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Country music, evolved

Ashley Martin at Riff Raff Tavern on the Canal By Katie Christoff Photo: Ashley martin will perform on Dec. 20 at Riff Raff Tavern; photo: Kent Cretors Dayton native Ashley Martin is changing the face of country music, and she’s gaining national recognition for doing so. “Country music is evolving into pop and rock, and […]

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Pints and half-pints

Family-friendly breweries in the Miami Valley By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Kids play pinball at Warped Wing Brewing Company, while adults taste the beers and take a tour Several weeks ago, Dayton saw its first “Beer Geeks with Kids” event, a meetup designed to bring families in the craft beer world together. About 25 people, […]

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A very rocky Christmas

Cult classic goes Christmas at Blind Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Ben Riddlebarger as Tranta Claus Long considered a cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is an outrageous film that scoffs at traditional gender roles and encourages viewers to do what they want and have a good time. In cities across America, “Rocky Horror” […]

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Worth the wake-up

Fort Ancient’s annual Winter Solstice celebration By Tara Pettit Photo: Participants gather at the Fort Ancient Fall Solstice program in 2011; photo: Kristy Kreel There is a single moment that occurs each year when Earth’s maximum axial tilt to the sun is at 23 degrees and 23 feet, creating the shortest day and longest night […]

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On Stage

Dayton’s local theatre, from humble beginnings by Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] John Saurine, Stage Manager Ralph Dennler and Laurie Scott of The Dayton Theatre Guild Dayton is a great theatre town, we often say, and the question is, what makes that happen? Here’s a suggestion: It is the people who absolutely love theatre and have […]

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Gimme shelter

The Nightbeast and friends play benefit for Daybreak shelter By Gary Spencer Photo: [l-r] Steve Sturm, Brian Whitten, Vincent Arceo, Alex Todd and Kelly Hanus of Swimming With Sharks We’re in the midst of yet another holiday season here in Dayton – one in which, like every year, the adage “better to give than receive” […]

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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

Apparently you can go there and back again By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Orlando Bloom as Legolas in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A- All throughout Peter Jackson’s retelling of JRR Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” I have mildly complained about the notion that it took three filmed installments to present what […]

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A welcome distraction

Dan Grueter at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Dan Grueter will perform at Dayton Funnybone Dec. 18-21 Comedian Dan Grueter wants to offer you a reprieve from your daily toils. He’s taken his homegrown brand of comedy on the likes of the Late Late Show and The Bob & Tom Show, where […]

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Soul models

Dayton’s other law enforcement squad By Melissa Markham Photo: Street Souljahz leaders Merphie Frazier Marlon Shackelford street souljah [street sohl·jah] – noun 1. A member of a Dayton volunteer task force providing a combination of citizen patrol and youth mentorship to combat the transition of Dayton youth from situations of poverty into lifestyles of crime, drugs, […]

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He’s a survivor

Ryan Judy with Sawgrass at the Trolley Stop By Katie Christoff Photo: Ryan Judy will perform with Sawgrass on Dec. 12 at The Trolley Stop Ryan Judy overcame a lot of physical hardships before becoming the Dayton music scene staple he is today. Now a cancer survivor, Judy beat lymphoma as a teenager and also […]

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Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]

Be Well, Marsha 11/17/15

The slower seasons By Marsha Bonhart I have a friend whom I adore. I don’t always understand her, but she’s […]

Three artists. Three days. One lock.

‘Locked In’ on art at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Artists Brandon Lowery, Nathaniel Foley and […]

Ask Rocco 11/17/15

Who the hell is Tony Zale anyway? By Rocco Castellano Photo: Boxer Tony Zale knocks Rocky Graziano to the ground […]

March of the Turkeys

The Turkey Trot tradition treks on By Don Hurst Photo: The Ohio River Road Runners Club 37th Annual Turkey Trot […]