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Skeeeewwwing left

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The Liberal Redneck tears into politics at the Dayton Funny Bone By Paula Johnson Photo: wellRED Comedy Tour’s (l-r) Drew Morgan, Trae Crowder, and Corey Forrester perform May 3 at the Dayton Funny Bone If Trae Crowder has a catchphrase, or word in this case, it’s “Skeeeewww!” pronounced with two syllables, as in “ski-you.” This […]

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Bourbon, meet bubbles

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Dayton Art Institute hosts a Prohibition-era party By Terri Gordon Photo: Like past Dayton Art Institute galas, Bourbon and Bubbles promises a classic experience Friday, April 21 For anyone with a little black dress or suit tucked away in the closet begging to be worn, the time has come! Get it out, dust it off, […]

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School of self-deprecation

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Andy Kindler of Bob’s Burgers opens up at Wiley’s By Joey Ferber Photo: Andy Kindler performs Saturday, April 8 at Wiley’s Comedy Joint; photo: Susan Maljan Andy Kindler is a pioneer of the alternative comedy scene that emerged after the ’80s comedy boom collapsed, like the 2008 housing bubble. Inflated by homogenized jokes and promoters […]

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A celebrity mocking trial

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Kathy Griffin takes over Cincy’s Taft Theatre By Dana Walczak Photo: Kathy Griffin aims for a walkout or two at the Taft Theatre, March 24; photo: Mike Ruiz What are celebrities really like in person? If you’re wondering, I suggest going to Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-In Tour at Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre. The tour began as […]

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Slapcheek humor

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Damon Williams returns to the Dayton Funny Bone By Joey Ferber Photo: Damon Williams brings his ‘hurt-your-face funny’ to the Dayton Funny Bone, Feb. 23-26 Damon Williams will make your cheeks hurt. Over his 20-plus years of doing stand-up, the Chicago native has crafted a unique brand of comedy that is sure to have audiences […]

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When angels fed the troops

Troy

Local historian Scott Trostel tells tales of WWII trackside canteens By Tim Walker Photo: Troops enjoy snacks and reading materials courtesy of volunteers from the Lima, Ohio, canteen, the longest operating canteen in the U.S. One of the city of Troy’s many hidden treasures is Scott Trostel—local historian, lecturer, painter, and the author of 38 […]

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Patches and pints

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Pam Geisel’s Art Quilts warm up Yellow Springs Brewery By Karen Ander Francis Photo: Pam Geisel’s Art Quilts, at the Yellow Springs Brewery through Feb. 5 To step inside the home of quilter Pam Geisel is to step into a world of pattern, color, and texture. She is an artist who approaches her work with […]

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And, We’re Off…

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Explore the moon with astronomer Davin Flateau at Glen Helen By Brennan Burks Photo: Crater formation Ptolemaeus will be visible through telescope from the Glen Feb. 4 photo: Jim Ferreira Can you remember the first time you started looking at the moon? Really seeing and understanding it as a constant presence in the twilight and […]

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Colors of energy

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Visiting abstract painter Mike Elsass in his Front Street studio By Bill Franz Photo: Mike Elsass’ signature rusted steel paintings hold as many as 40 layers of paint; photos: Bill Franz Mike Elsass may be Dayton’s most colorful artist, and he works in what is definitely Dayton’s most colorful studio. Elsass rents most of the […]

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Dancing the divide

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Living in Divided States at Antioch’s Herndon Gallery By Brittany Erwin Photo: Michael Casselli’s ‘US/THEM’ from Living in Divided States at Antioch; photos: Sylvia Newsome A large disco ball twirls slowly, scattering reflective light over the Herndon Gallery, Antioch College’s on-site art space. But this is no celebratory dance party. A closer look reveals the […]

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Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]