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Annual Lebanese Festival returns By Janell R. Ward Photo: Will Thomas grillis Kafta while Danny Slilaty grills chicken for Shawarma sandwiches at the annual Dayton Lebanese Festival, Aug. 28-30; photo: Jim Zaidain Experience the culture of Lebanese dance, cuisine, and traditions this year at the 22nd Annual Lebanese Festival, taking place Aug. 28-30. “This festival is […]

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Cheers to charity


Brews Fore Birdies Beer Festival rookie year By Janell R. Ward Photo: First Tee of Greater Miami Valley teaches life skills and development through golf. Pictured: participants in the PLAYer program at Madden Golf Course mingle with local media; photo: Amanda Zedrick Come cool down with a beer on a hot summer’s day and make […]

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Bidding for treasure


DVAC’s 21st annual art auction By Janell R. Ward Photo: MB Hopkins’ “The Order of Things” is a featured piece of artwork at the 21st annual DVAC Art Auction Place your bid at the 21st annual Art Action for your favorite painting, photograph, print, sculpture, piece of jewelry or glass by a local artist. The […]

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Yellow Springs, as seen on Instagram By Janell R. Ward Photo: photo: Sandi Sharp Come see Yellow Springs through the eyes of the community. March 20-April 12, the Yellow Springs Arts Council presents #YSgram, featuring photos of the city of Yellow Springs, as seen by Instagram. In 1846, after the Little Miami Railroad was completed, […]

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Where were you when…


UD theatre presents “One Sunday in Birmingham” By Janell R. Ward Photo: Gloria Humphrey, who plays the lead role, and her mother Dalisse Humphrey, also a cast member; photo: James Wynn It was a Sunday morning when four girls lost their lives. That morning, in 1963, the girls arrived at the 16th Street Baptist Church […]

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You say potato, I say performance

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Broadway’s Nice Work if You Can Get It at Schuster By Janell R. Ward Photo: Alex Enterline (Jimmy Winter) and the female ensemble of the Nice Work if You Can Get It national tour will perform Feb. 10-15 at the Schuster Center; photo: Jeremy Daniel Leap into the 1920s with the extraordinary musical Nice Work […]

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The face(s) of courage


Picturing Moral Courage: The Rescuers at UD By Janell R. Ward Photo: Rwandan rescuer Augustine Kamegeri; photo: Riccardo Gangale Be inspired the entire month of February at the University of Dayton’s (UD) extraordinary photography exhibit, Picturing Moral Courage: The Rescuers. This event is sponsored by The Human Rights Center in coordination with PROOF: Media for […]

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Oliver, with a twist


Muse Machine’s Oliver! at the Victoria By Janell R. Ward Photo: Isaac Bement (The Artful Dodger) rehearses “Consider Yourself” with the cast of Oliver!; photo: Daniel Rader Buy tickets now to witness talented students perform in the musical Oliver!, presented by Muse Machine Thursday, Jan. 15 through Sunday, Jan. 18 at the Victoria Theatre. The […]

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On the tenth day of Mozart…


Springfield Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart Festival By Janell R. Ward Photo: The Springfield Symphony Orchesetra presents the Mozart Festival Jan. 16-24 A ten-day Mozart extravaganza is coming soon to an auditorium near you! This year, for the first time ever, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra will present a Mozart festival, which will run Jan. 16-24. “These […]

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20×20 vision

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Innovative presentation movement, PechaKucha By Janell R. Ward Photo: The final PechaKucha event of the year will take place Dec. 18 It was February of 2003 when two Tokyo-based architects, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, were tired of dealing with lengthy business presentations. Their frustrations urged them to begin a new format of presentations called […]

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HO, HO, HOmetown holiday celebration

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Santa Claus is coming to Troy By Janell R. Ward Photo: Don’t miss the finale of the Troy Hometown Holiday parade, which will feature Santa on a fire truck Get ready to hear sleigh bells and kick off your holiday shopping at this year’s annual Hometown Holiday Celebration event in Troy from 4-8:30 p.m. on Friday, […]

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Monstrous fun

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Annual Hauntfest on 5th returns By Janell Ward Photo: Hauntfest on 5th returns to the Oregon District on Oct. 25; photo: Anthony Davis Get bewitched this year at the 29th annual Hauntfest on 5th. The Halloween festivities will be located on Fifth Street in the Oregon District from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. on Oct. 25. The […]

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Dayton Driven

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Dayton Music Fest returns for year ten By Janell R. Ward Photo: Dumbell performs at the 2013 Dayton Music Fest; pictured: Paul Grace Smith and Jamy Holliday Get ready for a weekend of outrageous music overload happening Oct. 3 and 4, at the 10-year anniversary of the Dayton Music Fest! The Friday night kickoff event will […]

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On the horizon


Dayton Performing Arts Alliance season opens By Janell Ward Photo: Dancers from Dayton Ballet take the stage in Cinderella, choreographed by Karen Russo Burke; photo: Scott Kimmins Exciting performances await your arrival at the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. This year, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) will open its New Horizons season with Russian Panorama. […]

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Peace Begins Here


Dayton celebrates the right to peace By Janell R. Ward Photo: Peace Week will run Saturday, Sept. 13 – Sunday, Sept. 21; photo: Andy Snow   In 1981, the United Nations General Assembly established an International Day of Peace to commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace around the world. This year, on Sunday, Sept. 21, […]

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Home. Grown. History.

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Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy Historical Society   On Feb. 7, 1814, the State of Ohio officially made Troy a town. For the past eight months, Troy has been celebrating its 200-year anniversary through concerts and historical tours. On Sept. […]

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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 […]