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Handmade from the heart

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Annual Handmade Holiday at Yellow Cab By Gary Spencer Photo: Handmade drink coasters made by A-Round Dayton, one of many unique items available at Handmade Holiday, Dec. 4-5 at the Old Yellow Cab Building; photo: Erin Vasconcelos The holiday gift-giving season is upon us once again, and us would-be Santas face choices when it comes […]

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The critical turkeys of 2015

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Taking a decidedly subjective look back at the miscues of the year By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Kevin James in “Mall Cop 2” Typically, I would rather not focus on the negative and problematic films of any given year for practical reasons. During the course of an average year, I watch close to 300 movies in […]

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The Boys are Back in Town

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Dayton hockey finds new life after losing the Demonz By Rusty Pate Photo: Dayton Demolition player Harry Mahesh gets rowdy on the ice; photo: Haynes Photography It’s a busy Thursday night at the Englewood BW3’s. Waitresses and bartenders hustle around the dining room floor, delivering hot wings and beer. Two young boys run around, parents […]

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On your mark, get set…

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Shop unique and handmade gifts at National Holiday Gift Show By Tara Pettit Photo: 12,000 shoppers and over 370 booths are expected at this year’s National Holiday Gift Show, Friday, Nov. 27-Sunday Nov. 29 at Hara Arena Once the Thanksgiving turkey has been eaten and the last piece of pumpkin pie has been stuffed down, […]

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Rock from the heart of it all

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Motel Beds, mr. Gnome at Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Nicole Barille and Sam Meister of mr. Gnome, who will play Nov. 28 at Blind Bob’s It’s not often that one looks at a rock show in Dayton and its lineup, and then considers it a can’t-miss affair—a “megashow,” if you will. However, that’s exactly […]

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In character

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The staff of Carillon Park puts the ‘story’ in history By Katrina Eresman Photo: Merry Masterson, Assistant Director of Education at Carillon Park, prepares for a Tavern Dinner in costume; photo: Dayton History In 1796, a group of settlers known as the Thompson Party found themselves on a journey up the Great Miami River, landing […]

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On the shoulders of a giant

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The Saturday Giant brings epic one-man band to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: The Saturday Giant performs Saturday, Nov. 28 at Canal Public House; photo: Mark Elliot Having total creative control and the ability to tour whenever one wants to is perhaps the shortlist of things every musician dreams about. While Columbus-based artist Philip Cogley, […]

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Ask Rocco: 11/24/15

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Happy anniversary to me… By Rocco Castellano I begged and pleaded for the publisher of Dayton City Paper to put me on the cover for my one-year anniversary but I guess I’m just not good-looking enough … damn that David Beckham. So … it’s been a year this week that I’ve had the pleasure and […]

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Be well, Marsha: 11/24/15

Of epidemic proportions By Marsha Bonhart  For the life of me, I don’t know how the month got this far and I didn’t address it. Especially since it is so personal in so many ways. November is American Diabetes Month. This is when even more attention is drawn to a disease that in this country […]

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Ocean vibes

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Enon’s The Dock rocks By Paula Johnson Photo: Alaskan snow crab legs at The Dock in Enon Dock it to me Close your eyes to the rusty colors of Ohio’s fall foliage and instead imagine ocean blues and greens. Inhale the coconut smell of sunscreen, and let the warm salty breeze and strains of Jimmy […]

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Get your art on

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DVAC presents annual Holiday Gift Gallery By Tim Smith Photo: Amy Deal, Collage, 2014; The ARTtoBUY Holiday Gift Gallery runs through Dec. 24 at the Dayton Visual Arts Center Ask a dozen people to define art and you’ll probably get a dozen different responses. Whatever your definition or preference is, you’ll likely find an example […]

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An immigrant finds a new home in ‘Brooklyn’

FILM STILL - BROOKLYN - Saoirse Ronan shines as an Irish immigrant who falls for an Italian-American in 1950s Brooklyn. Opens Nov. 6

John Crowley’s film sings a lovely immigrant song By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Saoirse Ronan stars as Eilis in “Brooklyn”; Rating: PG-13; Grade: A Cornel West, in the introduction to “The Cornel West Reader,” reminds us that what it means to be American—the heart of the American Dream—is an embrace of the right to “self-create,” to […]

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Grandma knows best

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Grandma Moses’ American grown paintings close season at DAI By Lisa Bennett Photo:Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses, Untitled; American Sampler: Grandma Moses and the Handicraft Tradition runs through Feb. 21 at the DAI No one in the 1930s would have guessed that the grieving widow who created one of the largely ignored paintings sitting in […]

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Birthday beer

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Carillon Brewing Co. turns one By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Brewster Tanya Brock oversees all production at Carillon Brewing Co. Carillon Brewing Company, the nation’s old museum brewery, celebrated its first anniversary earlier this month. Dayton City Paper sat down with brewster Tanya Brock about what she’s learned, and what’s next for the brewery. What […]

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This ain’t no disco

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Death Before Disco to tear it up at South Park Tavern By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Death Before Disco plays Saturday, Nov. 28 at South Park Tavern; photo: Mindy Tellmann Death Before Disco is a quartet of enterprising young fellows who play a timeless blend of garage, surf and psychedelic rock one would be hard-pressed to […]

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Hearts a’ flutter

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Classic Italian opera Madame Butterfly comes to Dayton By Eric Street Photo: Yunah Lee makes her 31st appearance as Cio-Cio-San (Madame Butterfly) with this weekend’s performance at the Schuster Center The Opera Has heartbreak ever sounded so beautiful?  You can hear and decide for yourself when the Dayton Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s beloved Madame Butterfly. The […]

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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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In this fast-paced world of immediate answers and non-stop connectivity, there is a real need for us to unplug and […]

Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Have you ever heard of an emotional support mouse? What about an emotional support hedgehog, or mini pig? (Can we […]

Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]