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When the chase for gold strays down the rabbit hole


The case for Michael Keaton and Matthew McConaughey in divergent, but still forgettable roles By T. T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc in ‘The Founder’ The last two  weeks have given audiences prime examples of how the awards season can take films and actors, chew them up, and quite ungraciously spit them out—even the […]

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The great Great rivers expedition


3 local kayakers share their story By Tim Smith Photo: Jeremy Cox finds adventure paddling down all five rivers in the Dayton area Daytonians have always had the spirit of adventure, from flight to hiking the Appalachian Trail. Three local kayak enthusiasts decided to prove that you don’t have to leave home to find adventure by […]

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Animal, air acoustics


Record nature’s noises with Glen Helen’s Trailside Museum By Matt Clevenger Photo: Listen to sounds like the creek on Glen Helen’s Acoustic Ecology hike Feb. 4 starting at the Trailside Museum; photo: Scott Stolsenberg Looking for a new way to experience the Glen Helen Nature Preserve? Grab a digital audio recorder and hit the trails […]

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The forever ripple effect of ‘26 Pebbles’


Human Race Theatre premieres a story of recovery and hope By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (clockwise from top left) Jason Podplesky, Gina Handy, Caitlin McWethy, Scott Hunt, Christine Brunner, and Jennifer Joplin star in ‘26 Pebbles’ Feb. 2-Feb 18; photo: Scott J. Kimmins During 2012 and later, we sent them 63,700 teddy bears. More than 900,000 […]

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Mid-life masterpiece


Mahler’s Fifth raises goose bumps at the Schuster By Pat Suarez Photo: A charicature of Gustav Mahler’s Musical madness, from Illustrated Vienna. artwork: Theo Zache   1901 and 1902 were busy years for Gustav Mahler. He was the director of the Court Opera in the Imperial capital, a post in which he flourished artistically but […]

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Recycled material world


Michelle Stitzlein’s Industrial Nature exhibition turns trash to treasure at the Springfield Museum By Brittany Erwin Photo: ‘Grevillea Fringe,’ made from garden hose, wire, plastic, and other recycled materials Old bicycle parts. Plastic bottle caps. Rubber garden hoses. While you may see junk, artist Michelle Stitzlein is already re-envisioning these objects and transforming them into […]

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One moment in time


Dayton Philharmonic pays tribute to the music of Whitney Houston By Tim Walker Photo: ‘Windbourne Presents the Music of Whitney Houston’ brings the singer’s music to the Schuster, Saturday, Feb. 11 “Hang on just a second,” Rashidra Scott says with a laugh as she walks through Manhattan, the bustle of the big city streets clearly audible […]

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Dream women: DPAA’s Soul Singers take the Schuster stage


Soul sistas 3 Dayton women’s journeys to the Schuster stage By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s ‘Soulful’ winners, Tiffany Bryant, Frances Wright Pate, and Yolanda Drake It’s everyone’s dream to go from doing something you love for your amusement or for the entertainment of a small circle of family and friends to the […]

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In ‘Jackie,’ a new legend takes center stage


It is time to recognize the maturation of Natalie Portman By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy in ‘Jackie’  Rating: R; Grade: A It could be argued that director Pablo Larraín’s probing new biopic “Jackie” offers a perfect example of what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object. Working from a […]

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Trimming the fat


Achilles Tenderloin croons at Yellow Cab’s WinterFolk fest By Joey Ferber Photo: Joe Augustin of Achilles Tenderloin sings the blues Jan. 28 at Yellow Cab’s Winterfolk festival; photo: Jennifer Taylor The Dayton area is ripe with the blues. And perhaps the best quality of the region’s take on this historical line of music is that each […]

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When angels fed the troops


Local historian Scott Trostel tells tales of WWII trackside canteens By Tim Walker Photo: Troops enjoy snacks and reading materials courtesy of volunteers from the Lima, Ohio, canteen, the longest operating canteen in the U.S. One of the city of Troy’s many hidden treasures is Scott Trostel—local historian, lecturer, painter, and the author of 38 […]

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Peace, love, and metal


Peace, love, and metal 3rd Restock expands, benefits local foodbanks at Oddbody’s By Mike Ritchie Despite the obvious generation gap and the wardrobe differences, hippies and metal heads will converge at Oddbody’s for the 2017 Restock weekend. Whether it’s singing, dancing, jamming, or loud moshing, fans and bands will support local food banks and those […]

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Love on roller skates


Art conquers all in The Dayton Playhouse production of Xanadu By Tim Smith Photo: Ellie Krug as Clio and (bottom, l-r) David Shough as Danny McGuire and Desmond Thomas as Sonny Malone in Dayton Playhouse’s Xanadu; photo: Art Fabian Photography Every creative person cites a personal muse as a source of inspiration, be she artist, […]

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Geeks and superheroes


Geek Gala gives back at Blind Bob’s By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Spiderman considers his next move in Battleship, already a good one, as Geek Gala tickets are $5 with costumes Geek culture, if there is such a thing, is more accepted now than when the word was first widely used around the ’70s and […]

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Animals, affairs, puppets, anxieties


February’s local theatre presents treats for all ages By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Cleo Rungee as Kaa (left) and Mathis Hahn as Mowgli in Landmark Children Theatre Company’s production of ‘Jungle Book’ photo: Deb Sortman   Just for fun with ‘Same Time Next Year’ at Xenia’s X*ACT Theater If there’s a need for spirit lifters in […]

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What restaurants wish you knew By Paula Johnson Photo: Changing ingredients in carefully crafted food or drink can drastically alter your experience at a restaurant Recently, I wrote about what it’s like to review restaurants for a living and talked about a few things readers might not know about the job. It occurred to me […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]