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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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Celebrating Chopin

Dayton Philharmonic Salutes Master Pianist/Composer Frederic Chopin By Patrick Suarez As you examine the works that the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will perform in its concert pair Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6, you’re probably thinking, “Chopin wrote a piano concerto? He wrote two of them? He wrote for the orchestra and not just for […]

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Dayton Ballet Presents ‘Casanova’ And ‘Eve Of Frankenstein’

Seductive Double Pleasure By Caroline Shannon-Karasik It’s not often that people pair together a green monster and a romantic love story. But then again, how many ogre-like creatures do you know?  Let’s not short-change the possibilities, huh?  At least, that’s the thought behind Dayton Ballet’s season opening show, Casanova and Eve of Frankenstein, a debut […]

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Behind The Scenes Of Porgy & Bess

Dayton Opera Prepares Immense Canvas A Collaborative ‘Porgy And Bess’ By Eric Street Backstage at the Schuster Center the atmosphere nearly crackles with anticipation as musicians, dancers, chorus, soloists and stage hands prepare for what should be the biggest collaborative project of the season: George Gershwin’s iconic American opera Porgy and Bess. This landmark production, […]

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Reloaded

Tune In To Political Cartoonist Mark Fiore On Relaunched Daytoncitypaper.com By Mark Luedtke One of the great advances of the Internet over print media is animation, and the honored profession of political cartooning has expanded to take advantage of the Internet’s power. In particular, Mark Fiore, the first animated, Internet-only cartoonist to win the Pulitzer […]

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Anyone For Tea?

Herman Cain Addresses October 14th Dayton Tea Party Rally By Mark Luedtke Tuesday, November 2 is fast approaching, and tea partiers have scurrying Democrats in their sights. They’ve already changed the political landscape by defeating establishment Republican candidates in Kentucky, Nevada, Florida, Alaska, and even liberal Delaware. But defeating Republicans in primary races is a […]

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Dayton Music Fest

Passing The Torch By J.T. Ryder Change, for the most part, is good. It forces us to reevaluate what we feel is important and saves us from repetitive actions that, eventually, become a form of stale self-parody. When discussing Dayton’s local music scene, change is a given, so it goes without saying (although I’m going […]

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Fall film preview!

A sneak peek at what’s coming this season. By T.T. Stern-Enzi With the 35th annual Toronto International Film Festival in full swing two weeks ago, I trekked north for three feverish days and nights of film, film, and nothing but film. This marks the second year I have attended the festival and as much as […]

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Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest returns to The Dayton Art Institute next weekend. By Mark Luedke After a boiling summer, one of the hottest on record, a welcome, autumn-like cool blew through the Dayton region early this month. Such an occrrence serves as a reminder that it’s time for the annual Oktoberfest party Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September […]

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X-FEST 15

X Marks The Spot 15th Annual X-Fest Rocks Montgomery County Fairgrounds By J.T. Ryder and Alan Sculley On Sunday, September 12, the searing chords of some of the best alternative rock bands will be heard echoing across the Montgomery County Fairgrounds during the 15th annual X-Fest, presented by WXEG 103.9 FM and Live Nation. This […]

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Celebratory Slate

Dayton Opera Offers Promising Anniversary Season By Eric Street Do your friends complain that the papers only print bad news? Tell them this: the Dayton Opera is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season with three must-see operas and a Star Gala featuring leading singers from recent Dayton Opera productions. “Our 50th season will truly be […]

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Ale Fest

Celebrating Craft beer 12th Annual Dayton Alefest Returns To Carillon Park By Kyle melton Changes in cultural attitudes take root over the course of years, often decades. When the shift seeks to debase monolithic corporate institutions, the challenge is often met with firm resistance. As a man on a mission to educate beer lovers in […]

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Blondie Brings The Beat To The Fraze

Platinum Perfection By J.T. Ryder The two-toned hairstyle that became Deborah Harry’s signature in the 1970s and 1980s almost acts as a physical analogy to the dualistic nature and perception by the public of her and her band Blondie, which will perform Saturday, August 28 at the Fraze Pavilion. Born in 1945, Harry was adopted […]

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Cover Story: A Wonderland Of Art And Purpose

The Art And Articulation Contained Within Front Street By J.T. Ryder The red river brick monolithic structures sit straddling East Second Street with Front Street, intersecting through the middle of what has become known colloquially as the Front Street artists’ lofts. Simultaneously daunting and inviting, the buildings have housed some of the area’s most recognized […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]