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On stage

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Puppets, auditions and more By Jacqui Theobald Zoot News Autistic people of all ages often relate to puppets better than they do to real people. Whimsical puppet faces atop unusually clothed figures several feet tall, such as Zoot Theatre Artistic Director Tristan Cupp’s creations, are charmers for many. Cupp has the kind of vision that […]

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Defending food

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Michael Pollan talks food and nutrition at UD’s speaker series By Paula Johnson Michael Pollan has become America’s foremost leader in food philosophy, examining the social and political forces that shape our food production, and writing and speaking about the implications of what and how we eat. He will be appearing at The University of […]

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50 shades of green

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Sustainability at Garden Station’s Earthfest downtown By Lisa Bennett What do you think of when you hear the phrase “sustainable living?” If you think of intelligent, everyday people working to create a healthier, brighter future for new generations. you’re on the right track. Sustainable living means simply finding ways to reduce the carbon footprints we […]

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Family Ties

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5th generation of pretzel benders on Xenia Avenue By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Smales Pretzel Bakery has been around as long as the airplane. Theoretically, the Wright Brothers could have had a Smales pretzel. In fact it’s likely, considering that Smales (rhymes with “sails”) were the Montgomery County Fair pretzel up until the latter part of […]

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To reminisce

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Little River Band at Versailles’ BMI Speedway By Tim Smith Play the opening strains of “Reminiscing” to anyone who listened to Top 40 radio in the late ’70s and you’ll likely get a smile of recognition. It was the American breakthrough song for the Australian soft rock group Little River Band (or LRB as it’s […]

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Like a rolling stone

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Songwriter Troy Petty rolls into Taffy’s of Eaton By Tim Anderl Chicago native and Columbus, Ohio, transplant Troy Petty is the kind of song writer whose natural inclinations and intuitions result in stirring indie rock singer/songwriter fare that has connected with both audiences in his adopted home city and abroad. Taking cues from songwriting greats […]

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‘Midnight Special’ races in to save the sci-fi genre

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Speculative indie sci-fi traffics in real intimacy By T.T. Stern-Enzi What would Amy Seimetz (associate producer of “Medicine for Melancholy,” writer-director of “Sun Don’t Shine”) and Shane Carruth (writer, director and star of “Upstream Color”) and Mike Cahill (and cohorts Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij) do with real studio budgets behind their psychologically idiosyncratic ideas? […]

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Beer thyme

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Herbs make their comeback By Jim Witmer Quick, name the four main ingredients in beer. Barley, yeast, water and … dandelion? Of course most of us know hops are one of the four main ingredients, but today in craft beer it seems like anything goes. Like chefs wanting to add a unique flavor to a […]

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Duck, duck, ribs

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All’s Well at The Wellington Grille By Paula Johnson PIP (Palate In Progress) and I found ourselves in Beavercreek on a Friday night with no place to go, when he remembered The Wellington Grille was nearby. “It’s been a while, but I remember the place as being pretty good,” he said. “Well, we’ll soon find […]

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Him of many faces

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Tommy Davidson makes impressions at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Remember the T-1000 from “Terminator 2” and how it was made up of that mimetic alloy that allowed it to instantly transform into whomever it wanted? Tommy Davidson must be made of similar stuff, considering how completely he disappears into impressions, from Sylvester […]

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Math rock resurrected

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Dedicated fan spearheads Craw album reissue By Tim Anderl “Any account of progressive, aggressive underground and alternative music of the past 30 years—a continuum that stretches from bands such as Black Flag, Voivod and Melvins up through Don Caballero, Dillinger Escape Plan, Tool and beyond—is incomplete without a mention of what Craw did,” explanins Hank […]

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Let it move you

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Things get innovative at Oxford Kinetics Festival By Gary Spencer Oxford Dictionary defines the word “kinetics” as “the branch of chemistry or biochemistry concerned with measuring and studying the rates of reactions.” Referencing this definition is more than appropriate in this instance, as this coming Sunday a different Oxford—Oxford, Ohio, to be exact—will be hosting […]

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Dig it

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Turn your thumb green with MetroParks’ gardening programs Kristen Wicker For Carla and Scott Lachecki, who live in an urban Dayton neighborhood without much of a yard, renting a year-round community garden plot at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark allows them to grow their own produce and share the natural world with their 3-year-old granddaughter, June. “It’s […]

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I do?

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Human Race’s “One Slight Hitch” is pure Lewis Black By Jacqui Theobald The opening night audience left The Loft still almost dancing to the upbeat ’80s music, smiling and cheerful after enjoying “One Slight Hitch,” the fast paced, crammed with on-liners, directed with superb timing story of the worst possible wedding day. Director Margarett Perry […]

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Let’s Jam

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Learning to skate with Dayton’s derby girls By Katrina Eresman Going to your first derby practice is like going to your first day of school, only there’s a much higher chance you’ll fall in front of everyone. You might not really know anyone, you might not really know the rules and you might not even […]

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Deeper into humanity

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Viewers asked to second-guess at Springfield’s Jimi Jones art exhibition By Tara Pettit Every once in a while an artist comes along who radically challenges creative boundaries and redefines contextual aspects such as space, time and subject matter. It’s not often, however, that an artist comes along who has masterfully redefined and assimilated all three […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]