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The DAI is “Acting up” again

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Historic Japanese performance art depictions on display Art: Utagawa Kunisada II; Actors Sawamura Tosshō II as Hiranoya Kōjirō, Bandō Sanpachi V as Tōji’s Student Kane, Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Wakokubashi Tōji, and Ichimura Kakitsu IV as the Pickpocket Takemon no Tora, 1863 By Tara Pettit Centuries over time humans have unleashed boundless creativity through myriad […]

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Preserving progress

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60 years of art and social change at YS Arts Council Photo: Antioch College’s 1960s production of Shakespeares Rape of Lucretia By Tara Pettit It’s no secret that Yellow Springs harbors a deeply rich cultural arts community. Creative collaboration is truly the lifeblood of this town and the foundation of a 60-year history that has […]

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More than a market

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Regional farmers’ markets bring community to Dayton Fresh tomatoes for sale; photo: Centerville Farmers’ Market By Tara Pettit Most of us are aware of the obvious benefits a local farmers’ market brings to a community. It gets people out, helps local farmers, and promotes healthy eating – overall, a positive addition to any community that decides to […]

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Field of dreams

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Soak in the Summer Solstice Lavender Festival at Peaceful Acres Farm photo: Demo gong meditation as well as other healing and whole-health activities June 17 and 18 By Tara Pettit Although its wide uses and benefits have been recognized for centuries, Lavandula angustifolia has made a comeback in the recent decade. As published studies continue […]

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Oh hi, Ohio

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Ohayo Ohio Festival brings Japanese culture back to Antioch By Tara Pettit Photo: Antioch and Yellow Springs community members reveal their shibori-dyed patterns at Ohayo Ohio; photo: Talitha Greene While Antioch College is recognized for its non-traditional and progressive educational style—the institution started making early waves in activism at the beginning of the 1900s—what may […]

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Which Came First?

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Grow Home: 38th Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Conference moves to Dayton Convention Center By Tara Petit Photo: Cover artwork by Kevin Morgan Collaboration, ideation, and innovation on statewide practices in sustainable food and farming practices will be “homegrown” this year at the 38th annual Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Conference, “Growing […]

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Is Dayton chicken?

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Residents say ‘yes’ to chicken ownership, will the city? By Tara Pettit Dayton has progressively moved closer toward its residents’ shared vision to transform post-industrial “dead spaces” into creative, more productive eco-friendly areas centered on community. Amidst progress, however, Miami Valley residents have reached a major roadblock in their mission to become a more self-reliant […]

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Harvesting the future

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The organic growth of Dayton’s urban gardens By Tara Pettit Dayton’s neighborhoods are extraordinarily active outdoors this spring as shovels dig, composts heaps pile up and hoop houses erect in several neighborhoods. All the activity can only mean one thing for a city that has proven its motivation in recent years to transforming empty urban […]

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Deeper into humanity

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Viewers asked to second-guess at Springfield’s Jimi Jones art exhibition By Tara Pettit Every once in a while an artist comes along who radically challenges creative boundaries and redefines contextual aspects such as space, time and subject matter. It’s not often, however, that an artist comes along who has masterfully redefined and assimilated all three […]

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Trash to treasure

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Artist Anna Burke’s recycled mediums at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Tara Pettit Local artist Anna Burke is a recognizable by-product of her Yellow Springs environment. In one way, her work exudes inspiration found in the natural landscapes that surround Yellow Springs, reflecting the ecological soul of the small town. In another way, her work […]

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On your mark, get set…

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Shop unique and handmade gifts at National Holiday Gift Show By Tara Pettit Photo: 12,000 shoppers and over 370 booths are expected at this year’s National Holiday Gift Show, Friday, Nov. 27-Sunday Nov. 29 at Hara Arena Once the Thanksgiving turkey has been eaten and the last piece of pumpkin pie has been stuffed down, […]

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Art & Soul

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Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 21 in Yellow Springs Sometimes we miss seeing the forest for its trees. Similarly with art, sometimes we miss seeing its expansive, communal nature when we make it into something hyper-personalized, […]

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It’s bock!

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DAI’s Oktoberfest bigger and more local By Tara Pettit Photo: Oktoberfest at the Dayton Art Institute, 1972 Dayton’s annual Oktoberfest has, since its inception in 1972, offered one weekend out of the year for Dayton to “taste the world” by bringing to the event an array of international craft beer and food offerings for the […]

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Opa!

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When celebrating culture becomes a tradition By Tara Pettit Photo: The Virgil Donati Band will perform at Oddbody’s on Sept. 11 Today when you hear about Greece, you automatically associate it with banks, budgets and bailouts. Recent news about the country and its ongoing economic crisis has permeated media coverage of the small nation, so […]

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25 years, 25,000 acres

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Tecumseh Land Trust, local artists partner in natural landscapes exhibition By Tara Pettit Photo: Steven Walker, The Other Side of the Creek, on view as part of the 25/25 landscape art show at Winds Cafe in Yellow Springs An unexplainable, intrinsic connection exists between art and nature. The powerful connection is a reminder of how […]

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Addicted to love

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Local author’s new memoir about sex addiction’s silent sister By Tara Pettit Photo: “Insatiable: A Memoir of Love Addiction” is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, IndieBound.com and in all major bookstores Crazy in love. Fool for love. Addicted to love. We’ve all heard, seen and even experienced from time to time the intense emotional highs and […]

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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 […]