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Apples and oranges

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Farmers markets produce more than ever By Paula Johnson Did you know you can pet an alpaca and do yoga at Dayton farmers markets? Talk to the guy who baked your bread this morning and the folks who made the honey you just bought? Pick up a handmade ceramic piece or a painting? Hear live […]

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Bring it back

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God Bless and Asher Jones take hip-hop RnR to Bob’s By Christian Roerig Photo: God Bless and Asher Jones (GB&AJ) will perform July 31 at Blind Bob’s A few years ago, the future of God Bless and Asher Jones was uncertain. A few years prior, the band quickly jumped out as a stand-out in the […]

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A twisted take

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Local author looks west for dark first novel By Tim Walker Photo: Local author Ryan Ireland has always had a soft spot for western themes When you think of writers penning intellectual novels, books that offer imaginative as well as visceral thrills, you rarely think of books published in the Western genre. Posses and cattle […]

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Eat at Sam and Ethel’s

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It’s the same menu, not the same food By Paula Johnson Photo: The dinner-plate sized blueberry pancake at Sam and Ethel’s That’s a quote from PIP (Palate In Progress) as we critiqued our breakfast at Tipp City’s Sam and Ethel’s Restaurant. We arrived on a mild Sunday morning a little after 10 to find a […]

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Pump up the give

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Charity rocks Miami Valley Music Fest By Gary Spencer Photo: Singer-songwriter Sharon Lane will perform at this year’s Miami Valley Music Festival, taking place July 31 and Aug. 1 There are rarely definites in life, but when it comes to summers, there are a couple—warm weather and music festivals topping the list. And during the […]

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One miscue on the path to glory

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Jake Gyllenhaal takes it on the chin in ‘Southpaw’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jake Gyllenhaal as Billy Hope in “Southpaw”; Rating: R, Grade: D+ Jake Gyllenhaal has been working his way up the contender’s list since earning an Academy Award nomination (Supporting Actor) for “Brokeback Mountain,” which was released back in 2005. At the time, […]

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Stuck in the ’80s

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DPAA’s Rewind: Music of the ’80s By CC Hutten Photo: Grammy Award-winner Sheena Easton will perform with the DPO for Rewind: Celebrating the Music of the ’80s Rewind: Celebrating the Music of the ’80s is the grand finale of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s partnership with the City of Dayton’s Summer in the City, having […]

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To the Max

Pictured: (L-R) Harvey, Fee and Foo in new animated series, HARVEY BEAKS, coming to Nickelodeon in 2015. 
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Dayton-grown pint-sized actor voices new Nickelodeon cartoon By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Harvey Beaks and his friends Fee and Foo on the Nickelodeon show Harvey Beaks; image courtesy of Nickelodeon Max Charles is a little guy with a big career. At just 11 years old, the Oakwood native has already acted for the big screen and […]

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Turning the tables

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Dishing on service: part II By Paula Johnson Photo: The traits that make a good guest at a restaurant are the same that make someone a nice person—being nice. My previous piece, “Dishing On Service” (June 30, 2015), focused on service from the diner’s perspective and detailed some less-than-stellar server moments. I touched briefly on […]

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Smiling on the Square

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Revamped Courthouse Square a ‘God-send’ By Lisa Bennett Photo: Residents and guests gather at Courthouse Square to take advantage of the food trucks and summer activities available Would you rappel off the side of a 27-story building? Well, Friday, Aug. 14, that’s exactly what some participants of “The Square is Where Goes Over the Edge” […]

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A world of pure imagination

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Primus brings Willy Wonka to Rose Music Center By Rusty Pate Photo: Primus brings their Primus and the Chocolate Factory tour to Rose Music Center on August 4 Fans of Primus have come to expect weird and strange offerings from the group. Songs such as “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” and albums like Sailing the Seas […]

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Beer street

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Dayton’s next open container Entertainment District TBD By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin photo: Andrew Thompson On April 30, Gov. John R. Kasich signed into law House Bill 47, giving cities the ability to create “entertainment districts” that would be exempt from the state’s open ver stntainer law, which prohibits people from freely strolling around with adult […]

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Meat me at Fatback’s

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Family BBQ puts Dayton in Hog Heaven By Paula Johnson Photo: Pulled pork, chicken and brisket with crusty buns and cornbread at Fatback’s BBQ Natives of the Caribbean islands have been smoking and roasting meat for centuries. They called it barbacoa. The modern American equivalent of this is barbecue, and it’s most associated with the […]

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App the taps

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Mobile tech geeks craft brewing By Hayley Fudge Photo: The Untappd app allows users to check-in and track the beers they’ve enjoyed Thankfully for lovers of the hops, a group of like-minded, tech savvy beer geeks have put their glasses down long enough to create apps and websites that help the craft beer industry and […]

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Cheers to charity

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Brews Fore Birdies Beer Festival rookie year By Janell R. Ward Photo: First Tee of Greater Miami Valley teaches life skills and development through golf. Pictured: participants in the PLAYer program at Madden Golf Course mingle with local media; photo: Amanda Zedrick Come cool down with a beer on a hot summer’s day and make […]

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No words necessary

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Instrumental metalheads Karma to Burn return to RockStar By Gary Spencer Photo: All-instrumental metal trio Karma to Burn will perform July 24 at RockStar Pro Arena; photo: Karma to Burn As much as things change, some things never go out of style. Like a solid, catchy, heavy guitar riff. Or a thundering bass line. Or […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]