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Cross my heart and hope to Dye

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Jeff Dye at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin You know that one friend you have who’s always good for a story? It doesn’t even have to be about anything extraordinary, they just have a really engaging way of telling you about daily minutia. If you’re lucky, that friend is something like Jeff Dye, […]

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Won’t you take me to funkytomb

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Beyond-the-grave funk at Oddbody’s with Here Come the Mummies By Josher Lumpkin It’s not every night that a group of eight funky mummies rise from the underworld to entice you with their fresh sounds. This Saturday, Dayton will get a chance to bear witness to this astounding phenomenon. Here Come the Mummies, an immensely talented […]

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‘Where to Invade Next’ exposes glaring American Flaws

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Documentarian Michael Moore makes his strongest case yet By T.T. Stern-Enzi Taking back the country and making America great again have been slogans and talking points throughout the Obama Presidency. There’s this deeply ingrained sense that the first black president has somehow steered the country off course, down a dangerous pathway that is completely antithetical […]

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Rock cappella

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Vocalosity interprets pop, rock and indie at Kuss By Lisa Bennett Since the Internet first became available to the general public in 1995, social media and digital communication have replaced the world of family-centric meals and homey game nights. Long gone are the days of singing to old records with friends or singing in the […]

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A touch of country

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Erica Blinn brings Nashville rock to Trolley By Mike Ritchie Columbus-born Erica Blinn started playing the stage at the young age of 14, encouraged by her musical dad. “At first I was excited then I got some stage fright,” Blinn recalls. Raised with a musical pedigree of rock including of Sheryl Crow and The J. […]

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Sink or swim

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Jas Patrick’s one-man show at Taffy’s By Katie Christoff It’s difficult to browse the Internet for too long without encountering some criticism of the modern-day music industry. Frustrated commenters yearn for the days of vinyl, or when bands went on tour every year (with new music to show off each time). Nashville-based rocker Jas Patrick […]

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The adulterated virgin

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The truth behind your olive oil By Paula Johnson Olive oil—the food and medicine of the gods. Even the tree that produces the olives contributes to its mythic nature: it recovers from fire by sending up new shoots from the root ball to regrow the tree. The ancients were obsessed with olive oil. Texts record […]

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Super Bored?

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DCP’s Guide to an Alternative Game Day By Katrina Eresman Football season. To some, it’s a cherished time, a time to cuddle up in team paraphernalia with a cold beer or hot cocoa and watch the game with friends and family. It brings people together, it sparks conversations between strangers and it continues to be […]

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Violence in our streets

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Author Daniel Baker offers unique perspective on social unrest By Tim Walker “Blood in the Streets: Racism, Riots and Murders in the Heartland of America” is a recently published book by local writer and retired Dayton Police Officer Daniel L. Baker. The book deals with timely subjects that easily could have been ripped from today’s […]

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The language of song

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Francesca Blanchard brings her multicultural music to UD By Gary Spencer Inspiration for writing music comes from many places and personal experiences. That inspiration is drawn from far away memories, experiences growing up, places we lived a long time ago and everything in between. For Francesca Blanchard, a singer/songwriter, style, sound, lyrics and inspiration is […]

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Nibble me this

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Miamisburg’s Nibbles serves first class eats By Paula Johnson The name of Nibbles, an intimate fine dining restaurant located in Miamisburg, might be slightly misleading. Nibbles implies, according to the dictionary definition, “to bite gently, to take smaller hesitant bites in very small quantities; sort of like dabbling, lacking in serious intent,” almost dilettantish. But […]

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Off the beaten path

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Six of the area’s least likely beer spots By Hayley Fudge It’s easy to get comfortable visiting your favorite drinking establishments over and over again. Or maybe high on the priority list is checking out the latest addition to the craft beer scene that’s opened nearby. But sometimes it’s fun to revisit the older establishments […]

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Some kind of Wonderland

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Carolyn Wonderland brings Texas-tinged blues to CPH By Rusty Pate Austin, Texas, is a musical mecca. It has spawned American legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Townes Van Zandt and Janis Joplin. Contemporary acts such as The Black Angels, Gary Clark Jr. and Okkervil River show the diversity of the scene. For an artist to stand […]

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Dickinson speaks

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WSU students take charge of The Emily Dickinson Journal By Jim Hannah Two Wright State University English literature students are helping edit scholarly articles from around the world submitted to The Emily Dickinson Journal—the only publication devoted to the poet’s writing. Last year, the Department of English Language and Literatures in Wright State’s College of […]

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Savor and sip

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Culinary delights, craft beer harmonize at AleFeast By Hayley Fudge English cheddar. Fried Chicken. Pork belly. Pot roast crostini. Four cheese grilled cheese. Bavarian soft pretzels. Dark chocolate sea salt caramels. Barrel-aged stout. Belgian quad. Gueuze. Scotch ale. Imperial IPA. Gose. Doppelbock. Do I have your attention yet? Thought so. That’s just a snippet of […]

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Year of the Monkey

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Lunar New Year explained By Joyell Nevins In America, a new year is often celebrated with a big party, some resolutions and kisses, and then by Jan. 2 we’re back to work or school. However, in Asian cultures, the Lunar New Year is often a weeklong holiday and huge celebration, with a plethora of ways […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]