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Michael Bay brings ‘Pain & Gain’ with each outing

Is the director’s new release a career reboot? By T.T. Stern-Enzi photo: [l to r] Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie and Mark Wahlberg star in Michael Bay’s “Pain & Gain” “Pain & Gain” won the weekend box office race, earning the pole position with a smidge less than $20 million dollars. Not exactly a blistering opening weekend […]

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Courage of the knife

Senses Fail visits Thomspon House By Alan Sculley photo: Senses Fail will perform at the Thompson House on May 1; photo credit: Jonathan Weiner Buddy Nielsen, frontman of Senses Fail, says he went into the group’s new album, Renacer, with the attitude that there was nothing to lose. That might seem like an unusual outlook considering […]

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Punk rock to the prairie

Quiet Hollers discover their roots on debut LP  By Zach Rogers photo: Louisville quartet Quiet Hollers bring punk-infused alt-country to Dayton on May 4 As the saying goes, there’s only one constant in life: change. One person who can probably relate to this concept more than ever is Shadwick Wilde. A few years ago, Wilde was […]

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Miss Maha and the City

Stop and smell the flowers, but don’t let them distract you By Maha Kashani Photo: Having Fun with Recycling at Green Fest in 2012 Is it summer yet? What ever happened to actually having four seasons? I miss those days. Now it seems as though fall and spring just mesh into winter. But, why am I […]

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The naked taste

A look at Naked Wines By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Da Da Da Chardonnay available online through Naked Wines Not long ago, my father-in-law sent me a voucher for $100 off a case from Naked Wines that he’d received in one publication or other. A Benjamin off a case? A name that already makes me feel like […]

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Jazz blues in the city of funk

Wade Baker at Jazz Central and Tumbleweed By Benjamin Smith photo: Wade Baker bridges the gap between jazz and blues on May 2 and 3; photo credit: jcaptures.com On April 28, 1960, jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan recorded a seminal four-track album entitled Leeway. Not only did this record earn contemporary critical acclaim, but decades after its […]

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Faces of Iran

Dayton International Peace Museum’s must-see exhibit By Stacey Ritz photo: Iranian boy in the Faces of Iranexhibit at the Dayton Peace Museum; photo credit: Steve Fryburg “The public will learn more than they probably know about Iranians,” shared founder of the Dayton International Peace Museum, Christine Dull. The Faces of Iran exhibit currently featured at the […]

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Shredding home

Marnie Stern with Dayton’s Nithin Kalvakota plays Canal Street  By Leo DeLuca Photo: Marnie Stern brings her distinctive brand of guitar-centric bubblegum pop to Canal Street Tavern on May 8 Marnie Stern, frequently referred to as “the lady who shreds,” will play Canal Street Tavern Wednesday, May 8, with local favorites The Motel Beds and Dear […]

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Through a modern lens

Centerville Library’s Lincoln exhibit By Kevin J. Gray photo: The Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil Warexhibit at the Centerville-Washington Public Library runs through May 31 Abraham Lincoln presided over arguably the most turbulent period in American history. The decisions made during Lincoln’s tenure still affect our lives today, from the freeing of the enslaved peoples […]

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Bringing Back the Witch’s Broom

The “Yellow Brick Road Map” to the Dayton Arcade Library  ARCADE LIBRARY COVER STORY: PART A By Paul Noah Publisher, Dayton City Paper Just after the $187 million library levy passed, Hollywood storyboard artist and long-time friend J. Todd Anderson met with me in early December 2012 and insisted I permit him to proceed and […]

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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]