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“The Last Exorcism Part 2” as the last stand against evil

Can a second “Exorcism” tame this demonic breakout?  By T.T. Stern-Enzi  Photo: David Jensen [left] and Ashley Bell [right] star in “The Last Exorcism Part 2” There’s a great, not-so-obvious hook in “The Last Exorcism 2,” which is the sequel to the successful 2010 found footage creeper feature about an evangelical exorcist named Cotton Marcus (Patrick […]

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Truth, not spoof

Green Day’s un-romanticized “American Idiot”  By Nick Schwab Photo: Alex Nee as Johnny in “American Idiot,” playing at the Victoria Theatre March 12-14; Photo credit: John Daughtry “Punk rock is about breaking out of the box,” stated Trent Saunders who plays St. Jimmy in the “American Idiot” musical. “So what is more punk rock than creating […]

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The “new” sound of young America

The Regrettes join Columbus soul movement  By Tim Anderl  Photo: Columbus neo-soul outfit The Regrettes visit Peach’s on March 9; photo credit: Kelsey McLellan Crafted with an emphasis on pop appeal and passionate call-and-response vocals born from gospel music, Motown once captured the attention of the world and birthed the northern soul movement. The pop music […]

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“M” is for “Meatless”

Wine pairings for vegetarian cuisine  By Mike Rosenberg  Photo: Mango quinoa salad pairs well with malbec and carmenere Astute observers of my monthly column know that I love me some meat. Well, I love most food in general, but I’m not sure that I could ever be a vegetarian. I tried removing animals from the ol’ […]

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I think this should happen

The Arcade: Dayton’s public library By J. Todd Anderson Photo: A view from a window on the upper floor of the Arcade; photo credit: Nancy Roach Editor’s Note: For over two decades, the Arcade has stood vacant at the heart of downtown Dayton. Once serving as a vibrant commercial and social hub of the region, its […]

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Stay calm and rock out

Hostage Calm suggest punk solutions for modern problems By Tim Anderl Photo: Hostage Calm visit The Basement in Columbus on March 12; photo credit: Jamie Moore Please Remain Calm, the October 2012 release by Hostage Calm is more than the band’s opus: it’s their manifesto. It is a punk album for the looming recession, by a brave […]

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Beyond the canvas

An imaginary world comes to life By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Amy Kollar Anderson’s painting “Madness,” served as an inspiration for her collaboration with Kettering Children’s Theatre for “Alice in Wonderland” A painter can depict a visual world in infinite new ways, translating their vision onto a canvas often bound for a gallery wall. What happens when […]

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Miss Maha and the City

March 2013 – The Best Month Ever By Maha Kashani Photo: Dayton’s ENCORE young professionals group hosts a special outing to the Philharmonic’s Russian Masters concert on March 15; photo credit: Mikee Huber Another month bites the dust, and we are moving right along with our year of appreciating all things Dayton! February played host to […]

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Keep it real

Sakai Japanese Bistro in Troy By Tom Baker Photo: The Spider roll at Sakai Japanese Bistro in Troy A few weeks ago I was asked, somewhat surprisingly, to do a piece on a Japanese restaurant in Troy. Now, I don’t spend much time north of town, so I certainly didn’t expect there to be a Japanese […]

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A magical glimpse inside the mind of Roman Coppola

A recent phone interview offers a brief guided tour  By T.T. Stern-Enzi Mere mention of the Coppola name brings to mind some of the greatest films of the 1970s – the first two installments of “The Godfather” saga, “The Conversation” and “Apocalypse Now” – and then a new generational phase with “The Virgin Suicides” and […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]