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Gimme shelter

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The Nightbeast and friends play benefit for Daybreak shelter By Gary Spencer Photo: [l-r] Steve Sturm, Brian Whitten, Vincent Arceo, Alex Todd and Kelly Hanus of Swimming With Sharks We’re in the midst of yet another holiday season here in Dayton – one in which, like every year, the adage “better to give than receive” […]

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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

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Apparently you can go there and back again By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Orlando Bloom as Legolas in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A- All throughout Peter Jackson’s retelling of JRR Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” I have mildly complained about the notion that it took three filmed installments to present what […]

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A welcome distraction

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Dan Grueter at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Dan Grueter will perform at Dayton Funnybone Dec. 18-21 Comedian Dan Grueter wants to offer you a reprieve from your daily toils. He’s taken his homegrown brand of comedy on the likes of the Late Late Show and The Bob & Tom Show, where […]

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Soul models

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Dayton’s other law enforcement squad By Melissa Markham Photo: Street Souljahz leaders Merphie Frazier Marlon Shackelford street souljah [street sohl·jah] – noun 1. A member of a Dayton volunteer task force providing a combination of citizen patrol and youth mentorship to combat the transition of Dayton youth from situations of poverty into lifestyles of crime, drugs, […]

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He’s a survivor

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Ryan Judy with Sawgrass at the Trolley Stop By Katie Christoff Photo: Ryan Judy will perform with Sawgrass on Dec. 12 at The Trolley Stop Ryan Judy overcame a lot of physical hardships before becoming the Dayton music scene staple he is today. Now a cancer survivor, Judy beat lymphoma as a teenager and also […]

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Stuff your stocking

Holiday hits and misses By Alan Sculley   Many years, when December arrives, it’s time to brace for the onslaught of Christmas albums, fearing the selection will be filled with the usual by-the-numbers versions of holiday standards that add nothing to the hundreds of holiday albums that have come before them. This year we get […]

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Heavy riffs, heavy times

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The Skull’s old school heavy metal for a new generation By Gary Spencer Photo: The Skull will perform on Sunday, Dec. 14 at RockStar Pro Arena; photo: Ty Klingsick Music is a cyclical, generational thing: some styles of music become popular, die down a bit, become marginalized and, in some instances, disappear almost entirely. Other […]

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For goodness’ Sake

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Teppankyaki-style dining in Miamisburg By Paula Johnson Photo: Teppanyaki steak and salmon from Sake Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar Arriving at Sake Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar near the Dayton Mall is like arriving at a fork in the road. One can choose the Washoku Dining Room or a Teppanyaki table. The dining […]

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20×20 vision

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Innovative presentation movement, PechaKucha By Janell R. Ward Photo: The final PechaKucha event of the year will take place Dec. 18 It was February of 2003 when two Tokyo-based architects, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, were tired of dealing with lengthy business presentations. Their frustrations urged them to begin a new format of presentations called […]

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Where the rivers meet

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Local artists’ collaboration goes viral By Katie Fender Photo: Sandy and Michael Bashaw (center) with director David Sherman (holding megaphone) and the cast of “Where the Rivers Meet”;photo: Matt Silver Last year, “Where There is Love,” the collaborative music video created by Dayton band Puzzle of Light and which featured an amalgamation of local artists, […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]