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Articles by Lauren Shows

Lauren Shows was born to a preacher and a preacher's wife, and spent the majority of her earliest childhood years rollin' 'round the bible belt, to end up in Panama City, Florida. After graduating from Florida State University in Tallahassee, she spent the next several months in existential crisis, making lattes for snowbirds and spring-breakers, before moving to Kentucky to get an MFA in writing from Spalding University. A chance meeting at Spalding landed her in Yellow Springs. She was graciously hired by the News, though her only previous dealing with newspaper publication was in third grade, when she wrote a story about a bunch of skeletons rising from the dead on Halloween, which was printed in the Owenton News-Herald. Lauren enjoys cheese, giant squid, and Michael J. Fox.

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  • Miami Valley events, donation drives to honor Native American Heritage Month

    Left to right: Danny Blackgoat, Guy Jones, Victoria LaPoe, Aslan Tudor. All four will speak at two upcoming events this weekend in Dayton. Blackgoat and Jones are also collecting donations for the Dineh on Black Mesa in Arizona and for Standing Rock Reservation. (Submitted photos)

    Dual supply drives to benefit both the Standing Rock Reservation in the Dakotas and the Dineh on Black Mesa in Arizona are being held, leading up to two events this weekend in honor of Native American Heritage Month.

  • YSTC’s scary-funny offering

    Robb Willoughby, left, and Troy Lindsey rehearse a tense scene from “Bro” over a pair of aging bananas in the Sunday school room at First Presbyterian Church. “Bro” is one of the short plays that will be performed as part of the YS Theater Company’s production of “W3 — Three Humorous Tales of Horror,” opening this weekend, Friday–Saturday, Oct. 26–27, at 8 p.m. and continuing the following weekend. (Photo by Lauren “Chuck” Shows)

    On a Tuesday night at the First Presbyterian Church, Ellen Ballerene held her script in her lap as Kayla Graham and Shekinah Williams rehearsed a scene from “Dirty Laundry,” one of three short plays that the YS Theater Company

  • Brothers to present film — Political satire propels ‘Oath’

    In Ike Barinholtz’s “The Oath,” a politically divided family gathers for Thanksgiving dinner the day before all Americans have been asked — under some duress — to sign the titular oath of loyalty to the United States. As tensions rise around the holiday table, the family is threatened when two federal agents drop by to question Chris (Ike Barinholtz), who is a vocal opponent of The Oath. Clearly enjoying their Thanksgiving meal around the table are, from left: Abbie (Meredith Hagner), Pat (Jon Barinholtz), Alice (Carrie Brownstein), Chris, Kai (Tiffany Haddish), Eleanor (Nora Dunn) and Hank (Chris Ellis). (Submitted photo)

    On the day after Thanksgiving — Black Friday — all Americans have been asked to sign a pledge of loyalty to the United States. This is the central conceit of “The Oath,” a dark comedy/horror/political satire film starring Ike and Jon Barinholtz, and written and directed by Ike.

  • Incubator sparks food interest

    Chef Amber Tipton of The Neighborhood Nest rolled out dough recently at the SPARK Gluten-Free kitchen incubator in Fairborn. Several local businesses are anchored at the incubator, which is informing local discussions to create one here. (Photo by Lauren “ChucK” Shows)

    If you look at it the right way, a new business is like a seed: it needs a good, fertile place to grow.

  • Potato pie-in-the-sky, down to earth

    A savory — and soporific — potato pie.

    The ambitious recipes I have gathered over the years serve as a reminder of the fact that sometimes simplicity is needed — and that your own tastes will change, not unlike everything else in the world.

  • Love, adventure — and curry

    Pineapple yellow curry — or the closest approximation I can muster.

    You have to be willing to hand over your comfort to receive the blessings of a truly adventurous vacation. But sometimes, comfort — and food — can be the balm to an adventure-gone-wrong.

  • C’mon and dance!

    Celia Diamond beckoned onlookers to join in the fun at the annual Senior Center flash mob dance on Wednesday, May 30. (Photo by Lauren ‘Chuck’ Shows)

    The annual Senior Center flash mob dance on Wednesday, May 30 on Short St drew participants from both the Senior Center and the Children’s Center.

  • The physics of the Force at Little Art

    The Physics of Star Wars

    “Star Wars” fans who have mused about whether or not working light sabers and blasters will ever be available for purchase on Amazon are in luck: Patrick Johnson, author of “The Physics of Star Wars,” will be at the Little Art Theatre on Sunday, May 27, to talk about his book.

  • Mayor proclaims ‘Tracy H. Logan Jr. Walk and Bike to School Day’

    Bikes lined the sidewalks at Mills Lawn on May 9 for Bike to School Day, when Mayor Pam Conine made a proclamation in honor of the late Tracy Logan.

    Last Wednesday, May 9, Mills Lawn Elementary School held its annual Bike to School Day event, at which the late Tracy Logan was honored.

  • Celebrate ‘baby season’ at Raptor Center with a baby shower

    The Glen Helen Raptor Center is preparing to celebrate the coming of spring with a special open house event on Sunday, April 22, beginning at 2 p.m. — a baby shower, for all the baby raptors who will be raised and rehabilitated by the Raptor Center in the coming months.