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When jazz and stars align

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Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz is as humble as he is gifted. The reason? He gets by with a little help from his friends. A native of the San Fernando Valley, Koz honed his saxophone playing skills early. “I started out as an ensemble player because I was far too ‘coordinated’ to play and march in […]

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A watershed moment, a watershed movement

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Thousands of years ago, Ohio was covered by massive glaciers that, over time, caused the Little Miami River to switch its course and flow in a southerly direction, creating the geology of Clifton Gorge and emptying into the Ohio River east of Cincinnati. The Little Miami River Watershed, the bridge of land that separates the […]

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Motown Magic

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Motown is back! Prepare to immerse yourself in the Motown sound—music that spun gold for the hitmakers of the 1970s—as the vocal group Masters of Soul (MOS) takes the stage at the Springfield Arts Center. MOS is preparing a soul music reunion of beloved and renowned Motown acts of the 1970s. The most iconic names […]

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Jewish Cultural Festival’s music offerings

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Mount Masada, the famous fortress plateau in Israel, rises 1,300 feet above the Dead Sea. In Dayton, Ohio, it’s an 18-foot ride down an inflatable slide of the same name. Families can experience this attraction, food, and other entertainment, including a reference to the Wailing Wall and a live petting zoo, at Temple Israel’s (TI) […]

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Home at last

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The Greater Dayton Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Center has thrived as a virtual center for over 40 years, promoting equality and LGBT enhancement programs through support groups, mailing lists, and local nonprofit organizations. Since January 2017, when the LGBT Center acquired its new 6,000 square foot brick-and-mortar space at 4 North Jefferson Street […]

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The eyes have it

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Yellow Springs’ Cyclops Fest attracts the unique By Tammy Newsom Photo: The annual Cyclops Fest takes place Sept. 12; photo: Stephanie Baker In Yellow Springs, for one day in September, a capricious mythological one-eyed creature opens the door to the locally grown, the handmade and the weird. Like the mythological Cyclops, many local entrepreneurs of […]

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Welcome to the barony

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Society for Creative Anachronism is more than LARPing By Tammy Newsom Photo: The Society for Creative Anachronism partakes in activities including armored combat, fencing and archery as well as embroidery, weaving and dyeing In Civil War and World War II reenactments, each costumed actor recreates famous battles. In an Adrian Empire reenactment, players can dress […]

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Building bridges

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Sinclair theatre program performs collaborative, Dayton-focused show By Tammy Newsom Photo: Sinclair Theatre presents “Building Bridges in Our Town” May 29-30; photo: Patti Celek One never knows where the next really big idea comes from. Gary Minyard, vice president of education & engagement at The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) wanted to improve literacy in Dayton […]

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Dayton’s new Irish Church

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Dublin Pub, reincarnated By Tammy Newsom Photo: A church scheduled for demolition became the building materials for the Dublin Pub renovation “A quart of ale is a dish fit for a king’ – Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” What we love about the Dublin Pub is still there: the fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, the Guinness […]

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You’ve come a long way, baby!

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Annual Women’s Voices out Loud still a hot ticket By Tammy Newsom Photo: Sage HaleWolf, “grrr” Once upon a time, a few female artists got together in Yellow Springs to lose their inhibitions and “sing it out loud.” Some were afraid to be heard at first, but the event went off like a bell, and […]

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The land of the three faiths

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Rose Ensemble explores religious crossroads at UD By Tammy Newsom Photo: The Rose Ensemble will present Land of the Three Faiths on March 15 A major event occurred in Spain in 1492. Yes, besides that one. In 1492, Catholic King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella ordered the Jews and the Muslims out of Spain. They were […]

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We come in peace

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The Peace Corps Experience in Dayton By Tammy Newsom Photo: Sara Kacvinsky wears funeral attire from Ghana; photo: Patsy Ferrell Some readers may recall President John F. Kennedy’s famous 1961 inaugural address that served as a call to order for young volunteers entering the Peace Corps. “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can […]

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Public art, sans gallery

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Life imitates art in Yellow Springs By Tammy Newsom Photo: Davis Street Propeller Bush, artist: Bruce Parker; photo: Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce Public art displays may seem eccentric in most American towns, but not in Yellow Springs. Yellow Springs is dedicated to artistic expression as a means to bring the community together, which just […]

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DCP’s tips for surviving 2015

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Ring in the new year in confidence _________ 4 tips for surviving and thriving in 2015 Warning:  A few of these might call you out on some of your bull By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Here at Dayton City Paper, our top concern is your wellbeing. It’s all we talk about, really. So here we’ve compiled […]

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Beat this!

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Dayton’s Burundi Royal Court Drummers By Tammy Newsom Photo: The Burundi Royal Court Drummers have performed traditional and improvisational acrobatic drumming in Dayton for five years; photo: Bill Franz Burundi now has a golden crown. As a tiny Central African nation bordering Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi has been plagued […]

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They’re coming for you, Barbara

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Night of the Living Dead, Live at Dayton Playhouse by Tammy Newsom Photo: [l – r] Jared Mola (red shirt), Christina Lewis, Eric Specht (background), Noah Shane (in hoodie, hidden), Max Santucci (brown shirt, back to camera), Courtney Carmichael, Jill Lynott (purple shirt), Marcus L. Simmons II (with hand to mouth) and Adam Clevenger (green jacket) […]

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Springfield’s hidden gem

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Referred to as an American Folk Art site, I didn’t know what I expected on my journey to Springfield’s Hartman […]

Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play

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Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across […]

Conspiracy Theorist 7/17: Hooray for Domino’s

Year after year, the same roads are torn up and road crews patch them. But they never really repair them. […]

On Your Marc 7/17: Good any day

First, a funny story. Larry Lee, the big tackle from Roth High School, for a number of reasons decided he […]

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush at Rose

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“Rock and roll never forgets,” the classic rock song goes, and Billy Duffy, guitarist and founding member of the British […]