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Awakening music 

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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit bring ‘Nashville Sound’ to Rose (l-r) Jimbo Hart, Derry deBorja, Sadler Vaden, Jason Isbell, and Chad Gamble; photo: Danny Clinch By Dave Gil de Rubio Life is clearly good for Jason Isbell. Since embracing sobriety five years ago, his career has seen an upward trajectory with a string of […]

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Primary Catalyst

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Innovate into the music industry at GROOVE U photo: Jared Sawaya By Gary Spencer There seems to be two schools of thought when it comes to post-high school education: your traditional four-year university and shorter-term educational institutions that focus on a specific field or trade (ITT for example). One field of study that’s often debated is […]

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‘All Eyez’ tries to see too much

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The life of Tupac Shakur could have meant so much more in focus photo: Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac Shakur in ‘All Eyez On Me’  Rating: R; Grade: C- By T.T. Stern-Enzi A sense of inevitability looms over Benny Boom’s account of the life of Tupac Shakur. Just last summer in “Straight Outta Compton,” director […]

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Speaking in tongues

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Tyler Peffley delivers Diction at Blue House Gallery Photo: Tyler Peffley’s ‘Censors,’ part of the Diction series on display at Blue House Gallery through June 30 By Morgan Laurens Remember your first-ever gig ticket? How about the flier from your friend’s art show that you taped, crooked and unframed, to your bedroom wall? Or the […]

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Scream your own luck

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Cincinnati’s Ethicist returns ‘brootal’ to Blind Bob’s Ethicist’s (l-r) Michael Wojtkiewicz, Chad Snowden, Johnny Finger, and Scott Stevens; photo: Adam Weeden By Allyson B. Crawford When you think of post-black metal, what comes to mind? Norwegians in corpse paint? What about Midwesterners with beards and day jobs? For Cincinnati-based band Ethicist, it’s definitely the latter. […]

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A girl, a bottle, a boat, a Train

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Train takes ‘Play That Song’ tour to Cincinnati photo: Train frontman Pat Monahan strives for the band to keep producing radio hits By Alan Sculley Pat Monahan knows pop music remains a young person’s game. As the frontman of Train for 20 years-plus, he faces that reality with every new album as he lobbies pop […]

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Table talk

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Make yourself comfortable at downtown Dayton’s Table 33 Posole, a Mexican red chili or stew, at downtown Dayton’s Table 33; photos: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson “Every lesson I learned as a kid was at the dinner table. Being Greek, Sicilian, and Ruthenian, my folks are an emotional bunch. It was where we laughed, cried, […]

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Promised land

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Wright State grad student pieces together Randolph slaves’ story for Wilberforce museum Exhibit creator Hadley Drodge works to re-center the Randolph slaves’ story on the freed people; photo: Will Jones By Jim Hannah Their story is powerful. Nearly 400 freed slaves—including an infant less than 1-year-old and a woman over 100—make a 500-mile pilgrimage on […]

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Sizing up 

During a canning run in Dayton's Warped Wing Brewery, Gamma Bomb IPA is packaged for distribution.
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Comparing nano- to micro- to large-scale breweries A micro-brewery produces 15,000 beer barrels a year maximum, like Dayton’s Warped Wing; photo: Jim Witmer By Jim Witmer Does size really matter? When it comes to brewery size, it’s a subject everyone seems to wonder about: Is a big brewery better than a small one, or vice […]

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Killing time

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Dayton supergroup Lioness releases Time Killer at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 Nathan Peters (front) and some of the other 10 members of Lioness conquer Jimmie’s Ladder 11 June 24 with Time Killer; photo: Jennifer Taylor By Josher Lumpkin There’s a uniqueness to the new Lioness record that could only be achieved by having 11 seasoned musicians […]

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Hillbilly wake-up call

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J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy chronicles crackup of poor working-class white America Photo: Baldcypress trees dot Kentucky, where author J.D. Vance’s family would visit nearly every weekend and what served as material for his book By Ronald Bailey Read this remarkable book: it is by turns tender and funny, bleak and depressing, and thanks to Mamaw, […]

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Love and bullets

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Beavercreek Theatre joins the Barrow Gang with Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical Flanders and T.J. Montgomery as Clyde (right) in Beavercreek Theatre’s Bonnie and Clyde; photo: Rick Flynn By Tim Smith Break out the bootleg gin, put on your pappy’s fedora, and fire up the Ford Model A. The Barrow Gang is back in town! […]

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The Circus Is Back In Town

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The Shuster Center turns big top with ‘Circus 1903’ By Terri Gordon Once billed as “The Greatest Show on Earth,” Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed for the last time in May. It was the end of nearly 150 years of dazzling acrobatic acts, animal exhibitions, and sideshows. For those who grew up in […]

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Living Art

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Receive a neighbor’s welcome at the Art House Hop ‘Toucan Island,’ featured at this year’s Art House Hop June 25; photo: Doug McLarty By Megan Constable The Yellow Springs Arts Council (YSAC) knows the only thing better than an art museum is viewing art in the comfort of a welcoming home. The fifth-annual Art House […]

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Welcome to Flavortown

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Dive into K’s Hamburger Shop in Troy Experience the charm of an old-fashioned diner at K’s Hamburger Shop in Troy, with offerings like soups and burgers with fries; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson When you walk into K’s Hamburgers in Troy, the phrase “stepping back in time” almost doesn’t adequately sum up the experience. […]

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Comedy plus time is self-help

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Joel McHale thanks you for your money at Dayton Funny Bone photo: Joel McHale, holding a bear on The Great Indoors, warns his stand-up audience of intense laughs By Amanda Dee Joel McHale is one of those first-name, last-name people, the ones whose first and last names seem to be permanently conjoined. Perhaps that effect […]

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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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In this fast-paced world of immediate answers and non-stop connectivity, there is a real need for us to unplug and […]

Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Have you ever heard of an emotional support mouse? What about an emotional support hedgehog, or mini pig? (Can we […]

Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]