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High Street

St. Anne’s Hill Historic Holiday Home Tour Photo: Homes on High Street are festively decorated for the Home Tours this upcoming weekend. By Brennan Burks I recently became a father. In the number of ways that this new identity has turned my world upside down, one existential change I did not entirely anticipate is my […]

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A seasonal, artful jubilee

Sarah Hydell

Rosewood’s Holiday Arts Festival showcases community Photo: Ceramicist Sarah Hydell, RHAF ‘s 2017 featured artist. By Brennan Burks Since Halloween, you have probably been bombarded with the statement “the holidays are right around the corner!” It’s everywhere: on commercials, email ads and billboards, at the office, and in the endless group texts that simultaneously decide […]

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The Dayton Donut Trail

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The road map for your sweet tooth Photo: Bill’s Donuts regularly has a long line, sometimes out the door By Brennan Burks A little over a year ago, I heard rumors about a trail of debauchery that seemed akin to Adult Candy Land: The Butler County Donut trail. I didn’t know what to make of […]

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Balancing art


Bike-themed art exhibit rides into Mayflower Arts Center By Brennan Burks Photo: Marcelina Gonzales’ ‘Summers on Camino Verde,’ on diplay at the Mayflower May 1-June 24 When you think of Troy in the summer, there’s more than a slim chance that strawberries come to mind. Strawberry pie, strawberry cannoli, chocolate strawberries, a fountain shooting strawberry-red […]

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A taste of art


Wright State’s annual ArtsGala showcases renovated Creative Arts Center By Brennan Burks In my freshman year of college, I lived across the street from the creative arts buildings: recital halls, grand stages, black box theatres, the music library, and the art museum. There hasn’t been another time span in my life when I was so […]

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Steward of the Springs’ scenery


Artist Christine Klinger explores the ‘Nature of Yellow Springs’ By Brennan Burks Photo: Christine Klinger paints the natural beauty of her surroundings during Tecumseh Land Trust’s Paint-Out; photos: Christine Klinger For artist Christine Klinger, place begets art, and there is no place like Yellow Springs. Just outside of town, in any direction, you will find […]

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And, We’re Off…


Explore the moon with astronomer Davin Flateau at Glen Helen By Brennan Burks Photo: Crater formation Ptolemaeus will be visible through telescope from the Glen Feb. 4 photo: Jim Ferreira Can you remember the first time you started looking at the moon? Really seeing and understanding it as a constant presence in the twilight and […]

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Taste of nostalgia


Miamisburg’s Hamburger Wagon serves up a 103-year-old experience By Brennan Burks Photo: Jack Sperry’s Miamisburg-based Hamburger Wagon travels to Octoberfest and other festivals around Ohio; photos: Gary Hartman With refurbished theatres, new and renewed breweries, and inching closer to riverfronts, the Miami Valley is revitalizing. While these efforts may originate from the need for economic […]

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Treasure hunting


Holiday Art Jumble breathes new life into forgotten items By Brennan Burks Photo: Handmade art curated by the Jumble Elves at the YS Arts Council; photos: Corrine Bayraktaroglu Sometimes the greatest value of a piece of art is the personal meaning we invest in it. I’m not just talking about the romantic empathy we feel […]

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Referencing Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton exhibit journeys to Washington-Centerville Public Library By Brennan Burks Photo: Lin-Manuel Miranda (front) as Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton, the Broadway hit igniting popular interest in the Founding Father’s history Most of us can probably count on one hand the number of things we know about the life of Alexander Hamilton. First, from middle […]

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Mambo Americano


The Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton’s Americana Show By Brennan Burks Photo: (l-r) Honey & Houston’s Lauren Houston, Heather Turner, and Mark Cretcher photo: Scott Preston American identity, in one way or another, is probably on everyone’s mind today. But who we are—our histories, our dreams, our beliefs, and our differences—is more than what we […]

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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]