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Fire starter

Matisyahu brings acoustic heat to spark seekers By Tim Anderl photo credit: Mark Squires 2012 was a big year for Chassidic Reggae Superstar Matthew Paul Miller – who performs as Matisyahu, and is addressed as Matis. With a reputation for eclectic, trippy, pop-centered reggae, the Los Angeles artist spent a year recording Spark Seeker, which […]

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Miss Maha and the City

Stay warm and keep cool  By Maha Kashani Photo: The Dayton Arab American Forum serves up a traditional Middle Eastern brunch at the Day of Caring How is everyone doing with their “Dayton Resolution”? One month down, 11 to go. Don’t lose any momentum yet! February is full of great options to keep you charged up and […]

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Didn’t it rain, children, didn’t it rain!

Wright State presents “1913: The Great Dayton Flood”  By Jacqui Theobald photo: Cyndii Johson and Donnella Barbour [center] bring the first act to a close in “1913: The Great Dayton Flood” By the time you’ve experienced Dayton’s own true story brought to new life at Wright State University, you’ll feel you are in 1913. WSU re-creates […]

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Middle East in the Middle West

Cedarland offers exceptional Middle Eastern cuisine  By Brandy King photo: Baba ghannouj with housemade pita at Cedarland Restaurant & Bakery For someone who makes a point to visit and review as many dives as possible – local and otherwise – it’s downright shameful that I’d long avoided the one closest to my own turf.  Cedarland Bakery […]

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Living for the city

Third annual Dayton Does Dayton tribute show returns  By Zach Rogers photo: participants of 2013 Dayton Does Dayton tribute show; photo credit: Amanda Barbosa Photography As any fan of the local music scene will tell you, Dayton has a long, rich musical history complete with ups, downs, twists and turns, and through it all some […]

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The way we love

Dating in the digital era By Stacey Ritz photo: Kelly and Rob Fisher met online and are now married; photo credit: Stacey Ritz “I was in an online relationship for about three years and then just like that, it was over.” Keith Rowman explained while thumbing through his text messages. “I thought I had found my […]

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“The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth”

A live-action graphic novel  By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Jason Phelps as Timmy in “The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth”; Photo credit: Sarah Bork Hamilton Imagine it’s 1933 and your mission is to save humanity from an invading force of monsters from outer space. Sound exhilarating? Let’s supplement your imagination with more than a thousand two-story tall, […]

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What’s all the fuzz about?

Toledo’s Silent Lions visit Blind Bob’s  By Zach Rogers photo credit:Sara Daneils; Toledo’s Silent Lions: [l to r] Dean Tartaglia and Matt Klein Toledo is a city that, for whatever reason, doesn’t appear on a lot of people’s musical radars. Silent Lions, who are proudly from the aforementioned city, are out to change that and […]

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The twin core of “Rust and Bone”

Jacques Audiard uncovers wounded souls in harsh conditions  By T.T. Stern-Enzi photo: [l to r] Armand Verdure and Matthias Schoenaerts in“Rust and Bone” Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) epitomizes what we – Westernized, sheltered, middle-class citizens – imagine when someone references brutes, bruisers or brutish behavior. Hip-hop has glamourized “thugs” and “the thug life,” but Ali comes from […]

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In the face of Disaster

Dayton Visual Arts Center presents Disaster: A Juried Members’ Show By Emma Jarman Photo: “Home of the Brave” by Guustie Alavado; cast glass on wood & acrylic The setting is ironic. Titled Disaster: A Juried Members’ Show, the exhibit sits peacefully on the second floor of the Dayton Convention Center. Softly lit and simply hung around the […]

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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) […]