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Into the spotlight


A brief history of gay theatre By Jacqui Theobald Three years ago this column looked at a 500-year history of gay plays both subtle and bold, going back to the 19th century. It included Christopher Marlowe’s 1593 “Edward II” and its “homosexual implications,” and “A Florida Enchantment”—the first time two women kissed on a Broadway […]

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Something old, something new


One year after the Supreme Court OKs same-sex marriage By Timothy Walker Friday, June 26, 2015. Call it the day love ruled. It’s been roughly one year since that day, when the Supreme Court of the United States issued its landmark ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. With that decision, the highest court […]

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Stars under the stars


Fraze Pavilion’s 25th season brings vampires, legends and more… By Rusty Pate It is a crisp summer evening. Friends get together and have a quick drink or bite to eat. They slowly make their way through traffic and parking. Walking toward the gate, ticket in hand, their step has a bounce and the energy of […]

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Memorial Day Metal


Dying Fetus headlines Metal Alliance Tour at Oddbody’s By Allyson B. Crawford If there’s any doubt of just how rabid some Dying Fetus fans are, consider Nick, a recently deceased metalhead from Illinois. His dream was to have his ashes scattered on stage during a Dying Fetus show. The band helped fulfill this wish, scattering […]

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The Bucko stops here


Cincinnati band takes on Yellow Springs’ Peach’s By Justin Kreitzer Emerging  Cincinnati indie rock quartet Bucko—formed just last year from the ashes of the beloved local acts Black Owls and Killtones—consists of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Losacker, guitarist/vocalist Ed Shuttleworth, bassist Josh Pilot and drummer Brian Kitzmiller. The band is currently writing and recording their […]

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Ralph Fiennes makes a surprisingly big ‘Splash’


Quietly intense performer outshines the bright spotlight By T.T. Stern-Enzi There is a delicious thrill in watching a completely dialed-in performer tackle a truly larger than life character, one of those outsized personalities that can dominate a story, crowding out others, even the presumed protagonists. Two of the most recent instances of such glorious, attention […]

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A Blast from the past….

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Dayton Heritage Day at Carillon Historical Park By Matt Clevenger Scenes and characters from Dayton’s past will come to life on Sunday, May 29, during Dayton History’s Dayton Heritage Day at Carillon Historical Park. Musket shooting, blacksmithing, hearth cooking, candle dipping and high-wheel bicycling are just a few of the historically accurate activities that will […]

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Attack of the Pod People!!!

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Yellow Cab hosts first ever Dayton Podfest By Rusty Pate Follow me kids, down the path to yesteryear, back to a time when phones were attached to walls and spoken into. Televisions had dials and a dozen channels, if you were lucky. Movies were only made by huge studios with equipment that cost more than […]

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I heart the…


Seventh annual ’80s Rewind at Gilly’s By Mike Ritchie The seventh annual ‘80s Rewind returns “Back to the Future” on Saturday, May 28. The one-night annual tradition created by Dayton Does Dayton promoter Louie Wood Jr. has become an evening of ‘80s themed flash tracks back to when cassettes and boom boxes were commonplace, switchblade […]

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A New Element

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Into the Ether: Contemporary Light Artists at DAI By Joyell Nevins The Dayton Art Institute (DAI) is kicking off a “Year of the Elements,” and in so doing stretches out of their own element. The new Into the Ether: Contemporary Light Artists exhibition is all 21st century art, and none of it is static. “We […]

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New math rock

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One guitarist + two guitars = Narrow/Arrow at Bob’s By Matt Clevenger It was a random YouTube video that originally led Narrow/Arrow guitarist Cody Nicolas to start experimenting with his own new playing style. “My freshman year, I watched a YouTube video of this player named Erik Mongrain,” Nicolas says. “The song is called ‘Air […]

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Hanging with the big dogs

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Ohio’s beer scene headed to higher level By Hayley Fudge As if Ohio’s massive presence in the national beer scene hasn’t been exciting enough as of late, things are set to get a lot more thrilling in the coming months. For starters, last week the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 37 by a […]

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Getting back to happy

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Dayton Theatre Guild fills up for “Last Gas” By Jacqui Theobald “Last Gas” by John Cariani concerns a man who hopes to be happy, a teen son caught between his dad and his mom, and two women and a man who want him in both funny and serious moments. Director Debra Kent calls it “a […]

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Vandalia’s Little York Tavern—Brews yes, Bites no. By Paula Johnson Little York Tavern & Pizza has a long history and a dedicated following. The building where it was originally located (Little York Road and North Dixie Drive) was constructed in 1835. The business began in that location in 1981 as a tavern serving drinks only. […]

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Listen up! & Have a cold one


Big Brews & Blues benefits Diabetes Dayton for its seventh year By Rusty Pate The Big Brews and Blues Festival takes place May 21 at RiverScape in downtown Dayton. The event, which celebrates its seventh year in 2016, has grown and changed, but the one constant has been the reason for its inception. Big Brews […]

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Rag, mama, rag


The Ragbirds flock to Peach’s By Miranda Brooks The Ragbirds have been at it for 10 years now, officially. The Ann Arbor-based five-piece is endearingly ragged-y, and the gaggle (or flock?) is led by a true songbird, their frontwoman, Erin Zindle. The band’s traditional, acoustic instrumentation could easily classify them singularly as folk. But the […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]