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The adulterated virgin


The truth behind your olive oil By Paula Johnson Olive oil—the food and medicine of the gods. Even the tree that produces the olives contributes to its mythic nature: it recovers from fire by sending up new shoots from the root ball to regrow the tree. The ancients were obsessed with olive oil. Texts record […]

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Super Bored?

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DCP’s Guide to an Alternative Game Day By Katrina Eresman Football season. To some, it’s a cherished time, a time to cuddle up in team paraphernalia with a cold beer or hot cocoa and watch the game with friends and family. It brings people together, it sparks conversations between strangers and it continues to be […]

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Violence in our streets


Author Daniel Baker offers unique perspective on social unrest By Tim Walker “Blood in the Streets: Racism, Riots and Murders in the Heartland of America” is a recently published book by local writer and retired Dayton Police Officer Daniel L. Baker. The book deals with timely subjects that easily could have been ripped from today’s […]

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The language of song


Francesca Blanchard brings her multicultural music to UD By Gary Spencer Inspiration for writing music comes from many places and personal experiences. That inspiration is drawn from far away memories, experiences growing up, places we lived a long time ago and everything in between. For Francesca Blanchard, a singer/songwriter, style, sound, lyrics and inspiration is […]

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Nibble me this


Miamisburg’s Nibbles serves first class eats By Paula Johnson The name of Nibbles, an intimate fine dining restaurant located in Miamisburg, might be slightly misleading. Nibbles implies, according to the dictionary definition, “to bite gently, to take smaller hesitant bites in very small quantities; sort of like dabbling, lacking in serious intent,” almost dilettantish. But […]

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Off the beaten path


Six of the area’s least likely beer spots By Hayley Fudge It’s easy to get comfortable visiting your favorite drinking establishments over and over again. Or maybe high on the priority list is checking out the latest addition to the craft beer scene that’s opened nearby. But sometimes it’s fun to revisit the older establishments […]

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Some kind of Wonderland


Carolyn Wonderland brings Texas-tinged blues to CPH By Rusty Pate Austin, Texas, is a musical mecca. It has spawned American legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Townes Van Zandt and Janis Joplin. Contemporary acts such as The Black Angels, Gary Clark Jr. and Okkervil River show the diversity of the scene. For an artist to stand […]

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Dickinson speaks

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WSU students take charge of The Emily Dickinson Journal By Jim Hannah Two Wright State University English literature students are helping edit scholarly articles from around the world submitted to The Emily Dickinson Journal—the only publication devoted to the poet’s writing. Last year, the Department of English Language and Literatures in Wright State’s College of […]

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Savor and sip


Culinary delights, craft beer harmonize at AleFeast By Hayley Fudge English cheddar. Fried Chicken. Pork belly. Pot roast crostini. Four cheese grilled cheese. Bavarian soft pretzels. Dark chocolate sea salt caramels. Barrel-aged stout. Belgian quad. Gueuze. Scotch ale. Imperial IPA. Gose. Doppelbock. Do I have your attention yet? Thought so. That’s just a snippet of […]

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Year of the Monkey


Lunar New Year explained By Joyell Nevins In America, a new year is often celebrated with a big party, some resolutions and kisses, and then by Jan. 2 we’re back to work or school. However, in Asian cultures, the Lunar New Year is often a weeklong holiday and huge celebration, with a plethora of ways […]

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Everybody wants ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’


The third time is definitely the real rock ’em, sock ’em charm By T.T. Stern-Enzi What’s an awesome kung fu warrior to do once he has fended off the greatest threats to his crown and kingdom? Settle in for a little rest and relaxation, right? Well, maybe not. Especially if we’re talking about the adorable […]

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Keepin’ it real redneck


The Lacs bring their “redneck rap” to Oddbody’s By Rusty Pate The Lacs are the ultimate country music outsiders. The genre that has largely been known through the squeaky-clean corporate image of Nashville usually doesn’t welcome deviations from the norm with open arms. Even legendary mainstays like Johnny Cash, George Jones and Willie Nelson didn’t […]

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The World Accordion to Charlie


In print, on-air and online, Charlie Campbell makes Dayton shine By Amanda Dee Charlie Campbell is the Mark Zuckerberg of Dayton—except his mouth curves up in a permanent, wrinkled smile and he’s more interested in “live-to-live interaction” than interactions online. Plus, he plays in an accordion band. (And he’s never seen “The Social Network.”) Charlie […]

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Force de la femme


Broadway Beveled gives feminine twist to men’s theatre By Joyell Nevins Fresh. Funky. Feminine. Those are the three words the Magnolia Theatre Company (MTC) lives by. MTC is a professional theater company with a mission to produce theater that celebrates women. Their latest production offers a new spin on Broadway favorites with a feminine cabaret […]

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The butter half of breakfast


Butter Cafe is part of a complete breakfast By Paula Johnson Photo: Blueberry pancakes at Butter Cafe Though it’s probably not enforced, there is an 1895 Wisconsin statute stating that it is illegal for restaurants to serve margarine unless the customer specifically orders it. Governor Warren Knowles called it  “the yellow stick from Satan himself,” […]

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Foundation of stone


Nashville band Frances & the Foundation at Bob’s By Gary Spencer As most any artist from Dayton past or present can attest, being an ambitious, young musician can be challenging and frustrating. The burning desire to make a living out of your craft and get your music out for the world to hear drives many […]

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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 […]