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More than another war story

‘War Horse’ looks at World War I through another set of eyes By Brian P. Sharp Photo: [l to r] The puppet horses Joey and Tophorn in “War Horse,” which runs at the Schuster Performing Arts Center Oct. 22-27; photo: © Brinkhoff/Mögenburg Are you ready for “War Horse”? The Victoria Theatre Association is opening their Broadway […]

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Let’s do the time warp again!

‘Rocky Horror (Puppet) Show’ by Zoot Theatre By Jacqui Theobald  Photo: [l to r] Beth Conley and Ray Zupp star in Zoot Theatre Company’s production of “Rocky Horror (Puppet) Show”; photo: The Zoot Theatre Company The people in the front row were bouncing to the beat of the music and to their own nostalgic memories. “Rocky […]

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Hear ye! Hear ye!

Ohio Renaissance Festival offers historical family fun By Allyson B. Crawford  Photo: Children of all ages enjoy the human powered rides like the Sea Dragon at the Ohio Renaissance Festival; photo: Will Thorpe Don’t be the village idiot! Get thee to the Ohio Renaissance Festival! The Renaissance, known broadly as a period of great enlightenment, occurred […]

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The Italian heavy hitter

The wines of Sagrantino di Montefalco By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Montefalco, Umbria, Italy – surrounded by Sagrantino di Montefalco vineyards Last year, I did a story on 20 Mondi, a project by graphic designer and journalist Michael Loos in which he visited all twenty Italian wine growing regions, focusing on autochthonal grapes. “Autochthonal” is the term […]

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The virtue of ‘The Patience Stone’

The mythic and the modern collide in this Middle Eastern tale By T.T. Stern-Enzi  Photo: [l to r] Golshifteh Farahani and Hamid Djavadan struggle with identity in “The Patience Stone”; Rating: R Grade: A- The mythology of America lacks a spiritual or metaphysical component, separate and distinct from religion. America is a country of immigrants, each […]

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Ffunny expectations

Unknown Mortal Orchestra turn on and tune in Columbus By Zach Rogers Photo: Neo-psych band Unknown Mortal Orchestra will perform at Ace of Cups in Columbus on Oct. 18; photo: Neil Krug The past two years have been nothing short of a whirlwind experience for Ruban Nielson and his band Unknown Mortal Orchestra. After a relentless […]

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The sound of the sounds of Simon & Garfunkel

Dayton Philharmonic highlights New York’s favorite sons By Leo DeLuca  Photo: [l to r] Jonathan Beedle and A.J. Swearingen present the music of Simon & Garfunkel with the DPO on Oct. 11 and 12; photo credit: Chelsea Beedle The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) and Schuster Center present “The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel” Friday, Oct. 11 and […]

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Kill on command

Jungle Rot brings its Terror Regime to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer   Photo: Death metal outfit Jungle Rot will perform at Blind Bob’s on Oct. 10 Death metal is a subgenre of music that has withstood the tests of time. It seems no matter what trends in metal come and go (black metal, deathcore, etc.), […]

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Artisanal culture

Street Fair exemplifies natural uniqueness of Yellow Springs By C.C. Hutten  Photo: Enjoying dancing with musicians performing along the route of the Yellow Springs Street Fair, which takes place this Saturday, Oct. 12 On Saturday, Oct. 12, the Yellow Springs Street Fair will cause a town of 3,000 people to grow to a town of 30,000. […]

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Beetle-mania rages on

New insect invaders pose threat to Ohio forests By Amy Forsthoefel Photo: The Asian longhorned beetle is threatening tree populations throughout the Miami Valley Remember the invasive species firestorm that swept through the region just a couple years ago with the emerald ash borer invasion? For many Dayton-area residents, it was the first time they ever […]

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news of the weird: 10/28

by Chuck Shephard Lead Story – Eye of the beholder The Osiligi Maasai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying […]

The hands-on headless horseman

Zoot Reboots for “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: C.J. Suchyta and Natalie Houliston display Ichabod at a Zoot […]

The Docket

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Editor’s Choice: Saucy and stalk-y After […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Knight Terrors I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got […]

Putting the ‘boo’ in book

Inside Troy’s haunted bookstore By Matt Bayman Photo: Around About Books is located at 8 W. Main St. in Troy […]

News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]