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Shesus, Breeders, and Bastards

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Three premier singer-songwriters return home for the holidays By Gary Spencer Photo: Erika Wennerstrom performs at Cloverdale Dec. 22; photo: Kendall Bailey Atwater Every once in a while, a super bill of live music comes together that immediately raises eyebrows—a show featuring musicians with such impressive critical accolades and accomplished resumes that the sheer amount […]

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Building History

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A Decade of Artists featuring African-American Trailblazers known as Dayton Skyscrapers Photo:’Bokai Twe Scrapes the Sky’ by Kevin Harris By Brittany Erwin Dayton is a city proud of its heroes. Its most commonly cited—the Wright Brothers and Paul Laurence Dunbar—have inspired and served as role models while also raising Dayton’s national profile. Yet, Dayton is […]

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Through the eyes of elves

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Human Race Theatre presents ‘The Santaland Diaries’ By Tim Smith Photo: Tim Lile as Crumpet the Elf in Human Race Theatre’s production of ‘The Santaland Diaries,’ running Dec. 8-17 Anyone, who has ever stood in line with kids to sit on Santa’s lap in a shopping mall, can relate to the frustrations. The crowds, the […]

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Whoa Nelly’s!

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Centerville’s Nelly’s Taste of Bolivia is hands down the best rotisserie chicken around By Paula Johnson Photo: Pique Macho at Nelly’s Taste of Bolivia; photos: Paula Johnson A few years ago, I began flirting with the idea of moving to Dayton. My now-husband PIP (Palate In Progress) knew that food was the center of my […]

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For goodness…sake?

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Forget the hot sake, treat yourself to a premium bottle of junmai-ginjo By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Once done by foot, the first step of sake production exposes the rice grain through milling or polishing, which determines the sake quality “You know that in the back of every sushi restaurant there’s a guy going, ‘Hey, […]

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Winter warriors

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Battlecross & Allegaeon conquer Rockstar Pro Arena By Gary Spencer Photo: Allegaeon’s (l-r) Corey Archuleta, Greg Burgess, Brandon Park, Riley McShane, and Michael Stancel; photo: Matthew Zinke The guys at Rockstar Pro Arena keep on doing it—bringing world-class metal tours to the Gem City. And local headbangers should be loving it. This Friday, RPA is proud […]

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And it feels so good…

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Annual Jeremy Frederick tribute show reunites a few of Dayton’s favorite bands By Gary Spencer Photo: Shesus (above) joins former local mainstays like Ohio Casket and Oh Condor at Blind Bob’s Dec. 17; photo: Scott Bodine One amazing thing about music is the way it touches people’s lives, especially when others get to know its creators […]

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Treasure hunting

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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!

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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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Derom-eh

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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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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]