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Play in the sun again

The Dreadful Yawns at Blind Bob’s By Leo DeLuca Photo: Ben Gmetro, Clayton Heuer and Rick Spitalsky of the Dreadful Yawns; photo: Kurt Curtis Ben Gmetro’s calloused fingers rest atop a rickety table. The fingernails on his right-hand are carefully grown-out, long and lopsided with the left – it’s a utilitarian move; the Dreadful Yawns frontman […]

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Kettering’s summer soundtrack

After 23 years, Fraze Pavilion continues to impress By Leo DeLuca Photo: The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie will perform as part of the Happy Together tour at Fraze Pavilion on Aug. 6, 2014 Wind whistles low, visiting the tops of trees, as the sun sinks off in the horizon. Concertgoers gather near and far, seeking […]

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Ohio creativity, post-Internet

Dayton native Keith Rankin and Giant Claw at Blind Bob’s By Leo DeLuca Photo: Album artwork for “Free Willy Style” by Keith Rankin Keith Rankin is multi-talented. The Dayton native plays in both the sound collage project Giant Claw and the electronic duo Cream Juice, runs experimental label Orange Milk Records, creates visual art and composes […]

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‘Black Mayors, White Majorities’

Author includes former Dayton mayor  Rhine McLin in new book By Leo DeLuca Photo: Author Ravi K. Perri with his new book, “Black Mayors, White Majorities”; photo: The Blade/Dave Zapotosky Former Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin is a central subject in “Black Mayors, White Majorities,” a new book by Ohio native Ravi Perry (Ph.D, Brown University, 2009). […]

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You can’t corral this pony

Detroit’s Electric Six plays Southgate House Revival By Leo DeLuca Photo: Electric Six perform on June 6 at Southgate House Revival in Newport, Ky. “Detroit has always been a fantastic place to be an artist or a musician because of the economic ruin,” said Dick Valentine, the front-man and founder of Electric Six, a Motor City-based […]

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The hills are alive …

Nelsonville Music Festival celebrates 10 years By Leo DeLuca Photo: Dinosaur Jr. will perform at this year’s Nelsonville Music Festival; photo: Brantley Gutierrez Nestled in the Appalachian foothills, a two-hour drive from Dayton, Nelsonville Music Festival (NMF) celebrates its 10th anniversary with Dinosaur Jr., The Avett Brothers, The Head and the Heart, Shovels & Rope, Motel […]

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Calling all hams!

Dayton Hamvention 2014 Leo DeLuca Photo: DZ Kits owner Brian Wood, W0DZ, discusses new technology at the 2013 Dayton Hamvention Dayton Hamvention celebrates its 63rd anniversary at Hara Arena on May 16-18. The long-running amateur (ham) radio convention got its start in the Gem City back in 1952; it has since become the largest in the […]

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The Brothers are back in town!

Smug Brothers reunite with two new releases By Leo DeLuca Photo: Smug Brothers release their new album at South Park Tavern on Feb. 22; photo: Jordan Frei Smug Brothers celebrate the release of their new album On the Way to the Punchline, Saturday, Feb. 22. The all-ages show takes place at South Park Tavern. Human Cannonball, […]

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Let the world know: Dayton is the Birthplace of Aviation

Wright Image Group plans monument at Crossroads of America  By Leo Deluca   Photo: Aerieal view of I-70 and I- 75 intersection with a model of the Wright Memorial The Wright Image Group (WIG) plans to honor the “Birthplace of Aviation” by erecting a 250-foot-high monument to the Wright brothers at the intersection of I-70 […]

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Changing disabilities into possibilities

We Care Arts celebrates 30 years  By Leo DeLuca   Photo: We Care Arts has helped clients such as Veronica [pictured] find a creative outlet for 30 years “Changing disabilities into possibilities through art.” That is the mission of We Care Arts (WCA), a local non-profit organization rooted in the belief that art has the power […]

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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]