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The yearly celebration of Greek life is an onus that Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dayton bears proudly. The Annunciation Church bases its faith not only on religion but the social programs and abundance of lively music, rich food, and dancing since ancient times. The Dayton Greek Festival was started in Dayton 60 years ago […]

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Take one down and pass it around

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There will be over 150 beers to choose from when Dayton Beer Week and Alefest Dayton serves up the brews beginning Saturday, August 18th and concludes with Alefest Dayton on August 25th at the Dayton Convention Center. Alefest Dayton, now celebrating 20 years, is the topper event for Dayton Beer week, with virtually all of […]

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But cut the grass first

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Yellow Springs has long embraced artistic expression as a way to bring people together. The village itself is a mecca for creativity. While summer cookouts will be dotting the lawns of the Midwest, this August will mark the 35th annual Art on the Lawn Festival in Yellow Springs. The AOTLF will host 100 new and […]

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New alternative rock beats on old stomping grounds

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There is a first time for everything. This time it’s the first year for a psychedelic new wave of alternative rock, punk, and indie rock, rolling through virgin bucolic farmland with all the excitement and anticipation of a blank canvas. The Bellwether Music Festival debuts on the same grounds occupied by the Ohio Renaissance Festival […]

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Canoegrass and the great outdoors

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Looking for a primitive camping and music adventure that seems more like a family reunion?  “Canoegrass is an all bluegrass, folk, Americana, old timey style music fest,” says Tomfoolery and Canoegrass producer, Tom Helbig. Canoe Grass was born six years ago when Helbig, producer of Tomfoolery Outdoors wanted to create an outdoor recreation camping retreat. […]

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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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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 […]