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Victoriapalooza

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Victoria Theatre announces concert series featuring heavy-hitting local artists By Rusty Pate Much has changed since 1866, but one constant has been the theater sitting on the corner of Dayton’s First and Main Streets. It began as the Turner Opera House and its name has changed several times in the 150 years since. Today, it […]

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Much Godot about nothing

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Springfield StageWorks keeps “Waiting for Godot” By Lauren Adams The very first words of Samuel Beckett’s absurdist play “Waiting for Godot” are “Nothing to be done.” Ironically, the Irish literary critic Vivian Mercier described it as a play which “has achieved a theoretical impossibility—a play in which nothing happens, that yet keeps audiences glued to their seats. […]

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Altars of the Unnoticed

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The art and practice of the Phelps brothers By Ashley Jonas Artists Kyle and Kelly Phelps are identical twins. Growing up, their mother dressed them alike everyday with hopes of instilling closeness between the two. She was successful in her endeavor. Now in their forties, the two dress alike, speak alike, live in the same […]

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Hungary?

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Head to Boston’s for a cosmopolitan take on pub food By Paula Johnson There’s a lot of quirk going on at Boston’s Bistro & Pub, and I mean that in a good way. Unexpected might be another way to say it, or perhaps eclectic. PIP (Palate In Progress), Wiley Banker Tom and I tried Boston’s […]

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Depth of focus

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Images inspire movies with photo archivist Gino Pasi By Jim Hannah It was just a photograph. It was just one of thousands of photographs that Gino Pasi processed in his job as archivist and collections manager at Wright State University’s Special Collections and Archives in the Dunbar Library. But this photograph—that of a beautiful young woman taken […]

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Follow the thread from screen to screen

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“Daredevil” lays a surprising foundation for “Captain America: Civil War” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Right off the bat, I need to address the pink elephant on the page of the film section. Why, for goodness sakes, is a film critic wasting time talking about a 13-episode narrative (season two of “Daredevil”) that’s only available via a […]

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Jazz, swing, pop

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Small Time Napoleon back to the future at Jimmie’s By Josher Lumpkin In a musical climate wherein guitar-based rock music has become decidedly passé, acts like Louisville’s Small Time Napoleon bring forth a postmodernist fusion of sounds and styles that will take the listener into a musical time machine. One can discern elements of jazz […]

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Just a guy

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Bill Engvall at the Schuster Center By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Bill Engvall has been trying to convince us he’s “just a guy” since he began his professional career in comedy some 30-odd years ago. He has that easy quality, the warmth that radiates from genuine people. He loves his wife. He’s proud of his daughter […]

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Sweet vermouth rocks …

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What the heck is vermouth anyhow? By Mike Rosenberg “Do not allow children to mix drinks. It is unseemly and they use too much vermouth.” – Steve Allen. Poor vermouth. A drop too much sends cocktail hipsters into an absolute uproar. Many martini drinkers take great pride in their disdain for this mixer and aperitif. […]

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Move over, Netflix

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“Reasons to Be Pretty” with the Playground Theatre By Joyell Nevins Millennials, is your idea of theatre that it’s pretentious or over the top? Then it may be time to “Stop Netflixing and come hang out at the Playground.” That’s one of the taglines for the burgeoning Playground Theatre, co-founded by lovers of theatre and […]

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Gospel according to Sean Oswald

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Artist brings contemporary, religious imagery to Oxford Arts Center By Emma Jarman I don’t believe in God. My father took me to an Episcopalian church as a child, and my mother and stepfather dragged me to their Methodist congregation throughout my pre-teen and teenage years, but similar to my relationship with mushrooms or shellfish (I […]

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‘Pot roast and kisses’

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The Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band at Oddbody’s By Tim Walker “Hell Naw.” “Pot Roast and Kisses.” “Pickin Pawpaws.” “Raise a Little Hell.” To the uninitiated, these might sound like prime examples of modern catchphrases lifted from the Appalachian dialect. To one of the many loyal fans of Reverend Peyton’s music, however, these […]

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Modern millennium jazz brew

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Dirk Quinn Band grooves Trolley Stop By Gary Spencer There seems to be a culturally accepted notion (especially among younger people) that jazz music is obsolete in the modern millennium—that jazz is an antiquated form of music relegated to the tastes of stuffy old people and music scholars. However, there is a wave of young […]

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Save the Victory

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The many resurrections of the Victoria Theatre By Joyell Nevins On the corner of First and Main in downtown Dayton stands one of the most beautiful and recognized jewels in the Gem City’s crown. The Grand Old Lady, the Disney House, the Victory … for the last 150 years, the Victoria Theatre has brought art, […]

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All of the above

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Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem bring folk flavors to Kuss By Rusty Pate Rani Arbo’s musical journey began as many do—in the church choir. She spent her years from second to eighth grade performing and rehearsing up to 30 hours a week. That time steeped her in old English music, but at home she listened […]

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No drunk uncles

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14th bluegrass reunion plays Wilmington By Tim Smith The arrival of milder weather in the Miami Valley usually means one thing—the return of music festivals. The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival, a two-day celebration of all things bluegrass, will take place in Wilmington on March 18 and 19. This is the 14th year for the […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]