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State of the stage

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Area live theatre companies step back from the financial edge By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] Dayton Theatre Guild Board members Patty Smith, President Kathy Mola and Rick Flynn Two major factors, financial stability and artistic standards, frame a discussion of what people closely involved in community theatre talk about as they assess the state of […]

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Get to the point!

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World’s youngest professional knife thrower never misses By E.F. Shaub Photo: Nine-year-old Grennan Nealeigh and his six-year-old sister, Charlotte Most people would be insulted if you called the work they do for a living a “freakshow,” but not Grennan Bartlett-Nealeigh’s family – they take it as a compliment. This is because they run an actual […]

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Country music, evolved

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Ashley Martin at Riff Raff Tavern on the Canal By Katie Christoff Photo: Ashley martin will perform on Dec. 20 at Riff Raff Tavern; photo: Kent Cretors Dayton native Ashley Martin is changing the face of country music, and she’s gaining national recognition for doing so. “Country music is evolving into pop and rock, and […]

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Pints and half-pints

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Family-friendly breweries in the Miami Valley By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Kids play pinball at Warped Wing Brewing Company, while adults taste the beers and take a tour Several weeks ago, Dayton saw its first “Beer Geeks with Kids” event, a meetup designed to bring families in the craft beer world together. About 25 people, […]

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A very rocky Christmas

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Cult classic goes Christmas at Blind Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Ben Riddlebarger as Tranta Claus Long considered a cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is an outrageous film that scoffs at traditional gender roles and encourages viewers to do what they want and have a good time. In cities across America, “Rocky Horror” […]

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Worth the wake-up

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Fort Ancient’s annual Winter Solstice celebration By Tara Pettit Photo: Participants gather at the Fort Ancient Fall Solstice program in 2011; photo: Kristy Kreel There is a single moment that occurs each year when Earth’s maximum axial tilt to the sun is at 23 degrees and 23 feet, creating the shortest day and longest night […]

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On Stage

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Dayton’s local theatre, from humble beginnings by Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] John Saurine, Stage Manager Ralph Dennler and Laurie Scott of The Dayton Theatre Guild Dayton is a great theatre town, we often say, and the question is, what makes that happen? Here’s a suggestion: It is the people who absolutely love theatre and have […]

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Gimme shelter

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The Nightbeast and friends play benefit for Daybreak shelter By Gary Spencer Photo: [l-r] Steve Sturm, Brian Whitten, Vincent Arceo, Alex Todd and Kelly Hanus of Swimming With Sharks We’re in the midst of yet another holiday season here in Dayton – one in which, like every year, the adage “better to give than receive” […]

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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

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Apparently you can go there and back again By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Orlando Bloom as Legolas in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A- All throughout Peter Jackson’s retelling of JRR Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” I have mildly complained about the notion that it took three filmed installments to present what […]

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A welcome distraction

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Dan Grueter at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Dan Grueter will perform at Dayton Funnybone Dec. 18-21 Comedian Dan Grueter wants to offer you a reprieve from your daily toils. He’s taken his homegrown brand of comedy on the likes of the Late Late Show and The Bob & Tom Show, where […]

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Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]

Vitality Check: 6/14/16

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The dangerous game of preventing pregnancy By Rocco Castellano So I got a call from a friend of mine that […]

Spring into comics

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Comic culture in Yellow Springs By Josher Lumpkin The village of Yellow Springs is a quaint college town that manages […]