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Destination: Americana

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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

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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

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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…

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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When you wish…

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Disney on Ice ‘Dares to Dream’ at Nutter Center By Tim Smith Photo: Talent recruiters choose from skaters all over the world to present the magic of Disney on Ice Disney on Ice has been entertaining audiences the world over since it debuted in 1981 as “Walt Disney’s World on Ice.” It grew out of […]

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Stranger things

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Metal in Strange Places Conference magnetizes natives and travelers By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Gabby Riches from Leeds Beckett University in England examines women’s participation in extreme metal as a form of feminism Oct. 22 “The metal research community is very welcoming,” explains Bryan Bardine, Ph.D, and associate professor of English at the University of Dayton. […]

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Fly me to the Schuster

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Dayton Philharmonic pays tribute to Sinatra and Friends By Gary Spencer Photo: Steve Lippia croons the audience with classics from Sinatra and other timeless voices When it comes to music, especially popular music, tastes and trends wax and wane, and certain types of popular music go in and out of style. But some music retains […]

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Child of Bodom

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Henkka Seppälä joins forces with local bands at Oddbody’s By Mike Ritchie Photo: Henkka Seppala plays for the 1st time apart from Children of Bodom in 20 years Oct. 22 Raise your educated horns. The Metal in Strange Places Conference returns Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 20–22 at the University of Dayton. Each day, speakers will present […]

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Master of none

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Richard Lapedes’ Sculpture: Recovering from 30 years in Management By Erin Callahan Photo: ‘Quantum Ignition’ by Richard Lapedes What does a businessman, an educator, an artist, and a sailor have in common? If you ask Richard Lapedes, it’s more than you might think. “Art, education, and business are domains I’ve investigated in my life quite […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]