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Steeped in history

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YS Arts Council overhauls tea time with ‘bling! tea’ By Lisa Bennett Photo: Historical fashion expert Bill White talks ties and hats at YS Arts Council Elevenses or afternoon? Both refer to tea: the delightful, hot beverage steeped in a surprising and rich history. While many of us here in America tend to think of […]

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Oh hi, Ohio

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Ohayo Ohio Festival brings Japanese culture back to Antioch By Tara Pettit Photo: Antioch and Yellow Springs community members reveal their shibori-dyed patterns at Ohayo Ohio; photo: Talitha Greene While Antioch College is recognized for its non-traditional and progressive educational style—the institution started making early waves in activism at the beginning of the 1900s—what may […]

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‘Everything, Everything’ fails to make us believe

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Romantic drama lacks powerful, grounding fantasy elements By T.T. Stern Enzi Photo: Amandla Stenberg as Maddy in her hermetically sealed home from ‘Everything, Everything,’ Rating: PG-13; Grade: D- There is a line between fantasy and make believe, not quite what you could call all that “fine” a distinction, either. Fantasy requires an investment, a whole-hearted […]

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Can You Kick It? Yes, you can at Dayton Dynamo Football Club’s New Home Turf

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New Turf Advantage: Dayton Dynamo Football Club Stake Home At Roger Glass Stadium By Marc Katz Photo of by Dynamo David Janusz by Jeffrey Monbeck David Satterwhite has this dream. Fans are tailgating, singing, bands are playing, and kids are roaming through the stands, playing safely among themselves. On the field, just a few feet […]

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An open diary

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Zainab Johnson promises ‘a good ass time’ at Dayton Funny Bone By Gary Spencer Photo: Zainab Johnson performs May 11-14 at the Dayton Funny Bone For most comedians, the lives they lead form the backbone of what they do. It’s “write what you know” applied to comedy. The adage applies particularly well to young New […]

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American souls, music

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Ragtime plays back the turn of the 20th century at Dayton Playhouse By Jacqui Theobald Photo: The Harlem Group in Ragtime, running May 12-21 at Dayton Playhouse; photos: Art Fabian Big, bold, brisk, and brave. The Dayton Playhouse continues its pattern of undertaking giant musicals, seldom done by community theatres—and doing them well. Audience comment […]

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Enduring the rancor of ‘The Dinner’

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Writer-director Oren Moverman assaults our sensibilities with ideological posturing Photo: (l-r) Steve Coogan as Paul, Laura Linney as Claire, Richard Gere as Stan, and Rebecca Hall as Kate in ‘The Dinner’ Rating: R; Grade: B By T.T. Stern-Enzi “The Dinner” challenges assumed political and cultural sensibilities, presenting a progressive history teacher named Paul Lohman (Steve Coogan) […]

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At the kids table

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Dining, learning with children By Paula Johnson Photo: Teaching your little ones basic social skills in a restaurant ensures a more enjoyable experience for everyone Q: Still looking for restaurants with family sections so we can have dinner without being interrupted by screaming children, which is annoying especially when paying a premium price for food. […]

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Road warriors

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Road warriors Flaw keeps on riding to Oddbody’s By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Flaw’s (l-r) Dan Johnson, Tommy Gibbons, Chris Volz, and Jay Daunt perform May 13 at Oddbody’s; photo: Jonathon Walters The music industry is often a cruel mistress. It’s always been hard to break into the business, a fact that is truer today than […]

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No children allowed

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Yellow Springs Theater Company presents ‘An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein’ By Tim Walker Photo: (l-r) J. Gary Thompson, Rob Campbell, Tony Williams, and Ellen Ballerene in ‘An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein’; photos: Amy Wamsley Shocking. Outrageous. Raunchy. The majority of people would never use words such as these to describe the works of […]

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Gone glacial

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Oakwood couple revisits ‘New Zealand Adventure’ at Dayton Backpacker Campfire By Erin Callahan Photo: Don and Nancy Drozd share their ‘New Zealand Adventure’ May 12 at C.I. Beaver Hall; photos: Don Drozd When it comes to vacationers, some are beach people. Others are mountain people. Some prefer a low-key, relaxing getaway while others seek adventure. […]

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Good times on the Bayou

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Ride to New Orleans at Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s ‘Soulstice’ gala; photo: Scott Robbins By Arnecia Patterson  Photo: America’s Packard Museum on South Ludlow Street hosts the ‘Soulstice’ gala Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) continues to receive kudos for its deep bench of dancers who evoke lively responses from audiences. Last year, DCDC won a […]

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Fool me once

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The joke was on me at Ha Ha Pizza in Yellow Springs By Paula Johnson Photo: Pizza, topped with tofu, pesto, falafel, and ricotta, at Ha Ha Pizza in Yellow Springs; photo: Paula Johnson There was a certain, less-than-delicious irony that the day PIP (Palate In Progress) and I met DCP pals for lunch at […]

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Like father, like son

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Nerak Roth Patterson Band rocks double at Taffy’s of Eaton By Matt Clevenger Photo: Veteran guitarist Nerak Roth Patterson, Sr.; photo: Jeff Shiflett History is filled with tales of famous father and son duos, from Solomon and David to know-it-all cartoon dog Mr. Peabody and his adopted human son, Sherman. But is the world ready for […]

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Pounding the Pavement: Dayton Lands International Trails Symposium & Cycling Summit

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The Miami Valley Matrix: Dayton, home of the nation’s largest paved trail network By Terri Gordon The Miami Valley can thank Horace Huffman, Jr. and the 1913 Flood for the over 340 miles of paved track, devoted to walking, running, and biking, that now make up the nation’s largest paved trail network. When the Wright […]

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As good as (not) dead

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Local H subverts ’90s nostalgia at Rockstar Pro Arena By Gary Spencer Photo: Scott Lucas (left) and Ryan Harding of Local H perform May 9 at Rockstar Pro Arena Dirty flannel, Doc Martens, and light wash jeans are everywhere these days—’90s nostalgia is at peak popularity. Sticker and Trapper Keeper mogul Lisa Frank is doing […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]