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Bigger is better!

Chicago festival takes barrel aging to the next level By Kevin J. Gray Aging beer in wooden barrels is a recent trend that marks a return to a nearly forgotten brewing method. Before the stainless steel kegs of the 1950s, most brewers stored beer in wooden casks. By the late 20th century, this practice had […]

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Midwest movie hub?

Drawing the film industry to the Miami Valley By Kevin J. Gray Earlier this year, representatives from film advocacy groups in Dayton, Cincinnati and Cleveland joined forces in Columbus to persuade lawmakers to increase the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit, a substantial tax credit for films that shoot and hire within Ohio. The efforts worked […]

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Is Dayton worthy?

Boston’s Bistro’s quest to regain Most Arrogant Bar title By Kevin J. Gray Are you arrogant? Think you can drink a beer more arrogant than yourself? If so, get to Boston’s Bistro & Pub from Nov. 9-17 to do your part to make the bar the Most Arrogant Bar in the United States. Arrogant Bastard […]

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Pedal to the metal

Big city-style promotions hit the streets of Dayton By Kevin J. Gray Robert Weyrauch had been working in construction for nine years before the industry, often the canary in the coal mine of bad economic news, took a rapid slowdown. This was in late 2007/early 2008 and it had Weyrauch pondering, “What’s next?” His answer […]

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Fear or beer?

Hauntfest returns as the area’s biggest Halloween blast By Kevin J. Gray It’s twilight, nearly dark. A crisp cool hangs in the late-October air. A metal barricade blocks the intersection of Fifth Street and Wayne Avenue. A parallel barricade stands at the other end of the Oregon District, just below the trail trusses. A small […]

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Put sunshine in your pocket

UD grad students empower homeowners with smart data By Kevin J. Gray What if your utility company could tell you about your energy usage in as much detail as you get from your cell phone company? How could this change your life? This was the challenge that University of Dayton graduate students Mithun Mohan Nagabhairava, […]

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On the “threshold”

Stivers students create art in the public space By Kevin J. Gray The sculpture students at Stivers School for the Arts had a busy summer. Nine students, working with adjunct Sculptural Studies Director and local artist Ryan McCullough, designed, fabricated and placed a new outdoor sculpture made with more than one and a half tons […]

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Beer geek boutique

Insane beers at Big Beers and Barley Wines By Kevin J. Gray Like craft beer? I mean, really like craft beer? Really good, really big beers? Then get tickets now for Big Beers and Barley Wines, Dayton’s boutique beer event, held Oct. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Roundhouse at the Montgomery County […]

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Be ye transported to the days of yore

Forsooth, the Ohio Renaissance Festival is again upon us! By Kevin J. Gray As you walk along the dirt road, you see quaint shops with wooden signs selling handcrafted objects. Two men in full suits of armor are about to mount their steeds and joust, and a guy who looks like Friar Tuck is gnawing […]

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How to mix beer, music and art and get away with it

The Dayton Art Institute delivers Oktoberfest By Kevin J. Gray Under new directorship, The Dayton Art Institute has exciting changes underway, changes that you can preview at this year’s Oktoberfest celebration. The annual fundraiser, marking its 41st year, offers something for everyone. “[Oktoberfest] is not all about the beer,” according to co-chair John Nairus. “Friday’s […]

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Bluegrass at the Mayflower

Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers at Mayflower Arts Center By Rick Eichhorn Photo: [l - r] Vickie Abbott, Ma […]

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By Amy Alkon Urning curve My boyfriend of eight months was with his ex for almost five years. Unfortunately, she […]

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By Chuck Shepherd Man’s other best friends People’s love for their pets reached a new high in December when a […]

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Get more in the know about your dough By Jayne Powers Sometimes, we don’t know when we think we did […]