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A Unique Twist on A Classic

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Carmen Comes to The Victoria Theatre By Eric Street The Dayton Opera season sweeps to a dramatic close with four performances of The Tragedy of Carmen, a streamlined, contemporary turn on Bizet’s perennial audience favorite.  Dayton’s Victoria Theatre provides an intimate setting for the May 17 thru 20 performances. This version, sung in English and […]

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Taste Responsibly

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Big Brews and Blues Fest Invades Carillon Park By Kevin J. Gray Back for its third year, Big Brews and Blues Fest kicks off the outdoor party season at Carillon Park on Friday, May 18th. Smoking hot bands, craft beers on draught that spotlight Ohio breweries and delicious food punctuate this yearly fundraiser for Diabetes […]

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Rawcake And Bloody Fingers

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Calgary’s Mares of Thrace Take A Metal Pilgrimage to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Sometimes the most compelling music comes from unexpected sources.  Enter the two-girl doom metal duo Mares of Thrace.  Hailing from the musically inconspicuous Canadian city of Calgary, the Mares have been honing their own take on the doom and sludge musical […]

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The Dirty Clergy Won’t Be Kept Down

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Regardless of Facing Blind Criticism, Art Will Prevail By Nick Schwab Despite The Dirty Clergy facing hometown ridicule in their largely religious and conservative city of Winfield, Alabama, the band hopes to start the new rock and roll transmission. Are you already receiving on their frequency? “A lot of the people [here] ask about the […]

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Subtracting Additives

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Go Organic Without Breaking Bank By Megan Garrison I admit that most people, when they hear the term “organic,” immediately think healthy, tasteless and expensive. And to be honest, who wouldn’t? The whole point of organic food is that is it not processed, not supplemented and, overall, not altered genetically. Over the course of the […]

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Still Leading After All These Years

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Vanguard’s Season Climaxes with Julliard String Quartet By Joe Aiello The American College Dictionary defines vanguard as “the leading position in any field.” When Dayton area native Vince Bolling and his transplanted New York wife Elana created Vanguard, a chamber music concert series held in an art gallery and museum, it certainly wasn’t a new […]

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In The Running

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What to Expect from AJ Wagner By Annie Bowers Who is AJ Wagner? He’s a businessman, a writer, a retired judge, an educator, a husband and father, a community activist … and a man with a plan. He believes in Dayton: the neighborhoods, arts and entertainment, educational opportunities, entrepreneurism and most importantly, the potential for […]

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Mahler’s Bipolar Resurrection

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An Exhilarating Symphonic Soundscape By Pat Suarez Climb into the mind of the bipolar individual and you enter a roller-coaster world of unpredictable emotion, rocketing into the stratosphere and then plummeting to immobilizing depths. For nearly a quarter of a century, the bipolar collided spectacularly with musical creativity in the 5’4”, bespectacled Gustav Mahler. Perhaps […]

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Pop-up Shops

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New Businesses Occupy Vacant Storefronts via Activated Spaces By Shanon Potts The NCAA First Four festivities may have left town for the year, but there’s a full-court press in downtown Dayton. It’s called the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan. The big news: the plan’s implementation team needs a deeper bench, so get up and go out […]

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Pedal Pushing

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Help The Environment, Your Wallet and Your Health By Valerie Beerbower Bicycles and Dayton have a beautiful history together. From the Wright Brothers’ bicycle shop to the city’s recent achievement of becoming nationally recognized as a League of American Bicyclists’ Bike-Friendly Community, many of this region’s milestones have rolled in on two wheels. Keeping with […]

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C’mon Downtown!

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How and Where to Spend Your Urban Nights By Maha Kashani Would you believe me if I told you that Dayton is one of the trendiest, most cultured and affordable places to live? If your answer is no, then chances are you have yet to experience Urban Nights. Most of us have heard the expression […]

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Traffic Update

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Reconsidering Camera Fiascos By AJ Wagner This is a follow up to my suggestion a few weeks ago that the traffic cameras for speed and red light violations are unconstitutional. I had a paragraph in that story about a 91-year old man who paid his tickets and was still towed. I was not totally correct. […]

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Bellbrook’s Little Big Breakfast

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Blueberry Café Serves Up A Plateful By Tom Baker One thing the Midwest has going for it is the fact that you’ll often get more than you can eat in one sitting.  In fact, you’ll probably end up with two meals, or at least one meal and a substantial snack for later.  Bellbrook’s Blueberry Café […]

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Mad Anthony

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Cincinnati’s Angriest Tonys Love This City By W.C. Ruffnel Sometimes, three folks are better than four. In the case of Cincinnati’s Mad Anthony, that’s clearly true. Having once had a bass, the now two-guitared-one-drumkit attack of these fellas is an exploration in the sonically sound and fucking-fist-pumping perversion of rock and roll. To see them […]

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Expect The Unexpected

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The Circus Collective Presents: The Sideshow By Kyle Metlon For those of you heading out to Urban Nights this coming weekend, you’re certain to encounter a variety of experiences throughout downtown Dayton and beyond. Out on the fringes of downtown at Fourth and Walnut, however, you’ll come across an independently produced event showcasing an eclectic […]

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A Lust for Good Sound

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New Albums to Enjoy This Spring By Benjamin Smith I dig sex. Sex is good (usually). It is also synonymous with this season, at least in my mind: warmer weather, less clothing, longer nights. Listen to the birdsong at dawn — you know why the robins chirp. Nature is buzzed and ready to get some. […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]