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The golden age of magic

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‘The Illusionists: Turn of the Century’ teaches history at Clark State By Matt Clevenger Photo: The Conjuress, Jinger Leigh, (left) and The Illusionists appear at Clark State Nov. 18 and 19 Prepare to be amazed (and educated), as Broadway’s smash hit “The Illusionists” returns to Springfield with a brand new show designed to transport audiences […]

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Comedy with a brain

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Human Race Theatre presents ‘Hail Mary!’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo:Claire Kennedy as Mary and Jennifer Dorr White as Mother Regina Marie in Human Race Theatre’s ‘Hail Mary!’; photos: Scott J. Kimmins Who says you can’t laugh and think at the same time? Tom Dudzick’s play is about Mary, a young teacher with hopes of becoming […]

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On the righteous side of hell

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Five Finger Death Punch packs U.S. Bank Arena By Alan Sculley Photo: (l-r) James Hook, Ivan Moody, Chris Kael, Zoltan Bathory, and Jeremy Spencer of Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch may have surprised some fans with how quickly the band returned with its latest album, Got Your Six, which was released last […]

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Embrace your inner elf

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Elf: The Broadway Musical at the Schuster Center By Tim Smith Photo: Spenser Micetich as Buddy the Elf; photo: Joan Marcus The holiday season offers many reminders about the importance of giving, believing, and being young at heart. Elf: The Broadway Musical serves up a generous helping of this recipe set to music. Based on […]

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‘Bleed for This’ captures a boxer fighting for his life

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Real life drama zeroes in on a personal battle against adversity By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Miles Teller as Vinny Pazienza in ‘Bleed for This’ Rating: R; Grade: B Men and women who step in the ring go by a variety of monikers—boxers, brawlers, fighters, sluggers, punchers—and yet the stories about them, the big feature narratives, […]

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All happy families are alike

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Dayton Theatre Guild presents ‘The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Ray Geiger as Tom, Ryan Shannon as Chris, Ryan Kelly as Katie, Tim Madden as James, and Karen Righter as Karen in ‘Unavoidable Disappearance’photo: KL Storer When Tom Durnin comes home, he supposes his family has been unchanged over the […]

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Start with the bubbly

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Your guide to Thanksgiving wine buying By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: A big, fruity Zinfandel will complement any Thanksgiving feast The Big Feed is right around the corner, and you gotta buy wine. Since you’re the classy individual that you are, you actually give a rip about how the wine goes with food and you […]

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Teachers pets

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Glen Helen hosts pet first aid workshop and more By Erin Callahan Photo: Glen Helen’s Nov. 19 workshop aims to help pets, like this Boxer, and their owners in times of crisis First aid kits, CPR training, and preparedness classes exist to help individuals and families prepare for emergencies, natural disasters, or even simple, everyday […]

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When the comedy is finished

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Tragedy has the last word in Dayton Opera’s I Pagliacci By Eric Street Photo: John Grigaitis What lies beneath the enigmatic face paint of a clown? If Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s gripping opera I Pagliacci (The Clowns) is any indication, the reality can be far darker than the makeup’s bright camouflage reveals to the casual eye. Be on […]

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Access art

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K12/TEJAS annual Art Off opens doors to education By Karen Ander Francis Photo: Artist-in-residence Terry Hitt at work in his K12/TEJAS studio; photos: Bill Franz Fling open the doors to the building on the corner of Jefferson Street and Patterson Avenue—you know, the brightly colored one with the nearly life-sized buffalo out front—and step into a […]

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The Bootlegger’s Ball

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A night of Americana music and art at Oddbody’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: (l-r) Blue Moon Soup’s Jon Bauman, Robbie Marion, Brendan Moore, and Justin Moon; photo: Suzy Perler A quartet of well-known bluegrass and folk acts will join local artists at Oddbody’s Music Room in Dayton Saturday, Nov. 12, to celebrate Americana music and art […]

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The cats meow

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Dayton Fanciers’ 61st cat show in Beavercreek By Erin Callahan Photo: The Russian Blue is one of the breeds competing at the 61st Dayton Cat Fanciers Show Nov. 12 When you think of dogs, how many breeds can you name off the top of your head, or recognize when you see them? Probably at least a […]

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Mambo Americano

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The Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton’s Americana Show By Brennan Burks Photo: (l-r) Honey & Houston’s Lauren Houston, Heather Turner, and Mark Cretcher photo: Scott Preston American identity, in one way or another, is probably on everyone’s mind today. But who we are—our histories, our dreams, our beliefs, and our differences—is more than what we […]

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Activism, art, language, and water

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Preserving and resisting at UD’s Native People of the Americas conference By Whitney Bell Photo: Writer and artist Heid Erdrich, Ojibwe, graces UD Nov. 14; photo: B-Fresh Photography Heid Erdrich is a writer, artist, teacher, and collaborator with two kids and a big family. She’s coming to the University of Dayton Nov. 14, as the […]

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Confirmation of a major ‘Arrival’

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Canadian director Denis Villeneuve arrives on the big scene By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Amy Adams as Dr. Louise Brooks in ‘The Arrival’ Rating: PG-13; Grade: A I remember where I was when Denis Villeneuve (whose “Incendies” garnered a Best Foreign Language Oscar nomination back in 2011) started to loom large. The moment goes back to […]

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Cut down, chow down

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Save time, money, and the environment this holiday season By Kristen Wicker Photo: Shopping for produce at local vendors like the 2nd Street Market reduces our toll on the environment   From turkey dinners to stringing hundreds of lights, pulling off the perfect holiday can be overwhelming and expensive. With so much to do, sustainable household […]

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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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In this fast-paced world of immediate answers and non-stop connectivity, there is a real need for us to unplug and […]

Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Have you ever heard of an emotional support mouse? What about an emotional support hedgehog, or mini pig? (Can we […]

Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]