Archive | January, 2017

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Grow Home: 38th Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Conference moves to Dayton Convention Center By Tara Petit Photo: Cover artwork by Kevin Morgan Collaboration, ideation, and innovation on statewide practices in sustainable food and farming practices will be “homegrown” this year at the 38th annual Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Conference, “Growing […]

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A new species of bluegrass


Steep Canyon Rangers, live at the Victoria By Joey Ferber Photo: Steep Canyon Rangers’ (front, l-r) Nicky Sanders, Graham Sharp, Charles Humphrey III, (back, l-r) Mike Guggino, Woody Platt, and Michael Ashworth The Steep Canyon Rangers have grown their own variety of bluegrass. Their music evolved from seeds of traditional bluegrass to original music ripe with […]

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Fermented feast

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AleFeast returns to Dayton’s Masonic Temple By Jim Witmer Photo: Over 30 brewers showcase beer with food purveyors at the Masonic Temple for AleFeast Feb. 4 photo: Skip Peterson Pairing beer and food can be an exercise of endless possibilities, and one of the best examples under one roof is the annual event brought to […]

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Dayton’s Rip Rap Roadhouse delivers biker and family fun By Paula Johnson Photo: Broasted Wings at Dayton’s Rip Rap Roadhouse; photos: Paula Johnson For the drive out to Rip Rap Roadhouse, I put together a playlist to prep for the experience—my first visit to a biker bar(!). Selections included Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild,” “The […]

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When the chase for gold strays down the rabbit hole


The case for Michael Keaton and Matthew McConaughey in divergent, but still forgettable roles By T. T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc in ‘The Founder’ The last two  weeks have given audiences prime examples of how the awards season can take films and actors, chew them up, and quite ungraciously spit them out—even the […]

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The great Great rivers expedition


3 local kayakers share their story By Tim Smith Photo: Jeremy Cox finds adventure paddling down all five rivers in the Dayton area Daytonians have always had the spirit of adventure, from flight to hiking the Appalachian Trail. Three local kayak enthusiasts decided to prove that you don’t have to leave home to find adventure by […]

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Animal, air acoustics


Record nature’s noises with Glen Helen’s Trailside Museum By Matt Clevenger Photo: Listen to sounds like the creek on Glen Helen’s Acoustic Ecology hike Feb. 4 starting at the Trailside Museum; photo: Scott Stolsenberg Looking for a new way to experience the Glen Helen Nature Preserve? Grab a digital audio recorder and hit the trails […]

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The forever ripple effect of ‘26 Pebbles’


Human Race Theatre premieres a story of recovery and hope By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (clockwise from top left) Jason Podplesky, Gina Handy, Caitlin McWethy, Scott Hunt, Christine Brunner, and Jennifer Joplin star in ‘26 Pebbles’ Feb. 2-Feb 18; photo: Scott J. Kimmins During 2012 and later, we sent them 63,700 teddy bears. More than 900,000 […]

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Mid-life masterpiece


Mahler’s Fifth raises goose bumps at the Schuster By Pat Suarez Photo: A charicature of Gustav Mahler’s Musical madness, from Illustrated Vienna. artwork: Theo Zache   1901 and 1902 were busy years for Gustav Mahler. He was the director of the Court Opera in the Imperial capital, a post in which he flourished artistically but […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 1/31

Crony capitalist strikes it rich Ohio bans plywood for foreclosed houses By Mark Luedtke The Dayton Daily News recently published an article detailing how crony socialism enables rulers to strike it rich at the expense of everybody else. The article reads like an advertisement for Community Blight Solutions’ SecureView products. “Clear boarding products are shatter- […]

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Recycled material world


Michelle Stitzlein’s Industrial Nature exhibition turns trash to treasure at the Springfield Museum By Brittany Erwin Photo: ‘Grevillea Fringe,’ made from garden hose, wire, plastic, and other recycled materials Old bicycle parts. Plastic bottle caps. Rubber garden hoses. While you may see junk, artist Michelle Stitzlein is already re-envisioning these objects and transforming them into […]

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Debate Forum: 1/31

  The ‘art’ of the deal No room for arts in Trump’s budget By Sarah Sidlow It didn’t take President Trump very long to find the Oval Office’s Resolute Desk, or the presidential rubber stamp. In addition to other symbolic executive actions, Trump and his team have been working diligently to uphold his campaign promise […]

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One moment in time


Dayton Philharmonic pays tribute to the music of Whitney Houston By Tim Walker Photo: ‘Windbourne Presents the Music of Whitney Houston’ brings the singer’s music to the Schuster, Saturday, Feb. 11 “Hang on just a second,” Rashidra Scott says with a laugh as she walks through Manhattan, the bustle of the big city streets clearly audible […]

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On The Beat: 1/31

Solved The Talbott Tower Murals Case comes to a close By Jim Bucher In a recent column late last year, I asked you detective types for help solving a mystery. You see, inside the main floor of downtown’s Talbott Tower, at First and Ludlow Streets, there’s a series of murals depicting Dayton’s landmarks and industrial […]

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On Your Marc: 1/31

Home runs and charity Carlos Pena’s reach extends beyond the baseball field By Marc Katz You pass through this town, even for an instant, you’re one of us. That’s the way it works. And Carlos Pena is one of those you’re glad to consider your own. In a capsule, he spent 1996 at Wright State […]

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Dream women: DPAA’s Soul Singers take the Schuster stage


Soul sistas 3 Dayton women’s journeys to the Schuster stage By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s ‘Soulful’ winners, Tiffany Bryant, Frances Wright Pate, and Yolanda Drake It’s everyone’s dream to go from doing something you love for your amusement or for the entertainment of a small circle of family and friends to the […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]