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‘Dear White People’ is an open letter to all audiences

The 2014 Sundance breakout chips away at social and cultural identity issues By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: “Dear White People” won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance; Rating: R, Grade: A It is ironic writer-director Justin Simien displays such assurance over material that is so fraught with uncertainty. The subjects up for consideration […]

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Dayton’s other orchestra

25 years of the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra By Pat Suarez Photo: MVSO founding conductor Ron Kindell conducts a rehearsal of MVSO’s 25th season opening concert production of Le Mis   In 1976, a group of us caravanned to Missouri to hear the St. Louis Symphony perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand. After the concert, […]

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On stage

Halloween theatre frights and delights by Jacqui Theobald Photo: Dean Swann, as Sweeney Tood and Pamela Matheson Jones as Mrs. Lovett in Beavercreek Community Theatre’s production of “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Dark and Funny at Dayton Playhouse If gobs of candy and supplicating children are not first on your favorites list, mount […]

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A lesson in blues

Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen at Canal Public House By Katie Christoff Photo: Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen will perform at Canal Public House on Oct. 24; photo: Peter Sloane   If Ted Drozdowski weren’t a musician, he’d probably be a teacher. The blues musician, who will play in Dayton on Friday, Oct. 24 with his band Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen, […]

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Seize the day

Today is the Day to lay waste to Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Today is the Day will perform at Oddbody’s Music Room on Oct. 24 Many bands have trouble staying together and relevant two years into their existence, let alone over 20. But that’s exactly what Nashville noisecore stalwarts Today is the Day have done […]

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Not just any dream will do

Newlyweds Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young talk Joseph By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Daniel A. Swalec More than 40 years ago, Andrew Lloyd Webber created what would become one of the most beloved musical theatre pieces to hit Broadway. With lyrics by Tim Rice, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tells the biblical story of Joseph […]

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Thy diabolical parade

Dayton one-man metal project Enoonmai wields The Witches’ Hammer By Gary Spencer Photo: Jake Koch, one-man metal project Enoonmai   One-man black metal projects are hardly a new thing. Artists such as Burzum, Xasthur, Leviathan and countless others have chosen to eschew putting up with other band members and performing live in favor of concentrating on […]

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Viva La Colombiana!

Where everything is about family By Paula Johnson Photo: Bandeja Paisa from La Colombiana I am sorry I didn’t get to La Colombiana in Beavercreek on July 20 for Colombian Independence Day. And I’m really sorry I didn’t get there to watch Colombia play in the World Cup. This is because my recent visit, in […]

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30 fingers + 3 guitars = wow in Troy

Fingerstyle guitar event at Mayflower By CC Hutten Photo: Guitarist David Youngman will perform at Mayflower Artc Center as part of Six Strings x 3 On Saturday, Oct. 18, the Mayflower Arts Center will host Six Strings x 3, showcasing an intimate, acoustic performance by three passionate fingerstyle guitarists: Mark Bayer, Chris Weiss and David […]

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May we have this dance?

South Slavic Club shares its Balkan hospitality by Tammy Newsom Photo: Bulgarika performs at the South Slavic Club; photo: Jim Rohal Eastern Europe built a wall to keep out dissidents. When the wall came down, popular entertainment let us back in. Dayton’s South Slavic Club (SSC) is made up of the countries of the former […]

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Advice Goddess: 7/28

By Amy Alkon   Emotion Sickness Last week, my girlfriend was all annoyed about something (something relatively unimportant). I’m normally […]

Chew on this: 07/28

Rediscover your drive By Jayne Powers On a hot, muggy July afternoon, I bolted out of my apartment to take […]

Hobart Urban Nature Preserve

A piece of Heaven in the middle of the city By Tor Simms Photo: The Hobart Urban Nature Preserve has […]

news of the weird 7/28/2015

  Outsourcing Among the protesters at New York City’s Gay Pride Parade the Sunday after the Supreme Court’s historic gay-marriage […]

The Docket: 07/28

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Amanda Dee   What’s at steak? “$85.85 worth of meet […]

Chew on this: 07/21

More than picking fresh vegetables By Jayne Powers   Today, let’s shine a light on vegetables—literally. Walk into any supermarket, […]