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Eat your smiles

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Japanese Action Comic Punk Band Peelander-Z lands again By Gary Spencer Photo: Peelander-Z will appear at RockStar Pro Arena on Nov. 9; photo: Brian Byers As a music journalist, I find most artists to be relatively straightforward when discussing their music. However, the New York-based, self-proclaimed “Japanese Action Comic Punk” band Peelander-Z has is a […]

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Sherry, sherry baby

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It’s more than just cooking By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Flor, a solid layer of yeast, develops on the bottom of a sherry cask While the Sweet Partner in Crime and I have been enjoying our recent Tapas Tuesdays kick, I received an offer to sample a few bottles of sherry. Sherry’s popularity peaked in the […]

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Soul man 

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Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner on The Clintons, touring with Meat Puppets and where he keeps his Grammy by Josher Lumpkin Photo: Soul Asylum will perform with Meat Puppets at Oddbody’s Music Room on Nov. 7; photo: Michael L. Smith If you came of age during the 1990s, and like me, you spent much of your […]

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In their blood

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Evil Dead the Musical at the Victoria By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Evil Dead the Musical comes to the Victoria Theatre Nov. 6-8 Don’t expect Christopher Bond, co-creator of Evil Dead the Musical, to be a lifelong horror fan. “I’ll be really honest,” the 38-year-old Ontario native admits. “I was a big wuss. I was pretty […]

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The comedy man cometh

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Bert Kreischer at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Bert Kreischer will perform Nov. 6-8 at Dayton Funny Bone Remember at the end of “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978) how they do a little freeze-frame on each character to let you know where they ended up? And you see the one for John […]

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Not much to miss from ‘Miss You Already’

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Drama bludgeons audiences with the C-word By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Drew Barrymore as Jess and Toni Collette as Milly in “Miss You Already” Rating: PG-13 Grade: D+ Lifelong best friends, Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore), have been co-stars in a long-running saga—The Milly Affair—which has been a Sex and the City inspired account […]

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All that’s old is new again

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The New Old-Fashioned’s folk-tinged rock at Bob’s By Rusty Pate Photo: The New Old-Fashioned will perform on Nov. 6 at Blind Bob’s It has been nearly three years since The New Old-Fashioned released their self-titled debut album. While that collection of songs sprung from the singer/songwriter roots of David Payne and Kent Montgomery’s solo shows, […]

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Know before you vote

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What the @%$& are Issues 2 and 3? By Timothy Walker Photo: ResponsibleOhio members prepare promotional material in support of Issue 3   Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And where there’s pot smoke, well… Tuesday, Nov. 3, voters across the country will travel to their polling locations to cast their ballots. In Ohio those voters […]

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Seize the dia

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Dia de los Muertos returns By Joyell Nevins Photo: Gabriela Pickett, a Dia de Los Muertos Dayton organizer, and her husband stroll the streets during the event last year. Dia de Los Muertos will take place Nov. 1; photo: Bill Franz Life, love and loss. These are things that affect us all. Death doesn’t care […]

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Calling all angels

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Gin-soaked Angels bring improv-rock to Peach’s By Rusty Pate Photo: Yellow Springs’ Gin-soaked Angels will perform at Peach’s on Oct. 30 There are many ways for musicians to come together and form a band. Perhaps someone sees a flier at a music store or an ad on Craigslist. Maybe a mutual friend introduces people with […]

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Have baggage, will travel

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Hardknocks songwriter Justin Townes Earle in Cincinnati By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: Justin Townes Earle will perform at The Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Oct. 29; photo: Joshua Black Wilkins Justin Townes Earle is now a clean and sober happily married man, riding on buses with his new band, touring behind a pair of records […]

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First responders

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Jimmie’s Ladder 11 for your hunger emergency By Paula Johnson Photo: The Paisano Chips appetizer at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 Climbing Jimmie’s Ladder As early as 1923, firehouse cooking began to win a favorable reputation in the United States for the enormous, hearty and unpretentious meals that are its trademark. That reputation is upheld at Jimmie’s […]

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Dark arts

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Night of the Creeps Art Show: simply eerie-sistable By Gary Spencer Photo: Night of the Creeps Art Show will feature Halloween and horror-themed art and more, Oct. 30 at Club Vex; photo: Mary Kathryn Burnside It’s that time of year when people seem to embrace all that is ghastly, ghoulish and creepy, and a group […]

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Around the world in 183 seats

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Legendary metal guitarist presents Planetary Coalition at UD By Gary Spencer Photo: Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick deviated from thrash metal to explore world music; photo: Tom Couture Photography Many musicians become famous for playing in a musical era or genre and pretty much stick to what brought them to the dance. Then, there are other […]

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Paper worlds

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Artist Béatrice Coron at Dayton Art Institute By Joyell Nevins Photo: Artist Béatrice Coron will appear at the Dayton Art Institute on Oct. 29; photo: Etienne Frossard Who said there is an age limit to starting an artistic career? At 40-years-old, the French-born Béatrice Coron decided she wanted to be a full-time artist. Almost 20 […]

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‘Steve Jobs’ in three tough acts

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There is genius in front of the cameras, behind the scenes of Danny Boyle’s latest By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in “Steve Jobs”; Rating: R Grade: A Just two years ago, director Joshua Michael Stern (“Swing Vote”) and newbie screenwriter Matt Whiteley dove headlong into a rather conventional biopic on Apple […]

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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 […]