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The temptation of the Tyler Perry brand

Assessing the state of Tyler Perry’s filmmaking By T. T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to] Kim Kardashian, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Vanessa Williams and Robbie Jones in “Tyler Perry’s Temptation” Rating: PG-13 Grade: D Tyler Perry has become a brand, with his name affixed to the titles of his releases and a loyal following, but he has been constantly […]

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Home team

I Died Trying and Close the Hatch split record release at McGuffy’s By Gary Spencer Photo: I Died Trying [above] and Close the Hatch celebrate their split release at McGuffy’s on April 6 Being a local, independent, grassroots underground musical act can be a pricy endeavor. While most homegrown artists clawing their way to national recognition […]

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You’re invited … to the Emerald City

Wizard of Oz party at Dayton Art Institute By Stacey Ritz Photo: Dayton Art Institute’s Special Events Coordinator Julie Cannon will appear as Glinda the Good Witch for the Prime Time Party Rental Series “Wizard of Oz” Party on Friday, April 12 For one magical evening, the Shaw Gothic Cloister at the Dayton Art Institute will be […]

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Good fest, rad city

#Fest in Athens won’t kill your vibe  By Tim Anderl Photo: Scene at the 10th #Fest in Athens, Ohio from 2012; the 11th #Fest takes place April 13; photo credit: Mara Gruber/Prime Social Group Established in 2004 in the city of residence for Ohio’s most notorious party school – Ohio University – the annual #Fest (or […]

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‘Building communities, not audiences’

Culture Works presents Doug Borwick at Loft Theatre By Kate E Lore Photo: Culture Works brings Doug Borwick to lecture on his new book “Building Communities, Not Audiences” at the Loft Theatre on Thursday, March 28   The arts of Dayton demand your attention. Plays, performances, music and galleries, all these things are standing up demanding, […]

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La Paz-itively perfect

Nelly’s wins the possibly imaginary battle of Dayton’s best rotisserie chicken By Brandy King Photo: The mouth-watering rotisserie chicken at Nelly’s In the time I’ve lived and worked south of town, I’ve probably passed by Nelly’s Chicken around 3,000 times. It’s perched right at the corner of state Route 725 and Alexandersville Road in Miamisburg, nestled […]

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Infectious dance

Chicago Afrobeat Project invades Peach’s Grill By Rusty Pate Photo: Chicago Afrobeat Project visit Peach’s Grill on Saturday, April 6 with new album, Nyashup  When most people hear the term “afro” attached to anything, visions of blaxploitation stereotypes immediately jump to mind. While it may be true that Afrobeat music came into existence during the late […]

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Top Secret

Troy’s Mission Impossible: Mumford & Sons By Matt Bayman Photo: Mumford & Sons bring their “Gentlemen of the Road Stopover” tour to Troy Aug. 30-31, closing out the event on Saturday night  Forbidden words in public. Phone calls made behind closed doors. Secret meeting locations and hidden agendas. This may sound like a plot from a […]

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Watch me jumpstart

Détective checks in at South Park Tavern By Zach Rogers Photo: L.A. trio Détective [l to r] Chris Dunn, James Greer and Guylaine Vivarat; photo credit: Mike Postalakis The first song on However Strange, the debut album from the Los Angeles-based group Détective, has singer/bassist Guylaine Vivarat humming gently into the mic, putting the listener’s ears […]

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Miss Maha and the City

Maha’s milestone and more in April By Maha Kashani Photos: [l to r] catch “Mary Poppins” at the Schuster Center April 16-21  March is almost over and the big milestone of turning 3-0 comes this Sunday. Sigh. It will be hard letting my carefree 20s go … and accepting that “turning 30” means I have to […]

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Debate Forum: 04/22

Forum Center: No payday for the Paycheck Fairness Act By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joe Heller The Paycheck Fairness Act failed […]

Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]