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Kiefer Sutherland’s journal

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Sutherland goes country at Taft Theatre By Amanda Dee Kiefer Sutherland would be the first to roll his eyes if another actor announced a record, but he couldn’t leave his album on the shelf. “I think the thing that I’ve been most cautious about is actually going forward with it … and if everybody in […]

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The evolution of the black musical icon onscreen

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How filmmakers and audiences approach legends By T.T. Stern-Enzi “Take if you will a picture,” isn’t that the intro to “When Doves Cry,” the song that, to my mind, kicked off the 1980s phenomenon that was Prince? The picture that he took, and that he convinced audiences to check out as well, was “Purple Rain,” […]

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Rocking the Billy

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Cherry Lee & The Hot Rod Hounds rev up the Trolley By Mike Ritchie Cherry Lee and The Hotrod Hounds will have been around for a half-decade next October with Cassandra Barker, Skyp Krantz, Kevin Schirmer, Casey Ott and Brian Hoeflich waving the rockabilly flag in Dayton and surrounding areas. They like genres that teeter […]

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Song for Joni

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Kim Richey discusses past, future and her 4/22 show at Gilly’s By Tim Walker Kim Richey seems relaxed and happy as she enjoys a warm spring day at her home in Nashville, a city she’s called home off and on since 1988. The talented musician spoke with Dayton City Paper recently from there as she […]

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Hot mamma

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Mamma DiSalvo’s: one spicy southern Italian adventure By Paula Johnson PIP (Palate In Progress) and I are Mamma DiSlavo’s veterans, having dined several times at this venerable Kettering favorite, open since 1979. If you’ve never been, Mamma’s is the sort of bustling casual red sauce emporium where the clientele and the staff know each other […]

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The hard and soft of rock

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Guitarist Zakk Wylde goes heavy with Generation Axe tour at Taft By Alan Sculley The 20-year gap between Zakk Wylde’s two solo albums, Book of Shadows and the newly released Book of Shadows II has to hold some kind of record for longest time between a first album and its sequel. Wylde himself knows he […]

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From Springfield with love

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Springfield Symphony performs Russian Passion at Kuss By Gary Spencer Russian classical music, particularly that from the 19th century, has over time become some of the most heralded eras of classical. Although Russian classical music has roots dating back to the 1600s, it was during the 1800s that Russia became a hotbed for some of […]

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On stage

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Puppets, auditions and more By Jacqui Theobald Zoot News Autistic people of all ages often relate to puppets better than they do to real people. Whimsical puppet faces atop unusually clothed figures several feet tall, such as Zoot Theatre Artistic Director Tristan Cupp’s creations, are charmers for many. Cupp has the kind of vision that […]

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Defending food

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Michael Pollan talks food and nutrition at UD’s speaker series By Paula Johnson Michael Pollan has become America’s foremost leader in food philosophy, examining the social and political forces that shape our food production, and writing and speaking about the implications of what and how we eat. He will be appearing at The University of […]

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50 shades of green

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Sustainability at Garden Station’s Earthfest downtown By Lisa Bennett What do you think of when you hear the phrase “sustainable living?” If you think of intelligent, everyday people working to create a healthier, brighter future for new generations. you’re on the right track. Sustainable living means simply finding ways to reduce the carbon footprints we […]

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Family Ties

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5th generation of pretzel benders on Xenia Avenue By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Smales Pretzel Bakery has been around as long as the airplane. Theoretically, the Wright Brothers could have had a Smales pretzel. In fact it’s likely, considering that Smales (rhymes with “sails”) were the Montgomery County Fair pretzel up until the latter part of […]

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To reminisce

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Little River Band at Versailles’ BMI Speedway By Tim Smith Play the opening strains of “Reminiscing” to anyone who listened to Top 40 radio in the late ’70s and you’ll likely get a smile of recognition. It was the American breakthrough song for the Australian soft rock group Little River Band (or LRB as it’s […]

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Like a rolling stone

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Songwriter Troy Petty rolls into Taffy’s of Eaton By Tim Anderl Chicago native and Columbus, Ohio, transplant Troy Petty is the kind of song writer whose natural inclinations and intuitions result in stirring indie rock singer/songwriter fare that has connected with both audiences in his adopted home city and abroad. Taking cues from songwriting greats […]

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‘Midnight Special’ races in to save the sci-fi genre

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Speculative indie sci-fi traffics in real intimacy By T.T. Stern-Enzi What would Amy Seimetz (associate producer of “Medicine for Melancholy,” writer-director of “Sun Don’t Shine”) and Shane Carruth (writer, director and star of “Upstream Color”) and Mike Cahill (and cohorts Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij) do with real studio budgets behind their psychologically idiosyncratic ideas? […]

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Beer thyme

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Herbs make their comeback By Jim Witmer Quick, name the four main ingredients in beer. Barley, yeast, water and … dandelion? Of course most of us know hops are one of the four main ingredients, but today in craft beer it seems like anything goes. Like chefs wanting to add a unique flavor to a […]

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Duck, duck, ribs

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All’s Well at The Wellington Grille By Paula Johnson PIP (Palate In Progress) and I found ourselves in Beavercreek on a Friday night with no place to go, when he remembered The Wellington Grille was nearby. “It’s been a while, but I remember the place as being pretty good,” he said. “Well, we’ll soon find […]

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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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In this fast-paced world of immediate answers and non-stop connectivity, there is a real need for us to unplug and […]

Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Have you ever heard of an emotional support mouse? What about an emotional support hedgehog, or mini pig? (Can we […]

Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]