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30 years of barbers and blood

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Sweeney Todd at Human Race Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Rebecca Watson as Mrs. Lovett and Jamie Cordes as Sweeney in the 2016 production It takes a village of superb technical designers and a crew to create the foggy town that was London in the 1830s. It takes a troop of energetic, multi-talented actor/singers to bring […]

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Queen to Bishop Six. CHECK!


Diversity is nothing new in chess By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Dave Rutherford considers his next move at Dayton Chess Club; photo: Bill Franz   As a chess neophyte, I was intimidated even by walking into the Dayton Chess Club, housed as it is in the unassuming but remarkably grand Reed-Steffan building in Dayton’s terra […]

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All hands

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Artificial hands for children at Wright State By Jim Hannah Photo: Wright State’s Nate Jorgensen, Adam Stump, professor Ashley Hall, and Samantha Dencher built and marketed helping hands; photo: Will Jones It was a class project using 3-D printers to make artificial hands for children in need. But it was even more than that. The […]

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Sacred cows


Feed your soul at Keener Farm Day By Paula Johnson Photo: One of farmer Habekost’s old school hogs Matthew Keener is a man with big plans – and not just those pertaining to the fifth-annual Keener Farm Day. He invited me out to the 160-acre spread and explains, “We love what we do here, and […]

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Riding the (third) wave


The Toasters resurrect ska at Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Rich Graiko, Thad Merritt, Robert ‘Bucket’ Hingley, The Basement, and Logan Labarbera; photo: Stacy McReynolds Ska music has a long, rich history. Originating in Jamaica during the 1950s, the musical style fused elements of Caribbean dancehall music and calypso with American R&B and jazz, […]

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Since 1920


Falb’s still stands By Paula Johnson Photo: Country fried steak dinner at Falb’s When Falb’s opened in 1920, the country had 48 states. It was the year women were afforded the right to vote. It was also the year prohibition was instituted as the law of the land. The most popular car was the Ford […]

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Dayzed and infused


Infusion ArtFest in Beavercreek By Tim Smith Photo: Jesy Anderson will feature her sewed works along with about 69 other artists at ArtFest Sept. 18; photos: Jesy Anderson Miami Valley communities have long supported homegrown artists in a variety of venues. Beavercreek joins the lineup Sept. 18 when the city showcases some new and emerging […]

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Moving pieces


Sketch Crawl art walks Yellow Springs By Matt Clevenger Photo: The Art Crawl invites everyone to capture the scenes of Yellow Springs; photo: Nancy Mellon It started with an idea from an article in Dayton City Paper. “A few weeks ago, there was an article about the urban sketch crawl,” says Nancy Mellon, gallery coordinator […]

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All in the family


Liz de Lise’s many folks at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Liz de Lise (left) and Mark Watter drop the sounds of a full band Sept. 18 at Blind Bob’s Some music can be a bit unclassifiable. But music that leans toward being unclassifiable is often the most intriguing, and the music of Philadelphia guitarist […]

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Focus on ‘Snowden’ grounds the mercurial Stone


A measured and damned near mild-mannered Oliver Stone pic By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden in ‘Snowden’ Rating: R; Grade: B- With the arrival of the third day of the Toronto International Film Festival, I prepared myself for a trio of films tackling crucial periods in American history. Added to the daunting […]

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Boots made for walking 110 miles


A long journey to Midwest Outdoor Experience Kristen Wicker Photo: The Inspired Stunt Shows team takes BMX to new heights at Urban Outdoor Experience, Oct. 1-2 This fall, Mike Fanelli plans on attending his favorite local event in a style all his own. He’ll arrive on foot, fresh off the Buckeye Trail — and in […]

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Growing men


Untangling masculinity in ‘Of Beards and Men’ By Ehron Ostendorf Photo: Roman Emperor Hadrian represents an example of the associations of facial hair with power in Christopher Oldstone-Moore’s ‘Of Beards and Men’ Professors face the challenge of making content engaging for their students, prone to boredom in large lecture halls. Christopher Oldstone-Moore, Ph.D., wanted to […]

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Easy like Sunday mornings


Two artists, ‘Shared Views’ By Karen Ander Francis Photo: Sigalia Cannon (right) and Sherraid Scott; photo: Corrine Bayraktaroglu “Easy like Sunday mornings,” the 1980s song lyrics by The Commodores, evoke a pace free from hurry and worry, rushing and bluster, the final hours of respite from work. The Sunday morning that I drove to Yellow […]

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‘Closer to the absolute truth’


Jon Brooks powers the people at Taffy’s By Joey Ferber photo: Jon Brooks shares stories and collects some new ones at Taffy’s Sept. 21; photo: Jay Morrison Don’t call him a singer-songwriter. Don’t call him a folk artist. Just go listen to the stories he sings. The songs of Toronto-based Jon Brooks strike the depths of […]

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The future is yours


Make your own at DIY Cyclops Fest By Tim Walker Photo:    DIY. If you’re reading this story, you may already know that DIY stands for Do It Yourself, but you may be unaware that it applies to a lot more than just home renovation. Do It Yourself has grown into a subculture all its […]

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Audible anti-depressants


Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem shine on RiverScape By Matt Clevenger Photo: (l-r) Anand Nayak, Scott Kessel, Andrew Kinsey, and Rani Arbo of Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem; photos: Joanna Chattman When drummer Scott Kessel of Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem opens up his suitcase, it’s hard to predict what strange new instrument might come out. […]

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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]