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Sonic booms of industry

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Dayton’s Hexadiode electrifies with debut LP By Gary Spencer Photo: (left) Jonas Miseh and Tim Krug of Hexadiode; photos: Tim Krug There’s something oddly appropriate about a musical act coming from the Gem City that makes electro-industrial music. Think about it: the harsh, loud, clanging, buzzing sounds of soulless machines making stamping and stomping sounds […]

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Acting forward in Dayton theatre scene

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Educating with Shakespeare, plus Camelot By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Human Race Theatre teaching artists plus trainer Kevin McClatchy (center back) use Shakespeare’s rhythm to ease communication for children with autism  Experienced director, new tricks at Playhouse “What do the simple folks do?” King Arthur and Guenevere wonder. Since few among us hobnob with royalty, we can safely […]

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Welcome to Willy Town

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Glostik Willy funks it up at Oddbody’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: Glostik Willy draws legions of fans to festival performances, including the festival they created themselves, WillyFest Known as the creators of “hippy metal,” Glostik Willy, the self-proclaimed “life support for the rock and roll you thought was dead.” Formed in 2008, the Muncie, Indiana-based trio […]

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Life lyricist

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Josh Ritter bears his story writing By Joey Ferber Photo: Josh Ritter strums with honesty in Cincinnati Sept. 25; photo: Brian Stowell Josh Ritter is a storyteller from Idaho who travels the world as a musician. Ritter’s songs are wide ranging, with a discography of guitar folk tales and electrified poetic anthems. With an ever-evolving creative […]

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Das good

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The art of beer at DAI’s Oktoberfest By Jim Witmer Photo: Fill up an Oktoberfest mug at the Dayton Art Institute Sept. 24 and 25; photo: Christian Clothier The Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest has many attractions, but the liquid being poured is one of the main enticements. Yes, the art is first-rate, the grounds are beautiful, […]

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Live mas

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Authentic taste at Centerville’s Chiapas Mexican Grill By Paula Johnson Photo: Taco at Chiapas Mexican Grill; photos: Paula Johnson Every time I review a Mexican restaurant (or any other type of cuisine for that matter) I always get asked “Is it authentic?” In the words of author and chef Anthony Bourdain, “I’ve seen zero evidence of […]

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30 years of barbers and blood

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Sweeney Todd at Human Race Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Rebecca Watson as Mrs. Lovett and Jamie Cordes as Sweeney in the 2016 production It takes a village of superb technical designers and a crew to create the foggy town that was London in the 1830s. It takes a troop of energetic, multi-talented actor/singers to bring […]

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Queen to Bishop Six. CHECK!

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Diversity is nothing new in chess By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Dave Rutherford considers his next move at Dayton Chess Club; photo: Bill Franz   As a chess neophyte, I was intimidated even by walking into the Dayton Chess Club, housed as it is in the unassuming but remarkably grand Reed-Steffan building in Dayton’s terra […]

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All hands

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Artificial hands for children at Wright State By Jim Hannah Photo: Wright State’s Nate Jorgensen, Adam Stump, professor Ashley Hall, and Samantha Dencher built and marketed helping hands; photo: Will Jones It was a class project using 3-D printers to make artificial hands for children in need. But it was even more than that. The […]

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Sacred cows

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Feed your soul at Keener Farm Day By Paula Johnson Photo: One of farmer Habekost’s old school hogs Matthew Keener is a man with big plans – and not just those pertaining to the fifth-annual Keener Farm Day. He invited me out to the 160-acre spread and explains, “We love what we do here, and […]

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Riding the (third) wave

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The Toasters resurrect ska at Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Rich Graiko, Thad Merritt, Robert ‘Bucket’ Hingley, The Basement, and Logan Labarbera; photo: Stacy McReynolds Ska music has a long, rich history. Originating in Jamaica during the 1950s, the musical style fused elements of Caribbean dancehall music and calypso with American R&B and jazz, […]

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Since 1920

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Falb’s still stands By Paula Johnson Photo: Country fried steak dinner at Falb’s When Falb’s opened in 1920, the country had 48 states. It was the year women were afforded the right to vote. It was also the year prohibition was instituted as the law of the land. The most popular car was the Ford […]

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Dayzed and infused

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Infusion ArtFest in Beavercreek By Tim Smith Photo: Jesy Anderson will feature her sewed works along with about 69 other artists at ArtFest Sept. 18; photos: Jesy Anderson Miami Valley communities have long supported homegrown artists in a variety of venues. Beavercreek joins the lineup Sept. 18 when the city showcases some new and emerging […]

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Moving pieces

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Sketch Crawl art walks Yellow Springs By Matt Clevenger Photo: The Art Crawl invites everyone to capture the scenes of Yellow Springs; photo: Nancy Mellon It started with an idea from an article in Dayton City Paper. “A few weeks ago, there was an article about the urban sketch crawl,” says Nancy Mellon, gallery coordinator […]

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All in the family

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Liz de Lise’s many folks at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Liz de Lise (left) and Mark Watter drop the sounds of a full band Sept. 18 at Blind Bob’s Some music can be a bit unclassifiable. But music that leans toward being unclassifiable is often the most intriguing, and the music of Philadelphia guitarist […]

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Focus on ‘Snowden’ grounds the mercurial Stone

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A measured and damned near mild-mannered Oliver Stone pic By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden in ‘Snowden’ Rating: R; Grade: B- With the arrival of the third day of the Toronto International Film Festival, I prepared myself for a trio of films tackling crucial periods in American history. Added to the daunting […]

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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 […]