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Dayton Society of Artists’ special summer exhibit Alan Pocaro, The Distance Between Us When We Communicate (Detail) By Tim Smith One of the hidden artistic jewels in the Gem City is The Dayton Society of Artists, located in East Dayton. They are presenting a unique exhibit running through August 4, Project Space. This special showing […]

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Debate 6/26: Importing domestic violence?

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Q: Should persons seeking to escape domestic violence be granted asylum in the United States? Another week, and more drama on the immigration front. This past week, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions overturned a decision enacted by the Obama administration that would allow women fleeing domestic violence in foreign countries to be granted asylum […]

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Happy Birthday to U.S.

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Dayton has always been a patriotic town, which is a natural fit for the birthplace of aviation. Each year, communities all across the Miami Valley show their true colors for the Fourth of July. In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, the Dayton City Paper offers the following guide to some of the local celebrations.

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Destination: Troy

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The Lovers headline Fridays on Prouty Concert on June 29 The Fridays on Prouty concert series in downtown Troy kicks off June 29th at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by the country music duo of Amanda June and Cole Vosbury, otherwise known as The Lovers.

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Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn the title. No such problem exists for Tony Bennett. The ace crooner has been entertaining audiences since the late 1940s and in his 91st year, he shows no signs of stopping. He’ll appear at The […]

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Dayton divine TV diva Ms. Demure

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Since the dawn of cable television, public access stations have given local talk show wannabes a free forum to strut their stuff. With the internet explosion of services like YouTube and Vimeo, stardom has come easier, no matter the degree of talent. One Dayton resident, while finding fame online, has remained true to their hometown […]

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“Pops!” go the classics

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Mention the words “Pops Concert,” and many music lovers instantly picture the late great Arthur Fiedler, the longtime conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Fiedler manned the podium in Boston’s Symphony Hall for more than forty years, delighting generations of concertgoers with his blend of light classical fare mixed with popular music favorites. The Dayton […]

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Is the Pope Catholic?

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Political cartoonist Ted Rall’s graphic Pope Francis biography Kettering native Ted Rall has published over 21 books, his cartoons and editorial column are widely syndicated, and he appears regularly as a cable news commentator. By Tim Smith Ted Rall is one angry dude. The award-winning graphic novelist, political cartoonist, and journalist has made a career […]

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Dayton’s Bourbon landmark

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Award winning Century Bar at the top of their game Stepping in to the Century Bar is taking a step back in time. “So set ’em up Joe, I’ve got a little story I think you should know…” By Dr. Mike Rosenberg | Photo by Michael Morris Bourbon’s popularity in the United States is booming. The […]

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On Stage April 2018

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The stage is a world of entertainment (L-R) Paige Jacobs, Elisha Chamberlin, Amber J. Smith, and Justin Lampkins from the ensemble cast of the Sinclair Theatre production of “Blood at the Root.” Photo: Patti Celek By Tim Smith “Blood at the Root” Sinclair Theatre Sinclair Theatre tackles a controversial yet timely subject when they present […]

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Kansas resurrected

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Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie Platt, David Manion, and David Ragsdale By Tim Smith In the world of classic rock music acts, there are bands—and then there’s Kansas. The one-time garage band from Topeka has been entertaining fans since 1974, […]

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On The Cutting EDGE

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DPAA Program Reaches Out To New Audiences EDGE performers Thomas Sobieski (violin), Kim Trout (viola), Christina Coletta (cello), and Leslie Stratton (harp—not pictured) perform in Yellow Springs By Tim Smith The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance continually strives to introduce their various organizations to a wider audience. One of their newest programs is called EDGE, and […]

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Mayor of Bluesville

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Doug Hart Band blueses Trolley Stop Doug Hart controlling his stratocaster By Tim Smith I’m continually amazed at the wealth of musical talent in the Dayton area. Some bands have a solid local following, but many have found fame outside of their comfort zone. One such example is the Doug Hart Band. They’ll be appearing […]

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An enchanted evening

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Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra presents “An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein” The members of the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra are all volunteers, playing for the love of the music By Tim Smith The music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II forever changed the Broadway landscape beginning in the 1940s, contributing shows and songs that […]

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Play that damn guitar

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Jay Jesse Johnson Band will perform at the Dublin Pub Jay Jesse Johnson playing that damn guitar. Photo: Ed Sawicki By Tim Smith It’s been said that sometimes you have to leave home to find your true calling. Indiana-born blues guitarist and singer, Jay Jesse Johnson is living proof of that adage. His band will […]

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Architecture in motion

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Diavolo’s fearless dance fusion Diavolo’s unique architecture is the launch pad for their high-flying dance. By Tim Smith Anyone who has attended the circus has experienced that breathtaking moment when the trapeze artists fly high above you, and one of them lets go in mid-air. You instinctively gasp and wonder, “Will they catch the other […]

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Yes, Flying Saucers Do Exist!

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Please don’t call it Frisbee. Colorful flying plastic discs fill the air around this time of year, tossed from hand […]

Debate 7/10: You’ve got mail…for now!

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Who in their wildest dreams thought Donald Trump could be a consensus builder? Certainly not me. Donald has done something […]

Bubbles to beat the brunch backlash

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I casually peruse food articles, as you might guess. One emerging set of hot takes seems to revolve around brunch. […]

Jump, jive, and wail!

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Since 1982, Muse Machine has been a staple of many lives in the Miami Valley. Over 76,000 lives, each year, […]

A Monument to Insurrection

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Dayton Society of Artists’ special summer exhibit Alan Pocaro, The Distance Between Us When We Communicate (Detail) By Tim Smith […]