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Jingle bell rock

Nice and naughty Christmas songs that won’t drive you chestnuts  By Tim Anderl   With Thanksgiving just days away, I expect you’ve already been subjected to nearly a month of Christmas songs and holiday favorites. Year after year, in every grocery store, bank or coffee bar, we’re treated – whether we like it or not […]

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Werking through the holidays

The Werks deliver annual tradition for Ohio fans  By Rusty Pate   Photo: The Werks will present their annual Werksgiving event at the Madison Theatre on Nov. 30 Thanksgiving is a time when friends and family come home and put their daily lives on hold to break bread. It is a moment for reflection about what’s […]

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Phrase and fable

Dark Backward CD release at Oregon Express  By Gary Spencer   Photo: Local artpunk quartet Dark Backward release their new album at Oregon Express Nov. 30 Dark Backward know their music and they know Dayton. Made up of guitarists Eric Purtle and Jeff Brelsford, bassist Max Nye and drummer Jim Ingram, the quartet are all scene […]

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A master of … what exactly?

Crazy Mango at The Greene reaches too far  By Brian P. Sharp   Photo: Coconut shrimp with sweet chili sauce from Crazy Mango at The Greene in Beavercreek It is nice to have dining options when you are out shopping, or just want to head to a shopping center/mall to browse and have dinner. Better yet, […]

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‘Philomena’ teaches a profound lesson

One woman’s quest exposes systemic wrongs and a personal truth  By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan search for understanding in “Philomena”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: B+ Stephen Frears seems to be tiptoeing a fine line with “Philomena,” which is based on BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith’s 2009 book, “The Lost Child […]

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The show MUST go on

The Rubi Girls present annual holiday show  By C.C. Hutten   Photo: The Rubi Girls present their annual Thanskgiving event, “The Show Must Go On,” Nov. 30; photo: Joshua Stucky “People think we’re a drag show. We’re not trying to look like women. We’re not trying to be pretty. We’re entertaining,” said Joshua Stucky, member and […]

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Got a light?

Clifton’s legendary holiday tradition shines on  By Sarah Sidlow   Photo: The 3.8 million lights that adorn the Clifton Mill during the holidays starting Nov. 29 Perhaps the biggest claim to fame for the village of Clifton is that it is entirely un-famous. With a total population of 152 people, 64 households and 39 families residing […]

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Miss Maha and the City

Eat, drink, explore and be merry – Holiday Edition  By Maha Kashani   Photo: You can see the world’s first practical airplane – the 1905 Wright Flyer III – at Carillon Park; photo: Ted Bobosh ‘Tis the season! The holidays are here, bringing us all many reasons for joy and cheer. With this special season upon […]

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A Christmas extravaganza

Christmas on Campus at the University of Dayton By Deon Jefferson Photo: University of Dayton students and local children share in the Christmas spirit during Christmas on Campus  Dec. 6; photo: Larry Burgess “O Come all ye Faithful, joyful and triumphant;” the words to that classic Christmas song describe the atmosphere and the attitude of one of […]

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Melodrama with every note

Dayton Opera presents Tocsa By Eric Street  Photo: Michele Capalbo as Tosca and Scott Piper as Cavaradossi in Dayton Opera’s February 2005 production of Tosca; photo: Andy Snow It’s time to shake off the November blahs with something dramatic, passionate, rousing and tuneful. On Friday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3 […]

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Fling into Spring

Miamisburg’s annual Spring Fling returns By John Hamilton Photo: The annual Miamisburg Spring Fling festival takes place May 16-17 in […]

Advice Goddess: 5/5

By Amy Alkon Eat, pray you’ll shut up, love I’ve always been a feelings stuffer, but I’ve been reading about […]

News of the weird: 05/05

By Chuck Shepherd World’s worst sculptor It seemed like a good idea when the village of Celoron, New York, paid […]

The Docket: 05/05

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Donkey wrong Police were flagged down by a […]

Chew on this: 05/05

Thinking differently about dieting By Jayne Powers Two things in life besides death and taxes seem to dominate American culture: […]

The Weight of water

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