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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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Miss Maha and the City

Kick off 2013 by getting out around Dayton  By Maha Kashani HAPPY NEW YEAR! The holidays are officially over and as you are reading, I am en route to Dayton from a two-week voyage to visit my family in Iran and after 14 days in the motherland, I can promise you that I am excited […]

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Lifting “Lid”

Cricketbows readies ambitious third LP  By Tim Anderl In 2010, Chad Wells experienced a spiritual awakening while awaiting the birth of his second child. The result was his dynamic first album recorded under the Cricketbows moniker. The aural excursions executed on Home defied genre classification and illuminated psychedelic, Americana, folk, country and a variety of […]

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New year! New fitness plan?

What new forms of exercise will you attempt in 2013? By Stacey Ritz    “I will continue my commitment to live a fit and healthy life in the New Year!” shared Kaitlin Rohrer of Dayton. “In 2012 I not only ran my first 5k but also my first half marathon! It was so rewarding to […]

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Living off “The Grid”

Martha Moody’s dystopian vision of Dayton in “Sharp and Dangerous Virtues” By Tim Walker Imagine: the year is 2047. In Dayton, Ohio, in a future not so far away, the United States has had to adapt in order to survive. After hundreds of years reigning as a global superpower, the U.S. is still recognizable, but […]

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The Armageddon Bucket List

Things you should do … while you still can! By Stacey Ritz You’ve always dreamed of … what? If you’ve dreamed of doing it, why have you been putting that one thing off? Is it time, money, guts? What’s holding you back? Emma Cline explained that she’s always wanted to float in the Dead Sea […]

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Radiohead, singing children and synthesizers

OK KID: Worst of all albums, end of all culture  By Benjamin Smith As the proud father of a precocious 10-year-old, I feel I have the experience and wisdom to proclaim, with impunity, that children are terrible. Seriously, they ruin everything. Children piss on your shoes, eat all the cupcakes, vomit at operas. Children ruin […]

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Seeking a film for the end of the world

When it all ends, what will you be watching?  By T.T. Stern-Enzi The end is … We’ve heard it all before. If not from Nostradamus or the Mayans or some other Psychic Friends Network associate who lost their connection to the mainframe, then it was likely that we’ve seen the end unspooling before us onscreen. […]

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Apocalypse! Now!

For all of humanity’s achievements, the past hundred years or so witnessed incredible acceleration of technology that put unparalleled access of transportation and information at our fingertips. While the speed of life arguably got a little out of control, who can argue that it didn’t get a little easier at the same time? Let’s take […]

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End of the world?

Making sense of the Mayan prophecy  By Megan Garrison So today is Dec. 12, 2012. And in precisely 9 days the end of the world is supposed to occur on Dec. 21, 2012 all because of a prediction made by the Mayans. A prediction that honestly has no real scientific merit other than some loosely […]

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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 […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]