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North Korea blames U.S. for outages, calls Obama a 'monkey'

The blame game continues as North Korea points to the U.S. as being responsible for another spate of Internet outages throughout the hermit kingdom but there still isn't any concrete evidence to suggest who is behind the cyberattacks on North Korea or Sony Pictures. The state-run Korean Central News Agency ...

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.

DPAA announces innovations in 2015-2016 arts season

A tribute to Rodgers & Hammerstein at the new Huber Heights music venue and a Summer in the City festival are just two of the innovative programs planned for the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s 2015-2016 season.DPAA President and CEO Paul Helfrich labels it a season of new initiatives.An announcement of ...

(From left) Paige Faure (Ella), Beth Glover (Madame), Ashley Park (Gabrielle) and Aymee Garcia (Charlotte) are featured in the national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” which will be at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center in January. CONTRIBUTED

‘Cinderella’ has a date in Cincinnati

The national tour of the dazzling, entertaining 2013 Tony Award-nominated Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” will deliver a fresh brand of magic Jan. 6-18 at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center.Directed by Mark Brokaw (“The Lyons,” “Cry-Baby”) and reconceived with a terrifically clever Tony-nominated book by Douglas Carter Beane (“The Nance,” ...

“Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” by Roz Chast

Vick’s picks: nonfiction favorites from 2014

Here are my favorite nonfiction titles from the past year:“Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” by Roz Chast (Bloomsbury, 228 pages, $28)Roz Chast had been living her life-raising a family-drawing cartoons for the New Yorker magazine. Meanwhile her parents were getting older. They were in their nineties when her ...

“Hang In There,” a mixed-media work by Ann Kim of Richmond, Ind., is on view at “Distillations III,” TEJAS Gallery. CONTRIBUTED

TEJAS shows ‘Distillations’

There are many ways to describe the verb distill: create, remove, purify, extract and essence. For “Distillations III: An exhibition exploring abstraction in contemporary art” at TEJAS Gallery, 11 artists provided their own descriptions in very creative ways.The show features 2-D artwork by college students and professional artists from the ...

“The Last Mile” by Tim Waggoner

Local people enjoyed successes in 2014

Looking back over 2014, literary fans of all types have much to celebrate. It’s been a banner year for greater Dayton area writers and organizations.Here’s a quick review and shout-out to just a few of the hard-working literary citizens of our area and their achievements and online resources (where applicable) ...

Reese Witherspoon portrays Cheryl Strayed in the film, “Wild.” The book on which the film was based was Dayton’s Big Read.

Afro-American Museum hosts national juried art exhibition

Here’s one way to celebrate Kwanzaa this year: The Ohio History Connection and the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC) are currently presenting, “Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms,” the museum’s second annual juried art exhibition. It’s presented in conjunction with the African American Visual Artists Guild.The mixed media exhibit ...

The delightful and delectable red quinoa encrusted Chilean sea bass dish that nabbed top Dayton Eats honors for the year. ALEXIS LARSEN/CONTRIBUTED

One dish to rule them all — at least in 2014

It’s a fact: Many delicious meals were consumed this year. I was fortunate to be on the receiving end on more of them than I could ever count. It would seem a daunting task to whittle it down to one dish that I could say was a definitive favorite. In ...

The Sailing — (background) Michael Kirkland — with (left to right) Gus Stathes, Tech Honors and James Webster — celebrate the release of the album “Anniversary of Spears” with a final show at Canal Public House on Saturday. CONTRIBUTED

The Sailing: a final show and album release

The members of The Sailing were all teenagers at Kettering’s Fairmont High School in 2002 when the charmingly bombastic, Brit-inspired space rockers released its debut album. More than a decade and one aborted full-length later, Tech Honors (vocals, keyboard), James Webster (guitar, vocals), Michael Kirkland (bass) and Gus Stathes (drums) ...

Jan. 27 & 28: Shen Yun: The world renowned Chinese dance company returns to town for a pair of performances. at Schuster Center. FILE PHOTO

January events calendar

About this listingThis calendar is compiled by contributing writer Don Thrasher. This feature is published on the last Friday of each month.Event organizers are welcome to email event information (for possible inclusion in the next month’s Active Dayton monthly calendar) to donaldthrasher8@aol.com. Emails should include a publishable phone number or ...

Tony Herdman, Dayton crew record in Nashville

Although local songwriter Tony Herdman went to Nashville to make his impressive new solo release, “90 Miles to Nashville,” it has a very Dayton imprint.Herdman — who performs with his group, the Tony Red Band, at Gilly’s in Dayton on Friday — recorded the five-song collection of roots-rock tunes with ...

The Harlem Globetrotters, featured earlier this month in a new documentary on ESPN, returns for its annual New Year’s Eve game at the Nutter Center in Fairborn on Wednesday, Dec. 31. CONTRIBUTED

The top 10 things to do this week

1) DPO’S CLASSICAL DESTINATIONS This week’s Top 10 begins with “New Year’s Eve: Classical Destinations” in the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31. This signature event from the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance features Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, dancers from Dayton ...

Concert announcements: Artists coming to the area

Tickets are on sale at the individual venues and all Ticketmaster outlets, except where noted.The Basement391 Neil Ave., Columbuswww.promowestlive.com, 614-461-LIVE (5483)Upcoming: The Toasters, Jan. 15; Singularity with Woldfman and the Airship Captain, Jan. 16Bogart’s2621 Vine St., Cincinnatiwww.bogarts.com, 513-872-8801Recently announced: G. Love and Special Sauce, March 4Upcoming: Clutch, Dec. 27; G-EAZY, ...

Online release of 'Interview' not stopping moviegoers

Several initial showings on Christmas Day of “The Interview” at some Puget Sound area theaters are sold out, despite Sony Pictures’ release of the film online one day earlier. The film was made available Wednesday through Google Play, YouTube, Xbox Video, and seetheinterview.com. Consumers could pay $5.99 to rent it ...

Finishing touches are taking place at the new $2.6 million T.J. Chumps restaurant in Huber Heights, which is expected to open Dec. 29. LISA POWELL / STAFF PHOTO

Restaurant set to open in Huber Heights

A new family sports restaurant is scheduled to open next week in Huber Heights near the city’s multi-million dollar entertainment venue.TJ Chumps plans to unveil its $2.6 million, 13,000-square-foot restaurant to the public at 11 a.m. Monday at 7050 Executive Boulevard, just east of the city’s $19.3 million music center. ...

Sony begins streaming 'The Interview'

Beginning Wednesday afternoon, Sony will be renting out and selling "The Interview" through its own site, as well as on YouTube, Google Play and Xbox Video.  The price for viewers? $5.99 to rent and $14.99 to buy.  The New York Times reports Sony asked for White House help to get iTunes on board, but ...

Nathaniel “Big Easy” Lofton will help the Harlem Globetrotters put on shows in Cincinnati and Dayton. CONTRIBUTED

‘Big Easy’ leads show for Globetrotters

In 2005, a promising young basketball player from New Orleans named Nathaniel Lofton had a basketball scholarship to Southeastern Louisiana University, and was seemingly on his way to a career in NBA basketball.By 2006, Lofton was the latest addition to the Harlem Globetrotters, with the nickname, “Big Easy,” to commemorate ...

The popular food truck Zombie Dogz is run by Washington Twp. residents Dave and Lee VanArtsdalen. FILE PHOTO

Zombie Dogz delivering unique gourmet food

The idea for one of the area’s popular food trucks was born around hot dogs and a campfire discussion about zombies.“My husband, a friend, and myself were sitting around a campfire roasting hot dogs while talking about our fascination with zombies,” said Lee Ann VanArtsdalen, who lives in Washington Twp. ...

Griffin House is a grad of North High School. CONTRIBUTED

New live Griffin House EP inspired by unusual place

Springfield native Griffin House is willing to go far for his art. Even up the river.The new EP “Songs for a Prisoner (Griffin House Live from Prison),” released Nov. 28 on iTunes, contains five live versions of the singer-songwriter’s music recorded in an actual prison outside of Nashville last summer.A ...

Ohio theaters to show controversial film

Three independent movie houses in Cincinnati and Columbus announced Tuesday they will show the movie, “The Interview,” on Christmas Day as part of a nationwide limited release from Sony Pictures Entertainment.In Dayton, Neon Movies, said it will consider a special Jan. 1 screening of the parody about the plot to ...

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