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The longest drink order

Dayton native Beth Stelling performs at Wiley’s  By Leo DeLuca Comedian Beth Stelling has been entertaining friends and family since her childhood days in Dayton, Ohio. Stelling’s bent for humor recently landed her on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and earned her the title of “Best Stand-up Comedian” by The Chicago Reader. In addition, Stelling […]

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Impish robots, dark stars, flying horsemen and wonderful toys

Four albums you have to buy or die By Benjamin Smith Hell is holiday shopping. Oh, how I loathe the upcoming exercises in self-induced anxiety and advertising-induced excess. Purchase or perish! For me, it’s bad enough that I don’t know what to buy people anymore; worse still is the fact that I don’t know if […]

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On Stage

New offerings from Dayton Playhouse, Zoot Theatre and Troy Civic Theatre By Brian P. Sharp Dickens’ Classic interpreted by two local theatres “Scrooge” continues at The Dayton Playhouse You have one more weekend to take in the holiday favorite “Scrooge.” This time of year it is kind of nice to just sit back and be […]

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Humbug! … on a string!

Zoot Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” at Dayton Art Institute By Jacqui Theobald From Albert Finney to Bill Murray and hundreds in between, “A Christmas Carol” has been interpreted in numerous forms ever since Charles Dickens’ stories were first serialized in the mid-nineteenth century. Few are more original and creative, however, than The Zoot Theatre Company […]

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I’m keeping the beat

Motel Beds drummer Ian Kaplan discusses new album By W.C. Ruffnel The Motel Beds actively and negatively reinforce the opposite of several altruistic truths pertaining to rock n’ roll. The first of these is that rock n’ roll is a young man’s game – all pushing past their mid-thirties, the Motel Beds are comprised of […]

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Bigger is better!

Chicago festival takes barrel aging to the next level By Kevin J. Gray Aging beer in wooden barrels is a recent trend that marks a return to a nearly forgotten brewing method. Before the stainless steel kegs of the 1950s, most brewers stored beer in wooden casks. By the late 20th century, this practice had […]

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Are you ready for some LEGOS?!

FIRST LEGO League: Excitement for Science and Technology at Boonshoft By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin For some, fall means colorful foliage, warm sweaters and the autumn harvest. For others it means football, family holidays and back-to-school. And for a steadily growing group of science-savvy students, mentors, coaches and volunteers, Fall means the season kick-off for FIRSTâ […]

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Heroes and villains

Action Camp serves up sunshine and darkness on one electronic platter By Zach Rogers Action Camp constantly contradicts labels and genres. One minute they sound like some sort of futuristic, electronic surf band, the next there’s a sludgy guitar riff that pushes the sunshine right out the door. In the end, it creates a distinct […]

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“Killing” style at the box office

Marrying 1970s grit with druggy matrix effects By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R Grade: B+ I’m a huge fan of Prince, The Roots and Level 42; a fanatic, in fact, which means that any new release from them guarantees an instant buy, and not just a digital download from iTunes. No, I’m talking about heading out […]

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A new twist on “Oliver!”

Human Race Theatre offers unique take on Dickens’ classic By Brian P. Sharp Human Race Theatre Company has a winner in “Oliver!” As someone who has directed “Oliver!” I went into this production a skeptic. “Ugh, another production of ‘Oliver’ full of kids.” We all know the story – based on the Charles Dickens’ novel […]

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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 […]