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Defining the human family through ‘The Music of Strangers’

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Behind Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Silk Road musicians Kayhan Kalhor and Cristina Pato from The Music of Strangers Rating: PG-13; Grade: A Art may be the purest representation of culture. In its many forms, art captures community, history, social interaction and engagement, and civic spirit through the senses. […]

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Middletown’s meat mecca

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Make pilgrimage to Combs BBQ Central By Paula Johnson Photo: Brisket Sandwich at Combs BBQ Central; photo: Paula Johnson Noted food philosopher and writer Michael Pollan spends a lot of time on BBQ in his Netflix documentary series Cooked, specifically a place in North Carolina where it’s not at all about the sauce. He recounts, […]

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Chocolate selfies, Raspberry Pi

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Dayton Maker Faire showcases the creative at Carillon By Lisa Bennett Photo: Dayton Maker Faire displays historical forms of making alongside cutting edge technologies; photo courtesy of Carillon Historical Park When we think of creative people, most of us instinctively think of musicians and artists like Mozart or Picasso. But we don’t often think of […]

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The alt Grammys

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Alternative Press Music Awards runs third year By Tim Anderl Photo: All Time Low’s Zack Merrick and Alex Gaskarth host this year’s AP Music Awardsphoto courtesy of Adrenaline PR Thirty years ago, in the comfort of his bedroom, Clevelander Mike Shea launched a cut-and-paste fanzine, never imagining the endeavor would grow to become one of […]

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Makers of nations

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Springfield Museum of Art exhibits Artist as Teacher By Lisa Bennett Photo: “Voodoo Zoo” oil painting by Ron Anderson; photo: Ron Anderson They are the makers of nations: the selfless women and men who shape the future by passing on their wisdom, their strengths, and their ideas. They are the teachers who patiently take on […]

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Human nature

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Discover Five Rivers MetroParks conservation areas By Kristen Wicker Photo: MetroParks staff members built the 1,800-foot boardwalk winding through Woodman Fen with recycled plastic; photo courtesy of MetroParks Human activity nearly destroyed Woodman Fen, but human intervention saved it. At one time common in southwest Ohio, fens have rich peat soils fed by underground water. […]

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Let’s Talk About Sex

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A few lessons they may have skipped in health class by Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin   Disclaimer: This article is meant to serve as a conversation stimulus, which will ideally help lead to a healthier, more fulfilling sex life for you, the reader. To more deeply explore your unique sexual experience, we encourage you to do […]

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Go ask Alice—and Johnny and Joe

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Hollywood Vampires new supergroup graces Fraze By Tim Walker Photo: Alice Cooper is still looking to write the best song ever writtenphoto: Ross Halfin Rock stars—they come and go. Few of them become household names, and even fewer achieve the status of musical icons. But in the universe of hard rock and heavy metal, your […]

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Shes Gotta Have It—really?

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Black sexuality on-screen is the new/old invisibility By T.T. Stern-Enzi   Film anniversaries keep coming, and a host of memories tag along for some wild rides. I find it hard to believe that Spike Lee’s first film, “She’s Gotta Have It,” is about to celebrate its 30th anniversary later this summer. Lee stormed onto the […]

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Sexist, not sexy tactics

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Lazy or just plain dumb beer marketing? By Jim Witmer Photo: This retro ad hangs in the Barrel House on Third Street; photo: Jim Witmer Beer is the beverage for everyone, but you wouldn’t know by some of the marketing campaigns. Yes, beer is a beverage that has mass appeal and is approachable by everyone, […]

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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 […]