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  • Here’s what Ohio consumers complained about most in 2017Here’s what Ohio consumers complained about most in 2017

    Ohio consumers had plenty to complain about in 2017, but nothing irritated them more than used car sales. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine last week announced the top consumer complaints his office received in 2017, when more than 22,000 complaints were filed. “We’re committed to protecting Ohio consumers, and addressing their complaints is an important part of what we do,” DeWine said in a statement. “In many cases, complaints are the result of a misunderstanding, and we try to bring…

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  • Growing manufacturer expands in Dayton area with purchase of two companies in 12 monthsGrowing manufacturer expands in Dayton area with purchase of two companies in 12 months

    Paradigm Industrial has more than doubled its square footage and expanded its employment base with two recent acquisitions.

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  • Large Findlay crowd turns outfor King unity walk and tributeLarge Findlay crowd turns outfor King unity walk and tribute

    PEOPLE FORM a prayer circle Monday at Findlay's Winebrenner Theological Seminary, during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. unity walk and tribute program.

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  • The List: Largest Dayton-Area HotelsThe List: Largest Dayton-Area Hotels

    This week in the Dayton Business Journal, we list the area’s largest hotels.

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  • DBJ’s top 10 projects to watch in 2018 — Downtown TroyDBJ’s top 10 projects to watch in 2018 — Downtown Troy

    The Dayton region is bustling with projects in 2018.

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  • UD biologist wins $440K NIH grantUD biologist wins $440K NIH grant

    A University of Dayton biologist has won a $440,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for his study on eye health. Amit Singh is studying early eye development in fruit flies to understand the molecular basis of retinal disease and birth defects in the human eye.  Singh, associate professor of biology and interim director of the Center for Tissue Regeneration and Engineering at Dayton, is using the fruit fly eye model to determine how genes regulate the process of transforming a single…

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  • Drugs seen as catalyst for Dayton's high burglary rate - Dayton Daily NewsDrugs seen as catalyst for Dayton's high burglary rate - Dayton Daily News

    Dayton Daily NewsDrugs seen as catalyst for Dayton's high burglary rateDayton Daily NewsA surveillance video image of a suspect in a recent armed robbery in Middletown. Reports from police departments to the FBI show Dayton had one of the highest burglary rates in the country in 2016, though police say the numbers are misleading. Police ...

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  • MLK Day sparks conversations of race relations in Dayton - WKEF ABC 22MLK Day sparks conversations of race relations in Dayton - WKEF ABC 22

    MLK Day sparks conversations of race relations in DaytonWKEF ABC 22DAYTON, Ohio (WRGT/WKEF) – It's been nearly 50 years since Martin Luther King left the world with his marches, speeches, and passion, but life changed? Some people in Dayton told FOX 45 that racism still exists, while others said it comes and goes ...

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  • Dayton, Smith criticize 'savages,' Trump during MLK Day event - Grand Forks HeraldDayton, Smith criticize 'savages,' Trump during MLK Day event - Grand Forks Herald

    Grand Forks HeraldDayton, Smith criticize 'savages,' Trump during MLK Day eventGrand Forks HeraldPolitically charged breakfasts, speeches and a youth rally at the Ordway Center marked the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the Twin Cities, with speaker after speaker criticizing the tone emanating from the White ...Dayton area MLK events on schedule for Monday and TuesdayDayton Daily Newsall 4,380 news articles »

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  • Dayton PD rescues 5 dogs, 4 puppies from bitter cold temperatures - WDTNDayton PD rescues 5 dogs, 4 puppies from bitter cold temperatures - WDTN

    WDTNDayton PD rescues 5 dogs, 4 puppies from bitter cold temperaturesWDTNDAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Police officers rescued 4 puppies and their mother early Monday morning, off Xenia Avenue. The officers were driving by and noticed the dogs struggling in the bitter cold. The furry family is at the Montgomery County Animal ...

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  • Malcolm A CoxMalcolm A Cox

    Malcolm A Cox, age 86, of Manchester died January 11, 2018, at Hospice House, Ohio's Hospice of Dayton. Born March 28, 1931 to Cody and Margaret Cox, he graduated from Manchester High School in 1949.

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  • Dayton Flyers: Top 10 offensive performances in school history - MyDaytonDailyNewsDayton Flyers: Top 10 offensive performances in school history - MyDaytonDailyNews

    MyDaytonDailyNewsDayton Flyers: Top 10 offensive performances in school historyMyDaytonDailyNewsDayton's offensive performance against VCU one of best in school history.and more »

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  • Despite snowfall, hundreds of downtown Dayton marchers celebrate King - Dayton Daily NewsDespite snowfall, hundreds of downtown Dayton marchers celebrate King - Dayton Daily News

    Dayton Daily NewsDespite snowfall, hundreds of downtown Dayton marchers celebrate KingDayton Daily NewsDespite a few inches of snow, people gathered for an annual march on Monday to celebrate the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Marchers walked throughout town and to the Dayton Convention Center in downtown Dayton where a rally was ...and more »

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  • Senior Voices: Honoring the Stories of Dayton's Elders - WYSOSenior Voices: Honoring the Stories of Dayton's Elders - WYSO

    Senior Voices: Honoring the Stories of Dayton's EldersWYSOWYSO, the Dayton Metro Library and local social service agency, Rebuilding Together Dayton, have come together for a very special project. We've gathered the memories and wise words of Dayton's elders for Senior Voices, a new series that is airing ...

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  • Officials want aviation hall of fame ceremony back in OhioOfficials want aviation hall of fame ceremony back in Ohio

    DAYTON, Ohio The Ohio community where the National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony was held for decades before moving to Fort Worth, Texas, last year is seeking the return of the event.

    Dayton News / 19 h. 39 min. ago
  • Astrological ForecastAstrological Forecast

    BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Chad Lowe was born in Dayton, Ohio on this day in 1968. This birthday guy won a 1993 Emmy for his work on "Life Goes On."

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  • College Basketball: Dayton women rout Saint Louis - Dayton Daily NewsCollege Basketball: Dayton women rout Saint Louis - Dayton Daily News

    Dayton Daily NewsCollege Basketball: Dayton women rout Saint LouisDayton Daily NewsDayton's Alex Harris makes a move on St. Louis' Maddison Gits during the first half Sunday. John Cummings/CONTRIBUTED. DAYTON. DAYTON – It may have been a loss, but University of Dayton women's basketball coach Shauna Green saw something during a ...and more »

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  • 'He was a great ambassador': Mick Montgomery, staple of Dayton music scene, dies at 71 - MyDaytonDailyNews'He was a great ambassador': Mick Montgomery, staple of Dayton music scene, dies at 71 - MyDaytonDailyNews

    'He was a great ambassador': Mick Montgomery, staple of Dayton music scene, dies at 71MyDaytonDailyNews“It was the worst, dirtiest name you could think of,” Montgomery told the Dayton Daily News in 2007. “I was not a pacifist. I ended up getting in quite a few fights about being called a hippie.” Married with an infant, Montgomery was rejected by the ...

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  • Dayton to plow neighborhood streets Saturday, official says - Dayton Daily NewsDayton to plow neighborhood streets Saturday, official says - Dayton Daily News

    Dayton Daily NewsDayton to plow neighborhood streets Saturday, official saysDayton Daily NewsCity of Dayton workers prepared their trucks on Thursday for the winter storm that is expected to start as rain and freezing rain on Friday and turn into snow overnight into Saturday. TY GREENLEES / STAFF. DAYTON. Dayton snow plow drivers were planning ...and more »

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  • Demko named Senior Vice President -Demko named Senior Vice President -

    "Rich's exceptional leadership, professionalism and tireless commitment to the bank have proven to be instrumental in the success and growth of our organization. We are pleased to recognize his achievement and value his commitment to Old Fort Bank," stated Dave Walton, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer Old Fort Bank.

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  • Tickets are Available for DX Dinner in DaytonTickets are Available for DX Dinner in Dayton

    The SouthWest Ohio DX Association will sponsor the 33rd DX Dinner, held in conjunction with HamventionA 2018, on Friday, May 18, at the Dayton Marriott, 1414 S. Patterson Blvd. A social hour will get under way at 5:30 PM, with dinner served at 7 PM. Another social hour will follow the dinner - "an opportunity to meet new hams and to renew old acquaintances as well as to learn about past DXpeditions and those in the planning stages," SWODXA said.

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  • Dayton makes 17 3s, beats VCU 106-79Dayton makes 17 3s, beats VCU 106-79

    Ahmad Thomas scored 21 points, Macio Teaque added 16, and UNC Asheville used a hot first half to beat Presbyterian 76-5 LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - Frederick Scott got 12 of his 15 points in the first half and Rider cruised to its fourth straight victory with a DAYTON, Ohio - Darrell Davis had 28 points and nine assists on Friday night and Dayton set a program record with 17 made 3-pointers in a 106-79 win over VCU. Dayton made 39 of 62 from the field, including 17 of 32 from 3-point range.

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  • Midwest Traveler: Taking flight in Dayton, OhioMidwest Traveler: Taking flight in Dayton, Ohio

    The history of Dayton, Ohio, is the story of many Midwestern cities. Its industrial heritage is impressively displayed in a place where more patents per capita were once granted than anywhere else in the nation - but the painful history of post-industrialization is not so well cataloged.

    Dayton News / 3 d. 13 h. 57 min. ago
  • Dayton's largest hospital names new presidentDayton's largest hospital names new president

    Dayton's largest hospital has a new leader. Michael Maiberger, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Premier Health, will assume a dual role as president of Dayton-based Miami Valley Hospital. In his present role, Maiberger is responsible for day-to-day operations across the health system. He has an array of experience over more than 25 years, including chief value officer, chief strategy officer, and president and CEO of Upper Valley Medical Center. Mark Shaker, the previous…

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  • Dayton-areas schools among best in U.S. for online programsDayton-areas schools among best in U.S. for online programs

    Several Dayton-area universities have bachelor’s and graduate-level online programs that are among the best in the nation, according to a ranking from U.S. News & World Report. Wright State University’s online Master of Information Systems and Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management programs through the Raj Soin College of Business rankled No. 19. Wright State also was No. 153 for its online bachelor’s degree program. It ranked No. 128 for its online MBA program through…

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  • Dayton residents told to leave downtown apartment building by cityDayton residents told to leave downtown apartment building by city

    The City said Friday while responding to an emergency medical run on January 4, City officials became aware of substantial building code vio Police say officers who were dispatched to the scene on Thursday evening found 20-year-old Santiago Rease and 19-year-old Colleen Stamper ha

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  • Dayton mayor ends campaign for Ohio governorDayton mayor ends campaign for Ohio governor

    Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is ending her bid to be the next governor of Ohio. Whaley said she’s ending her campaign and is now endorsing Richard Condray. “I want to thank you for every ounce of support you’ve given this campaign,” Whaley said in a statement. “Every dollar, every forwarded email, every “Like” on Facebook has meant so much to me.”  Whaley, a Democrat, was elected Dayton’s mayor in 2014, and before that had been a member of Dayton city commission for two terms.  She…

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  • $10.5M hotel planned for Beavercreek$10.5M hotel planned for Beavercreek

    The hotel will join several new hotels heading for the Dayton region.

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    The University of Dayton is going green. The school will remove a former funeral home and small apartment building and create green space at the corner of Brown Street and Sawmill Road. UD bought the properties at 1733 Brown St. and 1717 Brown St. in 2012 to ensure any future use would be compatible with the neighborhood, which is contiguous to campus.  As there are no immediate plans for development, the university decided to create landscaped green space at the former funeral home location as…

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  • Sinclair Community College to create $10M Centerville learning centerSinclair Community College to create $10M Centerville learning center

    Sinclair Community College is expanding in the Dayton region. The school will create a Centerville education, cultural and community enrichment center on the site of Far Hills Church at 5800 Clyo Road, near Miami Valley South Hospital.

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  • Menards to build new location in FairbornMenards to build new location in Fairborn

    One of the largest home improvement retailers in the country will open a new location in Fairborn, marking its fourth location in the Dayton region.

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  • Rain possible for the Miami Valley Thursday, freezing rain FridayRain possible for the Miami Valley Thursday, freezing rain Friday

    The Miami Valley will see spotty showers tonight and then the weather will change from rain to freezing rain Friday morning. Storm Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Brian Davis says the morning commute will not be bad in the Dayton area but as we head into afternoon hours it will be messy for the drive home from work.

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  • 3rd co-defendant in 1992 torture killing out of prison3rd co-defendant in 1992 torture killing out of prison

    A southern Indiana woman who was 17 when she pleaded guilty to the murder and criminal confinement of a 12-year-old girl has been released from prison. The Indiana Department of Correction says 43-year-old Laurie Tackett of Madison was released from the Rockville Correctional Facility early Thursday on the 26th anniversary of the discovery of the body of 12-year-old Shanda Renee Sharer.

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    Sleep Actually My husband and I have been married for eight years. We have a 5-year-old son, and we both work full time. We used to have these amazing crazy sex marathons, but now we’re too tired from our jobs and parenthood. We have sex about once a month, if that. I’m worried that this isn’t healthy for our marriage. -Sex Famine The good news: You two are still like animals in bed. The bad news: They’re the sort on the road that have been flattened by speeding cars. This is something to try to change, because sex seems to be a kind of gym for a healthy relationship. Clinical psychologist Anik Debrot and her colleagues note that beyond how sex “promotes a stronger and more positive connection” between partners, there’s “strong support” in the research literature for a link between “an active and satisfying sexual life and individual well-being.” Of course, it’s possible that individuals who are happy get it on more often than those who hate their lives and each other. Also, rather obviously, having an orgasm tends to be more day-brightening than, say, having a flat tire. However, when Debrot and her colleagues surveyed couples to narrow down what makes these people having regular sex happier, their results suggested it wasn’t “merely due to pleasure experienced during sex itself.” It seems it was the affection and loving touch (cuddlywuddlies) in bed that led couples to report increased “positive emotions and well-being” – and not just right afterward but for hours afterward and even into the next day. The researchers found a longer-lasting effect, too: In a survey of 106 couples (all parents with at least one child younger than 8), the more these partners had sex over a 10-day period the greater their relationship satisfaction six months down the road. (The researchers did report a caveat: For the bump in relationship satisfaction, the sex had to be “affectionate” – as opposed to, I guess, angry sex, breakup sex, or “You don’t mind if I tweet while we’re doing it?” sex.) My prescription for you? Have sex once a week – a frequency that research by social psychologist Amy Muise finds, for couples, is associated with greater happiness. Make time for it, the way you would if your kid needed to go to the dentist. Also, go easy on yourselves. Consider that some sex is better than, well, “sex marathon or nuthin!” And then, seeing as affection and loving touch – not sexual pleasure – led to the improved mood in individuals and increased relationship satisfaction in couples, basically be handsy and cuddly with each other in daily life. Act loving and you should find yourself feeling loving – instead of, say, feeling the urge to sound off to strangers in checkout lanes that the last time anyone took an interest in your ladyparts, your health insurance company sent you a bill for the copay.  Head Over Heals My boyfriend broke up with me last month. We still talk and text almost every day. We’re still connected on social media. We’ve even had dinner twice. I feel better that he’s still in my life, even just as a friend, though we don’t work as a couple. Is this healthy, or am I prolonging some sort of grief I’m going to have to feel down the road? -Clinging Your approach to a breakup is like having your dog die and then, instead of burying it, having it taxidermied and taking it out for “walks” in a little red wagon. Note the helpful key word – “break” – in breakup. It suggests that when someone tells you “It’s over!” the thing you say isn’t “Okey-dokey! See you tomorrow for lunch!” As painful as it is to stare into a boyfriend-shaped void in your life, continued contact is the land of false hopes – fooling you into thinking that nothing’s really changed (save for your relationship status on Facebook). In fact, research by social psychologist David Sbarra finds that contact offline after a breakup amps up feelings of both love and sadness, stalling the healing process. Staying in touch online – or just snooping on your ex’s social media doings – appears to be even worse. For example, social psychologist Tara Marshall found that “engaging in surveillance of the ex-partner’s Facebook page inhibited postbreakup adjustment and growth above and beyond offline contact.” This makes sense – as your brain needs to be retrained to stop pointing you toward your now-ex-boyfriend whenever you need love, attention, or comforting. Tell your ex you need a real break, and stick to it. Block him on social media. Drawbridge up. No contact of any kind – no matter how much you long to hear, “Hey, whatcha up to tonight? How ‘bout I come over and slow down your healing process?”

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  • Dining Dixie styleDining Dixie style

    Ellie’s of Yellow Springs: a breath of southern charm Sweet Tea Salmon Brûlée from Ellie’s Restaurant By Paula Johnson If this were summer, I could see sitting in a white rocking chair and fanning myself against the humidity on the wide gracious veranda of The Mills Park Hotel. Sipping some sweet tea, I can almost hear the slow melodic cadence of someone asking, “Y’all ready for another glass?” OK—so it wasn’t summer when I visited Ellie’s at The Mills Park Hotel, but I can tell you that the place fairly oozes Southern charm and hospitality, bless its heart. Despite being decked out for the holidays and the thermometer registering barely 30, I swear I was a little flushed. South For Your Mouth Take the menu for instance, which is chock full of Southern favorites like Hoppin’ John, Southern Style Pulled Pork, Shellfish and Grits, and Southern Pimento Dip. Then there’s the Sweet Tea Salmon Brûlée. Croutons on the Caesar are made from cornbread, and collard greens and Carolina Gold rice are side dishes, so it’s certain you’ll feel some Dixie in this dining room. The 28-room hotel itself is new, built in 2015, but looks mid to late 1800’s. It was modeled after the 19th-century home of William Mills, a local settler who is also the namesake of Mills Lawn Elementary School. Ellie’s serves breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner Wednesday through Saturday. There’s a coffee bar with baked goods as well, with everything baked in house. I began my dinner meeting some DCP friends with a wonderful signature cocktail, the Blushing Sarah ($7.00), made with pomegranate liquor, triple sec, champagne, and orange juice. Festive and perfect with a holiday feel, I hope this one stays around for warmer weather. We quickly honed in on a pair of appetizers and soups to start. The Mini Crab Cakes ($16.00) on a bed of micro kale and drizzled with homemade remoulade and Fried Green Tomatoes ($8.00) served with buttermilk green goddess sauce were well executed with good quality ingredients. I was impressed with this opening, and with the menu’s claim that most everything, including dressing and sauce, is prepared   in Ellie’s kitchen. The soups were equally as good, a French Onion, and the soup of the evening, a rich Lobster Bisque. I added a Wedge Salad ($5.00), their version made with local hydroponic butter crunch lettuce, a nice step up from run of the mill iceburg.  Ellie’s dozen entree offerings are seasonal and largely regional. The most unusual entree was most definitely the Roasted White Pheasant ($28.00), seared crisp and served with garlic confit pan sauce with garlic Yukon gold mashed potatoes and green beans. Savory and flavorful, it’s a perfect cold weather comfort stick-to-your ribs dish. I was hesitant on the Sweet Tea Salmon Brûlée ($25.00), Norwegian salmon glazed with a sweet tea reduction, fearing it would be cloying and overwhelming. Instead, the tea imparted only a hint of flavor and sweetness, and didn’t choke the natural sweetness of the perfectly cooked fish. We also tried Southern Style Pulled Pork ($15.00), nicely presented over cornbread with collard greens and really delicious fresh coleslaw. We sampled both house made BBQ sauce choices, a traditional and my favorite, the tangy Carolina style. Our conclusion was unanimous—there was nothing on the table we didn’t like a lot, and wouldn’t order again. Taking The Cake Despite the full meal, I wanted to see if Ellie’s kept with the Southern theme for dessert, and indeed they did. What’s more Southern than Coconut Layer Cake ($7.00), a tall, multi-layered affair with creamy icing? Ellie’s serves one that’s a nod to the famous sky-high version found at Charleston’s Peninsula Grille. So good, as was the Eggnog flavored cheesecake, and one of the tastiest Key Lime pies I’ve had anywhere.  I do declare Ellie’s a breath of fresh warm Southern air, and y’all should stop on in and enjoy their hospitality. Don’t wait for the porch to open. I certainly won’t—I’m already fixin’ to visit again. Ellie’s Restaurant is located in the Mills Park Hotel at 321 Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs. For more information please visit MillsParkHotel.com/Ellies or call 937.319.0402.

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  • Place your betsPlace your bets

    2018 craft beer trends Many new trends are expected to hit the craft beer scene in 2018 By Jim Witmer The new year brings with it anticipation and excitement, new beginnings, and predictions. As someone who watches with interest the trends within craft beer, here are my predictions for 2018. If it seems as if there is a lot on the horizon for craft beer, well there is. The IPA category continues to rule  Good quality IPAs will continue to outsell all other craft beer styles. Craft consumers love the big, bold, hoppy, tropical notes of the IPA, and the West Coast style still rules the roost. Whether it’s a session, a white, a black, a red, a double, a triple, an imperial, or unfiltered hazy New England style (NEIPA)—there is an IPA for everyone’s palate now. The continued rise of the NEIPA should be the No.1 trend for the new year, and the numbers show how popular this style of IPA has become. It’s such a popular style, it inspires consumers to stand in lines. Look no further than the success of Yellow Springs Brewery’s Boatshow (among its other limited NEIPA releases this year). Craft lagers will see an increase While the IPA remains king, there is a place for those who need a break from the intensity of the resinous hop flavor and bitterness, to satisfy a longing for a well-crafted, flavorful, yet clean and crisp, alternative with a lower alcohol threshold. Small breweries don’t often have the tank space and time to allow for the maturation of lagers, but the consumer demand should make it worthwhile. Sessionable beers such as a cream ale, lager, pilsner, or Kolsch that are well-made tend to be the right alternative to industrial lagers, and usually offer more character. A refreshing, flavorful beer that won’t require an Uber after you finish it has its advantages. One just needs to look at the local success of Warped Wing’s Trotwood Lager to prove the point that not everyone is craving the hop bomb all the time…or willing to pay the price.  Collaborations between craft breweries Continue to grow Collaborations between breweries seem to be generally successful, and they help create a buzz around the release among followers of both breweries. It also expands the solidarity between the small independent breweries, which are always looking for recognition and exposure without having the millions of dollars for advertising. Barrel aging beer trends continue If a brewery can acquire a truckload of quality barrels, then aging—insert beer name here—is almost a sure bet that it will be a successful special release. A somewhat risky proposition for infection—seems like every brewery has had to dump or recall a barrel aged beer at one time or another—but take your pick from the spirit barrels that are available—bourbon being the most popular, of course, because those are used only once in the distillery—but other lesser used barrels include scotch, brandy, tequila, gin, rum, and, of course, all the various types of wine barrels. Finding the right beer style to age with the right spirit is the challenge, and not everything going into spirit barrels need be a dark beer. New hop and yeast varieties I’m just being Mr. Obvious here, stating that there is always ongoing experimentation to find the next best hop flavors. More and more tropical juice flavors and aromas from breeding hops will be produced, as if that isn’t already the case. New hop varieties are of great interest among brewers who will be pushing more and more experimental, hop-centric beers. But perhaps the biggest game changer will be within research already taking place on new yeast strains, so perhaps this year will see a leap forward in genetic engineering that could provide flavors so unique that each brewery could produce distinctly proprietary styles heretofore unseen.  More mergers and buyouts The international giants with deep, deep pockets in the industry—Budweiser InBev, Constellation Brands, and Heineken—have only just begun to buy up medium-sized craft breweries to add to their market share. The distinction of being an independent craft brewery will become more of an important classification. Momentum has been building, with the logo of an inverted bottle and the words “independent craft” which can be found on packaging from breweries that are small and independently owned, a recent move by the Brewers Association (BA). Definitions of what “craft” or “independent” actually means will be contentious. As consumers become more savvy about their support of small businesses instead of mega-international corporations, look for more marketing on the ground level from the BA to fend of the “imposter” brands that appear as independents. So which of your favorite local or state breweries will be next to sell? Local, local, local The emergence of new breweries will focus more on local communities and tasting room sales than entering the ultra competitive market with packaging lines and wide distribution, a trend back to the pre-Prohibition era when hyper local breweries were the norm.  Cans on the roll More and more cans of craft beer appear as bottles slowly disappear, with the exception of special release sizes, which are often the package of choice for exclusive vintage editions. Cans are more economical in so many ways. They are better at preserving beer’s quality, especially fending off the problems of getting light-struck and issues of oxygen ingress. Growth to level out The new year will see continued growth in craft beer, but it probably won’t be as brisk as in previous years due to the ever-growing challenges accompanying market saturation. The pace of new breweries, which average two per day opening in the U.S. does not seem sustainable long-term. New breweries will be more cautious in approach, with more sophisticated business plans. Above all, there will continue to be an increase in the enjoyment and marketing health of the world’s favorite beverage.

    Dayton City Paper / 6 d. 19 h. 9 min. ago more
  • Small moves and big governmentSmall moves and big government

    Well-being matters in 2018 By Marilynn Preston New Year clearances are happening all over town, including my own desk, piled high with articles, notebooks and coffee-stained press releases leftover from 2017. It’s an activity, like skinny-dipping, that I highly recommend. One thing I am keeping is an intriguing new book called “The Psychobiotic Revolution,” by Scott C. Anderson, John F. Cryan and Ted Dinan. It explains the cutting-edge science that proves your gut and your brain are interconnected, and why many foods we innocently eat mess up our physical and mental health, causing depression, anxiety – Alzheimer’s, too. (Maintain your microbiome! The research is in. Does your doctor even know how to spell microbiome?) I’m letting go of “Green Smoothies for Life.” It’s a highly recommended new release, but I’ve decided life is too short to gulp down your breakfast, even if it is a healthy and balanced mix of 10 fruits, 10 vegetables and enough protein powder to get you through dinner without actually chewing. (Did you know you can put banana peels in a smoothie?) Time-saving smoothies also conflict with one of my primo resolutions for this new year: to slow down – a daunting campaign now entering its 18th year. This new year’s process of sorting through and tossing out has me thinking about two aha! insights of 2017, or as my family calls it, the Year of the Book. (“All Is Well: The Art {and Science} of Personal Well-Being” came out in late April and managed to become an Amazon best-seller in August, thanks to an algorithm I’m grateful for but can’t possibly explain.) Insight no. 1: Tiny moves bring big results When most people think about doing more exercise in 2018, they mean big-motion activities: more walking, running, swimming, basketball, biking – whatever sparks joy.   All are stellar choices. Have fun; play sports! But here’s my wish for your new year: don’t ignore your inner body. Sensing how to communicate with it is a giant step forward when it comes to taking care of your personal well-being. This isn’t woo-woo, it’s science: You can learn to make tiny, subtle moves within your own body. These small inner shifts of muscle, tissue and breath – done slowly, with awareness – help energize your spine, balance your sacrum, and lubricate your joints so when you do play sports or pick up heavy suitcases or groceries, you’re less likely to screw up your back, or wrench your shoulder. And if you do – accidents happen – you’ll have some self-care tools to speed your recovery. Collectively it’s known as somatics training: teachers and practices that help you develop inner body awareness. Somatics-based yoga, Feldenkrais, the Alexander Technique, qigong, tai chi are all proven ways to direct your attention inward, to connect and balance your mind, body and breath. Do all that on a regular basis in 2018 – with patience and kindness – and you can audition for Jedi knight. Insight no. 2: Time to do what every other civilized nation does I live several months a year on a small island in the Aegean and have the good fortune of having friends who are citizens of Greece, France, Sweden, Holland, Italy, Germany, Belgium, England and other countries. Why am I telling you this? Because none of them worry about health care costs. In the U.S., everyone worries. It’s a leading cause of anxiety, stress, even bankruptcy! My European friends don’t understand. When they get sick, they see a doctor. So do their kids and their aging parents. That drama is gone. Also the paperwork. The health care in their countries – in virtually every developed country in the world – is not the for-profit business it is in the U.S. It’s basically free for everyone to use, just as they use roads, schools and the police and fire departments. Is their health care as good? It depends. It’s often better. The U.S. health care system is the world’s most expensive, and it consistently ranks as mediocre. The Year of the Book taught me that everyone, pretty much, strives to be healthier and happier. In 2018, the first political party to offer (basically) free medical care for all – just like virtually every developed country in the world – will win the hearts and minds of the majority of voters.

    Dayton City Paper / 6 d. 19 h. 15 min. ago more
  • Law & Disorder: The Docket 01/09Law & Disorder: The Docket 01/09

    For Motion Picture Use Only As if delivering pizzas wasn’t already a hard enough job in the winter, a young man found himself at the tail end of a counterfeit scandal when a woman paid him with a fake 100 dollar bill that’s only use was good on a movie set. When the man noticed the trickery, he asked for the pizza back, only to watch the woman race off into the night. We have sex here regularly A Dayton resident came home from his 9 to 5 to discover a missing PlayStation 4. He suspected his on- and-off-again girlfriend of 18 years to be the culprit, after discovering the left behind, light blue purse at the scene of the crime. The purse, which had been absent when he left for work, belonged to the only other person aware of the spare key in the mailbox, besides the man and his son. However, when called and questioned her about the missing PlayStation, the girlfriend told the man that she did not take it. A bait and snatch A woman and her boyfriend went out for a round of drinks. While at the bar they were approached on either side by one black male and one white male. The woman stated that the black male began to start a fight with her boyfriend; distracted by the altercation, the woman failed to notice that her pink wallet was no longer sitting on the bar. She suspected the white male swiped it during all the excitement, because as soon as the wallet was gone, the white male and the black male left the bar together. Denial is a girl’s best friend Two friends found themselves at odds when a bottle of prescription sleeping pills seemingly emptied itself with no explanation. The woman with the prescription stated that her friend regularly visits, but on this particular occasion she disappeared into the kitchen for some time. After her friend left the apartment, the woman went to take her pill and found all of them were missing. Two days later, her friend visited again only to fall asleep on the couch and appear uncoordinated, according to the woman both sleepiness and lack of coordination are side effects of her prescription. The friend has also now left the building to visit her son outside of Dayton, taking the pills along. Just trying to make a friend out of you A couple living in Dayton came home to a missing TV, after the girlfriend forgot to the lock the door. The man claims that the thief is a prostitute with one name that had once tried to befriend his girlfriend. When asked to describe the woman in question he provided the police with, “a Hawaiian complexion with long, black hair.” The woman still has no last name, and nothing else has been taken.

    Dayton City Paper / 6 d. 19 h. 19 min. ago more
  • Can’t Sleep?Can’t Sleep?

    DCP’s guide to your late night insomnia By Sarah Conard It’s 3 o’clock in the morning. You ‘ve just finished the series finale of “The Office” for the 12th time. You know you can’t possibly sleep now but, you don’t feel like starting “Stranger Things” for the third time either…what do you do? The Dayton City Paper has already proven the phrase, “There’s nothing to do in Dayton” to be wrong. We are now proving, “There’s nothing to do in Dayton at night,” is wrong, too. When I can’t sleep and it’s late, it’s usually because I am hungry. My first go-to stop for a late-night-bite is the old, reliable Waffle House. To me, there’s something about Waffle House after 2 a.m. that makes it special. The service is always nice and the food is cooked with love. I sure most people have their fair share of Waffle House stories, but for those who have not ventured out yet, I highly recommend stopping at Waffle House for some late night breakfast. If for some reason, Waffle House doesn’t work out for you, enjoy your late night breakfast at IHop. With a larger variety of breakfast foods than Waffle House, IHop is sure to have something to tempt your tongue. If you’re still hungry, but craving something sweeter, try a donut shop. Bill’s Donuts in Centerville and Jim’s Donuts in Vandalia are both open 24 hours a day. I usually go with a butter twist or a classic sprinkled for my donut adventures. While the popularity of the late night donut shops does peak around midnight, the best time to go is around 2 or 3 a.m. when the midnight crowd has dispersed. “It definitely keeps us more connected with the community [being open all day], whether it’s 3 in the morning or 3 in the afternoon. We always have a baker here working. People think it will be slower [at night] but it’s just as fast as our other times,” Tim Osborne, of Bill’s Donuts, explaines. Finally, if you are looking for something more than a diner or a donut shop, Perkins in Miamisburg deserves a spot on our list of late night food stops. With a wide range of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, Perkins can be a great catch all for the late-night food date with your friends. If you’re not someone who wants to eat late at night – or worse yet, eat alone – you might want to explore quirkier options. Reach DCP Editor-in-Chief Sarah Conard at Editor@DaytonCityPaper.com. By Megan Garrison It’s Tuesday at 3am. The bars are closed, which isn’t surprising, considering it’s Tuesday. You have no money, because it’s 2018, and the economy is a mess, so going to a department or grocery store just to wander around seems endlessly depressing. You’ve already failed your New Year’s resolution about dieting, but you feel like boredom eating at a 24-hour diner alone will actually make the extra pounds seem pathetic. You live in Dayton, and you can’t sleep. What can you do? Going outside is a great way to remedy your insomnia. It’s free and easy to do, and it will give you that healthy dose of fresh air we all need to survive. The tough part is figuring out what to do once you step outside. But fear not! I have some solutions for you. Night Running/Walking: Safety is first when it comes to braving the moonlit city in the early hours of the morning. Make sure to don light reflective gear and charge your cellphone in the case of an emergency. Once that is out of the way, enjoy your freedom. All exercise gives you endorphins; exercising at night gives you a certain sense of exploration that isn’t provided during the day. You can’t see very far ahead of you, the path disappears under your feet. And in Dayton there is a lovely place for a run, or a walk. Sunrise is part of the Five Rivers Metropark system. It’s a quaint little temporary home on late nights and early mornings. An urban park that sits against the Miami River and downtown Dayton with stunning views, it captures the changing light throughout the day. At night, after a long run or a walk around the river or through downtown, it’s the perfect place to rest and enjoy the rise of the morning sun. If you aren’t into running, or even walking, another possibility is geocaching (a worldwide hunt for hidden objects via the use of GPS coordinates given on the official website) throughout the city. Be careful to follow laws surrounding park closing times and access to certain areas of Dayton, of course. Luckily, even with those, there are still numerous locations in which to find little items and messages from another restless soul. Ghost Hunting: For the brave, this is the perfect late night activity. Shrouded in darkness and cascading moonlight, a Daytonian has plenty of places to live a ghost story the or she can tell a friend. While the Dayton City Paper doesn’t encourage traipsing around abandoned buildings at night, there are several safe and legal places to find a ghoulish friend: the Patterson Homestead, the Fire Station in Moraine, and the Dayton Engineers Club. Each one has already been investigated by Dayton’s own Ghosthunters Society, with spooky results. Storm Chasing: This one is entirely dependent on the weather. The unpredictability of Dayton’s weather might finally be beneficial. In fact, one of the most famous storm chasers, Simon Brewer, was born and raised in Dayton. You can also join the Ohio Storm Chasers to learn the skill…and maybe catch a meteorological phenomenon. Now, this last one does cost money, and isn’t outside. If you really want to get some exercise and keep that diet on track, you could always find a 24-hour gym to chase the sleeplessness away. If you prefer shaking your booty to shedding pounds though, there are options for you too. By Tim Walker It’s a late night in Dayton, you can’t sleep, and all the bars have closed their doors for the night. So where do you go now, if you’re looking for a little after hours entertainment? If your tastes run toward a fun, energetic, dance club, then you might consider Club Masque, located right downtown at 34 N. Jefferson Street. Masque is known for many things: being open-minded (it is widely considered one of the most welcoming clubs in the Miami Valley, and not just for the LGBTQ community that has embraced it), the multiple floors, the amazing light show, and being open late on the weekends. The club’s doors generally remain open until 5am on Friday and Saturday nights.  “I just don’t like to run people out of the venue,” says Luke Liakos, owner of Club Masque and founder of Diamonds Cabaret in Washington Township as well as several area adult businesses. “I’ve always operated like this.” Due to state liquor laws, the club is required to pull all alcoholic drinks by 2:30 a.m., but that doesn’t stop patrons who are still dancing from ordering sodas, energy drinks, or bottled water. When asked if people ever have to leave as the wee hours wane, Liakos says “95 percent of the time people leave after a while. Rarely do we have to let people know we are getting ready to shut it down.” Since opening in late December of 2005, Masque has remained a perennial favorite of local night owls. “We are constantly upgrading the venue,” continues Liskos. “It gets real expensive to stay on top of the trends. The last addition was a huge video wall for our main stage and a $300,000 lighting upgrade.” Local residents who prefer gambling to dancing have their own list of entertaining places to frequent, of course. Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, located at 777 Hollywood Boulevard near the corner of Needmore and Wagner Ford, is open all night, and the slot machines are rattling until the break of day. A bit further south, right off of I-75 on St. Rt. 63, local insomniacs can also check out the action at Miami Valley Gaming in Lebanon. Both racinos – so-called because they have horse racing tracks as well as casinos – are open around the clock. If these social activities are just too, well…social…for you, try an option for more introverted insomniacs. By Dr. Jill Summerville When Derek Thompson writes about, “the Great Retail Apocalypse of 2017” in The Atlantic, he’s actually heralding the death of that iconic symbol of teenage, consumerist freedom, the mall. Thankfully, for Dayton’s shyer insomniacs, shopping is largely no longer a social activity. Instead, introverts are welcome to strap on their Fit Bits, strap in their restless toddlers, and stroll the shopping aisles in search of strangers’ stories. Honestly, what’s most valuable isn’t sold on the shelves of Walmart, Meijer, Walgreens, or CVS, although you’re welcome to visit them all. The real value comes from the possibility of a connection made while hearing about a messy break up during a clean up in aisle twelve. If making a connection is worth doing though, why not be serious about it? Why not have a secret whispered into your ear, and maybe a tongue darted furtively into it too? The pleasure seeking insomniac who’s too bold to confine his or her fantasies to a diary will be welcome at Hustler Hollywood (1038 Lebanon Street). Of course, there’s no reason why someone’s sexual expression should be confined to the shadows. However, Lara Bennett, the publicist for Hustler Hollywood, says that, surprisingly, the night time customers are sometimes the most timid ones. In darkness, Bennett says, “Those too timid to ask in the daytime may find the courage to tell our sales professionals exactly what they really want.” She says the store is the perfect late night haven for those who would otherwise be cuddling a pillow on the couch, as well as those (insomniac or otherwise) who firmly believe that beds are not for sleeping. The stereotype is that a store like this is only for those who want to be up all night (pun intended), but there are enticements for the smoldering romantic as well as the sensualist. Along with the expected dolls and toys, says Bennett, “We also offer home goods, board games, clothing, socks, and bath and body products. We’re not just your average romance shop – we’re more than you think.” You may discover surprising products, but you could also discover who you truly are. In fact, the sales associates take pride in having the necessary sensitivity and training to make sure you will. Lara Bennett: “[This store is ideal for someone who has] never been in a romance boutique before. [It’s also] perfect for someone who is a seasoned veteran and has it all. We guarantee we’ll show you something that will delight and surprise.” You may be reading this now, with a fair amount of skepticism. You’d like to think of yourself as a seasoned veterans of romance, but how many of those are perpetually awake? Casanova had suggestively licked his last oyster by dinner. Perhaps, but there is a romantic mythos accompanying late night pondering. It is, essentially, finding the courage to take the journey that overwhelmed the man in Plato’s parable of The Cave, the journey from darkness into light. Facing the uncertainties between the sunset and the sunrise, wide-eyed, requires a resolve not everyone possesses. It shows a willingness to unrelentingly see the world as it truly is…Or wish upon a falling star and make it new again. Dayton Runners Club https://tinyurl.com/ybjbcte7 Sunrise Park https://www.metroparks.org/places-to-go/sunrise/ Geocatching http://www.daytonghs.org/ Storm Chasers https://www.facebook.com/OhioStormChasers/ 24-Hour Gyms https://tinyurl.com/y72rb978 Masque http://clubmasque.com/ Miami Valley Gaming https://www.miamivalleygaming.com/ Hollwood Gaming http://www.hollywooddaytonraceway.com/ Bill’s Donuts http://billsdonutshop.com/ Jim’s Donuts https://tinyurl.com/yba6aekx Perkins https://tinyurl.com/ycgq4pqq Hustler https://tinyurl.com/y9u59b8v

    Dayton City Paper / 6 d. 19 h. 23 min. ago more
  • Underground localUnderground local

    Peach’s Grill presents Subterranean Subterranean’s (l-r) Chuckie Love, Stephen Buttree, Chris Coalt, and Rob Brockman. Photo by Libby Ballengee By Tim Smith Dayton has long been an active market for local bands, and there’s no shortage of talent in every musical genre. There doesn’t appear to be a shortage of listeners and fans, either. In an average week, this publication alone lists a couple of dozen clubs in the Miami Valley that feature live music. One local band that’s been making traction the past few years is Subterranean. Subterranean (also known as Sub T) is a Dayton-based jam rock quartet with an eclectic sound. The band performs primarily original material, and has appeared in a variety of venues in several states. Their style could best be described as a combination of classic rock and rhythm and blues, with a dash of funk. According to spokesperson Chris Coalt, the four musicians met at a club jam session and decided to keep working together. “The band was formed when we came together to form a Wednesday night jam at J. Alan’s, a downtown bar that was on Ludlow Street,” he says. “We had immediate chemistry the first night so it was obvious that Subterranean should be a band. We have been together for about seven years and a few of us had played together in some previous projects. All four of us were in bands that had played on the same scene, so we were familiar with each other prior to the jam.” Subterranean has several albums available, showcasing their live performances. Downloads can be found at their website, subtmusic.com. Their latest album, “Loom,” was the group’s first studio recording. “Loom, which was released in April, was recorded at Refraze Studios with Gary King in a professional studio,” Coalt says. “In today’s recording landscape, there are many different options but choosing to go with a quality professional studio comes with some financial requirements. It took us a while to get the funds together but in the end, from the cover art to the quality of the recording, we are really happy and satisfied with our choice to do it the way we did. We have enough original material for a few albums so we took a few tracks from each phase of our journey and we all agreed that it had continuity.” The current line-up features Chris Coalt on guitar, Stephen Buttree on saxophone and keyboards, Chuckie Love on bass, and Rob Brockman on drums. All four members contribute vocals, as well. Being part of a jam band promotes a lot of collaboration and a loose format. “We always have a set list before the show but songs are performed differently and improvised on the fly each night,” Coalt says. “An occasional audible will happen from time to time as well. We predominantly play original songs, but we also throw in some choice covers. We are a democracy. Everyone has a say and naturally has a role. Our album, ‘Loom,’ has been well received, but we purposely try to avoid becoming one song or being pigeonholed into doing one thing.” The collaborative spirit and obvious chemistry the group has comes into play with their insistence on performing original material. “One rule in our band is that we will give any idea a try once, no matter what form or shape it’s in or whose it is,” Coalt says. “Sometimes, a song comes in whole form or sometimes it’s just a small riff that we all spitball and build from. Sometimes we can just simply be talking at rehearsal and ideas form from our conversations. We try to keep rehearsals a warm and welcoming environment that foster and nurture creativity. Since Stephen Buttree just joined the band in October, we are really excited to continue to write and create together, especially with his fresh ideas and input.”  This desire to keep things innovative maintains the group’s competitiveness with other local bands vying for club dates. “We have some new life in us and would like to ride this momentum and put out some fresh new music as soon as possible,” Coalt says. “We have played many places regionally including all parts of Ohio. Our music has been heard from Michigan to West Virginia to Kentucky to Indiana to Tennessee. We play a lot of festivals in the summer, but Dayton will always be our home. We play as many gigs as we can. Anywhere between 50-100 a year is currently where we are at, but we are always trying to play as much as possible.” Coalt and company want to continue building their fan base by giving audiences a memorable experience when they attend one of their shows. “We want our audience to feel satisfied and feel like they devoted their time and energy to a quality product,” he says. “We want the audience to be able to tell that we practice often and really care about the music we are putting out there. We don’t really have delusions of grandeur, but we ultimately just want to make a living with this art form. We feel like we are playing better now than we ever have and we are still expanding and reaching new heights.” Subterranean will appear at Peach’s Grill, 104 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs on January 12. The show begins at 10 p.m. There is no cover charge but customers must be 21 and provide ID. For more information, visit PeachsGrill.com or call 937.767.4850. More information about Subterranean can be found at SubTMusic.com.

    Dayton City Paper / 6 d. 19 h. 30 min. ago more
  • What was once old is new againWhat was once old is new again

    The Pullouts bring their traditional rock sound to the Dublin Pub The Pullouts (l-r) Andrew Fletcher, John Roby, Scott Houchens, and Geoff Hill. Photo: J Spivey Photography By Tim Walker There’s just something about classic rock. The Eagles, Bob Seger, Elton John, the Who, Steely Dan. You turn on the radio and tune in to your local classic rock station, and 99 times out of 100 you’ll be stuck in the middle of a song you’ve been hearing your entire life and know all the words to. (If you don’t land in the middle of a commercial, that is—just one of the many reasons I listen to WYSO 91.3). Classic rock is the comfort food of the radio world, the lasagna of the airwaves, the chicken pot pie on your FM dial, and it’s music that local band, The Pullouts, has grown up on. The Pullouts is not a cover band—the members play originals, and their first two albums are chock full of great tracks and well written rock songs. Alternating between guitar-driven pop and more introspective, piano-based tunes, you can definitely hear the inspiration and influence of all those classic rock acts, as well as the early ‘70s singer-songwriter movement in singer, pianist, and songwriter, Scott Houchens’ music.  “Our first album, The Thought of You Waiting on Me,” says Houchens when he spoke to the Dayton City Paper recently, “came out in 2014. The second one, Knights of the Morning After, came out in 2017, last February. I like to say they’re full of weary songs laced with hope, or happy songs with a sad message. For me, the standout tracks are “Let it Loose” and “Way Back When” from the most recent record, and “Ask” from our debut one.” Houchens and the rest of the Pullouts—guitarist Andy Fletcher, bass player Geoff Hill, and drummer John Roby—will be returning to the Dublin Pub for a performance this Friday, Jan. 12—a warm-up for their third straight St. Patrick’s Day appearance there in March. Friday’s show is scheduled to start at 8 p.m., and the Irish-accented Dublin Pub, a great place if you’re in the mood for a pint of Guinness and a bowl of potato soup, is located at 300 Wayne Avenue in Dayton.  When asked about his musical influences, Houchens reaffirms his classic FM roots. “I definitely identify with sounds like Jackson Browne and The Eagles, two of my favorite artists. Anything out of that early 1970s, Southern California, singer-songwriter kind of thing. The Pullouts started in 2011—I’d just recently moved back home to Dayton from California, actually, and I had an interest in starting a rock band with some buddies from high school. This current lineup is actually the second manifestation of The Pullouts, and this particular version of the band has been together since the spring of 2015.” When asked how he would describe the band’s music to someone who’s never heard it but wants to come to the show on the 12th, Houchens laughs and says, “I like to call it sensitive drunkard music for the whole family. Sad bastard piano rock. You know, just that new old-time rock and roll. I’m very interested in the mellow side of classic rock, artists like Neil Young, Warren Zevon, Joni Mitchell, that sort of thing. Great songwriters. There’s just something about all of those songs that stands the test of time.” Scott and the Pullouts are excited to be playing at the Dublin Pub again. The band has graced the stage the last two St. Patrick’s Days in a row, and it’s ready for its third. “We’ll be returning there for St. Patrick’s Day again this year, and we can’t wait,” the musician says. “The crowds are always good, and we have a great time playing there. It’s just a fun place.”  When asked whether the band has any plans for a third album release in the coming year, Scott replies, “Absolutely. We’re getting ready to gear up for a recording session here in the new year. We’re thinking mid-January to early February, and we’ll be starting pre-production just a couple of weeks from now. If anyone wants to hear songs from our first two albums, our music is always available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube. Anywhere music is available online, you can check out the first two records. We’re going to be recording the new album here in town, working with Jack Wiley and Moon Ranch Entertainment. He’s a local recording, video, and audio guy, and he lives in Huber Heights.” Whether on record or on stage, the Pullouts are obviously a throwback to an earlier musical era. If you enjoy the sounds of the seventies, or if you’re just looking to check out a fun and interesting local band this weekend, consider looking up The Pullouts and the albums online, then heading over to the Dublin Pub to hear the band crank it up onstage. You’ll be glad you did. The Pullouts will be performing at the Dublin Pub on Friday, Jan. 12. Performance starts at 8 p.m. The Dublin Pub is located at 300 Wayne Avenue in Dayton. For more information, call 937.224.7822.

    Dayton City Paper / 6 d. 19 h. 32 min. ago more
  • He saw the signHe saw the sign

    Jonny Lang live at Cincinnati’s Taft Jonny Lang performs at Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre Jan. 14.   Photo by Daniella Hovsepian By Alan Sculley Jonny Lang says his new album, “Signs” is an example of just letting an album be what it wanted to be musically. “I don’t know what will come next,” Lang said in a recent phone interview. “But yeah, this one was just the record that felt right in this season of my life.” “Signs” is the kind of album that’s likely to please a lot of long-time fans who first heard Lang when he was in his teens and releasing the albums “Lie To Me” in 1997 and “Wander This World” a year later. With his fiery blues-rock sound, his accomplished guitar playing, and a rough and tumble singing voice that sounded decades older than his actual age—15 at the time he recorded “Lie To Me”—Lang was touted as the next Stevie Ray Vaughan. “I think there are a lot of people who want us to make our first record over and over again, but it’s obviously not the way of things,” Lang said. “So yeah, I think it made some of those folks kind of happy to hear some, just a more raw approach to the music (on “Signs”). The fans Lang mentions probably wondered if they would ever again hear another Lang album made up primarily of hard-hitting blues-rock. That’s because with the albums that followed “Wander This World,” the singer/guitarist’s music took a notable turn. Beginning with the third album, 2003’s “Long Time Coming,” Lang began to incorporate strong elements of soul, funk, Motown, and gospel into his sound, and by the time of his previous album, 2013’s “Fight For Your Soul,” blues-rock had taken a back seat to more of a soul-based sound. So, the turn back toward blues and a more guitar-centered sound on “Signs” will come as a surprise to many fans. But the shift came about naturally. “I just kind of got re-inspired, I don’t know if re-inspired (is the right word), but I had been listening to a lot of Howlin’ Wolf and Tom Waits, just like that open room sound, like live in the studio, not too producer-refined stuff,” Lang said. “I was like ‘Man, I think that should be the approach on this next one (album).’ It just felt like the right way to go. But that was pretty much the only thought that I had or guideline that I had going into it. The songs themselves, the style of the songs, wasn’t something I tried to guide in that direction. It was more from a production standpoint, the approach I wanted to take.” The raw approach is apparent from the first chords of “Make It Move,” the opening track on “Signs,” as shards of acoustic guitar chords greet a pained vocal from Lang before the gospel-ish song takes on more of a rock edge. The next song, “Snakes,” sets more of the rock tone of the album, with a driving beat and plenty of stinging guitar. The rest of the album delivers burly rock on “Last Man Standing,” a tense mix of rock and soul on the standout title track, percolating funky rock on “What You’re Made Of” (a tune that evokes memories of Bill Withers’ “Use Me Up” or the Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There”) and some slow-burning blues on “Wisdom.” The only songs that dial things down a bit are the impassioned ballad “Bring Me Back Home,” a track recorded in Nashville with producer Josh Kelly, and the acoustic-laced “Singing Songs.” The way “Signs” came together supports the idea that Lang and his collaborators weren’t forcing their creativity or any preconceived ideas on the project. Most of the songs were written with Lang’s co-producers for the album, Drew Ramsey and Shannon Sanders, in about a week, and the basic tracks were recorded live in the studio in just three days. “All of the rhythm guitars, bass, and drums and keys were pretty much 100 percent, what you hear there is within one to three takes in the studio,” Lang said. “Then we went to Nashville a couple of different times to do vocals and some guitar overdubs. But that was pretty much it.” Now Lang is getting the chance to see how his new songs—as well as his lyrics—translate to live performance—something that should be fairly effortless considering his touring rhythm section of Barry Alexander on drums and Jim Anton on bass played on the album and most of the tracking was done with the musicians playing together live in the studio. “We’re doing five or six (new songs) right now at the moment, depending on the night,” Lang said of his set list. “And we want to try to put stuff in from previous records, too, that folks kind of want to hear. So we do about a two-hour show. To fit everything in is a little challenging, to pick the songs. But yeah, we’ve been doing a lot of new stuff. “It’s going pretty well live,” he said. “It’s working out well.” Johnny Lang performs at Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. For more information please call Taft Theatre at 513.232.6220 or purchase tickets on TicketMaster.com.

    Dayton City Paper / 6 d. 19 h. 37 min. ago more
  • Cello thereCello there

    Cello Springs Festival’s Yellow Springs homecoming Cellist (l-r) Alicia Randisi-Hooker, David Skrill, David Smith, and Miriam Liske-Doorandish performing at Emporium Wines By Joyell Nevins For a musical generation, the people who participated in Friends Music Camp (FMC) through Olney Friends School experienced a symbiosis between teacher and learner, professional and amateur. “There was a special magic to that camp’s culture,” says Lisa Liske-Doorandish, who taught there for decades. “There was a valued spirit of music-making, a mutual affection and dignity.” As her daughter Miriam Liske-Doorandish put it, “The friendships were as important as the music.” Even though the camp has changed locations and changed leadership, that magical spirit lives on locally. Cello Springs, a festival happening this week in Yellow Springs, grew out of that concept. When the camp was run by Yellow Springs resident, Peg Champney, it always included a bus trip to the Springs for a benefit concert. Yellow Springs continued to be a town where the Champney family and FMC family would come together for a visit during the holiday break. “It’s hard to say goodbye to good friends when you see them so seldom,” Miriam said. “We wanted to continue this connection.” The idea of a musical festival percolated for several years, until the summer of 2016. That’s when it went from a hypothetical to a reality. Lisa, Miriam, and one of Miriam’s best friends, Chiara Enderle, brainstormed and worked together to make it happen. Miriam and Chiara grew up together through FMC. Chiara’s parents, professional musicians Matthias Enderle and Wendy Champney (Peg’s daughter), were faculty at FMC along with Lisa. All five of them are cello players. Even Miriam’s sister, Eleanor, plays the cello. Both girls pushed for their own instruments as toddlers—their mom taught classes at home, and they didn’t want to be left out! “The cello has such a human voice,” Lisa said. “There’s a deep accord with our soul’s longing for expression.” Miriam is now studying cello performance at Oberlin University. Chiara runs a chamber music program in Zurich, Switzerland. They both still have a great love for the cello, as well as for each other. It was important for the trio that the festival include several concerts and educational programs, with retreat space sprinkled throughout. Although each evening includes some type of program, the mornings are free for personal connections and playing. “We prioritized community and the space we create,” Miriam explained. Yellow Springs responded in kind to that sense of community. The women were overwhelmed by the amount of audience members and support each event received. “It was very inspiring,” Lisa said. “The reciprocity is just lovely. They appreciate what we have to give, and give back to us. It is a place where we are valued.” And it was also a place where the musicians felt free to experiment. While there were still many traditional compositions, Miriam noted that there were times of exploration as well. One of the events even included poets and visual artists, with cellists responding to the art presented with their own musical improvisation. Although it was a special time of classical collaboration, the Cello Springs festival took a massive amount of time and energy to execute. When the founders stepped back to evaluate if they wanted to do another festival, it was the community’s response that encouraged them to do it again. Lisa noted one resident came up to them on the street last year and suggested with a smile that Yellow Springs’s name be changed to “Cello Springs!” So, the festival is back on. This year, there is one less concert, but there are more lessons and workshops. Along with Lisa, Miriam, and Chiara, the core members are cellists Joshua Dent, Malina Rauschenfels, David Skrill, Charlie Reed, and David Smith. Chiara’s parents will be playing as well, along with Shirley Mullins, former Yellow Springs High School orchestra director. Lisa described Mullins’ talent and inspirational teaching style as a “luminous presence.” The final concert, held on Saturday, Jan. 13, is a call to all local cellists. Last year, there were 23 different performers who came together to play on one stage. The festival directors are also looking for sponsors to help make the concert sustainable, private donors to help with crowdfunding, and even community members willing to host a visiting cellist for dinner. “We want to celebrate the cello and music together,” Lisa said. “We can all speak that heart language of music.” The public concerts of Cello Springs are Wednesday, Jan. 10 at the Vernet Room in the Glen Helen Nature Preserve; Thursday, Jan. 11 at the Herndon Gallery in Antioch College; and Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Foundry Theater in Antioch College. All concerts are free and start at 7:30 p.m. For more information on the Cello Springs Festival or other events, visit CelloSpringsFestival.Weebly.com. To get involved with the final concert or become a sponsor, email cellospringsfestival@gmail.com.

    Dayton City Paper / 6 d. 19 h. 42 min. ago more
  • The adventure continuesThe adventure continues

    Wright State’s Adventure Summit inspires everyone to exploration By Nick Hrkman Jordan Romero climbed Mount Everest at age 13. At 82, Dale Sanders became the oldest man to hike all 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail in one calendar year. Hearing them tell their stories on Feb. 9 and 10 might inspire you to embark on your own adventure, no matter what your age. Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts will converge for Dayton, Ohio: The Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest, a weekend of outdoor skill, culture, and experience, at The Adventure Summit, presented by Wagner Subaru.  The Adventure Summit, co-hosted by Five Rivers MetroParks and Wright State University, has been bringing world-class presenters to Dayton, Ohio to talk about their experiences since 2006. From endurance runners to long distance hikers, the featured personalities energize Summit attendees to attempt their own adventures. Paralympic bronze medalist and Dancing with the Stars contestant Amy Purdy, and distinguished thru-hiker Luke “Strider” Jordan, presented at the Wright State Student Union. to an audience of more than 700 in 2016 “It is always exciting to see so many people enjoying adventure stories, not only by nationally known personalities, but by their friends and neighbors who find adventure locally but also travel the world” Brent Anslinger, Five Rivers MetroParks Outdoor Recreation Program Manager, said. “It’s the perfect way to break the cabin fever and get excited about getting outside and planning the upcoming year.” This year, audiences will hear from Romero, now 21, who after climbing Mt. Everest, went on to become the youngest climber in the world to complete the highest summits on each of the seven continents. As he sets out to climb the highest point in each of the 50 states, he’s making a stop in Dayton to tell his story, including how he was first inspired to climb when he saw a painting in the hallway of his school that had the seven continents’ highest mountains. Hiking the Appalachian Trail is no easy feat for a youth in his peak physical condition. Dales Sanders, affectionately known as, “Grey Beard,” completed the roughly 2,100 mile trek last October, making him the oldest man to hike the length of the trail in a single calendar year. His storied career as an outdoorsman includes such accomplishments as paddling the Mississippi River from its source at Lake Itasca, Minnesota to its confluence with the Gulf of Mexico in one continuous trip, and a Rim-to-Rim Grand Canyon hike from north to south, across the Colorado River and out the Bright Angel Trail. Susan Conrad is the third featured speaker and author of “Inside: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage.” In spring 2010, she paddled an 18-foot sea kayak up the 1,200-mile ribbon of water called the Inside Passage to Alaska, encountering quirky strangers, 700-pound grizzly bears, and 40-ton whales along the way. In addition to enjoying the speakers, attendees can put their outdoor skills to the test as they compete in a bouldering competition and try to sink their opponents’ boats in canoe battleship before venturing into a paddling or a SCUBA program in the student union pool. The expo floor features exhibitors and clubs who will connect you to an outdoor adventure of your own—and the gear you’ll need for it. A rock climbing wall, indoor triathlon, live music, and a fitness studio will keep attendees of all ages engaged and active throughout the weekend. “We have people travel from throughout a multistate region to participate in competitions and enjoy the event,” Anslinger said. “It is incredible to see the excitement for outdoor adventure.” New this year: On Friday night, the public is invited to mingle with the featured personalities and other event presenters. Buy your ticket to the Summit Soiree, a reception with food, beverages, and live music on Wright State University’s campus immediately preceding the featured presentation. Then keep the night alive at the Great Lakes Party with the Pros, open to the public, from 9 to 11 p.m. at the Wandering Griffin. The Adventure Summit takes place on Feb. 9 & 10, 2018 at Wright State University’s Student Union. For more information about this free event, visit TheAdventureSummit.com Learn more about Jordan Romero: Facebook.com Learn more about Dale Sanders: GreyBeardAdventurer.com Learn more about Susan Conrad: SusanMarieConrad.com About Wright State University The mission of Wright State University is to transform the lives of its students and the communities it serves. The University is committed to achieving learning outcomes through innovative, high-quality programs for all students: undergraduate, graduate, and professional; conducting scholarly research and creative endeavors; and engaging in significant community service. To learn more about Wright State University, visit www.Wright.edu. ABOUT FIVE RIVERS METROPARKS Celebrating more than 50 years of preserving green space and natural areas, Five Rivers MetroParks is a nationally renowned park system composed of natural area parks, gardens, high-quality river corridors, urban parks and a network of recreation trails. Five Rivers MetroParks protects the region’s natural heritage and provides outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. Educational programs and recreational opportunities are offered year-round for all ages. Five Rivers MetroParks is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. To learn more about Five Rivers MetroParks, log onto www.metroparks.org, or call 937.275.PARK (7275).

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  • A lady’s charm never fadesA lady’s charm never fades

    Muse Machine’s “Hello, Dolly” at Victoria Theatre Muse Machine cast of “Hello, Dolly”  with Sarah LiBrandi (center) as Dolly. Photo: Daniel Rader By Dr. Jill Summerville Hello, Dolly is an American musical that epitomizes the best of America itself. It’s irreverent without being shallow, exuberant without being bombastic, and irresistible without being aloof. It’s startling, then, that the quintessential American musical wasn’t always an American musical. Hello, Dolly is based on “The Merchant of Yonkers,” the 1938 play of another quintessential American voice, Thornton Wilder. In 1964, Wilder’s play was adapted as a musical, with Carol Channing in the title role of the ambitious Dolly Levi, who agrees to help wealthy merchant, Horace Vandergelder, find a wife, even though she’s determined to charm him herself. Certainly, no audience member can resist Dolly Levi. According to Vincent Canby’s 1995 theatre review in The New York Times, Dolly is so winning that even the woman who originated the role in the musical is devoted to her; Channing played Dolly from 1964 through 1995. If Hello, Dolly is a natural choice for a theatre’s season because of its appeal—an appeal inextricably linked with Channing’s smoky voice and natural charisma—it’s a formidable choice for precisely the same reason. However, Muse Machine, which will be performing Hello, Dolly in the Victoria Theatre from Thursday, Jan. 11 through Sunday, Jan. 14, never refuses a creative challenge. Founded by Suzy Bassani, Jean Woodhull, and Franny Sullivan in 1982, the company’s mission is to connect young theatre makers with their muses. The company’s name contains both its inspiration and its mission; an homage to the nine Muses of Greek mythology—representing epic poetry, history, love, poetry, tragedy, music, sacred poetry, and the mimetic art (better known to contemporary audiences as the theatre), dancing and choral singing, comedy, and astronomy, respectively—it is also a promise to teach young people how to find the discipline that allows them to consistently call upon their own muses. Eventually, the company promises, the ability to draw and deliver inspiration will become as reliable as a machine. According to Hello, Dolly director, Joe Deer, Muse Machine’s season is always comprised of “first tier material [that allows] an opportunity for students to grow.” Hello, Dolly offers both the performers and the audience members significant opportunities for growth, not least because, while the musical itself is beloved, the musical style is no longer readily familiar. The choreography is challenging. Musical numbers that require vocal discipline and a full orchestra may be unexpected for a contemporary audience. After all, the most well known contemporary musical (Do I really need to name it?) features prominent rap battles. Musical Director Sean Michael Flowers says perhaps the greatest surprise for audiences will be, not the familiarity of the musical style, but the immediacy of the emotions it evokes. Says Flowers, “[Composer and lyricist] Jerry Herman leaves audiences with tears in their eyes when they don’t even know why.” Sara Librandi, who has worked with Muse Machine for three years and plays Dolly in this production, says Dolly’s consistent ability to find joy, is a talent audiences can take outside of the theatre. “So many people struggle to find joy in their lives. The challenge of finding that joy [is] a wonderful opportunity.” The ability to find joy is crucial in contemporary America. According to The Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) affects 16.1 million American adults, and it’s the leading cause of disability in Americans ranging from ages 15 to 44. Given the nation’s current economic, sociopolitical, and sociocultural uncertainties, it’s important that a company like Muse Machine reminds us to acknowledge our profoundest feelings, and then act on them. Flowers says, “There’s always the opportunity to keep loving and doing [in the world], and, if we don’t, the opportunity will pass us by.” Of course, the youth in Muse Machine act onstage, but they are also learning how they want to act in the world, and adult audience members are learning with them. Performing both in schools and in more traditional theatrical settings, Muse Machine shows audiences that, while self-discovery is never a simple process, it can be an enjoyable one. Hello, Dolly choreographer, Lula Elzy, regularly relishes the challenge of getting young people in step with one another, both literally and figuratively. Elzy says the thrill of seeing the unmistakable moment when someone has found his or her place is what makes audiences keep returning to Muse Machine. A Muse Machine show is a spectacle you won’t see anywhere else, Elzy promises. “There’s a smile on your face when the curtain goes up, and it’s still there when the curtain comes down.” Muse Machine performs Hello, Dolly at the Victoria Theatre from Thursday, Jan. 11 through Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. To purchase tickets, or to find out how to best assist the company, visit MuseMachine.com.

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  • Thought-provokingThought-provoking

    The Cline Show at the Dayton Visual Arts Center Simeon Estes “Cut It Out”, chalk By Tim Smith The Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) has always showcased and encouraged local artists in the pursuit of their artistic visions. Every year it holds numerous exhibits that give Dayton area artisans free expressionistic reign. One of its signature events is The Cline Show: Annual Art & Design Student Invitational, an exhibition featuring the work of local college and university art and design students. The next exhibit will run from Jan. 12 through Feb. 10 at the Center, located at 118 N. Jefferson St. in Dayton.  This is the 10th year for this invitation only exhibition. It was named in memory of Barbara C. Cline, who, in her 10 years as DVAC’s office manager, influenced hundreds of student interns and emerging artists. Students are selected after being nominated by the faculty of fine art and design departments from local colleges and universities, including the University of Dayton, Wright State University, Sinclair Community College, Edison Community College, Antioch College, Wittenberg University, and the School of Advertising Art. Each student is permitted to submit up to three works of art, including painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and design. These students work directly with DVAC staff to gain valuable, hands-on experience in exhibiting their work. Eva Buttacavoli is the Dayton Visual Arts Center’s Executive Director. She says that once the nominated students submit their work, there is a further process before they are chosen for inclusion in the final exhibit. “The students submit their works, and they are all placed at DVAC,” she says. “Several students who are interested will self-apply to hold three positions as part of the organization of the exhibition. The positions are curator, marketing and promotion, and preparator, the person who manages the positioning of the exhibits. We call it a mentorship, and there is a small stipend. Our gallery manager interviews who wants to serve as curator of the exhibition. The student who is chosen as curator selects the work to be shown. The entire exhibition is managed and installed by the students.”  Forty students from area colleges and schools were invited to submit works for consideration. For many students, this is their first gallery experience, and it offers an opportunity for them to show their work to other professionals in the field.  “This is often the students first professional exhibition,” Buttacavoli says. “They’re exhibiting possibly in their studios or the galleries at UD or Wright State’s campus. We make it a point to advertise with other gallery owners and curators to give them the opportunity to see this new work. We’ve exhibited and maintained relationships with many of the students after the exhibition. The main thing is, because of this first professional exhibition and membership in DVAC, they can be part of the community. What we’re trying to show these artists is that there’s a reason to stay and work in Dayton, because we offer other venues for them to exhibit their works.” Participating students have used The Cline Show as a starting point for their careers. “Abby Maurer was a UD student we showcased three or four years ago,” Buttacavoli says. “She’s gone on to display her work throughout the state. I presented her as an artist to watch two years ago. We do this small exhibition where we showcase up-and-coming artists. There’s no prize for this exhibit; however, several board members over the years have put forth funds to award students with a DVAC membership. That allows them to take part in other exhibitions.” The Cline Show has consistently been an audience favorite since its inception 10 years ago. Sponsors for this year’s exhibit include Exhibition Partners Amelia Hounshell and Brian Albrecht, along with Education & Public Program Sponsors Dr. Bob Brandt, Jr. and Marjorie Kuhns. “This is the public’s favorite show,” Buttacavoli says. “This is what’s going on in our schools right now, new processes and new techniques. And I have to say it’s always a packed exhibition because the students bring their families and their friends. Parents come, friends come, other artists come and want to see the work of their peers. Each year, it is a privilege to work with students for The Cline Show in an experience that replicates the submission and selection process undertaken by professional and institutional galleries everywhere.” In addition to traditional college art programs, one of the more interesting contributors is the School of Advertising Art, which Buttacavoli regards as a timely addition to the exhibit. “They’ve been participating for about three years and they’re an active participant,” she says. “We think it’s particularly current because there’s such a merge now between advertising and graphic design and art. We think this is very timely and we’re excited that they’ve decided to participate.” Buttacavoli hopes that people will not only enjoy the new and exciting work of up-and- coming young artists, but that they will also appreciate the nontraditional aspects that the gallery likes to highlight in its exhibits.  “Any time you come to Dayton Visual Arts Center, you are seeing the freshest, most thought-provoking art that you can see anywhere,” she says. “This is the work that’s happening in our art schools right now, it’s the most topical work, and it delves into the minds of the art students. These are things that you can’t see anywhere else. That’s what DVAC is showing now.” The Cline Show will be held at the Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St., Dayton, from Jan. 12 through Feb. 10. An Opening Reception will be held on January 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. The reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday, and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on First Fridays. The Gallery is closed on Sunday and Monday. For more information visit daytonvisualarts.org, or call 937.224.3822.

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  • Sign Language: 01/09Sign Language: 01/09

    Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Cancers may be frequently inflexible sticks-in-the-mud, but you Capricorns are 50% more intractable. There’s nothing wrong with finding someone or something you like and sticking to it—as long as it works out. But what happens when whatever you’ve become attached or accustomed to simply isn’t available (like this week, for example)? Usually, you just hunker down and wait out the drought. May I suggest a better strategy? Seek out new potential habits. Usually, you’d have to sacrifice a known pleasure just to make space to experiment. This week, though, it’s risk-free, since you’re already missing out on your favorite routines; you might as well spend that time developing new and better ones. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Things simply can’t always be good. You think you want everything to run smoothly and for everyone to be happy. But remember the times when that seemed to be the case in the past? You still found reasons to be dissatisfied. Perhaps you even sabotaged the situation—probably subconsciously, but nevertheless, it was you who mostly screwed it up. You need variety, and that means shittier times to contrast with the better ones. This week is liable to be at least slighter crappier than you’d supposedly like, but just remember: it’s not here to make you feel bad, but rather good—about all the many weeks that are better. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Screw your self-destructive urges. Whenever you feel down, you’re inclined towards crap that’ll just make life worse. “Why the hell not?” you figure, and it’s all on: smoking, heroin, living in squalor, unsafe sex, or unhealthy overindulgence in chocolate cake. I get it, but I heartily disagree. Since your life’s already shit, why not do all the crap you ought to do, but just don’t want to? Deep clean your apartment. Go the gym. Eat healthfully. Give it a try. I suspect you’ll drag your ass getting into it, but be skipping and smiling coming out. Aries (March 21-April 19) The brilliance of Alfonso Cuarón’s 2006 film, Children of Men, which is set in the future, is that his version of the year 2027 is eminently recognizable as something very much like today, only more extreme, somehow. It’s frightening to consider the future we’re setting ourselves up for, and to imagine how today’s problems will only multiply and compound themselves as time goes on. Your difficulties are something like those facing humanity and our society: they’re actually easier to solve today than they ever will be again. Not that they’re easy now, but ignoring them won’t erase them. The longer you wait, the more complex and difficult to fix they’ll become. Taurus (April 20-May 20) To a young child, magic appears possible simply because they’re not quite sure how reality works. A friend of mine imagined that he could somehow grow up to be Wonder Woman. That seemed perfectly viable to him. Gradually, as we grow up, adults teach us the concept of impossibility, roping off what’s available to us, bit by bit. Eventually we call this limited perspective “being realistic.” That’s lameass crap. Realism is for losers. Everyone who’s ever done something amazing did it despite the fact that people told them it was “impossible.” This week, keep that in mind before you rope off every dream you (and those you love) ever had. Gemini (May 21-June 20) Cold weather’s a lot more pleasurable with someone to share it with. Instead of viewing it as a harsh time that limits your options, consider it a chance to indulge in pleasures unavailable to you at other times of the year; cuddling under a quilt with someone sweet and a cup of cocoa would be a drag at the height of summer, but it’s ace now. Try it. In fact, try anything and everything that might transform the present moment from simply bearable to brilliant. If you don’t learn this knack, you’ll be just as unhappy come summer, because it’s too damn hot and you miss wearing your favorite sweater. Cancer (June 21-July 22) As if the last couple weeks, with all that holiday business, weren’t stressful enough, now you’ll be hit with a whole new flavor of stress, and it’ll be one you’d rather didn’t exist, like pistachio-melon or bubble-gum walnut. Unfortunately, there’s no easy out here, so it’s grin-chew-swallow-grin all the way. It will get better, as long as you don’t spit it back in the faces of the idiots feeding it to you. It’s not like you’re about to acquire a taste for this brand of misery; you’re simply apt to get better at handling it. Yeah, it sucks that you’re being handed heaping platefuls of crap to eat, but the quicker you can choke it down, the quicker you can get to dessert—which will actually taste all the more fantastic for what you had to get through to get to it. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Everyone’s exploring new ways to commit to each other. Old-school marriages don’t often work, because they involve (at least for most of our grandparents) an awful lot of lying, deceit, and self-deception. These days, we all want to have our cake and eat it, too. We want honesty and openness, but that involves acknowledging that our actual desires rarely fit neatly into perfect, box-shaped relationships, at least not for more than a few years. Sometimes really being each other’s perfect partners means being sexually open, or sharing intimacy with more than one other person, or otherwise stretching our preprogrammed ideas about what love and commitment really mean. Yours are badly in need of a stretch; they can’t even touch their own toes anymore. This week, work on that, even if it hurts a little. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You’ve been known to overdose on forgiveness, and I usually counsel you to cool it before you start doling out sixth and seventh chances. But this week, I rescind that general advice. Go hog wild, Mother Theresa. Extend forgiveness to anyone who honestly asks for it, whether it’s their second, fifth, or twenty-third chance. You’re allowed to be cynical, of course, and believe that you’ll probably get burned again. In fact, acknowledging that likelihood makes your act of compassion all the more beautiful. It also gives that one person who’s really ready to try something new a chance to actually do it, with your blessing making all the difference. Could you really withhold that? I sure hope not. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You’re such a generous comfort to the people around you. How many times have you talked people (figuratively) down from high jumping places, or dragged someone up from the dumpster behind your building? You’re a natural diplomat, comforter, and shoulder to cry on. When, however, was the last time you allowed yourself to be rescued or otherwise reassured? You shouldn’t go out of your way this week to require consolation or rescue—but if you do happen to need someone to tell you that everything’s going to be alright, please, please ask for it, won’t you? Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) I can usually trust a Scorpio to be relatively unmotivated by money. You might have a lot of other ulterior motives, but pure profit is usually pretty far down your priority list. You can be trusted to ignore capital gain if it interferes with your principles or other desires. That’s why your actions of late have confused me, because they seem, at least on the surface, to be motivated by something akin to monetary gain, at the expense of much more valuable ideals. Is there something more to your recent actions? Or was it a momentary lapse in judgment? This week, fix whatever’s wrong: our perceptions, or your actions. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) I need help letting go, Sag. I’ve come to you because you’re as close to an expert on the subject as we’ve got. Surely, you’ve got some amazing tricks up your sleeve in this department. We’re hopeless. Even when we know release is the only choice, sometimes we just keep hanging on. What should we do when desire overwhelms rationality? How do you let go when you really don’t want to? This week, you’re the teacher, imparting this crucial skill to those of us in need of it. What’s your secret? Clue us in, won’t you?

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