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The true subject of ‘The Lady in the Van’


How a writer found himself in his interactions with someone else By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Alex Jennings and Maggie Smith in “The Lady in the Van;” Rating: PG-13; Grade: B+ As a writer-critic, I embark on this examination of the new release from Nicholas Hytner (“The History Boys”), produced from a script by Alan Bennett, […]

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Reinventing the message

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Marion Meadows’ unique jazz stylings at Gilly’s By Tim Walker Photo: Marion Meadows will perform Saturday, Feb. 20 at Gilly’s; photo: Dave Love Jazz musician Marion Meadows is calling from Hawaii. I, on the other hand, am in Dayton, Ohio on a cold winter day, the temperature outside a balmy 21 degrees. “Hawaii? I have […]

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Balancing act


Thai Kitchen has too much sweet, not enough heat By Paula Johnson Photo: Thai Kitchen’s Tom Yum soup A trip to Thai Kitchen in Miamisburg made me think about an early ’80s cult film called “Koyaanisqatsi.” In the Hopi language, the word koyaanisqatsi means “unbalanced life.” Of central importance in Thai cuisine is the concept […]

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“One Hell of an Amen”

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Brantley Gilbert performs miracle song at Nutter By Lisa Bennett Photo: Brantley Gilbert performs Friday, Feb. 19 at Wright State’s Nutter Center; photo: James Minchin There’s an old adage that says “We only grow in the dark.” It means simply, that the greatest challenges in life are there to teach us, test us and make […]

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The right to offend

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Rodney Carrington’s “Here Comes the Truth” at Victoria By Don Hurst Photo: Rodney Carrington performs on Feb. 19 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Laura Goldstein “You have offended about everyone on the planet. When people leave your show they have to go home and scrub their whole skin down with a wire brush and go […]

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Saving Longtown

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Wright State’s Connor Keiser preserves his family history By Jim Hannah The shadows are growing long in Longtown, Ohio. Connor Keiser cracks open the blinds inside the Bethel Long Wesleyan Church, sending weak shafts of light into the sanctuary. He then settles into a pew, opens a photo album and brings the historic black settlement […]

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Walking on broken glass


‘Glass Menagerie’ finally at the Human Race Theatre By Jacqui Theobald “You may have a vague memory of reading Tennessee Williams’ first play in school, but have you ever seen it?” queries Kevin Moore, artistic director and president of the Human Race Theatre Company. In fact, this is the first time in its 30 years […]

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2016 Adventure Summit at Wright State


Paralympic medalist Amy Purdy speaks on adversity Kristen Wicker If you love the outdoors, there’s an indoor event this week you can’t miss. Seriously. The Adventure Summit, held Feb. 12-13 at the Wright State University Student Union, provides inspiration and information for planning your next epic outdoor journey, whether that be a thru-hike on the […]

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Wingin’ it in Springfield


Eastwood American Grill and Tavern serves wings, pies and more By Paula Johnson PIP (Palate In Progress) and I found ourselves in Springfield recently, scouring the antiques mall aisles for finds at affordable prices. Peering at old plates and cast iron skillets made us think of dinner, and we hoped to find a meal we […]

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Repping the current


Contemporary ballet’s new tradition potential By Arnecia Patterson A program of repertory ballets is a departure from tradition for a ballet company. However, the Dayton Ballet has history with experimental choreography and new dances. Unlike how story ballets are described in detail by their characters, scenes, costumes and anticipated moments of bravura, repertory programs, like […]

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Cross my heart and hope to Dye


Jeff Dye at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin You know that one friend you have who’s always good for a story? It doesn’t even have to be about anything extraordinary, they just have a really engaging way of telling you about daily minutia. If you’re lucky, that friend is something like Jeff Dye, […]

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Won’t you take me to funkytomb


Beyond-the-grave funk at Oddbody’s with Here Come the Mummies By Josher Lumpkin It’s not every night that a group of eight funky mummies rise from the underworld to entice you with their fresh sounds. This Saturday, Dayton will get a chance to bear witness to this astounding phenomenon. Here Come the Mummies, an immensely talented […]

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‘Where to Invade Next’ exposes glaring American Flaws


Documentarian Michael Moore makes his strongest case yet By T.T. Stern-Enzi Taking back the country and making America great again have been slogans and talking points throughout the Obama Presidency. There’s this deeply ingrained sense that the first black president has somehow steered the country off course, down a dangerous pathway that is completely antithetical […]

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Rock cappella


Vocalosity interprets pop, rock and indie at Kuss By Lisa Bennett Since the Internet first became available to the general public in 1995, social media and digital communication have replaced the world of family-centric meals and homey game nights. Long gone are the days of singing to old records with friends or singing in the […]

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A touch of country


Erica Blinn brings Nashville rock to Trolley By Mike Ritchie Columbus-born Erica Blinn started playing the stage at the young age of 14, encouraged by her musical dad. “At first I was excited then I got some stage fright,” Blinn recalls. Raised with a musical pedigree of rock including of Sheryl Crow and The J. […]

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Sink or swim


Jas Patrick’s one-man show at Taffy’s By Katie Christoff It’s difficult to browse the Internet for too long without encountering some criticism of the modern-day music industry. Frustrated commenters yearn for the days of vinyl, or when bands went on tour every year (with new music to show off each time). Nashville-based rocker Jas Patrick […]

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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]