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On stage 12/15/15

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Give holiday gifts of theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Jonathan Kelly stars as Charlie Brown in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Dec. 16-19 at Sinclair Give magic! Taking the opportunity to introduce your youngest family members or friends to live theatre would be a memorable present, maybe even the beginning of a lifelong interest. Two different […]

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Will the real Santa please stand up?

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A day in the life of Mr. Claus By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin     THE BEGINNINGS It’s not every sunny October afternoon you get to sit down with Santa Claus; that sort of thing is usually reserved for the frenzied days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. But this lucky writer got to meet and chat with […]

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He comes to you from the future

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John Heffron at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: John Heffron will perform Dec. 10-13 at Dayton Funny Bone John Heffron has been telling jokes for more than 20 years, his first gig being emcee at Main Street Comedy Showcase on the University of Michigan campus. A Detroit native, Heffron later spent years […]

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Winter wonderland

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Make the most of the season outdoors Kristen Wicker Photo: Birding at Eastwood MetroPark is one of many outdoor activities to be enjoyed in the winter season Kelly Kingery’s favorite wintertime memory encapsulates the magic of the season. “I was cross country skiing with a friend at Possum Creek MetroPark and watching the snow fall […]

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Festive ‘fanfayr’ for all

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Wright State’s Madrigal Dinner brings the 1500s to the holidays By Katrina Eresman Photo: Wright State’s Madrigal Dinners take place Dec. 10-13 at the Dayton campus; photo: courtesy of Wright State University Imagine an evening where you can say goodbye to routines of the present era and be swept away to 1578. The Wright State […]

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So, you wanna be a beer geek?

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How to do Dayton’s growing beer scene right By Hayley Fudge Photo: Combine beer with your other passions to maximize the fun. Like to run? Plan a route that has you ending at a local brewery or craft beer establishment. With Dayton’s craft beer scene growing stronger by the day, local consumers are more enthusiastic […]

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Saucy Santas

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Ten years of the Santa Pub Crawl By Lauren Adams Photo: The Santa Pub Crawl takes place Saturday, Dec. 12 in the Oregon District; photo: Geek with a Lens Photography If you see hundreds of elves stumbling around the Oregon District on Saturday, Dec. 12, don’t be alarmed. It’s just Daytonians celebrating the holidays, and […]

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Go, Johnny Go!

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Johnny A. brings his genre-bending guitar work to Oddbody’s By Rusty Pate Photo: Johnny A. performs Friday, Dec. 11 at Oddbody’s; photo: Michael Sparks Keegan Johnny A. has spent the better part of his life as a musician. Those decades have seen him in virtually every situation in which a professional musician can find themselves. […]

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On The Beat 12/8/15

Buch’s 12 gifts of Christmas By Jim Bucher I just thought of what I would do with a Power Ball Jackpot. You know, for when it reaches hundreds of millions of dollars? I mean, somebody has to win it—why not me? Well, surely I’d keep a little to survive on and to put towards college […]

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Let it snow

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3DMentional’s Snowed In brings legendary DJ Josh Wink to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Josh Wink will perform at Snowd In, Saturday, Dec. 12 at The Venue on Third In case you’ve been living under a rock, it is my duty to inform you the duo of Tony Desaro and Billy Dickensheets, known collectively as […]

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Being like Michael B. Jordan

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A rising star battles past stumbling blocks By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Michael B. Jordan plays Adonis Johnson in “Creed” Michael B. Jordan’s meteoric rise to fame has been quite charmed. Early on, he caught the attention of Bill Cosby (not exactly a calling card currently, but let’s not be prisoners of the moment) and earned […]

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A triumph of good taste

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Oakwood Club has class By Paula Johnson Photo: The Scallops appetizer at The Oakwood Club Picture an avuncular, well turned out gentleman with a refined manner. Accompanying him is a lady, smartly coiffed and attired in a casually understated manner. Everything about them exudes conservative tastefulness and tradition. If you picture them sitting down to […]

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Have tunes, will travel

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Wandering duo make stop at Canal Public House By Katie Christoff Photo: The Punknecks will play Canal Public House on Dec. 10 at 9:30 p.m.; photo: Al Graham From living out of a car to starting their own record label, Jason and Polly Punkneck, known to their fans as the Punknecks, have done it all. […]

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Let’s get crackin’

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Dayton Ballet’s Nutcracker keeps on giving By Arnecia Patterson Photos: Scott J. Kimmins If any ballet can be said to have entered the psyche of popular culture, The Nutcracker is a contender. Professional and student, regional and national ballet companies and a handful of contemporary dance companies use it as a repertory mainstay that garners […]

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It’s about time

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Grammy-winning jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe and trio return to Gilly’s By Tim Walker Photo: The Bill Cunliffe Trio performs at Gilly’s Dec. 9 Bill Cunliffe is a respected artist in the world of jazz today—but jazz music, surprisingly, wasn’t his first love. “I didn’t originally start out as a jazz pianist,” the 59-year-old Grammy-winner said […]

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Laugh tracks

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Trey Stone brings improv influenced rock to Trolley Stop By Katie Christoff Photo: Trey Stone and the Ringers will perform Dec. 4 at the Trolley Stop; photo: Dave Boudinot Trey Stone is versatile, in every sense of the word. The Dayton resident and frontman of Trey Stone and the Ringers, performing at the Trolley Stop […]

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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 […]