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Musical non-violence, maximum artistry

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Dayton Philharmonic, Kenji Bunch observe grim history of black incarceration By Pat Suarez   Photo: The Philharmonic joins Kenji Bunch in Supermaximum; photo: Erica Lyn Crime and punishment. Any organized society faces three tricky principles when sentencing lawbreakers: let the punishment fit the crime, make the punishment fair across society, and never allow personal points of […]

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Revenge of the secretaries

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Wright State Theatre works Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical By Tim Smith Photo: Bailey Edmonds as Violet in 9 to 5, at Wright State through April 2; photos: Erin Pence Have you ever had one of those days when your thoughts were filled with nasty things you’d like to do to your boss? Have […]

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Engineered Magic: Zoot Theatre presents Booze & Puppets

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Of Science, Religion, or Magic? Zoot Theatre creates Booze & Puppets @ the Plaza Theatre By Amanda Dee Photo: Bill Franz   It was the most magical cemetery I’d ever seen. It’s also a hospital: bodies of varying sizes, textures, and forms are born and mended here. Right before I step into the space, I’m […]

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Slavery beyond the South

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Historian Margaret Newell exposes New England’s native slavery at SunWatch By Joyell Nevins Photo: Historian Margaret Newell holds Benjamin Church’s sword, used in King Philip’s War; photo: Anita Kent Think you learned all you need to know about the history of American slavery in high school? Think again. History professor Margaret Newell expounds on the […]

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Spring StitchEscape

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Retreat with 614 Knit Studio at Mills Park Hotel By Laura Jones Photo: Columbus-based 614 Knit Studio brings its colorful wares and mission to Mills Park Hotel, March 17-19 If you think knitting and crocheting are just for grandmothers—think again. Both pastimes, which fall under the larger category of “stitching,” are increasingly considered unique artistic […]

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Gossip girls

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‘The Women’ invade Dayton Playhouse with ’30s-era drama By Jacqui Theobald Photo: right: Tamar Fishbein (standing) and (l-r) Carrin Ragland, Renee Frank Reed, and Caitlin Blackfordleft: (l-r) Lindsey Cardoza, Rachel Oprea, and Cheryl Mellen in ‘The Women’; photos: Art Fabian A winter-bundled audience blew into the cozy Playhouse on a cold opening night and was […]

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Swallowing the new

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Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips sheds his skin in Cincy By Bill Forman Photo: Glen Phillips, of Toad the Wet Sprocket fame, performs in Cincy, March 17; photo: Ashtin Paige   Hindsight is 20/20, or at least it can be. For Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips, that became all too apparent during the […]

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A normal ‘freak show’

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Classic ‘The Elephant Man’ reveals our truths at Dayton Theatre Guild By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Jared Mola (center) as John Merrick surrounded by the cast of ‘Elephant Man’ at Dayton Theatre Guild, March 17-April 2; photo: Rick Flynn   What makes a classic? They are nearly always good stories that show us important truths. We […]

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Who is Ernie Johnson from Detroit?

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Cincy funk band set to bless Trolley Stop By Joey Ferber   Photo: Ernie Johnson from Detroit’s (l-r) Collin Thompson, Wayne Kilgard, Drew Loftspring, Nathan Lewis, Eric Osmanoglu, and Dusty Bryant take on Trolley Stop March 17; photo: Kristoph Klein   All we knew about the Cincinnati band was that whomever Ernie Johnson is, he—or […]

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Fighting through turbulence

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Flying Underground rises again at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Flying Underground’s (l-r) drummer Chris Arduser, lead vocalist Kelly McCracken, guitarist Brian Lovely, and bassist Dave Ramos; photo: Sybilka Storie   It should come as no surprise that some of the best art is often created amidst the turmoil and adversity of life events […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]