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On Stage

New offerings from Dayton Playhouse, Zoot Theatre and Troy Civic Theatre By Brian P. Sharp Dickens’ Classic interpreted by two local theatres “Scrooge” continues at The Dayton Playhouse You have one more weekend to take in the holiday favorite “Scrooge.” This time of year it is kind of nice to just sit back and be […]

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Humbug! … on a string!

Zoot Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” at Dayton Art Institute By Jacqui Theobald From Albert Finney to Bill Murray and hundreds in between, “A Christmas Carol” has been interpreted in numerous forms ever since Charles Dickens’ stories were first serialized in the mid-nineteenth century. Few are more original and creative, however, than The Zoot Theatre Company […]

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I’m keeping the beat

Motel Beds drummer Ian Kaplan discusses new album By W.C. Ruffnel The Motel Beds actively and negatively reinforce the opposite of several altruistic truths pertaining to rock n’ roll. The first of these is that rock n’ roll is a young man’s game – all pushing past their mid-thirties, the Motel Beds are comprised of […]

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Bigger is better!

Chicago festival takes barrel aging to the next level By Kevin J. Gray Aging beer in wooden barrels is a recent trend that marks a return to a nearly forgotten brewing method. Before the stainless steel kegs of the 1950s, most brewers stored beer in wooden casks. By the late 20th century, this practice had […]

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Are you ready for some LEGOS?!

FIRST LEGO League: Excitement for Science and Technology at Boonshoft By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin For some, fall means colorful foliage, warm sweaters and the autumn harvest. For others it means football, family holidays and back-to-school. And for a steadily growing group of science-savvy students, mentors, coaches and volunteers, Fall means the season kick-off for FIRSTâ […]

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Heroes and villains

Action Camp serves up sunshine and darkness on one electronic platter By Zach Rogers Action Camp constantly contradicts labels and genres. One minute they sound like some sort of futuristic, electronic surf band, the next there’s a sludgy guitar riff that pushes the sunshine right out the door. In the end, it creates a distinct […]

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“Killing” style at the box office

Marrying 1970s grit with druggy matrix effects By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R Grade: B+ I’m a huge fan of Prince, The Roots and Level 42; a fanatic, in fact, which means that any new release from them guarantees an instant buy, and not just a digital download from iTunes. No, I’m talking about heading out […]

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A new twist on “Oliver!”

Human Race Theatre offers unique take on Dickens’ classic By Brian P. Sharp Human Race Theatre Company has a winner in “Oliver!” As someone who has directed “Oliver!” I went into this production a skeptic. “Ugh, another production of ‘Oliver’ full of kids.” We all know the story – based on the Charles Dickens’ novel […]

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Vintage ideas, modern design

Daytonian Cayee’ delivers handmade products with vintage flair By Tim Anderl Nearly all holiday traditions share at least one commonality: fellowship. Just as the Native Americans invited the Pilgrims to feast on their bountiful harvest during the first Thanksgiving and Christians believe that the inn keeper in Bethlehem found room in his stable for Mary, […]

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Their way and the highway

Detroit’s Koffin Kats bring non-stop psychobilly tour to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer There’s an ages-old saying that suggests there is “no rest for the wicked.” If that adage is indeed true, Detroit punk-gone-psychobilly trio Koffin Kats must truly be evil. Formed nearly a decade ago in the Motor City by upright bass guitarist and […]

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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]