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Experimental traditions

Dayton Ballet opens season with Range of Motion  By Arnecia Patterson   Photo: Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke In the spring of 1937, Josephine and Hermene Schwarz set their new dance company, “The Experimental Group for Young Dancers,” on the stage of the Dayton Art Institute and the Dayton Ballet was born. Its name […]

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Not your Father’s lager

Adding lagers to your craft brew repertoire By: Kevin J. Gray   Photo: [l to r] The Brew Kettle’s Oktofest and Brooklyn Brewery’s Oktoberfest are two offerings that can change your outlook on craft beer lagers To many better beer drinkers, lager is a dirty word. It’s the beer that we drank as broke, uninformed college […]

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Getting bitten

Lazer/Wulf deliver technical metal with teeth By Tim Anderl  Photo: Experimental/metal trio Lazer/Wulf perform at the Rockstar Pro Arena on Friday, Oct. 25 Tipped off to Atlanta/Athens, Ga. trio Lazer/Wulf’s metal chops and technical prowess by Kylesa vocalist/guitarist Phillip Cope, who has been working behind the boards with the band on their forthcoming full-length, the experimental, […]

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Cruisin’ for a bruisin’

Garage duo The Holy Smokes play Blind Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer   Photo: [l to r] Joe Dannin and Joey Beach of The Holy Smokes; photo: Sophie Dannin If you didn’t happen to catch their electrifying performance at this year’s Dayton Music Fest, you are in luck because The Holy Smokes, will bring their pummeling performance […]

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Behind the masks

Mike Foy and family champion Halloween in Fairborn  By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin  Photo: Land of a thousand masks: Foy’s offers the largest selection of masks in Ohio; photo: Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin You know the feeling. It pricks all the senses. Perhaps your taste buds take the brunt of the autumn attack, overcome by the omnipresent pumpkin-flavored […]

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The dark, sweet sound of death

Modern Halloween rock that’ll turn your hair white  By Nick Schwab Photo: The KVB//Always Then and Immaterial Visions    “I remember ———Halloween,” goes the chorus of that classic Misfits song; a staple of their discography that is also named after that festivity. It is also a sentiment that can be the very spark of creativity that has […]

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Happily ever after

Fairy tales come to life at Masquerage 2013 By Maha Kashani  Photo: Masquerage attendees in 2012 enjoying the “Vixens & Villains” theme; photo: David Long, LongShots There is an extravagant night in the city where all inhibitions are set free and everyone can be anyone – or anything – that they want to be. Fairy tales […]

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I’ve had better carry-out

Shen’s misses the mark By Brandy King  Photo: The minced chicken lettuce wraps at Shen’s Szechuan & Sushi in Vandalia I had heard people talk about Mr. Lee’s Fine Dining for the better part of 10 years, and by the time I finally got around to trying it, it was called Shen’s Szechuan & Sushi. The […]

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A relatable case of ‘Inequality for All’

Robert Reich sells the real deal about the ongoing financial crisis By T.T. Stern-Enzi  Photo: Robert Reich explains our current economic dilemmas in “Inequality for All”; Rating: PG Grade: A- As Labor Secretary under President Bill Clinton, Robert Reich was the lone voice raging against the madness of the economic machine. He knew the system was […]

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Keep the change

The show goes on at century-old Clifton Opera House By Sarah Sidlow   Photo: Razzamatazz & Jazz will perform at the Clifton Opera House on Friday, Oct. 18; photo: courtesy of artist Perched between Cedarville, Springfield and Yellow Springs, the village of Clifton is home to 152 people on a little more than 120 acres. In […]

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News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy […]

A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; […]

Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – […]

Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we […]

News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]