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Hallelujah!

‘Sister Act’ at Schuster Center By Brian P. Sharp Photo: “Sister Act” runs at the Schuster Center Jan. 28 through Feb. 2 photo: Joan Marcus The Schuster Center is going to be home to “Sister Act” – the musical comedy made famous by the movie with the same name starring Whoopi Goldberg. “Sister Act” garnered five […]

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Leaving fingerprints

Crooks on Tape steals hearts with pop mastery By Tim Anderl Photo: [l to r] John Schmersal, Joey Galvan and Rick Lee Crooks on Tape perform at Rockstar Pro Arena on Jan. 30 John Schmersal is perhaps best known to Dayton music aficionados and fans as one quarter of one of the Gem City’s most celebrated bands, […]

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Music without borders

Indo-Canadian Kiran Ahluwalia at University of Dayton By CC Hutten Photo: Krian Ahluwalia brings her unique interpretations of world music to University of Dayton’s Boll Theatre on Jan. 26; photo: Rez AbbasiIt’s not often dreams come true, but for Kiran Ahluwalia, hers keeps becoming reality. Truly a worldly artist, Ahluwalia creates music that transcends cultures across […]

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The ‘other’ Taqueria in Town

Fewer hipsters, just as much flavor By Brandy King Photo: The pork tamales at Taquiera Las Tapatias in Riverside  Suburbanites around the region are starting to get comfortable enough to dine at Mexican eateries that aren’t just a bunch of numbered plates, wherein you choose chicken or beef – hence the popularity and success of the […]

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A light at the end of the tunnel?

Heroin: Treatment solutions exist By: Matt Bayman Photo: The iboga root found in western Africa is a hallucenogenic sometimes used in the treatment of heroin addiction The bedroom is nearly pitch black and Stacy is lying on her bed with covers pulled up to her neck and a pair of eye shades on. She hasn’t used […]

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Tough enough

Historic Toughman Contest returns to Hara Arena By Gary Spencer Photo: The Original Toughman Contest returns to Hara Arena Jan. 24-25; photo: courtesy Steve Coppler Some pastimes have no shelf life. In fact, fighting is something humans have been doing since the beginning of time. In ancient Greek and Roman cultures, stadiums would be filled with […]

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That what is naught

Stolen Babies merge heavy rock with heavy theater By Gary Spencer Photo: Cabaret/metal trio Stolen Babies will perform at Bogart’s in Cincinnati on Jan. 26; photo: courtesy of Stolen Babies In the world of the performing arts, the mixing of heavy, guitar-based music and the artiness of theater seem to rarely cross paths. Sure, there are […]

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‘The Invisible Woman’ creeps among the shadows

Ralph Fiennes captures the scandalous love affair of Charles Dickens By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Felicity Jones and Ralph Fiennes star in “The Invisible Woman”; Rating: R Grade: B Remember the first time we saw Ralph Fiennes? For most of us, it was in “Schindler’s List” as Amon Goeth, the concentration camp commandant who […]

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On Stage

Many mid-winter choices By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Suzanne Clabaugh, Kip Moore and Director Jim Lockwood rehearsing “Working” at the Dayton Playhouse, which runs Jan. 31 through Feb. 16“You don’t need superheroes or historic figures in a play when you have stories based on interviews by journalist Studs Terkel,” said Jim Lockwood, director of […]

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Ear to the tracks

New music for the new year By Justin Kreitzer Here are three excellent new albums to get your new year started off with a bang! Ray Tarantino//Good Things Will Happen//Tiny Drum Records   Rising singer/songwriter Ray Tarantino will release his third album, Good Things Will Happen, via Tiny Drum Records in May, though it is available […]

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Fling into Spring

Miamisburg’s annual Spring Fling returns By John Hamilton Photo: The annual Miamisburg Spring Fling festival takes place May 16-17 in […]

Advice Goddess: 5/5

By Amy Alkon Eat, pray you’ll shut up, love I’ve always been a feelings stuffer, but I’ve been reading about […]

News of the weird: 05/05

By Chuck Shepherd World’s worst sculptor It seemed like a good idea when the village of Celoron, New York, paid […]

The Docket: 05/05

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Donkey wrong Police were flagged down by a […]

Chew on this: 05/05

Thinking differently about dieting By Jayne Powers Two things in life besides death and taxes seem to dominate American culture: […]

The Weight of water

Beauty, irony, loss By Susan Byrnes Photo: Prudence Gill, Over, Under, Around, and Through, 2015 Compared to many Midwestern states, […]