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For the Love of Art

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“In the fall of 2013, Suzanne Sizer, the Director of Pendleton Arts Center, and I started dreaming about a day when all of Middletown’s Arts Organizations collaborated for a fun-filled, educational experience,” explains Jackie Phillips, Health Commissioner for the City of Middletown. Soon after forming the initial committee, the Middletown Arts Festival was born. This […]

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Feeling good with my dancing grooves

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Come rain or come shine, every little thing is gonna be alright. Cue the 31st annual Dayton Reggae Festival on Sunday September 2. It is the longest running reggae festival in the midwest, and is still going strong. The festival is free, and will be groovin’ from 1 to 8 p.m.

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“Celtic” isn’t just about Ireland

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Break out your kilts, dust off your favorite pint glass, and gather up all the kids, the 17th Annual Dayton Celtic Festival is almost upon us. This festival is downtown Dayton’s largest, and will be in full tilt from July 27–29 at Riverscape Metropark. The celebration will have non-stop music and entertainment, authentic Irish beverages, […]

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Art in the Heart (in the city)

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Art has always been a part of any culture. It tells our stories by depicting how we live, what we see and how we interpret the world around us. Whether that was by pushing fingers into soft clay on cave walls, detailing the smallest paint stroke with a fine brush, or the beauty of dancing […]

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From bad experience to dream job

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“I failed Home Ec,” Jesy Anderson said to me as she giggled to herself. “I didn’t backstitch anything, so everything fell apart in the washing machine.” This isn’t a statement you would expect to hear from the owner and creator of Needle, Ink and Thread, a sewing studio located in Beavercreek, but that’s what makes […]

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Feeding the soul

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The onslaught of festivals in and around the city of Dayton is in full swing, but not all of them can make you feel it in your bones the way the Dayton Blues Festival can. Coming back for the 33rd year, this gathering celebrates the history and love of blues, while also introducing the genre […]

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Building character through building characters

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Dare to Defy, also known as D2D, is one of the most recent musical theatrical production companies to plant their roots in the Dayton area. They have just completed their third season and are already in full-swing preparations for their fourth that will start in the fall. Throughout this summer though, they are spearheading a […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, or perhaps you pass by a window while one is in session. It’s the workout that has dominated the nation for decades, and the world for even longer: Yoga. The definition of yoga is wordy, […]

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Celebrating emancipation

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“Juneteenth is a date set aside to recognize the freeing of the last group of slaves that were held in Galveston, Texas in 1865,” says Emma Andrews, Case Manager at The Wesley Center. She was kind enough to take time out of her day to tell me why this date and its celebration holds such […]

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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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In this fast-paced world of immediate answers and non-stop connectivity, there is a real need for us to unplug and unwind, so that we may reconnect with ourselves and with nature. The rise in self-care has surged since the 1980s, a movement that will not be falling away anytime soon, even though there may be […]

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Adventures under the sea

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Almost every girl at one point or another thought that they were the little mermaid. Except for me. I was the the little mermaid, and you couldn’t convince me otherwise. I do not know what it was about the red-haired adventurer that made me fall in love with her story, but I was hooked instantly. […]

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The draw of downtown living

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Summer events kick off with Downtown Dayton Housing Tour First Place at 330 W. First Street offers residents a prime location, luxurious living spaces, and spectacular views. By Sarah Monroe One of the wonderful things (among many) about living in the city of Dayton and its surrounding areas is that there is no shortage of […]

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Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more “pop” songs, including her self-penned “Wonderland.” By Sarah Monroe There are many things that get better with age: delicious wine, smooth whiskey, tasty cheese and the ethereal voice of Jackie Evancho. She astounded audiences worldwide […]

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BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first mid-life crisis from his girlfriend Susan (Danielle Ruddy), and his best friend Michael (Philip Drennen). By Sarah Monroe What’s the big deal about turning 30? It’s just like turning 20 but ten years later, so […]

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To rule the world

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YouTube’s “Dulcimer Dad” Ted Yoder plays Dublin Pub National Hammer Dulcimer Champion Ted Yoder By Sarah Monroe “My wife basically said ‘Let’s just go down there, compete, forget about the job and act like we’re on vacation. We’ll worry about the job when we get back.’” That’s how Ted Yoder describes his wife Donna’s reaction […]

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Double tenors, double fun

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Brothers Nunziata perform Broadway favorites in Springfield (L-R) Showmen Will and Anthony Nunziata… or is it Anthony and Will? A little help? Photo: Stephen Sorokoff By Sarah Monroe The stage is set and the music has been carefully selected. There is a soft shuffling of feet moving towards center stage as two brothers take their […]

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No Jet Engines Here

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]