Humans of Oxford – Joshua Francis

By Britton Perelman, Culture Editor In high school, Joshua Francis’ truck wouldn’t start and he and a friend got stuck at the Oxford Doughnut Shoppe on Locust Street. The school secretary picked them up. Four years later, when he was 21, Joshua bought that very doughnut shop. He hired someone from Cincinnati to teach him and has spent his nights making doughnuts ever since. “You start talking to yourself when you’re here by yourself all night,” says Joshua. But, when he has visitors, the conversation never ends. Joshua asks for podcast recommendations. He listens to Hardcore History, but hadn’t...

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Joshua Francis, Owner of Oxford Doughnut Shoppe

In high school, Joshua Francis’ truck wouldn’t start and he and a friend got stuck at the Oxford Doughnut Shoppe on Locust Street. The school secretary picked them up.  Four years later, when he was 21, Joshua bought that very doughnut shop. He hired someone from Cincinnati to teach him and has spent his nights making doughnuts ever since. “You start talking to yourself when you’re here by yourself all night,” says Joshua. But, when he has visitors, the conversation never ends. Joshua asks for podcast recommendations. He listens to Hardcore History, but hadn’t heard of Serial or This...

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Uptown after midnight: Working the late shift

By Britton Perelman, Culture Editor, and Alison Perelman, For The Miami Student Saturday, 12:15 a.m.  Most would still consider it Friday night. Uptown is alive, buzzing with energy. At Bagel & Deli, a handful of employees make bagels for the 10 or so students on the other side of the counter. The closet that usually holds the bags of chips is boarded up. The high tables and chairs are pushed away to make room for the crowd that will take over in a few hours. One of the workers whistles the Usher song that starts playing. Another joins in....

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Theatre auditions: Cold reads and contrasting monologues

A hopeful student walks into the lowly lit room in the Center for Performing Arts. She checks in at the table up front, has a headshot taken out in the hallway, then finds a chair and sits down with a sigh. A handful of students sit in various spots around the room, quietly reading through their monologues. The wall opposite them is covered in mirrored panels, reflecting their nerves if they dare to glance away from their printed scripts. A cartoon Shakespeare is drawn on a whiteboard, holding a skull in his outstretched hand. The 9:00 group is taken...

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Cincy Shakespeare Company to shake Uptown

You may have read Shakespeare’s most famous love story during your freshman year of high school, but that shouldn’t stop you from seeing it live. “Forget everything that old crone taught you,” said actor Petrea Whittier of high school English teachers. “Remember the play is extremely funny until it’s not, don’t be afraid to laugh.  Shakespearian plays — especially ‘Romeo and Juliet’ — shouldn’t be lofty experiences. They weren’t in 1600 when they were performed, and if they are now, that’s a sign of bad directing, not bad writing.” Whittier plays Juliet and Abraham in the production, part of...

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