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Wading into ‘Pacific Rim’

Guillermo del Toro plays with robots and monsters on a large scale By T.T. Stern-Enzi  Photo by: The battle for Earth rages on the high seas in “Pacific Rim”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: B- There’s a lot more than meets the eye in Guillermo del Toro’s robot-monster mash-up “Pacific Rim.” We’re told from the start in voiceover […]

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The seers

No Wave legends Swans visit Newport’s Southgate  By Gary Spencer photo by: “We’re doing the best sonics I’ve ever experienced.” -Michael Gira brings Swans to Southgate House Revival on Tuesday, July 23; photo credit: Jennifer Church You know how it usually goes when a legendary band considered long dead and gone reunites, right? Initial excitement of […]

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Where we are going, we don’t need roads

Hovercraft rally in Piqua By Stacey Ritz photo by: Graham Spencer racing in Formula 35 during a Hoverclub of America rally in 2012; photo credit: Jay Frost “We are going to have racing and cruising all at the same venue. We will have a full schedule of races on the banks and waters of the Great […]

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Cultured cuisine south of town

Matera Caffé: Worldly, wood-fired flare in a low-key locale By Brandy King Photo: The Midnight Sun pizza at Matera Caffé in Franklin Just south of the Montgomery County border, one exit down from the retail and empty office space mecca of Austin Landing and cozied up right next to the classy New York, New York […]

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Drive into history

At Dayton’s Packard Museum  By: Mark Luedtke Photo: 1930 745 Brewster Convertible Sedan Photo Credit: Andrew Thompson Daytonians take it as an article of faith that Dayton was a big time car town a century ago. Everybody says so. Visitors can view an historic automobile exhibit at Carillon Park to validate this claim, but few really […]

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Beyond Thick As A Brick

Jethro Tull leader plays classic album in its entirety plus sequel at Riverbend By Gary Spencer Jethro Tull is one of those artists who, for all intents and purposes, exist on their own musical planet, removed from their classic rock contemporaries who, for varying reasons, aren’t quite in Tull’s unique musical league. And then there’s […]

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The square is where … it’s at

Downtown program is like ‘recess’ for adults By Justin Kreitzer Photo: [l to r] Charles Walker and Porsche Carmon of The Charles Walker band wil perform for The Square is Where on July 12; photo credit: Artaska Roberts The Square Is Where is a free entertainment program held at Courthouse Square, presented by the Downtown Dayton […]

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The boys of Summer

Dayton rockers deliver concept EPs By Tim Anderl Photo: Red Hot Rebellion deliver their rock revival, the Melt the SkyEP   The idea of the concept album has long been present in rock lore. Ziggy Stardust, The Wall and, more recently, American Idiot and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. Rock diehards recognize, adopt and develop deep […]

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When the farmer comes to town

Shop for fruits and vegetables at regional farmer’s markets By: Stacey Ritz Photo: Fairborn’s Farmer’s Market is in its ninth year, providing fresh fruits and vegetables to the community; photo credit: Katie Lewallen “We’re not just a farmer’s market, we are a community focal point,” shared Jeff LaFollette of the Huber Heights Farmer’s Market. “We have […]

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Letting the stars shine even brighter

New documentary spotlights black female background singers of rock and soul By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Standing in the shadows: The female voices of rock and soul in “20 Feet from Stardom”  Rating: PG-13 Grade: B+ Walking out of Morgan Neville’s documentary “20 Feet From Stardom,” you may come to appreciate the almost existential crisis of […]

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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]