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Playing back the greats

Jazz

MVP Jazz Quartet pays homage to legendary musicians, friends at UD By Tim Walker Photo: MVP Jazz Quartet celebrates the life of pianist/composer James Williams at UD Feb. 16 When people in Dayton hear the word “jazz,” they may imagine a couple of scenes: a small, smoky nightclub somewhere in the city with a three- or […]

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Permanent sketches

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Wells & Co. Custom Tattoo opens with ‘Body Rock’ photo exhibit By Gary Spencer Photo: Photo of Absinthe Junk’s Blair Breitreiter on display starting Feb. 3 at Wells & Co. on Third Street; photo: Christopher Corn Tattoos are arguably more popular than ever in modern culture. It seems that everywhere you go, tattoos are instantly […]

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Which Came First?

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Grow Home: 38th Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Conference moves to Dayton Convention Center By Tara Petit Photo: Cover artwork by Kevin Morgan Collaboration, ideation, and innovation on statewide practices in sustainable food and farming practices will be “homegrown” this year at the 38th annual Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Conference, “Growing […]

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A new species of bluegrass

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Steep Canyon Rangers, live at the Victoria By Joey Ferber Photo: Steep Canyon Rangers’ (front, l-r) Nicky Sanders, Graham Sharp, Charles Humphrey III, (back, l-r) Mike Guggino, Woody Platt, and Michael Ashworth The Steep Canyon Rangers have grown their own variety of bluegrass. Their music evolved from seeds of traditional bluegrass to original music ripe with […]

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Fermented feast

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AleFeast returns to Dayton’s Masonic Temple By Jim Witmer Photo: Over 30 brewers showcase beer with food purveyors at the Masonic Temple for AleFeast Feb. 4 photo: Skip Peterson Pairing beer and food can be an exercise of endless possibilities, and one of the best examples under one roof is the annual event brought to […]

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Choppers

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Dayton’s Rip Rap Roadhouse delivers biker and family fun By Paula Johnson Photo: Broasted Wings at Dayton’s Rip Rap Roadhouse; photos: Paula Johnson For the drive out to Rip Rap Roadhouse, I put together a playlist to prep for the experience—my first visit to a biker bar(!). Selections included Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild,” “The […]

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When the chase for gold strays down the rabbit hole

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 I was a little girl my father had this old, metal box. The front of it had maybe 10 […]

Debate 5/15: Say yes to the dress?

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Ah, prom season. For students, it can be a time of nervous waiting, giddy overthinking, and expensive planning. For parents […]

Ohio is for rockers

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For twelve years, the ultimate destination for hard rock and heavy metal fans has been the Rock On The Range […]

Women rockers sing out

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The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) is helping the musical dreams of a select group of women come true.  Earlier this […]

Bistro done right

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Lily’s Bistro came on the scene a few years ago and right away became an Oregon District fixture. Owner Emily […]