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On Stage

Of children and theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Vandalia Youth Theatre”s high school actors rehearse for this season’s production of “Mary Poppins”; photo: Matt Silver Some stories have an unexpected second chapter, impossible to foretell or even imagine. Last summer in the Dayton City Paper, I wrote about having taken 10 members of our family […]

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DPO gets ‘Closer to Fine’

An Evening with Indigo Girls at Schuster Center By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls will perform with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra on June 20 Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are the harmonic, Grammy Award-winning duo known as Indigo Girls and have been playing music together since their high […]

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Entrepreneurial Spirits

Belle of Dayton breathes new life into old moniker By Kevin J. Gray Photo: The Belle of Dayton still is made of stainless steel and is visible from the distillery’s tasting room Humble beginnings & historic roots Belle of Dayton started as a simple idea: To produce the best small batch spirits available in Dayton. […]

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Mead in Ohio

Brothers Drake meadery re-energizes man’s oldest alcoholic art By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Brothers Drake meadery in Columbus maintains a strong focus on community; photo: Rainer Zeihm Columbus, Ohio-based Brothers Drake Meadery & Bar makes some of America’s most innovative and flavorful honey wines, from their Apple Pie, which blends honey, cider and spices, to […]

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Going electric?

Dayton’s first electric car show By Tor Simms Photo: This original 1931 Ford truck will be completely rebuilt into a fully electric automobile Ray Slone has motor oil running through his veins. Some of his earliest memories are of picking up cigarette butts in his father’s auto body shop. His mother drove a purple 1969 […]

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The Young and the restless

DAYTON NATIVE AND AXEMAN JEFF YOUNG RETURNS HOME By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Jeff Young and Sherri Klein began performing together over a year and a half ago Most musicians that play Oddbody’s are just passing through town. Not guitarist Jeff Young, who will play Oddbody’s with his fiancée and music partner Sherri Klein—billed as Jeff […]

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All we need is a little ‘Love & Mercy’

Astonishing new feature focuses on two periods in the Brian Wilson saga By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in “Love & Mercy”; Rating: R, Grade: A God only knows what demons plagued Brian Wilson, but film producer Bill Pohlad (“Into the Wild” and “12 Years a Slave”) teams up with writers Oren […]

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Define this

Genre-less McGuff and the Dumpster Fires celebrate new release at Canal By Rusty Pate Photo: [l-r]  Keith Klein, Emily McGuff, Taylor McGuff and Phil Doncaster of McGuff and the Dumpster Fires will celebrate their latest release, Peel it Back, June 13 at Canal Public House; photo: Nicole Klein   I have a theory that we are […]

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Sichuan satisfaction

Kettering’s China Cottage cures what ails you By Paula Johnson Photo: Rice Flour toasts [left], Wonton Soup [top], Hot and Sour Soup [bottom] and Ma Bao Tofu [right] at China Cottage in Kettering Cozy cottage industry When you’ve got a cold and a bit of a cough, nothing feels better than warming soup to soothe […]

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High-energy R and R

Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band at Jimmie’s By Mike Ritchie Photo: [l-r] Nato Coles, Sam Beer, Kyle Sando, Mike Cranberry and Luke De Beaumarchais [not pictured] will perform on June 15 at Jimmie’s Ladder 11   From his humble beginnings in Milwaukee to stints in Brooklyn, New York and Minneapolis, Nato Coles has paved […]

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Vitality Check: 4/26/16

Heeeeeere’s Rocco! By Rocco Castellano What’s up b–ches? I’m back! I know all of you were wondering where I went […]

More than a building

Troy walking history tours offer a deeper look By Don Hurst On Friday April 29, Downtown Troy’s past will come […]

Be Well Marsha: 4/19/16

Toast to joy By Marsha Bonhart Shhhh … I have a secret. It’s one I am willing to share, despite […]

On Your Marc: 4/19/16

Dayton, the start of it all By Marc Katz It was a dark and stormy winter—yeah, with snow piled up […]

On Your Marc: 4/12/16

UD a place to emulate By Marc Katz When Wright State University was introducing its new men’s basketball coach Scott […]

Be Well, Marsha: 4/12/16

One tooth at a time By Marsha Bonhart “All I want for Christmas … “ Completing that popular little ditty […]