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One gigantic life

Author Bill Roorbach visits Books & Co. By Stacey Ritz Giants come in all forms. Some giants develop in the physical sense, while others achieve the bigger than life status from within. Bill Roorbach, author of the newly released novel “Life Among Giants” shared, “I’ve been dreaming these characters for nearly 40 years. And having […]

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Simple and consistent

Christopher’s Restaurant offers quality home cooking By Tom Baker There are two things I’ve learned since having my first child: First, simplicity is best, whether it is in discipline or in cooking – you’ve got to get the point across and dinner done quickly. The second, that eating together at a table with family or […]

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The surreal theatrics of “Anna Karenina”

Joe Wright’s stagey adaptation of Tolstoy By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R  Grade: A- To fully appreciate what director Joe Wright and screenwriter/playwright Tom Stoppard have wrought with their adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic tale of adultery among the 19th century Russian aristocracy, audiences should prime themselves with Wright’s surreal battlefield interlude from “Atonement.” Working from […]

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Miss Maha and the City

Great ways to enjoy Dayton in December By Maha Kashani With the holidays upon us and everyone being pulled in every which direction, I’ve decided to put a new spin on the year-end edition of my column. Welcome to the inaugural “list” edition of Miss Maha and the City. 2013 is almost here! Before that […]

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If a tree falls …

What really happened to the trees along Riverview Avenue By Marianne Stanley “Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught, will we realize we cannot eat money.”  Cree Indian Proverb For more than half a century, 16 trees stood sentry on Riverview Avenue, along […]

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Quiet noise

Six Organs of Admittance bring beautiful obscurity to Ohio By Zach Rogers Photo credit: Christopher Altenburg of MonsterFresh.com The music of Six Organs of Admittance, the name given to the noisy psych-folk project of Ben Chasny, is airy, melodic and ear-biting all at the same time. It leaps out of the speakers, wrapping itself around […]

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Beat pusher, crowd shaker, savvy money maker

Local DJ Tony DeSaro is a key figure in Dayton’s notoriously fragmented dance music scene By Wu W.A.N.G Tony DeSaro is about making things happen. This Dayton DJ’s name is everywhere these days, whether he’s involved with high-profile music events throughout the Midwest, particularly Dayton and Columbus, or playing “hella tight” sets at a house […]

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Midwest movie hub?

Drawing the film industry to the Miami Valley By Kevin J. Gray Earlier this year, representatives from film advocacy groups in Dayton, Cincinnati and Cleveland joined forces in Columbus to persuade lawmakers to increase the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit, a substantial tax credit for films that shoot and hire within Ohio. The efforts worked […]

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Hello hello

Perkins says Goodbye, Eddy’s Crusher says hello By Tim Anderl The spirit of innovation here in Dayton runs deep. It’s apparent in the technologies and inventions that our hometown heroes share with the world. The spirit is also alive and well in our music scene. That said, it’s no surprise that the musicians behind Goodbye/Crusher […]

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Midwestern splendor

Dayton native Joseph Remnant illustrates Harvey Pekar’s best-selling posthumous novel By Leo DeLuca Cartoonist and illustrator Joseph Remnant grew up in Dayton and graduated from Oakwood High School in 2000. Remnant recently illustrated “Cleveland” – the 2012 New York Times best-selling graphic novel by famed comic book author Harvey Pekar. Pekar is best known for […]

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International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]

Meet the artist

Abby Rose Maurer on lines, light and the movement of drunk people By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Artist Abby Rose Maurer in […]

Addressing dress

Decked Out! explores culture through costume and adornment By Susan Byrnes Photo: Visitors to the Experiencenter look through a zoetrope, which […]