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Ready for takeoff


Wright Image Group looks to the skies to stake Ohio’s Triumph of Flight monument Photo: 3D rendering of America’s newest monument By Karen Ander Francis “It was little more than a powered glider,” says Curt Nelson, USAF Col. (Ret.), dismissing the Wright Brothers’ 1903 flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, as an early attempt to […]

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‘Bosom Buddies’


YS Arts Council exhibition creatively copes with breast cancer By Karen Ander Francis Photo: Susan Gartner’s painted head courtesy of the Jafagirls, whose Bosom Buddies exhibition runs April 21-May 14 at the YS Arts Council Breast cancer. The diagnosis is always devastating and its treatment is nearly as dreadful as the disease. How do you […]

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Dayton’s Doolittle

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Air Force Museum honors 75th anniversary of WWII Tokyo Raid with last crewmember By Karen Ander Francis Photo: A tag-team effort of the Army Air Forces and U.S. Navy carried 16 B-25 bombers aboard the USS Hornet to within take-off distance of the Japanese islands   When his eponymous bombing raid over the Japanese homeland […]

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Legal Graffiti: Drawing to and from K12 Gallery and TEJAS


K12 Gallery & TEJAS’ art revolution By Karen Ander Francis Photo: A creative revolution has been underway in Dayton’s urban landscape. Evidence is found in the plethora of public murals that surprise and delight folks all around the city: the 90-foot flood wall along the Great Miami River, Second Street Market, and the stories-high replicas […]

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Young Masters at the mansion


400 youth artworks come of age at Troy-Hayner Cultural Center By Karen Ander Francis Photo: ‘Donuts’ by Concord Elementary 2nd graders at Troy-Hayner photo: Justine Bledsoe No, they’re not junior golfers. These “young masters,” artists from Troy area schools, have been selected to showcase their creativity to a community long recognized for supporting the arts. […]

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Patches and pints


Pam Geisel’s Art Quilts warm up Yellow Springs Brewery By Karen Ander Francis Photo: Pam Geisel’s Art Quilts, at the Yellow Springs Brewery through Feb. 5 To step inside the home of quilter Pam Geisel is to step into a world of pattern, color, and texture. She is an artist who approaches her work with […]

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An updated sister act

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‘iDream’ dreams big at UD’s Black Box Theatre By Karen Ander Francis Photo: Phoebe Hayford and Ke’Mara get gossipy in ‘iDream,’ at University of Dayton Dec. 7; photos: Larry Burgess Who knew that academic research results could make it as a play? A sister act comprised of a playwright and an IT professor—that’s who. Eileen […]

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Access art


K12/TEJAS annual Art Off opens doors to education By Karen Ander Francis Photo: Artist-in-residence Terry Hitt at work in his K12/TEJAS studio; photos: Bill Franz Fling open the doors to the building on the corner of Jefferson Street and Patterson Avenue—you know, the brightly colored one with the nearly life-sized buffalo out front—and step into a […]

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Digital witnesses


WYSO Archives Digital Humanities Symposium updates storytelling By Karen Ander Francis Photo: WYSO Archives Fellow and Digital Humanities Symposium organizer Jocelyn Robinson finds wisdom in past voices; photo: Andy Snow Storytelling is in our bones. Before we humans first picked up a chunk of charcoal and began to draw on cave walls, we told stories […]

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Easy like Sunday mornings


Two artists, ‘Shared Views’ By Karen Ander Francis Photo: Sigalia Cannon (right) and Sherraid Scott; photo: Corrine Bayraktaroglu “Easy like Sunday mornings,” the 1980s song lyrics by The Commodores, evoke a pace free from hurry and worry, rushing and bluster, the final hours of respite from work. The Sunday morning that I drove to Yellow […]

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Yaya, gyro, opa!


Greek Festival keeps tradition alive By Karen Ander Francis Photo: The Nisiotis, a high school dance group, rises up as the next generation to sustain Greek tradition; photos: Bill Franz Unmistakable rhythms and mouth-watering aromas greet visitors to the annual Greek Festival, transporting them to another world and culture that arrived in Dayton with immigrants in […]

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POWA! to the people


Photographing Older Women Artists By Karen Ander Francis Photo: Jafagirl Dianne Collinson identifies as a ‘builder’; photo: Nancy Mellon Yellow Springs has always been, well, eccentric and edgy, artsy, and activist. Rooted in the mid-19th century when Horace Mann, education reformer and abolitionist, became the first president of Antioch College, these qualities remain alive and lively […]

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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 […]