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Star-spangled Dayton

The Heritage Festival returns to Carillon Park By Deon Jefferson Photo: The fireworks display closes the Heritage Festival Usually when someone refers to Memorial Day, they mention this hugely popular U.S. Holiday that’s filled with BBQ’s and the official start of summer. Here in Dayton, we celebrate Memorial Day by highlighting more than 200 years of […]

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On Stage

A giggle, a gasp and a chance to get in on the ground floor By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Cast of “The Pillowman” at Dayton Theatre Guild [l to r] Joe Risner, Michael Boyd, Patrick Hayes and David Hallowren; photo credit: Craig Roberts LAUGHS Putting out a special invitation to young people, the Dayton Playhouse presents “A […]

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The music never stopped

Dark Star Jubilee honors Grateful Dead  By Zach Rogers  Photo: Dark Star Orchestra headlines Dark Star Jubilee at Legend Valley May 24-26 Deadheads unite! This year the second annual Dark Star Jubilee music festival is taking place at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio, and as any Deadhead will tell you, Legend Valley is a magical musical […]

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‘At Any Price’

A father and son do what they must to play to their ‘all-American’ roles By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Zac Efron [left] and Dennis Quaid [right] struggle with changing roles in ‘At Any Price’; Rating: R Grade: C- What do we mean today when we refer to “all-American” ideals? What does it mean to be “all-American” […]

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History, asbestos and genitalia

Christian Finnegan at Funny Bone By Benjamin Smith Photo: Comedian Christian Finnegan will perform at the Dayton Funny Bone May 23-26 If you are either (A) a pop culture enthusiast or (B) a blob that slumps on the couch all day eating Doritos and watching television while your self-respect shrivels up like an old man’s salami, […]

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Mexico’s signature sandwich

Johnny’s Tortas in Old North Dayton By Tom Baker Photo: The Campesina torta from Johnny’s Tortas  When you enjoy a cuisine and then realize you’ve missed an entire facet of what it has to offer, there is a great moment of discovery that you never forget. Mine involves a 24-hour Mexican restaurant in Chicago – on […]

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About a Mover

Hospital Garden celebrates release of third album By Gary Spencer Photo: Chicago trio Hospital Garden bring their new album Moverto Blind Bob’s on May 26; [l to r] Erik Rasmussen, Sarah Carey and Lucas Hollow  There seems to be a slogan going around the Gem City for probably decades now. It’s something to the effect of “people […]

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The hills are alive!

Nelsonville Music Festival returns By Leo DeLuca photo: Wilco headlines at Nelsonville Music Festival the weekend of May 30-June 2; photo credit: Austin Nelson Located a mere two hours from Dayton, Nelsonville Music Festival (NMF) heads into its ninth year with a phenomenal lineup featuring Wilco, Cat Power, John Prine, Mavis Staples, Jonathan Richman and many […]

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Homegrown heroes

The Story Changes celebrate release of Static and Trembling  By Zach Rogers Photo: [l to r] Mark McMillon and Christopher “Poppy” Lee of The Story Changes will celebrate the release of their new album, Static and Trembling,at Blind Bob’s on May 18 How much noise can two people make? How loud can it get? And most […]

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Face the music

‘Next to Normal’ at Victoria Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: “Next to Normal” at Victoria Theatre; [clockwise from top left] Emily Price, Jon Hacker, Trisha Rapier and Jamie Cordes; photo credit: Scott J Kimmins “Next to Normal” – a rock opera with a plot and a social conscience – is now playing at the Victoria Theatre […]

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Advice Goddess: 3/31

By Amy Alkon Eyes that light up a womb I’m a 35-year-old guy who’s doing online dating and who’s against […]

News of the Weird: 3/31

By Chuck Shepherd The continuing crisis The trendy St. Pauli neighborhood in historic Hamburg, Germany, suffers its share of uncouth […]

The Docket:03/31

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Bad timing A Dayton police detective stopped at […]

Chew on this: 03/31

Defensive eating for nutrition survival By Jayne Powers Back in the day – think the years following World War I […]

News of the weird: 03/24

By Chuck Shepherd Anatomy Class in Court “This will be upsetting,” cautioned Justice Robert Graesser, addressing jurors in February in […]

Chew on this: 03/24

Cooking techniques and skills for healthier lives By Jayne Powers Nutrition is more than being able to pick out healthful […]