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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

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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

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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

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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?

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!!! 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

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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

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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

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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

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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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The Italian heavy hitter

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The wines of Sagrantino di Montefalco By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Montefalco, Umbria, Italy – surrounded by Sagrantino di Montefalco vineyards Last year, I did a story on 20 Mondi, a project by graphic designer and journalist Michael Loos in which he visited all twenty Italian wine growing regions, focusing on autochthonal grapes. “Autochthonal” is the term […]

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A message of inclusion

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Welcome to the Eighth Annual Dayton LGBT Film Festival By T.T. Stern-Enzi   Photo: [l to r] Michael J. Willett and Sasha Pieterse star in “G.B.F.,” which will be featured at the Dayton LGBT Film Festival at The Neon Oct. 11-13  After eight years, the Dayton LGBT Film Festival has moved beyond the fevered and […]

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Local roots

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Centerville’s Twisted Root a not-so-hidden gem By Brian P. Sharp Photo: The Cajun shrimp fettuccine with sweet peppers, red onion, plum tomatoes and cream sauce at Twisted Root in Centerville I do love to try new places, and while this is not terribly new, it was truly a delightful experience. I went with two friends to […]

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Beer in the ballpark

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Great American Beer Tasting at Fifth Third Field  By Sara Mastbaum   Photo: At the Shock Top booth in 2012; photo credit: Nick Falzerano/DaytonDragons Whether you can debate the finer points of unfiltered IPAs, or remain a dedicated Bud fan, beer lovers can agree on at least one thing: they love a good beer event. The […]

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Debate, 5/7

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Debate Forum Center: Bill could allow revelers to have ‘one for the road’ By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Sam Rhoden With the exception of a few states, towns and cities in this country prohibit people from roaming the streets with open containers of alcohol, whether it’s a glass of beer or a partially consumed bottle of wine […]

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Dayton’s open house!

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Urban Nights highlights urban living, art, food and fun  By Stacey Ritz  Photo: Dancing in the Street was one of the highlights of last fall’s Urban Nights. This spring, the event will feature dance entertainment on a stage at the International Street hotspot, on Second between Main and Jefferson. Urban Nights began in 2002 as a […]

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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]