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On stage

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Dayton theatre scene is a big summertime happening By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Teryn Barker as Miranda, Kelly Johnson as Prospero and Judy Shaw as Ariel in the Shakespeare in South Park performance of “The Tempest” Shakespeare in South Park – “The Tempest” – Aug. 7-9 If you think Shakespeare as an all-age all-community endeavor must […]

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The Canadian Rockies

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Finger Eleven hits Oddbody’s Music Room By Rusty Pate Photo: Finger Eleven will perform at Oddbody’s on July 24 in advance of their latest album, Five Crooked Lines; photo: Dustin Rabin The terms “rock band” and “longevity” rarely go together. Some bands aren’t successful enough; others collapse under the weight of too many expectations. Creative […]

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Celtic crush

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Annual Dayton Celtic Festival returns By Gary Spencer Photo: Celtic/Klezmer/World music headliners Scythian will perform at the 2015 Dayton Celtic Festival; photo: Dayton Celtic Festival Staff Some events in Dayton become an institution over the years, and the annual United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival has definitely become one of them. In fact, the festival […]

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Water Pressure

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City of Dayton proposes changes to Source Water Protection Program By Erin Callahan Photo: Officials observe the damage from the Sherwin Williams fire on May 30, 1987, three days after the fire began; photo: Dayton Daily News Archives at Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University “I drink Dayton water; that’s why I’m here.” This […]

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Staging the future

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FutureFest’s 25 year milestone at Dayton Playhouse By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Maggie Carroll, Debra Strauss, Matthew Lindsay and David Hallowren rehearse for “The Consul, the Tramp and America’s Sweetheart”; photo: Jacqui Theboald Twenty-five years! Hard to believe it? Volunteers at the Dayton Playhouse have been selecting and presenting six new scripts in one weekend, and […]

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Amy Schumer avoids a major crash in ‘Trainwreck’

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From stand-up to television to film, this comic rides her own bullet train By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Amy Schumer as Amy and Bill Hader as Aaron in “Trainwreck”; Rating: R, Grade: A Amy Schumer is on the fastest of the fast tracks. The successful stand-up comedienne made the transition from the stage of comedy clubs […]

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Highway to… Heaven?

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First Heavy Metal Church of Christ rocks stereotypes By Tim Walker Photo: Pastor Brian Smith stands outside of his church, The Heavy Metal Church of Christ; photo: Tim Walker Church? Me, go to church? “But I haven’t been inside a church in years,” I explained to my editor. “If they have a baptismal font, the […]

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Louisiana comes to Kettering

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Annual Swamp Romp Zydeco festival returns to Fraze By Tony Baker Photo: Lil’ Malcolm performs at Swamp Romp 2011 at Fraze Pavilion There’s not much going on at Fraze Pavilion on an overcast Friday afternoon. A few kids stream by on bicycles and rollerblades. The hum of landscaping machinery can be heard coming from a […]

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Culture meets cuisine

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Dayton Art Institute’s Leo Bistro By Paula Johnson Photo: Leo Bistro’s Grilled Salmon BLT An outing to the Dayton Art Institute promises a pleasant afternoon strolling through galleries, drinking in works of art from the ages. On this particular visit, I was joined by budding artist Elle, a young talent whose work I’d bet might […]

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The real deal

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Freekbass unleashes retro-modern funktronica By Tim Anderl Photo: “It was rhythm and melody, a drum that could play notes!” – Chris Sherman on hearing the bass for the first time; photo: Musical Earth Cincinnati-born funk bassist Freekbass, aka Chris Sherman, is a visionary musician who bridges the gap between classic funk styles and future grooves […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]