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The green-eyed monster

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Dayton Opera’s premier of Otello at the Schuster By Eric Street Love may be the most powerful force in the world, but jealousy exerts a dark power all its own. For drama and passion set to music, come to the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center when Dayton Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello. “What a […]

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The bloom of the blending grape

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South American wines showcase Malbec, Tannat By Mike Rosenberg Neighbor Jeff and I make an annual trip to our local Big Wine Store to stock him up for his annual project. Jeff lovingly crafts one delightful meal per month for his lovely wife. As a planner, he prefers to have all his wines in place […]

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‘45 Years’ measures a marriage and finds it wanting

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Does love conquer all? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Film, so rarely, takes the road less traveled. The journey I am speaking of, in this case, would be time and long-term relationships. From a narrative standpoint, filmmakers seem less likely to trust that audiences will appreciate the shorthand that develops between a couple over decades, the ability […]

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Road food

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Michael Anthony’s at the Inn at Versailles is worth the trip By Paula Johnson You’d think a place called The Inn at Versailles might feature a French restaurant, but Michael Anthony’s at the Inn is Italian inspired. I found this out on a recent food-centered road trip (is there any other kind?) I took with […]

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Into the jungle

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Dayton Theatre Guild’s two-person show ‘Slowgirl’ By Jacqui Theobald If you like the small plays, the kind of piece that can dig into your heart and pose gnarly, moral questions, featuring a pair of charming characters, then Greg Pierce’s “Slowgirl” will be your delight. It opens Feb. 26 and runs through March 13, weekends, at […]

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(Indiana) Jonesing

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Whip artistry: a how-to By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Gery and Barbara demonstrate whipping tricks with flowers, decks of cards, candles and more; photo: Bill Franz   There are a few things you should know about learning to use a bullwhip. The first, as with any new skill honed, is patience. Almost always, this is easier […]

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On stage

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So you want to get on stage? By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Joshua Lisec as King Rex and Tamra Francis as Madame Mysterioso in Mayhem and Mystery’s “New Orleans”; photo: Peter Wine, MediaMoments Mayhem and Mystery Interactive Theatre at the Spaghetti Warehouse Mayhem in downtown Dayton? Not really, except at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Another season of […]

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Learn to ‘Savor Your Sunday’

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Stivers students’ shows at Coco’s By Miranda Brooks Photo: The final two Savor Your Sunday events are Feb. 21 and Feb. 28 at Coco’s Bistro Stivers School for the Arts lives up to its name. Integrating arts education with academic excellence, the one-of-a-kind public school has become a strong staple within the Dayton community. Stivers […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 2/16/16

The establishment is losing it Mark Luedtke Because people with access to government’s levers of power are typically aligned against us, it’s easy to think of rulers as a monolithic group. Some have tried to draw organizational charts as if rulers were organized like government or a corporation. They aren’t. Our rulers are organized in […]

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Rat pack retro

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Dayton Philharmonic’s Music of Mad Men By Lauren Adams Photo: Conductor Steven Reineke and the DPO present the Music of the Mad Men Era Feb. 19-20 at the Schuster Center The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present the Music of Mad Men Era with guest conductor Steven Reineke at the Schuster Center on Feb. 19 and […]

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Pot calls the kettle prehistoric

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A glimpse of the past through Fort Ancient Ceramics at Sunwatch By Tim Smith Photo: Jill Krieg-Accrocco presents “Fort Ancient Ceramics in the Great Miami River Valley” on Feb. 20 at SunWatch Indian Village; photo: Tracy Malott The Miami Valley contains many hidden treasures that offer a glimpse of long-ago civilizations. It takes a history […]

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Songs from the wood

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The story behind barrel-aged beers By Jim Witmer Photo: Yellow Springs Brewery owner Nate Cornett handpicks barrels for his product; photo: Jim Witmer It seems everywhere you look for a beer, there is a barrel-aged option. While it was more of a rarity just a few years ago, barrel-aged beers have now become the new […]

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The true subject of ‘The Lady in the Van’

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How a writer found himself in his interactions with someone else By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Alex Jennings and Maggie Smith in “The Lady in the Van;” Rating: PG-13; Grade: B+ As a writer-critic, I embark on this examination of the new release from Nicholas Hytner (“The History Boys”), produced from a script by Alan Bennett, […]

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Reinventing the message

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Marion Meadows’ unique jazz stylings at Gilly’s By Tim Walker Photo: Marion Meadows will perform Saturday, Feb. 20 at Gilly’s; photo: Dave Love Jazz musician Marion Meadows is calling from Hawaii. I, on the other hand, am in Dayton, Ohio on a cold winter day, the temperature outside a balmy 21 degrees. “Hawaii? I have […]

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Balancing act

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Thai Kitchen has too much sweet, not enough heat By Paula Johnson Photo: Thai Kitchen’s Tom Yum soup A trip to Thai Kitchen in Miamisburg made me think about an early ’80s cult film called “Koyaanisqatsi.” In the Hopi language, the word koyaanisqatsi means “unbalanced life.” Of central importance in Thai cuisine is the concept […]

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“One Hell of an Amen”

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Brantley Gilbert performs miracle song at Nutter By Lisa Bennett Photo: Brantley Gilbert performs Friday, Feb. 19 at Wright State’s Nutter Center; photo: James Minchin There’s an old adage that says “We only grow in the dark.” It means simply, that the greatest challenges in life are there to teach us, test us and make […]

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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 […]