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The struggle begins “Any Day Now”

An unconventional gay couple fights the good fight  By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Garret Dillahunt and Alan Cumming star in “Any Day Now”: R Grade B- What happens when a sassy drag queen and a buttoned-up lawyer seek to gain custody of a young man with Down’s syndrome who has been abandoned by his drug addicted mother? […]

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We are the vultures

Warbeast brings its krushing thrash attack to Bogart’s  By Gary Spencer Photo Credit: Beth Shelby When one thinks about the origins of classic thrash metal from the 1980s, one typically thinks of household names like Anthrax and – before they started to suck –Metallica, and where they came from: in this instance the East Coast […]

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Making THE beer run

Tips on curating a beer festival  By Kevin J. Gray Photo: John Sulentic pours draft selections at the 2012 MSD Brew Ha-Ha; photo © Jim Witmer Dayton beer drinkers have unique access to an insane amount of quality beer. We import craft brew from both coasts and are surrounded by breweries in the Great Lakes region. Many […]

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Suite disposition

Tim Pritchard enlists new collaborators on search for his Pet Sounds  By Tim Anderl Photo: Tim Pritchard & the Boxcar Suite on stage at Canal Street Tavern: [l to r] Tony Moore, Trevor Bell, Tim Pritchard and Phil Caviness It would be easy to mistake Tim Pritchard’s persistent smile for a carefree spirit. Though Pritchard is […]

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To the principal’s office!

From Vince Vaughn films to “Weeds,” Comedian Bret Ernst has been around the block  By Leo DeLuca Los Angeles-based comedian Bret Ernst performs at Dayton’s Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant on Jan. 24-27. Raised in New Jersey and South Florida, Ernst went on to play football at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island […]

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Playfully Yours play for yours (and theirs)

Cincinnati trio requires no more than your attention for their electro stylings By W.C. Ruffnel Photo: Playfully Yours: [l to r]Maxx McKinley, Katie Busemeyer and Brock R. McKinley; photo credit: Sarah McDermott Last time I saw the group known as Playfully Yours, I was excited to watch them, and this was because they were exciting. It seems […]

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Experience the great outdoors … indoors!

Adventure Speaker Series inspires attendees to “Get Out and Live”  By Val Beerbower When winter has the Miami Valley in its grip, it gets easier to hunker down on the sofa and channel surf. But if the idea of “adventure” has amounted to no more than Iron Chef marathons, perhaps it’s time to shake things […]

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This ain’t your normal country band! … but it also is

Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons adhere to and subvert traditions  By Nick Schwab Nowadays music has to be extra special to retain interest. Whether it be due to there being so much music out there, the new market for singles, or even the short attention spans spawned by video games, listeners make up their […]

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Ain’t that tough enough?

The Original Toughman Contest returns to Hara Arena By Mark Luedtke The Original Toughman Contest swings back into Dayton’s Hara Arena Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19. The Toughman Contest is exactly what it sounds like: two contestants get in a ring and slug it out until one wins a decision or knocks out his opponent. […]

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The daring “Girls” return game

Lena Dunham steps further outside her already uncomfortable zone  By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rarely do I feel the need to follow-up a review or feature as directly as I will this week. The dialogue on race, which began with “Django Unchained” last week, demands further exploration, although with the gaze turned now to the small screen, […]

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news of the weird: 10/28

by Chuck Shephard Lead Story – Eye of the beholder The Osiligi Maasai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying […]

The hands-on headless horseman

Zoot Reboots for “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: C.J. Suchyta and Natalie Houliston display Ichabod at a Zoot […]

The Docket

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Editor’s Choice: Saucy and stalk-y After […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Knight Terrors I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got […]

Putting the ‘boo’ in book

Inside Troy’s haunted bookstore By Matt Bayman Photo: Around About Books is located at 8 W. Main St. in Troy […]

News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]