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The mystery of Christmas Legends

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Trees and trufflers at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center By Lisa Bennett Photo: Holiday décor on display at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center for Christmas Legends Holiday traditions remind us to slow down and reconnect with each other.  For Christians, some traditions are fairly familiar, such as putting up a Christmas tree or hanging stockings. In the […]

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Who’s your babyface?

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Wrestling and comedy with Rockstar Pro Arena & Rob Van Dam By Gary Spencer Photo: Photos by David Stockwell/DemoBlast Studios   When we think of pro wrestling, what do we usually imagine? Depending on who you’re talking to, it could mean incredible feats of athleticism, “fake” fighting, or possibly a soap opera for men. That […]

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Mr. Mojo risin’

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Mojos Bar and Grille in Troy By Paula Johnson Photo: Monte Cristo sandwich and Slaw at Mojos Bar and Grille in Troy; photos: Paula Johnson Funny enough, that refrain from the Doors song “L.A. Woman” was playing in the background as I sat at Mojos Bar and Grille in Troy, musing about what to call […]

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Like Danzig jamming with the Doors

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Heavy Temple transcends at Blind Bob’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: Heavy Temple’s High Priestess Nighthawk lands at Blind Bob’s Nov. 17; photo: Dante Torrieri Fans of psychedelic metal, horror/sci-fi movies, and the occult will not want to miss Philadelphia’s Heavy Temple at Blind Bob’s Thursday, Nov. 17. Using five-string bass and an assortment of other creepy […]

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One more Last Waltz

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Local musicians revive legendary concert film at DAI By Tim Walker Photo: Gary Williams sings Muddy Waters’ ‘I’m a Man’; photos: Jennifer Taylor For rock music fans of a certain age, going to see concert films at your local theatre was a hallowed tradition. Before MTV commandeered cable in the early 1980s, live concert films or […]

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Storied works

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Art and Soul fair returns with more to tell By Katie Fender Photo: Andrea Starkey’s nature-inspired prints decorate Art and Soul fair Nov. 19 A piece of art can speak on its own, but at the annual Art and Soul Fair, artists help share those stories. The event returns to Yellow Springs on Saturday, Nov. […]

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The golden age of magic

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‘The Illusionists: Turn of the Century’ teaches history at Clark State By Matt Clevenger Photo: The Conjuress, Jinger Leigh, (left) and The Illusionists appear at Clark State Nov. 18 and 19 Prepare to be amazed (and educated), as Broadway’s smash hit “The Illusionists” returns to Springfield with a brand new show designed to transport audiences […]

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Comedy with a brain

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Human Race Theatre presents ‘Hail Mary!’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo:Claire Kennedy as Mary and Jennifer Dorr White as Mother Regina Marie in Human Race Theatre’s ‘Hail Mary!’; photos: Scott J. Kimmins Who says you can’t laugh and think at the same time? Tom Dudzick’s play is about Mary, a young teacher with hopes of becoming […]

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On the righteous side of hell

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Five Finger Death Punch packs U.S. Bank Arena By Alan Sculley Photo: (l-r) James Hook, Ivan Moody, Chris Kael, Zoltan Bathory, and Jeremy Spencer of Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch may have surprised some fans with how quickly the band returned with its latest album, Got Your Six, which was released last […]

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Embrace your inner elf

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Elf: The Broadway Musical at the Schuster Center By Tim Smith Photo: Spenser Micetich as Buddy the Elf; photo: Joan Marcus The holiday season offers many reminders about the importance of giving, believing, and being young at heart. Elf: The Broadway Musical serves up a generous helping of this recipe set to music. Based on […]

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‘Bleed for This’ captures a boxer fighting for his life

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Real life drama zeroes in on a personal battle against adversity By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Miles Teller as Vinny Pazienza in ‘Bleed for This’ Rating: R; Grade: B Men and women who step in the ring go by a variety of monikers—boxers, brawlers, fighters, sluggers, punchers—and yet the stories about them, the big feature narratives, […]

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All happy families are alike

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Dayton Theatre Guild presents ‘The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Ray Geiger as Tom, Ryan Shannon as Chris, Ryan Kelly as Katie, Tim Madden as James, and Karen Righter as Karen in ‘Unavoidable Disappearance’photo: KL Storer When Tom Durnin comes home, he supposes his family has been unchanged over the […]

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Start with the bubbly

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Your guide to Thanksgiving wine buying By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: A big, fruity Zinfandel will complement any Thanksgiving feast The Big Feed is right around the corner, and you gotta buy wine. Since you’re the classy individual that you are, you actually give a rip about how the wine goes with food and you […]

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Teachers pets

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Glen Helen hosts pet first aid workshop and more By Erin Callahan Photo: Glen Helen’s Nov. 19 workshop aims to help pets, like this Boxer, and their owners in times of crisis First aid kits, CPR training, and preparedness classes exist to help individuals and families prepare for emergencies, natural disasters, or even simple, everyday […]

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When the comedy is finished

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Tragedy has the last word in Dayton Opera’s I Pagliacci By Eric Street Photo: John Grigaitis What lies beneath the enigmatic face paint of a clown? If Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s gripping opera I Pagliacci (The Clowns) is any indication, the reality can be far darker than the makeup’s bright camouflage reveals to the casual eye. Be on […]

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Access art

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K12/TEJAS annual Art Off opens doors to education By Karen Ander Francis Photo: Artist-in-residence Terry Hitt at work in his K12/TEJAS studio; photos: Bill Franz Fling open the doors to the building on the corner of Jefferson Street and Patterson Avenue—you know, the brightly colored one with the nearly life-sized buffalo out front—and step into a […]

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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 […]