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Run for Cover

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Invasion of the stink bugs By Tim Smith The Miami Valley has been besieged by a plague, and it isn’t salmonella or Funk music. The pestilence in question is the stink bug, that creepy flying insect that somehow manages to get into your home without you knowing it until you see one. You really know […]

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“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Solstice”

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Celebrating The Shortest Day of the Year, (plus marinara) Several thousand Pagans, druids and revellers celebrated the winter solstice at UK’s Stonhenge in 2015 By Timothy Walker   Allow me to wish a heartfelt “Happy Holidays,” to all of you reading these words—just be careful to whom you repeat that particular sentiment on your travels […]

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‘Tis the season to be nutty

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Dayton Ballet’s annual holiday treat Photo: The Nutcracker ensamble dances as snowflakes in the pine forrest By Arnecia Petterson Images by Scott Kimmins   When The Nutcracker ballet had its 1892 premier in St. Petersburg, Russia, critics viewed it unfavorably for its mass appeal and circus-like atmosphere. It was categorized “ballet-féerie,” a spectacle created to appeal […]

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How will it end?

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The social tsunami against authority-related power Introduction by Sarah Conard Like it or not, history will remember the final months of 2017 as the beginning of the end of an abuse-of-power era in American business and politics that has been occurring since the dawn of patriarchal society. All potential future legal consequences aside, we are […]

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Egg as Canvas

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Unique Art 360 exhibition at Springfield Museum of Art Art: Cody Heichel, “Protected From the Elements”, water color By Paula Johnson The egg is the primal beginning of everything—we’ve all literally been one. In art history, the egg has always held particular symbolic significance; it’s visual shorthand for new life and nascent potential. It references hope […]

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Comedy for a Cause

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The Rubi Girls take their laughs seriously Photo: The Rubi Girls by stage name include (standing left-to-right): Dana Sintell (Josh Stucky), Jackie O (Jacob Sams), Minnie Skirt (Alex Smith), Taj Mahal (Tommy Rumpke), Redeema Coupon (Nathan Cornett), and India Summer (Brent Johnson). And (lower five left-to-right): Pia Rivers (James Karr), Tara Misu (Scott Winters), Ileasa […]

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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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School of Games

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AcadeCon gaming convention at the Dayton Convention Center Photo: AcadeCon goers, surrounded by vendors and speakers, play Dungeons and Dragons By Josher Lumpkin People who enjoy playing tabletop games know that one of the staples of the community is the gaming convention. At gaming conventions (lovingly abbreviated as “cons” by those in the know), enthusiasts […]

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The Dayton Donut Trail

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The road map for your sweet tooth Photo: Bill’s Donuts regularly has a long line, sometimes out the door By Brennan Burks A little over a year ago, I heard rumors about a trail of debauchery that seemed akin to Adult Candy Land: The Butler County Donut trail. I didn’t know what to make of […]

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Au naturel

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The Rising popularity of natural burial options Photo: The memorial wall for Calvary Cemetery’s natural burial area By Tim Walker As human beings, there are a handful of fundamental needs which we all have in common: food, shelter, water, and clean air to breathe. We are all born and without a doubt, as much as […]

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Jazz aged Ballet

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Dayton Ballet’s 80th season opens with “The Great Gatsby” Photo: Margot Aknin plays Daisy Buchanan (left) with Evan Pitts as Jay Gatsby (right). By Arnecia Patterson  When the curtain  goes up on the Dayton Ballet’s 80th season this month, there is a possibility that the majority of audience members will be younger than the company, […]

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Always Timeless

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Dayton Opera’s The Consul echos issues of the day Photo: Magda Sorel, played by Kara Shay-Thomson. By Eric Street Opera has a powerful  track record for expressing universal themes in memorable fashion, but the themes in Dayton Opera’s upcoming production feel as timely as today’s newspaper. If you haven’t already, now’s the time to reserve your […]

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Curating Movements from Frame to Frame

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Dayton LGBTQ Adult Film Festival Photo: Martin L. Washington and Maya Washington in “Alaska Is a Drag” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Intersectionality is  the buzzword of this cultural moment. The term, coined by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, an American feminist legal scholar, critical race theorist, and civil rights advocate describes the “overlapping or intersecting social identities and […]

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Set in stone: Celebrating pottery in the Miami Valley

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Inaugural Clay Fest to take place later this month in Kettering Piece by Niehaus Lentum; photo: courtesy of Rosewood Arts Centre By Timothy Walker When you mention the art and craft of pottery to the average person, a variety of images may spring to mind: spinning wheels, muddy hands focused on molding decorative pots, which […]

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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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Forged in fire

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Local blacksmiths host international convention in Troy Photo: Most blacksmiths still rely on handtools and other traditional methods By Matt Clevenger Flames, molten metal, razor-sharp blades, and temperatures over 1,000 degrees; it sounds like something straight out of Dante’s Inferno. But it’s just another day at work for the highly skilled blacksmiths at the Southern Ohio […]

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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]