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On Stage

Summer extras: Dinner and a show, auditions and awards By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Tamra Francis and Heather Gorby in Mayhem and Mystery’s “Reunion Reckoning”; photo: Jerry Francis Mayhem and Mystery at Spaghetti Warehouse Mayhem and Mystery is in its own category – it’s not dinner theatre in the usual sense, but plays presented in restaurants, one […]

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Class warfare in the heat of the summer

Messages in ‘Snowpiercer’ and ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: “The Purge: Anarchy” hit theaters June 20, 2014 Back in the day, when Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five gave us the following opening in their classic, “The Message”: “It’s like a jungle sometimes/it makes me wonder how I keep from going under,” they were […]

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Kick out the jams

Road warriors Ekoostik Hookah return to Jimmie’s Ladder 11 By Rusty Pate Photo: Ekoostik Hookah will perform at Blind Bob’s on July 18 Ekoostik Hookah has become an institution on the Ohio live music scene. Formed in 1991 and weathering more lineup changes than most bands could handle, Hookah has built a following the old fashioned […]

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Holy hell!

Sam at Eleven releases sophomore album at Oregon Express By Zach Rogers  Photo: Sam at Eleven guitarist/vocalist Jeff Rudolph; photo: Bobby Leonard Rising from the ashes of pop-punkers HQAX (pronounced “hoax”), Sam at Eleven came out in 2011 with their debut album, The Year We Won. Throughout the release, the trio – which consists of guitarist/vocalist […]

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Full moon, good times

Chicago’s Mount Salem to haunt Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Mount Salem will perform at Blind Bob’s on July 20 Dear readers, let me ask you a question: do you like bluesy, heavy, spooky music that you can headbang to? Do you like ’60s-styled heavy metal that evokes visions of cloaked witches and warlocks gathered […]

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Enjoying an international film festival

Portrait of a film critic as a mere spectator in the crowd By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Mathieu Amalric and Lea Drucker in “The Blue Room” After four years of attending the festival screening orgy that is the Toronto International Film Festival – which I’m eagerly anticipating returning to once again in September (for you … remember, […]

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What The funk?!?

Spotlight returns to Dayton’s musical legacy By Rusty Pate Photo: The Ohio Players; image courtesy of the Dayton Daily News Archive at Wright State University Music helps define the places from which it springs. The mere mention of certain cities or musical styles drips so thick with nostalgia and palpable energy it seems impossible to separate […]

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Park it!

Planning the perfect picnic By Kristen Wicker Photo: Five Rivers MetroParks shelters can be rented for family BBQs and get-togethers When it comes to picnics, Five Rivers MetroParks employees are your resident experts. After all, picnics combine two of our favorite things: food and the outdoors. And parks, we must say, are the best places for […]

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Trappist Ales and Moules Frites

Annual Belgian Ale and Food Festival returns By Kevin J. Gray Photo: The Belgian Ale and Food Festival begins at 4 p.m. on July 12 at the Miami Valley Golf Club   Gourmands and beer geeks, take note: July brings the third annual Dayton Belgian Ale and Food Festival. The event features 23 Belgian and Belgian-style […]

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Not in it for the money

Dweezil keeps Zappa legacy alive By Gary Spencer Photo: Zappa Plays Zappa will perform July 12 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati   A lot of second generation musicians have had to wrestle with the shadow of their famous parents’ musical legacies. Then there’s guitarist and bandleader Dweezil Zappa. The son of Frank Zappa, a man who many […]

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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]