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‘The Women’ invade Dayton Playhouse with ’30s-era drama By Jacqui Theobald Photo: right: Tamar Fishbein (standing) and (l-r) Carrin Ragland, Renee Frank Reed, and Caitlin Blackfordleft: (l-r) Lindsey Cardoza, Rachel Oprea, and Cheryl Mellen in ‘The Women’; photos: Art Fabian A winter-bundled audience blew into the cozy Playhouse on a cold opening night and was […]

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Swallowing the new

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Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips sheds his skin in Cincy By Bill Forman Photo: Glen Phillips, of Toad the Wet Sprocket fame, performs in Cincy, March 17; photo: Ashtin Paige   Hindsight is 20/20, or at least it can be. For Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips, that became all too apparent during the […]

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A normal ‘freak show’

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Classic ‘The Elephant Man’ reveals our truths at Dayton Theatre Guild By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Jared Mola (center) as John Merrick surrounded by the cast of ‘Elephant Man’ at Dayton Theatre Guild, March 17-April 2; photo: Rick Flynn   What makes a classic? They are nearly always good stories that show us important truths. We […]

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Who is Ernie Johnson from Detroit?

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Cincy funk band set to bless Trolley Stop By Joey Ferber   Photo: Ernie Johnson from Detroit’s (l-r) Collin Thompson, Wayne Kilgard, Drew Loftspring, Nathan Lewis, Eric Osmanoglu, and Dusty Bryant take on Trolley Stop March 17; photo: Kristoph Klein   All we knew about the Cincinnati band was that whomever Ernie Johnson is, he—or […]

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Fighting through turbulence

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Flying Underground rises again at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Flying Underground’s (l-r) drummer Chris Arduser, lead vocalist Kelly McCracken, guitarist Brian Lovely, and bassist Dave Ramos; photo: Sybilka Storie   It should come as no surprise that some of the best art is often created amidst the turmoil and adversity of life events […]

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Local grain to local glass

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Yellow Springs Brewery and Davidson Family Growers collaborate on Robust Porter By Tom Morgan Photo: New Carlisle’s Davidson Family Growers and Yellow Springs Brewery’s Robust Porter   The growth of the local food movement has had many trickledown effects, and craft beer is no stranger to this influence. Locally grown hops have had an increasingly […]

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In ‘Kedi,’ cats inspire new levels of humanity

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Watch the culture of Istanbul through feline devotion By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Gamsiz, or ‘The Player,’ one of Istanbul’s featured cats in ‘Kedi’ Rating: Unrated; Grade: A   Every so often, I feel the need to make disclosures at the start of reviews, to own up to personal biases that might skew my takes on […]

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Darkness beckons

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Gaze at the stars with Miami Valley Astronomical Society at John Bryan State Park By Lisa Bennett Photo: Amateur astronomers gather at John Bryan State Park to view the skies; photo: Glenn E. Johnson   Darkness—it beckons the far reaches of imagination and taunts us with nightmares both real and intangible. Though darkness sometimes shields […]

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Sipping on a surprise

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Downtown Dayton’s Wine Gallery and Cafe By Paula Johnson Photo: Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese appetizer at The Wine Gallery and Cafe in downtown Dayton; photos: Paula Johnson; Photos: Paula Johnson   Toward the edge of downtown on Monument Avenue, you’ll find a nice little wine bar to try a wine flight, and while you’re there, […]

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Cirque Du Soleil’s Les Acrobaties d’Avatar Toruk: The First Flight at Nutter

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The First Flight: Cirque Du Soleil’s Avatar-themed show transforms the Nutter Center By Terri Gordon Photo: Youssef Shoufan; costumes: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil Once upon a time, in the early 1980s, the small Canadian town of Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, hosted a small troupe of local street performers as they “roamed the streets,” entertaining […]

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Red, Rioja, Ribera

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Oh, Spanish reds, how do I love thee? By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Tempranillo grapes ripen in the Spanish region of Rioja to produce a flavor like pinot noir’s cherry with the weight of cabernet sauvignon The Naked Vine Rule No. 1 of food pairings is “People make wine to go with the foods they […]

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No longer an Odd Girl Out

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Anne E. Dechant brings her stories back to Ohio By Tim Walker Photo: Ann E. Dechant shares her stories on stage across her native state this weekend photo: Rachel Smook “You’re always going to hear good songs and good stories,” says Anne E. Dechant, talking about her upcoming tour. “Story-laden songs, yes, but upbeat. Fun […]

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Realism isn’t dead

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Peter Clive’s Narrative Figure Paintings color TEJAS Gallery By Morgan Laurens Photo: ‘Lamplight’ depicts a solemn world of interiors “I have no use for Jeff Koons, for probably obvious reasons,” Peter Clive tells me. The New Hampshire-based painter—whose Narrative Figure Paintings is on display at TEJAS Gallery through the month of March—is telling me about […]

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Continents of music collide

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Del Sol Quartet and didgeridooist Stephen Kent find common ground at UD By Megan Constable Photo: Del Sol Quartet’s (l-r) violinst Benjamin Kreith, violinist Rick Shinozaki, violist Charlton Lee, and cellist Kathryn Bates; photo: RJ Muna Not many people have heard the elegant sounds of a string quartet accompanied by a didgeridoo. The University of Dayton is […]

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Best supporting weekend

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From comic book action to quirky indie dramedy, Stephen Merchant does it all By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Stephen Merchant as Caliban in ‘Logan’ ‘invests him with a degree of yearning and frustration fitting to both the dark world and his circumstances’ The big box office news from the past weekend focused on the major league […]

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Green cleaning machine

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Avoid environmental consequences by keeping a living space this spring By Lauren Lemons Photo: After spring cleaning, boost your air quality by adding some plants to well-ventilated areas of your living space Spring is just around the corner and many people are on a mission to purge their homes of unnecessary items that piled up […]

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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, […]