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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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Debate Forum 10/08

Debate Center: Do we get the government we deserve?  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Ed Gamble So, we finally have a government shutdown. Although Capitol Hill scrambled for last-minute deals and eleventh-hour bargains, the shutdown train kept rolling. There were meetings, phone calls, briefings and discussions, but all efforts were futile. We could rightly call some of […]

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Advice Goddess: 7/28

By Amy Alkon   Emotion Sickness Last week, my girlfriend was all annoyed about something (something relatively unimportant). I’m normally […]

Chew on this: 07/28

Rediscover your drive By Jayne Powers On a hot, muggy July afternoon, I bolted out of my apartment to take […]

Hobart Urban Nature Preserve

A piece of Heaven in the middle of the city By Tor Simms Photo: The Hobart Urban Nature Preserve has […]

news of the weird 7/28/2015

  Outsourcing Among the protesters at New York City’s Gay Pride Parade the Sunday after the Supreme Court’s historic gay-marriage […]

The Docket: 07/28

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Amanda Dee   What’s at steak? “$85.85 worth of meet […]

Chew on this: 07/21

More than picking fresh vegetables By Jayne Powers   Today, let’s shine a light on vegetables—literally. Walk into any supermarket, […]