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Love among the fumes

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Sinclair Theatre slices into cult horror with The Toxic Avenger By Tim Smith Photo: Thomas Puckett as Melvin/Toxie in Sinclair’s The Toxic Avenger, running April 12-15 photo: Patti Celek; costume design: Patrick Allyn Hayes   Take one cult, horror B-movie, add a contemporary rock score, throw in some laughs, mix in a romance between a […]

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Bright star

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William Matheny spins alt-country stories at Blind Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: William Matheny steps into the spotlight Saturday, April 15 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Josh Saul West Virginia singer-songwriter William Matheny—formerly a multi-instrumentalist in the now defunct Ohio-based folk-rock band, Southeast Engine—is ready for his time in the spotlight. A storyteller in the vein […]

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Dayton’s Doolittle

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Air Force Museum honors 75th anniversary of WWII Tokyo Raid with last crewmember By Karen Ander Francis Photo: A tag-team effort of the Army Air Forces and U.S. Navy carried 16 B-25 bombers aboard the USS Hornet to within take-off distance of the Japanese islands   When his eponymous bombing raid over the Japanese homeland […]

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Local transformers

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Regional programs turn vacant lots into community gardens By Nick Hrkman Photo: EchoingU students tend to the raised flower beds in their community garden Put down roots in your community—literally. Five Rivers MetroParks works with community gardens in the Dayton region as part of the Grow With Your Neighbors program, which began in 1986. In […]

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Forbidden fruit

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Far From Eden grows progressive rock at Oregon Express By Mike Ritchie Photo: Kimberly Weiss and Far From Eden play Oregon Express April 15 photo: Jennifer Taylor Sometimes a band finds its niche by refusing to fit in. Sometimes striking a balance between “too heavy” and “not heavy enough” is a good thing. Blending an […]

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Brewing with the ‘invisible hand’

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‘The Secrets of Master Brewers’ taps into national brewing cultures, traditions By Tom Morgan Photo: Alworth’s ‘The Secrets of Master Brewers’ offers insight into national brewing processes Avid homebrewers like myself are always on the lookout for books that offer original insights into the brewing process, as well as new and innovative ways to think […]

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Sip, sup, gussy up

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Reminisce at The Paragon Supper Club in Centerville By Paula Johnson Photo: Beef Wellington at The Paragon Supper Club in Centerville; photo: Paula Johnson Today we are going to talk about Centerville’s Paragon Supper Club, but we can’t do that without some context, and some nostalgia on this critic’s part. I begin by invoking The […]

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All in the cards

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Local entrepreneur Adam Wik celebrates Galatune card game release at D20 By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Adam Wik (second from right) shows gamers how to play his battle card game, Galatune; photos: Josher Lumpkin Adam Wik is about to see 18 years of hard work and imagination pay off. His Japanese animation-inspired, battle card game, Galatune, […]

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Kristen Stewart sells horror in ‘Personal Shopper’

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Director Olivier Assayas finds a new muse Photo: Kristen Stewart as Maureen in ‘Personal Shopper’ Rating: R; Grade: B+   Horror, as a genre, has undergone a series of fairly rapid changes over the last decade. Thankfully, we’ve seen a transition away from the excesses of torture porn—the final nail in that coffin may have come […]

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Sport of the Arts: Thousands celebrate 40th Winter Guard International Competition

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Athletic Art 40th Winter Guard International Competition takes over Dayton By Joyell Nevins   Color guard—that’s just that “twirling thing,” right? Dayton, you must be trippin’. Combine gymnastics and dance, throw in a wooden rifle or sabre, add a set design made to travel (including a performance floor), and don’t forget the giant flag. Make […]

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Fine finals

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Surveying the area’s spring college art shows By Morgan Laurens Photo: Wright State’s Robert and Elaine Stein Gallery; photo: Tess Cortes   Every spring you’ll find an above average number of college students hunkered down in the library, surrounded by a small army of paper coffee cups. It’s finals time, and most students are busy cramming […]

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Hannibal Lecter’s wine faux pas 

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Climb the ladder, not the kill count with Chianti Classico By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Pair a bottle of Chianti Classico with a plate of pasta instead of liver and fava beans I sometimes wonder which fictional character more significantly affected the world of wine—Miles, ranting about the inadequacies of merlot in “Sideways,” or Hannibal […]

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Captured color

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A ‘Contemporary’ discussion with documentarian Turner Ross By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Documentarian Turner Ross captures the vibrant performances of color guard teams across America in ‘Contemporary Colors’ There are certain cultural activities that seem to speak to and represent regional or group-specific values. Drumlines, step teams, and cheerleading come to mind, and these activities also […]

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A force awakens

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Dayton Philharmonic presents ‘The Best of John Williams’ By Gary Spencer Photo: Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker, from the ‘Star Wars’ series, set to a classic score by John Williams; photo: Rob Bogaerts, Dutch National Archives Oftentimes, one of the most overlooked parts to the success of a motion picture is the score. While it may […]

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All’s fair?

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Dare 2 Defy questions love and war in Dogfight: The Musical By Laura Jones Photo: (l-r) Layne Roate as Boland, Ray Zupp as Birdland, and Bobby Mitchum as Bernstein on the set by Zupp for Dogfight: The Musical; photo: Zach Earnhardt If you’re old enough to remember the ’90s indie film scene, “Dogfight” will most […]

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School of self-deprecation

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Andy Kindler of Bob’s Burgers opens up at Wiley’s By Joey Ferber Photo: Andy Kindler performs Saturday, April 8 at Wiley’s Comedy Joint; photo: Susan Maljan Andy Kindler is a pioneer of the alternative comedy scene that emerged after the ’80s comedy boom collapsed, like the 2008 housing bubble. Inflated by homogenized jokes and promoters […]

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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]