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Dare 2 Defy profile plus The Great American Trailer Park Musical By Joyell Nevins Photo: Eric Julian Walker and Hayley Penchoff rehearse for Dare 2 Defy’s The Great American Trailer Park Musical;.Photo: Sydney Fleming. About a year ago, a group of theater lovers observed a pool of incredibly talented actors and actresses in the Dayton […]

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Art house preview

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Small gems on the horizon By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Natalie Portman stars in “Jane Got a Gun,” in theatres this February As soon as the ball dropped in Times Square, I (and every critic with a print outlet, blog or podcast) began thinking about what the year might have in store for film fans, once […]

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Supporting roles

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Husband and wife resident artists make it work at Human Race By Don Hurst Photo: The workshop production of Tenderly directed by Marya Spring Cordes; photo: Steven Box Actors are not typically known for their stable marriages. The juicy shreds of celebrity matrimony meltdowns fill magazines and TV shows. Maybe it’s the hectic schedules that […]

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Guitar therapy

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Local artist’s unexpected country success journey By Lisa Bennett Photo: Wyatt McCubbin plays Friday, Jan. 8 at the Clark State Performing Arts Center in Springfield; photo: Matthew Vlachos Life can be a crazy whirlwind of chance, luck and synchronicity. We never know how one small, seemingly random event can change the course of our lives […]

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Murder, she wrote

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Local author JJ Philips sheds light on new novel By Gary Spencer Photo: JJ Philips, author of “Parental Bloodshed”; photo: Chet King of Hexfyre Photography Horror fiction, be it in cinematic or literary form, has been a popular form of entertainment since it first saw the light of day. However, over the years horror has […]

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Shout out to stouts

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Robust, dark ales please the breakfast lover’s palate By Hayley Fudge Photo: “Stouts are embraced by breakfast lovers who enjoy the tones of oats, chocolate, coffee,vanilla, maple syrup, milk and even peanut butter.” With colder weather and darker days always come the darker beers. A full-bodied dark ale can seem the perfect remedy for warming […]

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2015: Lies

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Torrent of diarrhea By Benjamin Tomkins Photo: “Trump has managed to insult twice as many people as Hitler, and that’s assuming that Hitler was categorically hated by everyone in the known universe.” There is a reason Father Time only makes it a year before he hacks his head off with a scythe and turns over […]

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2015: Film

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Under the radar selections for 2015 By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart star in “Clouds of Sils Maria” Every year, there are simply too many releases for a hardworking critic like myself to take in, especially when you consider how many never reach our market. Thanks to festivals and an astonishing number […]

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2015: Sex

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 The world is your oyster By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: “We are committed to supporting the development of safe and effective treatments for female sexual dysfunction.” – Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Raise your hand if you’re excited and maybe also a little confused about the state […]

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Drinking the stars

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The Naked Vine Guide to Champagne and sparkling wine By Mike Rosenberg Photo: “There’s nothing quite like the ritual of cracking open a bottle of celebratory bubbly.” Dom Perignon, the monk who popularized the concept of carbonated wine apocryphally stated, “Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!” upon opening a bottle in the wine caves […]

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What you missed

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Best overlooked albums of 2015 By Alan Sculley Photo: JD McPherson, Let The Good Times Roll (2015) As I scan my list of the best albums of 2015 that didn’t get nearly the attention they deserved, I realize I like this group of albums better than the albums that made my top 10 CDs of […]

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Coming to you live, from Dayton!

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Gem City touring highlights of 2015 By Gary Spencer Photo: Weird Al Yankovic’s appearance at Fraze this summer was one to be remembered Well gang, 2015 is about to come to an end. Time flies when you’re having fun, and judging by staggering amount of good touring acts that came to the Gem City this […]

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2015: Drugs

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Disturbing trends, and the strides taken to break them By Tim Walker Photo: “The past few years have seen a massive increase in overdoses from heroin and fentanyl abuse in the Miami Valley.” If one subject dominated our local news headlines in 2015, it was drugs. Fentanyl, caps, Narcan, rigs, boy—local residents have been forced […]

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2015: Guns

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Clinton wants to make gun manufacturers financially liable for misuse of their products By Andrew Napolitano Photo: “The liability-shifting proposal is akin to punishing General Motors whenever a drunken driver misuses his Chevy and injures someone.” While the FBI continued to analyze the emails Hillary Clinton thought she deleted and her advisers pressed her to […]

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Thinking of you

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For those who are gone, but certainly not forgotten By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Christopher Lee in the “Lord of the Rings” saga Take the time to truly stop and remember those who have gone too soon, as the saying goes. Social media allows for rapid remembrance—140-character shout outs, distillations of factoids with little of the […]

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What reigned supreme in 2015?

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Dayton’s Dining Empress picks her favorite eats of the year By Paula Johnson Photo: The crepes at Crepe Boheme are a must-have sweet treat It’s that time of year again—time to sit back and reflect on my year in food. This is not the time, however, for another restau-RANT. Instead, I’m feeling the love for […]

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The next sound you hear will be…well, I don’t know what it will be but I know what it won’t […]

Debate 6/12: A tweet too far

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Was anyone really surprised? Roseanne Barr has stepped in it again. Always a loose cannon, she managed to offend just […]

If you’ve seen one ‘Ocean’, you’ve seen ‘Ocean’s 8’

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Near the start of “Ocean’s 8,” we’re led to believe that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is dead and his sister […]

Gin and Tonic on the Horizon

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On June 13, The Rose Music Center is the place to be to get your 90s nostalgia fix as Gin […]

Goodnight Goodnight’s new morning

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“We’ve known Larry for years,” says Gary Thornton of Goodnight Goodnight. He’s talking about the newest addition to their lineup, […]