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The phenomenal hucksters behind ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto sell a placebo of a film  By T. T. Stern-Enzi   Photo: [l to r] Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey at the top of their games in “Dallas Buyers Club”; Rating: R Grade: B+ Press screenings at film festivals can be tough crowds. We’re generally a jaded bunch, casually capable of […]

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Starman lands In Dayton

The Second Coming of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars at Gilly’s By Benjamin Smith  Photo: JJ Parkey leads the Spiders from Mars as Ziggy Stardust at Gilly’s on Nov. 23; photo: Tracy Mallott It’s probably safe to say that, musically speaking, Dayton would not be considered a “postmodern” city. (Some critics might not even […]

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Shake the house

Rockstar Pro Arena delivers touring punk and metal to Dayton  By Gary Spencer   Photo: Boston quintet Ramming Speed make their first appearance at Rockstar Pro Arena on Nov. 24 It’s sometimes easy to be dismissive about the lack of national, and even international, touring original music that comes to the Gem City. While the modern […]

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Can you Handel it?

Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra presents Judas Maccabeus  By Sara Mastbaum   Photo: The Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra will present Handel’s Judas Maccabeus at the Dayton Masonic Center on Nov. 24 When it comes to George Frederic Handel and the holidays, the “Messiah” is king (no pun intended), at least, in the 21st century. Back in Handel’s […]

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On Stage

Holiday stages from Broadway to Dayton By Jacqui Theobald  Photo: Beavercreek Community Theatre, under the direction of Kaleigh-Brooke Dillingham, presents “A Neverland Christmas Carol” Dec. 6–15 Our turn to see a judge’s own play “I didn’t dumb it down,” Helen Sneed said on one of the last preview performance before her first play, “Fix Me Jesus,” […]

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Come and sing along!

Mamma Mia! at the Schuster Center By Brian P. Sharp   Photo: The touring cast of Mamma Mia! will perform at the Schuster Center Nov. 29–Dec. 1; photo: Kevin Thomas Garcia Just when you thought “Black Friday” only meant shopping, the Victoria Theatre Association is giving you another reason to be excited. Plus, you don’t have […]

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Protecting the past

Art detective Robert K. Wittman at DAI  By Leo DeLuca   Photo: “Living legend” and art detectiveRobert K. Wittman will speak about his adventures at the Dayton Art Institute on Nov. 21; photo: Donna Wittman Robert K. Wittman, former senior investigator and founder of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Art Crime Team, will speak at […]

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A gothic good time

Prime Time Party Rental Series’ Renaissance Ball at DAI By Deon Jefferson  Photo: Join her royal highness at The Renaissance Ball at the Dayton Art Institute on Nov. 15; photo: Alexis Brown In 2013, we experienced a vast amount of advancements with technology like the iPhone 5, and the re-launch of Myspace. Before we say goodbye […]

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Isn’t he Lovely?

Dayton bros reunite to rock Blind Bob’s  By Tim Anderl   Photo: Lovely bring their Dayton-bred post-rock sound to Blind Bob’s on Friday, Nov. 15; photo: Amanda Sanborn While there is certainly something to be said for discovering a new group of musical comrades and the pleasant surprises that come with making music with a new […]

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The glow of last season

New albums for a fall spin By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott  Photo: Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star returns after a 17-year hiatus with Seasons of Your Day   The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting long. Seems like a perfect time to huddle up next to the playback device of your […]

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News of the weird: 03/24

By Chuck Shepherd Anatomy Class in Court “This will be upsetting,” cautioned Justice Robert Graesser, addressing jurors in February in […]

Chew on this: 03/24

Cooking techniques and skills for healthier lives By Jayne Powers Nutrition is more than being able to pick out healthful […]

Naturally inclined

Slimy, furry outdoor family fun at Brukner Nature Center By Andy Hertel Photo: Hands-on wildlie encounters are part of Brukner Nature […]

The Docket: 03/24

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Oh, the humanity Officers responded to a call […]

Advice Goddess: 3/24

By Amy Alkon The sociopath of least resistance My girlfriend has been hurt, cheated on and even ripped off in […]

News of the weird: 03/17

By Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY – Fine points of the law Shooting “upskirt” photos of a 13-year-old girl is not […]