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A song for Jeremy

Tribute to fallen local musician and friend  By Gary Spencer   Photo: Blind Bob’s hosts a tribute to Jeremy Frederick [shown here with Let’s Crash in the late 1990s] on Saturday, Dec. 7 Billy Shakespeare once said, “All the world is a stage and we all must play a part.” However, I don’t think even Shakespeare […]

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Changing disabilities into possibilities

We Care Arts celebrates 30 years  By Leo DeLuca   Photo: We Care Arts has helped clients such as Veronica [pictured] find a creative outlet for 30 years “Changing disabilities into possibilities through art.” That is the mission of We Care Arts (WCA), a local non-profit organization rooted in the belief that art has the power […]

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Country strong

Zac Brown Band heads to Dayton  By Sarah Sidlow   Zac Brown Band is coming to Wright State University’s Nutter Center on Thursday, Dec. 12. The three-time Grammy-winning southern septet is hauling out their entire repertoire, including cuts off their latest album Uncaged, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2012. […]

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Visions Dancing in artistic heads

Dayton Ballet’s dreamy new Nutcracker comes to life By: Arnecia Patterson Photo: [l to r] Halliet Slack, Jammie Walker, Nathaly Priesto and Paul Gilliam rehearse for the alternating roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier in the new Dayton Ballet Prodcution of The Nutcracker  Ballet’s elements of beauty are recognizable to varied cultures and […]

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Seasonal songstress

Melissa Manchester performs with  Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra  By C.C. Hutten   Photo: Melissa Manchester will perform with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center on Dec. 6 In the midst of abundant pop operas across the nation during the holidays, Melissa Manchester’s Holiday Pop concerts at the Shuster Center on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, […]

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Spontaneous Fantasia

J-Walt brings his multi-media show to DAI  By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin   Photo: Multi-media artist J-Walt brings Spontaneous Fantasia to the Dayton Art Institute on Dec. 5 Imagine an animator, a surrealist, a musician and a plate-spinner got together to create a live performance that would bring to life before your very eyes a world that […]

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The 7 vectors of an evolving palate

By Mike Rosenberg  I lose track of how long I’ve been at this. I first clicked “Publish” on The Naked Vine on Aug. 1, 2006 and I first appeared in print in the Dayton City Paper on Jan. 3, 2007. A lot of bottles have gone into the recycling bin since then. When I look […]

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What’s in a name?

!!! brings the beat to Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre  By Zach Rogers   Photo: Disco-funk icons !!! perform at Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Dec. 10 Over the years, the band known as !!! – Chk Chk Chk, or really any monosyllabic word or sound you want to put in there – have gone from a group […]

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Joy to the world!

Nativity The Pop Opera spreads a message of hope for a good cause  By Deon Jefferson   Photo: [center] Renecia Joseph sings as an angel in the 2012 performance of Nativity The Pop Opera, which runs Dec. 12-15; photo: Scott Huck Throughout the years, the tale of Mary’s precious baby has become a worldwide art form […]

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‘The Book Thief’ steals an alternative historic view

The Holocaust seen from the perspective of the daughter of a Communist By T.T. Stern-Enzi  Photo: [l to r] Sophie Nélisse, Emily Watson and Geoffrey Rush in “The Book Thief”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: B Sometimes, as a critic, you don’t have to go too far to find a way into a film. The seeds of comparison, […]

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The Weight of water

Beauty, irony, loss By Susan Byrnes Photo: Prudence Gill, Over, Under, Around, and Through, 2015 Compared to many Midwestern states, […]

The Docket: 04/28

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Balls of steel Officers responded at 4:45 a.m. […]

Chew on this: 04/28

Core reasons to eat more fruits and veggies By Jayne Powers In a perfect world, the healthy tenets of a […]

Absurdism, Dayton-style

Meet the artist: Sarah Kane By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Sarah Kane, I Got You The Jelly Kind, 2014, archival inkjet […]

News of the weird: 04/28

By Chuck Shepherd Hard-hitting numbers In March, offensive lineman John Urschel of the Baltimore Ravens added to his curriculum vitae […]

Advice Goddess: 4/29

By Amy Alkon Shake it till you make it I’m new to online dating. I’m a nice, good-looking guy with […]