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Meadowlark sings

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Contemporary American dining with a dash of imagination By Paula Johnson There are certain restaurants you go to for the food, certain ones for the atmosphere, and then there are those that combine both in a way that’s just right. Sound, lighting, decor, crowd, drinks and food all work together to produce a whole that’s […]

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Battle of the voices

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Dayton’s spoken word collective Metaphorically Speaking turns three By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin If you’ve ever been privy to the intensity of a spoken word poetry slam, you know the spine-tingling effect that the power of well-chosen words can have on your very being. Metaphorically Speaking does just that. A collective of local artists, creatives and […]

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‘I Saw the Light’ plays the same old tune

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What’s with the continued focus on the “devil” rather than the music? By T.T. Stern-Enzi The opening weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival afforded me a rare opportunity. Due to the complexities of scheduling, I earned an interview with Casey Bond, one of the co-stars of the Marc Abraham’s Hank Williams biopic “I Saw […]

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Tokyo punks

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Japan’s Mugen Hoso rocks Blind Bob’s By Mike Ritchie From the land of the rising sun comes a duo that proudly burn as many calories on stage as spending a whole day in an outdoor mosh pit would do. Hiro and Taro bring an old-school aesthetic to their show, with incredibly fast paced, virtually non-stop […]

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Victoriapalooza

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Victoria Theatre announces concert series featuring heavy-hitting local artists By Rusty Pate Much has changed since 1866, but one constant has been the theater sitting on the corner of Dayton’s First and Main Streets. It began as the Turner Opera House and its name has changed several times in the 150 years since. Today, it […]

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Much Godot about nothing

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Springfield StageWorks keeps “Waiting for Godot” By Lauren Adams The very first words of Samuel Beckett’s absurdist play “Waiting for Godot” are “Nothing to be done.” Ironically, the Irish literary critic Vivian Mercier described it as a play which “has achieved a theoretical impossibility—a play in which nothing happens, that yet keeps audiences glued to their seats. […]

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Altars of the Unnoticed

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The art and practice of the Phelps brothers By Ashley Jonas Artists Kyle and Kelly Phelps are identical twins. Growing up, their mother dressed them alike everyday with hopes of instilling closeness between the two. She was successful in her endeavor. Now in their forties, the two dress alike, speak alike, live in the same […]

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Hungary?

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Head to Boston’s for a cosmopolitan take on pub food By Paula Johnson There’s a lot of quirk going on at Boston’s Bistro & Pub, and I mean that in a good way. Unexpected might be another way to say it, or perhaps eclectic. PIP (Palate In Progress), Wiley Banker Tom and I tried Boston’s […]

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Depth of focus

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Images inspire movies with photo archivist Gino Pasi By Jim Hannah It was just a photograph. It was just one of thousands of photographs that Gino Pasi processed in his job as archivist and collections manager at Wright State University’s Special Collections and Archives in the Dunbar Library. But this photograph—that of a beautiful young woman taken […]

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Follow the thread from screen to screen

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“Daredevil” lays a surprising foundation for “Captain America: Civil War” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Right off the bat, I need to address the pink elephant on the page of the film section. Why, for goodness sakes, is a film critic wasting time talking about a 13-episode narrative (season two of “Daredevil”) that’s only available via a […]

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Jazz, swing, pop

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Small Time Napoleon back to the future at Jimmie’s By Josher Lumpkin In a musical climate wherein guitar-based rock music has become decidedly passé, acts like Louisville’s Small Time Napoleon bring forth a postmodernist fusion of sounds and styles that will take the listener into a musical time machine. One can discern elements of jazz […]

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Just a guy

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Bill Engvall at the Schuster Center By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Bill Engvall has been trying to convince us he’s “just a guy” since he began his professional career in comedy some 30-odd years ago. He has that easy quality, the warmth that radiates from genuine people. He loves his wife. He’s proud of his daughter […]

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Sweet vermouth rocks …

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What the heck is vermouth anyhow? By Mike Rosenberg “Do not allow children to mix drinks. It is unseemly and they use too much vermouth.” – Steve Allen. Poor vermouth. A drop too much sends cocktail hipsters into an absolute uproar. Many martini drinkers take great pride in their disdain for this mixer and aperitif. […]

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Move over, Netflix

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“Reasons to Be Pretty” with the Playground Theatre By Joyell Nevins Millennials, is your idea of theatre that it’s pretentious or over the top? Then it may be time to “Stop Netflixing and come hang out at the Playground.” That’s one of the taglines for the burgeoning Playground Theatre, co-founded by lovers of theatre and […]

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Gospel according to Sean Oswald

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Artist brings contemporary, religious imagery to Oxford Arts Center By Emma Jarman I don’t believe in God. My father took me to an Episcopalian church as a child, and my mother and stepfather dragged me to their Methodist congregation throughout my pre-teen and teenage years, but similar to my relationship with mushrooms or shellfish (I […]

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‘Pot roast and kisses’

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The Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band at Oddbody’s By Tim Walker “Hell Naw.” “Pot Roast and Kisses.” “Pickin Pawpaws.” “Raise a Little Hell.” To the uninitiated, these might sound like prime examples of modern catchphrases lifted from the Appalachian dialect. To one of the many loyal fans of Reverend Peyton’s music, however, these […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]