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For Today but not tomorrow


Metalcore titans For Today scream farewell in Columbus By Justin Kreitzer Photo: For Today’s (l-r) Ryan Leitru, Brandon Leitru, Mattie Montgomery, and David Puckett; photo: Aaron Marsh After grinding for 10 years as a band and establishing themselves as leaders in the Christian metal scene, For Today has announced that it will disband at the end […]

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Through the Looking Glass


Strong’s Surrealist Ball By Morgan Laurens   It’s a cold winter night in France. You’re dressed to the nines in formal wear, a sky-blue invitation dotted with white clouds tucked inside your coat. The invitation reads, “black tie, long dresses, surrealist headpiece.” You’re going to a party and the only thing missing is your antlers. […]

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Release the wolves


McGuff and the Dumpster Fires go for the throat at Jimmie’s By Mike Ritchie Photo: Emily McGuff (center) and the Dumpster Fires on the cover of their new album, Wolves They’re part punk, part funk, and all messed up, according to the band. If the Clash hooked up with Janis Joplin, McGuff and the Dumpster […]

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An updated sister act

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‘iDream’ dreams big at UD’s Black Box Theatre By Karen Ander Francis Photo: Phoebe Hayford and Ke’Mara get gossipy in ‘iDream,’ at University of Dayton Dec. 7; photos: Larry Burgess Who knew that academic research results could make it as a play? A sister act comprised of a playwright and an IT professor—that’s who. Eileen […]

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Buen vino, buena familia


Veleta Wines brings a little bit of Spain to Dayton By Paula Johnson Photo: Veleta Wines vineyard in Ugijar, a village in Granada, Spain; photo: Juan and Nola Palomar Ugijar is a tiny village municipality located in the province of Granada, Spain. According to the 2005 census, the city has a population of 2,524 inhabitants. […]

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More kimchi, please!


Riverside’s Akashi Sushi Bar By Paula Johnson Photo: Hamachi Kama at Riverside’s Akashi Sushi Bar; photos: Paula Johnson A craving for Korean prompted my recent outing to Akashi with PIP (Palate In Progress) and some DCP pals. Akashi, located right off of Route 4 on Harshman Road, offers both Korean and Japanese cuisine, perfect for […]

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Truth in advertising?


Experience the uncommon with Common Center at Trolley Stop By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Sasha Suskind, Austin Garrison, Lewis Connell, Liam Hall, Dennis DeZarn, Jessica Graff, and Ian Smith of Common Center When it comes to musical acts, sometimes a name is a telling indicator or representation of what a band is all about. But […]

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Old and not lazy


Local outfit Legbone celebrates 25 years at Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Kyle Curtis, Kevin Hittepole, and Mitch Lawson perform in 1996 as Liquid Legbone Most bands —whether world famous or even more so, local—are lucky to stay together for five years, let alone 25. One Miami Valley-area band that has made it to […]

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Take a seat


Some old and some new from Human Race, Dayton Theatre Guild, and Playground By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Tim Lile as Crumpet in the Human Race Theatre’s production of ‘The Santaland Diaries,’ running Dec. 8-17 Our very own elf at the Human Race, Dec. 8-17, ‘The Santaland Diaries’ ’Tis the season to be over-run by elves, […]

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Referencing Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton exhibit journeys to Washington-Centerville Public Library By Brennan Burks Photo: Lin-Manuel Miranda (front) as Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton, the Broadway hit igniting popular interest in the Founding Father’s history Most of us can probably count on one hand the number of things we know about the life of Alexander Hamilton. First, from middle […]

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Practice makes art


UD artists explore art as social practice at Front Street By Brittany Erwin Photo: Joel Whitaker’s ‘Alternative Processes’ class exhibits at the Index Gallery Front Street Building Co., “home to the largest Community of Artists and Artisans in the Dayton area” has a newly branded University of Dayton-owned resident, Index Gallery. Judith Huacuja, chair of […]

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Stories retold


Annie Lee-Zimerle plays the hero[ine] at Springfield Museum of Art By Ashley Jonas Photo: Annie Lee-Zimerle’s ‘The House of The Three Bears’ at the Springfield Museum of Art Story Retold is an exhibition of recent works by Dayton-based artist Annie Lee-Zimerle that opened at The Springfield Museum of Art on Nov. 12 and will run […]

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Travelin’ man


Mechanicsburg author willing to go anywhere for his craft By Joyell Nevins Photo: Eric Shonkwiler kicks off his first book tour for “Above All Men” in a small, mining ghostown. What would bring a kid from Mechanicsburg, a town with one stoplight, to West Virginia, California, New Mexico, and beyond? “I follow what lets me […]

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‘Allied’ fights a losing battle in beautiful isolation


Character is a rare special effect in Robert Zemeckis’s latest effort By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Brad Pitt as Max Vatan and Marion Cotillard as Marianne Beauséjour in ‘Allied’ Rating: R; Grade: D+ Over the years, Robert Zemeckis (“Flight”) has proven to be a special effects wizard, capable of employing all-manner of visual trickery to dazzle […]

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Debate Forum: 11/29

Tax. Period. Should pads and tampons be taxed? By Sarah Sidlow Fun fact: women on average spend more than 2,000 days on their period in a lifetime. Here’s another: women on average spend at least $70 every year on menstrual products like tampons and pads. Not having fun yet? How about a trio of representatives […]

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Not just in the Boondocks


‘Pioneering cartoonists of Color’ By Lauren Adams   When most people think of famous Black cartoons, political Black cartoons, revolutionary Black cartoons, or any Black cartoons for that matter, most people think of the Boondocks, a comic strip turned TV show created by Aaron McGruder. McGruder shares searing commentary of race and culture told through […]

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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 […]