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Truth, not spoof

Green Day’s un-romanticized “American Idiot”  By Nick Schwab Photo: Alex Nee as Johnny in “American Idiot,” playing at the Victoria Theatre March 12-14; Photo credit: John Daughtry “Punk rock is about breaking out of the box,” stated Trent Saunders who plays St. Jimmy in the “American Idiot” musical. “So what is more punk rock than creating […]

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The “new” sound of young America

The Regrettes join Columbus soul movement  By Tim Anderl  Photo: Columbus neo-soul outfit The Regrettes visit Peach’s on March 9; photo credit: Kelsey McLellan Crafted with an emphasis on pop appeal and passionate call-and-response vocals born from gospel music, Motown once captured the attention of the world and birthed the northern soul movement. The pop music […]

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“M” is for “Meatless”

Wine pairings for vegetarian cuisine  By Mike Rosenberg  Photo: Mango quinoa salad pairs well with malbec and carmenere Astute observers of my monthly column know that I love me some meat. Well, I love most food in general, but I’m not sure that I could ever be a vegetarian. I tried removing animals from the ol’ […]

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I think this should happen

The Arcade: Dayton’s public library By J. Todd Anderson Photo: A view from a window on the upper floor of the Arcade; photo credit: Nancy Roach Editor’s Note: For over two decades, the Arcade has stood vacant at the heart of downtown Dayton. Once serving as a vibrant commercial and social hub of the region, its […]

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Stay calm and rock out

Hostage Calm suggest punk solutions for modern problems By Tim Anderl Photo: Hostage Calm visit The Basement in Columbus on March 12; photo credit: Jamie Moore Please Remain Calm, the October 2012 release by Hostage Calm is more than the band’s opus: it’s their manifesto. It is a punk album for the looming recession, by a brave […]

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Beyond the canvas

An imaginary world comes to life By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Amy Kollar Anderson’s painting “Madness,” served as an inspiration for her collaboration with Kettering Children’s Theatre for “Alice in Wonderland” A painter can depict a visual world in infinite new ways, translating their vision onto a canvas often bound for a gallery wall. What happens when […]

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Miss Maha and the City

March 2013 – The Best Month Ever By Maha Kashani Photo: Dayton’s ENCORE young professionals group hosts a special outing to the Philharmonic’s Russian Masters concert on March 15; photo credit: Mikee Huber Another month bites the dust, and we are moving right along with our year of appreciating all things Dayton! February played host to […]

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Keep it real

Sakai Japanese Bistro in Troy By Tom Baker Photo: The Spider roll at Sakai Japanese Bistro in Troy A few weeks ago I was asked, somewhat surprisingly, to do a piece on a Japanese restaurant in Troy. Now, I don’t spend much time north of town, so I certainly didn’t expect there to be a Japanese […]

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A magical glimpse inside the mind of Roman Coppola

A recent phone interview offers a brief guided tour  By T.T. Stern-Enzi Mere mention of the Coppola name brings to mind some of the greatest films of the 1970s – the first two installments of “The Godfather” saga, “The Conversation” and “Apocalypse Now” – and then a new generational phase with “The Virgin Suicides” and […]

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Time to get wild, again!

Nightbeast rocks the home crowd at Blind Bob’s  By Zach Rogers  Photo: Nightbeast brings the party to Blind Bob’s on Saturday, March 2; photo credit: Jessica Uttinger Lurking somewhere deep in the shadows is a mysterious being, a musical entity so powerful it could literally melt your face off. It has the ability to lift you […]

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News of the weird: 09/16/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – A nerd’s rhapsody Nicholas Felton’s latest annual recap of his personal communications data is […]

Their exits and their entrances

Celebrating 20 years of Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Artistic director John Fleming addresses the audience during […]

In living color

Color: Impressions and Innovations at Glen Helen By Joyell Nevins Photo: Joe Barrish, “McLain Street View”; oil Our visual spectrum has […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Whoa is me Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked […]

Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]