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Saving the Victory, part 2

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The rescue mission continues with the Victoria Theatre Association, live theatre By Joyell Nevins Photo: Richard Benedum, chairman of the UD Department of Music, conducts ‘Handel’s Messiah’ in December 1983; photo: D. Altman Fleischer In the early 1970s, the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton, known then as the Victory, faced extinction due to lack of […]

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Sport of the Arts: Thousands celebrate 40th Winter Guard International Competition

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Athletic Art 40th Winter Guard International Competition takes over Dayton By Joyell Nevins   Color guard—that’s just that “twirling thing,” right? Dayton, you must be trippin’. Combine gymnastics and dance, throw in a wooden rifle or sabre, add a set design made to travel (including a performance floor), and don’t forget the giant flag. Make […]

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Saving the Victory

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Growing with the grassroots Victoria Theatre movement By Joyell Nevins Photo: Patrons leave Dayton’s Victory Theatre in March 1980 after a performance by Vincent Price as Oscar Wilde; photo: Dayton Daily News   R. Buckminster Fuller once said, “And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person […]

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Slavery beyond the South

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Historian Margaret Newell exposes New England’s native slavery at SunWatch By Joyell Nevins Photo: Historian Margaret Newell holds Benjamin Church’s sword, used in King Philip’s War; photo: Anita Kent Think you learned all you need to know about the history of American slavery in high school? Think again. History professor Margaret Newell expounds on the […]

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Turning a prison into a town

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‘Digging Amache: The Archaelogy of a Confined Community’ at SunWatch By Joyell Nevins Photo: (l-r) Duncan Kelly, Carlene Tinker, Anita Miller, and Stephanie Skiles review artifacts included in ‘Digging Amache,’ at SunWatch Feb. 18 Several weeks ago, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep certain groups out of the United States, as a […]

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Stripped ‘Down to Nothing’

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Hilaree O’Neill fights her way up the mountain on screen and in person at the Victoria By Joyell Nevins Photo: O’Neill is the first woman to scale two 8,000-meter peaks in 24 hours The credits roll and the scene opens: two tents are pitched on a mountain peak and the wind whips around them. As […]

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Lady Injustice

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Troy rivalry takes turn for the worse By Joyell Nevins Photo: Lady Justice atop the Miami County Courthouse gazing over Troy, as she was intended tophoto: Mike Ullery The entire city of Troy is wringing their hands at the moment and looking to their northern neighbors. The iconic female statue of justice has been perched […]

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Travelin’ man

Literati

Mechanicsburg author willing to go anywhere for his craft By Joyell Nevins Photo: Eric Shonkwiler kicks off his first book tour for “Above All Men” in a small, mining ghostown. What would bring a kid from Mechanicsburg, a town with one stoplight, to West Virginia, California, New Mexico, and beyond? “I follow what lets me […]

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It’s OK, Dayton–We’re Here Now

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New local web series pokes fun at the Gem City By Joyell Nevins Photo: Caley Rose as Jen shoots the opening of We’re Here Now at downtown’s Cannery Lofts Get ready for another ode to Dayton—this one from a non-Daytonian, actually. A new web series by Sixteen 37 Productions places three New York City fish […]

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Destination: Americana

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On the road with Terry Glass’s Route 66 By Joyell Nevins Photo: ‘The Blue Whale of Catoosa, Oklahoma,’ on Route 66 by Hugh Davis was an anniversary gift for his wife, Zelta, in the early ’70s; photos: Terry Glass Terry Glass of Tipp City got his kicks on Route 66—and you can see part of his […]

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Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]