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On Stage

The summer cool-off By Jacqui Theobald Photo: A small crowd gathers for the grand illumination ceremony of the new Dayton Theatre Guild sign A July island Every summer, a gigantic and ambitious musical is mounted by Epiphany Lutheran Church’s Players Drama Ministry. For their 23rd season, Once on This Island takes the stage. A cast of […]

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Re-staging ‘Jersey Boys’ for the screen

Clint Eastwood favors words and motion without sacrificing the music By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda in “Jersey Boys”: Rating: PG-13; Grade: B Clint Eastwood, as both an actor and a director, has a no-nonsense approach that has served him well over the course of his career. He […]

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Americana at its best 

Vandalia’s A Taste at the Crossroads returns By Brandon Semler Photo: A Taste at the Crossroads will begin at 5 p.m. on June 24 at the Vandalia Sports Complex; photo: J Spivey Photography The seventh annual Taste at the Crossroads will take place at the Vandalia Sports Complex on Tuesday, June 24. The all-you-can-eat extravaganza of […]

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Grime of your life

Fourth annual Grime Prom at Blind Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Red Hot Rebellion will play Grime Prom IV, June 21 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Nikki Forte For the last four years, Grime Prom at Blind Bob’s in the Oregon District has been the premier event of the summer for Dayton’s show-going, PBR-guzzling crowd. Grime Prom […]

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A romp in the swamp

A day of blues and Cajun at Fraze Pavilion By Brandon Semler Photo: Ellie Lee & Blues Fury will open the Swamp Romp Blues Fest at Fraze Pavilion; photo: Ben Robinson | Schlegel Creative The bluesy, bayou jamfest Swamp Romp Blues Fest will hit Fraze Pavillion on Sunday, June 22. The free, all-day festival will feature […]

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A country show worth seeing

Human Race Theatre Company’s ‘Play It By Heart’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Sharva Maynard as Naomi Jasper, Kathryn Boswell as Jamie Lynn and Trisha Rapier as Jeannine in “Play It By Heart”; photo: Scott J. Kimmins “Play it by Heart’s” premiere is a total performance from the heart with touching music and a […]

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Vales beyond dimension

Agalloch escapes the weight of darkness By Gary Spencer Photo: Agalloch will perform June 22 at Southgate House Revival in Newport, Ky.; photo: Veleda Thorsson It doesn’t happen often enough, but once in a blue moon a musical artist emerges that transcends their respective genre and becomes something greater than simply another metal band. One such […]

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The red Chardonnay

Show some love for Grenache By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Campo Vieja 2012 Rioja Garnacha I’ve been on a Grenache kick lately. This grape, grown… …wait, come back! Where are you going? This is not a parody column! Get your noses out of the air and belly up to the bar.  I know, I know – your […]

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The city that’s trending

Three Instagrammers shed light on Dayton’s gems By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Love it or hate it, use it or abuse it, take it or leave it, social media plays a daily role in most of our lives. Used mindfully and strategically, it can be a tool for reaching a large audience and affecting change. In […]

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Beyond the forest

Cincinnati’s Valdrin brings black metal tales to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Valdrin will perform on June 15 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Mike Gfreorer Amid the blastbeats, crushing guitar chords and the grunts and growls one usually associates with the subgenres making up modern “extreme” metal, there is often more than meets the bleeding ear. […]

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Homegrown harmonies

National Sing-Off Live Tour in Troy By Tara Pettit Photo: Street Corner Symphony will perform at Hobart Arena as part of The […]

Chew on this: 2/24

Be your own nutrition sleuth By Jayne Powers Photo: Composer Jake Heggie; photo: Art Clarity You may have read the […]

News of the weird: 02/24

By Chuck Shepherd Lead story – Weird news you can use It turns out that a person having a heart […]

Advice Goddess: 2/24

By Amy Alkon Beak experience I recently started dating this new girl. I asked her whether her lips and boobs […]

Under the spell

Yellow Springs Theater Company stages “Godspell” By Gary Spencer Photo: Director Robert Campbell [standing, forefront] rehearses with Yellow Springs Theater […]

The Artsy Adventures of the JafaGirls

Just when you thought you had seen everything By Tor Gregory Simms Photo: Nancy Mellon and Corrine Bayraktaroglu; photo: Scott […]