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What a character!

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John Witherspoon at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: John Witherspoon performs Friday, Jan. 22, and Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 and 10 p.m. at Dayton Funny Bone For 40 years, John Witherspoon has been stealing the show with his memorable roles in blockbuster movies, music videos and TV shows. From Willie Jones […]

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Art imitates life

Real-life ‘Guy’ stars in musical about music Every once in a while, a performance comes along that changes the way audiences look at theater—and, perhaps, themselves. Once is one such piece. It’s a stage adaptation of a 2007 film by the same name, written by John Carney and featuring music and lyrics by Glen Hansard […]

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Green earth, lean you

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The MetroParks guide to a healthier 2016 Kristen Wicker Photo: Explore the region’s paved trail network by cross-country skiing, which burns 700-900 calories an hour. An estimated 40 to 50 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions, most of them focused on improving our health. Regardless of whether you made a vow to get it […]

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What ‘Carol’ teaches us about the look of love

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When a gaze is more than a gaze By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett star in “Carol” Early on in the Todd Haynes adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel “The Price of Salt” (later re-christened in honor of its lead character), when the highly charged meeting between the older Carol Aird (Cate […]

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Hazy Shade of Winter

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WinterFolk Festival is back at Yellow Cab By Rusty Pate Photo: Paige Beller, who plays in multiple Dayton bands, will play the WinterFolk Festival on Jan. 16; photo: Jay Woessner Acoustic music automatically puts the artist at a bit of a disadvantage. Trading the advancement of technology for centuries-old machines consisting of little more than […]

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From the ground up

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WSU alum helps produce film about overcoming racial divisions By Jim Hannah Photo: Joe Knopp holds the movie poster for the feature film “Woodlawn”; photo: Will Jones When he was only 7 years old, Joe Knopp and his two sisters were trying to survive on the streets of Philadelphia. On Sundays, the three would slip […]

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Lonesome highway grooves

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The Devil Doves’ Dayton debut at Trolley By Gary Spencer Photo: The Devil Doves perform Jan. 15 at The Trolley Stop If you’ve ever made the drive from Dayton to Columbus, you know the scenery well (or lack thereof). Once you get past Springfield, there isn’t much to look at until you get closer to […]

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Muse Machine’s Mary Poppins flies

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A supercalifragilisticexpialidocious love fest By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] Brianna Russ, Megan Braun and Jamey Paul in Muse Machine’s Mary Poppins, Jan. 14-17 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Ben Morrison The Muse Machine presents Mary Poppins. Seems simple and delightful, right? You know the whimsical story of the almost-magic nanny, the chimney sweep and the […]

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Talkin’ ‘bout my…

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New coffee table books gives in depth look at the Who By Allyson B Crawford Photo: Mat Snow released “The Who: 50 Years of My Generation” Nov. 2 The Who remain one of the most iconic rock acts in the world. On Nov. 2, journalist Mat Snow released “The Who: 50 Years of My Generation” […]

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You’ve got a friend

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Philharmonic plays Pixar By Sarah Sidlow Photo: The DPO’s Pixar in Concert will include favorites from all three “Toy Story” films, “Finding Nemo,” “Ratatouille,” “A Bug’s Life” and more From corporations comprised of monsters to families forged in super-heroism, the playful creations of Disney’s Pixar Animation Studios have delighted audiences and crushed industry records for […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

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 […]