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Faces of fear


Masters of the dark arts at Clash’s Phobia art show By Gary Spencer Photo: Doll phobia piece by Erica Blackstock The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines the word “phobia” as “an extremely strong dislike or fear of someone or something.” Depending on who you are talking to, a person could have phobias or a plethora of […]

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When Death Becomes her Debt


Dayton Region’s Affordable Funeral & Cremation Options Offer Hope By Tim Walker Photo: (l-r) Jerry, Zerilda, Christian, Jordan, Brandy Daniels, and their mother Cans sit ready to collect donations of spare change at a local cash register. Crowdfunding accounts, registered on GoFundMe.com and similar websites, are accompanied by photos and stories, which tug at your heartstrings and […]

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Tooth decay

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Wright State professor exhumes forgotten histories By Wright State Media Team Photo: Wright State anthropologist Amelia Hubbard reads teeth to learn about past peoples; photo: Will Jones Teeth aren’t used just for chewing food or smiling. For Wright State anthropologist Amelia “Amy” Hubbard, teeth tell stories about the lifestyle, family, and cultural influences of earlier […]

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From the depths


Philadelphia’s Surgeon rises at Cloverdale By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Surgeon’s Josh Mustin, JT Wieme, Lydia Giordano, and Sean Bolton; photo: Jauhien Sasnou Some of the most innovative, engaging, and just plain good music is often found on the fringe of popular music radars. This is especially true when it comes to extreme metal, a genre […]

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Ghostly Encounters & Around


Local authors tell Troy’s ghost stories By Matt Clevenger Photo: Elks Lodge, 17 W. Franklin St., reportedly haunted by several ghosts; photo: Matt Clevenger To most observers, downtown Troy looks like an ordinary business district, filled with life and bustling with perfectly normal everyday activity. But the community has another, darker side as well; originally founded […]

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Destination: Americana


On the road with Terry Glass’s Route 66 By Joyell Nevins Photo: ‘The Blue Whale of Catoosa, Oklahoma,’ on Route 66 by Hugh Davis was an anniversary gift for his wife, Zelta, in the early ’70s; photos: Terry Glass Terry Glass of Tipp City got his kicks on Route 66—and you can see part of his […]

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Last Suppers


By Paula Johnson Photo: Nibbles’ Maria Walusis would serve her Grammy’s holiday turkey dinner In keeping with this issue’s theme, I thought I would ask a few chefs and notable personages to imagine what their last meal would be like. I asked them to think about what they would eat, whether it would be in a […]

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Watch out for the look of death


What we learn about death portrayed on-screen By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Janet Leigh as Marion Crane in ‘Psycho’ Blood and gore, that’s what attracts us, right? Everything from the gruesome kill shots to the slashing stab wounds, we’re in it to watch the life bleed away from that anonymous collection of young victims. But, reel […]

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When there’s a will…


Legal ways to cope with death By Steven Strain   I think I had an average progression when it comes to experiencing death.  First there were the family pets: a goldfish, a hamster, the family dog. Then came the elderly family member, my grandfather, to be exact. I was 3 or 4, and it didn’t […]

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‘They Will Have To Kill Us First’


Malian musicians persevere against jihadists By Matt Clevenger In 2012, extremist groups captured an area larger than the UK in North Mali, instituting Sharia law and effectively banning most forms of music. Facing imprisonment, and in some cases death, bands and performing artists disappeared from the embattled territory almost overnight, going underground or fleeing to […]

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Engraving darkness


Dayton death metal scriptures By Mike Ritchie Photo: Johnnie Wallace (left) and Colin Glover of Engraved Darkness; photo: Mike Ritchie Engraved Darkness has been around close to a decade. With the dripping black eyes of vocalist/guitarist Johnnie Wallace leading the charge, their current incarnation, helmed by Wallace, includes Forces of Nature’s Jimmy Rose on guitar, […]

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From sisters’ homes to funeral homes

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Schlientz & Moore, Westbrock keep Wayne Avenue alive By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Present Director Mark Westbrock’s great-grandfather Ben (right) helms Westbrock Funeral Home’s fleet of vehicles, circa 1920 Wayne Avenue is always a thrilling drive for me. Whether I’m southbound heading home to Walnut Hills from downtown or driving north with an incredible view of […]

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Sultans of Swing, baby

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Baseball, jazz, and short fiction flush the floor at Wright State’s Flapper Ball By Joey Ferber Photo: Director of Wright State’s CELIA Hank Dahlman (left) and Dr. Sharon Lynette Jones at one of the Sultans of Swing games Wright State University is hosting a unique triangulation of American history. Its Spring Sultans of Swing Spring […]

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In good spirits


Lingering regulars at Trolley Stop By Whitney Bell Photo: Trolley Stop, Dayton’s oldest continuously operating tavern, mural by Jim Beam Robin Sassenberg, owner of The Trolley Stop, believes in ghosts, but she hadn’t felt anything weird when she came here 20 years ago—until one of her employees began telling her stories. They were setting up a […]

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Eat, drink beer, and be scary


Dia de las Cervezas By Jim Witmer Photo: Dia trio ladies by Lynn Becker of L. Hetherington Studio; photo: Laurel Coffey With perfect timing for the season, the Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA) is planning a frightfully cool event, the inaugural kickoff of Dia de las Cervezas, which will feature 30-plus breweries from around the […]

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Ballet with Bite


Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s Dracula: Bloodlines reveals the human in the monster By Arnecia Patterson The month of October is known for Halloween celebrations that barely resemble the festivals of ghosts, goblins, and animal sacrifices considered a pagan practice in the first millennium. Today, we play dress-up, make merry, and eat candy (corn)—a decidedly human […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]