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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

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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May we have this dance?

South Slavic Club shares its Balkan hospitality by Tammy Newsom Photo: Bulgarika performs at the South Slavic Club; photo: Jim Rohal Eastern Europe built a wall to keep out dissidents. When the wall came down, popular entertainment let us back in. Dayton’s South Slavic Club (SSC) is made up of the countries of the former […]

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Troy, unplugged

Fall Farm Festival at Lost Creek Reserve By Tammy Newsom Photo: Visitors take a wagon ride down Scarecrow Lane at Lost Creek Reserve; photo: Amanda Smith Have you ever dived into a vat of corn? Or fallen into a load of hay, just for fun? Maybe not, but chances are your grandparents did. For those […]

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Thom, ah-ee-la and mahrah for all

Lebanese festival offers food, family and fun By Tammy Newsom Photo: Will Thomas grills Kafta and Danny Slilaty grills chicken for Shawarma sandwiches at the 2013 Lebanese Festival; photo: Jim Zaidain Are you ready for some Lebanese cheer? Then much Thom! Ah-ee-la! Mahrah! for you. Thom! Ah-ee-la! Mahrah! (which means, food!, family!, fun! in Arabic) can […]

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Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy Jersey cow is treated to a strawberry waffle cone with sprinkles. The lunar module resurfaces in a splatter of metallic paint against soapstone. A bookcase of twisted tomes – “The Dork Tower” and “The Grape […]

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Flipping the bird

Yellow Springs Arts Council’s For the Birds By Tammy Newsom Photo: “Trashy Bird” by corrine bayraktaroglu; photo provided by artist In the winter of 2013, eight stir-crazy Village artists met for “Tweet Meets” over coffee to exchange ideas for art projects. Many of those artists are active members of Village Artisans, including Susan Gartner, who, compelled […]

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Perestroika

Turkish culture rebuilds in the Gem City By Tammy Newsom Photo: The Turkish American Society Organization hosts Abrahamic Traditions Dinners to facilitate interfaith dialogue Dayton is a special commonplace. Many Turks came to this country in fear of judgment from non-Muslims. What they found instead was a receptive community. Coming from both Russia and Turkey, Turks […]

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News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]

The Docket: 11/18

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove A new trend? A 36-year-old woman […]

Advice Goddess: 11/11

By Amy Alkon Scold rush  I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, […]

The Docket 11/11/14

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Hail seizure! Officers responded to a […]

news of the weird 11/11

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Baby beauty Amanda Collins, 28, took “beauty pageant mom” to the next level (down) […]