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Come what may

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Beesly talks genre-acceptance, family loyalty and crazy Bryan Adams fans By Mike Ritchie Photo: Beesly plays Saturday, Jan. 9 at South Park Tavern Though many might think of the doll from the TV series Family Affair, the guys from Beesly got their name from a different, more modern show. Beesly members are big fans of […]

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A bottle of red, a bottle of white

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Franco’s Ristorante Italiano serves it right By Paula Johnson Photo: Franco’s “World Famoso” Spaghetti Little Italy in downtown Dayton Though it wasn’t the song that was playing, it was impossible not to hear the strains of that Billy Joel classic as PIP (Palate In Progress) and I walked through the dining room at Franco’s Ristorante. […]

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Lead me to Das Lied

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DPO performs Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) By Pat Suarez Photo: DPO concertmaster Jessica Hung A pianist once told me if I really wanted to get to know Beethoven’s music, I should listen to his string quartets. Beethoven’s musical soul is on full display in those sixteen works, he […]

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Polished Perley

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Angela Perley delivers new music at Trolley Stop By Rusty Pate Photo: Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons play Friday, Jan. 8 at Trolley Stop; photo: Kerry Henderson Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons relish their role as a hard working band. Since forming in 2009, they have released four EPs and one full-length LP. […]

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Double dog dare you

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Dare 2 Defy profile plus The Great American Trailer Park Musical By Joyell Nevins Photo: Eric Julian Walker and Hayley Penchoff rehearse for Dare 2 Defy’s The Great American Trailer Park Musical;.Photo: Sydney Fleming. About a year ago, a group of theater lovers observed a pool of incredibly talented actors and actresses in the Dayton […]

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Art house preview

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Small gems on the horizon By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Natalie Portman stars in “Jane Got a Gun,” in theatres this February As soon as the ball dropped in Times Square, I (and every critic with a print outlet, blog or podcast) began thinking about what the year might have in store for film fans, once […]

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Guitar therapy

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Local artist’s unexpected country success journey By Lisa Bennett Photo: Wyatt McCubbin plays Friday, Jan. 8 at the Clark State Performing Arts Center in Springfield; photo: Matthew Vlachos Life can be a crazy whirlwind of chance, luck and synchronicity. We never know how one small, seemingly random event can change the course of our lives […]

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Supporting roles

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Husband and wife resident artists make it work at Human Race By Don Hurst Photo: The workshop production of Tenderly directed by Marya Spring Cordes; photo: Steven Box Actors are not typically known for their stable marriages. The juicy shreds of celebrity matrimony meltdowns fill magazines and TV shows. Maybe it’s the hectic schedules that […]

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Murder, she wrote

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Local author JJ Philips sheds light on new novel By Gary Spencer Photo: JJ Philips, author of “Parental Bloodshed”; photo: Chet King of Hexfyre Photography Horror fiction, be it in cinematic or literary form, has been a popular form of entertainment since it first saw the light of day. However, over the years horror has […]

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Shout out to stouts

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Robust, dark ales please the breakfast lover’s palate By Hayley Fudge Photo: “Stouts are embraced by breakfast lovers who enjoy the tones of oats, chocolate, coffee,vanilla, maple syrup, milk and even peanut butter.” With colder weather and darker days always come the darker beers. A full-bodied dark ale can seem the perfect remedy for warming […]

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2015: Lies

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Torrent of diarrhea By Benjamin Tomkins Photo: “Trump has managed to insult twice as many people as Hitler, and that’s assuming that Hitler was categorically hated by everyone in the known universe.” There is a reason Father Time only makes it a year before he hacks his head off with a scythe and turns over […]

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2015: Film

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Under the radar selections for 2015 By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart star in “Clouds of Sils Maria” Every year, there are simply too many releases for a hardworking critic like myself to take in, especially when you consider how many never reach our market. Thanks to festivals and an astonishing number […]

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2015: Sex

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 The world is your oyster By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: “We are committed to supporting the development of safe and effective treatments for female sexual dysfunction.” – Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Raise your hand if you’re excited and maybe also a little confused about the state […]

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Drinking the stars

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The Naked Vine Guide to Champagne and sparkling wine By Mike Rosenberg Photo: “There’s nothing quite like the ritual of cracking open a bottle of celebratory bubbly.” Dom Perignon, the monk who popularized the concept of carbonated wine apocryphally stated, “Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!” upon opening a bottle in the wine caves […]

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What you missed

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Best overlooked albums of 2015 By Alan Sculley Photo: JD McPherson, Let The Good Times Roll (2015) As I scan my list of the best albums of 2015 that didn’t get nearly the attention they deserved, I realize I like this group of albums better than the albums that made my top 10 CDs of […]

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Coming to you live, from Dayton!

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Gem City touring highlights of 2015 By Gary Spencer Photo: Weird Al Yankovic’s appearance at Fraze this summer was one to be remembered Well gang, 2015 is about to come to an end. Time flies when you’re having fun, and judging by staggering amount of good touring acts that came to the Gem City this […]

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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 […]