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Urban legends


Hiking with ghosts through Five Rivers MetroParks by Kristen Wicker Photo: Known by many names, the stone tower at Hills & Dales MetroPark was once rumored to be haunted. With its stunning colors and crisp temps, fall is an awesome time to get outdoorsy—and to explore the season’s spooky vibe by visiting some ghostly remnants […]

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Ms. Mojo rising


MojoFlo heats up Peach’s by Matt Clevenger Photo: MojoFlo’s Amber Knicole swings into Peach’s with her ‘good-time funk’ sound Oct. 14; photo: Alan Nimblette, Heartbreak Photography It’s good to be MojoFlo right now. Named “Best Local Band” by both Columbus Monthly and (614) Columbus in 2016, the seven-member, Columbus-based neo-funk group also has regular gigs at […]

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Boos between the books


‘Kooky Spooky’ Wump Mucket Puppets at Metro Main Library By Tim Smith Photo: Wump Mucket’s G’Wizzl, the super space princess; photos: Michelle Jellison Long before video games and digital animation, there existed a magical world of imagination called puppetry. Puppet shows featuring cute, funny characters were once the mainstay of school programs, birthday parties and […]

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Bespoke dance


Gesturing to the griot in Body Talk By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Sheri ‘Sparkle’ Williams translates the words of playwrights to dance; photo: Mike Claire In the concert world, when dance represents current movement, ideas, music, and people, it is often called “contemporary”; onstage, it animates the reality of our immediate world—abstract or literal. Dance can […]

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A (lazy) eye for comedy


Shaun Latham returns to Dayton with mean, hilarious punch By Gary Spencer Photo: Shaun Latham recruits more Daytonians to #TeamLazyEye at Wiley’s Oct. 14 and 15photo: Heather Ennis, Earth by Ennis Photography Stand-up comedians are a dime a dozen, and most of them don’t do much to stand out or differentiate themselves from the pack. […]

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Revenge of ‘The Dressmaker’


Australian tale stitches together offbeat humor and quirky comeuppance By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Kate Winslet as Myrtle ‘Tilly’ Dunnage in ‘The Dressmaker’ Rating: R; Grade: B+ Is there a more classic, dare I say “iconic,” figure in film today than Kate Winslet? If you need proof, look no further than the opening scene of “The […]

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Groove in the ’grass


Lonesome River Band’s Brandon Rickman looks back on blues By Joey Ferber Photo: (l-r) Lonesome River Band’s Mike Hartgrove, Jesse Smathers, Sammy Shelor, Brandon Rickman, and Barry Reed The Lonesome River Band sound has been a staple of bluegrass music since its 1982 formation, and the band’s groove has stayed true to its roots. Brandon Rickman, […]

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Digital witnesses


WYSO Archives Digital Humanities Symposium updates storytelling By Karen Ander Francis Photo: WYSO Archives Fellow and Digital Humanities Symposium organizer Jocelyn Robinson finds wisdom in past voices; photo: Andy Snow Storytelling is in our bones. Before we humans first picked up a chunk of charcoal and began to draw on cave walls, we told stories […]

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Stem Comes First


Building Robots & Communication with First Lego League By Josher Lumpkin It’s no secret the Miami Valley region has a history as a bastion for innovators and inventors. Whether it’s the airplane or the cash register, the parachute or pop-top, so many gadgets, devices, and doodads were conceived of or perfected right here in our […]

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Texas in the Oregon


Downtown’s Smokin’ Bar-B-Que By Paula Johnson Photo: The rib plate at Smokin’ Bar-B-Que; photos: Paula Johnson A Date in Dayton One of my favorite downtown Dayton date nights is the double bill pairing of a movie at the Neon and dinner at Smokin’ Bar-B-Que right across the street. A former White Tower, this tiny diner-style BBQ […]

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Life in focus


Dare 2 Defy’s 35MM breathes life into photographs By Don Hurst Photo: Alan Ruddy (Voice 4) sings about the ‘hell’ of caring for toddler psychopaths, while Natalie Sanders (Voice 2) observes; photos: Don Hurst “If a picture is worth a thousand words, what if we turned those words into songs?” asks A.J. Breslin, the director […]

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No need for introductions


Chick Corea Trio graces Cinci By Tim Walker Photo: Eddie Gomez, Chick Corea (back), and Brian Blade; photos: Andrew Elliott To jazz lovers, Chick Corea is a man who truly needs no introduction. The pianist and composer released his first album, Tones for Joan’s Bones, 50 years ago, and he has been writing, performing, and […]

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Piano men


Michael Cavanaugh joins Dayton Philharmonic for Music of Billy Joel’ By Tim Walker Photo: Michael Cavanaugh joins the Dayton Philharmonic in a night dedicated to Billy Joel Oct. 8 I’m not ashamed to say it: I am a lifelong fan of New York’s own Piano Man. “Goodnight Saigon.” “You May Be Right.” “The Longest Time.” […]

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Strange Bruises/Ghosts Emerging


Two artists find lasting impressions in fleeting moments By Brittany Erwin Photo: Gold inside gray image and pink-tinged work by Benjamin Lee Sperry Our lives are a compilation of fleeting moments. To find greater meaning requires reflecting on those moments and allowing them to shape our interactions with the world. Championing the effort to highlight […]

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Return to Roots


Max and Iggor Cavalera rise again at Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Iggor (left) and Max Cavalera resurrect Roots in Dayton Oct. 8 Just about every metalhead in the world knows who brothers Max and Iggor Cavalera are. Guitarist and drummer respectively, the duo formed one of the most popular and influential heavy metal bands […]

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Celebration, continued


Dayton LGBT Film Festival kicks off a second decade By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Kiki Layne as Olivia (right) falls for Imani in Janaya Greene’s short film ‘Veracity,’ directed by Seith Mann Based on the advance word found on the festival website, the vibe at the 11th annual Dayton LGBT Film Festival will be raucous. With […]

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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 […]