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Do-it-yourself craft beer

The science and art behind homebrewing By Kevin J. Gray It’s 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. Miami Valley BrewTensils in Belmont doesn’t officially open for another hour, but the lights are on, the front door is unlocked and there is activity at the back of the store. Darren Link, the manager, emerges, welcoming me in. […]

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Death and Dollars

The economy of Ohio’s death penalty By Tim Walker Derrick Jamison wasn’t supposed to be able to talk to me. A man wrongfully convicted of murder, the State of Ohio wanted him to be dead by now, his protests of innocence forever silenced by lethal injection. On August 1, 1984, bartender Gary Mitchell was brutally […]

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In a league of their own

How women chefs and restaurateurs are breaking the gender barrier in Dayton’s most successful restaurants By Brian P. Sharp Family legacy. Family dynasty. Award-winning. Those are just a few words to describe the women restaurant owners and women chefs in the Miami Valley. It has been my great pleasure to get to know this group […]

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Unleash your inner carnivore

Local organic meat: It isn’t easy ‘growing green’ By Mark Luedtke From the beginning, man rose to the top of the food chain as a meat eater. Today, the arctic Inuits thrive on diets consisting almost exclusively of meat, and suffer from far fewer cases of cardiovascular disease, heart disease and cancer than their modern-day, […]

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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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Ready, Set, LEGO!

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Be prepared for LEGO dazzle and delight when the BrickUniverse Convention for LEGO Fans visits the Dayton Convention Center August […]

We all live in a ‘Yellow Submarine’

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Coinciding with the 50th anniversary and theatrical re-release of Yellow Submarine, animator Ron Campbell is bringing his Rock Art Show […]

Four headliners and more this week at Downtown’s Levitt

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Delhi 2 Dublin, Kyle Dillingham, Sol Driven Train, Lao Tizer Band Delhi 2 Dublin (l-r): Serena Eades, Sanjay Seran, Ravi […]

The Oregon’s Seafood Stalwart

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Carving out history Jay’s Seafood Restaurant is a longtime pillar of the Oregon District dining scene. It’s steeped in lore […]

Destination Yellow Springs

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Yellow Springs artist exhibited (times two) Yellow Springs painter Christine Klinger is showing her work at the Emporium/Underdog Café through […]