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  • Dozens gather at tree lighting despite wet, windy weatherDozens gather at tree lighting despite wet, windy weather

    BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – The rain and wind Saturday night didn’t keep Santa, Mrs. Claus and their reindeer from kicking off the holiday season at The Greene with the annual Christmas tree lighting. And the wet, windy weather also didn’t stop dozens of others from joining in. “I still wanted to see the tree light,” said Declan, a boy who attended the tree lighting with his family. “We’re getting close to Christmas, tree’s going to light up – can’t miss that,” said Jamie Stamper, who attended the event with his family. Stamper and his wife Dawn admitted the weather conditions made the ceremony different this year. “Usually it’s very, much more crowded than it is tonight,” Dawn Stamper said. “So we were expecting to have to fight crowds. And the weather kind of dampened that.” With damp weather, people came prepared – putting on ponchos and huddling under umbrellas. “We’re wearing jackets, like two layers of jackets,” said Micah, a boy who attended the tree lighting. “And wearing hats and hoods to keep us warm,” added Malachi, another boy. Organizers announced during the ceremony that it was one of the rainiest years for the tree lighting. Tents kept performers dry, and electricians were ready to make any fixes. Despite the rain, some people were happy the tree lighting was still on but admitted they were looking forward to getting dry afterwards. “Going home and having supper is what I’m waiting for,” laughed Bill Carver. The tree will be up until the end of the year, according to officials at The Greene.

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  • Volleyball Falls in A-10 Semifinals to Dayton - George Washington University - Official Athletic SiteVolleyball Falls in A-10 Semifinals to Dayton - George Washington University - Official Athletic Site

    George Washington University - Official Athletic SiteVolleyball Falls in A-10 Semifinals to DaytonGeorge Washington University - Official Athletic SiteGW grabbed an early 3-1 lead to open the third set. Dayton responded with six straight points to begin a 7-2 run to take an 8-5 lead. Clark put down three consecutive kills to knot the score at 8-8. Dayton briefly pulled ahead, 10-8, but GW answered to ...

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  • Valparaiso defeats Dayton 8-7 with nervy 2-point conversion (Nov ... - FOXSports.comValparaiso defeats Dayton 8-7 with nervy 2-point conversion (Nov ... - FOXSports.com

    Chicago TribuneValparaiso defeats Dayton 8-7 with nervy 2-point conversion (Nov ...FOXSports.comVALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Jarrett Morgan and Valparaiso put together a winning drive and a nervy two-point conversion in the final 80 seconds for an 8-7 ...Jarrett Morgan and Ryan Clarke connect on 2-point conversion to clinch VU winChicago TribuneState college football roundup: Franklin edged in overtime thriller against WartburgIndianapolis Starall 7 news articles »

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  • US appeals court rules against jail guard sued after brawlUS appeals court rules against jail guard sued after brawl

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A divided federal appeals court panel has ruled that an Ohio county shouldn’t have to pay for the defense of a jail guard being sued by an inmate over their 2012 jailhouse brawl. The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ 2-1 decision Friday overturns a lower court ruling that Portage County in northeast Ohio had a duty to defend fired corrections officer Connie Sutton. The county was also sued by Holly Anderson, who claims she was subjected to cruel and unusual punishment. The appellate ruling says Sutton would be entitled to a paid defense if she acted with good faith within her job duties, but found she was inflicting “gratuitous physical punishment” by pepper-spraying Anderson twice after she was no longer a threat. Sutton claimed she acted in self-defense.

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  • Dayton Flyers notes: Freshman Jordan Pierce waits for his chance - MyDaytonDailyNewsDayton Flyers notes: Freshman Jordan Pierce waits for his chance - MyDaytonDailyNews

    MyDaytonDailyNewsDayton Flyers notes: Freshman Jordan Pierce waits for his chanceMyDaytonDailyNewsThe Dayton Flyers entered the season with 10 scholarship players and expected to need them all. They still may. However, one of the 10 hasn't played in the first ...Dayton vs. Old Dominion - 11/19/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and PredictionSports Chat Place (blog)all 4 news articles »

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  • Domestic dispute leads to deadly shooting in Dayton - WDTNDomestic dispute leads to deadly shooting in Dayton - WDTN

    WDTNDomestic dispute leads to deadly shooting in DaytonWDTNAccording to regional dispatch, officers were called to a home on Edison Street near Leland Avenue just after 1:00 a.m. Saturday on reports of a man fighting members of his family. When they arrived, the found the man shot multiple times. He was taken ...

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  • Strong winds and heavy rain hit Miami Valley this weekendStrong winds and heavy rain hit Miami Valley this weekend

    DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – All of the severe watches and warnings have come to an end around the Miami Valley. Winds will still be gusty during the first part of the night. A wind advisory is remains in effect as well for the entire Miami Valley until 4 a.m. Sunday.  High winds may make travel difficult for high profile vehicles.  Earlier today winds gusted as high as 48 miles per hour in Camden and Wilmington. Along with the high winds areas north of I-70 saw one to as much as 3 inches of rainfall. This much rainfall in such a short amount of time prompted flash flood warnings. All of those warnings have been lifted, however some areas may see roads with high water on them.   TONIGHT:  Mostly cloudy and windy with showers ending.  Low 32. SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy, windy and colder with a few flurries possible. High 36 On Sunday, it will still be windy and wind chills will be in the teens and twenties.  A few lake effect snow showers may affect areas, especially in the northern Miami Valley.

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  • Air Force calls burnout key factor in pilot shortageAir Force calls burnout key factor in pilot shortage

    DAYTON, Ohio>> The Air Force pilot shortage has grown to nearly 2,000 despite pumped-up financial bonuses to retain more military aviators in the cockpit, top Air Force leaders say. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson blames one key reason for the growing losses: "We're burning out our people because we're too small for what the nation is asking."

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  • Dayton woman leads mission to help the homelessDayton woman leads mission to help the homeless

    DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton woman is making it her personal mission to give back this Thanksgiving. With the help of donations, Breanna Adams was able to put together 100 “blessing bags” filled with food, water and toiletries for the homeless. “It’s a lot of homeless people that’s in need,” Adams said. “And they need people like us to help them.” Adams first gave out 25 blessing bags to homeless women over the holidays last year. She and her went shopping at a drugstore and filled purses with some everyday items, she explained. “Last year, we were all crying see that,” said Maxine Wagner, Adams’s mother. “She said, ‘Mom, I don’t know what it’s like not to have the small things in life.'” Adams wanted to take the small things and turn it into a bigger project. “Little things like this, we take for granted,” Adams said. “Some people go without this for days and weeks, like soap, a simple toothbrush and toothpaste.” After getting the word out on Facebook and at her church, enough donations poured in to fill 100 bags for homeless men and women – four times as many as last year, she said. “Once all the donations started flooding in, we started to see this is going to be bigger than we thought,” said Devan Sanders, one of the volunteers. Several volunteers helped pack the items, which were donated by people in the community and several businesses. The goal is make the project reach people in need across the country. “I feel like we could actually grow this to something nationwide where we can give out bags everywhere, all over,” Sanders said. “It’s to a point where I want to start a non-profit,” Adams said. “Like as far as giving back or having something where I help my community.” Adams plans to deliver the bags this weekend to shelters and soup kitchens in Dayton. She is organizing another distribution for February to give out blessing bags, clothes and hot meals. To donate or volunteer, visit the project’s Facebook page or contact the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.

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  • Suspect arrested by Dayton police in double-shooting has Monday court date - Dayton Daily NewsSuspect arrested by Dayton police in double-shooting has Monday court date - Dayton Daily News

    Dayton Daily NewsSuspect arrested by Dayton police in double-shooting has Monday court dateDayton Daily NewsAccording to the police incident report, police list the 3900 block of Necco Avenue in Dayton, near North Gettysburg Avenue, as the location where the incident began. Deputies and police found the car carrying the victims and the child on Evansville ...

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  • Dayton rebounds with victory over Ohio - Dayton Daily NewsDayton rebounds with victory over Ohio - Dayton Daily News

    Dayton Daily NewsDayton rebounds with victory over OhioDayton Daily NewsDayton reacts to a 3-pointer against Ohio on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.. CHARLESTON, S.C.. The Dayton Flyers responded to their first loss with their most dominant performance of the young season, beating Ohio 79-65 on ...Five takeaways from Dayton's victory against OhioMyDaytonDailyNewsDavis leads Dayton to 79-65 win over OhioWHIOCunningham, Davis power Dayton past Ohio, 79-65WDTNThe Postall 8 news articles »

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  • Brigid’s Path preparing nurses before first infants expected Nov. 27Brigid’s Path preparing nurses before first infants expected Nov. 27

    KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – The line of infants in need because of the opioid epidemic will start moving as Brigid’s Path inches closer to opening its doors to babies born with addiction. Brigid’s Path expects their first patient on November 27th. With staff in place, it’s only as matter of time. “We have nurses that are saying, let me do it, let me do it! I want to help this population. I actually got a text message the other morning that said, please call me. I want to be involved,” said Lisa Jasin, Brigid’s Path Clinical Director. Lisa Jasin, a neonatal nurse practitioner has seen addicted newborns at larger hospitals, desperately needing specialized attention. That’s where Brigid’s Path comes in. “Here at Brigid’s Path, the babies that need to be held, that need to be cuddled. That need small frequent feeding, will be the priority,” said Jasin. Jasin says the facility will use medical treatment but this space is more for love and compassion. “We are practicing family-centered care. Where we have the opportunity to use role model care and parenting. For parents that perhaps haven’t had that role modeling,” said Jasin. Executive director and the visionary of Brigid’s Path, Jill Kingston is just a week away from accomplishing one her dreams. “The reality hits and it’s like our hard work and this community support has paid off. We are really going to make this happen,” said Kingston. However, because of funding, only 4 infants can be taken in at this time. “It’s difficult to have to wait to care for a child. When we know there is a place for a family in need and it comes down to money being the reason we can’t help them,” said Kingston. If you are interested in donating to Brigid’s Path, head to their website. Brigid’s Path expects to have to rely on private funding for the next 2-years.

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  • Chipotle to host fundraiser for JDRFChipotle to host fundraiser for JDRF

    DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Chipotle restaurants around the Miami Valley are raising money for a special cause. The fast-food chain is donating half of all the sales from Sunday, November 19 to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. You can walk into a Chipotle near you and let the cashier know you would like to support the JDRF Diabetes Foundation. To find a Chipotle near you, click here.  

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  • Program helps businesses take action against workplace substance abuseProgram helps businesses take action against workplace substance abuse

    DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Businesses around the Miami Valley are taking action and using a training course to help make the workplace safer. This information comes from our partners at the Dayton Business Journal. Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services is launching a new program, Wellness at Work Technical Assistance Course, to make the workplace safer and to prevent and to respond to substance abuse issues. In an effort to address the safety and economic threat of drug abuse in the workplace, a Montgomery County mental health and addiction service is launching a new program for local businesses.The initiative is meant to empower businesses to create systems that will prevent and respond to workplace substance abuse issues in a “legally sound and meaningful way,” according to the organization. The course is designed to help businesses and implement or refine their drug-free operations. This includes the implementation of second-chance policies for recovering addicts. “You’re literally walked through all this by experts in the field, which is a fantastic opportunity for your business,” said Ashley Mack, program coordinator for ADAMHS. A two-day course will be offered November 28 and December 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the ADAMHS office. Businesses can apply for the course now and only five companies will be allowed in each course. If you apply for the course and do not make the list, the organization will hold the application for a class in the spring. The course is free, though a $50 refundable fee will be assessed during registration. That fee will be reimbursed during the first class session. If you want your business to take action and attend a training course, you must apply by November 27. To apply for a training course, click here.

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  • Ohio governor candidate reveals sexual history with 50 women in unexpected Facebook postOhio governor candidate reveals sexual history with 50 women in unexpected Facebook post

    COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Ohio Supreme Court justice William O’Neill claimed he had been sexually intimate with 50 women over the past 50 years in an unexpected Facebook post. O’Neill, a Democrat, says he is running for Ohio governor. He made a post on Facebook Friday that has been widely criticized, in which he says he had relationships “with approximately 50 very attractive females.” The post, which was later edited to remove some identifying information about two of the women, reads as thus: “Now that the dogs of war are calling for the head of Senator Al Franken I believe it is time to speak up on behalf of all heterosexual males. As a candidate for Governor let me save my opponents some research time. In the last fifty years I was sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females. It ranged from a gorgeous blonde who was my first true love and we made passionate love in the hayloft of her parents barn and ended with a drop dead gorgeous red head from Cleveland. Now can we get back to discussing legalizing marijuana and opening the state hospital network to combat the opioid crisis. I am sooooo disappointed by this national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago. Peace.” O’Neill told The Associated Press that the post grew out of frustration over Democrats’ calls to remove Al Franken from the U.S. Senate over sexual misconduct allegations. O’Neill said the misconduct story has gone too far. “It’s a matter of parody suggesting that, as a governor candidate, I assume I am the next target of the media frenzy,” he said. “So I figure let’s just get it out here on Front Street right here and now,” he added, referring to the street where the Supreme Court building sits. Ohio Democratic Party chair David Pepper called O’Neill’s post “terrible” in a Tweet. “Just a terrible post by Justice O’Neill. We’re having a serious national conversation about rape culture and sexual harassment, and it’s crucial for men to take time to listen to women and consider their experiences and insights. Justice O’Neill’s Facebook comments both dehumanize women and do nothing but trivialize this important conversation, which is actually about harassment and abuse, not encounters between consenting adults,” he said. Just a terrible post by Justice O'Neill. We’re having a serious national conversation about rape culture and sexual harassment, and it’s crucial for men to take time to listen to women and consider their experiences and insights. (1/2) — David Pepper (@DavidPepper) November 17, 2017 Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Supreme Court of Ohio issued a statement as well: “I condemn in no uncertain terms Justice O’Neill’s Facebook post. No words can convey my shock.This gross disrespect for women shakes the public’s confidence in the integrity of the judiciary.” O’Neill’s campaign manager, Chris Clevenger, resigned from his position with the campaign.  Fellow lawmakers have called for O’Neill to step down from his position as Ohio Supreme Court judge while he pursues the governor’s seat. He has recused himself of all new cases that come to the court but plans to remain active in cases that have already been filed and require work. He says he will not resign.  O’Neill made headlines in August when he called the Cleveland Browns “draft dodging millionaire athletes” and criticized them for kneeling during the national anthem.

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  • Company to gift power to familiesCompany to gift power to families

    DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Some local families will get the gift of power this holiday season. Dayton Power and Light provided a $115,000 corporate grant and customers gave generous donations to the Salvation Army Friday to help families in need of power this winter. The Gift of Power program started in 2015 and has helped more than 1000 families in need. The Gift of Power helps DP&L customers who are just above the income guidelines for other Ohio Energy Assistance programs. The program begins the day after January 16, 2018 and runs through April 15, 2018. To learn more about the program or to make an online donation, click here.

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  • Flying for Thanksgiving? Here's how to get the best deal.Flying for Thanksgiving? Here's how to get the best deal.

    Travelers looking to save money on airfare over the Thanksgiving holiday might want to consider getting in early and leaving much later. Travelers can expect to find the lowest prices if they fly out on Monday, Nov. 20 and if they return on Wednesday, Nov. 29, according to a report by Massachusetts-based airfare prediction app Hopper and Rhode Island-based InsureMyTrip, a travel insurance research firm. At midweek this week, domestic flights for Thanksgiving were averaging about $322 for a round-trip…

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  • Boeing leads charge for Wright Brothers Wind TunnelBoeing leads charge for Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel

    Airplane maker The Boeing Co. is tightening its bond with The Wright Brothers, the pioneers of aviation and favorite sons of Dayton. Boeing will be the lead donor in the $18 million replacement of the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel, located at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  The existing wind tunnel, which dates back to 1938, will be redesigned as the largest and most advanced academic wind tunnel in the United States, the company said in a release.  Terms of the Boeing pledge were not…

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  • Montgomery County families celebrate National Adoption DayMontgomery County families celebrate National Adoption Day

    DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Friday was a life-changing day for more than a dozen Miami Valley children. For National Adoption Day, Montgomery County took part in a nationwide effort to raise awareness for children in the foster care system. The courthouse embraced the theme “Ohana,” inspired by the Disney movie “Lilo and Stitch” and decorated the second floor with colorful flowers, palm trees and tropical treats. The Hawaiian term “Ohana” means family and symbolizes being bound together, despite any differences. “It means no one gets left behind,” said Montgomery County probate judge Alice McCollum. Judge McCollum wore a Hawaiian lei while she presided over 17 adoptions Friday. David and Janis Gorby were among the parents adopting children. The couple has been fostering for seven years and say they fell in love with three sisters assigned to their charge. “We saw three girls at children’s services and took them home. Now here we are adopting them,” said David Gorby. Sierra, 13, Brianna, 12, and Ashley, 11, spent more than two years with the Gorby family and all agreed they wanted to make the arrangement permanent. Montgomery County Job and Family Services says more than 650 children are in the county’s foster care system at any given time, and that figure is rising with the drug epidemic. Judge McCollum says each adoption can change the course of a child’s life and make a difference in the community as a whole. “This is important for the children,” she said. “It’s important for our state and our county to have children who want to achieve now because they feel loved and cared for.” Anyone 21 or older who is interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent can call the county at 224-KIDS (5437). You can also find more information here.

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  • Tech-training apprenticeship expanding to Ohio, 3 other statesTech-training apprenticeship expanding to Ohio, 3 other states

    A nonprofit apprenticeship that puts novices in junior software and technology jobs is expanding to Ohio – including a Columbus branch – and three other states with the help of a $7.5 million federal grant. Apprenti was founded last year in Seattle by the nonprofit Washington Technology Industry Association to help employers with a persistent talent crunch. The pilot year resulted in 100 job placements with companies such as Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. The program will set up chapters…

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  • Dayton-area riverfront redevelopment project secures more funding, propertiesDayton-area riverfront redevelopment project secures more funding, properties

    A massive redevelopment plan to revitalize Piqua's riverfront district is moving ahead.

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  • Doubleday's owners to open new restaurant in Centerville next yearDoubleday's owners to open new restaurant in Centerville next year

    The owners of Doubleday's Grill and Tavern will soon open a new restaurant inspired by a family eatery in Pennsylvania. A building permit filed with the city of Centerville shows the site of the new Famous Restaurant will be at 953 South Main St. The permit was filed last month for an interior building alteration at that address valued at $35,000. According to a Facebook page, The Famous Restaurant "promises a modern take on a legendary Pottsville, PA family staple" and is expected to open early…

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  • Crews sweep the city for final leaf collection pick upCrews sweep the city for final leaf collection pick up

    VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) – Residents in one city in the Miami Valley will have one more chance to have crews pick up leaves in front of houses. The City of Vandalia posted on its Facebook page and told residents Monday, November 20, will be the last day for leaf collection. Click here for the complete street by street schedule.

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  • Two trucks collide, lanes closed on NB I-75 in Miami CountyTwo trucks collide, lanes closed on NB I-75 in Miami County

    MIAMI COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – A crash that caused a truck to roll over on the northbound side of I-75 in Miami County has the road down to one lane and traffic backed up Friday. The crash happened around 11:00 on the northbound side of I-75 near CR-25A. Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol tell 2 NEWS a truck hauling water began to slow and a second truck behind it could not slow down in time. That second truck swerved in an attempt to avoid the crash but hit the water truck, forcing into the median. The second truck rolled onto its side in the northbound lanes of I-75. OSP says two of the northbound lanes will be closed until approximately 1:30 pm Friday while crews remove the truck. The water truck came to rest against a railing in the median. OSP says the southbound side of I-75 will be closed for approximately 30 minutes while that truck is removed. That part of the process will begin after the first truck is removed. Traffic in the area is backed up for miles and drivers should avoid the area if possible. No one was injured in the crash and it is still under investigation. Crash closes lanes of I-75 in Miami Co (WDTN Photo/Dominic Wilson) (WDTN Photo/Dominic Wilson) (WDTN Photo/Dominic Wilson) (WDTN Photo/Dominic Wilson)  

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  • High wind, heavy rain rolls in Friday night into SaturdayHigh wind, heavy rain rolls in Friday night into Saturday

    DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Strong winds and possible heavy rain will arrive in the Miami Valley Friday night and Saturday. Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Tara Hastings says strong winds are headed our way and we could expect showers around midnight Friday. (function ( $ ) { $( function () { $( "#wxgallerysequence1_main" ).LinSequencer( { urlbase : "http:\/\/wx.wdtn.com\/weather\/Sat_Rad_Midwest_", autostart : true, urlend : ".jpg", range : "1-4", zerofillrange : false, conf : { delnext : 300, delstart : 900 } } ); } ); })( jQuery ); (function ( $ ) { $( function () { $( "#wxgallerysequence2_main" ).LinSequencer( { urlbase : "http:\/\/wx.wdtn.com\/weather\/Vis_Sat_National_", autostart : true, urlend : ".jpg", range : "1-4", zerofillrange : false, conf : { delnext : 300, delstart : 900 } } ); } ); })( jQuery ); (function ( $ ) { $( function () { $( "#wxgallerysequence3_main" ).LinSequencer( { urlbase : "http:\/\/wx.wdtn.com\/weather\/IR_Sat_National_", autostart : true, urlend : ".jpg", range : "1-4", zerofillrange : false, conf : { delnext : 300, delstart : 900 } } ); } ); })( jQuery ); MidwestUS VisibleUS Infrared   Temperatures Saturday will be in the high 50s but will fall as the day goes on, Jamie says. The storm system this weekend will bring heavy rainfall and wind gusts close to 50 mph.  Much colder air returns Sunday, and there could even be a few snow flurries. ( function() { var func = function() { var iframe_form = document.getElementById('wpcom-iframe-form-cf567e15a9ecf32cfe357467f0038c0c-5a1129351a512'); var iframe = document.getElementById('wpcom-iframe-cf567e15a9ecf32cfe357467f0038c0c-5a1129351a512'); if ( iframe_form && iframe ) { iframe_form.submit(); iframe.onload = function() { iframe.contentWindow.postMessage( { 'msg_type': 'poll_size', 'frame_id': 'wpcom-iframe-cf567e15a9ecf32cfe357467f0038c0c-5a1129351a512' }, window.location.protocol + '//wpcomwidgets.com' ); } } // Autosize iframe var funcSizeResponse = function( e ) { var origin = document.createElement( 'a' ); origin.href = e.origin; // Verify message origin if ( 'wpcomwidgets.com' !== origin.host ) return; // Verify message is in a format we expect if ( 'object' !== typeof e.data || undefined === e.data.msg_type ) return; switch ( e.data.msg_type ) { case 'poll_size:response': var iframe = document.getElementById( e.data._request.frame_id ); if ( iframe && '' === iframe.width ) iframe.width = '100%'; if ( iframe && '' === iframe.height ) iframe.height = parseInt( e.data.height ); return; default: return; } } if ( 'function' === typeof window.addEventListener ) { window.addEventListener( 'message', funcSizeResponse, false ); } else if ( 'function' === typeof window.attachEvent ) { window.attachEvent( 'onmessage', funcSizeResponse ); } } if (document.readyState === 'complete') { func.apply(); /* compat for infinite scroll */ } else if ( document.addEventListener ) { document.addEventListener( 'DOMContentLoaded', func, false ); } else if ( document.attachEvent ) { document.attachEvent( 'onreadystatechange', func ); } } )(); Stay with WDTN.com and 2 NEWS for the latest developments on the weather. Stay up to date with the latest weather information where you are by downloading the Storm Team 2 Weather App. Share your photos and videos of weather and news with us using the Report It! feature.

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  • UD's plans for a 'shark tank' in Dayton Arcade would turn it into innovation hub - MyDaytonDailyNewsUD's plans for a 'shark tank' in Dayton Arcade would turn it into innovation hub - MyDaytonDailyNews

    MyDaytonDailyNewsUD's plans for a 'shark tank' in Dayton Arcade would turn it into innovation hubMyDaytonDailyNewsIf the rehab of the Dayton Arcade moves forward, the University of Dayton expects to be one of the anchor tenants, jointly overseeing more than 100,000 square feet of space in the southern portion of the complex. UD plans to relocate its L. William ...and more »

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  • Elder-Beerman parent Bon-Ton shuttering at least 40 locationsElder-Beerman parent Bon-Ton shuttering at least 40 locations

    Troubled department store chain operator The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. will close at least 40 underperforming locations as the retailer attempts to turnaround its dismal financial performance. Bon-Ton, the parent company of the Dayton-area chain Elder-Beerman, disclosed that it would slash its footprint by dozens of stores in its third quarter financial results released this week. The firm — which splits its headquarters between Milwaukee and York, Pa. — said the closures would take place through…

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  • Dayton Flyers to face Ohio Bobcats in Charleston Classic - Dayton Daily NewsDayton Flyers to face Ohio Bobcats in Charleston Classic - Dayton Daily News

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  • Teacher arrested in Kettering classroom indicted on sex chargesTeacher arrested in Kettering classroom indicted on sex charges

    DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  The substitute teacher that was arrested last week in a Kettering classroom has been indicted by a grand jury. READ MORE: Teacher arrested for sexual battery, ‘improper relationship’ with student The Montgomery County grand jury indicted Madeline Marx Wednesday on two felony counts of sexual battery. Marx, 23, pleaded not guilty to the similar charges in Kettering Municipal Court Monday. She is accused of having inappropriate relations with two students. One incident happened in September and another in June. READ MORE: Teacher charged with sexual battery pleads not guilty The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office says Marx was a substitute teacher for both Kettering and Oakwood schools. Marx has no previous criminal record. The next court date in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court is November 30.

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    L Brands Inc. isn’t where it wants to be, but it is confident in where it is going. After several years of record results, the Columbus-based retailer has had a bumpy 2017. Though net sales rose 1 percent to $2.61 billion in the period ended Oct. 28, nearly all other measures decreased compared with third quarter 2016. Net income dropped 29 percent to $86 million. Earnings per share decreased 29 percent to 30 cents, compared with 42 cents the prior year. Comparable store sales dropped 1 percent.…

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  • DBJ names Business of the Year winners for 2017DBJ names Business of the Year winners for 2017

    More than 400 people filled the Schuster Center last night for the DBJ’s annual Business of the Year awards. The gala showcased top businesses and executives from across the Miami Valley.  The “Oscars-style” event featured winners across a number of business categories.  The night also revealed the overall Business of the Year for 2017, an honor that went to Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School.  The overall winner is the company that received the highest vote total from the event’s…

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  • Centerville church plans $1.4M additionCenterville church plans $1.4M addition

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  • The DAI is “Acting up” againThe DAI is “Acting up” again

    Historic Japanese performance art depictions on display Art: Utagawa Kunisada II; Actors Sawamura Tosshō II as Hiranoya Kōjirō, Bandō Sanpachi V as Tōji’s Student Kane, Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Wakokubashi Tōji, and Ichimura Kakitsu IV as the Pickpocket Takemon no Tora, 1863 By Tara Pettit Centuries over time humans have unleashed boundless creativity through myriad forms of artistic expression, never ceasing to explore, experiment, and test the limits of new and evolving art mediums and channels. Creativity is interwoven in humanity’s DNA. At the heart of our species’ artistic interplay is the desire to tell stories and to make connections with the people and places we find ourselves surrounded by. To this day great art has been marked by its ability to convey compelling and relatable stories and its success in captivating human hearts by entering fully into the realm of our emotions and psyche. Few artistic genres prior to the nineteenth century have succeeded in capturing the complexity of the human psyche juxtaposed with the political and cultural background of a world divided by power and struggle than the Ukiyo-e wood block depictions of Kabuki Theater during the Japanese Edo period. Combining sheer spectacle, expressive artistry, opulent costuming, and violent dramatic action, the Kabuki prints of Japan’s 18th century characterize the political landscape and cultural lifestyles of a power-divided Japan and the rising of the newly prosperous urban merchant class of now modern day Tokyo, Sakai, Osaka, and Kyoto. Considered one of the rarest and treasured parts housed within Dayton Art Institute’s (DAI) Japanese art collection, some of Kabuki art’s most renowned pieces have been curated for the museum’s 2017 gallery highlights in a six-month running exhibit of Kabuki wood block prints titled, Acting Up: Kabuki in Japanese Prints. In its first installation, Acting Up featured a diverse selection of seven to 10 wood blocks prints of various popular Kabuki artists and scenes by some of the most recognized Kabuki artists living between the late 1700s and late 1800s. It was artists such as Utagawa Kunisada, Toyohara Kunichika, and Toshusai Sharaku who created the masterpieces that are the hallmark prints defining Kabuki art today and which are part of DAI’s extremely rare collection. “Several of the artists in our collection, like for example Sharaku, produced work very emblematic of Kabuki actors from Japan and were the image of these performances once printed on napkins, posters, and other materials,” says Peter Doebler, Dayton Art Institute’s curatorial coordinator. “Our iconic Sharaku print is the highlight of the exhibit as the oldest and most iconic of Kabuki art. His work is very rare and hard to get a hold of these days. We are very lucky to have these in our collection.” Shakaru’s work was very different from most of the Kabuki artists at the time with its distinct lines, colors, and magnified bust portraits of the actor in expressive detail. Although Sharaku’s active career as a woodblock artist spanned only 10 months and at the time his work was met with disapproval, today Sharuku pieces are considered some of the greatest in the Ukiyo-e genre, known for capturing the raw emotions of the actors to which each Kabuki performance drew out in relation to the current world events. It is works such as Shakaru’s iconic “Gorobei, the Fishmonger from San’ya”, a hallmark piece in DAI’s featured exhibit, that have come to represent the Kabuki art form and define its influence over time. Majority of the pieces featured in Acting Up relive the most popular scenes from famous Kabuki performances, drumming up the excitement and action of infamous fights, dramatic lover suicides, and riotous portrayals of comedic delight. The actors depicted in performances were drawn from Japanese history as well as key players in current events, and the plays themselves brought to life resonating stories old and new of swashbuckling samurai, melodramas of star-crossed lovers, ghost stories, and tales of heroism, loyalty and tragedy. The stories conveyed in Kabuki Theater largely spoke to the unrest of the divided times and gave rise to an artistic rebellion against the power and class struggles that formed out of the merchant class’ dissatisfaction at being denied access to political power or gain. As a result, the repressed sought expressive freedom by spending money lavishly on cultural frivolities and cultivating a lifestyle defined by fashion, sensual pleasure, and entertainment that revoked the established militaristic order. Kabuki performances offered the comedic and dramatic outlet for the frustrations of the time, enabling disadvantaged citizens to share laughs, heartaches, and similar fantasies through stories of political downfall and hierarchical collapse. The wood block prints created of Kabuki Theater represented an iconic collection of the most notable scenes from these performances. Public desire to collect these cherished artifacts from favorite performances helped fuel the collective drive to be part of the live performances themselves. Often incorporating exaggerated spins on old tales and news of current events, Kabuki performances would last for hours in which the print designs were created while the scenes were unfolding. Once the original design by the artist was completed at the time of the performance, they were handed off to fellow wood block printers to create the actual wood-rubbed print. The prints then became the main images displayed on napkins, posters, and other materials marketing the Kabuki performances. The end-to-end process of designing, printing, and developing Kabuki art was very collaborative, characterizing the creative camaraderie that shaped an artistic form representing a collective rebellion against the corruption and unbalanced power that was so much a part of the Edo period’s class structure. DAI’s Kabuki collection successfully portrays a diversity across subject matter of what artists would choose to highlight from performances – from highly focused and detailed portraits of particular actors with their trademark expressions, to the memorable moment of “mie” where an entire cast pauses mid-scene to allow for laughter, applause, or today’s photographic opportunity. “What we were hoping to achieve with this exhibition was to expose people to Kabuki, but also the way in which these wood block prints were so much part of the culture at the time,” Doebler says. “In the late 1700s, Kabuki really became a key part of mass entertainment – like going to the movies now – and the actors were really the stars of their time.” Like following a favorite movie star, Kabuki-goers would track and collect anything that featured their favorite actor in a prominent role. And much like today, visual depictions from performances became the iconic expression linking a fan to the qualities and aspects that were cherished of a particular character or scene. The Kabuki pieces represent Japan’s excellence in wood block printing and superiority in re-creating vivid imagery through deep coloring and ornate design. It was the prints that essentially fueled the craze for Kabuki Theater. “People would even steal the posters of their favorite actors and scenes because they were so vibrant, attractive, and well-loved,” Doebler says. Characteristic of many Kabuki prints was the incorporation of the actor’s name, character’s name, and occasionally the name of the artist printed into a red box featured in the piece. These labels served as a sort of confirmation of the Kabuki piece in what can be defined as some of the earliest cross-collaborative endeavors that blended fine art and performance art. Most Kabuki artists of the time, such as the prolific Kunisada who produced the most Japanese prints over time and has several pieces featured in DAI’s collection, did not adhere to the stylistic constraints set by contemporary artists at the time and vehemently defied the established order to demonstrate solidarity against political corruption, restrictions, and censorship. In a way, Kabuki printing can be considered a progressive, disruptive form of artistic expression that contributed to a mass upheaval against injustice and gave voice to the collective body. In the very least, the art form set the stage for future collaborative artistic endeavors and transformed the way the public approached art, creating interactions based on entertainment and expressionism. The genre has established an entirely new way of seeing, embracing, and finding connection in art by bringing liveliness and playfulness that served an important role in dealing with the pressures and struggles that surrounded the times. “Kabuki printing is a change-of-pace type of art with a liveliness and offbeat quality that really resonates with audiences,” Doebler says. Consequently, it is easy to find Kabuki’s influence in today’s art, media, and entertainment where much of contemporary anime and manga genres, now popular in western culture, depict characters and scenes that were originally staged for Kabuki Theater. Doebler indicates that many people in western culture find the general visual and aesthetic quality of Japanese art very interesting, leading to a cultural embracing of anime and manga and integration of other Japanese forms of art. “It’s interesting to browse Kabuki art databased and see how similar characters and costuming appear in art, anime, and media today,” Doebler says. “We know there is a deep appreciation of Japanese art and Dayton Art Institute has a majority of its Asian collection dedicated to Japan – about 200 prints and 500 small objects.” DAI’s Kabuki exhibit, much like its previous Deco Japan exhibit from two years ago, has received positive feedback from the Dayton community. Doebler hopes this particular exhibit brings forth a unique quality of playfulness not often found in art of its time and that visitors walk away with a sense of the great diversity and excitement that made these prints so beloved and so defining at the time. “Even though these pieces are over 150 years old, they feel as if they could have been made today in reaction to our current world,” Doebler says. “When you observe Kabuki coming right off the pages of today’s popular art, you realize this is part of something much older that is continuing. Hopefully our exhibit will help make that connection between today’s Japanese depictions and some of the earliest work that will encourage people to learn more about its beginnings.” Acting Up will be on exhibit at Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N. in Gallery 105 through January 28, 2018. The cost to view the exhibit is free to members and included in the museum’s suggested admission for non-members. 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Like her peers from other parts of the country and around the world, Sara recognizes the extreme importance of reducing one’s carbon footprint and being ecologically aware. In fact, she only runs her kiln when it is full so that she can minimize the environmental impact as much as possible. Using a full kiln is only part of her commitment to the helping future generations inherit a cleaner world. What makes Sara’s work so unique is that she doesn’t just create new pieces from raw materials. She often recycles old glass products like wine bottles, for example, and turns them into functional art pieces. She uses a process called “Slumping” which basically melts existing glass products down into molds to create new ones. Olive trays, platters, cheese trays, even “boats” for succulent planters are just a few of the many functional and decorative art pieces she can create with the process. For Sara, an opportunity to escape the hum-drum of everyday life and work on something she enjoys is important.  It’s a good thing too, because Sara uses a unique kiln process that takes 11 ½ hours at temperatures reaching over 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit to create! And that’s just the first firing. Most of her pieces are re-fired 2-3 times before the process is complete. From concept to completion, each piece can take several days to create. It is definitely not a craft for those wanting instant gratification, but it is certainly rewarding for folks like Sara who love being able to lose themselves in their work, and for those lucky enough to own one of her works of art. Putting the “Fun” in functional For artist Dylan Engler of Engler Glass, art is about having fun and giving people a chance to use his creations in their everyday lives. He describes what he loves about working with glass saying, “You can have an idea, but you really don’t know what it’s going to look like until you pull it out, and that’s the exciting part.” Dylan makes his art functional as well as fun, which has allowed him to sell some of his work in the popular store, “Anthropologie” and has earned him recognition on HGTV and in Elle Magazine. His work has even been displayed in the Museum of Arts and Design in NY. Dylan is also showcasing his beautiful art at the upcoming “Art and Soul” Festival in Yellow Springs. Dylan’s art really puts the fun in functional. Dylan Engler says, “Any of my trays can be an art piece on a display stand, or you can use it for entertaining. A lot of people like to do both.” It’s not only his artwork that’s fun, but also the story that goes with it. Buying a hand-crafted item at a festival can add serious value to the piece. Here’s why: An art piece has its own intrinsic value but when the item is autographed and included in a photo with the artist, the value of the piece skyrockets. Consider if your grandparents purchased a guitar that was played by “The Beetles” star, John Lennon. Now imagine that the guitar was autographed and your grandparents had a photo of themselves with the band when they purchased it. The value of the guitar would be more than doubled! It’s the same with art. Each piece is valuable in and of itself, but when there is a story and memorabilia to go with it, the value increases.  The story also adds a sentimental value that makes the piece all the more special. Size Matters One great way to buy some fabulous art and get the story too, is at the “Art and Soul Festival” in Yellow Springs. The festival, which will take place on, Saturday Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is a wonderfully unusual event that gives people a chance to really get to know the artists and how the artwork is created. Dylan Engler says, “This event has high-quality work in all different price points. There is something for everyone.” What makes the festival so unique is that it is much more intimate than other festivals. Each artist can take the time to explain his or her process and in doing so, make every piece of artwork come alive with a rich story and if you ask nicely, a photo of the piece with the artist (after purchase). Organizer and clay artist, Lisa Goldberg, has a strong reputation for creating quality events.  Her passion for art and helping other artists is what drew her to create the Art and Soul event. Says Lisa, “In creating Art and Soul, it allowed me to create an intimate art fair, where people can still have the chance to talk to the artists and find out about them and what they do.” In the art world, size really does matter; at least when it comes to fairs. Larger fairs carry heavy volumes of people which make it hard for customers and artists to connect and talk about process and evolution of the art itself. That soulful interaction between artist and consumer is a crucial part of what makes the fair so special. But soulful and intimate doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to see. This year, Art and Soul will host woodwork, leather, painting, photographs, multiple kinds of glass work and beadwork, and various ceramic artists who use different firing processes resulting in very different styles. “This show gets stronger and stronger every year. Which means each year, I am more excited about it.” Says Lisa Goldberg. And why wouldn’t she be? Hand-made gifts are one of the hottest new trends on the market this year. “Hand-made gifts are so great because each one is special.” Says Dylan Engler. The love, the passion, and the effort that goes into each piece, whether it is decorative glass or a hand-crafted leather key fob, can be felt and seen in the superior craftsmanship. Perhaps the best part of shopping at an art fair however, isn’t the fact that the products are all made in America or the fact that each purchase, however small, has a story behind it and helps support an artist. Perhaps the best part of the show isn’t even the chance to get someone something really cool for the holidays. Perhaps, just perhaps, the best part comes with the lessons we can learn by talking to others and experiencing art through an artist’s eyes. Art and Soul will be held on Saturday Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 200 South Walnut Street in Yellow Springs. For more information, please visit https://www.Facebook.com/ArtAndSoulYS/

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  • Angels of ChristmasAngels of Christmas

    Custom trees and wreaths benefit Dayton Children’s fundrasier Photo: A Grinch themed tree up for auction at the Sugarplum Festival of Trees By Lisa Bennett Prior to 1960, children faced the very real possibility of dying before they reached puberty. Diseases like polio and pertussis claimed the lives of thousands of children. Malnutrition, accidental deaths, and complications from illnesses like the flu were commonplace. In fact, child mortality was so prevalent that post-mortem photos were often the only memento grieving parents had of their beloved child. According to an article written by Tavia Gordon on the mortality of children between 1900 and 1950, the average mortality rate of children in 1900 was 17.2 per 1,000. Thankfully, those numbers declined sharply in the 1950s with the advent of immunizations and increasing knowledge of the importance of good nutrition and proper hygiene. Convalescent hospitals were replaced with medical centers and as child mortality rates dropped, the need for medical hospitals to care for sick children increased. In 1957, Elsie Mead formed the Children’s Hospital Society, a group dedicated to raising money to build a children’s hospital. Their hard work and dedication paid off and in February of 1967, they were able to open The Barney Children’s Hospital on Chapel Street in Dayton. In 1970, the name was changed to The Children’s Medical Center. Today, the facility is known as the Dayton Children’s Hospital. It is home to an incredible Level 2 Pediatric trauma center, with programs including pediatric mental health resources, pediatric sports programs, a comprehensive world-class cancer and blood disorder center and specialized neonatal c ollaborations that serve over 280,000 patients annually. It is also home to one of only 10 accredited pediatric cancer programs in the country! Ladies to the Rescue! Part of the reason for its continued growth is the support provided by TWIGs, (Terrific Women in Giving) who tirelessly work hard to raise money to support the hospital. Since its inception in 1965, TWIGs has raised over nine million dollars for the hospital. Currently, the group is wrapping up a $4 million pledge to help the Mills Family Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. “We’ll be presenting our final check in 2018,” says Michelle DiFalco, TWIG Publicity Chair. Over the past 50 years, the group, an auxiliary of Dayton Children’s, has grown to an exciting 20 branches with over 300 members. One of their favorite annual events is the beloved Sugarplum Festival of Trees. This year, the theme for the event is “Golden Christmas Memories” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the event. Visions of Sugarplums The festival kicks off on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 from 5:30 -6:30 p.m. at the Dayton Masonic Center with a “Golden Hour” of special craft brew and “Golden Surprise” tasting. Golden Hour is followed by the Golden Memories Gala, a fun-filled evening of dinner, cash bar, and music by the Jim Leslie Jazz Quartet. Beautifully decorated trees by local Artists and Businesses will be available to bid on during that time. Both the Golden Hour and Golden Memories Gala are by reservation only. On Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, the event opens to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free admission and bidding for the trees continuing throughout the weekend. Visitors will be treated to “The Boutique”, a unique shop of all sorts of hand-crafted gift items made by the wonderful ladies of Twigs. “We have 20 chapters of ladies with over 300 members total, who spend all year crafting items for the Boutique,” Michelle says. For those who love candy and baked goods, there is the Nutcracker Suite, a virtual treasure trove of hand-made cookies, candies and all sorts of delectable Christmas goodies. There is even an opportunity to enter to win a raffle basket. Beginning at 10 a.m., visitors can enjoy the Holiday Brunch (this is a reservation only event so be sure to register ahead if you are interested in going) that includes brunch, a cash bar, raffles, and music by Pianist Lorelei Albert. At 3 p.m., parents can bring their children to the Prince and Princess Ball (also reservation only). Kids will get to meet Spiderman and Princess Belle with lots of photo opportunities. Dinner, a Sunday bar, and raffle are also part of the ball. Children will also have a chance to shop at the Kid’s Holiday Shopping Corner, where a variety of regular store gift items will be available to purchase for $2.50 each. Kids are welcome to dress up as their favorite Prince or Princess Character. The Festival wraps up on Sunday afternoon after a fabulous “Breakfast with Santa at 9:30 a.m.. Pre-registration is required. Bidding on the trees ends at 3:30 p.m.. Thanks to heroes like Elsie Mead and the amazing women of TWIGs, children in Dayton today have access to superior medical treatment that was unavailable and unheard of a century ago. Our region is truly blessed to be the home of a world-class children’s hospital with programs made possible in part, by selfless volunteers like the women of TWIGS who spend countless hours of their time raising money. So this year, treat yourself and your family to a weekend of fun, festive, holiday events and join the many heroes who help make an enormous difference in the lives of children in the Miami Valley. The Sugarplum Festival of Trees takes place Nov. 17 – Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the Dayton Masonic Center, 525 Riverview Drive in Dayton. For more information or to pre-register for the events, visit: www.ChildrensDayton.org/Events/sfot2017

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  • ‘Loving Vincent’ is an ode to creative expression‘Loving Vincent’ is an ode to creative expression

    A true merger of art and multiple forms used to transform biographical facts Photo: Vincent van Gogh and his paintings come to life in new movie ‘Loving Vincent’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Regular readers are  probably familiar with my bias against animated features. I am firmly and decidedly against the prevailing notion that we need more movies about talking animals or inanimate objects that prance about to the latest pop tunes and prattle on about trending topics in social media feeds. Maybe it’s a function of having children who are now in high school and college, but I’m done with talking dogs and cars, just like I was glad when my oldest daughter finally graduated from her “Twilight” phase. Sparkly vampires walking around in the daytime should not exist either, not even in someone’s imagination. Based on this logic, you would have to assume that I never watch animated films, which is generally true. I make exceptions, of course, for the Pixar movies I have to cover in one outlet or another, which occasionally rise above their family-friendly aims to speak to greater universal experiences and aspirations (although they seem to always be locked in some kind of pitched internal battle). And then there are the whip smart features that come from outside the U.S. like Academy Award nominees, “A Cat in Paris” (from directors Jean-Loup Felicoli and Alain Gagnol), and “Chico & Rita” (from Fernando Trueba, Tono Errando and Javier Mariscal), or “Extraordinary Tales,” the inspired adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe, which featured the likes of Sir Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Roger Corman, and Guillermo del Toro (I mean, come on, who wouldn’t want to see that collection of talent explore the macabre world of Poe). In these instances, the animation creates opportunities to push certain boundaries—physical and expressive capabilities—that would be limited in the live action format. Too often, we, as an audience, have been forced to accept animated stories as mere cartoons, something not suitable for adult consumption, unless it strays into the truly “mature” realm. Which is what makes “Loving Vincent,” the new film from Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, such a revolutionary enterprise. The writer-directors dare to present the rather conventional tale of Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth), the disaffected son of a postman, commissioned by his father to hand deliver a letter from Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo, a year after the artist’s death. Armand’s journey becomes more complicated once he realizes that Theo is no longer alive either and so, he must find a suitable recipient, which means he must delve into the last days of van Gogh and those closest to him. “Loving Vincent” is an emotional and spiritual mystery of sorts, an existential examination into a life and the art that sprang from a truly tragic figure. It would have been easy for Kobiela and Welchman to offer this up in a straightforward live action feature; not just simple and conventional, but the obvious choice, and it could have been a fascinating and impactful film. But, the pair dared to look beyond the narrative facts to the greater challenge of setting up a critical dialogue between van Gogh’s life and his work. To meaningfully engage with his art required an immersion in his paintings, deeper than merely studying his pieces as static frames on a wall. So, they used animation to capture the thrilling movement of oil paintings. There are haunting reflections of van Gogh’s famous masterworks in the film, but what Kobiela and Welchman have done is show us how van Gogh may have seen everyday life, where each and every blade of grass or fabric or pinpoint of light shimmers as it attracts the eye. The visual panels here mimic the feel that 3D movies long to evoke, that rush of kinetic energy through space, which tricks us into wanting to interact with what is only a flat surface. Much like James Cameron’s rich and luscious world in “Avatar,” the world of “Loving Vincent” is so tactile, it overpowers the narrative, making us momentarily forget the mundane details of plot and action. We care only to see and feel the ephemeral images. Even the black and white renderings of memory take on a shape and cloudy haze that approximates something about our understanding of the past that we can’t quite articulate. Art is a grand experiment, and “Loving Vincent” reminds us that animation is a grand and complex language. Rating: PG-13 Grade: A

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  • Debate Forum: 11/14Debate Forum: 11/14

    Pick your poison Should those awaiting execution get a say in how they die? By Ron Kozar Lethal injections, gas chambers, electric chairs… whatever the method, the prisoner still ends up dead. So what difference does it make? To hear Alva Campbell tell it, it makes a big difference.  Years on death row, awaiting lethal injection for a 1997 murder, have left Campbell a gaunt, wheezing geriatric case in need of daily care. He is so withered, he says, that nurses have trouble just finding a vein in which to stick an IV. He figures a few men with rifles will have an easier time hitting a big bullseye on his chest than a phlebotomist would have hitting a tiny bullseye on an artery in his boney arm. So, Campbell has asked for death by firing squad instead. So far, the courts have said no.  Campbell argues that he’s in danger of becoming the latest in a long line of botched lethal injections. One such was Ohio’s own, Romell Broom, whose 2009 execution was called off after guards poked needles into him for two fruitless hours in search of a usable vein. Prosecutors respond that firing squads are not legal in Ohio. Indulging Campbell would require the General Assembly to enact a law—“Alva’s Law”?—to allow that method of execution. But courts cannot compel legislatures to enact, or governors to sign, such a law.  And, as one judge opined last week while denying Campbell’s request, “There is no constitutional requirement that executions be painless.” Those in favor of letting Campbell and others like him pick their method of execution have plenty of arguments to choose from. Those who think lethal injection cruel might point to Justice Sotomayor’s observation in a recent Supreme Court dissent that shooting is “comparatively painless” and that the firing squad “has yielded significantly fewer botched executions.” And those who think lethal injection too soft, with supine, cushioned prisoners drifting too comfortably into the sleep of death, might welcome a revival of the swifter, colder practices of old. And still others might observe that letting the inmate choose the method could mitigate the supposed inhumanity of capital punishment. After all, it’s harder to call the sentence cruel and unusual when the prisoner gets a say in how to carry it out. Those against giving death row inmates a choice are not lacking in arguments either. They might observe that harshness and inconvenience to the prisoner, far from being reasons to back off, are the whole point of any punishment, capital or otherwise. Campbell did 20 years for one murder, was paroled, and committed a second, which landed him on death row. He didn’t give his victims a choice, so why, an opponent might ask, should we give him one? While the City Paper considers these questions, readers can rest assured that Campbell’s attorneys will be hard at work.  He is presently scheduled to meet his maker on Nov. 15. Ron Kozar is a lawyer in Dayton. Reach him at RonKozar@DaytonCityPaper.com. Violence with a conscience Execution alternatives are humane for everyone involved By Don Hurst According to the Death Penalty Information Center’s statistics, lethal injection has the highest rate of failure among execution methods. The state should allow reasonable alternatives for administering the death penalty. I’m not sure if that should be a firing squad, but after horrific, botched lethal injection executions, death row inmates need to have some say in how they die. Alva Campbell’s medical history makes a strong case that lethal injection will not be a quick end to his miserable and wasted life. A prison nurse couldn’t find a suitable vein to administer IV medicine earlier this month. What makes the state believe that they will find one on the big day? Difficulties inserting IV needles have led to prolonged executions in past Ohio cases. In 2006, Joseph Clarks’ veins collapsed after the technicians worked for half an hour to insert the needle. Thirty minutes after he should have been dead, witnesses could hear Clark still moaning and crying out. The Department of Corrections did not pronounce him dead until 90 minutes later. Christopher Newton clung to life for two full hours in 2007. Most recently in 2014 Dennis McGuire writhed and gasped for 15 minutes before finally dying. These are convicted murderers and rapists so who cares? That extra suffering is just a little more worldly justice before they pass to whatever final judgment awaits them. I understand that mentality. I truly do. I’m not speaking from a place of sympathy for these killers. I’m arguing for death penalty alternatives for the sake of those tasked with ending the lives of the condemned. Throughout my career in the military and law enforcement, I have witnessed a lot of death and I have helped end the lives of very bad people. I don’t say that with joy or with the goal of puffing up my bravado. I write that to give you the proper context for what comes next. Violence and death are necessary tools to keep others safe. Sometimes, bad people have to die to protect the innocent. That’s a fact. That doesn’t mean administering violence doesn’t take a toll on the person employing it. I was once asked, by an extremely pacifistic friend, how I can sleep at night knowing the things I’ve done. You can ask my wife. I sleep very well. As soon as my head hits the pillow, I’m out. Why? Am I sociopath? Not at all. The violence was righteous. Meaning not only was it lawfully used against people who needed it, but also it was done right. We didn’t prolong suffering. We employed violence because it needed to be done and that was it. I’ve sat with murderers and rapists in their last moments. Their hands quivering while they impotently attempt to hold in the blood gushing out of them. I’ve watched Islamic militants crawling in the dirt blindly groping for safety with their final breaths. In almost all these cases I’ve witnessed one thing that picks at my brain. The pain, confusion, and desperation of dying violently burn away the man that was, and all that’s left is a tortured soul reeling in horror at what awaits them on the other side. The head knows that this is a killer, a predator who preys on the weak, and deserves this pain. But the spirit is different. It’s difficult to watch that transformation and not feel a stabbing in the soul. The expression the damned wear reminds me of what my son would look like after a nightmare woke him screaming and crying from his crib. It brings out instinctive pity. An execution usually doesn’t have the intensity of a combat fatality. The first drug renders the convict unconscious and sedates him while the second administers the killing dose. In a perfect world, it’s painless and actually kind of peaceful. I believe this is more for the prison workers’ benefits than the convict’s well-being. The guards who escort the condemned. The medical staff who prepares him. The governor who can offer clemency. The warden who gives the order. The executioner who pushes the button. All of these people are accessories to killing a human being. We need to make sure they can do their jobs with clear consciences. The convict is locked in a prison where the likelihood of him hurting anyone else is low. We’re not killing him to protect others. The crimes he committed happened years ago. While the atrocities are still fresh in the minds of the victims’ families, to the executioners, they have all the immediacy of a dusty history book. All of this makes it even more important that executions are done correctly and in a way to preserve the souls of those who have to administer this final justice. If the State of Ohio goes through with the lethal injection for Alva Campbell and it doesn’t work, it will cause immense suffering to the condemned. More importantly, it will cause immense suffering for the men and women of our correctional system. I may sleep soundly at night, but that doesn’t mean the faces of the men who died aren’t seared in my mind like a movie I wish I could forget. The image of Campbell writhing in agony, fighting for breath, and staring in terror at what is to come is not something our correction officers need to carry with them for the rest of their lives. Don Hurst is a combat vet and a former police officer. He now lives in Dayton where he writes novels and plays. Reach DCP freelance writer Don Hurst at DonHurst@DaytonCityPaper.com. We the people Everyone is equal under the law By Patrick Bittner In the blazing heat of the Pennsylvania summer, a handful of wealthy, educated, well-to-do men sat in a hall and debated one of the greatest documents to come from the hands of humankind. The Declaration of Independence was more than just a call to arms for the fledgling revolution, and more than a list of grievances with a monarchy some 3,500 miles away; it was a statement of new ideas about the way societies should treat their members. And with the opening line of the second paragraph, the world was forever changed. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Perhaps the most famous and popular idea to come from the mind and pen of Thomas Jefferson was this: that all men, no matter their creed, code, status, or wealth, were created equal and should be treated as equals by their government. And while this sentiment may not be in full effect in all aspects of our society yet, it is mostly true when concerning the law. All citizens are equal in the eyes of the law. This, more than any idea, is what this country believes in. No matter your background, there will be consequences for your actions; this has been shown repeatedly, but still gets called into question on a regular basis. Alva Campbell has experienced the equal justice of the American criminal system for the past 20 years. After carjacking a man and eventually shooting him in the head, twice, Campbell has been in custody for the past 20 years. He has been on death row since March of 2013 when the Ohio Supreme Court set an initial execution date of July 15, 2015. Long since passed, the state has scheduled his final execution date for later this month. Now, ultimately, this is not a debate about the issue, morally or legally speaking, of capital punishment. The State of Ohio has decided that it will allow the execution of its citizens when the crime is severe enough and the argument for guilt is beyond a reasonable doubt. Campbell has gone through these processes and is now at the final point of the system, or so it seems. Campbell is arguing not that he shouldn’t be put to death, but rather that the method of his execution be different than what is currently administered by the state. This idea rejects and proposes to trump the fundamental American idea of equality, and thus should itself be rejected. Campbell argues that he is different, that the veins in his arms are not suited for needles, and that he is allergic to one of the drugs in the lethal cocktail the state uses. A federal judge has ruled that Campbell has not given sufficient evidence to support these claims and that using a method other than lethal injection, notably that of a firing squad, is rightfully unacceptable. Campbell must be executed in the manner deemed acceptable by the State of Ohio and none other. Using a firing squad, or any other method, would pave the way for a precedence of inequality among death row inmates. Simply put, allowing this group of condemned people to choose the manner of their execution is illegal because it is not equal. While equality may be a noble idea on paper, it is nothing if it is not enforced in practice.  Everyday this country walks a fine line between what is good and acceptable and what is evil and against all the principles the Founding Fathers put forth in their hallowed documents. And while these documents were made with the ability to be amended, the idea that their very foundation is cemented on cannot be. Equality in the eyes of the law. This alone is what pushes the very idea of being American. It is what drives us to do great things and what entitles us all to those unalienable rights. To allow Alva Campbell, a man who in effect has given up his claim to these rights, would be to shatter the entire heart of our American society. He, and any other citizen who commits such a horrendous act, will be treated with equality under the law. This concept must be the dictating force from the beginning to the very end and while someday we should all hope to be rid of the practice of executing our citizens, the present situation would lead us to believe even more in the power and process of equality. Reach DCP freelance writer Patrick Bittner at PatrickBittner@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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  • Time well spentTime well spent

    No need to hurry at Dayton’s Nanya’s Café Photo: Mixed combo platter and Kiitfo from Nanya’s Cafe By Paula Johnson I had a most unique and amazing dining experience recently at Nanya’s Café and I can’t wait to tell you about this place. And to tell you not to go. Seriously, don’t. That is unless you do what owner Sofi Kinde asks. Make a reservation. Please. And here’s why: Nanya’s Café, the area’s only Ethiopian restaurant, is basically a two-person operation with a tiny seating capacity. It’s is a family operation, named for Kinde’s mother. Her cousin does all the cooking. Kinde told me she knows she’s already outgrown her space. “I’m looking at places closer to the city. I know I will have to move soon.” If you show up without a reservation at peak dining times on the weekend, you will be turned away. “After we were mentioned on social media recently, that’s what happened. So many people came and we just couldn’t serve them,” Kinde says with a note of frustration. “But we are open early for late breakfast and lunch, and also on Sunday,” she emphasizes. “I would love people to think about visiting us during those times.” No forks to give I was over the moon to learn that Dayton finally had Ethiopian cuisine (The closest places I’d found are in Cincinnati). I’ve been a fan for years, and was fortunate enough to live near two terrific places and have also experienced it in New York and Washington DC. What makes Ethiopian dining unique? It’s completely communal. Everything is served together on a platter roughly the size of an automobile tire. There is no silverware. Food is eaten with the right hand only by using pieces of injera, a spongy bread made from the fermented flour from a grain known as teff. It’s an immediate and tactile experience that makes you aware of every bite you take. Or every bite you give. That’s gursa, a tradition central to Ethiopian dining culture. It’s the intimate and respectful act of feeding other diners with a morsel of injera wrapped food (with your right hand of course). It’s a gesture of honor to bestow, and humility to receive, so don’t even think about doing that wedding cake smashing thing. As if. Spices responsible for the flavor profile of Ethiopian cuisine include chili peppers of various kinds, ginger, garlic, cardamom, cloves, and cumin to name a few. Two common seasoning mixes are featured in many dishes: berbere, a chili pepper spice mix, and bright orange colored mitmita, made from ground birdseye chilis, cardamom, salt, and cloves. (In spite of the presence of chili peppers not all dishes are hot). Kibe, a clarified spice infused butter, is also found in a good many dishes. Wat’s up So now you know a little about the cuisine. Next is how and what to order. Nanya’s Café offers less than a dozen non-breakfast items (there are seven of those) so the most effective way both in terms of cost and variety is to order a combination platter. Two meat choices and three vegetables ($36), or full vegetarian are the combo options. We went with Chicken Tibs and Tibs Wat as our meat choices. (Tibs refers to chunks of sauteed meat, Wat refers to stew.) The chicken featured spinach, onion, tomato, jalapeno, and kibe with spices. The Wat was beef seasoned with berbere sauce. Our vegetables included red lentils (misir) with berbere sauce and garlic, a powdered chickpea dish (tegabino shiro) with onion, tomato, and jalapeno plus some collards, carrots, and beans. Baskets of rolled injera “crepes” are presented for diners to scoop with. It was a festival of colors and flavors, with the slightly sour and tangy injera lining the platter and serving as a platform for all of the stews and vegetable dishes heaped on top. One of the greatest pleasures is eating the flavor soaked injera that’s left on the platter at the end when the food is eaten. We added two additional dishes, a favorite of mine, Kitfo ($13), tender raw beef minced and marinated in mitmita, a sort of Ethiopian tartar, and Gomen be Siga ($8). The Gomen be Siga was at the urging of owner Sofi, when I asked what dish she felt was a must try – collard greens and beef simmered in a peppery spicy broth soup. We couldn’t get enough of it. For me it ranked up there with spicy soup favorite pho with its deeply savory soul-satisfying broth. Everything we tried was a delight, and it was hard to pick a favorite. I mentioned breakfast offerings, and in spite of my familiarity with dinner dishes, these were all new to me. The most common breakfast is Kinche ($6). The equivalent of oatmeal, it’s made from cracked wheat braised with kibe. There’s also Ful ($7), which is spiced mashed fava beans with onion, tomato, and jalapeno, and Chechebsa ($60), hand torn pieces of flat bread mixed with kibe and berbere and served with sour cream. I can’t wait to return to try these dishes. Though breakfast and lunch are less busy times, I still plan to call first. I want to stay on Sofi Kinde’s good side. Nanya’s Cafe: 99% Cuisine 49% Value 25% Service 25% Nanya’s Café is located at 5214 N. Main St. in Dayton. For more information call 937.396.4013

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  • Winter offeringsWinter offerings

    Skating and other activities at Dayton’s MetroParks Photo: A broomball game taking place on the MetroParks ice rink By Nick Hrkman Skate into the Holidays Keep your cabin fever at bay this winter by visiting the ice rink at RiverScape MetroPark. Whether you’re enjoying a fast-paced game of broomball or just want to relax and enjoy the panoramic view of the Great Miami River and downtown skyline while gliding around the region’s largest outdoor skating rink, RiverScape MetroPark offers activities and fun for all ages. Staying physically active is more challenging during the winter than it is in warmer months. Skating, curling, and broomball can keep your body moving in a social atmosphere. If you’ve never tried these activities before, learn from helpful instructors during a Try It! session that will prepare you for a full season of entertainment, recreation or competition. Skating According to the United States Figure Skating Association, ice-skating is an aerobic, low impact exercise that helps tone muscle, strengthens leg and core muscle groups, and improves balance, agility, and flexibility. Recreational skating can burn up to 250 to 810 calories per hour, which is about as much as the average adult would burn by running five miles in the same time. In addition to the health benefits, skating is fun! MetroParks Ice Rink hosts themed skates throughout the season, including School Pride Night, Michael Jackson Skate, ‘80s Skate, Sweetheart Skate and more. If you have a holiday like Martin Luther King Day or Presidents’ Day off, spend the day at the rink during special hours (see schedule online or in the latest issue of ParkWays). The rink will feature extra decorations around Christmas and New Years Day that you can appreciate from the heated, café-style seating area. Don’t know how to skate? Ice rink lessons are offered as a three-week program available in December, January, and February. Upon signing up for the class, you’ll receive two free ice rink admission coupons at the first lesson. If you don’t have your own skates —don’t worry. Skates are provided as part of the lesson. Family and individual season passes can be purchased at a 20 percent discount through Nov. 23. Season passes include skate rentals and 25 percent off all products, such as hot chocolate and funnel cakes, from the RiverScape Café. Hate waiting in the cold for your skate rental? Thanks to Mechanical Systems of Dayton’s heating element, your wait will involve up to 90 percent less teeth chattering! Curling Looking forward to watching curling at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang? Try it yourself! Learn about rocks, houses, brooms, and other curling terminology during the Learn to Curl event at RiverScape MetroPark on Nov. 30 at 6 p.m., presented by Curl Troy. If you’re already familiar with the Canadian craze, join as a team or an individual and play six games every Tuesday starting Jan. 9. The games last an hour and a half. Register on Curl Troy’s website: CurlTroy.org/Venues/RiverScape. Broomball If you’re looking to try a new team sport, sign up for broomball. Related to ice hockey, players wear shoes rather than skates and use a broom-shaped stick to move a ball around the rink to score goals. “We have folks who suffer from Raynaud’s syndrome who, no matter how cold it is outside, will come out to play because they enjoy it so much and get to have a chance to play on a team with their friends,” says Brian Buttrey of the Dayton Broomball Association. Team registration begins after the Try Broomball event on Nov. 26. During the Try It! event, Dayton Broomball Association members will teach you the rules and basic techniques of the game. Afterward, you will be able to put what they learned to the test during a quick scrimmage. Helmets, sticks, and balls are provided, but it’s highly recommended that you bring your own gloves, kneepads, and shinguards to protect against falls and collisions. To learn more, visit DaytonBroomball.org. Have a Parker Party Private rink rentals can be booked online, but fill up fast! Reserve the rink for your event and get 50 cups of hot chocolate and 50 pairs of skates. Parker the Penguin can be added to the party for an additional fee. Rental spaces are available on Sunday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. How To Go: RiverScape MetroParks Ice Rink 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton Ohio 45402 Admission fee: $5 daily Ice skate rental: $2 daily Skaters ages 3 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult. For current rink status, please call the ice rink at 937.278.2607. During periods of inclement weather, the ice rink may not be open. For up to date closures, please visit the RiverScape Facebook page. Opening Day: Nov. 24, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. For more information regarding hours of operation, please visit https://www.MetroParks.org/Programs-Events-Finder/

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  • Time to partyTime to party

    The 4 b’s of holiday wine Photo: Bubbles and blush, Prosecco and rose are two go-to’s for holiday parties By Mike Rosenberg Congratulations, you social animal, you! You scored an invite to a holiday party. People like you…they really like you! I mean, that is, as long as you walk in the door with a bottle or two. Sometimes a host or hostess will make your job easy. They might say, “Here’s what we’re having for dinner, so, can you bring X, Y, and Z?” Chances are, though, you’re going to be on your own in the wine store, and, lucky for you, the Vine’s your trusty wingman. Over the years, I’ve been asked to lug in a lot of wine. Unless something in particular gets specified, I’ve learned through experience that you can make holiday partygoers oenologically happy about 90 percent of the time with wine from one of four categories, and you shouldn’t have to spend more than $15 on a bottle. Think of them as our “Four B’s” of holiday wine buying: Bubbles Blush Beaujolais Big Bubbles First off, Bubbles. This one’s pretty self-explanatory. Sparkling wine is going to be a good choice for any number of reasons. A quick aside—you might notice that I didn’t say “Champagne.” While northerners may call all carbonated beverages “Pop,” not all sparkling wine is Champagne. Only wine from the specific region of France is Champagne. And, unless your friends are a lot swankier than mine, you’re not going to need to drop the kind of coin on actual grower Champagne for most occasions. I have two go-to sparklers for parties. First is Prosecco, a sparkling wine made largely from the Glera grape made in the Prosecco region of Italy. Prosecco tends to taste of lemons and pears and has a fairly high level of carbonation. Prosecco has had a popularity boom over the last few years—it globally outsold Champagne for the first time in 2013. Next is Cava—Spain’s national sparkling wine. Made largely from the grapes Macabeau, Xarel-lo, and Parelleda, Cava’s flavors run towards the peach and pear with more and more of a toasty finish, similar to what you’ll find in Champagne. Which to get? I prefer Prosecco with antipasti and light appetizers, while Cava is a traditional accompaniment for any sort of tapas or spread of various sorts of food. Also, most of the Prosecco and Cava you’ll find will be labeled either “Brut” or “Extra Dry.” Believe it or not, Extra Dry is sweeter than Brut. With food, I generally prefer Extra Dry. On its own, refresh with Brut. Blush Our second B, Blush, refers to the wine I’ve championed in this space for a decade—dry rosé. Now, I love the stuff no matter where it’s from. For my money, it’s the most flexible of the still wines, and the stigma of looking like you’re carrying white zinfandel into a party has largely gone by the wayside. Rosé is made all over the world. French rosé, especially rosé from Provence, tends to be lighter-bodied, delicate, and acidic. Spanish and South American rosé tend to be somewhat bigger and fruitier. Italy generates what might be called “red wine drinker’s rosé.” Many of those rosato are full and rich, and could pass as light red wines. American rosé is steadily improving and is made in a variety of styles—depending on the wine region. Warmer climates, like central California, will produce fruitier wines, while cooler or higher altitude regions like Oregon offer wines which are more delicate. Choose according to your preferences. Beaujolais Third, to make up for my Champagne slight, I’ll tip my hat to one of my favorite party reds, Beaujolais, the wine with something for everyone. Beaujolais, a French wine made from the Gamay grape, is a red that I find is best served slightly chilled. Beaujolais is another super-flexible food wine, pairing nicely with everything from salmon to steak. I think it’s the perfect wine for a Thanksgiving dinner, but it’s very enjoyable on its own. The $15 price-range Beaujolais you’ll see most often is “Beaujolais-Villages”—meaning the grapes were grown anywhere within that particular region. You’ll likely get flavors of red berries, cherries, and cola therein. If you want to splurge, there are ten municipalities within Beaujolais which make more complex versions of the wine. These wines will cost $20-30 and will have the name of the town (like “Fleurie,” “Morgon,” or “Julienas”) on the label. Also, don’t get suckered by Beaujolais Nouveau, the “early release” Beaujolais. In the States, the Beaujolais Nouveau release is little more than a marketing ploy. The wine is of lower quality than other Beaujolais, and it’ll cost you more. Skip it. Big Finally, when in doubt, go BIG. There will always be rosy-cheeked folks at a party who want super-fruity, high-alcohol red wine. Indulge them with a California Zinfandel. While there are many expensive California Zins that are rich, complex wines—we’re at a party (or maybe a barbecue) here, so we don’t want complicated and expensive. Zins are typically big and jammy. You won’t be hurting for flavor here. They’re the best wine pairing for ribs that you’ll come across. I recently had Zinzilla, the “California Monster Zin” from McNab Ridge with a Groot-like creature on the label. While not for the faint of heart, it is well-balanced for a $12 wine that could easily have lurched into plonk territory. You can find this wine, and others with “Zimmilarly” fun names at wine stores everywhere. Hope this helps you get your party on this holiday season. Cheers!

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  • Local talent continuesLocal talent continues

    Author Tim Waggoner speaks at Dayton Metro Library Photo: Dayton horror/fantasy writer Tim Waggoner will speak at the Dayton Metro Library main branch this upcoming Monday By Tim Walker Ask your friendly, local book lover which American city has the strongest literary heritage or the most supportive community for its writers, and chances are good that Dayton, Ohio will not appear on the list. In truth, however, our city is honored to have both. Along with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Antioch Writers’ Workshop, and the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, the legacy and influence of legendary local writers, such as poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, humorist Erma Bombeck, sportswriter Si Burick, and playwright Natalie Clifford Barney, continues to be felt worldwide. Classes, talks, and other helpful resources for writers in the area are numerous and always welcomed by Miami Valley storytellers. Doing his part to continue in this tradition, Tim Waggoner, one of our most talented and prolific (not to mention friendliest) local authors, will be presenting a program called “Writing Other Worlds” as part of the Fall Writing Series at the Dayton Metro Library on Monday, Nov. 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The talk will take place in Community Room 2A at the new downtown branch of the library, and is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Waggoner, proud father of two daughters, has been a professor of English at Sinclair Community College for 18 years, is the author of over 40 novels and media tie-ins, and has over 100 published short stories. His most recent novel, “The Teeth of the Sea,” was just released by Severed Press last month, and he is also a contributor—along with Clive Barker, Joe R. Lansdale, and some guy from Maine named Stephen King—to “Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre,” which just released this week from Crystal Lake Publishing. “I also have two dogs and two cats,” laughs Tim Waggoner, speaking by phone with the Dayton City Paper recently. “At the library, what I’m doing will be a workshop—I’ve presented it there before—and it’s called ‘Writing Other Worlds’. It’s sort of a general overview of writing genre fiction—the special things you need to consider when you write science fiction, fantasy, and horror, as opposed to writing more realistic stories.” Waggoner is familiar with the stranger side of life, and he’s been writing about other worlds ever since his first published story, a science fiction short story entitled “Shadow Play”, appeared in Wright State University’s literary magazine ‘Nexus’ back in 1985. Since then, the author has published literally dozens of novels, many of them in the horror genre, and he’s received a number of awards for his work. Several of his short stories received honorable mentions in various editions of Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling’s ‘Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror’ series. He won first place in the 1998 Authorlink! New Author Awards Competition and was a finalist for the Darrell Award for Best MidSouth Short Story in 1999. His novella “The Men Upstairs” was nominated for the prestigious Shirley Jackson Award, and his novella “The Winter Box” won the 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction from the Horror Writers Association. That same organization also named Waggoner “Mentor of the Year” in 2015. “‘Teeth of the Sea,’ my newest novel, is sort of a horror/action-adventure, with people fighting sea monsters,” says Waggoner when asked about his more recent work. “It’s a fun book. Then I also have a short story collection called ‘Dark and Distant Voices’ which should be coming out in December. About half of my books are in the horror genre, and I’ve also done some media tie-in work, like the Supernatural series, many of which could fall into the horror category too. Years ago, I did stuff for the Dungeons & Dragons company, so that was more fantasy/adventure. So, I’m guessing maybe half to 2/3 of the stuff I’ve done is in the horror genre, or horror-related.” When asked if his upcoming workshop will be geared strictly toward writers, or whether the general public might enjoy it as well, Waggoner says “I think it’s probably geared more toward writers and aspiring writers, but anybody would get a greater appreciation of those three genres by coming.” The Fall Writing Series at the Dayton Metro Library presents a series of free talks with published authors each year, all of whom share their own experiences and offer advice to other writers. The talks are free and participants can choose to attend any or all of the sessions. In addition to Tim Waggoner’s upcoming appearance, local authors Carrie Bebris and the Dayton City Paper’s own Arnecia Patterson have delivered talks during the past month and local author Ryan Ireland will be speaking about ‘The Writing Life’ on Monday, Nov. 27th. Tim Waggoner will be presenting his workshop “Writing Other Worlds” at the Dayton Metro Library’s Main Branch on Monday, Nov. 20, from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. The library is located at 215 East Third Street in Dayton, and admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the library at 937-463-2665.

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  • No-shave November comedyNo-shave November comedy

    Nick Offerman brings his “Full Bush” to Taft Theatre Photo: Nick Offerman brings his “Full Bush” tour to Taft Theatre this Saturday By Tim Walker Nick Offerman—successful actor, author, comic, producer, and enthusiastic woodworker—is speaking to the Dayton City Paper from his home in Los Angeles, and bemoaning how sound bites, screen culture, and technology have changed and cheapened human interpersonal relationships. Offerman’s current stand-up show, the “Full Bush Tour,” which runs through December, deals with those same subjects in depth, although in the humorous, positive, and encouraging manner his fans have come to expect. “It’s a treatise against consumerism,” says Offerman. “It’s a really fun and optimistic show, to combat the divisiveness and the ire that seem to be filling our social feeds these days. ‘Full Bush’ is a way of life that involves making things with your hands and communing with people face to face rather than through screens, and ultimately encouraging the hug before the punch.” Offerman will be bringing his “Full Bush Tour” to Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 18. Nick Offerman is perhaps best known to the general public for his role as staunch Libertarian Ron Swanson, from the hit sitcom Parks and Recreation, which ran from 2009 to 2015 on NBC. In 2010, he received the Television Critics Association Award for “Individual Achievement in Comedy” for the role. Although he is best known for embodying the Swanson character on that show, he has also appeared in a number of other films and television series, including the FX series Fargo, for which he received a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries. He is the voice of Gavin in the “Ice Age” films as well, and has also appeared in films such as “21 Jump Street,” “Sin City,” and “Wristcutters: A Love Story.” When asked his opinion of what happens to humanity when people choose to relate to each other only through tiny screens, Offerman doesn’t hesitate to offer his opinion. “It’s part of consumerism in general. It exacerbates the great dumbing-down of society,” he says. “Instead of dealing with the complexity of the fully rounded human being, we’re instead dealing with sound bites, and the brevity of tweets, to then think we have the whole grasp of any given situation… I’m an avid reader, I love to try and be as informed as possible. And I know that the more I read, the more I’m aware of how ignorant I am. And sort of necessarily, how ignorant we all are. You know, these topics are too complex to just say ‘You’re evil and I’m good’ and vice versa, so instead I’m trying to encourage myself and my audience to focus on being good neighbors, no matter how blue or red your haircut is, we all are still sharing the same piece of dirt and the same body of water. Let’s try and shake hands and get along while we do it.” Offerman’s endorsement of thinking for yourself and enjoying a hands-on DIY lifestyle is best exemplified in the titles of his various books, all available on Amazon: “Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop” (2016), “Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom With America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers” (2015), and “Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living” (2013). Close to home in California, Offerman maintains the Offerman Woodshop, described on its website as “a small collective of woodworkers and makers based out of Nick Offerman’s kick-ass woodshop in East Los Angeles.” The collective focuses on handcrafted sustainable wood rescue and prefers to work with fallen trees from throughout Northern California and the urban environment around Los Angeles. When Offerman is asked about the nation’s current president, and whether his theories on our love of technology and our sound-bite mentality might explain Trump’s election victory, the actor and writer is surprisingly positive—and strangely patriotic. Offerman says, referring to Trump, “He’s not the virus—he’s one of the results of our social malaise. By now, we’re not even a year into his reign of terror, and basically two-thirds of the country despises him and sees through him. The other third knows that’s the case, and yet they’re obstinately sticking to their guns. Which is admirable, in its own way. “I can’t agree with them,” he laughs. “But I have to say that’s about as American as it gets.” Nick Offerman’s “Full Bush Tour” comes to Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St. in Cincinnati on Saturday, Nov. 18. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $37. For tickets please visit Ticketmaster.com.

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  • Law & Disorder: The Docket 11/14Law & Disorder: The Docket 11/14

    It’s a bird! It’s a plane!  No, it’s a bike locked to a tree! That’s right folks, just a couple days ago police were called when a man realized his bike had been taken from the tree outside his home. The complainant had returned home from work just like any other day and locked his bike to a tree branch right outside his door in the backyard. Around midnight he went outside and realized his bike was gone! The perps of this crime tore off the entire branch of the tree and severely damaged the trunk in the process of removing this bike from the tree. This Giant brand mountain bike price at $600 was secured to the tree with a U-shaped metal lock. The perps should feel poorly about not only taking this bike, but damaging its home, the tree. Quick “pick me up” Just last week at a local convenience store, a cashier contacted the police on a suspicious person. When the police arrived on scene, the complainant was no longer there, however on the phone they described a large male in a tank top pacing around cars in the parking lot adjacent to the store. The complainant further stated that the suspicious male and a woman with him wearing red shoes stole from the store. This convenience store and gas station combo notorious known for their delicious ice creams were able to provide the officers on call with surveillance footage of the store. Out of all the items in the store the male could have taken, he chose one precious item…pure liquid gold in the form of a $2.99 can of Starbucks double-shot coffee. This man may have needed a quick pick me up the day he placed that coffee down his shorts, but he will need it more when the police contact him for the damages. Party house Just under a month ago, a woman contacted the police when she realized two cars had been precariously removed the morning after she went out for a fabulous night on the town. (One of the cars unfortunately being her own). The woman realized the cars were missing when she left for work the morning after the party and the cars had disappeared. She told the police how she parked her vehicle right outside her apartment building, in her designated parking spot. After work, she went to a DJ party a few miles from her home at a popular club. She must have really gotten her boogie on because she told the police she was unable to remember if license plates were on her car that the time she believes the cars were taken. She was unable to provide any further information at that time. The police are on the lookout for a Ford Escape and an additional unidentified vehicle. Casper, the fashionable ghost A woman came home from work to realize something was a little off. She immediately contacted the police when she noticed the furniture in her living room had been completely rearranged! A few days before, she had been packing to move to another apartment. When she got home from work that day, it seemed as if there was nothing out of the ordinary, her door was still locked and there were no signs of forced entry. Could there have been an interior decorating ghost inside of her home? Maybe not. The only item that seemed to be missing from her residence was a “Hollywood style” mirror with flashing lights valued at $580.00. A glamorous ghost with a knack for interior decorating? Probably not, but the police are on the case.

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  • Magic menMagic men

    The Werks celebrate Werksgiving at Oddbody’s The Werks (l-r) Dan Shaw, Chris Houser, Jake Goldberg, Rob Chafin. Photo: Brian Feruson By Gary Spencer Dayton quartet The Werks have been somewhat quietly making a name for themselves in the jam band community, not just in Ohio, but throughout the United States since the band’s inception in 2005. However, perhaps part of their success is due to the fact that The Werks seem to eschew the noodly, hippie, musically self indulgent and stoned out of their gourds stereotype that plagues the Jam band genre and instead presents well structured and thought out songs as opposed to jams with wanky solos that seemingly never end that many listeners need to be on drugs to actually find enjoyable. With that said, The Werks’ ability to expound upon their compositions in the live setting in a way that never sounds the same twice is also a trait of their success. With their website and Bandcamp sites littered with a slew of live recordings from both close to home and afar attests, it’s clear that their fans enjoy hearing and comparing performances from one show to another much like Grateful Dead diehards do, so the jam band comparison still thoroughly applies. But before all the success and notoriety, the guys who made up The Werks came together somewhat intentionally, but also by fate on the University of Dayton campus. “There happened to be a battle of the bands competition that night that I and bassist Chuckie Love were excited to attend,” says The Werks’ guitarist and vocalist, Chris Houser. “The band that won had Rob Chafin on drums, Dave Bartoletti on keys and a guitar player and bassist who were about to be leaving the band. After meeting that night at UD, Chafin, Love, Bartoletti, and myself decided to form a band, but what would we call it? One late night after a couple UD house parties, we found ourselves at Steak and Shake where Rob ordered a steak burger with ‘the works” and history was made!” While the band’s nom de plume originally was just a funny story, The Werks decided that the moniker made a lot of sense based on the band members’ myriad musical interests. “What we found interesting is that we all like to dabble in all genres—this made the name “The Works” fit that much better,” Houser says. “I always leaned toward Phish and The Grateful Dead, where Rob always leaned a little more toward the electronic, synthier, beat-driven tunes and always has his finger on the pulse of what’s hot in the newer music scene. (Bassist) Jake Goldberg is a Claypool fanatic. (Keys player) Dan (Shaw’s) favorite keyboardist is John Medeski. Overall, we’ve been compared to classic rock greats such as Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin as well as newer groups like STS9, Lotus, and Umphrey’s McGee. We are influenced by these bands but when the notes come out of our brains into our hands you have The Werks—we changed the spelling to stand out a bit more.” Indeed. As previously alluded to, The Werks have a little of everything for listeners to sink their teeth into. Upon listening to their newest album “Magic” that features the current lineup of Houser, Chafin, Jake Goldberg on bass and Dan Shaw on keys, the band tackles everything from classic rock to reggae to funk to prog rock to folk to calypso to psych rock complete with vintage organ sounds, often on the drop of a dime within the same song. And while this melding of styles might be a trait of other jam bands, Houser prefers not to tag The Werks in such a manner and instead believes that what they do just comes instinctively. “I prefer to call us a rock band,” he says. “We do jam and improv at every live show and it is often the focus of the evening for some. The difference is that we really like to rock! We write primarily to please our own ears. We have always been a band that people have had trouble placing in a certain genre—we’ve played around with about 20 different genres that define the sound you hear at a Werks show. None of them, no matter how specific or broad, has come close to describing what we do besides the word ‘rock.’ Who likes stereotyping anyway?” While The Werks are proud of the songs they write and craft for their records, the band is clearly aware of their reputation for their adventurous live show where the group enjoys taking their finely curated songs into new directions, with the aid of visual aesthetics, on the spot that have captured the imaginations of their fans. “It ought to surprise our audience in a good way,” says keyboardist Dan Shaw. “Part of the joys of improvising and creating live music is to go somewhere spontaneously and creatively. Our live experience includes a light show and larger productions for our festival dates. It usually varies from the record by length and jam sections which could spring up at any time.” “The Werks is all about experimentation—the writing is an experiment on whether what sounds good to me will sound equally good to our listeners,” Houser explains. “In the live setting it’s more about pushing improv sections to new heights and finding out what we are made of, as far as how far we can push the boundaries. We have been constantly evolving.” The Werks’ evolution over the years has seen the groups popularity soar to the point where they’ve started their very own festivals and events bearing their own name, and there’s more yet to come. “Our annual festival, The Werk Out Music and Arts Festival, is always a yearly highlight, as well as our two-day winter indoor festival The Winter Werk Out at The Bluestone Feb. 2 and 3 with our old Ohio friends Papadosio,” Shaw says.  “We are looking forward to sharing our creative fruits—the sky is the limit!” And no matter how far away The Werks’ many gigs, festivals, and travels may take them, like Dorothy would say in The Wizard of Oz, “there’s no place like home” to kick off the holiday season. “The band started in Dayton and will always have a special place in our hearts,” Shaw says.  “We like to celebrate the holidays with a feeling of family and unity that we hope to imbue in our own produced events and every show across the country. Come be a part of the experience and grace us with holiday cheer.” “Werksgiving” with The Werks takes place next Wed., November 22 at Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road in Dayton at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 day of show. For more information, please visit www.oddbodys.com.

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    Famed Tonight Show band leader Doc Severinsen at Schuster Photo: Doc Severinsen performs for his Birthday Bash at Schuster this weekend By Tim Smith In the world of jazz and popular music, there are musicians, and then there is Doc Severinsen. Doc has been entertaining audiences with his trumpet artistry for more than 70 years, and he’s making a return visit to Dayton on Nov. 17 and 18 as part of his 90th birthday celebration tour with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Carl “Doc” Severinsen was a child prodigy on the trumpet. At age 12, he won a Music Educator’s National Contest and began playing professionally while still in school. After serving in the Army in World War II, he joined the NBC broadcasting network as a staff musician. He also launched a recording career that’s still going, and began playing in The Tonight Show band in 1962. He was named bandleader a few years later, and gained notoriety for his flashy fashions as well as his musical style. He was the second trumpeter whose recording of the fanfare “Abblasen”, composed by Gottfried Reiche, has been used as the theme for the CBS News program Sunday Morning. The Dayton City Paper recently talked with Severinsen about his long career, beginning with why he’s still performing and touring at the age of 90. “I ask myself that question every morning when my eyes open,” he says. “Why am I gonna play the trumpet today? Who cares? I do it partly out of habit but also because I’m interested to see what results I can get on that particular day. I’m always in the process of trying to find an answer to that question. I start out with a warm-up and play all day long, looking for new ideas, how to form the embouchure and get more out of the sound. I’m trying to get more information that I can pass on to other trumpet players.” He has spent much of his career passing on those discoveries to younger players through clinics. He also embarked on a quest to find the perfect trumpet. “I’m starting to do more and more of that because starting back at least 30 years ago, I decided to make my own trumpet,” Severinsen says. “I couldn’t find one that would play the way I wanted. I’d look for older trumpets and spent a lot of time getting these things rebuilt with a guy who really knew what he was doing. I had a room with at least 30 trumpets in it, and every day, I’d play one and think what am I looking for?” Severinsen admits that much of his recognition resulted from the years he spent as bandleader on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. “We had all of the great jazz players,” he says, “but even with how good they were, it was kind of a repetitious thing we did, and they started to lose interest. I’d see the slumped shoulders and lousy breathing techniques. I’d see all this panoply of misery creeping up and I’d say well, boys, it’s time to do a little Boy Scout session here and get back to the basics, and then I’d just rehearse their asses off. One rehearsal went on for over eight hours. They’d see that look in my eye and know that the old man was gonna hit them with a big rehearsal.” Severinsen still takes the art of making music seriously, and he doesn’t rely solely on his name to draw an audience. “I don’t ever play just for fun,” he says. “I try to play for serious. If I’m playing for fun it only lasts for a little while, then I want to make it better. I’m finding that the longer I’m involved in music, whether its conducting a symphony orchestra or playing the trumpet, I’m looking for a sort of inner intensity. I want to know what’s inside the phrases and notes. What’s the song about? What is the meaning of the piece? Why are we even playing this piece? I’m a lot more sensitive about the music I play. If I’m playing a song that has a message of loss or loneliness or sadness, I feel it to the point of being in tears, especially if it’s a song that I’m conducting. I’m just more particular about each piece that I play.” He has made several stops in Dayton over the years, and has some surprises planned for his upcoming gig. “I have a few pieces that rely on people I bring along, like two wonderful girl singers,” Severinsen says. “I have to shape the program so that what they can do fits in. They’re both opera singers, and they’re very good, but then they hit the switch and can sing the wildest blues you’ve ever heard. I want the audience to think what the hell are they gonna come up with next? I have a wide variety of things that I can bring to it. I have to remember don’t be selfish and try to design it for how you feel, but think about what’s best for the orchestra. Neal Gittleman is an old friend, and I just want to make sure that when we finish the program, he has a smile on his face and says thanks, man, that’s just what we needed.” Doc Serverinsen’s 90th Birthday Bash with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will be presented on Nov. 17 and 18 in the Schuster Center’s Mead Theatre, Second and Main Street in Dayton. Showtimes are 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit TicketCenterStage.com or call 937.222.1510.

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  • Schisms and SparksSchisms and Sparks

    Dayton Theatre Guild examines faith and family in “The Christians” Cast of “The Christians” rehearsing (l-r) Steve Strawser, Richard Young, Thor Sage. Photo: Rick Flynn By Lisa Bennett “The Christians” takes a raw look at what it means to be a community. When I was a kid, my family had a routine. Every Sunday morning like clockwork, my siblings and I would be treated to mom’s amazing pancakes and then hauled off to church dressed in our Sunday best. We didn’t mind. Even though we barely comprehended what most of the services were about, the little 10-15 minute skits performed at the end of each sermon by some of the lady parishioners would sum it up in a way we kids understood. More often than not, we would file out of church still laughing about the day’s performance. When I saw the title, “The Christians”, I was immediately drawn back to the days of Aunt Elsie’s larger-than-life stage antics and petite grandma Mildred’s bad impressions of Moses with her fake beard always on crooked as she read her script. I laughed out loud. Raw Honesty “The Christians”, however, is a far cry from the silly, Sunday afternoon performances at church. It is a profoundly moving and emotionally raw look at how a split within a church can affect the community it touches. When asked if people of other faiths would want to see the play, Director Lorrie Sparrow-Knapp responds, “Christianity is not always a glowing poster child these days towards everyone, so why would you come see a show called “The Christians?” Because it’s about faith and it’s about tolerance and not about the political aspects of faith. It is about human beings struggling to figure out what they believe.” Adding, “It’s a play about understanding what you believe. It’s also a play about how beautiful religion can be and how beautiful faith can be and also about one person’s journey deeper into faith.” Sparrow-Knapp explains that while the play is set in a Christian context, the concepts about faith and community are universal. “The Christians” is about a family breaking up and why people believe what they believe. It’s a virtual layer cake of courage, hubris, transformation, and most of all, hope. It speaks to the heart of humanity, regardless of what spiritual path you follow because in its bare essence, it is a play about being human. It is honest, real, and raw because there is no message about salvation being pushed, and no call to spiritual arms. It could literally be about any religion, any faith and that makes it all the more appealing, at least in my own humble opinion. That being said, the play is not a realism play. The actors all speak on microphones the entire time to capture the nuances of emotion that would otherwise be lost. The audience is also a big part of the production, becoming part of the congregation. And that is what good theater is about. Good theater allows you to become lost in the midst of what’s happening around you live, allowing the full impact of what is being portrayed and said to play with your senses. What is lost in realism however, is gained by the sheer honesty of the script, which is written in verse, and the Shakespearean flavor of the play. The alliteration, the pause, and the verse playwright Lucas Hnath embeds into the play are simply and utterly remarkable. Crisis of Faith Even more remarkable are his characters. Pastor Paul, a successful leader who brought the congregation from a small church to a thriving megachurch, is a three-dimensional, deeply spiritual character who struggles with his own beliefs. Far from a simplistic, good or bad character, his troubled monologues mumbled into the microphone reveal a complex personality lost in a crisis of faith. Hnath’s ability to create extraordinary layers, not only within his characters, but also within the play itself, makes him one of the hottest new playwrights of the decade. His intention of allowing the schism to read like a difficult divorce is echoed in the Pastor’s conflict with Joshua and even his own family. Hnath doesn’t take sides. He brilliantly allows the audience to decide for themselves what has value and what should be discarded. His neutrality is reflected in his choice of settings as well. While Hollywood tends to turn to the good old South for religious settings, Hnath instead uses a generic, American church. Though Hnath reveals nothing of his own personal religious path in the play or his personal views of Christianity for that matter, it is obvious that he did a great deal of research before writing the play. His script reads fluent Christian, which makes the whole production that much more believable. Besides the impeccable story line and the dramatic scenes played out beneath the dazzling Fresnel lights, is the breath-taking, sing-to-your-soul music that encompasses every aspect of the production. The music alone is worth making a trip out. “The Christians” is a far cry from amateur theater. It is truly one of the most honest, real, thought provoking plays to make the stage this year. But don’t take my word for it. Go see it for yourself. I’d love to hear your thoughts! The Christians runs Nov. 17- Dec. 3 at the Dayton Theatre Guild, 430 Wayne Avenue in Dayton. For more information visit http://www.DaytonTheatreGuild.org/ or call 937.278.5993.

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