Dave Chappelle on Yellow Springs: “I have time to think about things” 

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 12:09 PM

Gayle King was in Yellow Springs with Dave Chappelle for the interview that aired this morning on “CBS This Morning.” 

If you recall, King was among the celebrities spotted in Yellow Springs last October for the first night of “Dave Chappelle's Juke Joint” parties.  

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Her CBS segment showed off Yellow Springs, a village known for its progressive nature.  

Chappelle, a frequent face around the Dayton area, told King he is treated like a neighbor instead of a celebrity in Yellow Springs, a close-knit community of 3,500 residents.

He said he is generally calmer there.  

“I have time to think about things,” Chappelle told King. “For a comedian, if you don’t have time to think, you are not as effective. It gets a little corporate.”

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He said he hears raccoons wrestling in the woods during his night walks after returning from the road.

“They are a little too bold,” he said of raccoons. “They got those hands.”  

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“CBS This Morning” airs on WHIO-TV Channel 7 from 7 to 9 a.m. on weekdays. 

He also explained why he does not like to do many interviews. 

Chappelle famously returned to Yellow Springs in 2005 after retreating to South Africa, following his decision to walk away from a $50 million Comedy Central deal for his hit sketch comedy “Chappelle's Show.”

Chappelle is promoting the first two of three specials set to be released on Netflix tomorrow, March 21.  

It is reportedly a $60 million deal. 

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The actor and comedian Dave Chappelle was among residents at a Yellow Springs Village Council meeting earlier this month to address how police handled a New Year’s Eve altercation with a resident.

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Cher drops from Flint water crisis movie, cites family issue

Published: Saturday, March 25, 2017 @ 12:33 PM

Cher drops from Flint water crisis movie, cites family issue

Cher will no longer appear as planned in “Flint,” a Lifetime original movie about contaminated river water that became a main water source in the Michigan city in 2014.

The announcement came weeks after news was released that the 70-year-old singer would star in and produce the film.

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Cher, who has helped donate more than 100,000 bottles of clean drinking water to the residents of Flint, cited “a serious family issue” as the reason for dropping out.

“This has been a project so near and dear to my heart, and I was truly looking forward to helping tell this story,” she said in a statement. “Unfortunately, I will be unable to leave Los Angeles during the scheduled filming as I am dealing with a serious family issue that prevents me from going on location for the April filming. I’m so glad that [producers] Craig [Zadan] and Neil [Meron] plan to move ahead, and I know that this Lifetime movie will be done beautifully.”

According to Deadline, producers have been in the process of casting other roles for “Flint,” but the film is still on track to begin production in Toronto next month.

The film is based on Time magazine’s February 2016 cover story by Josh Sanburn titled, “The Toxic Tap.”

Cher’s role was a Flint resident whose family was impacted by the crisis.

“Flint” is described as “a hard-hitting, fact-based drama that will explore the events that led to the toxic crime and shed light on politics of the poor management and the human element of residents who suffered and were ignored,” according to Variety magazine.

Katie Couric will also serve as an executive producer for the Sony TV-produced film.

This week, comedian Amy Schumer announced she will no longer star in another Sony-produced film as previously planned.

SNEAK PEEK: Downtown restaurant Table 33 has a new menu, and it was worth the wait

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 9:13 AM

SNEAK PEEK: Downtown restaurant Table 33 has a new menu, and it was worth the wait

Rushing for the sake of getting it done has never been in the cards for Table 33, one of downtown Dayton’s newest eateries. 

“We did not sacrifice the quality,” Chris Harrison said. “We were willing to do less and do it right.”  

Chef Harrison co-owns the laid-back eatery at 130 W. Second St. with Charlie Carroll.

Collectively they have nearly 30 years in the restaurant business, with 13 and 15 years, respectively. 

The pair rolled out an expanded menu two weeks ago that goes far beyond the baked goods, quiches and soups the restaurant served when it opened in October to the delight of downtown workers looking for quality eats. 

The restaurant is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 

Find more info online at table33dayton.com or on Facebook. 

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An even fuller menu will be unveiled in April and May, just in time for a patio party. 

Harrison and Carroll said supporting professionalism in the local hospitality industry and quality has always been among their main focus.

“We have been very intentional to move slow and hire people who are passionate about life,” Carroll said.

He noted that creating a positive environment for diners and serving great food is key to the business’ mission. 

“We try to stay away from any product that is purely profit-driven,” he said. “If you put people first, profit will take care of itself.”    

About 80 percent of the menu is new, the owners said. 

Most of the items are gluten free, a result of research they have done on the effects of gluten on the human body. 

The chicken in the chicken and waffle ($12) dish favored by the Saturday brunch crowd is breaded with Rice Krispies. The waffle is also gluten-free.   

As Harrison said, the restaurant strives to make things in house. 

The popular Sup Doc drink ($6), for instance, is a blend of housemade carrot, orange, ginger and lemon juices.  

The restaurant menu is filled with meats from Keener Walnut Grove Farm CSA , and Table 33 has collaborated with a list of small downtown business that includes nearby Agnes and Orson Gifts and Goods.

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The AOK cocktail (Tres Agaves Reposado Tequila, muddled jalapeno and cherry tomatoes, pineapple juice, lime juice and housemade simple syrup) will soon be rolled out. 

The $25 drink, inspired by a spicy margarita, comes with a 937 glass from Agnes and Orson that patrons can take home. 

The glasses are $14 at the gift shop located at 514 E. Third St.

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The menu is filled with surprises, like the crunchy and delicious brussels sprouts taco which can come with or without bacon for $10

Carroll’s family owned the former restaurant Bernardo's in Kettering. 

He said he grew up hearing about how great Dayton once was and has high hopes for the future. 

“The fact that we get to be a part of what Dayton is going to be is a big deal to us,” he said.  

Table 33 invited Dayton.com to to sample its menu. Here are two other things we tried.

BREAKFAST SANDWICH 

Table 33’s sandwich is far from a simple Croissanwich. A croissant is filled with an over-easy egg, crispy Keener Farm’s bacon, gouda and a house-made tomato bacon jam for $9. 

THE BURGER

The restaurant’s burger is nice, flavorful and juicy despite being smashed in the name of the speed Harrison says is required at lunch time. 

He noted that the burger and tacos are the restaurant’s top sellers on weekdays.

The two-patty burger is made with beef from Keener Farms, stout braised onions, bacon jam and provolone cheese for $9.   

Kristi Yamaguchi tweets at Nancy Kerrigan to ‘break a leg’ on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 10:28 PM

Prior to Monday’s premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” Season 24, former figure skater and “DWTS” champion Kristi Yamaguchi took to Twitter to wish fellow former figure skater Nancy Kerrigan good luck in the worst way possible.

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Hours before Kerrigan took the stage, Yamaguchi tweeted, “So excited for you @NancyAKerrigan ! Can’t wait to see you grace that ballroom floor, break a leg!”

Yes, that’s right. She told Kerrigan, victim of the famous 1994 attack, in which she was assaulted with a police-style baton to the knee, to “break a leg.” Just before the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit that year, a man, who had been paid by Kerrigan rival Tonya Harding’s ex-husband, struck her on the right knee, injuring her leg. While it wasn’t broken, Kerrigan did suffer cuts, bruises and swelling and walked with a limp.

Twitter responded with generally surprised reactions.

Of course, Yamaguchi was just employing a common -- if ill-fitting, considering Kerrigan’s history -- phrase, but that didn’t stop the internet from freaking out over it.

Yamaguchi has not clarified her comment, nor has she deleted the tweet.

Kerrigan took the joke in stride, tweeting, “Thank you @kristiyamaguchi for the advise (sic)! It definitely is helping!”

Springfield’s John Legend releases new single inspired by ‘Underground’

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 2:25 PM

Springfield’s John Legend releases new single inspired by ‘Underground’

Springfield native John Legend released a new single “In America” this week.

The single was written during the production of Legend’s latest album, “Darkness and Light” but didn’t make the final cut.

The song was then re-purposed to be used alongside the critically acclaimed television show “Underground.”

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In an interview with billboard Magazine, Legend noted that the song highlights the highs and lows of living in America.

“‘In America’ was the perfect song for ‘Underground,’ a series I’m incredibly proud to be a part of, and one that does a beautiful job of portraying a challenging time in our nation’s history while reminding us that change is possible,” Legend said.

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“Underground” tells the story of a group of slaves from a Georgia plantation who plan a 600-mile escape to freedom using the Underground Railroad. The show features a cast including Christopher Meloni, Mykelti Williamson and Jurnee Smollett-Bell, sister of “Empire” star Jussie Smollett.

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“In America” is available on iTunes and Amazon, as well as on the digital music streaming site Spotify.

Underground airs at 9 p.m. Wednesdays on WGN America.