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Her accent is thick of the South, vanilla and cream, frozen and sweet like the fresh milk it’s made with. It’s the drawl you find pouring out of someone who’s lived in Southern Ohio all their lives, who knows how to pick a horse’s hoof and make fresh cheese, even if they’re too short to […]

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Pushing buttons

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When songwriter Liss Victory was 17 years old, she became poor. Not just the kind of poor that can’t buy the newest iPhone, even on a payment plan, but the kind of bloody, abusive poor of hunger, fear, and prioritizing scraping up rent over personal worth and safety. The kind of poor that sticks with […]

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Cycling for a cause

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It started as a romanticized vision of Gerry Chadwick and Scott Backer, two local cycling enthusiasts on a not-so-local bike tour in Phoenix, AZ, in 2016. Now, nearly two years later, the first annual Tour de Gem will come to fruition Sunday, September 2 at Don Crawford Plaza in front of Fifth Third Field, right […]

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Seed you there!

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40 years of Troy’s Strawberry Festival (a berry good year!) By Emma Jarman Forty years ago, a small group of nonprofit organizations–mostly civic clubs such as Kiwanis and Rotary Club—in Troy, Ohio, came together to host the first Strawberry Festival. The handful of vendors gathered up all their strawberries, baked them into pies, folded them […]

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Everything (old) but the kitchen sink

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Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market’s annual Extravaganza By Emma Jarman For nearly 50 years, the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market has been delighting shoppers with an eclectic variety of antique, vintage and handmade goods from all around the world at their annual Extravaganza event. In a truly authentic Midwest showing of spirit, the […]

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Gospel according to Sean Oswald

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Artist brings contemporary, religious imagery to Oxford Arts Center By Emma Jarman I don’t believe in God. My father took me to an Episcopalian church as a child, and my mother and stepfather dragged me to their Methodist congregation throughout my pre-teen and teenage years, but similar to my relationship with mushrooms or shellfish (I […]

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Strings and beats

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Black Violin hits the stage at Victoria Theatre By Emma Jarman A band teacher and an orchestra teacher walk onto a golf course. What sounds like the introductory line to a bad and somewhat offensive joke is actually the beginning of the story of Black Violin. A band instructor and an orchestra director walk onto […]

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Imperial Jurassic Jaws

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Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra performs the music of John Williams By Emma Jarman In the world of film in music, John Williams reigns supreme. The American composer has scored countless numbers for movies, television series, Olympic fanfares, concertos and other orchestral works. He holds the second most number of Academy Award nominations behind Walt Disney […]

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Sound the alarm

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Kiera Cass brings ‘The Siren’ to Books & Co By Emma Jarman Themes in young adult fiction have trended toward the otherworldly supernatural as of late, evidenced by the raging popularity of series such as Twilight, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. New York Times bestselling author Kiera Cass’s latest publication, “The Siren,” is another […]

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No matter the reason

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Celebrate the season at Miamisburg’s small-town holiday festival By Emma Jarman Photo: The Miamisburg Holiday Event takes place Saturday, Dec. 12 in downtown Miamisburg; photo: Rob Leifheit Whether you’re Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or whatever you please, the crisp, cold weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years are typically a time to celebrate family, togetherness, […]

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Par for the cause

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Annual Barstool Open returns to the Oregon District By Emma Jarman Photo: The Annual Barstool Open will take place Nov. 14 in the Oregon District If you’ve ever found yourself wondering what it may be like to play putt-putt golf in nine different bars in one afternoon with a couple hundred of your very closest […]

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Asking tough questions

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SunWatch Native American exhibit goes beyond the mascot By Emma Jarman Photo: Wright State University public history graduate students Mitchell Dorsten and Fayelee Conley prepare a component of the More Than a Mascot exhibit at SunWatch Indian Village SunWatch Indian Village—a reconstructed Fort Ancient Native American village and museum next to the Great Miami River—presents […]

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You’re a Mass-hole!

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Navigating Dayton on two wheels By Emma Jarman Photo: The next Courteous Mass ride will take place Nov. 7 beginning at 5:30 p.m.; photo: property of Courteous Mass Back in 2009, a small group of people in Dayton, spearheaded by Matt Lindsay from the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, came together to form Courteous Mass […]

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Give it a tri

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Morgan’s Little Miami Triathlon By Emma Jarman Photo: Triathletes recieve guidance from Jim’s Bicycle Shop; photo: Jim Peters There are many things one can get done in three and a half hours: Clean an apartment, count to 126,000, watch a James Cameron movie or compete in and complete the biannual Morgan’s Little Miami Triathlon. On Sunday, […]

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Memories from the attic

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Local artist’s exhibit reminds us to remember By Emma Jarman Photo: Artist Celice McKee will present Memories from the Attic at the YSAC gallery beginning May 16; photo: Scott Stolsenberg The child of a writer and a sculptor, Dayton artist Celise McKee grew up with an appreciation for art and nurtured creativity. From May 16 to […]

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Spring into Miamisburg

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Hometown celebration kicks off with annual Spring Fling festival By Emma Jarman Photo: The kettle corn is just one veteran Spring Fling vendor We did it. We survived a winter that included not one, but two polar vortexes, weeks of subzero weather, calamity day extensions, salt shortages, bursting water pipes and grey skies that seemingly lasted […]

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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 […]