|NEW DETAILS: Police used GPS data to find Dayton man's body in creek - Dayton Daily NewsGoogle News / 48 min. ago more|
Dayton Daily NewsNEW DETAILS: Police used GPS data to find Dayton man's body in creekDayton Daily NewsGPS data was received during the 911 call Charles Romine made Sept. 18 when he was confused about where he was, but dispatchers “are trained that the primary source of location information comes from the caller,” according to a statement sent out ...
|Court records sealed in FBI, ATF investigationWDTN / 1 h. 15 min. ago more|
SPRING VALLEY, Ohio (WDTN) – Court files involving an FBI and ATF investigation at a Greene County home have been sealed, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Investigators searched a home in the 2300 block of Schnebly Road all day Thursday. According to county jail records, the homeowner, Joel Montgomery, is being held in the Montgomery County Jail on charges connected to embezzlement and prohibited acts in the dealing of firearms. In 2015, officials searched the same location and seized roughly 170 guns. According to Montgomery’s attorney, Tom Merritt, all charges were dismissed in that case. While Montgomery is an avid gun collector, officials were not searching for weapons Thursday, Merritt said, adding that he is not yet sure what exactly authorities were searching for. The FBI has deferred 2 News to the U.S. Attorney’s Office regarding this investigation. Montgomery’s bond hearing is set for Tuesday, Merritt said.
|Police search for arson suspectWDTN / 1 h. 44 min. ago more|
DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Police need your help searching for the person who set a grocery store on fire. According to the Dayton Fire Department, the blaze Dayton police searching for arson suspect broke out around 3 a.m. Thursday morning at an International Food Mart on Troy Street near Warner Avenue. Surveillance video released by authorities show a man walking up to the business, opening the doors to the basement and throwing some type of accelerant down. He then lit a flare and walked away. The fire caused substantial damage. “It’s not a total loss of a business,” said Bryan Adams of the Dayton Fire Department. “They should be able to get opened back up. But there’s obviously a lot of loss to the contents of their business. It was a store selling food goods and things like that. So a lot of that stuff is going to have to be replaced.” Investigators are looking for a man wearing a plaid winter-type jacket and a beanie hat, Adams said. Anyone with information or other surveillance video is asked to call police.
|Operation Football Tailgate of the Week 9: Valley ViewWDTN / 1 h. 50 min. ago more|
GERMANTOWN, Ohio (WDTN) – Zac Pitts, Hutch Konerman and Ethan Fitzgerald are ready for some Friday night high school football at Barker Stadium where the Brookville Blue Devils will play against the Valley View Spartans. The Spartan cheerleaders held bright colored signs and brought their Spartan team spirit! Thanks to our co-sponsors Lee’s Chicken and Sinclair Community College.
|Lawmaker bring the fight against wage inequality to the halls of the OH statehouseWDTN / 2 h. 8 min. ago more|
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – The war against wage disparity in Ohio is coming to the statehouse. State Representative Thomas West just introduced a bill that would make it okay for some employees to talk about their wages freely, and would prohibit some employers from seeking wage history on applications. West was appalled when he found out he was paid more than a woman who did the exact same tasks at a previous job. It is what led him to led him to put forth legislation to end that practice as a freshman lawmaker. According to West, the first step in ending the wage gap is to make a few changes. House Bill 385 would prohibit state agencies from seeking wage history on applications. According to the city of Columbus, this is something it is already contemplating doing. “If we could eliminate that question altogether, then that will help us to reduce the wage disparity gap that exists within Ohio,” said West. A key part of West’s legislation is that it would only apply to state agencies; the private sector would not be affected directly. West also wants to allow state employees to be able to discuss their wages openly. Private companies prohibit such talk to maintain a positive work environment and limit turnover of unhappy employees leaving over earnings disputes. West says this mentality allows companies to create gender and racial inequality in wages. “If you give a person adequate income, then they’re going to be able to meet your needs and actually probably reduce the amount of money they have to pay out,” said West. Despite the fact that public sector wages aren’t hidden like in the private sector, West wants to start eliminating the wage gap within the public sector. “We’ve learned that the government actually is a worse offender,” said West. That brings us to the final part of HB 385 which would create a commission to study how these changes affect things for five years, and at the end of the study the commission would publish a report. It is West’s hope that the private sector will see that the long term benefits of being open an honest about employee wages, and treating everyone fairly, that will create a better work environment than one shrouded in secrecy. If things work out the way West would like them to, the private sector may adopt the changes he is proposing on its own.
|WPAFB $30M building to house classified information for NASICWDTN / 2 h. 22 min. ago more|
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (WDTN) — A special ribbon cutting ceremony was held for a nearly $30 million dollar building on base. The building will house classified information for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. Haynes Hall is now the largest facility on base for this particular mission, according to NASIC Commander Colonel Sean Larkin. Dozens toured the building following the ribbon cutting Friday morning. The building nearly triples the square footage they previously had and doubles the amount of lab space. “This building is about the future,” said Congressman Mike Turner. The expansion doesn’t add more jobs, but it gives NASIC the opportunity to bring in more technical projects and a larger number of projects. “It’s just a reflection of both the capability we need, to the amount of material we’re asked to exploit for the Department of Defense and the intelligence community,” stated Col. Larkin. The building is named after Lt. Bill Haynes who was a test pilot who died flying a German Fighter in 1945. “It’s just amazing. I thought this was going to be a little building off of a building in a hallway. I come and see this; this is massive, very impressive,” said Haynes’ nephew Ed Bishop. While it will house classified information, the new facility will also help NASIC keep up with operations. “If you bring people here and let them see what they’re doing, if they want to support it, then Wright-Patt will grow,” said Congressman Turner. The employees will move into the building in a few months. Colonel Larkin said there are still some security and accreditation issues they still have to work through.
|New pizza shop comes to DaytonWDTN / 2 h. 55 min. ago more|
DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A new pizza shop in the area welcomed guests with free food Friday. (WDTN Photo/ Dominic Wilson) Happy’s Pizza celebrated its grand opening Friday morning and gave away free personal cheese pizzas to guests from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The store is on the 2800 block of Salem Avenue and it might be expanding to the downtown Dayton area as well. For more information about Happy’s pizza, click here.
|These 25 projects landed the biggest tax creditsBizjournals.com / 2 h. 58 min. ago more|
Communities across the U.S. are rolling out generous incentive deals to land Amazon.com’s massive second headquarters. But it’s not just Amazon who stands to land tax credits for creating thousands of new jobs. Incentives have long been a vital tool for economic development officials to lure companies to come to their region, or to remain and expand. In Southwest Ohio alone, Amazon already received more than $3 million for a new fulfillment center in Monroe and others such NuVasive Inc.…
|Where to go to get your gourd and other fall favoritesWDTN / 3 h. 58 min. ago more|
DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – We wanted to know where the favorite placed to go for your Halloween pumpkin were so we took to Facebook and asked you to tell us where you go. We got an amazing response and along the way, we learned there are a lot of places to visit no matter which part of the Miami Valley you call home. If you haven’t gotten your gourd yet here is an alphabetical list of some of the places you told us you like to go. Brumbaugh Fruits Farm Located at 6420 Arcanum-Hollansburg Road, Brumbaugh Fruit and Fun Farm offers fruits and vegetables as well as hosting events. From the website: “The Brumbaugh family is proud to offer the entire family experience: fresh fruit, delicious desserts and family fun. Whether you are looking to enjoy the farm experience with your children or a farm market with baked goods and produce just like the good ol’ days, Brumbaugh’s tradition of entertaining is guaranteed to please.” Hours: Saturday 11-7 and Sunday 12-7 Admission: $8 per person, Ages 3 and under and 65 and older free admission Crossway Farms Crossway Farms is located at 2211 Cisco Road in Sidney. They boast a u-pick pumpkin patch, sunflower field, hayride, petting zoo and more. They also are holding the 2nd Annual Great Pumpkin Hunt on October 28. From the website: “Whether it’s delicious raspberries, garden vegetables, our u-pick pumpkin patch, or homemade baked goods, we’re committed to offering only the best. On our website, you’ll find all the info on what we offer at our farm market. You can also check us out on Facebook and keep up with what is going on out at the farm.” Hours: Monday: 10 AM-6 PM, Tuesday: 10 AM-5 PM, Wednesday: 10 AM-5 PM, Thursday: 10 AM-5 PM, Friday: 10 AM-5 PM, Saturday: 10 AM-5 PM, Sunday: 1 PM-6 PM Fulton Farms Located at 2393 S State Road 202 in Troy, Fulton Farms offers hayrides, a maze, an animal area and of course pumpkins. From their Facebook page: “*Beat the crowd* today and come take a hayride! Today we are running hayrides from 10am-5pm. Market closes at 6pm. $7 includes the hayride, maze, activity/animal area, and a pumpkin of your choice! Hope to see you soon!” Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The hayrides run until 5:00 PM Irons Fruit Farm Irons Fruit Farm is at 1640 Stubbs Road in Lebanon. They offer hayrides to pick pumpkins and to the corn maze each weekend through October as well as apple cider, apples, donuts, fritters and pies. From their website: “Our 4th generation farm has a lot to offer families who enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables in a comfortable country setting. We are located in historic Lebanon, Ohio, halfway between Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to fruits and vegetables; we make apple cider, jams & jellies, apple butter, baked goods and gift packs.” Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Coupons are available on their website. Katie’s Pumpkin Barn Located at 2128 Nw Germany Trebein Road, Katie’s Pumpkin Barn began selling pumpkins, gourds and straw from their barn about 10 years ago. Today they offer animals and fall photo opportunities, as well as a new corn maze this year that is appropriate for all ages. From their website: “We love the community and enjoy seeing many of the same faces year after year. You folks are what keep us open year in and year out. So bring the family, get some pictures. Have fun and we can’t wait to see you!” Hours: 10:30 AM – 8 PM daily until October 31. Majestic Nursery & Gardens Majestic Nursery and Gardens is located at 2100 N. Preble County Line Road in West Alexandria. They offer a corn maze and a treasure hunt with more than three miles of paths. More than 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds are grown on the farm and you can pick them fresh. From their website: “Fall days on the family farm offer time away from the hectic pace of daily life. The Amazing Maze offers an adventure through 15 acres of the tallest corn around. Bring the family to the country and enjoy a tranquil afternoon exploring a century old farm.” Hours: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM Pendleton’s Produce Pendleton’s is located at 2175 Baker Road in Springfield. You can find pumpkins and squash as well as apples and cider. Saturday is their big Moonlight Madness pumpkin sale! From their Facebook page: “SATURDAY OCTOBER 21st IS OUR ANNUAL MOONLIGHT MADNESS PUMPKIN SALE FROM 6:30 pm til MIDNIGHT! Pumpkin sale specials will be announced at 6:15 pm tomorrow. Hope to see you there!” Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Young’s Jersey Dairy Young’s is always a popular choice. Located at 6880 Springfield-Xenia Road, Young’s offers a corn maze, u-pick pumpkins, animals to pet, a restaurant and ice cream store. From their website: “This year we planted more pumpkins and more varieties than ever before. We have 30 acres of pumpkin fun to enjoy with one of the best looking crops we’ve seen.” Hours: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM The 2 NEWS family also has their favorite places. Many of our staff members pitched their traditional destinations as well. It was no surprise that our favorites matched up with yours. Don’t forget Halloween is coming and you can find a list of trick or treat events and times here: 2017 Halloween community events
|Capitol Chatter: Dayton fields variety of questions - Duluth News TribuneGoogle News / 4 h. 6 min. ago more|
Duluth News TribuneCapitol Chatter: Dayton fields variety of questionsDuluth News TribuneMark Dayton started a "press availability" by briefly talking about health care and the state's attempt to lure the second Amazon headquarters, then took questions on a wide variety of topics for 40 minutes. Some governors tend to hold news conferences ...and more »
|Local community to host job fairWDTN / 4 h. 24 min. ago more|
XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – More than 40 companies plan to attend a local job fair for one community in October. The City of Xenia is hosting a job fair will local organizations for its community members at the high school on Tuesday, October 24 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Here is a list of some of the companies making an appearance at the job fair: Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services NTB Trucking Pepsi Beverage Company Eyemart The City of Xenia Nuvasive Manufacturing First Transportation Spectrum Brands Twist, Inc., Toward Independence First Diversity Assurant Academy Health Services, Inc. In addition to the community job fair, there will also be a mini-job fair for high school seniors. For more information about the event, click here.
|Dayton-area ZIP code ranks among hottest real estate markets in U.S.Bizjournals.com / 4 h. 51 min. ago more|
The Dayton region is home to one of the 50 hottest real estate markets in the U.S., according to a new report. Realtor.com on Thursday released its third annual list of the hottest ZIP codes in the U.S. The Dayton area ZIP code 45430, which includes Beavercreek, ranks No. 40 on the list. Two other Ohio ZIP codes made the list: No. 10 Hilliard (43026) and No. 44 Cincinnati (45240). Topping the list for the second straight year was Watauga, Texas (76148), which includes Fort Worth, followed by Livonia,…
|Local college student wins 3-time champion titleWDTN / 5 h. 42 min. ago more|
CEDARVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – A student from a local university is a master at one of his hobbies. Philip White from New York, a student studying computer science at Cedarville University, is a three time National Yo-Yo Champion who won the title on the competition’s silver anniversary in October in Chico, California. Sophomore Philip White won first place in the National Yo-Yo Contest for the third year in a row. “This year was the 25th anniversary of the National Yo-Yo Contest, so this win is especially meaningful to me,” said White. Philip started his hobby at a young age and his brothers wanted to learn and join in on the fun. “My parents gave my brother and me some classic Duncan yo-yos that came with trick CDs,” he said. “Gordon and I learned all those, and then my younger brother, Stuart, found some more tricks on YouTube.” Philip’s first win was in 2015 and he focuses on a style of yo-yoing with no strings attached to it. You can watch his 2016 Championship win here: White plans to enter the 2018 National Yo-Yo Contest and 2019 World Yo-Yo Contest in Cleveland, Ohio.
|Officers announce Miami Valley OVI checkpointsWDTN / 6 h. 33 min. ago more|
DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery County OVI Task Force will conduct OVI checkpoints in the Miami Valley Friday. The Dayton Police Department will assist the Task Force with the checkpoints Friday, October 20 from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. One checkpoint will be at East Third Street and Terry Street and a second location will be at South Keowee Street and Fifth Street. The goal of the OVI Task Force is to reduce the number of alcohol/drug related traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities in Dayton and Montgomery County. Sobriety checkpoints help deter impaired driving and aid in the apprehension of impaired drivers who choose to get behind the wheel and drive. We, along w/Mont. Co. OVI Task Force will hold sobriety checkpoint TONIGHT (10/20) from 8pm-1am near E. Third & Terry & S. Keowee & Fifth St pic.twitter.com/2KgSDzvCWo — Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) October 20, 2017 READ MORE: Miami Valley OVI checkpoint location to be announced Friday
|What's Great in Dayton: October 20 - 26, 2017 - WYSOGoogle News / 6 h. 37 min. ago more|
WYSOWhat's Great in Dayton: October 20 - 26, 2017WYSOThe Dayton Philharmonic continues its much-loved spooky tradition. Be sure to come early because there are activities and treats for the whole family to enjoy. Who knew being spooky could be so enchanting? Grab seats for the whole family! Saturday, 3pm ...and more »
|Dayton rocks! - Reno Gazette JournalGoogle News / 6 h. 43 min. ago more|
Reno Gazette JournalDayton rocks!Reno Gazette JournalDayton library patrons are celebrating their individuality with a hands-on arts project. Inspired by the children's book “Only One You,” Assistant Librarian Morgan York is spearheading a project that lets people paint and decorate river rocks. The ...
|Dayton employee fired for moonlighting gets job back - Dayton Daily NewsGoogle News / 6 h. 50 min. ago more|
Dayton Daily NewsDayton employee fired for moonlighting gets job backDayton Daily NewsThe city of Dayton must reinstate an employee it fired after the city alleged she worked a second job in conflict with her public employment and violated other personnel policies. In its disciplinary proceedings, the city found Roberta Beyer failed to ...and more »
|Exclusive: These Dayton-area sites among proposed locations for Amazon HQ - Dayton Business JournalGoogle News / 6 h. 50 min. ago more|
Exclusive: These Dayton-area sites among proposed locations for Amazon HQDayton Business JournalAt least two Dayton-area sites are being considered for Amazon's new headquarters, officials confirmed to the Dayton Business Journal. Proposals for a job-ready site in Xenia and an industrial park in Union were submitted as part of Dayton's bid for ...
|Moraine police shooting: Man killed is identified - Dayton Daily NewsGoogle News / 7 h. 4 min. ago more|
Dayton Daily NewsMoraine police shooting: Man killed is identifiedDayton Daily NewsA Moraine police shooting left one man dead after two officers said a man pointed a gun at them while they were investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle on Pinnacle Park Drive, according to Moraine Police Chief Craig Richardson during a news ...Dayton man killed by Moraine police had life surrounded by violenceMyDaytonDailyNewsall 8 news articles »
|Exclusive: These Dayton-area sites among proposed locations for Amazon HQBizjournals.com / 7 h. 12 min. ago more|
At least two Dayton-area sites are being considered for Amazon's new headquarters, officials confirmed to the Dayton Business Journal.
|Dayton home prices surge ahead in SeptemberBizjournals.com / 8 h. 35 min. ago more|
The Dayton area housing market continues to impress. In September, 1,430 homes and condos changed hands, marking a 3 percent decline from the same period last year, according to the Dayton Area Board of Realtors. However, September’s average sales price totaled $160,000, leapfrogging last year’s figure by 9 percent. The median price also fared well at $135,000, up 7 percent from last year. A strong housing market is indicative of an overall improving economy. Through September, 2017 Dayton…
|Planet Fitness to open new Dayton-area location - Dayton Business JournalGoogle News / 9 h. 10 min. ago more|
Dayton Business JournalPlanet Fitness to open new Dayton-area locationDayton Business JournalPlanet Fitness will open its sixth Dayton-area location in Englewood on Nov. 1. The Englewood facility, located at 606 Taywood Road, is 24,000 square feet and offers state-of-the-art cardio machines and strength equipment, according to a news release.
|Countdown: The 25 Montgomery County restaurants with the most Yelp reviewsDayton News / 9 h. 21 min. ago more|
The Dayton region is home to a thriving restaurant scene featuring a variety of tastes and cuisines.
|Planet Fitness to open new Dayton-area locationBizjournals.com / 9 h. 23 min. ago more|
Planet Fitness will open its sixth Dayton-area location in Englewood on Nov. 1. The Englewood facility, located at 606 Taywood Road, is 24,000 square feet and offers state-of-the-art cardio machines and strength equipment, according to a news release. The facility also includes HydroMassage beds, massage chairs, tanning beds, and fully equipped locker and shower rooms. “We’re thrilled to bring our new Judgement Free fitness experience to Englewood, and we encourage everyone to come check out…
|Dayton technology show features latest in manufacturing trends (Photos)Bizjournals.com / 9 h. 28 min. ago more|
Manufacturing specialists across Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky connected with the Dayton region's top suppliers at a two-day event this week at the Dayton Convention Center. The 2017 Advanced Manufacturing Technology Show featured 135 exhibitors that displayed a number of automated, robotic and tooling products that could be used in a wide variety of industries. Many exhibitors performed demonstrations with this new and high-tech equipment, allowing participants a first-hand view of how the machines…
|Ohio double murder suspect arrested in IndianaWDTN / 10 h. 16 min. ago more|
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — A man wanted for a double murder in Springfield is behind bars Friday. The U.S. Marshals office announced the arrest of 20-year-old Kyle Bonaparte. The U.S. Marshals Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Task Force (SOFAST) made the arrest early on Friday morning. Springfield Police identified Bonaparte as the suspect in a deadly double shooting on Delta Road on October 4th. READ MORE: One dead, another in critical condition after shooting at Springfield apartment complex Police say 26-year-old Joshua Brown and 23-year-old Raina Beal were shot. Brown was pronounced dead at the scene while Beal later died from her injuries. Investigators say Beal was holding a child in her arms when she was shot in the head. The child was not hurt. After investigating, police obtained a warrant for Bonaparte’s arrest. On Friday morning SOFAST officers arrested Bonaparte at an address on Belmont Street in Portage, Indiana. U.S. Marshals SOFAST worked with U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Task Force, and Portage Indiana SWAT team. Bonaparte will be held in custody in Indiana until he can be extradited back to Springfield, Ohio. U.S. Marshals SOFAST is a multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of the Dayton Police Department, Springfield Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, ICE, Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Montgomery County Prosecutors Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, and Springboro Police Department.
|Cherry on top: 1000 trees planted in Dayton, and 1000 more to go - Dayton Daily NewsGoogle News / 12 h. 19 min. ago more|
Dayton Daily NewsCherry on top: 1000 trees planted in Dayton, and 1000 more to goDayton Daily NewsThe planting of the 1,001 cherry tree in the Dayton area. From left, Montgomery Commissioners Dan Foley and Debbie Lieberman; Col. Bradley McDonald 88th Air Base Wing and Installation Commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base; Brookville Mayor ...
|Moraine officer-involved shooting under investigationWDTN / 12 h. 53 min. ago more|
MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) — The Moraine Police Chief had very little to say about an officer-involved shooting in Moraine Friday. The Moraine Chief of Police Craig Richardson said the department has an active investigation into the shooting underway. Officers released an update about the case Friday. You can watch the full update here: Richardson said in a Friday morning news conference officers were called to Pinnacle Road around 5:15 am on a report of a suspicious vehicle. When police arrived they found a man inside the vehicle Richardson says the man pointed a handgun at the officers. The officers fired at the suspect. 23-year-old Jamarco McShann was pronounced dead at the scene and the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office was contacted. Richardson said more information would be released when it is available and a more in-depth news conference would be held but not until Saturday at the earliest. McShann served a two year prison sentence in 2014 for weapons and felonious robbery charges. Residents at the apartment complex are skeptical of the police’s version of the shooting. One who chose to remain anonymous said, “The police did something wrong here today. They have a license to kill.” 2 NEWS has requested the 911 calls and is waiting to hear back. 2 NEWS and WDTN.com will continue to follow this story and keep you updated with the latest information as soon as we learn it.
|Longtime Cincinnati chef bringing European-inspired restaurant to Warren CountyBizjournals.com / 13 h. 22 min. ago more|
A longtime Cincinnati chef is opening a European-inspired restaurant in Mason as early as November.
|Huffy pedals into a new eraDayton News / 13 h. 31 min. ago more|
Bike maker Huffy Corp. has roots in Dayton dating back 125 years. Along the way, it created bicycle training wheels, a bike with an attached radio, and battery-powered ride-on vehicles for kids.
|How the Cincinnati Reds fared on TV this season will surprise youBizjournals.com / 13 h. 43 min. ago more|
Cincinnati Reds fans didn’t have much to cheer about this season, but they kept tuning in on TV to watch their team.
|BBB Report: Education, cost-benefit analysis key to cybersecurityBizjournals.com / 13 h. 43 min. ago more|
A new report from the Better Business Bureau shows that small business owners know they are at risk for cyberattacks, but many fail to utilize one of the most beneficial and cost-effective tools to prevent an attack — employee education.
|Startup growth is back to pre-recession levels. Here's where it stands for Ohio citiesBizjournals.com / 13 h. 53 min. ago more|
Entrepreneurship is back. According to the Kauffman Foundation’s newly released Index of Growth Entrepreneurship, the rate of startup growth nationally exceeds pre-recession levels for the first time since the economic downturn last decade. Additionally, the 2017 edition of the report found that the Washington, D.C., area remains No. 1 among metropolitan areas in terms of entrepreneurship growth. The nation’s capital region also ranked No. 1 in last year’s report. Washington was followed…
|Police search for man who robbed Hamilton bankWDTN / 14 h. 1 min. ago more|
HAMILTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Hamilton Police are searching for a man who robbed a bank on Thursday afternoon. Police say the suspect walked into Union Savings Bank in the 1200 block of Main St. around 3 p.m. on Thursday. The man demanded money, before escaping with an undetermined amount of cash. Police say the suspect did not show a weapon. The suspect is described as a male white, approximately 5-11, thin build with black facial hair and glasses. The Hamilton Police Department Investigations Section is continuing the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers or the Hamilton Police Departments Investigation Section at 868-5811 ext 2002.
|Ramp to reopen in OctoberWDTN / 23 h. 17 min. ago more|
DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A road project is taking more time than expected after it missed its completion date. The northbound ramp at Stewart Street to get onto U.S. 35 eastbound has been closed for a bridge deck replacement as a follow up to the I-75 modernization project. According to Ohio Department of Transportation, the project was expected to be completed in September but the ramp will reopen October 24. Investigators are looking into what caused the delay.
|Gears finally turning for decade-old Dayton, Kentucky development - WCPOGoogle News / 23 h. 56 min. ago more|
WCPOGears finally turning for decade-old Dayton, Kentucky developmentWCPODAYTON, Ky. -- City manager Michael Giffen has invested more than a decade of hope in 143 vacant acres on the Dayton riverfront. Before the weekslong Ohio River flood of 1937 devastated cities along the water, Giffen explained Thursday, Dayton had a ...and more »
|Dayton officials remain tight-lipped on Amazon proposalDayton News / 1 d. 0 h. ago more|
With Thursday marking the deadline to submit a proposal for Amazon's new headquarters, Dayton officials remain tight-lipped on its own bid.
|Dayton audio/visual company expands to Cincy: PHOTOSDayton News / 1 d. 4 h. 16 min. ago more|
A Dayton audio/video store that gets more than half of its business from Cincinnati opened an outpost closer to the Queen City.
|What A Visit Down Memory Lane Told Me About TrumpDayton News / 1 d. 8 h. 41 min. ago more|
Last weekend, I visited the US Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. Among the mind-boggling collection of aircraft from the birth of aviation to today was one plane I knew well the Boeing 707 that had carried me as a member of the State Department press corps around the world in the years 1989-'95.
|Movie theater at Austin Landing opensDayton News / 1 d. 13 h. 20 min. ago more|
The first Ohio location of Cin ©polis USA at Austin Landing is now open for guests, and will host a grand opening ceremony on Oct. 29. The 12-screen, 1,560-seat multiplex cinema, located at 10251 Penny Lane, is the entertainment anchor at Austin Landing.
|Doctor talks about recovering from concussionsDayton News / 2 d. 0 h. 15 min. ago more|
It's a special way to remember your loved ones. and it's taking place in just a few days.
|Leaf pick up in full swingDayton News / 2 d. 0 h. 15 min. ago more|
It's a special way to remember your loved ones. and it's taking place in just a few days.
|What America Is Losing as Its Small Towns StruggleDayton News / 2 d. 6 h. 46 min. ago more|
Seventy-five years ago, The Atlantic published an essay by a man named Arthur Morgan. The essay, "The Community-The Seed Bed of Society," appeared in the February 1942 issue, and was later expanded into a book called The Small Community: Foundation of Democratic Life .
|Restaurant chain remodels two Dayton-area locationsDayton News / 2 d. 13 h. 14 min. ago more|
Olive Garden has wrapped up renovations of two of its Dayton-area locations. The restaurants - in Washington Township and Beavercreek - feature a new look.
|A glimmer of hope in Ohio's opioid addiction epidemic?Dayton News / 3 d. 1 h. 49 min. ago more|
A reporter who was part of a team of journalists observing the opioid epidemic across Ohio in July wrote this about paramedics in Newark near Columbus attempting to revive a man from an overdose: "They've tried spraying naloxone into his nostrils, but it's had no effect. He's not breathing.
|Nominations for 2018 Forty Under 40 awards now openDayton News / 3 d. 6 h. 5 min. ago more|
The Dayton Business Journal has begun accepting nominations for the 2018 Forty Under 40 awards program.
|Jazz aged BalletDayton City Paper / 3 d. 9 h. 7 min. ago more|
Dayton Ballet’s 80th season opens with “The Great Gatsby” Photo: Margot Aknin plays Daisy Buchanan (left) with Evan Pitts as Jay Gatsby (right). By Arnecia Patterson When the curtain goes up on the Dayton Ballet’s 80th season this month, there is a possibility that the majority of audience members will be younger than the company, itself, and certainly its conservatory-style training arm, the Dayton Ballet School. It was founded in 1927, ten years before the Dayton Ballet, and two years after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” was published. The novel has been hailed as Fitzgerald’s greatest literary achievement, and its longevity and renown make it as ripe for choreography as stories about swans or nutcrackers.Narrative ballets are Ron Cunningham’s forte. He has created or restaged over fifty dances for the Sacramento Ballet where he is artistic co-director with his wife, Carinne Binda. From his extensive body of work, the Dayton Ballet will present “The Great Gatsby” at the Victoria Theatre, Thursday Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday Oct. 27 and 28 at 8 p.m., and Sunday Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. Its staging in Dayton is a rarity; to see any Cunningham ballet outside of Sacramento is unique. In thirty years, he has restaged only one of his ballets for a company besides the Sacramento Ballet. The attentiveness and focus on Sacramento is what he believes infuses dance companies in small and mid-sized cities like Dayton, and he knew Josephine Schwarz, founder of the Dayton Ballet with her sister Hermene. “Companies like Dayton and Sacramento dance with passion because they believe in it and the integrity of dance means something,” said Cunningham after only two days of working with Dayton Ballet dancers. In a world of tutus, pointe shoes, cavaliers, and princesses, “The Great Gatsby” is relatively modern, yet, like better known story ballets, it has a modicum of name recognition, even to people who have never been to the ballet. That is one reason why Cunningham prefers to choreograph dances with strong narratives. “I’m interested in creating ballets with narratives that don’t require a Ph.D. in culture to understand,” he explained. Clarity is desirable, but what about the experimentation that was part of the Dayton Ballet’s name initially? Yes, Josephine and Hermene Schwarz founded the Dayton Ballet as the Experimental Group for Young Dancers. How does such intention intersect with the presentation of a ballet choreographed with the presence of everyman in mind? The experimentation in Ron Cunningham’s “The Great Gatsby” lies in his textural re-creation of the 1920s tone through instrumental and vocal details, period dances, and peopled scenes. His version of the story embraces the spirit of the period with an original score and provides an aesthetic likeness of the era’s historical moniker, “The Jazz Age”. The Devil is in the details Storytelling, especially a branded one like “The Great Gatsby” may seem simple, but the novel’s dialogue and settings providing insights into the era are pointed, and need thoughtful curation when deciding what to include in a ballet. It has been made into three feature films—in 1949, 1974, and 2013—since its publication. Cunningham’s ballet follows the chronology of the film version featuring Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby and Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan. He takes details from that telling to flesh out the overarching narrative. “There are a lot of interesting little side bits that I throw in there. The devil is in the details, so to speak. That’s how you get a lot of texture in the ballet,” said Cunningham. He cites Tom Buchanan’s trip to New York City with his mistress, Myrtle Wilson, and the scene in which they purchase a puppy. There is the hustle and bustle of the city’s streets—complete with sailors, families, and school children—and the lavish parties. He knows that the details may be unexpected, perhaps unrecognizable in the moment, however, taken as part of the whole story they add needed elements to embellish the characters and their roles in the narrative arc. “I included things that helped to develop the characters and people so that you understand who they are,” said Cunningham. His attention to scene and character enhance the choreography for each role. The ballet is centered on the same four men and three women who are written in the novel—Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson, the sportswoman, Jordan Baker, Myrtle’s husband, George, and the narrator, Nick Carraway. Stylized movements reflect their relationships—Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan are balletic given the romantic feelings he carries for her, but that changes with Tom Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson whose interactions are more illicit given the nature of their affair. There is less romantic feeling and more lust, for them, Cunningham has chosen more contemporary movement. “Tom and his mistress are pretty contemporary,” he explained. “Because there is lots of lust, I want to show that by the closeness of their bodies. They wrap around each other and roll on the ground, you get the idea that this is a hot, steamy relationship.” In the party scenes, social dances like the Charleston, Black Bottom, and Peabody make an appearance as well as American Tap. All the dances are done to an original score by composer Billy Novick, played live. He will bring his Blue Syncopators to Dayton to perform with the Dayton Ballet, and they will be joined by Jamie Cordes, a local actor and singer with The Human Race Theatre Company who has the role of Nick Carraway. Felita LaRock, a singer based in Dayton, will join Cordes to sing the vocals in Novick’s score. Song and dance? It is not out of the ordinary for Felita LaRock to receive an e-mail from Neal Gittleman, music director of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra; the two have known each other for over a decade. Whenever he becomes aware of an opportunity for a professional vocalist in one of her many genres, he contacts her. The opportunity to sing the female vocal lines in Billy Novick’s original score to Cunningham’s “The Great Gatsby” still came as enough of a shock that she insisted on auditioning, even though both Gittleman and Novick had given their votes of confidence that she was right for the endeavor. Her concerns were with their desire for a brassy, brawny singer capable of grit in her delivery. Plus, LaRock had never sung for a ballet. As ballet goes, few people sing. The initial skepticism led her to question how she would meld with the professional requirements of the circumstances. Even though LaRock has never performed with a ballet company, she has been connected with the Dayton’s performing arts scene for decades. She is a multi-genre vocalist who studied music at Central State University in Wilberforce, OH where she received her undergraduate degree. Now retired from the United States Air Force where she spent twenty years active duty with the Air Force Band of Flight, stateside, and the Air Force Band of the Pacific in Tokyo, LaRock has extensive performance and touring credits. She met Gittleman years ago when the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra collaborated with the Band of Flight, and they have been friends ever since. Her level of professionalism is military-grade. “There are instructors and leaders who teach you jobs that are wider than your expertise,” she said. “Year after year they give you different assignments. You’re not just a vocalist. You may work in public relations, deal with instruments, supply and budget management.” Since retirement, LaRock admits to having to create opportunities to practice her craft as well as stay sharp and in good voice. She is affiliated with two local bands, “Moment’s Notice” led by Jerry Noble and “Bright Moments Quintet” led by Bill Burns. As she perfects her rendition of the period music composed for “The Great Gatsby,” the genre is concerning. “I know very little about jazz,” she admitted. “That’s not what I was permitted to listen to or perform in college. It was strictly classical.” LaRock sees high potential in performing despite the difference between her initial training and the requirements of Novick’s score. It conjures Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Bessie Smith. She excitedly describes a duet with Jamie Cordes with call and response scatting. “We have a tit for tat,” she said. “He might come up with something, and I am going to listen and scat right back. It’s a conversation and really fun to hear. It will be fresh every night.” Another duet on the program is the jazz standard “Ain’t We Got Fun?” LaRock characterizes her solos as raunchy and complementary to “The Great Gatsby” storyline. Score one for dance Through composing for independent choreographers and working as a dance studio accompanist, Billy Novick has developed a dance imagination that influences his compositions and facilitates the discipline in all its forms. As a composer for film, too, he understands comparisons and contrasts between disciplines, and within them. “Music for film is composed for accompaniment to setting, speech, or action. Dance is the same way, but a chaotic, cacophonous score may not be appropriate for dance,” he explained. His understanding of the finer points of what movement requires—“ballet takes melody or counterpoint; modern is more disparate, jagged”—is what led to his highly admired score for “The Great Gatsby.” It was initially written for Septime Webre’s ballet of the same name when Ron Cunningham heard it and decided to use it. For Cunningham’s ballet, Novick rewrote and rearranged parts of the score and has continued to fine-tune it for its Dayton premier. The continued work reflects Novick’s appreciation for collaboration. He finds it exciting to make the choreographer’s vision come true musically. “My strongest contribution is to offer musical possibilities of what the choreography might be,” he said. Realizing “The Great Gatsby” led him to compile 32 songs—fourteen require vocals—and narration. Some songs are rearrangements of ‘20s-era standards, both well-known and obscure—“We Are All Going Calling on the Kaiser” was recorded in 1918 and did not have sheet music—others are new music for the ballet. The narration for Jamie Cordes/Nick Carraway, who speaks and sings, is from the novel. According to Novick, it is both functional and aesthetic, and the resulting mix is successful by the choreographer’s standards. “His music really says the period. It’s perfect, like Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Even if you’re a millennial, you’ve probably heard this music,” said Cunningham. Ron Cunningham knows firsthand what it means to see a performance that is resonant and life-changing. He tells a story of buying a ticket to a performance as a young man and seeing the famous Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev perform; it was the first time he had ever seen a performance and it led to his career. He knows the value of reaching an audience and it leads him to make dances that create discussion and inform points of view. “I think if people trust their own instincts, whatever they see is perfect,” he said. “What’s happening on stage has no magic unless there’s someone watching it and they connect.” Tickets for “The Great Gatsby” are $21-$72 and can be purchased at Ticket Center Stage 937. 228.3630 or online at www.DaytonPerformingArts.org. Before each performance Karen Russo Burke will hold a pre-performance talk, “The First Step” 45 minutes before curtain in the Burnell Roberts Room, 126 N. Main St. next door to the Victoria Theatre. A Q&A with dancers, “Behind the Ballet” will take place immediately following each performance. Both are free to all ticket holders.
|Interpreting lifeDayton City Paper / 3 d. 9 h. 7 min. ago more|
Art Werger’s masterful works at DVAC Photo: Art Weger’s “Tidal Shift”, 2016, displayed as six individual images at DVAC, is stiched together here to illustrate its impact. By Ehron Ostendorf The Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) put out a call for proposals and Art Werger answered. Ohio University professor and printmaker, Werger, has been making artwork since he was 12. With a sudden family tragedy as a child, art became somewhat of a therapy for Werger and he has been making art ever since. He started communicating with people through his art and says he became very serious about it, he would draw for about four to five hours a day as a child. “My inspiration comes from observation,” says Werger. “A lot of it comes from my own photography.” Werger observes everyday life and uses it in his work. Prints of people interacting in life, city landscapes, suburban landscapes, and more. He has a website that showcases much of his work (ArtWerger.com) and has had his work shown physically in multiple locations. “Most of it has been shown at different venues, but this is the biggest showing I’ve had,” says Art Werger. “The main body I will be showing is a series I started fifteen years ago and it has been growing steadily since then. It’s now up to about 350 pieces. I’m really excited to see them all together for the first time.” His work has been shown in The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Boston Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Trenton Museum in New Jersey, as well as other places around the world. And now his work has come to visit Dayton. “The stories I tell are not meant to be exclusive to my experience,” says Werger. “It’s meant to be a shared experience. It’s about interactions and charged scenes. I work a lot in black and white because we are overwhelmed with color, movement, and advertising—everything is constantly trying to grab our attention.” His artwork has a calming effect due to the black and white approach he employs. With modern media, so much can be jumping out to grab us and it can be exhausting. That’s why Werger’s work is a refreshing step back to just rest still and appreciate calmness. “Black and white sort of speaks to a truth of reality in our minds still, collectively,” says Werger. “Even though color is everywhere now, and we equate that with historical black and white photography, which gives it more veracity. Not like the media we’re used to today; we’re so cynically aware that it’s manipulating us even if we’re allowing it to.” Werger showcases intaglio prints as well as a 400-print installation. His etchings and mezzotints are drawn on copper and says that they’re unlike traditional drawings or paintings. “Below the Surface is a breathtaking show,” says Eva Buttacavoli, DVAC Executive Director. “Printmaking is a true labor of love and this exhibition showcases Werger’s incredible commitment to his craft. The images are large, intense, and absolutely stunning.” Print media is how Werger works and although they’re etchings and prints, they’re completely original in nature. These are not reproductions of anything else; some have been inspired by his New Jersey childhood. And since his childhood, etching has made a revival. Werger says he decided to make one a day, which was an unheard of pace when he started over 30 years ago. “At this point, I’m claiming—and I think it’s accurate—that I’m the most prolific artist working in the medium of mezzotints, which may be the slowest medium,” says Werger. “It’s sort of an oxymoron of being prolific in the world’s slowest medium.” Prints can take anywhere from a day to a year to make depending on what piece you’re working on. “What I love is that people read into the work the way they want,” says Werger. “I try to use the images as triggers to connect; I don’t have specific things in mind like, ‘Well, this is what you need to take away from this.’” Werger says that it’s about starting a dialogue with people and opening up room for a conversation about the piece: What you took from it, what it made you think, and what it made you feel. “I really enjoy people’s life experience when they tell me they experienced something important in this and had reflection from it.” He started a long-standing narrative of hundreds of tiny, framed images that are presented while the other work is panoramic—scenes of the beach and swimming. He says that it’s not as loaded with content, but it’s subtle, that’s a more recent series that started a few years ago. He bounces back and forth so he doesn’t get too bored with just one area. “It helps me to switch from one intense thing to another,” says Werger. “I couldn’t just sustain one body of work, endlessly. I need to switch gears.” Most creatives would have to agree with him. The tragedy of being proficient in a particular field is that it could become boring. Luckily, for Art Werger, he’s proficient with multiple mediums. You can see his work at DVAC. The exhibition begins Oct. 6, 2017 and runs through Nov. 4, 2017.
|On The Beat: 10/17Dayton City Paper / 3 d. 9 h. 8 min. ago more|
When I first saw the quote, I thought Alabama’s Bill Battle was like so many other college athletics directors, full of puffery for a basketball coach he hated to fire because the coach was such a great guy and had tremendous student-athletes on his teams and never brought a hint of scandal to his school. But, ah, he didn’t win nearly as many games as the heavy-handed, big-money alums wanted. After six seasons and one NCAA appearance, Anthony Grant was looking for a new job. Dayton’s new head coach is the guy Battle fired. “Anthony is a man of impeccable character who has been an excellent representative of our program,” Battle said at the 2015 axing. “He has made tremendous contributions to our program, and we always will be grateful for his efforts. Anthony, his wife Chris, and their children have been tremendous assets to our university and our community.” Two years later, after coaching two seasons with a mentor, Billy Donovan, in the NBA, Grant is back in college coaching, this time as a favorite son. He played for Don Donoher and the Flyers in the 1980s. Grant is given to stories about life. He also offers insight into how the college sports game works. It was earlier during that 2014-15 Alabama season the Crimson Tide’s followers were becoming anxious. In three of his previous five seasons there, Grant’s teams had won 20 or more games, but appeared in only one NCAA post-season tournament. The media was turning on him and so were the fans. College athletic teams do not work in a vacuum. Negative articles and broadcasts feed negative fans, kind of the way it has been working in the federal government. But that’s another story. Despite a good start, Alabama was on its way to a 19-15 season in 2015, again out of NCAA consideration, and Battle wanted to keep his coach. “With all the negativity from the media and whatnot, he [Battle] wanted to announce publicly I would return next year,” Grant said. “I said, ‘I don’t want you to do that. You don’t know what the end of the year is going to bring.’ “It’s about your fan base; it’s about the support you get for your program. It’s a business. At the end of the day, if you don’t have that [support], it’s tough to get that back moving in a positive direction. “My thing was, if the negativity won’t allow me to recruit the way I want to recruit to get the program where it needs to be, then you’re not going to have the program you want.” Grant turned his AD down, and not because he didn’t want to stay. At the end of the season he didn’t have a choice. Coaching is different from what most of you and I do. It’s putting your job on the buck of a teen or 20-year-old and telling him not to drop it. No matter how well you play, the guy in the stands always checks the scoreboard. “You recruit four kids,” Grant was saying. “If you get two kids to achieve the level you thought they could achieve—or surpass that—when you recruited them, you have a chance to be really, really good. “Recruiting is not an exact science. You don’t know. What are some of the issues that you don’t know about kids until they get on campus?” Does the kid you’re watching in high school play with the skill and passion needed to carry on at the next level? Every coach has to guess. Two out of four, Grant says. Take a look at the 2005-06 Florida team he helped Donovan coach to the National Championship. There were four sophomores in the starting lineup—Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Taurean Green, and Corey Brewer, as well as junior Lee Humphrey. “On that team, Corey Brewer was the only one considered a Top 50 [recruit],” Grant says. “Those other guys were good players.” They overachieved, at least for the scouts. “In other years, we had players who underachieved,” Grant says. “Sometimes, you can get a kid and he doesn’t pan out to be as good an athlete as you planned for. It could impact your ability to be a coach—and remain a coach. “That’s a big part of it, wins and losses. But to me, there’s another side to it in terms of development and trying to put together a group of people going for the same cause. “Sometimes, like in real life, it doesn’t work out the way you want it to work out. I get it. We didn’t win enough. I knew, when I got into this profession, the scoreboard is up there for a reason.” He went on to call the Dayton fans among the best in the country, the resources exceptional, the recruits excited about playing for a school that has attended four straight NCAA tournaments. Finally, he talks about himself. “Now you’ve got to go out and do your job in terms of bringing the players in and putting in the system and style of play you can win with and competing for championships. We have to put in the work.” Let everyone else look at wins and losses. Anthony Grant is looking at work. He doesn’t need an athletics director to tell him he’s a nice guy.
|Law & Disorder: The Docket 10/17Dayton City Paper / 3 d. 9 h. 8 min. ago more|
Your biggest fan Just last week, the cops were called on a theft complaint in our lively city. A local man is currently in the process of fixing up their new house with his wife. While returning to their current fixer-upper, they realized the house had been broken into! The back window of the home had been smashed in with glass pieces scattered all over the ground and the back-side entrance door to the home had been left wide open. Various craftsmen tools had been taken from the inside of the house, alongside a large table saw the couple had been using for renovations, and lastly two large ceiling fans. The police are on the case to find these perps who obviously weren’t the biggest fans of this couple’s remodeling job. Dented A few weeks ago, a man called the police in a rage. The victim told the police how he was behind a local bar where he works on the weekends collecting cans (hopefully to be recycled!) when he noticed another rather hefty man coming near him with ferocity. This man approached the victim near his car. He noticed this unknown man was holding a large beer bottle in his hand, and in a matter of seconds without saying a word the man thrashed his arms as if he was at a rave and with such a force that when the beer bottle hit the hood of the victim’s car, it broke into several pieces and left a deep dent in the car’s hood. The police quickly arrived on scene but were unable to locate the severely intoxicated individual. This man is still at large but what we do know, is that this man is in dire need of a new hood. Pimp my ride Unfortunately, this is not a crime pertaining to a car, but in actuality, a walker. An elderly man recently called the police demanding that they find his walker. The man believes his walker was stolen from him. He went into great detail about all the special features of his ride in the police report, “three weeks old…brand new with a fold down seat, and four wheels…” This walker of course was green and probably made the other residents of his neighborhood especially green with envy. His walker (that he purchased from Hocks Medical Supply) is currently valued at $500. One of the man’s neighbors told the police that “…a woman was suspiciously riding a bike around the neighborhood…” the witness stated that this happened the day the walker disappeared. This pimped out ride that was left on this man’s front porch was truly a sight to behold, but I surely hope that the man will be reunited with his prized walker soon! Oscar the grouch Just a few short warm fall days ago, a man frantically called the police in search of his stolen property. The officer on call approached the caller at the scene of the crime – an ominous construction site in a local neighborhood. The caller was a contractor working on the site. He told the officer that for a few minutes he left his work area unattended to grab a drink from his truck. When he returned, he realized that his “partner saw” (which I have learned is used to cut concrete) had been taken from the scene. The victim noticed that just prior to the incident, a suspicious looking man was watering a small patch of greenery in the alleyway near the site. The victim described to the officer how he continued on his hunt to find his saw by aggressively checking several trashcans nearby to see if anyone hid his saw inside one of the nearby trashcans as a joke. However, there was nothing inside the trashcans… and his saw is still missing in action.
|Traditional and modern via BollywoodDayton City Paper / 3 d. 9 h. 8 min. ago more|
Mystic India’s World Tour dances into Dayton Photo: Mysitc India shows captivating traditonal Bollywood colors and music By Gary Spencer In 2004, an IMAX film was released entitled “Mystic India” about India’s culture, people, and traditions as told through the 12,000 km barefoot journey throughout 18th century India. While it’s no feature film and no walking involved, Mystic India: The World Tour is an onstage extravaganza that explores Indian culture, people, and traditions of Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat as told through dance, fire, music, costume, elaborate sets, stunts, and special effects. Created by Director and Choreographer Amit Shah and starring the AATMA Performing Arts dance company, Mystic India: The World Tour was born in 2011 and has since been seen in countries such as South Africa, Switzerland, Canada, Bahrain, China, and the United States to a bevy of critical accolades. At last, the show that proclaims itself “Mumbai Meets New York” is making its way to the Gem City and the buzz is rightfully palpable. I spoke to Mystic India creator Amit Shah about his grand production and tour, and what attendees can expect from this world-renowned show. In summary and in your own words, what is the Mystic India show all about? Amit Shah: The World Tour is a Bollywood dance spectacular that takes audiences on a journey through India’s progression from ancient to modern India. The show features music from the many eras of Hindi cinema [such as] Bollywood and also combines elements of folk and classical dance. Through dance, visual storytelling, and narratives, Mystic India focuses on depicting stories of legends of Indian history, the multiple regions of India which gave way to many folk and classical dance styles, and the ever-popular dance and music of the Bollywood film industry, which is now celebrated all over the world. For our readers who might not be particularly familiar, what exactly is “Bollywood” and what has been its cultural impact in India and appeal around the world? AS: Bollywood is a term for the film industry in India, which has been around for over 100 years. The music of Bollywood is quite dynamic as it incorporates both eastern and western influences. The main factor for its appeal throughout India is the affordability of cinema in the country. With the vast economic gap that is found in India, this factor has allowed film to become an art form for the people, not just for the upper class. It initially gained global popularity because Indians have migrated all over the world and brought their art forms to the general population. It’s also due to the fact that people just love musicals, and Bollywood has a way of making you smile no matter what language you speak. What kind(s) of music can we expect to hear at Mystic India? And how does the music fit with the dancing and show in general? AS: Mystic India incorporates music from many generations of Indian cinema. In modern day, Bollywood music has evolved to include sounds heard all over the world. The show is very progressive, and we definitely use the best of both the traditional and modern sounds heard in India today. We’ve also made a custom soundtrack for the show, which will be heard throughout the show as we tell our stories. People love the idea of the east/west balance, and we are excited to bring that on stage in a very theatrical way. I also read that Mystic India will feature an array of lavish costumes. What can you tell me about that? AS: There are over 750 costumes within the 90-minute show. The magnitude of elaborate costumes adds such a visual appeal to the show. Traditionally, clothing also varies from region to region within India. As the dance styles change, so do the costumes. You’ll see an overwhelming mix of colors, fabrics, textiles, and patterns that we have custom made in our own factory in India. The costume changes are one of the most difficult elements of the show to achieve, and what happens backstage is like magic and I am in awe of how quickly the dancers get in and out of each look. Mystic India: The World Tour has been seen by over half a million people. To what do you attribute the appeal and success of Mystic India with a vast array of audiences across the globe? AS: Mystic India is a show for all audiences—those who have migrated from India, those of Indian descent who want to experience their culture on stage, and even more for those who have little or no knowledge of India or have never seen anything like this before. Our goal is to have you experience all that Indian music and dance has to offer. There are absolutely no racial or language barriers to the show, and what we want people to walk away with is the idea that the globe is united. People are interested in the show because they don’t get to see this type of musical and performance range in one performance. We’ve been lucky enough to take the show over four continents, and I’m truly lucky to have this platform to share my love for Indian culture around the world. Mystic India: The World Tour takes place on Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center’s Mead Theatre, 1 W. Second St. in downtown Dayton at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-60 in advance. For more information, please visit VictoriaTheatre.com/shows/mystic-india/
|Good vibrationsDayton City Paper / 3 d. 9 h. 8 min. ago more|
Mike Love still loving Photo: The Beach Boys currently (l-r) John Cowsill, Brian Eichenberger, Scott Totten, Mike Love, Jeffrey Foskett, Tim Bonhomme, Bruce Johnson. Photo: Udo Spreitzenbarth By Alan Sculley Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love has released an autobiography that covers the long and, at times, tumultuous history of the group, not to mention more than a few parts of his personal life. But when asked what he hopes readers will take away from the book, which is titled “Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy,” Love points to something that might surprise some—his lifestyle. “I’m hoping they get the fact that the reason I’m still doing what I’m doing at the level we’re doing it, meaning a volume of work and stuff like that, is probably because I chose a path that wasn’t a path of all the nefarious drugs that my cousins did, I mean, serious, serious stuff, and I chose not to,” Love said, referring to his Beach Boys bandmates, brothers Brian, Carl, and Dennis Wilson, during a recent phone interview. “I will say that during the ‘60s, I did my share of weed. But once I learned to meditate, I gave up hard liquor and anything to do with drugs. So that meditation has given me the ability to relax and yet gain more energy and clarity and be able to, what would you call it, withstand the negatives that are thrown at you, that life does.” Love learned meditation in 1967 from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi—the same man who introduced meditation to the Beatles—and it has been a twice-daily practice of the singer ever since. “I think if people go away from it (the autobiography) saying ‘Oh, here’s a guy who didn’t do all the hard drugs, here’s a guy who chose to do meditation, here’s a guy who’s still doing it at 75 years old and feeling good and really focused on replicating those songs to the best degree possible,’ I think those are some good takeaways,” Love said. “Make the right choices and do what you love and do it as well as you can.” Love indeed remains very much a working musician, fronting the latest incarnation of the Beach Boys as the group plays 150-plus shows this year—a touring schedule that Love and the group have maintained for years. And a Beach Boys show is usually quite generous compared to the sets most bands play as headliners. “Ordinarily, the majority of our shows are an evening with the Beach Boys,” Love said. “We’re blessed to have so many hit songs that we actually do like an hour opening set with a 20-minute intermission, followed by another 55 minutes to an hour, depending on the crowd. If the crowd is really into it and rocking, we might throw in something like ‘Summertime Blues’ or else ‘Wild Honey’ from our ‘Wild Honey’ album.” Love certainly doesn’t have to work that hard, but he continues to bring the Beach Boys’ gospel of the virtues of sun, surf, the beach, and girls to audiences for a simple reason— “We like performing,” he said. “It’s not like somebody’s putting a gun to our heads.” Love is actually coming off of a landmark in Beach Boys annals. In 2016, it was 50 years ago that the group, led by the groundbreaking musical vision of singer/keyboardist and chief songwriter and producer, Brian Wilson, released their masterpiece, the “Pet Sounds” album and the wondrous single “Good Vibrations.” Wilson famously suffered a breakdown while trying to complete “Smile,” the aborted album that was to follow “Pet Sounds,” and has dealt with drug and mental health issues ever since. He has extended his tour celebrating the “Pet Sounds” milestone through 2017 and has been performing the full album in concert. Love and the Beach Boys, meanwhile, added a few numbers from the 1966 album into recent shows to honor the legendary album. “It’s (been) a big year for Brian because he was the producer of ‘Pet Sounds,’” Love said. “I wrote a few things on it and I sang on everything, but he did the lion’s share of the work on that. But it is a Beach Boys project, and we all did work very hard on that.” Love’s relationship with Brian Wilson, in itself, could probably merit a book. The cousins were best friends growing up and formed the early lineup of the Beach Boys with Dennis and Carl Wilson and Al Jardine in 1961 in Hawthorne, California. Drawing on the California surfing lifestyle as an overriding theme, the Beach Boys became one of the biggest hit-making groups of the ‘60s behind songs like “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “Surfer Girl,” “I Get Around,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” and “Help Me, Ronda.” But “Pet Sounds” proved to be the high point of the group’s career. With that album, Brian Wilson broke away from some of the surfing, fun, and sun themes of earlier albums in favor of more personal themes, and created an album that, along with the Beatles 1967 jaw dropper, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” raised pop music to a true art form. Then came “Smile” and Brian Wilson’s breakdown. While Brian Wilson rallied enough to co-write several songs on the Beach Boys’ underrated early 1970s albums, he was essentially no longer involved with the group after being put under the care of Eugene Landy in 1975. The history of the Beach Boys since then saw one last hit song— “Kokomo” from the soundtrack to the 1988 movie “Cocktail” became the group’s first No. 1 hit since 1966’s “Good Vibrations.” Plenty of internal tensions, and tragedies in the form of the drowning death in 1983 of Dennis Wilson and the loss of Carl Wilson to cancer in 1998. There was also the high-profile lawsuit brought by Love against Brian Wilson in 1992, in which Love successfully reclaimed a sizeable sum in royalties and gained songwriting credits to 35 songs (Love wrote lyrics for many of the early Beach Boys songs) that had been omitted on the group’s 1960s recordings. Through it all, though, Love kept the Beach Boys going as a successful touring act, and in 2012, the surviving members of the classic Beach Boys lineup—including Brian Wilson, Jardine, and Bruce Johnston—reunited with Love for a 50th anniversary tour and a new Beach Boys album, “That’s Why God Made the Radio.” The album had some worthy moments, but by June 2012, Wilson had left the tour and the highly celebrated reunion was over. Despite appearances, Love said his relationship with Wilson would be fine if not for outside interference. “Brian’s life is controlled completely. It has been since Gene Landy, and it still is. And he’s medicated,” Love said. “If he says something about Mike Love unsolicited, he’ll say things like ‘He’s my favorite lyricist.’ If and when we do see each other, we revert back to childhood, which is great. So, if it were just he and I, I don’t think there would be any problems. We would work through them. I know that for a fact. But that is not the way it is. So, let’s just leave it at that.” So Love has returned to touring with his current Beach Boys lineup. He’s also been recording music, which will surface on Nov. 17 with the release of a new double album, “Unleash The Love.” The set features one disc devoted to songs Love has written over the years, while the second disc features a dozen Beach Boys tracks re-recorded by the current group. Even with the heartache and drama that has been part of the Beach Boys history, Love said he is nothing but grateful for the group and the life it’s enabled him to lead. “I’ve been part of a group that’s one of the more well known groups in modern music. And the music will live on after us,” he said. “So there’s a lot more to be grateful and thankful for than to be regretful of.” The Beach Boys play October 28 at Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St. in Cincinnati. The show is $38-65. For more information, please call 513.721.3344 or visit beachboys.com.
|Preserving progressDayton City Paper / 3 d. 9 h. 8 min. ago more|
60 years of art and social change at YS Arts Council Photo: Antioch College’s 1960s production of Shakespeares Rape of Lucretia By Tara Pettit It’s no secret that Yellow Springs harbors a deeply rich cultural arts community. Creative collaboration is truly the lifeblood of this town and the foundation of a 60-year history that has planted and grown an abundant harvest of renowned art and culturally diverse initiatives. Recognition of this deep history and the call to preserve its stories, experiences, projects, and inspired collaborations is what inspired a small group of Yellow Springs Arts Council (YSAC) members to take on documenting the historical trajectory of Yellow Springs’ arts community. YSAC board members Nancy Mellon and Deborah Housh and Antioch University graduate Meg Miller teamed up back in 2012 to begin in-depth research into the historical findings of a far-reaching and interconnected network of creative initiatives, projects, and collaborations that make up the community’s own art history narrative. As the project team dug through archives, newspaper clippings and journals, they discovered key events and individuals who created deep footprints in Yellow Springs’ history and began re-constructing a working timeline of Yellow Springs’ evolution as a creative community. The timeline reaches as far back as the 1940s, even prior to the beloved Shakespeare Festivals held at the Clifton Opera House, which stand out as some of the community’s most cherished memories. Organized into-bite sized factoids – from the 1910 designing of the Glen Helen’s rock landscape all the way to the 2012 establishment of Yellow Springs Arts Council’s partnership with Antioch University Midwest to house the organization’s permanent collection – the timeline reflects a chronological continuum of the town’s blossoming transformation into what it is today. “Here at the arts council, we are very interested in preserving the history of the arts because there is such a rich history in Yellow Springs,” Mellon says. “It is incredible that we have such history because it’s such a small town, yet it is full of art organizations over the years and arts of all kinds.” The completion of the initial timeline was not the end goal of the project, however, but only the beginning. Mellon, Housh and Miller recognized that the entire art history of Yellow Springs could not begin to be told by just the three of them, although though their initial research was far and wide. Their intention for the project was for members of the community to contribute their own personal stories in hopes to close any timeline gaps and overall enrich the town’s story. Several interviews were conducted with key artists in the community who not only have had many years of firsthand experience as engaged artists in the community, but who have helped shape the unique culture Yellow Springs brings to the surrounding region – a culture steeped in both art and social activism. These artists’ stories, interwoven with the notable creative endeavors that appear on the timeline, unveiled an emerging pattern in Yellow Springs’ art history: an inextricable relationship between artists and the parallel themes found throughout their work pointing to positive change, social justice, and support for cultural diversity. “The difference between other art towns and Yellow Springs is that so many people in our town are willing to go out and give their time and energy to things that care about,” Mellon says. “That strengthens the art we produce.” One of those pioneering artists interviewed and an influential participant in the incubation of culturally progressive art over the years in the Yellow Springs community, Dennie Eagleson, has taken part in many of those socially defining moments in Yellow Springs’ art history. Eagleson takes an active role in the ongoing discussions that circle around Yellow Springs’ public art and contributes to crucial conversations had about artistic boundaries, free creative expression, and art that empowers. “Arts are leading some of the most important conversations in Yellow Springs,” Eagleson says. “Those who are active in the arts are really moving things forward…art with activism.” One standout example is the long-running Women’s Voices Out Loud exhibition (another initiative Eagleson was largely a part of), which has been focused on the free and unhindered artistic expression of women in the area for more than 35 years. The annual event has maintained an ongoing dialogue of women’s issues through free-form art and has played an important role in bringing feminist ideals to the forefront of Yellow Springs’ platform for social inquiry. Today, the exhibition continues to invite women to share their perspectives and continues to push conventional boundaries in the artistic forms displayed, perhaps to an even greater degree than ever before. Thanks to the online art history WIKI, the “progressive art” trend which is unique to Yellow Springs’ artistic evolution is now concretely documented and can be celebrated as the community is now able to explore and contribute to the ongoing commentary around those socially, culturally and artistically defining moments. “There’s been something poignant about embarking on this historic project as a group of three women from three generations,” Housh says when unveiling the project to the board. “I think I can speak for all of us when I say it has been our honor to work together and share our own unique perspectives as we explore the history of this remarkable arts village.” Mellon agrees that it was the group’s collective motivation of “wanting to tell the story” of Yellow Springs “to cherish those memories and not to lose them” that resulted in a labor of love that now encapsulates the village’s integrated artistic, cultural and social footprint through time. For more information or to view the Yellow Springs Art History Project, please visit YSArtHistoryProject.wikispaces.com.
|Conspiracy Theorist: 10/17Dayton City Paper / 3 d. 9 h. 8 min. ago more|
People don’t want to buy electric cars. Don’t believe the hype. Tesla sold zero cars in Hong Kong after government’s subsidy was removed. You might think progressive Europeans might demand more electric cars, but Forbes reports otherwise. “Electric car sales in Western Europe are being kept alive by government subsidies and will quickly fall away again when taxpayer funding dries up,” it writes. The reasons are well known. They’re expensive. They don’t travel far on a charge. They take long to recharge. Forbes continues, “According to latest data from the European Car Manufacturers Association (known by its acronym in French ACEA)—electric car sales in Western Europe accelerated by a strong 77.2 percent in the first half of 2015. So far; so impressive. But the totals—72,201 versus 40,746 in the same period of 2014, show a pitifully small market share.” If these subsidies for rich people go away, Europeans will behave like their fellows in Hong Kong and buy zero. Like so many other high-profile products today, the electric car market isn’t driven by market demand. It’s being forced on us by rulers using government’s power of coercion. But that isn’t working. Pesky serfs still buy next to none. Rulers will not allow that so they’re escalating their use of coercion by banning internal combustion engine vehicles. It started with Germany. Last year Ars Technica reported, “[Germany] is the country that invented the technology, but late last week, the Bundesrat (the federal council of all 16 German states) voted to ban gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles by 2030. “It’s a strong statement in a nation where the auto industry is one of the largest sectors of the economy; Germany produces more automobiles than any other country in Europe and is the third largest in the world.” France and Britain followed by banning internal combustion engine vehicles by 2040. Independent auto reviewer Eric Peters explains why this matters not only in a decade or two, but today: “…car companies begin designing cars about ten years before they see the light of production, and so this fatwa means the car companies are on notice that the current generation of cars they are selling is either the last or the second-to-last generation of cars they will be selling … at least insofar as they are powered by internal combustion. And so, they won’t be wasting resources to design and build the next generation.” Not to be outdone, China’s rulers also banned gas vehicles as well. The Hong Kong experience must have scared them. Some would argue electric cars are superior, but this is baloney. If they were superior, people would voluntarily buy them instead of internal combustion cars. That government has to subsidize electric cars and has to ban their gas-powered competition proves they are inferior. It’s easy to see what rulers are afraid of. As populations grow, cities, because they’re controlled by socialism, will become traffic snarl hells. Socialist roads and zoning guarantee it. Even relatively small cities will suffer gridlock and smog like Los Angeles and Beijing. Big cities will become worse. Electric cars, with their great expense, short battery life, and long recharge times, will force people to stop driving. Only rich people—Tesla’s target market, conveniently—will be able to drive. Serfs will be coercively herded onto mass transit, bicycles, and sidewalks. Government interventions in the marketplace, in this case zoning laws and socialist roads, always create worse problems than the problems they were supposed to solve. That leads to greater government interventions in the marketplace, producing a self-reinforcing downward spiral. If you think this mess will only affect foreigners, you’re mistaken. Motor Trend reports, “California is considering following China’s lead with a ban on internal combustion engines as a way to improve air quality and minimize emissions, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Governor Jerry Brown is interested in stopping sales of internal combustion vehicles, says California Air Resources Board chairman Mary Nichols.” If you wondered why the discredited great global warming fraud won’t go away, this is one of the major reasons. Global warming’s pseudo-scientists, funded by billions stolen from taxpayers, provide academic cover for this charade. A muscle car racing down a lonely, empty road is one of the most iconic symbols of America, but, like the American dream, that opportunity may soon be outlawed. We can only hope coercive government goes broke first.
|Boos and brews Dayton City Paper / 3 d. 9 h. 8 min. ago more|
Ohio Craft Brewers Association serves up scares at Ale O’Ween 2016 Ale O’Ween contestants for “Day of the Dead” costume contest. Photo: Jim Witmer By Lisa Bennett Like many traditions before it, Halloween has seen changes in how it is celebrated over the years. What used to be a night of bobbing for apples (or donuts on strings as the case may be), carving pumpkins, and telling ghost stories by candlelight at the turn of the 20th century, has morphed into a blended holiday full of fun and frolic from various cultural traditions in the 21st century. Older traditions making a new comeback include elaborate costumes, Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations, Halloween feasts and parties—including masquerade parties as well as Halloween celebrations and Soirees with all the festive decorations and pageantry any ornamentalist would crave—and that is only the tip of the Halloween wand. Vintage Halloween traditions like lighting candles or planting mums to honor deceased loved ones, baking Halloween cookies, haunted treat hunts, mulled cider and doughnuts, and visits to graveyards to leave tokens of remembrance are just a few of the many family traditions being resurrected by people wanting to create cherished memories for their families. Great memories aren›t the only benefits the old traditions are creating. Profits for businesses are increasing every year. Cashing In Today, Halloween rivals other major holidays, including Christmas and Easter, in sales, with Americans spending a whopping $8.4 billion* last year—and that doesn›t include money spent on sewing and craft supplies used for costumes and decorations, foods like pumpkins, apples, gourds, and alcohol, which have become a holiday staple here in the midwest. In fact, more and more businesses are cashing in on the new trends, including the Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA). Founded in 2007, the Ohio Craft Brewers Association serves as a kind of industry watchdog. From combating any legislation that would harm small craft brewers, to helping to preserve the art of crafting beer, the Ohio Brewers association is a vital part of keeping the brewing community thriving. “We’re about to launch a student membership for anyone who is enrolled in brewing courses in the state of Ohio” says Executive Director, Mary MacDonald. That’s only a small part of what they are doing. This year, OCBA is proudly hosting the very first public event held in the Steam Building in Dayton. The celebration, formerly known as “Dia De las Cervezas” (Day of Beer), is quickly becoming an annual favorite. There is so much to love! For starters, you can enjoy sipping delicious craft brews from thirty different craft breweries while enjoying music from live bands including AmpFibians and Team Void, says Tom Schaffer, Lutheran Minister and owner of Black Cloister Breweries, “I love Halloween, so this is especially fun for me.” adding, “We’ve been well received by Dayton, so this is a kind of way to give back.” If beer isn’t your thing, however, there are still lots of reasons to visit! For those who are feeling a little daring, take a peek into your future with a Tarot Card reading. Forgot your costume? Not to worry! You can get your face painted by renowned artist, “L. Heatherington”. Once you’re all painted, you can enter the costume contest. There are 5 categories to enter, including: Most traditional costume, scariest costume, best couples costume, laziest costume, and best Day of the Dead costume, says Mary MacDonald. “It’s really by crowd response, so if you come in wearing a costume and you want to win, you should bring a lot of friends with you to cheer for you and that will increase your odds of winning the costume contest.” There is even a 6th category for favorite server costume, so make sure you vote for the one you like the best! Of course, if you get hungry while you’re there, there will be plenty of food trucks at the event as well, including “The Drunken Waffle.” If you are an Ohio On Tap Participant, you can also rack up 5 bonus passport stamps toward prizes. Perhaps the best part of all (as if there isn’t enough to love already!) is that by coming out, you will be part of history being made. Ale O’Ween will be the very first public event to be held in the new Steam Building in Dayton. The building, built by DP&L in 1907, functioned as the back-up power plant for Dayton until the mid-1980s when it closed down. It sat vacant for nearly 20 years before being purchased by John Riazzi of Riazzi Asset Management Company and MODALS Designs. Today, what was a dilapidated eyesore, has been refurbished and updated to include a brand new banquet facility, with two gorgeous levels. “It’s exciting to see it come to life in such a dynamic way” says Mary MacDonald. What better way to celebrate new life for an old building than with Ale O’Ween, a fabulous Halloween celebration? So, whether you’re looking to sample some great craft beers, have your fortune told, or just support a friend with a crazy costume, Ale O’Ween is the place to go this Oct. 21! Ale O’Ween takes place on Oct. 21 at The Steam Plant in Dayton, 617 E. 3rd St. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit: http://www.OhioCraftBeer.org/
|The White House crumbles in ‘Mark Felt’ biopicDayton City Paper / 3 d. 9 h. 8 min. ago more|
Peter Landesman assumes the role of chief historian again Photo: Liam Neeson plays FBI agent Mark Felt in his latest film “Mark Felt: The Man Who Took Down the White House” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Writer-director Peter Landesman has an undeniable fascination with the stories behind the landmark headlines of our times. The filmmaker, who started out as an award-winning painter and novelist, before settling in as an investigative journalist and war correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, and the New Yorker, explored the Kennedy assassination from the chaotic perspective of the medical personnel and others at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital (“Parkland”) on that fateful day, and adapted the story of pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith), who began the study into the impact of brain trauma on football players which has shaped the NFL concussion protocol (“Concussion”). His latest film, “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House,” peels back the surface layers of what we know about the Watergate scandal to reveal the secret identity of “Deep Throat,” the insider who funneled information to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the journalists who broke the case in 1974. Shifting the focal point away from Richard Nixon and his conspirators in the Oval Office to Felt (Liam Neeson), the longtime FBI stalwart who assumed he would take over the agency after the death of J. Edgar Hoover, Landesman’s narrative neatly parallels the eerily similar contemporary circumstances of potential White House meddling in the affairs of covert statecraft. Felt’s perspective derives from a purity of purpose that sets the FBI outside partisan politics. Information is gathered, across the board, and used only to keep the heads and hands at command in check, and in service of the greater good. We see glimpses early on of Felt away from the office with his wife Audrey (Diane Lane), dancing and socializing with close friends, and we get intimations that Felt’s daughter, Joan (Maika Monroe), is connected to the anti-war underground, but none of these personal details impacts his devotion to his principled Machiavellian goals. Conflict arises when President Nixon begins planting members of his own inner circle into key positions in the agency—L. Patrick Gray (Marton Csokas), a complete FBI outsider who takes over, and Bill Sullivan (Tom Sizemore), a seedy former Hoover insider with dark intentions—to cover up his indiscretions. Landesman, at times, seems to stack the deck in his portrayal, by laying out the naked machinations in such a way that the Nixon scheme is so obviously criminal that it can’t work, but it becomes clear that once power has corrupted those who wield it, they lose any worry or concern about getting caught. Felt, as a savior, is a complex figure, difficult to root for because no matter how good his intentions, he’s in a position with far too much power and control. That he sees himself as the ultimate white hat/good guy—as opposed to say his former boss, Hoover, and President Nixon—means that he misses the glaring blind spot of his identity as a privileged (and potentially unchecked) man. He recalls the comic book vigilantes of DC (Batman) and Marvel (Daredevil), the moral arbiters who believe that, thanks to their personal codes, they can dispense justice from on high. They cannot appreciate how psychotic it is to take on such lofty positions as judge, jury, and executioner, but, in each case, it paves the way for a great deal of heightened social and political drama. Neeson certainly holds the center here as Felt, burrowing inside the man, muting his typical vengeful fire, and allowing performers like Tony Goldwyn and Josh Lucas, as his two key underlings at the FBI, the chance to stand next to him without getting caught in his righteous rage. The problem with Neeson’s effort and the film overall, is this dialed back approach. With Felt playing it cool, no actual appearance from President Nixon (beyond archival footage), the passing cameo of Woodward (Julian Morris), and no sighting of Bernstein at all, Landesman doesn’t give audiences enough detail to piece together how Felt could have brought down even a White House so crippled by its own ego-driven ineptitude. And that was a major problem for a film seeking to make a name for itself at the Toronto International Film Festival during these comparatively troubled times. We needed a stronger reflection to help us see our way through our own crisis of political faith, and hope that we might slowly be able to rebuild the foundation. For that, you need more than one man, no matter how righteous. Rating: PG-13 Grade: C+
|WSU erects smoke-free signage -Dayton News / 3 d. 10 h. 39 min. ago more|
Submitted photos Wright State's tobacco-free initiative involves much collaboration. From left: Don Zink, Grounds Maintenance lead; Karen Strider-Iiames, director of communications programs; Bruce Barcelo, healthy lifestyle supervisor at Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County; Christopher Hogan, assistant director of community standards and student conduct; and Doug Newton, Wellness program director.