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Yellow Springs 10-Minute Play Festival returns under new management By Tara Pettit Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company gathers to rehearse selected scripts; photo: Yellow Springs Theater Company There is traditional theatre, and then there is the unconventional “short story” of theatre, which extracts the most poignant scenes of a feature-length production into 10-minute scripts. […]

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Advice goddess: 01/06

By Amy Alkon All of meh I’m a 30-something woman, and my best friend is a guy. We talk and text day and night, and I truly adore him. All our friends think we should be dating, but I don’t feel sexually attracted to him. I agree that we’d otherwise make a perfect couple. Can […]

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News of the weird: 01/06

By Chuck Shepherd Cliche come to life For her Advanced Placement World History class at Magnolia (Texas) West High School in December, Reagan Hardin constructed an elaborate diorama of a Middle Ages farm – which her dog ate on the night before it was due. Veterinarian Carl Southern performed the necessary scoping-out on Roscoe, extracting […]

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Hangin’ around

Miamisburg’s annual Frozen Butt Hang By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Frozen Butt Hang participants set up hammocks and tents above the forest floor I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “hammock,” the image that is immediately invoked into my mind’s eye is one of peaceful relaxation. I can practically hear the birds chirping, […]

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From Front Street to Nanjing

Dimensions of 2014 in the arts By Susan Byrnes Photo: The Orgullo Mexicano Dancers perform at Rosewood Arts Centre’s 2014 Art On The CommonsPhoto courtesy of Rosewood Arts Centre I have often heard it said that Dayton is fortunate to have the amount and quality of arts it has for a city its size. And […]

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News of the weird: 12/30

By Chuck Shepherd Perspective Although elephants, rhesus monkeys, cobras, cows and water buffalos are regarded as sacred by many of India’s Hindus, the animals most certainly do not live idyllic lives, according to a November BBC News dispatch. As “growing populations are swallowing up habitat,” the divine symbols are forced to the cities, where they […]

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Looking forward: 2015 in the arts

How Dayton draws its future By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Gallery view of the 2014 Stivers School for the Arts photography auction; photo: Leah Stahl A recent article in the New York Times Arts section posed the question to a panel of cultural figures of whether our art is equal to the challenges of our times. The premise […]

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Advice goddess: 12/30

By Amy Alkon You delete me I’m trying to get over my ex, but I’m constantly checking his Twitter and Facebook pages, and I get really upset. I’ll see pix of women or see that he’s gone to some event and wonder whether he met anyone there. It’s crazy-making, but I can’t seem to stop […]

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Advice goddess: 12/23

By Amy Alkon Lawn and order How can I get the guy I’m dating to shave his neck beard? He shaves his face but not this thick scrubby hair he has all down and around his neck. Mercifully, the hair is relatively short; it isn’t Amish-length or otherwise truly beardy. But it really is not […]

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News of the weird: 12/23

By Chuck Shepherd Language of love People advertising for love interests via online dating sites have apparently become picky about how they describe their sexuality. To the usuals (male, female, gay, heterosexual) have been added recently (as reported by NPR in December after surveying OkCupid.com) “asexual,” “androgynous,” “genderqueer” (evidently not the same as “gay”), “queer” […]

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Bluegrass at the Mayflower

Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers at Mayflower Arts Center By Rick Eichhorn Photo: [l - r] Vickie Abbott, Ma […]

Advice goddess: 01/27

By Amy Alkon Urning curve My boyfriend of eight months was with his ex for almost five years. Unfortunately, she […]

News of the weird: 01/27

With Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Spidey sense gets real Among the breakthroughs demonstrated by the computer chip company Intel’s […]

Chew on this: 01/27

The 7 highly effective habits of the longest losers By Jayne Powers You’d think after 21 years of research by […]

News of the weird: 01/20

By Chuck Shepherd Man’s other best friends People’s love for their pets reached a new high in December when a […]

Chew on this: 01/20

Get more in the know about your dough By Jayne Powers Sometimes, we don’t know when we think we did […]