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Year of the Monkey

Lunar New Year explained By Joyell Nevins In America, a new year is often celebrated with a big party, some resolutions and kisses, and then by Jan. 2 we’re back to work or school. However, in Asian cultures, the Lunar New Year is often a weeklong holiday and huge celebration, with a plethora of ways […]

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Everybody wants ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

The third time is definitely the real rock ’em, sock ’em charm By T.T. Stern-Enzi What’s an awesome kung fu warrior to do once he has fended off the greatest threats to his crown and kingdom? Settle in for a little rest and relaxation, right? Well, maybe not. Especially if we’re talking about the adorable […]

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Keepin’ it real redneck

The Lacs bring their “redneck rap” to Oddbody’s By Rusty Pate The Lacs are the ultimate country music outsiders. The genre that has largely been known through the squeaky-clean corporate image of Nashville usually doesn’t welcome deviations from the norm with open arms. Even legendary mainstays like Johnny Cash, George Jones and Willie Nelson didn’t […]

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The World Accordion to Charlie

In print, on-air and online, Charlie Campbell makes Dayton shine By Amanda Dee Charlie Campbell is the Mark Zuckerberg of Dayton—except his mouth curves up in a permanent, wrinkled smile and he’s more interested in “live-to-live interaction” than interactions online. Plus, he plays in an accordion band. (And he’s never seen “The Social Network.”) Charlie […]

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Force de la femme

Broadway Beveled gives feminine twist to men’s theatre By Joyell Nevins Fresh. Funky. Feminine. Those are the three words the Magnolia Theatre Company (MTC) lives by. MTC is a professional theater company with a mission to produce theater that celebrates women. Their latest production offers a new spin on Broadway favorites with a feminine cabaret […]

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The butter half of breakfast

Butter Cafe is part of a complete breakfast By Paula Johnson Photo: Blueberry pancakes at Butter Cafe Though it’s probably not enforced, there is an 1895 Wisconsin statute stating that it is illegal for restaurants to serve margarine unless the customer specifically orders it. Governor Warren Knowles called it  “the yellow stick from Satan himself,” […]

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Foundation of stone

Nashville band Frances & the Foundation at Bob’s By Gary Spencer As most any artist from Dayton past or present can attest, being an ambitious, young musician can be challenging and frustrating. The burning desire to make a living out of your craft and get your music out for the world to hear drives many […]

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‘Anomalisa’ finds life in ordinary clay

Filmmakers use stop-motion animation to reveal hidden reservoirs of emotion By T.T. Stern-Enzi Michael Stone, voiced by David Thewlis, arrives in Cincinnati to take part in a conference. He is the author of a bestselling book on successful customer service practices, techniques that work based on their ability to help practitioners focus on establishing strong […]

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Witness them

Tasting the wines of Macedonia By Mike Rosenberg Photo: “Eighty-five percent of all Macedonian wine is exported, making it an important part of the country’s economy.” Some of my favorite wine tasting days involve sampling from countries whose wines I’ve not yet experienced. If you’ve followed this space for any length of time, you know […]

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Songs made of human clay

Scott Stapp takes you higher at BMI By Alan Sculley As Scott Stapp begins a winter tour in support of his latest solo album, Proof of Life, he sounds ready to be on point and deliver strong performances. “It really feels good to have direction, and I’ve made quite a few tremendous lifestyle changes over […]

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Let’s go to the movies

Miamisburg Plaza Theatre now showing! By Gary Spencer From time to time, something old and long forgotten is revisited and […]

Be Well, Marsha 2/9/16

Another one bites By Marsha Bonhart Okay everybody, there’s a new bug in town and the World Health Organization (WHO) […]

Gettin’ funky with it

Amy Kollar Anderson makes vivid art full-time By Bill Franz Exactly a year after she left her job as gallery […]

Climate UPHEAVAL

ArtStreet introduces next installation in IAN series By Joyell Nevins Art is not just meant to be looked at; it’s […]

Be Well, Marsha 2/2/16

Forget me not by Marsha Bonhart In my much younger, other life, I was a model. I never graced the […]

Flying high on the ground

Troy’s WACO Museum offers classes, camps, robotics and more By Tim Walker WACO—pronounced like “taco”—was the name of the WACO […]