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Funny with a purpose

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Suzanne Westenhoefer brings bold comedy to Antioch By Lauren Adams Laughter is truly the best medicine, and as any good doctor will tell you, there is an inherent responsibility in the way that medicine is dispensed. At its best, comedy not only entertains—it inspires, educates and exposes some difficult truths about society. It’s something we […]

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The broken notes of ‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’

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Hearing the long-lost voice of the hippie blues By T.T. Stern-Enzi We have gone through phases where the musical biopics were all the rage. Jamie Foxx earned an Academy Award for his near-flawless embodiment of Ray Charles in “Ray” all the way back in 2004. A year later, Joaquin Phoenix was nominated for his turn […]

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Healing hops

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Benefits range far beyond a flavorful punch to beer By Hayley Fudge Beer lovers have long been in the know of the mentally therapeutic benefits that a cold brew can provide at the end of a long, hard day. Lesser known, though, are the health benefits that Humulus lupulus—more commonly known as hops—can bring to […]

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Aged and defined

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Zakk Knight brings award-winning blues to Taffy’s in Eaton By Tim Walker Zakk Knight is a busy man. The 21-year-old guitarist, songwriter and performer is on a mission, and that mission today is getting ready to perform a sold-out show in his own hometown. “I don’t play Indianapolis too often with my full band,” Knight […]

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More alike than you think

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“Hijabi Monologues” present a snapshot of Muslim women’s experiences By Joyell Nevins The theatre can be a place to escape, a place to be entertained. It can also be a place to expand horizons and be educated—not necessarily a comfortable experience, but an important one. “Hijabi Monologues,” a set of stories by American Muslim women, […]

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Pop punk rising

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PVRIS takes Nutter stage By Amanda Dee PVRIS is the last of a dying breed. Starting in the a punk rock scene almost a decade after Fall Out Boy, Lyndsey Gunnulfsen, AKA Lynn Gunn, explains, “We kind of caught the very tail end of something that’s not really around anymore.” Fall Out Boy reached out […]

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Thanks for the memories

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Fall Out Boy reincarnated at Nutter By Amanda Dee If you haven’t heard of Fall Out Boy, you probably weren’t wearing Hot Topic skinny jeans in the early 2000s. Or you don’t listen to music today. Fall Out Boy started from the cesspool of Chicago hardcore punk and became increasingly more recognized with the rise […]

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We want the neo-funk

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Charles Walker Band gets groovy at Trolley By Katie Christoff Jazz, funk, soul, R&B—the Charles Walker Band has done it all. Since Charles Walker started the band over 12 years ago in Milwaukee, he’s had a variety of musical influences and styles. Walker is the only original band member, and he says that has had […]

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Imperial Jurassic Jaws

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Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra performs the music of John Williams By Emma Jarman In the world of film in music, John Williams reigns supreme. The American composer has scored countless numbers for movies, television series, Olympic fanfares, concertos and other orchestral works. He holds the second most number of Academy Award nominations behind Walt Disney […]

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The bastards’ siren

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Heartless Bastards’ Erika Wennerstrom homebound at Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Dorothy once sang in “The Wizard of Oz” that “there’s no place like home,” and many former Dayton residents echo that sentiment. One such former Gem City ex-patriot is singer, songwriter, guitarist and leader of Heartless Bastards, Erika Wennerstrom, who will be making their first […]

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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 […]