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Monstrous fun

Annual Hauntfest on 5th returns By Janell Ward Photo: Hauntfest on 5th returns to the Oregon District on Oct. 25; photo: Anthony Davis Get bewitched this year at the 29th annual Hauntfest on 5th. The Halloween festivities will be located on Fifth Street in the Oregon District from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. on Oct. 25. The […]

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The wrath of Con

Epic-Con Ohio: Geek Fest at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Walter Koenig, from Star Trek was originally scheduled to make an appearance at Epic-Con Editor’s note: This story was published prior to our awareness of the cancellation of several guests expected at Epic-Con Ohio. For up-to-date information regarding the event, please refer to […]

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Leave the pumpkins in the patch

Gourd-free fall seasonals By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Oktoberfests, harvest ales and vampire beers offer a break from pie-spiced seasonals Fall may signal the end of the growing season, but it’s the rebirth of big, cold-weather craft beer seasonals. Most people equate fall with pumpkin beers, and those styles certainly have their favorites. But for […]

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Boyish girl, interrupted

Tig Notaro at Taft Theatre By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Comedian Tig Notaro will perform at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Oct. 24; photo: Ruthie Wyatt Comedian, writer and actress Tig Notaro has a way about her that sets a room at ease. She makes all the hard work look uncomplicated, no matter the […]

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The perfect art of chamber music

Vanguard Concerts presents clarinetist Narek Arutyunian By Rick Eichhorn Photo: Narek Arutyunian will perform at 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at the DAI; photo: Christian Steiner When talking about all the work and effort that’s gone into more than 52 years of Vanguard Concerts, George W. Houk wants to make one thing perfectly clear: “It’s been […]

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‘Dear White People’ is an open letter to all audiences

The 2014 Sundance breakout chips away at social and cultural identity issues By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: “Dear White People” won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance; Rating: R, Grade: A It is ironic writer-director Justin Simien displays such assurance over material that is so fraught with uncertainty. The subjects up for consideration […]

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Dayton’s other orchestra

25 years of the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra By Pat Suarez Photo: MVSO founding conductor Ron Kindell conducts a rehearsal of MVSO’s 25th season opening concert production of Le Mis   In 1976, a group of us caravanned to Missouri to hear the St. Louis Symphony perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand. After the concert, […]

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On stage

Halloween theatre frights and delights by Jacqui Theobald Photo: Dean Swann, as Sweeney Tood and Pamela Matheson Jones as Mrs. Lovett in Beavercreek Community Theatre’s production of “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Dark and Funny at Dayton Playhouse If gobs of candy and supplicating children are not first on your favorites list, mount […]

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A lesson in blues

Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen at Canal Public House By Katie Christoff Photo: Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen will perform at Canal Public House on Oct. 24; photo: Peter Sloane   If Ted Drozdowski weren’t a musician, he’d probably be a teacher. The blues musician, who will play in Dayton on Friday, Oct. 24 with his band Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen, […]

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Seize the day

Today is the Day to lay waste to Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Today is the Day will perform at Oddbody’s Music Room on Oct. 24 Many bands have trouble staying together and relevant two years into their existence, let alone over 20. But that’s exactly what Nashville noisecore stalwarts Today is the Day have done […]

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news of the weird: 10/28

by Chuck Shephard Lead Story – Eye of the beholder The Osiligi Maasai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying […]

The hands-on headless horseman

Zoot Reboots for “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: C.J. Suchyta and Natalie Houliston display Ichabod at a Zoot […]

The Docket

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Editor’s Choice: Saucy and stalk-y After […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Knight Terrors I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got […]

Putting the ‘boo’ in book

Inside Troy’s haunted bookstore By Matt Bayman Photo: Around About Books is located at 8 W. Main St. in Troy […]

News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]