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Summer Sun and Salutations

You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, or perhaps you pass by a window while one is in session. It’s the workout that has dominated the nation for decades, and the world for even longer: Yoga. The definition of yoga is wordy, […]

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Paddle on, Dayton

Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the Dayton region there’s a lot to explore. Whether you are interested in kayaking, canoeing, or stand up paddleboarding, there are myriad resources that allow you to try the sport or build on existing paddling skills. […]

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Still living the good life

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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Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of America’s most beloved musical acts, the band performed over 2,300 concerts, eschewing set lists, going down the golden road, and mesmerizing generations of devoted fans along the way. Although Jerry Garcia’s untimely death in August […]

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Evolution Calling

Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the Promised Land, they’ve always upped their game. With recent issues behind them, they’ve moved forward, working on their third record with vocalist Todd La Torre. A new album is coming late 2018 or early 2019. […]

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Zen Gem

“I’m going to a sushi place in Piqua,” I announced to some friends over coffee the morning of my visit. “There’s a sushi place in Piqua?” was my friends’ response. Indeed there is, and it’s worth a trip. The first thing that impressed me about my visit to Mikado Sushi and Hibachi was the aesthetically […]

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The “First Reformed” shall be the last

I find myself infatuated with Ethan Hawke’s face. About ten years ago, I would never have made such an admission because Hawke felt somehow slight to me. I deemed him to be forever indebted to Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua for allowing him to bask in the afterglow of “Training Day” (which garnered him an […]

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DPAA’s Party Arty’s New Orleans themed fundraiser at Steam Plant DPAA’s Party Arty Fundraiser is always a lively time with wonderful food, beverage, and of course entertainment! By Katie Fender “Let the good times roll!” The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is hosting its 5th annual Party Arty fundraising event. For anyone in the area looking […]

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East Dayton Arts District evolves

The Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton embraces the spectrum of arts and the power of community advocacy to serve the communities of Dayton and beyond. The Institute works with community members to create collaborative art and also mobilizes artists to lead projects that beautify neighborhoods. Jes McMillan is the founder and executive director of The […]

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Commentary 6/19: Call Me by My Name

About 1.4 million adults in the United States identify as transgender, which doubles a widely used previous estimate of 700,000. The debate on how and when to accommodate the transgender population, now thought to make up 0.6 percent of the population, continues to escalate. Recently in the news is the report of an Indiana high […]

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Plugged In

The next sound you hear will be…well, I don’t know what it will be but I know what it won’t be. It won’t be an electric car. After a false start or two, quiet, battery-powered, zero emission electric cars are here to stay. General Motors developed a concept electric car in 1990. This car, the […]

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Debate 6/12: A tweet too far

Was anyone really surprised? Roseanne Barr has stepped in it again. Always a loose cannon, she managed to offend just about everyone last week with, no matter how you slice it, a Tweet that few would argue was racist. She compared former Obama Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, an African-American woman, to an ape. The outrage […]

Goodnight Goodnight’s new morning

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“We’ve known Larry for years,” says Gary Thornton of Goodnight Goodnight. He’s talking about the newest addition to their lineup, Larry Evans, formerly bassist with The Smug Brothers. “It feels like he’s a good fit.” Word is that Larry’s looking forward to it as well. The band is booking a tour for the summer, probably […]

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Dayton’s historic innovations also include dance

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Ohio’s unique and powerful dance history will take center stage from June 18 to 24, 2018, as ballroom dancers and world-renowned dance instructors convene for the unveiling of Dayton Historic Dance Week. It is organizer Jeanette Watts’ way of showing off her hometown of the last 20 years to the vintage dance community as ballroom […]

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P is for Pinot

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When I started writing about wine, one cultural touchstone was a 2004 indie-film-that-blew-up called Sideways. The events of the film surround a wine tasting bachelor trip through Santa Barbara County’s Pinot Noir country. As a film, Sideways may not have held up terribly well, but the movie’s effect on wine consumption continues.

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Destination: Yellow Springs

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The 5th annual Springfield Barnstorming Carnival will take place on July 14 and 15 at historic Springfield Beckley Airport. This free event brings aviation enthusiasts and the community together to experience the golden age of aviation. The festival is a unique opportunity to experience some of the rarest aircraft from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s […]

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Pulling Classical Strings

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Media entrepreneur Pendra Lee Snyder has spent her career traveling the roads, broadcasting and writing the news, taking pride in all she creates. The Indiana State graduate is currently celebrating a decade of strings with her traveling ensemble Viva La Strings. After operating The Christian Citizen newspaper she dusted off the violin, and started playing […]

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Celebrating emancipation

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“Juneteenth is a date set aside to recognize the freeing of the last group of slaves that were held in Galveston, Texas in 1865,” says Emma Andrews, Case Manager at The Wesley Center. She was kind enough to take time out of her day to tell me why this date and its celebration holds such […]

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The epitome of virtuosity

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Prodigy? Virtuoso? These are terms often loosely bandied about when discussing musicians. But both terms apply equally to Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez. Like most performers at her talent level, she began playing at an early age – 5. Unlike almost everyone else in her orbit, she is the fifth generation of women in her family […]

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Shakespeare? Seriously?

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If you have avoided Shakespeare, remembering it as incredibly slow and hard to understand, this abridged and revised version will keep you awake and possibly breathless. It is 97 minutes of comedy and action, dipping lightly and irreverently into all 38 of the Bard’s plays. The actors run, they leap, they play football with a […]

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Making the mark in Miamisburg

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Watermark’s larger space and expanded menu shine The thick-sliced brisket is hickory smoked for 6-8 hours. Time well spent. By Paula Johnson Watermark, located in Miamisburg’s historic Erie Canal Building, is named for the building’s high water line from Dayton’s 1913 Great Flood. It’s the newest incarnation of Maria and Eric Walusis’s former restaurant, Nibbles. […]

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Aimless and “Adrift”

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Can Jennifer Lawrence’s mini-me buoy this true-life disaster tale? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Tom Hanks and Robert Redford anchored films (“Cast Away” and “All Is Lost” respectively) where they had to shoulder the narrative burden on their own. Hanks did so with his quintessential good humor, while Redford with his rugged stoicism. Quite often, I imagine […]

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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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Ministry’s Sin meets Syn

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Syn: ReBooted and Therapy Café keep industrial alive in Dayton Sinhue “Sin” Quirin in his Ministry mode. He will be guest DJ for Syn: Rebooted. By Tim Walker Clanking, foreboding, and dark as a freshly-dug grave—yet with a dance beat—industrial music has been gracing the popular music landscape ever since the middle of the Swinging […]

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Conspiracy 6/19: Reality Check

I follow the Dayton Daily News, so I thought everything was wonderful around the area. People are moving into subsidized […]

On Your Marc 6/19: Lefty, the Caps & Stanley

The call came, as important ones concerning sports usually do, from Ralph Morrow, the former sports editor of the Dayton […]

If you’ve seen one ‘Ocean’, you’ve seen ‘Ocean’s 8’

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Near the start of “Ocean’s 8,” we’re led to believe that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is dead and his sister […]

Gin and Tonic on the Horizon

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On June 13, The Rose Music Center is the place to be to get your 90s nostalgia fix as Gin […]

Predator High

Government schools are dangerous and deadly places. For twenty years we’ve been reading about school shootings yet schools have done […]