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‘Philomena’ teaches a profound lesson

One woman’s quest exposes systemic wrongs and a personal truth  By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan search for understanding in “Philomena”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: B+ Stephen Frears seems to be tiptoeing a fine line with “Philomena,” which is based on BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith’s 2009 book, “The Lost Child […]

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The show MUST go on

The Rubi Girls present annual holiday show  By C.C. Hutten   Photo: The Rubi Girls present their annual Thanskgiving event, “The Show Must Go On,” Nov. 30; photo: Joshua Stucky “People think we’re a drag show. We’re not trying to look like women. We’re not trying to be pretty. We’re entertaining,” said Joshua Stucky, member and […]

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Got a light?

Clifton’s legendary holiday tradition shines on  By Sarah Sidlow   Photo: The 3.8 million lights that adorn the Clifton Mill during the holidays starting Nov. 29 Perhaps the biggest claim to fame for the village of Clifton is that it is entirely un-famous. With a total population of 152 people, 64 households and 39 families residing […]

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Miss Maha and the City

Eat, drink, explore and be merry – Holiday Edition  By Maha Kashani   Photo: You can see the world’s first practical airplane – the 1905 Wright Flyer III – at Carillon Park; photo: Ted Bobosh ‘Tis the season! The holidays are here, bringing us all many reasons for joy and cheer. With this special season upon […]

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A Christmas extravaganza

Christmas on Campus at the University of Dayton By Deon Jefferson Photo: University of Dayton students and local children share in the Christmas spirit during Christmas on Campus  Dec. 6; photo: Larry Burgess “O Come all ye Faithful, joyful and triumphant;” the words to that classic Christmas song describe the atmosphere and the attitude of one of […]

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Melodrama with every note

Dayton Opera presents Tocsa By Eric Street  Photo: Michele Capalbo as Tosca and Scott Piper as Cavaradossi in Dayton Opera’s February 2005 production of Tosca; photo: Andy Snow It’s time to shake off the November blahs with something dramatic, passionate, rousing and tuneful. On Friday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3 […]

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Hip ways to drink through the holidays

DCP Guide to Holiday Drinking – Part 1  By Kevin J. Gray   Photo: Yellow Springs Brewery’s Captain Stardust pairs well with grandma’s turkey and gravy Halloween is long gone and we’re all already annoyed with the Christmas music on the radio. Life is starting to get frantic in the way that only November and December […]

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The phenomenal hucksters behind ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto sell a placebo of a film  By T. T. Stern-Enzi   Photo: [l to r] Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey at the top of their games in “Dallas Buyers Club”; Rating: R Grade: B+ Press screenings at film festivals can be tough crowds. We’re generally a jaded bunch, casually capable of […]

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Starman lands In Dayton

The Second Coming of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars at Gilly’s By Benjamin Smith  Photo: JJ Parkey leads the Spiders from Mars as Ziggy Stardust at Gilly’s on Nov. 23; photo: Tracy Mallott It’s probably safe to say that, musically speaking, Dayton would not be considered a “postmodern” city. (Some critics might not even […]

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Shake the house

Rockstar Pro Arena delivers touring punk and metal to Dayton  By Gary Spencer   Photo: Boston quintet Ramming Speed make their first appearance at Rockstar Pro Arena on Nov. 24 It’s sometimes easy to be dismissive about the lack of national, and even international, touring original music that comes to the Gem City. While the modern […]

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News of the weird: 12/16

By Chuck Shepherd Dying to get a date Like many in society’s subgroups, people who work in “death” industries or […]

Advice Goddess: 12/16

By Amy Alkon American idle My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a […]

The Docket: 12/9

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event […]

Jingle ’Burg

Miamisburg Holiday Parade returns By CC Hutten Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on […]

Advice Goddess: 12/9

By Amy Alkon Belittle Richard My girlfriend says she likes that I’m smart but says I can be “on” too […]

News of the weird: 12/9

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – TMI Kansas lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred in November for his comically bad (24 […]