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Soul summer’s night

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Maxwell bumps up the groove at Fraze Pavilion Photo: Maxwell brings blackSUMMERS’night to Fraze Pavilion May 30; photo: Eric Johnson By Alan Sculley blackSUMMERS’night, the second album in a trilogy by soul artist Maxwell has arrived a mere seven years after the first album in the series, BLACKsummers’night. That’s about par for the course for […]

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Do you know the muffin man?

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Bellbrook’s Blueberry Cafe serves the basics Photo: Blueberry pancake and sausage at Bellbrook’s Blueberry Cafe; photos: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson The Blueberry Cafe is the kind of neighborhood breakfast joint where it seems just about everybody in the place is either known by the hosts and servers, or lives in the town. PIP (Palate In […]

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‘Sexual master class’

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Luenell delivers rated-R show at Dayton Funny Bone Photo: Luenell goes for ‘big, big laughs’ at the Dayton Funny Bone May 25-27; photo: Steven Littles By Gary Spencer “A lot of people recognize my face but don’t remember my name,” says comedian and actress Luenell. “I’m not quite a household name.” Chances are most people […]

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The straight dope

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Josh Goldman, 5 punk bands give fans more than they bargained for at Blind Bob’s Photo: The Raging Nathans’ (l-r) Nick Hamby, Jared Reynolds, and Josh Goldman perform June 1 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Larry TV By Josher Lumpkin It’s not every day that fans of live music have an opportunity to witness five solid […]

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The teasing discovery of ‘Handsome Devil’

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When will boys finally allowed to be boys? Photo: Fionn O’Shea as Ned (left) and Nicholas Galitzine as Conor in ‘Handsome Devil,’ screening at The Neon May 31 By T.T. Stern-Enzi Every school—public or private, in the U.S. or comparable settings abroad—has students like Ned (Fionn O’Shea) and Conor (Nicholas Galitzine). Ned is the awkwardly […]

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‘Driven toward madness’

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Historian Nikki M. Taylor reveals stories of Margaret Garner, Cincinnati racism Photo: Historian and Ohioan Nikki M. Taylor’s 3rd book, ‘Driven Toward Madness’ By Megan Constable Margaret Garner’s story has been told in poems, paintings, literature (Toni Morrison’s “Beloved”), and even an opera, but few know who she was and the tragedy that befell her […]

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Namaste and have a pint

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Local breweries get the zen treatment Photo: Breweries, such as Springboro’s Crooked Handle, offer large and open spaces for yoga; photo: Dana Walczak By Dana Walczak I’m not a yogi. Not by any means. I’ve dabbled here and there throughout the years, but it never really stuck. That’s not to say I wouldn’t like it […]

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From Bach to rock

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Troy-Hayner’s summer series turn up classics, new hits Photo: Honey Blue perform at Troy-Hayner July 18 By Matt Clevenger From ’80s metal to classic country and blues, the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center’s summer music schedule offers a little something for everyone. The popular Fridays on Prouty concert series will return this year, featuring free shows at […]

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Back to the FutureFest

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This summer’s theatre warms up with auditions, productions Photo: J. Gary Thompson (left) and Annie Pesch in Young at Heart Players’ ‘First Kisses,’ at Dayton Playhouse June 2–4 and 9–11 By Jacqui Theobald Audition for FutureFest at the Playhouse, May 29 and 30 Now in its 27th year, FutureFest has set the auditions for six […]

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Beach noir

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Katie Lee Mansfield dives into ‘Summer Break’ at The Blue House Gallery Photo: Katie Lee Mansfield’s ‘Summer Break’ is on display at The Blue House Gallery May 27-June 2 By Morgan Laurens “This is the American Dream. This is my f–kin’ dream y’all! All this sheeyit! Look at my sheeyit! I got SHORTS! Every f–kin’ […]

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Come as you are

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Kinky Boots fits everyone at the Schuster Center Photo: Kinky Boots struts into the Schuster Center May 23-28; photo: Matthew Murphy By Allyson B. Crawford When someone says “Broadway,” Cyndi Lauper isn’t necessarily a name you think of. But maybe it should be. Lauper, the ’80s hit-maker, along with Harvey Fierstein, created Kinky Boots, a […]

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Siren Songs: Carmen Seduces in Dayton Opera Season Finale

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She Put a Spell On You: Dayton Opera Tempts Audiences with Carmen By Eric Street Photo: Illustration of Carmen, published in 1875 in Journal Amusant, a French weekly satirical magazine Do you hear the sound of castanets approaching in the distance? Women, guard your men! And men, guard your hearts—opera’s most popular seductress sashays onto the […]

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‘Feel so good you can’t stand yourself’

Rock

Two Houses bring ‘triumphant sad bastard music’ back to Blind Bob’s By Amanda Dee Photo: Two Houses’ (l-r) Mike Boren, Dave Satterwhite, and Ryan Smith return to Blind Bob’s May 20; photo: Maryam Hassan The party’s almost over and you’ve had more than one too many. It’s time to finally tell that someone how you […]

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First string

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Local guitar instructor Jim McCutcheon wins Governor’s Award for arts education By Jim Hannah Photo: Jim McCutcheon, also known as ‘The Guitar Man,’ teaches lessons at his shop, WSU, and UD; photo: Erin Pence A sign in the front window of McCutcheon Music says, “Just Play.” That’s exactly what owner Jim McCutcheon has been doing since […]

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Reality from the edge of absurdity

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Dayton Theatre Guild shows the light, dark ‘Wonder of the World’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Richard Young, Marcella Balin, Ian Manuel, Kari Carter, Scott Madden, Debra Strauss, and Kerry Simpson perform ‘Wonder of the World’ through May 28 at Dayton Theatre Guild From guffaws to giggles, the audience was audibly enjoying the wacky humor […]

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Gangs of New York

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Guys and Dolls give a glimpse of the underworld at the Victoria By Tim Smith Photo: D2D dancers David Baker (left) and Lauren Kampman in Guys and Dolls, May 19 and 20 at the Victoria Theatre There’s an adage in the theatre that says you can’t keep a good show down. There’s another reference to […]

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The next sound you hear will be…well, I don’t know what it will be but I know what it won’t […]

Debate 6/12: A tweet too far

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Was anyone really surprised? Roseanne Barr has stepped in it again. Always a loose cannon, she managed to offend just […]

If you’ve seen one ‘Ocean’, you’ve seen ‘Ocean’s 8’

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Near the start of “Ocean’s 8,” we’re led to believe that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is dead and his sister […]

Gin and Tonic on the Horizon

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On June 13, The Rose Music Center is the place to be to get your 90s nostalgia fix as Gin […]

Goodnight Goodnight’s new morning

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“We’ve known Larry for years,” says Gary Thornton of Goodnight Goodnight. He’s talking about the newest addition to their lineup, […]