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Daring to tell a ‘True Story’

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Lying is all about performance By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jonah Hill as Michael Finkel and James Franco as Christian Longo in “True Story”; Rating: R, Grade: B+ There’s a sneaky logic to the old adage – “All stories are true” (which John Edgar Wideman wisely sampled as the title for a collection of short stories) […]

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Red-taped

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Where have all the clinics gone? By Jeremy Wiedle Photo:  Anti-abortion protesters gather outside the Women’s Med abortion clinic in Kettering; photo: Jeremy Wiedle   Terms to Know   Stroop Road in the Dayton, Ohio suburb of Kettering is home to subtle, yet timely irony. Large, narrow-windowed office buildings sit on each end of the busy […]

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Make it unforgettable

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Fifty years of the Dayton Opera Ball By John Hamilton Photo: [l-r] Betty Holton, Robb Sloan, Ron Anderson, Mimi Kuntz, Ken Kuntz and Dana Kane at the 2014 Opera Ball; photo: Kim Coughnour The curtain will, figuratively, rise again for the Dayton Opera Guild as it hosts its 50th Annual Dayton Opera Ball on Saturday, […]

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Make it home

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Annual UpDayton Summit at DAI By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The 2015 UpDayton Summit will take place April 10 at the Dayton Art Institute; photo: Briana Snyder Photography OK, say you’re a city. Your ability to thrive depends on having a whole lot of citizens milling around making life awesome. So how do you attract […]

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Packing a punch(line)

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The Nobodies of Comedy tour at Victoria Theatre By Erin Callahan Photo: Comedian Liz Miele will perform as part of the “Nobodies of Comedy” tour at the Victoria Theatre on April 10; photo: Mills Entertainment “The best comics you’ve never heard of” are coming to Dayton. On April 10, the “Nobodies of Comedy” tour will […]

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An offer you can’t refuse

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Roadhouse Mafia (formerly The Rick Frazier Band) comes to Riff Raff By Rusty Pate Photo: Rick Frazier and Matt Stump perform at Oscar’s in Vandalia; photo: Rusty Pate The Rick Frazier Band has been making music for the better part of eight years. The lineup has changed over the years, and it’s seen a myriad of […]

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Lose your mind

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Manray create mind-boggling rock and roll By Tim Anderl Photo: Matt Carey, Alec Snead and Joey Beach of Manray will perform at Garden Station on April 11; photo: Ryan Bell Young Dayton, Ohio, rock and roll trio Manray has as much in common with Buddy Holly or Captain Beefheart as it does with more current […]

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Melodies that move

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Escher String Quartet continues Vanguard legacy By Tara Pettit Photo: Escher String Quartet will debut at Dayton Art Institute’s NCR Renaissance Auditorium as part of the annual Vanguard Concert series; photo: Laura Rose It’s no secret that at the heart of Dayton lies deeply embedded ties to decades of cultural arts and music. Dayton continues […]

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‘While We’re Young’ from a different worldview

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Generation X and hipsters clash from the sideline By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Adam Driver as Jamie and Ben Stiller as Josh in “While We’re Young”; Rating: R, Grade: B Writer-director Noah Baumbach (“Frances Ha”) sets out, in his latest film “While We’re Young,” to skewer the pretensions and First World problems of the artistically privileged […]

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Match made in music

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Acoustic duo Higgins-Madewell at Gilly’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Erin Higgins and Jeff Madewell will perform April 11 at Gilly’s; photo: Jeff Madewell and his musical partner-in-crime, Erin Higgins, play a unique style of blues-tinged rock music you just don’t hear much anymore. Playing together as Higgins-Madewell, the West Milton duo has released two CDs […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]