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Experiencing the eternal dream of ‘American Honey’

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Andrea Arnold shines a spotlight on the new American teen dream By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Shia LaBeouf as Jake (left) and Sasha Lane as Star in ‘American Honey’ Rating: R; Grade: A “American” is such a loaded word in contemporary society. Type it into a search engine and it appears as a tag, a descriptive […]

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Of mice and men

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Owl history with the Glen Helen Raptor Center By Lisa Bennett Photo: A pair of Screech Owls; photos: James Stewart The full moon explodes with light on an otherwise dark and dreary set. An ethereal fog shrouds would-be villains, and off in the distance, the haunting cry of an owl pierces the darkness, sending shivers […]

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A Garden of the Imagination

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Behind the scenes of The Garden of Cosmic Speculation at the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra By Neal Gittleman   FINDING THE PIECE My wife will tell you I’m really into gardens. She’s right. I mow the lawn every few weeks. I rake leaves when I’m asked to. I help trim the ivy once in a while. […]

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The house wins

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Miami Valley Gaming’s Cin City Steak and Seafood By Paula Johnson Photo: Silver Dollar Corn Cakes at Miami Valley Gaming’s Cin City Steak and Seafood; photos: Paula Johnson   Slot Me In Located just off the highway at the Monroe exit, Miami Valley Gaming casino offers easy access and ample parking—plus a whole lot of slot […]

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You say you want a Brewvolution…

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5 things Dayton’s beer scene needs for the next level By Hayley Fudge Photo: Asheville Brewing Co. in North Carolina, a beer and pizza mecca Watching Dayton’s beer scene progress during the last few years has been amazing. To go from zero breweries to at least a dozen and counting in the last few years is […]

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The past repeats

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Old Time Craft Day at Miamisburg Heritage Village By Terri Gordon Photo: Karen Izor woodworks at Old Time Craft Day; photo: Diane Warrick In the late 1700s and early 1800s, Miamisburg was smack dab in the middle of the western frontier. Most indigenous peoples had been removed—though Miami tribes used some of the territory—and Euro-American […]

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Urban legends

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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When I was a little girl my father had this old, metal box. The front of it had maybe 10 […]

Debate 5/15: Say yes to the dress?

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Ah, prom season. For students, it can be a time of nervous waiting, giddy overthinking, and expensive planning. For parents […]

Ohio is for rockers

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For twelve years, the ultimate destination for hard rock and heavy metal fans has been the Rock On The Range […]

Women rockers sing out

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The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) is helping the musical dreams of a select group of women come true.  Earlier this […]

Bistro done right

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Lily’s Bistro came on the scene a few years ago and right away became an Oregon District fixture. Owner Emily […]