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The songs remain aflame

Zeppelin Takes Flight with Windborne and the DPO By J.T. Ryder From the resonantly crunching opening chords that fall into a tumbling torrent of drumbeats at the beginning of “Good Times, Bad Times” to the sprawling soulful blues and epically heartfelt vocal delivery of “I’m Gonna Crawl” that closes the In Through The Out Door […]

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Feast with your eyes

Navigating the ‘big business’ of your local grocery store By Caroline Shannon-Karasik A pretty girl in a curve-hugging dress or a shirtless man with sturdy biceps have eye appeal. So do photos of a sandy, sunny beach or a gorgeous sunset. But how about a basket of red, juicy apples? Or a just-made burger with […]

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Survival O’ the Fittest

DCP’s guide to surviving St. Patrick’s Day 2011 By Matt Clevenger St. Patrick’s Day only comes around once a year, and getting the most out of the beer-soaked holiday’s many events and activities requires some careful planning and preparation. Money is tight, schedules are tighter and every moment counts when you start pounding Guinness at […]

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The State of Kevin Smith

Raw, Uncut and Retiring: An exclusive DCP interview with the outspoken writer/director By T.T. Stern-Enzi You would be hard-pressed to find a less dogmatic person than Kevin Smith, the director of “Clerks” (and its sequel), “Dogma” and the new horror thriller “Red State,” which he is screening during a 13-city tour from March 5 through […]

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Hello my name is ‘Intern’

With an increasingly difficult job market, college graduates are relying on internships By James W. Wolf When people hear the word ‘intern,’ they might instantly think of what they want from the nearest Starbucks. That’s the stereotype, right? Interns = coffee run! But is that all modern-day interns do – get coffee? In these tough […]

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Building a better South Park

The historic neighborhood’s unprecedented progress By Jill Davis Everybody loves it when the good guys win. The story of the renewal of South Park, Dayton’s largest historic neighborhood, is inspiring in its transformation and instructive in its struggle against urban blight and all its ills. Once perceived as a place to be avoided, South Park […]

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Wednesday Night Lights

The Mid-Week Itch: A Social Standard By Kathleen Cahill It may be common knowledge that clubs and bars survive mainly on their weekend business, while sometimes struggling throughout the week. But savvy business owners in Dayton see the work week as an exciting challenge where being innovative is key. By creating events on Monday through […]

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Mated for Life

Four local dancers reveal their familiarity with “Black Swan” By Caroline Shannon-Karasik When someone claims to be a “perfectionist,” it’s quite easy to view such a statement as an endearing quality. Give them a pair of pointe shoes and a few delusional characteristics, however, and it’s easy to see where a quest for perfection can […]

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The Second Annual Yellow Springs Short Film Festival

A local celebration of the short form By T.T. Stern-Enzi Noted writer Raymond Carver, who died prematurely in 1988, devoted himself to the art of the short story, becoming one of the great American practitioners of the form (along with displaying equal facility in poetry). Director Robert Altman paid tribute to Carver’s work in “Short […]

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Sing and Spell

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” premieres at the Dayton Playhouse By Brian P. Sharp “The word is HILARIOUS.” “Can you use that in a sentence, please?” “Dayton Playhouse’s ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ is HILARIOUS.” Dayton Playhouse will be presenting their next production of the 2010-11 season this week. And what […]

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Gary Leitzell’s first year as mayor

Gary Leitzell’s first year as mayor by Maha Kashani Dayton City Mayor Gary Leitzell has survived his first year in office, but what a roller coaster ride 2010 was. His rookie year as mayor was not all sunshine and roses; it came with major challenges and harsh criticisms. Although he has been labeled a “no-show” […]

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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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A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]