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Swan song

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Escher String Quartet returns to close the 2016 Vanguard Concerts season By Gary Spencer Music and performing arts organizations are a hard thing to sustain. Often times they are based out of nonprofit endeavors and have to rely on donations from the public. People in the public can be fickle as tastes change, trends come […]

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In your hands with free comic book day By Josher Lumpkin Early May invokes different visions for different folks. Some are undoubtedly enchanted by the change in weather, shaking away the cold of winter, to awake refreshed and renewed as the foliage returns and April’s showers finally start to dry up. For me, the beginning […]

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It’s your party, we can’t cry if we want to

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Fresco’s Jenn DiSanto shares a day in the life of catering By Paula Johnson What does it take to make it in the catering business, and how is that world different than that of a restaurant chef? Jenn DiSanto, owner of Kettering’s Fresco Catering, sums it up with a story from a huge party she […]

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The root of all metal

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Death metal role model Suffocation shreds Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Some musical movements and eras have so much impact and lasting influence that they are timeless. This argument can be made for the first wave of heavy metal subgenre of death metal. While what many historians and fans consider to be the very first death […]

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Greg Warren at Funny Bone By Don Hurst Listeners to the Bob and Tom Show and the Sirius comedy channels already know Greg Warren. His down to earth mix of frustration and self-deprecation is a daily fixture on the radio. He has appeared on Late Night with Seth Myers, The Late Late Show, Last Comic […]

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‘Minimalism’ reminds us of our place in the world

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A pair of Dayton natives shows us the pathway to enlightenment By T.T. Stern-Enzi I should go on the record, stating that I found it quite difficult to provide a grade for “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things” from director Matt D’Avella. As I watched the screener, I found myself all-too susceptible to the […]

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(F)unpredictable

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Rum River Blend brings wild bluegrass to Troy’s Mayflower Arts Center Theater By Tim Smith Go to any community—large, small or in-between—and you’ll find a group of friends who get together to play music. Some do it in church, some make a name for themselves outside their hometown and some do it just for fun. […]

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Of cavemen and comets

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Out of this world show at Glen Helen By Lisa Bennett They travel, sometimes for millions of lonely years within our solar system, weaving about the planets unnoticed until heat from the sun’s radiation begins warming up the ice particles of their core, creating brilliant tails. Comets, otherwise known as “κομήτης” in Greek meaning “to […]

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The hedgehog

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Two-day Brahms Fest with Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra By Pat Suarez Johannes Brahms is such a household name in the world of classical music that he needs no introduction. Or does he? This was a composer who wrote 160 works, and yet most concert-goers know him only as the guy who penned four symphonies, three concerti, […]

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Practice makes perfect

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Skull Practitioners blanket Bob’s with heavy psych and post-punk By Tim Anderl Since the ’60s, the heavy psychedelic rock genre has happily existed outside the popular music landscape. For Skull Practitioners, the loud, fuzzy vortex of sounds characteristic of the genre once populated by Blue Cheer, Hawkwind and Blue Oyster Cult, and more recently by […]

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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 […]