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On The Hilltop

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The inaugural Dayton-talent-driven Festival on the Hill By Tim Walker Photo: Local favorite Eric Jerardi starts the festival June 24  at 5 p.m.; photo courtesy of Eric Jerardi If you’re traveling through downtown Dayton on I-75, you’re afforded two beautiful views of our city. A glance to the east and you’ll see Dayton’s impressive skyline, dominated by […]

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Some Lucky Lemonade

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Sip on free music summer evenings in Troy By Lisa Bennett Photo: Everything Fitz fiddlers duel for Fridays on Prouty July 8; photo courtesy of Troy Hayner Cultural Center It’s like a decadent Beef Bourguignon; the longer it simmers, the better it is. The Summer Music Series in Troy has been brewing all year long, and […]

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Son of a gun

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Waymore’s Outlaws and Shooter Jennings return By Tim Smith Photo: Waymore’s Outlaws, the evolution of Waylon Jennings’ backup band, play Indian Creek Amphitheatre June 25 photo: Trent Houghton Waymore’s Outlaws were born in 1961 as The Waylors, the backup band for country legend Waylon Jennings. They continued in this capacity in concerts and the recording […]

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Back to the future and a big reveal

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By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Director Robb Willoughby and cast in the first read-through of “Memories of the Game,” opening FutureFest July 22; photo: Doris Lockwoodleft to right (Andre Tomlinson, who plays the son, Michael; Nabachwa Ssensalo, who plays the daughter, Sharon; Marva Williams, who plays Karen, the mother; and Franklin Johnson, who plays Kenneth, the […]

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Of kitties and cults

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Join Curse of Cassandra at Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Curse of Cassandra conjures ‘witch-dance grave wave’ at Blind Bob’s June 25; photo courtesy of Curse of Cassandra Cats and cat-lovers are everywhere these days. Most people’s Facebook newsfeeds are flooded with photos of cute kitties, and furry fandom continues to be a growing subculture—obsessions […]

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Here to stay

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10 years of Keeping the Tradition at SunWatch By Tim Smith Photo: Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow honors Miami Valley native culture at SunWatch Indian Village June 25 and 26; photo: Andy Sawyer A pow wow has been described as being many different things to many different people of Native American descent. It is an […]

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Illuminating the ‘genius’ behind our literary geniuses

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Shining the spotlight on the editor behind the curtain By T.T. Stern Enzi Photo: Jude Law as Thomas Wolfe and Colin Firth as Max Perkins in “Genius” Rating: PG-13; Grade: B+ Those of us in love with the written word, the idea of it springing live and full of kinetic energy from the page (and […]

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Undying values

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Beavercreek Community stages The Addams Family By Don Hurst Photo: Generations of Addams perform at Beavercreek Community Theatre June 24, 25 and 26; photo courtesy of Beavercreek Community Theatre This weekend the Beavercreek Community Theatre would like to introduce you to the Addams Family. They are a very nice, very typical, very normal family. Nothing […]

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Pucker up

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Embrace the funk of sour beers By Hayley Fudge Photo: A toast to the sour and wild brewers who have not yet given up; photo: Hayley Fudge It hardly seems right to refer to a style that’s been brewed by Belgians for centuries as the newest craze to hit craft beer, but many longtime beer-lovers […]

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An American idol

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Phillip Phillips makes Rose home By Miranda Brooks Photo: Phillip Phillips debuts new tracks at Rose Music Center June 28; photo courtesy of Phillip Phillips America’s seemingly favorite Idol to date, Phillip Phillips, not only embodies our culture’s fascination with overnight success, but also stands to prove his relevance within the music industry—alongside the help […]

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Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]

Vitality Check: 6/14/16

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The dangerous game of preventing pregnancy By Rocco Castellano So I got a call from a friend of mine that […]

Spring into comics

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Comic culture in Yellow Springs By Josher Lumpkin The village of Yellow Springs is a quaint college town that manages […]

Vitality Check: 6/7/16

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Say ahhhh, cough and…happy birthday By Rocco Castellano Maybe I’m just getting a little more sensitive in my old age… […]