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On the Beat: 5/31/16

The transgender foot in the proverbial mouth disease By Jim Bucher I, like many of my friends, are very sensitive to others. Hope you are too. But I have had a few faux pas in my life. For instance, a few years ago when I was brought home from the nursery at Grandview Hospital the […]

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Queer Couplings

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Between the sheets of queer lit, now and then By Dr. Pj Carlisle This is not just another LGBTQI reading list. It’s a raucous, cross-talking, ethnically diverse, queer queue of books for anyone. A party in the streets that lingers, surges, seethes. Not a top-10 parade of bestsellouts. These books, in their couplings—like the hook-up […]

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Cinco de my oh my!

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Pepito’s Mexican Restaurant sizzles By Paula Johnson Probably the worst day of the year to decide on the spur of the moment to eat at a Mexican restaurant would be Cinco De Mayo. It’s a celebration the entire nation of Mexico pretty much ignores but north of the border we all go loco for. Fortunately […]

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Rum and revolution

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New York’s Stonewall Inn becomes a national monument By Paula Johnson Throughout history, many a social movement began with someone slamming a tankard of ale on a tavern table with one fist, the other raised high, shouting, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!” or words to that effect. Think the […]

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The Pride guide

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What you need to know about Dayton Pride Weekend By Miranda Brooks The Greater Dayton PRIDE celebration is looking to one-up itself this year. Marking the 40th anniversary of The Greater Dayton LGBT Center’s inception, and in honor of this Ruby milestone, organizers have put a call out for all “friends of Dorothy” to join […]

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Finding a ‘Beautiful Something’ beyond the mainstream

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Why it is sometimes best to have to look harder for true representations By T.T. Stern-Enzi As an African American critic (one who is starting to wonder if I am more of critic who happens to be African American or an African American who happens to be a critic), I find it fascinating how I […]

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Dayton after dark

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A tour of Dayton’s Proudest digs By Tim Smith Dayton has long been noted for its support of the LGBTQ culture, and was named “Queerest City” by The Advocate. The variety of nightlife and entertainment in town seems to back up that claim. Club Masque at 34 N. Jefferson St. has been in business since […]

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Everyday Sunshine after all these years

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Cult legends Fishbone at Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Some things are meant to last, other things not so much. Then there are things that, on paper, don’t look like they were meant to happen at all, let alone last almost 40 years. The latter scenario is the case for Los Angeles-based combo Fishbone, who have […]

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It isn’t unity without U

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Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus’ Pride weekend performance at the Victoria By Gary Spencer Dayton Pride weekend kicks off this Friday with many events planned for the entire weekend. While everyone knows about the Pride Festival and Parade on Saturday, one annual event during Pride weekend that seems to fly a bit under the radar is […]

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The Barenaked truth

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BNL, Howard Jones and OMD at Rose By Rusty Pate Barenaked Ladies have carved out quite a career in the 28 years since its inception. Barenaked Ladies have sold millions of albums, garnered music industry award nominations and topped American and Canadian singles charts with songs like “Jane,” “It’s All Been Done” and “One Week.” […]

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A dozen reasons

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Nelsonville Music Festival returns for 12th year By Tim Anderl Stuart’s Opera House presents the Nelsonville Music Festival, June 2-5, 2016 on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. Returning for its 12th year, the festival features world-renowned headliners Courtney Barnett (Thursday), Gary Clark Jr. (Friday), Gillian Welch (Saturday), Randy Newman (Sunday) and more […]

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Into the spotlight

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A brief history of gay theatre By Jacqui Theobald Three years ago this column looked at a 500-year history of gay plays both subtle and bold, going back to the 19th century. It included Christopher Marlowe’s 1593 “Edward II” and its “homosexual implications,” and “A Florida Enchantment”—the first time two women kissed on a Broadway […]

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Something old, something new

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One year after the Supreme Court OKs same-sex marriage By Timothy Walker Friday, June 26, 2015. Call it the day love ruled. It’s been roughly one year since that day, when the Supreme Court of the United States issued its landmark ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. With that decision, the highest court […]

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Stars under the stars

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Fraze Pavilion’s 25th season brings vampires, legends and more… By Rusty Pate It is a crisp summer evening. Friends get together and have a quick drink or bite to eat. They slowly make their way through traffic and parking. Walking toward the gate, ticket in hand, their step has a bounce and the energy of […]

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Memorial Day Metal

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Dying Fetus headlines Metal Alliance Tour at Oddbody’s By Allyson B. Crawford If there’s any doubt of just how rabid some Dying Fetus fans are, consider Nick, a recently deceased metalhead from Illinois. His dream was to have his ashes scattered on stage during a Dying Fetus show. The band helped fulfill this wish, scattering […]

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The Bucko stops here

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Cincinnati band takes on Yellow Springs’ Peach’s By Justin Kreitzer Emerging  Cincinnati indie rock quartet Bucko—formed just last year from the ashes of the beloved local acts Black Owls and Killtones—consists of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Losacker, guitarist/vocalist Ed Shuttleworth, bassist Josh Pilot and drummer Brian Kitzmiller. The band is currently writing and recording their […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]