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Midwestern elegance

Lily’s Bistro new kid on the Oregon block By: Avery King Photo: Lily’s Bistro surf n’ turf with mashed potatoes and collard greens Lily’s Bistro opened in late spring of 2013 and has established a name for itself in the upscale dining community. Located at the western end of the Oregon District, the restaurant occupies the […]

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The not-so-secret vision of Ben Stiller

Multi-hyphenate unlocks a thoroughly modern take on inner life  By T.T. Stern-Enzi   Photo: [l to r] Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig star in “The Secret LIfe of Walter Mitty”; Rating: PG Grade: A The ever-unassuming Walter Mitty (director Ben Stiller, seemingly unable to choose just one side of the camera to focus on) frequently zones […]

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M.O. with Mayor Leitzell

A final word and a look back  By Gary D. Leitzell Photo: Volunteers Norm, Joseph and David and recent Rwandan immigrant Theopene work on renovations at La Casa on Holt Street; Photo: David Leach Editor’s Note: Over the past four years, Mayor Gary Leitzell penned a bi-monthly column for the Dayton City Paper, addressing various issues […]

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‘Kill Your Darlings’ unearths a buried secret

The Beat Poets as a drugged-out group of Hardy Boys  By T.T. Stern-Enzi   Photo: [l to r] Dane DeHaan and Daniel Radcliffe as Beats-to-be in “Kill Your Darlings”Rating: R Grade: C+ As literary advice, the notion that beleaguered writers must be willing to “kill your darlings” in order to find the truth in a passage […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

Checklist for surviving holiday temptations  By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Like a college student who is exploring the school cafeteria for the first time, the holidays are ripe with sugary desserts and calorie-laden dishes that are often enjoyed with reckless abandon. But in the same way that college freedom can bring on the so-called “freshman 15,” the season […]

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What’s in a name?

!!! brings the beat to Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre  By Zach Rogers   Photo: Disco-funk icons !!! perform at Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Dec. 10 Over the years, the band known as !!! – Chk Chk Chk, or really any monosyllabic word or sound you want to put in there – have gone from a group […]

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Conspiracy theorist

Where’s the compassion for drug users?  by Mark Luedtke   News Flash: Dayton has serious drug problems. The Dayton Daily News seemingly just discovered this. In a recent seven-day period, I counted 18 “war on drug” articles in my DDN newsfeed. That’s more war on drug articles than I remember in the previous six months. […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

This is your brain on healthy foods  By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s If you are questioning whether there is any truth that lies within the age-old saying, “You are what you eat,” then consider how a sugar-filled doughnut packed with empty calories makes you feel. Sure, you’re flying high as a kite during the first few moments of […]

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I’ve had better carry-out

Shen’s misses the mark By Brandy King  Photo: The minced chicken lettuce wraps at Shen’s Szechuan & Sushi in Vandalia I had heard people talk about Mr. Lee’s Fine Dining for the better part of 10 years, and by the time I finally got around to trying it, it was called Shen’s Szechuan & Sushi. The […]

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Keep the change

The show goes on at century-old Clifton Opera House By Sarah Sidlow   Photo: Razzamatazz & Jazz will perform at the Clifton Opera House on Friday, Oct. 18; photo: courtesy of artist Perched between Cedarville, Springfield and Yellow Springs, the village of Clifton is home to 152 people on a little more than 120 acres. In […]

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News of the weird: 03/03

By Chuck Shepherd The Unhoneymoon A Saratoga Springs, New York, resort has begun accepting totally defeated husbands and wives for […]

The Docket: 03/03

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Plausible deniability Officers responded to a nuisance call. […]

Advice Goddess: 3/3

By Amy Alkon The Wicked Witch of the Westin There’s a girl who works at the hotel where my co-workers […]

Chew on this: 03/03

Eating has a mind of its own By Jayne Powers How food and eating manifest themselves in our lives and […]

Homegrown harmonies

National Sing-Off Live Tour in Troy By Tara Pettit Photo: Street Corner Symphony will perform at Hobart Arena as part of The […]

Chew on this: 2/24

Be your own nutrition sleuth By Jayne Powers Photo: Composer Jake Heggie; photo: Art Clarity You may have read the […]