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Change your tune

Human Race Theatre Company’s Festival of New Musicals By Eric Street Photo: Susan Blackwell will host the 2014 Songwriter The Human Race Theatre Company’s mission to further the development of new works takes center stage Aug. 1 – 2 with its summer Festival of New Musicals. For the company’s seventh annual event, producing Artistic Director Kevin […]

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Teamwerk makes the dream werk

Werk Out Festival returns to Legend Valley  By Zach Rogers  Photo: The 2014 Werk Out Music and Arts Festival will take place Aug. 7-9 at Legend Valley Music Center For a festival only in its fifth year, the 2014 Werk Out Music and Arts Festival is returning like a titan champ. Having already outgrown its original […]

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Flip the script

FutureFest offers six new plays in three days  By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Scott Knisley and Wendi Michael rehearse for “Wash, Dry, Fold”; photo: Serif Cinar “It’s the best time I have all year,” double-finalist playwright M. J. Feely said of the intense FutureFest weekend, during which Dayton Playhouse produces six new plays. He, like others who […]

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Dayton’s Irish summer

Celtic Festival kicks off By Andy Hertel Photo: The Dayton Celtic Festival begins at 6 p.m. on July 25 at Riverscape MetroPark; photo: Bill Russell Since its inception in 2002, the unmistakable sights and sounds of bagpipes, fiddles and Irish dance have taken over the stage at Riverscape MetroPark for one weekend each summer, and this […]

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Triumphant returns

The Gunshy delivers Silent Songs to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: Matt Arbogast, known as The Gunshy, will perform on July 23 at Canal Public House For his first proper full-length in several years, Chicago’s Matt Arbogast, who performs under the moniker The Gunshy, assembled a robust cast of collaborators and pulled out all the stops […]

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Naked Vine triple play

Malbec! Malbec! Malbec! By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Salentein 2012 Uco Valley Reserve Malbec If you want to peek all the way back to the Naked Vine’s germination, you’ll find a malbec among the first set of wines I ever wrote about. Since then, malbec has remained a go-to grape for many occasions, most of them involving […]

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Not your typical Latina

Aida Rodriguez at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Aida Rodriguez will perform July 24-27 at Dayton Funny Bone Aida Rodriguez has known she would be a comedian since she was a child. As a girl growing up in Miami, Fla., she listened to funnymen like Alvarez Guedes and Richard Pryor, often having to […]

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Play in the sun again

The Dreadful Yawns at Blind Bob’s By Leo DeLuca Photo: Ben Gmetro, Clayton Heuer and Rick Spitalsky of the Dreadful Yawns; photo: Kurt Curtis Ben Gmetro’s calloused fingers rest atop a rickety table. The fingernails on his right-hand are carefully grown-out, long and lopsided with the left – it’s a utilitarian move; the Dreadful Yawns frontman […]

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‘Life Itself’

Steve James documentary celebrates Roger Ebert, a star on his way to the heavens By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Roger Ebert in “Life Itself”; photo: Kevin Horan; Rating: R; Grade: A Near the start of the Steve James documentary, “Life Itself,” which tackles, as its subject, the legendary film critic Roger Ebert, and is based on his […]

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Kettering’s summer soundtrack

After 23 years, Fraze Pavilion continues to impress By Leo DeLuca Photo: The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie will perform as part of the Happy Together tour at Fraze Pavilion on Aug. 6, 2014 Wind whistles low, visiting the tops of trees, as the sun sinks off in the horizon. Concertgoers gather near and far, seeking […]

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News of the weird: 06/30

By Chuck Shepherd   What Cannibals Can Teach Us Researchers studying the human-brain-eating Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea reported […]

Advice Goddess: 6/30

By Amy Alkon   Owe, Baby, Baby My girlfriend always cries that she’s “broke.” I just ended up buying her […]

The Docket: 06/30

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Amanda Dee   Man sorry for accidentally lurking nude At 6:30 […]

Chew on this: 06/30

Back-of-the-envelope nutrition By Jayne Powers   From picking quality carbohydrates to protein powders and dietary supplements, there are scores of […]

Advice Goddess: 6/23

By Amy Alkon Rise And Spine My fiancé is good friends with his ex-girlfriend from college. (We’re all in our […]

30 feet of Abe

Lincoln’s legacy lives on in Troy By John Hamilton Photo: A monumental “Modern Man” discusses the Gettysburg Address with a […]