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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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Hip ways to drink through the holidays

DCP Guide to Holiday Drinking – Part 1  By Kevin J. Gray   Photo: Yellow Springs Brewery’s Captain Stardust pairs well with grandma’s turkey and gravy Halloween is long gone and we’re all already annoyed with the Christmas music on the radio. Life is starting to get frantic in the way that only November and December […]

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The phenomenal hucksters behind ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto sell a placebo of a film  By T. T. Stern-Enzi   Photo: [l to r] Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey at the top of their games in “Dallas Buyers Club”; Rating: R Grade: B+ Press screenings at film festivals can be tough crowds. We’re generally a jaded bunch, casually capable of […]

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News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy […]

A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; […]

Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – […]

Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we […]

News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]