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The Journey continues…

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Journey revives classic rock at the Nutter Center By Alan Sculley Photo: Journey’s (l-r) Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, Arnel Pineda, Neal Schon, and Steve Smith dust off the hits at the Nutter Center April 4; photo: Travis Shinn   Journey is back on the road this winter, with Steve Smith returning on drums and with […]

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Volcanic voyage

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From the Philippines to Dayton, teacher Jamaica Siroky totes his world of literature By Jim Hannah Photo: Jamaica Siroky uses creative teaching methods at Thurgood Marshall STEM High School; photo: Will Jones   The cataclysmic 1991 eruption of the Mount Pinatubo volcano in the Philippines changed the course of his life. The second largest volcanic […]

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The limits of Sky

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Kettering’s Sky Asian Cuisine By Paula Johnson Photo: Sushi Sashimi Platter at Sky Asian in Kettering; photo: Paula Johnson     Sky Asian is the newest kid on the pan Asian restaurant block. Pan Asian means “we cover all the bases to appeal to the largest number of diners.” There are Thai restaurants and Korean […]

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A classic, a cult, and classes

Theatre

Lots of Laughs and looks at the human condition in April theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Kylee Pauley as Gwendolen, Kathleen Day as Lady Bracknell, and Anand Sharma as Jack in X*ACT Theater’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’; photo: Connie Strait   X*ACT goes Wilde with ‘The Importance of Being Earnest,’ March 31–April 9 One […]

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Carving tradition

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Brukner Woodcarving and Art Show celebrates 42 years By Katie Fender Photo: Carver Charlie Cooke’s ‘Barflies’     For Richard Richmond, it started as Christmas gifts. “I started carving because I wanted to carve my wife a Santa,” he recalls. “She collects Santa Claus figures.” That Christmas, Richmond carved a Santa Claus for his wife […]

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Inside Job: Dayton female inmates’ scripts hit the big screen

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From prison ‘Pens to Pictures’ Wright State professor pioneers film project with incarcerated women by Jim Hannah  Women as survivors of heroin addiction, sexual abuse, and rejection by society. These movie topics may not be anything new—but the screenwriters are. They are incarcerated women at the Dayton Correctional Institution, and their films will soon come to […]

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Let By Gods be By Gods

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The By Gods blast ‘simple, catchy, loud’ at Peach’s, Blind Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: The By Gods teleport Blind Bob’s to the ’90s on March 24 and Peach’s Grill on March 25; photos: Bradley Spitzer Sometimes a band stands out by being exceedingly technical and of such accomplishment and talent that every song is […]

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Chef’s confessions

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An inside look at the secret food vices of Dayton’s chefs By Paula Johnson Photo: A bowl of cold cereal is one of chef Darin Mitchell’s (Coco’s Bistro) favorite guilty food pleasures   Recently, it happened again. I was driving near the Dayton Mall. It doesn’t happen often, maybe once or twice a year, but […]

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It’s a mad, mad world

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Mad Anthony takes 52-track Mad Anthology to Blind Bob’s, Peach’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Mad Anthony’s (l-r) Adam Flaig, Ringo Jones, and Marc Sherlock play Blind Bob’s and Peach’s this weekend photo: Nikita Gross   Cincinnati’s Mad Anthony got a crazy idea in August of 2014, after releasing their last full-length record, Sank for Days. “We […]

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A celebrity mocking trial

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Kathy Griffin takes over Cincy’s Taft Theatre By Dana Walczak Photo: Kathy Griffin aims for a walkout or two at the Taft Theatre, March 24; photo: Mike Ruiz What are celebrities really like in person? If you’re wondering, I suggest going to Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-In Tour at Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre. The tour began as […]

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Hunting for monsters, truth

Literati

Author, photographer Tony Urban maps ‘West Virginia’s Dark Tourism’ By Megan Constable Photo: Nearly 1,000 feet long, Flinderation Tunnel awaits anyone brave enough to enter; photo: Tony Urban The unexplainable was a “lifelong passion” for Tony Urban, who started out as a kid watching horror movies with his mom. After writing his first book, “Travelogue […]

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Surviving ‘The Belko Experiment’

Film

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ helmer James Gunn dips his quill in blood By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: John Gallagher Jr. as Mike Milch in ‘The Belko Experiment’ Grade: R; Rating: B+ I take notes during screenings. It is part of a creative and critical exercise, allowing me to document impressions that, truth be told, I rarely […]

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Dayton’s ‘dangerous dames’

Metro

League of Women Voters honors 3 local media pioneers By Brittany Erwin Photo: Local suffragettes inspired the League of Women Voters to honor Dangerous Dames of Dayton, modern trailblazers In a world where accusations of fake news abound, quality journalism is vital. Yet, the public can be critical of its truth-tellers, particularly if its tellers […]

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Musical non-violence, maximum artistry

Classical

Dayton Philharmonic, Kenji Bunch observe grim history of black incarceration By Pat Suarez   Photo: The Philharmonic joins Kenji Bunch in Supermaximum; photo: Erica Lyn Crime and punishment. Any organized society faces three tricky principles when sentencing lawbreakers: let the punishment fit the crime, make the punishment fair across society, and never allow personal points of […]

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Just another manic Monday?

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Not much lovin’ for Miamisburg’s India Oven By Paula Johnson Photo: Chicken Vindaloo at India Oven in Miamisburg; photos: Paula Johnson   Yes, it was Monday at 5 p.m., the appointed time PIP (Palate In Progress) and I were to meet dining chum Jurgen Durstler at India Oven in the international plaza near the Dayton Mall. […]

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Revenge of the secretaries

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Wright State Theatre works Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical By Tim Smith Photo: Bailey Edmonds as Violet in 9 to 5, at Wright State through April 2; photos: Erin Pence Have you ever had one of those days when your thoughts were filled with nasty things you’d like to do to your boss? Have […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]