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Moving on from pain and blame at Brightside Event Venue Co-founder of Empower HER Bridget Flaherty is curating MOVE: A Powerful Evening of Storytelling By Brittany Erwin Picture the best thing that has ever happened to you. Did you tell someone all about it with a smile plastered on your face, joy in your heart? […]

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Time through poetry

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Poet Whitney Bell discusses her unique poetry style Photo: Dayton-based poet, Whitney Bell’s newest book is titled “High Street to the Indigo Dream” By Brittany Erwin “But there is magic in the world, you know? You have to believe it. Skies, mirrors, eyes, music, drums, dancing.” This is Dayton-based poet, Whitney Bell, musing on some […]

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The power of the pen

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University of Dayton Library hosts Rose Rare Book Collection Photo: William Shakespeare, 1632, second folio by Brittany Erwin Women (and our male allies) have been speaking truth to power for centuries, resulting in real and lasting systemic change. These powerful challenges began as an idea and were transformed into a piece of powerful, revolutionary writing. […]

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‘Stories by hand’

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Marianne Rabb Britton’s energy still flows at Springfield Museum By Brittany Erwin Textiles—flexible materials typically composed of yarn or thread—seem simple. Yet, these objects, brought to life via knitting, weaving, crocheting, or felting, are magically complex when skillfully rendered. Stories by Hand: Marianne Rabb Britton, a retrospective of the late artist’s masterful textile art at […]

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Growing local

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Columbus Creative Co-op picks Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II By Brittany Erwin Photo: Columbus Creative Co-op presents a rich mix of work in Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II “Whatever you need, this book is here for you.” So promises Brad Pauquette, founder and director of Columbus Creative Cooperative (CCC), in the […]

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Dayton’s ‘dangerous dames’

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League of Women Voters honors 3 local media pioneers By Brittany Erwin Photo: Local suffragettes inspired the League of Women Voters to honor Dangerous Dames of Dayton, modern trailblazers In a world where accusations of fake news abound, quality journalism is vital. Yet, the public can be critical of its truth-tellers, particularly if its tellers […]

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Walking the American landscape

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Kay WalkingStick’s retrospective travels to the Dayton Art Institute By Brittany Erwin Photo: Kay WalkingStick’s ‘New Mexico Desert,’ one work in her retrospective at Dayton Art Institute   Art lovers, rejoice! A world-class, contemporary landscape artist with a nationally acclaimed exhibition now at the Dayton Art Institute. Kay WalkingStick’s touring retrospective—the first of her career—will […]

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Recycled material world

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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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Dancing the divide

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Living in Divided States at Antioch’s Herndon Gallery By Brittany Erwin Photo: Michael Casselli’s ‘US/THEM’ from Living in Divided States at Antioch; photos: Sylvia Newsome A large disco ball twirls slowly, scattering reflective light over the Herndon Gallery, Antioch College’s on-site art space. But this is no celebratory dance party. A closer look reveals the […]

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Building History

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A Decade of Artists featuring African-American Trailblazers known as Dayton Skyscrapers Photo:’Bokai Twe Scrapes the Sky’ by Kevin Harris By Brittany Erwin Dayton is a city proud of its heroes. Its most commonly cited—the Wright Brothers and Paul Laurence Dunbar—have inspired and served as role models while also raising Dayton’s national profile. Yet, Dayton is […]

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Practice makes art

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UD artists explore art as social practice at Front Street By Brittany Erwin Photo: Joel Whitaker’s ‘Alternative Processes’ class exhibits at the Index Gallery Front Street Building Co., “home to the largest Community of Artists and Artisans in the Dayton area” has a newly branded University of Dayton-owned resident, Index Gallery. Judith Huacuja, chair of […]

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‘the chaos of comfort’

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Claudia Mastrobuono turns tension into art By Brittany Erwin Photo: ‘Nest/chandelier’ piece from a previous installation by Claudia Mastrobuono If you are like me, you often conceptualize a work of art separately from its setting. Yet, for many installation artists, like Claudia Mastrobuono, their work is contextualized by and in conversation with the venue where […]

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Strange Bruises/Ghosts Emerging

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Two artists find lasting impressions in fleeting moments By Brittany Erwin Photo: Gold inside gray image and pink-tinged work by Benjamin Lee Sperry Our lives are a compilation of fleeting moments. To find greater meaning requires reflecting on those moments and allowing them to shape our interactions with the world. Championing the effort to highlight […]

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*naked*

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Art for every body on display at Color of Energy gallery By Brittany Erwin Photo: Parrish’s untitled nude figure calls viewers to confront the female form Is the ideal female body tall and long-limbed? Short and curvaceous? Voluptuous with soft, fleshy rolls? For artist Parrish, it’s all of the above. Parrish, a recent graduate of the […]

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Beyond civilization

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A brutal journey into the desert and the monster within By Brittany Erwin photo: Frisco, Utah, where the Jacobyites call home in ‘Ghosts of the Desert’; photo: Steven Poelzing Imagine you are kidnapped by desert-dwelling hermits. You live among them, rob graves together, and even commit murder as you succumb to being a member of this […]

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No Jet Engines Here

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]