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Putting the Muse in the Machine

Shining the spotlight on Miami Valley area performing arts students By Caroline Shannon-Karasik When you’re a kid, “happily ever after” means just that: It’s completely black and white. But what most fairy tales leave out are the real-life challenges that the average human being dodges throughout their individual “story books” – relationship struggles, difficulties bearing […]

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Nudity As A Shroud

The Nude Is Condemned To Never Being Naked By J.T. Ryder “No nude, however abstract, should fail to arouse in the spectator some vestige of erotic feeling, even if it be only the faintest shadow – and if it does not do so it is bad art and false morals.” ~Kenneth Clark We revel in […]

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Things That Should Be Left In The Past

The Unrealistic Reality Of The Past 12 Months By J.T. Ryder I was originally tasked with writing an insightful article casting a wistful look back on the year that is quickly coming to a close. Instead, I found myself trying to dredge up one singular ounce of care from a seemingly empty well of apathy […]

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Drawing ‘TRUE GRIT’ Into Focus

Local storyboard artist J. Todd Anderson draws a bead on The Coen brothers’ “True Grit” By T.T. Stern-Enzi To tell the truth, rumors of a legendary remake eclipsed the very serious discussion of “A Serious Man,” the Coen brothers’ entry into last season’s prestigious Academy Awards race. During media day at the Toronto International Film […]

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Bureaucrats Gone Loko

Bureaucrats Gone Loko By Mark Luedtke There’s nothing new about the nanny state trying to control the behavior of Americans. Prohibition was passed in 1919 before it was repealed in 1933, but today there are still dry counties across America. The War on Drugs goes back to 1914. But back then, politicians acknowledged constitutional limits […]

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Modern Masters Transcend the Color Barrier

THE PRIMAS COLLECTION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART By Jud Yalkut In the study of 20th century American art, it is easy to overlook important trends and tendencies while trying to piece together a continuum that historians and scholars find convenient and easy to transmit. Just as in religious studies, many belief systems are either filed discreetly […]

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Reflections of the Vine

Perception – An Exploration of the subculture of wine and society By Mike Rosenberg Robert Parker, for those of you unfamiliar, is the single most polarizing figure in the wine world. His major contribution to society is the 100-point wine rating scale that you’ve probably seen on the shelf in your local wine and spirits […]

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Straight From The Heart

Getting To The Bare Bones With Bryan Adams By J.T. Ryder During the evolution of the 80s, in between Frankie telling us to Relax and Motley Crüe exhorting us to Shout At The Devil, a sound was heard that seemed to cut like a knife through the electronica dance numbers and the ubiquitous power ballads. […]

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Dayton Indie Music Stores Build Community Through Commerce

Dayton Indie Music Stores Build Community Through Commerce By Kyle Melton Much like any community throughout the United States, the Miami Valley once boasted a number of small, independently-owned record stores that prided themselves on customer service and a character that set them apart from their competitors. From downtown Dayton and out into the small […]

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Exhibit Concepts

Exhibit Concepts Small Business with Big Reach Hiding in Our Midst By Mark Luedtke Exhibit Concepts Incorporated (ECI) might be the biggest little business in Dayton nobody has ever heard of. The sign overlooking I-75 just north of I-70 can easily go unnoticed, and the building as seen from Falls Creek Drive is unremarkable. Few […]

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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]