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The hard and soft of rock

Guitarist Zakk Wylde goes heavy with Generation Axe tour at Taft By Alan Sculley The 20-year gap between Zakk Wylde’s two solo albums, Book of Shadows and the newly released Book of Shadows II has to hold some kind of record for longest time between a first album and its sequel. Wylde himself knows he […]

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From Springfield with love

Springfield Symphony performs Russian Passion at Kuss By Gary Spencer Russian classical music, particularly that from the 19th century, has over time become some of the most heralded eras of classical. Although Russian classical music has roots dating back to the 1600s, it was during the 1800s that Russia became a hotbed for some of […]

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On stage

Puppets, auditions and more By Jacqui Theobald Zoot News Autistic people of all ages often relate to puppets better than they do to real people. Whimsical puppet faces atop unusually clothed figures several feet tall, such as Zoot Theatre Artistic Director Tristan Cupp’s creations, are charmers for many. Cupp has the kind of vision that […]

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Defending food

Michael Pollan talks food and nutrition at UD’s speaker series By Paula Johnson Michael Pollan has become America’s foremost leader in food philosophy, examining the social and political forces that shape our food production, and writing and speaking about the implications of what and how we eat. He will be appearing at The University of […]

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50 shades of green

Sustainability at Garden Station’s Earthfest downtown By Lisa Bennett What do you think of when you hear the phrase “sustainable living?” If you think of intelligent, everyday people working to create a healthier, brighter future for new generations. you’re on the right track. Sustainable living means simply finding ways to reduce the carbon footprints we […]

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Family Ties

5th generation of pretzel benders on Xenia Avenue By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Smales Pretzel Bakery has been around as long as the airplane. Theoretically, the Wright Brothers could have had a Smales pretzel. In fact it’s likely, considering that Smales (rhymes with “sails”) were the Montgomery County Fair pretzel up until the latter part of […]

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To reminisce

Little River Band at Versailles’ BMI Speedway By Tim Smith Play the opening strains of “Reminiscing” to anyone who listened to Top 40 radio in the late ’70s and you’ll likely get a smile of recognition. It was the American breakthrough song for the Australian soft rock group Little River Band (or LRB as it’s […]

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Like a rolling stone

Songwriter Troy Petty rolls into Taffy’s of Eaton By Tim Anderl Chicago native and Columbus, Ohio, transplant Troy Petty is the kind of song writer whose natural inclinations and intuitions result in stirring indie rock singer/songwriter fare that has connected with both audiences in his adopted home city and abroad. Taking cues from songwriting greats […]

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‘Midnight Special’ races in to save the sci-fi genre

Speculative indie sci-fi traffics in real intimacy By T.T. Stern-Enzi What would Amy Seimetz (associate producer of “Medicine for Melancholy,” writer-director of “Sun Don’t Shine”) and Shane Carruth (writer, director and star of “Upstream Color”) and Mike Cahill (and cohorts Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij) do with real studio budgets behind their psychologically idiosyncratic ideas? […]

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Beer thyme

Herbs make their comeback By Jim Witmer Quick, name the four main ingredients in beer. Barley, yeast, water and … dandelion? Of course most of us know hops are one of the four main ingredients, but today in craft beer it seems like anything goes. Like chefs wanting to add a unique flavor to a […]

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Strings attached

Leesa Haapapuro teaches, creates in Dayton By Bill Franz Leesa Haapapuro’s studio is in the busiest and most colorful art […]

Time to do-tu-it

Dutoit Gallery offers member artists showcase space By Joyell Nevins When Adjunct Art Professor Colleen Kelsey approached colleague Glen Cebulash […]

Vitality Check: 5/3/16

Harmful if swallowed By Rocco Castellano Every now and then I get a wild hair up my ass to go […]

On Your Marc: 5/3/16

Field of dreams a real treat By Marc Katz Of course I’ve visited Field of Dreams. Are you nuts?! Dayton […]

Vitality Check: 4/26/16

Heeeeeere’s Rocco! By Rocco Castellano What’s up b–ches? I’m back! I know all of you were wondering where I went […]

More than a building

Troy walking history tours offer a deeper look By Don Hurst On Friday April 29, Downtown Troy’s past will come […]