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Just a guy

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Bill Engvall at the Schuster Center By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Bill Engvall has been trying to convince us he’s “just a guy” since he began his professional career in comedy some 30-odd years ago. He has that easy quality, the warmth that radiates from genuine people. He loves his wife. He’s proud of his daughter […]

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Move over, Netflix

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“Reasons to Be Pretty” with the Playground Theatre By Joyell Nevins Millennials, is your idea of theatre that it’s pretentious or over the top? Then it may be time to “Stop Netflixing and come hang out at the Playground.” That’s one of the taglines for the burgeoning Playground Theatre, co-founded by lovers of theatre and […]

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Gospel according to Sean Oswald

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Artist brings contemporary, religious imagery to Oxford Arts Center By Emma Jarman I don’t believe in God. My father took me to an Episcopalian church as a child, and my mother and stepfather dragged me to their Methodist congregation throughout my pre-teen and teenage years, but similar to my relationship with mushrooms or shellfish (I […]

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‘Pot roast and kisses’

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The Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band at Oddbody’s By Tim Walker “Hell Naw.” “Pot Roast and Kisses.” “Pickin Pawpaws.” “Raise a Little Hell.” To the uninitiated, these might sound like prime examples of modern catchphrases lifted from the Appalachian dialect. To one of the many loyal fans of Reverend Peyton’s music, however, these […]

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Modern millennium jazz brew

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Dirk Quinn Band grooves Trolley Stop By Gary Spencer There seems to be a culturally accepted notion (especially among younger people) that jazz music is obsolete in the modern millennium—that jazz is an antiquated form of music relegated to the tastes of stuffy old people and music scholars. However, there is a wave of young […]

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Save the Victory

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The many resurrections of the Victoria Theatre By Joyell Nevins On the corner of First and Main in downtown Dayton stands one of the most beautiful and recognized jewels in the Gem City’s crown. The Grand Old Lady, the Disney House, the Victory … for the last 150 years, the Victoria Theatre has brought art, […]

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All of the above

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Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem bring folk flavors to Kuss By Rusty Pate Rani Arbo’s musical journey began as many do—in the church choir. She spent her years from second to eighth grade performing and rehearsing up to 30 hours a week. That time steeped her in old English music, but at home she listened […]

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No drunk uncles

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14th bluegrass reunion plays Wilmington By Tim Smith The arrival of milder weather in the Miami Valley usually means one thing—the return of music festivals. The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival, a two-day celebration of all things bluegrass, will take place in Wilmington on March 18 and 19. This is the 14th year for the […]

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So scary it’s scary

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Razakel brings horrorcore rap to Dayton By Gary Spencer It’s a shame that female musicians still struggle to be taken seriously, regardless of their chosen musical genre. And it’s well known that women have struggled historically to be taken seriously particularly in rap music. But the most dedicated of these ladies fight through, oftentimes twice […]

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’Tis the Cézanne

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DAI’s Fractured Forms exhibition examines timeless influence on modern painting By Gary Spencer The Fixx once sang in their one-hit wonder from the 1980s “one thing leads to another,” and that is certainly the case in the history of visual art. Although one artist or movement may not have seemed like the logical successor to […]

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Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]