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An eye for existentialism


Darren Haper’s Almost There looks inward at Rosewood Arts Centre By Morgan Laurens Photo: Darren Haper’s Almost There is on display at Rosewood Gallery through May 19   “Ooh, look! Isn’t this fun?” coos a woman in a red shirt, pointing to a distressed cartoon character caught in an ominous looking funnel. The cartoon, a […]

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Down by the river


Mark your calendar for summer events at RiverScape MetroPark By Lauren Lemons Photo: Early morning risers center themselves with a yoga class under the RiverScape Pavilion Summer kicks off an entire season of outdoor entertainment at downtown Dayton’s RiverScape MetroPark, an area-wide venue for community gatherings and events. “RiverScape MetroPark provides a venue for outdoor programs, […]

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Nerd to the core


Rapper Juice Lee gets geeky at Super-Fly’s Free Comic Book Day By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Juice Lee drops nerd-core hip-hop May 6 at Super-Fly Comics; photo: Salim Williams In Juice Lee’s song “The Dark World,” the rapper spits flowing streams of philosophy over a beat mixed from the music of Nintendo’s “The Legend of Zelda: […]

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Black History


The 365 Project preserves history year-round By Amanda Dee This past New Year’s Eve in the Village of Yellow Springs, hundreds of residents gathered to celebrate the ball drop, like every other year. This time, though, police officers reacted in stark contrast to their annual routine. Minutes after the ball dropped, officers drove squad cars, […]

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The 2017 Big Lens Film Festival


The annual student film showcase gets bigger and brighter By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ian Ashwell and Leah Byrd (right) in the web series Hot & Bothered, written and directed by Byrd Just a couple months ago, I employed the bully pulpit of this space to preach the gospel of film shorts, promoting the stellar slate […]

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Salute, my friend!


A toast to Troni’s Pizza and Restaurant in Kettering By Jurgen Durstler Photo: Meat Lasagna at Troni’s Pizza and Restaurant in Kettering; photos: Jurgen Durstler There is an Eastern European gentleman at the door, saying, “Heeeeey, my friend, my buddy! How’s my favorite customer?” After a long day on the job being overworked and feeling […]

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Skeeeewwwing left


The Liberal Redneck tears into politics at the Dayton Funny Bone By Paula Johnson Photo: wellRED Comedy Tour’s (l-r) Drew Morgan, Trae Crowder, and Corey Forrester perform May 3 at the Dayton Funny Bone If Trae Crowder has a catchphrase, or word in this case, it’s “Skeeeewww!” pronounced with two syllables, as in “ski-you.” This […]

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Growing local


Columbus Creative Co-op picks Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II By Brittany Erwin Photo: Columbus Creative Co-op presents a rich mix of work in Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II “Whatever you need, this book is here for you.” So promises Brad Pauquette, founder and director of Columbus Creative Cooperative (CCC), in the […]

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Wonder at one man, an ‘Odd Couple,’ plus some Guys and Dolls


The choices are yours, tough with this spring’s theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Alan Bomar Jones as Thurgood Marshall in the Human Race Theatre’s production of ‘Thurgood,’ running April 27 – May 14 It starts with one-man show, ‘Thurgood,’ April 27–May 14 It’s history, as pertinent now as when it was the news of the […]

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Saving the Victory, part 2


The rescue mission continues with the Victoria Theatre Association, live theatre By Joyell Nevins Photo: Richard Benedum, chairman of the UD Department of Music, conducts ‘Handel’s Messiah’ in December 1983; photo: D. Altman Fleischer In the early 1970s, the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton, known then as the Victory, faced extinction due to lack of […]

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They will rock you again


The Music of Queen returns to the Schuster By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Rachel Wooding performs The Music of Queen in 2012, back to the Schuster Center by popular demand April 29 For conductor Richard Sidwell, Queen wasn’t a favorite band or even one that was on his radar. Sure, he knew “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but […]

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Be merry, make music


Drink to fund the arts at Lebanon’s BrewHAHa By Dana Walczak Photo: Lebanon’s BrewHAHa at the Warren County Fairgrounds raises money for the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra and Choir youth programs   Ever since Mesopotamians invented beer, we’ve paired the libation with music. The Lebanon BrewHAHa celebrates the two, selling craft beer to create more music. […]

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Down the black rabbit hole


Ceramicist Beth Cavener dives into human psychology at Rosewood workshop By Laura Jones Photo: Beth Cavener works on ‘In Bocca al Lupo,’ a process she explains during her workshop at Rosewood Arts Center April 28-30‘I Montana-based ceramicist Beth Cavener is an elusive artist, and there are not many things as elusive as that. Her work […]

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Balancing art


Bike-themed art exhibit rides into Mayflower Arts Center By Brennan Burks Photo: Marcelina Gonzales’ ‘Summers on Camino Verde,’ on diplay at the Mayflower May 1-June 24 When you think of Troy in the summer, there’s more than a slim chance that strawberries come to mind. Strawberry pie, strawberry cannoli, chocolate strawberries, a fountain shooting strawberry-red […]

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Salt of the Earth


Lucinda Williams rides her ‘ghosts of the highway’ to the Victoria By Dave Gil de Rubio Photo: Lucinda Williams performs May 2 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: David McClister In the 1968 song “Salt of the Earth,” the Rolling Stones sang, “Let’s drink to the hardworking people/Let’s think of the lowly of birth/Spare a thought […]

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Green Medicine: Medical Marijuana Rolls Out In Ohio


Take Two (Hits) & Call Me In The Morning: Continuing the Medical Marijuana Conversation By Sarah Sidlow   It started with survivor’s guilt. Robert Kowalski’s Air Force lieutenant was the first Air Force officer to be killed once Operation Iraqi Freedom had commenced. Kowalski was supposed to be in the truck when it was hit. In 2010, after […]

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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]