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Wet and wild

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Sea Jax Tavern sets sail By Paula Johnson Photo: Grouper Fingers at Sea Jax Tavern; photo: Paula Johnson A name like Sea Jax has nautical theme written all over it, and nautical is what Kettering’s Sea Jax tavern delivers. A tavern-like interior with wood paneling, low lighting and booths, the walls are lined with nautical maps […]

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Commentary Forum: 6/21/16


‘Hate’ is a strong word, but… Is “hate speech” protected speech—and who gets to decide? By Sarah Sidlow   Check out this asshole: His name is Roger Jimenez, and he’s a pastor at Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento, California. He’s the guy who delivered a 45-minute sermon praising last week’s mass shooting at an Orlando, […]

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From The D to the DYT

2-Mike Stanley

Mike Stanley lets loose at Wiley’s By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Mike Stanley holds nothing back at Wiley’s June 24 and 25; photo courtesy of Mike Stanley Have you ever been watching standup and thought, “What’s holding this comedian back?” Surely they must hold opinions on some of the bigger issues taking place in the […]

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Harvesting the future


The organic growth of Dayton’s urban gardens By Tara Pettit Dayton’s neighborhoods are extraordinarily active outdoors this spring as shovels dig, composts heaps pile up and hoop houses erect in several neighborhoods. All the activity can only mean one thing for a city that has proven its motivation in recent years to transforming empty urban […]

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Bistro rulez


Boro Bistro reigns excellent By Paula Johnson We’ve all been there. You’re a mom with a stroller, and you are meeting up for lunch with two or three other moms. With Cadillac-sized strollers. And giant diaper bags. Because lunching with other moms in your same situation is key to surviving your baby’s babyhood. But you […]

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Stand by your van


Kelly Zullo hauls off-the-grid living to Beavercreek By Matt Clevenger Like sailors and their ships, touring musicians often develop a special bond with their vans. Countless songs and even entire albums have been written or named in tribute to these iconic vehicles, but few artists have taken their love of the van as far as […]

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Something wicked this way comeszz


Blaze Ya Dead Homie claws to Oddbody’s By Tim Anderl On Friday, January 15 rapper Blaze Ya Dead Homie released his newest LP, The Casket Factory. Years in the making, it hit the streets via Majik Ninja Entertainment. Dayton City Paper caught up with Blaze to discuss his persona, video games, his latest LP and […]

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Irish renaissance


Celtic Fest Ohio mixes old and new By Kevin Tucker Like clockwork, festivals of all shapes and sizes materialize annually around the Miami Valley to decorate the landscape come summer and fall. Throw one more fête into the ubiquitous mix this year with the unveiling of the inaugural Celtic Fest Ohio, slated for June 17–19 […]

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Not your dad’s beer

Jungle Jim’s beer festival welcomes geeks, newbies By Jim Witmer If you think Jungle Jim’s has a vast selection of beer on a normal shopping day, then you’ll be even more impressed with its International Beer Festival. Jungle Jim’s has built a reputation in just about every food category possible, and their craft and import […]

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Master Class


Human Race lives up to its name By Jacqui Theobald Maria Callas, a vaunted opera singer of the mid-20th century, had a life filled with turmoil and challenge. Terrence McNally, a prolific playwright, opera and musical theater lover, never created a play exactly like this one—part biographical, using recorded performances, and part introspective, imagined reflections. […]

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Home away from home


Camping closer to your backyard By Kristen Wicker Unplugging from electronics and plugging into nature was Baxter Foskuhl’s idea of getting wild during spring break. Foskuhl, a junior at Wright State University, hiked the Twin Valley Trail with a friend he’s known since elementary school during a respite from textbooks and lectures in late February. […]

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Folk-rock road warriors


War Radio wages at Taffy’s By Justin Kreitzer War Radio is an Indianapolis-based folk-rock band led by the husband and wife duo, Joel and LaToshia (Tosh) Everson, along with drummer Drew Cooper and bassist Dennis Furr. Their promising debut album, Tracks was released in 2014 to great praise and their fan base has grown rapidly […]

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Champagne Charlie, the lonely widow and bubbles $60 apart


By Dr. Mike Rosenberg I had the opportunity to try a bottle of pretty high-end Champagne. Specifically, the Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve, which typically retails for somewhere in the $60-70 per bottle range. I was feeling a bit cheeky during a trip to Smaller Wine Store. On a whim, I decided to snag the […]

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Here comes the sun


Springfield Arts Council celebrates 50 years of free art By Katrina Eresman It’s 7 a.m. on a Friday in the middle of June, and there are lawn chairs lined up everywhere. Veteran’s Park, home of the Springfield Summer Arts Festival, used to be called Cliff Park for obvious reasons. Against these cliffs, which house bits […]

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Stompin’ the yard


Lebanon’s Stompin’ in the Street festival returns By Joyell Nevins Don your cowboy hat, pull on your cowgirl boots and boogie down to Lebanon, Ohio, this weekend for its annual “Stompin’ in the Street” country music festival Saturday, June 11. “Country music is a good genre for Lebanon,” says Jo Wise, Main Street Lebanon executive […]

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Smooth grooves in the sunshine


Dayton Jazz Festival revisits Dave Hall Plaza By Timothy Walker It’s beautiful in downtown Dayton. The weather is warm and pleasant, local residents are out and about and there’s no better way to spend an afternoon than sitting in the sun and grooving to some cool jazz tunes while enjoying a nice bite to eat. […]

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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]