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Me Myselfie and I

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Looking at DAI’s Portraiture: Mirror or Mask? & ourselves by Amanda Dee When we look in the mirror, we can’t always change what we see, nor can we when someone else does the looking. But when we hold a camera to ourselves, we wield complete power. With angles. And lights. And filters polishing blemishes like […]

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Not bogged down

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Activity abounds at Cedar Bog by CC Hutten Photo: Walk back a mile through time on the Cedar Bog Nature Preserve boardwalk and spot some of Ohio’s most diverse plant species “Diversity” is a buzzword most of us probably hear or read every day, but Cedar Bog Nature Preserve has the rank to prove it is […]

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1,001 stories and a jealous king

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Rimsky-Korsakov’s magical journey in Scheherazade By Pat Suarez Photo: Piano prodigy Anastasia Rizikov, 16, performs in Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s opening concert Sept. 30 at the Schuster Who doesn’t like a fascinating story? Who wouldn’t like 1,001 of them, especially if you had to make them up, one each night, just to save your life? Such […]

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The love craft

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Dayton scribes twist reality in new books By Tim Walker Photo: “Eat the Night” by West Milton’s Tim Waggoner, coming out this November; “A Natural History of Hell” by Jeffrey Ford; and “Squirm With Me,” the newest novel from Andersen Prunty It happens every year at this time—the days get shorter and nights grow cooler, […]

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Sinking into the mire of ‘Deepwater Horizon’

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Explosive action alone cannot tell the tale of historic catastrophe by T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Mark Wahlberg as Mike Williams in ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Rating: PG-13; Grade: D+   The story is true, and should be fairly well-known to most, because it made headlines and dominated the news cycle back in April of 2010, when an explosion […]

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Money where your mouth is

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Investing in Italian wine and earthquake relief By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Montefalco is best known for cultivating the Sagrantino grape The good folks in Umbria must have had a couple of good recent harvests. I keep seeing more and more wine from there, specifically from the Montefalco area, showing up on my doorstep and […]

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River monsters

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Wade War V hits Troy By Matt Clevenger Photo: NAPRA founder Pete Ziehler prepares to reel one in; photo: Amy Ziehler Anglers from all across the state of Ohio will meet in Troy Oct. 7, ready to spend a full weekend fishing the Great Miami River for charity as part of the annual Wade War […]

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Stomp ‘n holler

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9th Street Stompers swing us back a century By Rusty Pate Photo: (l-r) Skip Frontz, Jr., Sampire, Lon Eldridge, and Dalton Chapman of 9th Street Stompers take their audience to a time before war in America; photo: Amy Kenyon The 9th Street Stompers do not consider themselves preservationists. While their style of music features a blend […]

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Rock royalty

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King’s X rocks the throne By Gary Spencer Photo: Doug Pinnick of King’s X belts out for loyal followers Sept. 29; photo: Jimmy Fuson Music can be therapeutic. For many, music is a conduit for hope, a way to cope with life. One band that many diehard fans believe in, almost like a higher power, is […]

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Killing (it) in the name of

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 31:  (L-R) Musicians Tim Commerford, Chuck D, Brad Wilk, B-Real and Tom Morello of Prophets of Rage perform onstage at Whisky a Go Go on May 31, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tim Commerford; Chuck D; Brad Wilk; B-Real; Tom Morello

Rock/rap super-group Prophets of Rage fight the power By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Tim Commerford, Chuck D, Brad Wilk, B-Real, and Tom Morello of Prophets of Rage; photo: Kevin Winter Rock super-groups are hardly a new thing. Cream was arguably the first back in 1966, and they might have set the precedent, only lasting a […]

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What’s in store?

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Big bites at Jerardi’s Little Store By Paula Johnson Photo: The Triple Decker sandwich at Jerardi’s Little Store; photo: Amanda Dee When I was a little kid, I went to a little store. The one in my neighborhood was called Paterni’s, but I knew it simply as “The Little Store.” It was where moms would send […]

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Heathens and herbs

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Pagan Pride survives By Lisa Bennett Photo: A group joins hands in a ritual at Pagan Pride Day, this year at Taylorsville MetroPark Oct. 1 Their beliefs span thousands of years of history and dozens of traditions. Who are they? The intrepid souls, who continually forge ahead, undaunted by the turmoil of history are Pagans, […]

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Worth The Tipp

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Welcome to Tipp City By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Cover art by Jed Helmers Ask around and you’ll find the most frequently used word to describe Tipp City, the little town that sits just north of Dayton on the Miami River, is “charming.” Founded in 1840, the city took hold as a stop along the developing […]

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Many moons later

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The Slackers finally return to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: The Slackers tear down the wall between band and audience; photo: Imelda Malczyck Ah, the ’90s… a time many people refer to as the good ol’ days in Dayton, a time when touring bands came to the Gem City by the dozens from across a spectrum […]

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If you could churn back time

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Prairie Days celebrate 18th-century living By Terri Gordon Photo: Shooters fire off a black powder musket volley during the opening ceremony for Prairie Days As people whiz into the 21st century, harried by the demands of modern life, with smartphones, smart homes, and instant-everything, it is tempting to pine for simpler times. Times of fishin’ in […]

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The rocking Irish

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Rockin’ Road to Dublin at the Victoria Theatre By Tim Smith Photo: Dancers (l-r) Rachael Greico, Brea McGaffey, Ashley Smith, Maired Stillson, and Deirdre Robinett kick up the intensity of Irish dance Mention Irish dance to most people and Celtic visions usually come to mind. Thanks to two enterprising entertainers named Chris Smith and Scott Doherty, […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]