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Treasure hunting


Holiday Art Jumble breathes new life into forgotten items By Brennan Burks Photo: Handmade art curated by the Jumble Elves at the YS Arts Council; photos: Corrine Bayraktaroglu Sometimes the greatest value of a piece of art is the personal meaning we invest in it. I’m not just talking about the romantic empathy we feel […]

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Counting thoughts


Giving The Gift of Art at Village Artisans Gallery By Tim Smith Photo: ‘Rock-A-Bye Baby Mandala’ by Amy Blount Achor at the Village Artisans Gallery Yellow Springs has long held the reputation of being an artist-friendly community. From visual arts to writing to music, one can find numerous examples and venues. One of these is […]

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Bury me with my guns on


Bobaflex are ‘Dead by Xmas’ at Oddbody’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: Bobaflex’s ‘Dead by Xmas’ tour hits Blind Bob’s Dec. 17; photos: Payne Productions Succeeding in the music business can be a struggle, and no one understands that better than Bobaflex. After seven albums and more than two decades specializing in giant rock festivals, the West […]

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Painting the town

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Katelyn Puthoff creates historical mural for her native Minster, Ohio By Jim Hannah Photo: Katelyn Puthoff’s mural for the Minster Historical Society depicts the town’s original German settlers on three panels; photos: Eric Pence You’re strolling down one of Minster’s main streets, start to pass an alleyway, and suddenly it just leaps out at you—a […]

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Visions of soldiers and sugar plum fairies


The Nutcracker, recollected by the DPAA Photo: Kirk Henning (left) and Paul Gilliam as dueling soliders during the party scene in DPPA’s 2003 production of The Nutcracker; photo: Andy Snow Hallie Slack – Dancer with the Dayton Ballet I’ve been doing The Nutcracker now for a little over 30 years and I’ve performed just about […]

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Beware the angelic chorus of ‘Manchester by the Sea’


Lesley Barber’s musical score bedevils and transfixes audiences By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Casey Affleck (right) and Kyle Chandler in Kenneth Lonergan’s ‘Manchester By the Sea’ For the last couple of years, film scoring has been a sideline coverage pursuit during my time at the Toronto International Film Festival. And this year, I had my sensitive […]

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Hang on to your Assets!


Why Ohio Police can take your assets without a criminal charge Do you forfeit? By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Jay McDonald, president of Ohio Fraternal Order of Police   Assets. We love to flaunt them; we love to hold on to them. And sometimes, apparently, the government likes to grab them. But a Columbus-based nonpartisan coalition is pushing […]

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Super man

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Wonder at illusionist Mike Super at the Victoria Theatre By Matt Clevenger Photo: Mike Super conjures his show that’s ‘turned on its side and dumped out into the audience’ Dec. 10 at the Victoria photo: Duane Rieder If you’re skeptical about mystifier Mike Super’s live show at the Victoria Theatre this Saturday, Dec. 10, just get on […]

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Deroma Italian Restaurant in Huber Heights By Paula Johnson Photo: Spaghetti Bolognese and garlic knot rolls at Deroma Italian Restaurant in Huber Heights; photos: Paula Johnson Jurgen Durstler, a person who possesses a name that is in no way Italian but within whom lays the soul of Tom Colicchio, was my dining companion when I […]

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Roots of the craft


Author Stan Hieronymus’s “Brewing Local” takes craft beer back to pre-Prohibition By Tom Morgan Photo: Columbus brewery Jackie O’s opts for local Paw Paw wheat New books by Stan Hieronymus are always a treat, as he is adept at discovering the story behind the subject matter and using it to draw in readers. The story in […]

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‘The Winter’s Heart’


Cityfolk legacy Cathie Ryan celebrates Irish Christmas at Miamisburg’s Plaza Theatre By Tim Smith Photo: Cathie Ryan celebrates Irish tradition with ‘The Winter’s Heart’ Dec. 14 at Miamisburg’s Historic Plaza Theatre Each country has its own unique holiday traditions. In America, we hang stockings by the fireplace. In Great Britain, children of all ages are given […]

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Tom Ford composes a dark, ‘Nocturnal’ adaptation


Amy Adams reigns in the elegant jungle of ‘Nocturnal Animals’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Amy Adams as Susan Morrow in Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’ Rating: R; Grade: A Back in the halcyon days of September, during the delirious full festival run I made through Toronto, I enjoyed a stylistically captivating double feature (“Nocturnal Animals” and […]

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Writing home


Jewish author Ayelet Tsabari speaks about ‘The Best Place on Earth’ at Dayton Women’s Club By Terri Gordon Photo: Ayelet Tsabari talks about her life and ‘The Best Place on Earth’ at Dayton Women’s Club Dec. 8; photo: Sean Brereton Ayelet Tsabari is a woman torn. Born into a large family, she grew up in […]

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Video killed the Scantron stars

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Wright State lifts off teaching with video games By Jim Hannah Photo: WSU Prof. Noah Schroeder (right) and fine arts student Kenneth Deffet Prison cells, spaceports, generator rooms, catwalks, and escape pods. They are all part of the infrastructure in a sophisticated sci-fi video game being developed by undergraduate students at Wright State University. But it’s […]

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Making music, merry


3rd Operation Giving Back Christmas at Middletown’s Old Crow Bar By Mike Ritchie Photo: Operation Giving Back Christmas vet Chris Casey of Casey and The Nobodies from last year’s event; photo: Teri Spence For the third year in a row, KuttingEdge Promotions will host Operation Giving Back Christmas, a benefit to help families in need during […]

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Don’t underestimate their force


Return of il Troubadore & the Wookie Cellist to Dublin Pub By Gary Spencer Photo: il Troubadore’s Jon Silpayamanant as the Wookie Cellist returns to Dublin Pub Dec. 9  photo: Carrie Meyer A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… oh, who the hell do we think we’re kidding? In 2004 in Indianapolis, […]

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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 […]