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DPAA kicks off its season with The Inaugural Gala By Leo DeLuca Photo: Dance on the stage of the Mead Theatre with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra during the DPAA Inaugural Gala on Oct. 5; Photo: Andy Snow The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) presents their inaugural gala Saturday, October 5. The event is titled “A Little […]

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High art in Dayton

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Art on the Commons at Fraze Pavilion By Leo DeLuca Photo: Browse the selection of prints at Art on the Commons at Fraze Pavilion on Sunday, Aug. 11; Photo: Thom Meyer  Art on the Commons Fine Arts & Fine Crafts Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The exceedingly popular event takes place at Kettering’s […]

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A reason to sing!

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Human Race Theatre presents Festival of New Musicals By Leo DeLuca  Photo: [l to r] Jim Poulos, Dana Mierlak, Maria Couch and Jamie Cordes in the 2011 Loft Series production of “right next to me”; photo credit: Gregg Coffin The Human Race Theatre Company (HRTC) hosts its Sixth Annual Festival of New Musicals, Aug. 2-4 at […]

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Cityfolk Festival Rising

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A bastion of culture perseveres downtown By: Leo Deluca Photo:Enjoying the music and dancing of the 2012 Cityfolk Festival; photo credits: Andy Snow   Cityfolk has been nourishing the spirit of southwest Ohio since 1980. With a mission to “share diverse artistic traditions from across America and around the world,” the non-profit organization has become […]

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Every story, every voice, every life matters equally

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StoryCorps founder Dave Isay speaks for WYSO fundraiser By Leo DeLuca Photo: StoryCorps founder Dave Isay will speak at the Mathille Theater in the Schuster Center on Friday, June 21 StoryCorps is a vastly popular oral history project listened to by millions each week via NPR’s Morning Edition. Dave Isay – founder of StoryCorps – will speak […]

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‘Art is in the air’

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DAI’s 56th Annual Art Ball By Leo DeLuca Photo: One of the highlights of the DAI’s annual Art Ball is an elegant seated dinner, served throughout the museum galleries; Photo courtesy of Dayton Art Institute The Dayton Art Institute hosts its 56th annual Art Ball Saturday, June 8 from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Long a fun and festive […]

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Love God and love your neighbor

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Christianity, the LGBT community and gay-friendly churches in Dayton By Leo DeLuca Photo: “If [Christians] took our blinders off … we would see that God affirms gay relationships …” – Christopher Pyle As unifying as it is divisive, the Bible has always been a mystifying text. For centuries, Scripture has been employed in defending innumerable beliefs […]

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The hills are alive!

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Nelsonville Music Festival returns By Leo DeLuca photo: Wilco headlines at Nelsonville Music Festival the weekend of May 30-June 2; photo credit: Austin Nelson Located a mere two hours from Dayton, Nelsonville Music Festival (NMF) heads into its ninth year with a phenomenal lineup featuring Wilco, Cat Power, John Prine, Mavis Staples, Jonathan Richman and many […]

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Hamming it up

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Ham radio’s Hamvention invades Dayton By Leo DeLuca photo: Examining the tools of the trade: the biggest amatuer radio event in the world, Dayton Hamvention takes place at Hara Arena May 17-19 Dayton Hamvention celebrates its 62nd anniversary at Hara Arena May 17, 18 and 19. The long-running amateur (ham) radio convention got its start in […]

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Shredding home

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Marnie Stern with Dayton’s Nithin Kalvakota plays Canal Street  By Leo DeLuca Photo: Marnie Stern brings her distinctive brand of guitar-centric bubblegum pop to Canal Street Tavern on May 8 Marnie Stern, frequently referred to as “the lady who shreds,” will play Canal Street Tavern Wednesday, May 8, with local favorites The Motel Beds and Dear […]

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Bringing Back the Witch’s Broom

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The “Yellow Brick Road Map” to the Dayton Arcade Library  ARCADE LIBRARY COVER STORY: PART A By Paul Noah Publisher, Dayton City Paper Just after the $187 million library levy passed, Hollywood storyboard artist and long-time friend J. Todd Anderson met with me in early December 2012 and insisted I permit him to proceed and […]

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Let’s get physical

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The Miami Valley celebrates Record Store Day 2013 By Leo DeLuca Photo: Record collectors celebrate Record Store Day 2013 on Saturday, April in the Miami Valley Founded in 2007 and launched in 2008, Record Store Day (RSD) is designed to bring “independently owned record stores and artists together to celebrate the art of music,” according the […]

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A lot with a little

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Dolfish visits South Park Tavern By Leo DeLuca Photo: Dolfish [aka Max Sollisch] will perform at South Park Tavern on Friday, March 15 Dolfish, the indie folk-rock venture of Cleveland-based songwriter Max Sollisch, is no stranger to brevity. In his short time on the scene, Paste, American Songwriter, Daytrotter and more have all hailed Sollisch. In […]

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Dark humor

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Christopher Titus visits Funny Bone  By Leo DeLuca  Photo:  Comedian Christopher Titus will visit the Dayton Funny Bone March 1-3 Comedian Christopher Titus first came to prominence with “Titus” – a contentious FOX television program that aired in the early aughts. While censors admonished him to tone down his sinister humor, Titus refused to compromise and […]

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Splitting sides since 1976

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Emo Philips returns to Wiley’s By Leo DeLuca Photo: Comedian Emo Philips returns to Wiley’s Comedy Club Feb. 21-24; photo credit: Kevin Thom Comedian Emo Philips has been splitting sides since 1976. Hailed by Jay Leno as “the best joke writer in America,” Philips has appeared on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Arsenio Hall. In addition, […]

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Song of South Africa

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Miami University’s Middletown Campus By Leo DeLuca Photo:  Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala [front] brings the group he founded over 45 years ago to Miami-Middletown campus on Feb. 13 Ladysmith Black Mambazo – the South African male choral group first widely recognized for their appearance on Paul Simon’s classic 1986 Graceland […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]