red Hot Rebellion will play Grime Prom IV, June 21 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Nikki Forte For the last four years, Grime Prom at Blind Bob’s in the Oregon District has been the premier event of the summer for Dayton’s show-going, PBR-guzzling crowd. Grime Prom […]

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A romp in the swamp

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A day of blues and Cajun at Fraze Pavilion By Brandon Semler Photo: Ellie Lee & Blues Fury will open the Swamp Romp Blues Fest at Fraze Pavilion; photo: Ben Robinson | Schlegel Creative The bluesy, bayou jamfest Swamp Romp Blues Fest will hit Fraze Pavillion on Sunday, June 22. The free, all-day festival will feature […]

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A country show worth seeing

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Human Race Theatre Company’s ‘Play It By Heart’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Sharva Maynard as Naomi Jasper, Kathryn Boswell as Jamie Lynn and Trisha Rapier as Jeannine in “Play It By Heart”; photo: Scott J. Kimmins “Play it by Heart’s” premiere is a total performance from the heart with touching music and a […]

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Vales beyond dimension

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Agalloch escapes the weight of darkness By Gary Spencer Photo: Agalloch will perform June 22 at Southgate House Revival in Newport, Ky.; photo: Veleda Thorsson It doesn’t happen often enough, but once in a blue moon a musical artist emerges that transcends their respective genre and becomes something greater than simply another metal band. One such […]

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The red Chardonnay

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Show some love for Grenache By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Campo Vieja 2012 Rioja Garnacha I’ve been on a Grenache kick lately. This grape, grown… …wait, come back! Where are you going? This is not a parody column! Get your noses out of the air and belly up to the bar.  I know, I know – your […]

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The city that’s trending

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Three Instagrammers shed light on Dayton’s gems By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Love it or hate it, use it or abuse it, take it or leave it, social media plays a daily role in most of our lives. Used mindfully and strategically, it can be a tool for reaching a large audience and affecting change. In […]

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Beyond the forest

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Cincinnati’s Valdrin brings black metal tales to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Valdrin will perform on June 15 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Mike Gfreorer Amid the blastbeats, crushing guitar chords and the grunts and growls one usually associates with the subgenres making up modern “extreme” metal, there is often more than meets the bleeding ear. […]

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That’s amore!

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Roost Modern Italian always delivers By Brian P. Sharp Photo: Grilled swordfish at Roost Modern Italian It’s true – even the best of restaurants have days where things just aren’t right. However, Roost seems to be spot on every time.  That might be part of the reason for a major expansion and remodel which should […]

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Bring on the heavy

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Swarm at Canal Public House By Allyson Crawford Photo: Swarm will perform on June 14 at Canal Public House “We jump around and have a good time, but we’re definitely serious about the music we’re playing,” Scott Bodine of Swarm told Dayton City Paper. “It’s a good live show and we sound just like the record.” […]

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Building a backyard habitat

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Nature in your outdoor space By Kristen Wicker Photo: Five Rivers MetroParks Director of Conservation Dave Nolin in the suburban wildlife sanctuary he has created in his yard Dave Nolin’s yard may look a bit rowdy to some people, but to wildlife, it’s a sanctuary. During the past 11 years since he purchased his home, Nolin […]

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One scoop or two? Or three?

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20th annual Banana Split Festival in Wilmington By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The Banana Split Festival takes place June 13-14 at J.W. Denver Williams Memorial Park in Wilmington A little more than a hundred years ago, if you’d walked into a soda shop and asked for a banana split, at best you would have gotten an […]

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No ‘fault’ for a pair of doomed star-crossed lovers

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New ‘love story’ update gambles by doubling down on the terminal illness angle By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ansel Elgort as Gus and Shailene Woodley as Hazel in “The Fault in Our Stars”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: B- “The Fault in Our Stars” by young adult fiction author and Indianapolis, Ind. native John Green gets adapted here […]

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Are you there, Dayton?

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The Judy Blooms at Jimmie’s Ladder By Brandon Semler Photo: Jake Giesige and Angel Allende of The Judy Blooms; photo: Kristen Swiat After relocating from Dayton to Brooklyn and cycling through several band members, Jake Giesige thinks he has finally found a winning combination with his indie two-piece, The Judy Blooms. He will get the opportunity […]

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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 […]