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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

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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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White the power

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Hawthorn Hill: The origin of East Bank hip-hop and Public Frenemy By Ben Tomkins Photo: Wood-grilled Whyte Knigght of Public Frenemy hails from Oakwood, also known as the ‘wood’; photo: Ben Tomkins For the past decade, West Dayton has spearheaded the Christian hip-hop movement. Styled as West Bank hip-hop—owing to its originations on the west […]

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Lady Injustice

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Troy rivalry takes turn for the worse By Joyell Nevins Photo: Lady Justice atop the Miami County Courthouse gazing over Troy, as she was intended tophoto: Mike Ullery The entire city of Troy is wringing their hands at the moment and looking to their northern neighbors. The iconic female statue of justice has been perched […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/15

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Slash and dash Taking the overused and overdone tactic of the “dine and dash” to a whole new level… a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/8

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On the run from a BB gun At a local historical park just a few days ago, a large truck was […]

Law & Disorder The Docket: 7/11

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Steal anything At a local auto-parts store, a car radio was shoplifted. The thief suspiciously perused through the aisles and […]

The Docket: 7/4

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By Michelle Strauss Pissed off Just a few weeks ago, someone broke into a local residence. The trespasser-turned-burglar began his raid, […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/27

A game of telephone Last week, on a particularly scorching hot afternoon, a man was driving his ex-girlfriend home. The […]