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Seasonal songstress

Melissa Manchester performs with  Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra  By C.C. Hutten   Photo: Melissa Manchester will perform with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center on Dec. 6 In the midst of abundant pop operas across the nation during the holidays, Melissa Manchester’s Holiday Pop concerts at the Shuster Center on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, […]

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Spontaneous Fantasia

J-Walt brings his multi-media show to DAI  By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin   Photo: Multi-media artist J-Walt brings Spontaneous Fantasia to the Dayton Art Institute on Dec. 5 Imagine an animator, a surrealist, a musician and a plate-spinner got together to create a live performance that would bring to life before your very eyes a world that […]

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The 7 vectors of an evolving palate

By Mike Rosenberg  I lose track of how long I’ve been at this. I first clicked “Publish” on The Naked Vine on Aug. 1, 2006 and I first appeared in print in the Dayton City Paper on Jan. 3, 2007. A lot of bottles have gone into the recycling bin since then. When I look […]

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What’s in a name?

!!! brings the beat to Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre  By Zach Rogers   Photo: Disco-funk icons !!! perform at Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Dec. 10 Over the years, the band known as !!! – Chk Chk Chk, or really any monosyllabic word or sound you want to put in there – have gone from a group […]

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Joy to the world!

Nativity The Pop Opera spreads a message of hope for a good cause  By Deon Jefferson   Photo: [center] Renecia Joseph sings as an angel in the 2012 performance of Nativity The Pop Opera, which runs Dec. 12-15; photo: Scott Huck Throughout the years, the tale of Mary’s precious baby has become a worldwide art form […]

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‘The Book Thief’ steals an alternative historic view

The Holocaust seen from the perspective of the daughter of a Communist By T.T. Stern-Enzi  Photo: [l to r] Sophie Nélisse, Emily Watson and Geoffrey Rush in “The Book Thief”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: B Sometimes, as a critic, you don’t have to go too far to find a way into a film. The seeds of comparison, […]

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Make it a Handmade Holiday

aka “the Black Friday alternative” BY: JOYELL NEVINS  Photo: Collages by J. Austin Jennings  at Rosewood Art Center   Somehow, a new holiday tradition has developed in this country. Soon after “giving thanks” for what we have, we get up before dawn (or just stay up until then), shove through a mob, wait in line for […]

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Jingle bell rock

Nice and naughty Christmas songs that won’t drive you chestnuts  By Tim Anderl   With Thanksgiving just days away, I expect you’ve already been subjected to nearly a month of Christmas songs and holiday favorites. Year after year, in every grocery store, bank or coffee bar, we’re treated – whether we like it or not […]

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Werking through the holidays

The Werks deliver annual tradition for Ohio fans  By Rusty Pate   Photo: The Werks will present their annual Werksgiving event at the Madison Theatre on Nov. 30 Thanksgiving is a time when friends and family come home and put their daily lives on hold to break bread. It is a moment for reflection about what’s […]

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Phrase and fable

Dark Backward CD release at Oregon Express  By Gary Spencer   Photo: Local artpunk quartet Dark Backward release their new album at Oregon Express Nov. 30 Dark Backward know their music and they know Dayton. Made up of guitarists Eric Purtle and Jeff Brelsford, bassist Max Nye and drummer Jim Ingram, the quartet are all scene […]

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News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]

The Docket: 11/18

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove A new trend? A 36-year-old woman […]

Advice Goddess: 11/11

By Amy Alkon Scold rush  I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, […]

The Docket 11/11/14

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Hail seizure! Officers responded to a […]

news of the weird 11/11

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Baby beauty Amanda Collins, 28, took “beauty pageant mom” to the next level (down) […]