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Firmly rooted

2014 Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival By Zach Rogers Photo: Whiskey Bent Valley performs at the 2013 Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival Jim Morrison once sang something about summer almost being gone. “We had some good times,” he crooned, “but they’re gone.” In another line, he asks, “Where will we be/When the summer’s gone?” I don’t know […]

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The young and the set list

Pett Crow and Scotty Bratcher at Riff Raff By Katie Christoff Photo: [l-r] Wes Crow, Brandon Pettiford and Julia Crow of Pett Crow will perform at Riff Raff Tavern on Sept. 19   It’s an old adage that if you want to really be good at something, you should start young. This is all too familiar […]

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On Stage

The proud and the playwrights By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] Ariqa Bowens as Elizabeth Bennet and Shaun Diggs as Mr. Darcy in “Pride and Prejudice” at Sinclair Community College; photo: Sam McConnell Hear the people sing How do you celebrate the 25 years of a community orchestra? “We’re aiming BIG,” Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra’s John Root […]

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Jam jazz

Chris Duarte at Gilly’s By Katie Christoff Photo: Chris Duarte will perform on Sept. 18 at Gilly’s When asked to describe their sound, most musicians will name a genre. Chris Duarte, on the other hand, responds to the question immediately and decisively: “Oh, it’s crazy.” To clarify, he adds, “It’s passionate, punk blues, punk jazz. It’s […]

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Wanted souls, hypnotic eyes and reigning sounds

Your fall album mash-up By L. Kent Wolgamott and Alan Sculley Photo: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers // Hypnotic Eye // Warner Bros.   Spoon has been off the radar for three years or so, the product of the first real break the group has taken from the recording/tour treadmill. They return on They Want My […]

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For those left behind: ‘This is Where I Leave You’

Family dramedy aims far more for laughs than human dysfunction by T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l-r] Tina Fey, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman and Adam Driver in “This Is Where I Leave You”; photo: Warner Bros. Pictures Rating: R, Grade: C I have a real soft spot for feature films that dig into dysfunctional families. Maybe it’s […]

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Law and Disorder 09/16/2014

To war or not to war by A.J. Wagner Does the Congress or does the president get to declare war? After announcing the four steps he is taking, the president said, “My administration has also secured bipartisan support for this approach here at home. I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL. But […]

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On the horizon

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance season opens By Janell Ward Photo: Dancers from Dayton Ballet take the stage in Cinderella, choreographed by Karen Russo Burke; photo: Scott Kimmins Exciting performances await your arrival at the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. This year, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) will open its New Horizons season with Russian Panorama. […]

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Represent

Filmmaker Dominick Evans tells story of fear, oppression and love By Chelsea Davis Photo: Filmmaker Dominick Evans begins production on “Inamorata”; photo: Dominick Evans “The dream is just to direct and make films,” Dominick Evans, the director of the short film, “Inamorata,” said. “Some people are just creative and I’m that kind of person.” Evans, […]

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Peace Begins Here

Dayton celebrates the right to peace By Janell R. Ward Photo: Peace Week will run Saturday, Sept. 13 – Sunday, Sept. 21; photo: Andy Snow   In 1981, the United Nations General Assembly established an International Day of Peace to commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace around the world. This year, on Sunday, Sept. 21, […]

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Strings attached

Leesa Haapapuro teaches, creates in Dayton By Bill Franz Leesa Haapapuro’s studio is in the busiest and most colorful art […]

Time to do-tu-it

Dutoit Gallery offers member artists showcase space By Joyell Nevins When Adjunct Art Professor Colleen Kelsey approached colleague Glen Cebulash […]

Vitality Check: 5/3/16

Harmful if swallowed By Rocco Castellano Every now and then I get a wild hair up my ass to go […]

On Your Marc: 5/3/16

Field of dreams a real treat By Marc Katz Of course I’ve visited Field of Dreams. Are you nuts?! Dayton […]

Vitality Check: 4/26/16

Heeeeeere’s Rocco! By Rocco Castellano What’s up b–ches? I’m back! I know all of you were wondering where I went […]

More than a building

Troy walking history tours offer a deeper look By Don Hurst On Friday April 29, Downtown Troy’s past will come […]