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State of the stage

Area live theatre companies step back from the financial edge By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] Dayton Theatre Guild Board members Patty Smith, President Kathy Mola and Rick Flynn Two major factors, financial stability and artistic standards, frame a discussion of what people closely involved in community theatre talk about as they assess the state of […]

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Get to the point!

World’s youngest professional knife thrower never misses By E.F. Shaub Photo: Nine-year-old Grennan Nealeigh and his six-year-old sister, Charlotte Most people would be insulted if you called the work they do for a living a “freakshow,” but not Grennan Bartlett-Nealeigh’s family – they take it as a compliment. This is because they run an actual […]

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Country music, evolved

Ashley Martin at Riff Raff Tavern on the Canal By Katie Christoff Photo: Ashley martin will perform on Dec. 20 at Riff Raff Tavern; photo: Kent Cretors Dayton native Ashley Martin is changing the face of country music, and she’s gaining national recognition for doing so. “Country music is evolving into pop and rock, and […]

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Pints and half-pints

Family-friendly breweries in the Miami Valley By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Kids play pinball at Warped Wing Brewing Company, while adults taste the beers and take a tour Several weeks ago, Dayton saw its first “Beer Geeks with Kids” event, a meetup designed to bring families in the craft beer world together. About 25 people, […]

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A very rocky Christmas

Cult classic goes Christmas at Blind Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Ben Riddlebarger as Tranta Claus Long considered a cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is an outrageous film that scoffs at traditional gender roles and encourages viewers to do what they want and have a good time. In cities across America, “Rocky Horror” […]

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Worth the wake-up

Fort Ancient’s annual Winter Solstice celebration By Tara Pettit Photo: Participants gather at the Fort Ancient Fall Solstice program in 2011; photo: Kristy Kreel There is a single moment that occurs each year when Earth’s maximum axial tilt to the sun is at 23 degrees and 23 feet, creating the shortest day and longest night […]

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On Stage

Dayton’s local theatre, from humble beginnings by Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] John Saurine, Stage Manager Ralph Dennler and Laurie Scott of The Dayton Theatre Guild Dayton is a great theatre town, we often say, and the question is, what makes that happen? Here’s a suggestion: It is the people who absolutely love theatre and have […]

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Gimme shelter

The Nightbeast and friends play benefit for Daybreak shelter By Gary Spencer Photo: [l-r] Steve Sturm, Brian Whitten, Vincent Arceo, Alex Todd and Kelly Hanus of Swimming With Sharks We’re in the midst of yet another holiday season here in Dayton – one in which, like every year, the adage “better to give than receive” […]

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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

Apparently you can go there and back again By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Orlando Bloom as Legolas in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A- All throughout Peter Jackson’s retelling of JRR Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” I have mildly complained about the notion that it took three filmed installments to present what […]

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A welcome distraction

Dan Grueter at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Dan Grueter will perform at Dayton Funnybone Dec. 18-21 Comedian Dan Grueter wants to offer you a reprieve from your daily toils. He’s taken his homegrown brand of comedy on the likes of the Late Late Show and The Bob & Tom Show, where […]

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The Docket: 09/01

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim by Amanda Dee  Frenemies A man hailed a police cruiser and said he had just […]

Advice Goddess: 8/25

By Amy Alkon   A Force To Be Reckoned Whiff  My new boyfriend travels a lot for work. Before he […]

Worth your salt

What the F&%$ do you know about salt? By Paula Johnson Photo: A wide variety of finishing salts, which add […]

Chew On This: 08/25

More than a study’s findings about soda By Jayne Powers Food pairings have earned their reputations: bread and butter, wine […]

News of the weird: 08/25

By Chuck Shepherd Pets of the 1 Percent “The worshipful treatment of pets may be the thing that unites all […]

A taste of something local

Taste of Troy spotlights local eateries By Katie Christoff Photo: Taste of Troy takes place Sept. 19 in Downtown Troy; […]