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Lost ‘In the Heart of the Sea’

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Ron Howard valiantly strives to stay afloat By T.T. Stern-Enzi Back in 2013, during the opening weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival, I settled upon a unique double feature, an intriguing two-fer from Ron Howard. The far more highly buzzed of the two films was “Rush,” his biopic examination of the relationship between James […]

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It takes a village

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Hayner’s Handmade Christmas showcases Troy talent By Joyell Nevins Photo: The log cabin built by the late Frank Copeland and submitted by family member Victoria King at A Handmade Christmas, on display now through Jan. 3 at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center The latest exhibition at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is more about the heart than […]

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The elf and the monologue

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David Sedaris’ “SantaLand Diaries” at the Human Race By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Tim Lile in “The SantaLand Diaries,” now through Dec. 19 at the Loft Theatre; photo: Scott J. Kimmins Many of us are right in the midst of the holiday season, where pressures mount, often unimaginably. Situations may put us on the edge of […]

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Only going up

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Blues-rock guitarist Kelly Richey to play Oddbody’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Kelly Richey plays Oddbody’s Saturday, Dec. 19; photo: Sonya Ziegler Cincinnati-based veteran blues-rock guitarist Kelly Richey is set to release a new album early next year titled, Shakedown Soul. It will be Richey’s 16th album in a career spanning 35 years. In anticipation of […]

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Flip your wig

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Chicago’s The Flips get personal at Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: The Flips will perform Thursday, Dec. 17 at Blind Bob’s The best art—so they say—is created out of personal devastation and torment. This is certainly the case for The Flips’ songwriter and front man Nick Sintos. The band’s second album, Better Days, released Nov. […]

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Can you ‘Handel’ this?

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance presents Handel’s ‘Messiah’ By Gary Spencer Photo: The DPAA presents Handel’s “Messiah” Sunday, Dec. 20; photo: Andy Snow It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as Frank Sinatra once sang, and there are so many traditions during this time—decorating trees, hanging stockings, leaving stale cookies and spoiled milk for Santa […]

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Pierogi it or not

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The Amber Rose brings East Europe to North Dayton By Paula Johnson Photo: The Warsaw Medley at The Amber Rose It was with great excitement I anticipated my visit to The Amber Rose. Hailing from a city where a sweeping second wave of immigrants settled to work in the steel mills, the pierogi was king […]

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Loud and weird

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The Orphan, The Poet play Canal Public House By Rusty Pate Photo: The Orphan, The Poet will host their Christmas Extravaganza on Dec. 18 at Canal Public House; photo: Corey Davis The Orphan, The Poet are a rock band. They play loud and aggressive rock music. They were once told at their merch table that […]

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On stage 12/15/15

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Give holiday gifts of theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Jonathan Kelly stars as Charlie Brown in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Dec. 16-19 at Sinclair Give magic! Taking the opportunity to introduce your youngest family members or friends to live theatre would be a memorable present, maybe even the beginning of a lifelong interest. Two different […]

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Will the real Santa please stand up?

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A day in the life of Mr. Claus By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin     THE BEGINNINGS It’s not every sunny October afternoon you get to sit down with Santa Claus; that sort of thing is usually reserved for the frenzied days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. But this lucky writer got to meet and chat with […]

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Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]

Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]