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Answering the call

Horns, heroes and home with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra  By Joe Aiello It will be a weekend that should make the late lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jimmy Van Heusen look down from heaven into the Schuster Center. And smile. No, they won’t hear the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra playing any of their songs. But DPO […]

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A Modern Renaissance

A Dayton Gem is being polished By Natasha Habib “It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn, it’s your new DAI,” said Michael R. Roediger, executive director of the Dayton Art Institute. His quote, prominently displayed on the museum’s website, sums up how the DAI’s new leadership feels about the art institute of which they’ve […]

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The pleasures and pain of non-pornographic porn

By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin A San Francisco blogger recently hired a woman to slap him every time he veered off track and headed for social media sites such as Facebook (I can empathize; this article would have been in last week’s issue if not for Buzzfeed, that fiendish hoarder of all things interesting). There was […]

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Django explained

A look at race relations in Quentin Tarantino’s curious revenge fantasy By T.T. Stern-Enzi Art – the best and the worst of the various forms – challenges audiences. It offers reflections that ping-pong from the surreal to the mundane, the radiantly abstract to the common, which at times can seem quite vulgar in their uncovering […]

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Got Joe?

Coffee Houses of the Miami Valley By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin No matter how much you love your home and your job, everyone needs a place to go to develop and nurture a sense of community. For many, these “third places” are bars or barbershops or bowling alleys. Thanks to the ‘90s explosions of Starbucks and […]

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All alone in this big, big world

Trin Tran demystifies what it means to be a band  By Zach Rogers When you first set eyes on him, it demands a second glance. A bass drum, some keyboards and him, Trin Tran, with his guitar in hand and a pint of beer within arm’s reach. Because honestly, with so much to control at […]

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She ain’t what she used to be … and that’s not a bad thing!

The classic film “Sunset Boulevard” stirs thoughts of Dayton’s past, present and future By Leo DeLuca Ranking high upon the American Film Institute’s Greatest Movies list, “Sunset Boulevard” (1950) stars Joe Gillis (William Holden), a struggling screenwriter from Dayton, Ohio. Gillis happens upon Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), a fading silent film star who bemoans audio in […]

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Don’t judge a restaurant by its (old) cover!

Pearl Bay Thai & Asian Cuisine makes new, tasty home  By Brandy King There’s a website currently on hiatus called Not Fooling Anybody that would snap photos of former chain restaurants that had been very awkwardly converted into doctors’ offices, ethnic restaurants, etc., without really bothering to change the recognizable design of the former tenant.  […]

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Dark summer, absurd sex, heart infatuation and definitive veto

The sounds of a questionable future  By Benjamin Smith New Year’s resolutions are lies, people. Lies! Are you really going to lose weight, quit smoking and become brilliant? No. You are going to stay fat and gross and stupid. Yet you can start 2013 on a slightly improved foot simply by trying something new this […]

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Top Ten Films of 2012

A cinematic mix-tape for the year gone by  By T.T. Stern-Enzi 1  “Zero Dark Thirty”  (Kathryn Bigelow) A tough no-nonsense shooter with an eye for clarity hooks up with a top-notch journalist intent on capturing the true essence of the story (which isn’t necessarily the “truth” in an idealized sense) and first we get “The […]

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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 […]