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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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Time to get wild, again!

Nightbeast rocks the home crowd at Blind Bob’s  By Zach Rogers  Photo: Nightbeast brings the party to Blind Bob’s on Saturday, March 2; photo credit: Jessica Uttinger Lurking somewhere deep in the shadows is a mysterious being, a musical entity so powerful it could literally melt your face off. It has the ability to lift you […]

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The perfect storm

Minus The Bear delivers gnarliest moments on Infinity Overhead  By Tim Anderl  Photo: Minus the Bear visit Columbus Wednesday, March 6; photo credit: Angel Ceballos Over the last decade, veteran Seattle quintet Minus The Bear avoided the pitfalls that would remove a lesser band from the game before their time, continuing to recreate and reinvent themselves […]

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Get your groove on

Beavercreek High School hosts 13th Weekend of Jazz By Kevin J. Gray Photo: The Ramsey Lewis  Quintet will headline Saturday evening, March 2, at Beavercreek High School’s 13th Annual Weekend of Jazz In 2001, Doug McCullough, the Director of Bands at Beavercreek High School, had a goal. McCullough’s goal was two-fold. He wanted to increase awareness […]

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Dark humor

Christopher Titus visits Funny Bone  By Leo DeLuca  Photo:  Comedian Christopher Titus will visit the Dayton Funny Bone March 1-3 Comedian Christopher Titus first came to prominence with “Titus” – a contentious FOX television program that aired in the early aughts. While censors admonished him to tone down his sinister humor, Titus refused to compromise and […]

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Listen up!

2013 local bands to watch If you’ve spent any time observing the Dayton music scene and the bands that make the rounds therein, certainly you have an awareness that, like a Midwestern Fountain of Youth, Dayton music possesses an incredible ability to regenerate itself over time. With almost clockwork precision, new bands rise up and […]

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An old-fashioned rumble for charity

Knockout Dayton comes back to Memorial Hall for round two By Mark Luedtke Photo: 2013 Knockout Dayton fighters training at Drake’s Downtown Gym; photo credit: Mark Luedtke Boxing swings back into Memorial Hall with the presentation of Knockout Dayton by Drake’s Downtown Gym and Dayton History. This is the second year for the event, and it […]

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Setting the standard

Schuster Center celebrates 10 years of inspiration and innovation By Emma Jarman Photo: Marian and Dr. Benjamin Schuster signing the girders of the Schuster Performing Arts Center in 2003; photo credit: Andy Snow Dayton’s Schuster Performing Arts Center does more than just make Dayton home for artfully-minded residents; for many, it is home. The Dayton Philharmonic […]

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It’s a bird? It’s a plane? It’s both!

Flying the SR-71 Blackbird By Mark Luedtke Photo: The fabled SR-71 Blackbird will be the subject of discussion at the Engineers Club on Friday, Feb. 22 The SR-71 Blackbird is one of the most captivating aircraft in history. Designed by the Skunk Works division of Lockheed, the aircraft first took flight in 1964 and was finally […]

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News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]

The Docket: 11/18

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove A new trend? A 36-year-old woman […]

Advice Goddess: 11/11

By Amy Alkon Scold rush  I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, […]

The Docket 11/11/14

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Hail seizure! Officers responded to a […]

news of the weird 11/11

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Baby beauty Amanda Collins, 28, took “beauty pageant mom” to the next level (down) […]