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Musick, magick, necromance

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Belphegor burns from Austria to Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Photo: (left to right) Helmuth Lehner, Serpenth, and Bloodhammer of Belphegor rain down in Dayton Saturday If you’ve studied demonology, then you know that the demon Belphegor is one of the Seven Princes of Hell who specializes in the powers of discovery and invention. However, there’s […]

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In their own write

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Dayton Writers Movement gives voice to Unwritten By Gary Spencer Photo: Jordan Lopez as Chelsea Wu and Luna Madison as Elaine Harper in Unwritten bring scripts to life at Mega Fauna; photo: Grace Poppe Bob Dylan once sang “the times they are a-changin.’” Back in the proverbial day, creative writers disseminated their works via the […]

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Jesters and demons (and grandmas)

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Theatre As You Like It By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Brian Ressler as Andre and Judy Shaw as Touchstone in ‘As You Like It’; photo: Jene Shaw Free Shakespeare in historic South Park  This early 1623 classic is full of well-known quotes such as “too much of a good thing,” wrong assumptions, gender reversals, love, and […]

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Us and the Night

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3 Doors Down headlines Taste of Blue Ash By Matt Clevenger Photo: (l-r) Greg Upchurch, Chris Henderson, Brad Arnold, Justin Biltonen, and Chet Roberts of 3 Doors Down On tour in support of their new album, Us and the Night, alternative-rockers 3 Doors Down will offer a free concert at Blue Ash’s Summit Park Aug. […]

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Soul for soul

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Topher James and Biscuit Brigade at Trolley Stop By Miranda Brooks Photo: Chris Topher Shaw bears his soul tunes Aug. 26; photo: TJ Hansen Columbus-based musician Chris “Topher” Shaw organizes himself amongst a few concurrent projects—playing multi-instrumentally as one-half of The Shaw Brothers on violin and drumming for Andy Shaw Band, both ventures with his […]

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A tale of two culinary cities

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Taste of Troy showcases mom and pop ops By Kevin Tucker Photo: Hit the streets for treats like chocolate shortcake in a cup at Taste of Troy Sept. 10 In Troy, it’s a tale of two culinary cities depending on your geographic location. Popular restaurant chains decorate the landscape near the interstate on the town’s […]

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Savory science

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A jaunt to Ajanta India Restaurant By Paula Johnson Photo: Samosas at Ajanta; photo: Paula Johnson Let’s start here: Why is Indian food so damn delicious? I think this every time I eat it, along with the thoughts “I could eat this every day of my life” and “Indian cuisine makes me think I could […]

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Don’t stay thirsty, my friends

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A beer festival survival guide By Jim Witmer Photo: Beer festival rule No. 1: start with the lighter beers first, like lagers and blond ales; photos: Sarah Browning There are many different kinds of beer events, from the tap takeovers in bars to the monthly beer tastings at restaurants to the big international events, like […]

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From Toccoa to Bavaria to Facebook

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WWII paratrooper Jim ‘Pee Wee’ Martin still dives into his story at 95 By Tim Smith Photo: Jim ‘Pee Wee’ Martin tallies more than 22,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook and continues to lecture here and abroad; photos: Doug Barber A hero is defined as a person who is noted or admired for nobility, courage, or outstanding […]

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What’s the same? What’s changed? And what still needs to change?

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Dayton Regional STEM School learns from controversy By Amanda Dee   Photo: “The Experience of Women” by STEM students Elizabeth Worthen, Sherry Zhu, Kalie Roundtree, and Beth Snyder   Sometimes, “kids” can say what “adults” struggle to spit out. This May, those paying attention to the 24-hour news cycle saw it bent to clutch onto a […]

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Kisstory alive in Dayton

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Licking it up with Paul Stanley By Mike Ritchie Photo: (l-r) Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, Paul Stanley, and (above) Eric Singer erupt Aug. 22 at the Nutter Center photo courtesy of PMK-BNC Entertainment Dayton, it’s going to be a long nite. One of the world’s hottest bands returns to the Nutter Center Monday, Aug. 22, on the […]

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I’m a lumberjack, baby

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Clifton Gorge Music and Arts Festival By Lisa Bennett Photo: Carvaholic’s Pete Conley of Springfield crafts for the Clifton Gorge Music and Arts Festival photo courtesy of Sue Chasnov   Millions of years ago, gargantuan glaciers bullied their way into the Miami Valley, ripping up bedrock and moving along megalithic boulders like they were child’s marbles. Mammoth […]

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Dawg days

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Dawg Yawp howls at Blind Bob’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: Rob Keenan (left) and Tyler Randall (right) jam at Blind Bob’s Aug. 20; photo: Michael Wilson   Part folk, part rock, and part techno, Dawg Yawp will bring one of Cincinnati’s most unique and critically acclaimed live shows to Blind Bob’s Aug. 20. Named Cincinnati radio […]

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Adults on the block

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Dayton Urban Ballroomers’ Party in the Park By Tim Smith Photo: R&B singer Carmichael Musiclover beckons to Brian and Monica Sanders at Party in the Park; photo: Kenny Wilkinson In this season of festivals, block parties, and neighborhood barbecues, one event is sure to stand out. The Dayton Urban Ballroom Group (aka Dayton Urban Ballroomers) is […]

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One motley crue

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Dead Daisies super group pushes up in Dayton By Mike Ritchie Photo: (l-r) John Corabi, Brian Tichy, Doug Aldrich, Marco Mendoza, and David Lowy of Dead Daisies bud Aug. 22 photo courtesy of The Dead Daisies   The Dead Daisies began as a way to wave the free spirited, road tested, and true rock and roll flag […]

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Monarchs on the menu?

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Amazing Butterflies at Boonshoft By Lisa Bennett Photo: Children can catch a ride on a Monarch at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery through Aug. 20 There is a tremendous resource available to many of us, and it’s in our own backyards. The Boonshoft Museum in Dayton is hosting an exhibit they hope will help children and adults […]

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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 […]