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Personal and awkward

Mike Birbiglia thanks God for jokes at Victoria By Gary Spencer Photo: Comedian Mike Birbiglia will perform at the Victoria Theatre on Sept. 12;   According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word “religious” has a few synonyms, two of which are the words “devotional” and “sacred.” Most comedians could be said to feel religious about their […]

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Retro and relevant

A review of Human Race’s Miracle on South Division Street By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] Lauren Ashley Carter as Ruth, Wendy Barrie-Wilson as Clara and Kyle Nunn as Jimmy in “Miracle on South Division Street”; photo: Scott J. Kimmins. A miracle of big laughs and knowing chuckles occurred at the Loft Theatre opening night as […]

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Worth the trip to Blue Ash

Toto at Summit Park By Alan Sculley Photo: Steve Lukather, Toto guitarist/singer; photo: Darek Kawka In 2008, Steve Lukather figured he had played his last show in Toto. Despite a variety of personnel changes (including four lead singers), the death in 1992 of drummer and founding member Jeff Porcaro and the frequent absence of founding […]

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The play’s the thing

Ten rounds of a family tradition by Jacqui Theobald Photo: A morning tour of the Emerald City, before “Wicked” For some, it’s books or baseball. For others, it’s cars or cooking. The river that connects generations for our family has been a trip to New York for the first time at age 12, a tradition begun […]

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Better days are here

Winger classics plus a classical twist at BMI Speedway By Allyson Crawford Photo: Winger will perform on Aug. 23 at BMI Speedway in Versailles “It’s well known to rock musicians that Ohio Rocks!” Kip Winger told The Dayton City Paper about his upcoming show at BMI Speedway in Versailles. “I play with the band and solo […]

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Let’s do it

Blues legend Buddy Guy at Fraze Pavilion By Alan Sculley Photo: Buddy Guy will perform at Fraze Pavilion on Aug. 15; photo: Steven C. Pesant Buddy Guy’s latest release, Rhythm & Blues, is a rarity in an era where EPs and singles are becoming popular formats to release new music. It’s a double album, 22 all-new […]

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Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati In 2012, Godsmack put out a concert album called Live And Inspired.  If the music lived up to the title, Live And Inspired did not describe the state of the band. By year’s end, Godsmack […]

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Paddle faster, I hear bluegrass!

Canoegrass returns for a second year of tomfoolery  By Zach Rogers  Photo: Canoegrass will take place Aug. 15-17 at Adventures on the Great Miami in Tipp City If you’re a fan of live music, you’ll pretty much go anywhere to see a cool band. Well, how about on a river? No, I mean literally, like the […]

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Getting steamy

Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret does it again By Gary Spencer Photo: The Bronwen Belly Dance Troupe performs at Ye Old Yellow Cabaret I; photo: Joe Mays Some subcultures are on the fringe; others are so underground the majority of the public isn’t aware they exist. That seems to be the case when the subculture in question […]

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Change your tune

Human Race Theatre Company’s Festival of New Musicals By Eric Street Photo: Susan Blackwell will host the 2014 Songwriter The Human Race Theatre Company’s mission to further the development of new works takes center stage Aug. 1 – 2 with its summer Festival of New Musicals. For the company’s seventh annual event, producing Artistic Director Kevin […]

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News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy […]

A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; […]

Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – […]

Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we […]

News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]