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Images inspire movies with photo archivist Gino Pasi By Jim Hannah It was just a photograph. It was just one of thousands of photographs that Gino Pasi processed in his job as archivist and collections manager at Wright State University’s Special Collections and Archives in the Dunbar Library. But this photograph—that of a beautiful young woman taken […]

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Just a guy

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Bill Engvall at the Schuster Center By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Bill Engvall has been trying to convince us he’s “just a guy” since he began his professional career in comedy some 30-odd years ago. He has that easy quality, the warmth that radiates from genuine people. He loves his wife. He’s proud of his daughter […]

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No drunk uncles

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14th bluegrass reunion plays Wilmington By Tim Smith The arrival of milder weather in the Miami Valley usually means one thing—the return of music festivals. The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival, a two-day celebration of all things bluegrass, will take place in Wilmington on March 18 and 19. This is the 14th year for the […]

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The un-nutty professor

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One archaeologist is changing everything By Lisa Bennett Once, a very long time ago, silly humans believed the world we live on was flat. So much so that they actually imprisoned and sometimes even tortured and killed people who dared to say otherwise. Crazy, right? Unfortunately, while our knowledge about the world and universe around […]

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Getting her done

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LARRY THE CABLE GUY WITH JEFF FOXWORTHY AT THE TAFT THEATRE By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin You know Larry the Cable Guy, the jovial, sleeveless sensation, widely recognized for hollering his supportive catchphrase “Git-r-done!” For this you likely also know Mater, the loveable tow truck sidekick from Cars, the third installment of which is currently in […]

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Strings and beats

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Black Violin hits the stage at Victoria Theatre By Emma Jarman A band teacher and an orchestra teacher walk onto a golf course. What sounds like the introductory line to a bad and somewhat offensive joke is actually the beginning of the story of Black Violin. A band instructor and an orchestra director walk onto […]

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And your bird can sing

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Celebrate the coming of spring with birding tips from the experts Kristen Wicker Birds in your local Five Rivers MetroParks are just like the proverbial canary in the coalmine. “We monitor bird populations year round, and it’s important we get good counts,” says Yvonne Dunphe, conservation volunteer coordinator for MetroParks. “Birds are a good indicator […]

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Funny with a purpose

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Suzanne Westenhoefer brings bold comedy to Antioch By Lauren Adams Laughter is truly the best medicine, and as any good doctor will tell you, there is an inherent responsibility in the way that medicine is dispensed. At its best, comedy not only entertains—it inspires, educates and exposes some difficult truths about society. It’s something we […]

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Imperial Jurassic Jaws

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Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra performs the music of John Williams By Emma Jarman In the world of film in music, John Williams reigns supreme. The American composer has scored countless numbers for movies, television series, Olympic fanfares, concertos and other orchestral works. He holds the second most number of Academy Award nominations behind Walt Disney […]

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Together, under tension

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Professors explore conflicting concepts in solo exhibitions at Rosewood By Joyell Nevins Those who can’t do, teach. That maxim is proved wrong this month with two adjoining exhibitions at the Rosewood Gallery in Kettering’s Rosewood Arts Centre. A pair of college professors show that art is still as much within them as the students that […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]