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A common dream

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Visual Voices exhibit on display at the Schuster Center By Terri Gordon The annual Visual Voices exhibit, created through a partnering of the Victoria Theatre Association and the Willis “Bing” Davis Art Studio is on display now in the lobby of the Schuster Center. The King/Dunbar Art Project uses the writings of Dayton’s own Paul […]

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Crashing the party

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Playground Theatre’s unfiltered “Bachelorette” Alaska Stoughton as Gena (left) with Kaleigh-Brooke Dillingham as Regan get downright spiteful in “Bachelorette” By Terri Gordon Life’s early milestones come so readily—we walk, we talk, we learn to read. We navigate puberty. We experience our first crushes, dates, and kisses. We get driver’s licenses. We graduate high school. We […]

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Flying high

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Yellow Springs Arts Council displays vintage banners A small sampling of the many beautiful banners in the exhibit.  By Terri Gordon As Maxine Skuba tells it, it all began with rip-stop nylon, a lightweight fabric that doesn’t fray when cut. It was relatively inexpensive and she liked how it was “luminescent in the light—like stained […]

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Folded/Unfolded

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Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami at the DAI Greene RecyclingDestructors VIII  by Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine By Terri Gordon  The latest exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute features origami, the ancient art of paper-folding. But this is not the origami of fortunetellers (what many would recognize as cootie-catchers) and peace cranes. This […]

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Yes honey, the Flintstones really was a documentary

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Dinos come to life with Jurassic Quest at Dayton Convention Center Jurrasic Quest is your chance to look a Tyrannosaurus Rex right in the eye By Terri Gordon “Our guests are captivated  by our exhibit. It truly is a one-of-a-kind experience. Staring up at a 50-foot-tall creature has a way of making guests respond with […]

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Defining an era

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Alphonse Mucha’s Art Nouveau at the Dayton Art Institute Photo: Monaco, Monte-Carlo, 1897; Dhawan collection By Terri Gordon Alphonse Mucha is not Art Nouveau—Art Nouveau is Alphonse Mucha. His name may not be as well known, but the works of Alphonse Mucha are as recognizable as any Monet or Van Gogh—maybe even more so. Mucha’s work […]

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Don’t fall down!

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Big Brothers Big Sisters go over the edge at Downtown’s Courthouse Square Going down 27 stories of the KeyBank Tower; photo: Big Brother Big Sisters Miami Valley By Terri Gordon Imagine standing atop the KeyBank building in downtown Dayton, looking out over the Miami Valley. Now look down. You are 27 stories above the street. […]

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A reel and a jig

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Irish dance invades Hobart Arena Photo: Elina Espy and Addyson Randolph take a break between rounds. By Terri Gordon The Hobart Arena has been the venue for a variety of entertainment—from the circus, to sports, to music—and on Oct. 14 and 15 it will host a back-to-back Feis Weekend put on by Dayton’s own Celtic Academy of […]

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Before Hamilton there was Washington

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In the Heights examines what makes home, home Debra Cardona as Abuela Claudia and Justin Gregory Lopez as Usnavi; photo: Rich Ryan By Terri Gordon When Lin-Manuel Miranda’s show “Hamilton: An American Musical”—a rap, hip-hop and rhythm-and-blues laced musical—hit Broadway, people were surprised by its meteoric success. They shouldn’t have been. If they’d been paying […]

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Stuff your mouth

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Dayton Greek Festival’s 59th year Dean Margioras and friends dancing at the festival; photo: Linda Bouris By Terri Gordon By the second week of July, volunteers at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church have begun to prepare the food for the Dayton Greek Festival. It takes them about two months. They prepare pastitsio (a Greek version […]

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Lebanese if you please

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A weekend of food and fun for the whole family Photo: St. Ignatius Youth Dabke Troupe performing By Terri Gordon The St. Ignatius of Antioch Maronite Catholic Church is gearing up for its 24th annual Greater Dayton Lebanese Festival and it promises to be rich in cultural offerings—food, entertainment, and activities—and did I say food?! […]

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Debate Forum: 7/18

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Cat scratch fever? NY makes moves to ban cat declawing By Sarah Sidlow Word to know: onychectomy. Not the feeling one gets when crying over cutting onions. It’s a surgical procedure that declaws cats—and New York is aiming to be the first state to ban the practice. Reports estimate that about a quarter of all […]

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Animal farms

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Agri-animals at Antioch College, the Menagerie Ranch, Young’s Jersey Dairy Photo: Pet animals, like goats, at Young’s Jersey Dairy By Terri Gordon Animals figure big in three Yellow Springs enterprises—Antioch College’s farm, the Menagerie Ranch, and Young’s Jersey Dairy. Antioch Farm Antioch College has a long history as a traditional liberal arts college with sustainability […]

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Glimpses of the past

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Archaeology Day digs into Hopewell Culture at Fort Ancient Photo: Participants throw spears using the ancient atlatl, a device that helped the spear travel farther and faster, at Archaeology Day, this year July 15, at Fort Ancient By Terri Gordon In the late 1700s, as the United States was establishing itself and its citizens were taking […]

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The Circus Is Back In Town

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The Shuster Center turns big top with ‘Circus 1903’ By Terri Gordon Once billed as “The Greatest Show on Earth,” Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed for the last time in May. It was the end of nearly 150 years of dazzling acrobatic acts, animal exhibitions, and sideshows. For those who grew up in […]

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Pounding the Pavement: Dayton Lands International Trails Symposium & Cycling Summit

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The Miami Valley Matrix: Dayton, home of the nation’s largest paved trail network By Terri Gordon The Miami Valley can thank Horace Huffman, Jr. and the 1913 Flood for the over 340 miles of paved track, devoted to walking, running, and biking, that now make up the nation’s largest paved trail network. When the Wright […]

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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 […]