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AleFest expanded

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With new wine offerings, AleFest hops By Kevin Tucker Photos: Sarah Browning Ever since Col. George Newcom founded his tavern in the city more than 200 years ago, Dayton has had a love affair with suds. And never has that been more evident than with the explosion of the beer brewers that have made the […]

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Deconstructing the myth, constructing the man

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Discovering Johnny Appleseed at SunWatch By Ehron Ostendorf Photo: Children can interact with Johnny Appleseed’s legacy at SunWatch Indian Village through September SunWatch Native American [“Indian”] Village opened its doors to a legend this summer. Upon first arrival, it may seem surprising that the room has been converted into a miniature maze. It’s all crafted […]

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Kicking off the highly politicized black film debate

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This fall, film seeks to peer into the souls of black folks By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Parker Sawyers as Barack Obama in ‘Southside With You’ For those unfamiliar with the complexities behind the production and release schedules of films, this fall will appear like a concerted effort by Hollywood to address the damning concerns raised […]

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Musick, magick, necromance

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Belphegor burns from Austria to Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Photo: (left to right) Helmuth Lehner, Serpenth, and Bloodhammer of Belphegor rain down in Dayton Saturday If you’ve studied demonology, then you know that the demon Belphegor is one of the Seven Princes of Hell who specializes in the powers of discovery and invention. However, there’s […]

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In their own write

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Dayton Writers Movement gives voice to Unwritten By Gary Spencer Photo: Jordan Lopez as Chelsea Wu and Luna Madison as Elaine Harper in Unwritten bring scripts to life at Mega Fauna; photo: Grace Poppe Bob Dylan once sang “the times they are a-changin.’” Back in the proverbial day, creative writers disseminated their works via the […]

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Jesters and demons (and grandmas)

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Theatre As You Like It By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Brian Ressler as Andre and Judy Shaw as Touchstone in ‘As You Like It’; photo: Jene Shaw Free Shakespeare in historic South Park  This early 1623 classic is full of well-known quotes such as “too much of a good thing,” wrong assumptions, gender reversals, love, and […]

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Us and the Night

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3 Doors Down headlines Taste of Blue Ash By Matt Clevenger Photo: (l-r) Greg Upchurch, Chris Henderson, Brad Arnold, Justin Biltonen, and Chet Roberts of 3 Doors Down On tour in support of their new album, Us and the Night, alternative-rockers 3 Doors Down will offer a free concert at Blue Ash’s Summit Park Aug. […]

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Soul for soul

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Topher James and Biscuit Brigade at Trolley Stop By Miranda Brooks Photo: Chris Topher Shaw bears his soul tunes Aug. 26; photo: TJ Hansen Columbus-based musician Chris “Topher” Shaw organizes himself amongst a few concurrent projects—playing multi-instrumentally as one-half of The Shaw Brothers on violin and drumming for Andy Shaw Band, both ventures with his […]

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A tale of two culinary cities

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Taste of Troy showcases mom and pop ops By Kevin Tucker Photo: Hit the streets for treats like chocolate shortcake in a cup at Taste of Troy Sept. 10 In Troy, it’s a tale of two culinary cities depending on your geographic location. Popular restaurant chains decorate the landscape near the interstate on the town’s […]

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Savory science

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A jaunt to Ajanta India Restaurant By Paula Johnson Photo: Samosas at Ajanta; photo: Paula Johnson Let’s start here: Why is Indian food so damn delicious? I think this every time I eat it, along with the thoughts “I could eat this every day of my life” and “Indian cuisine makes me think I could […]

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Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]

Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]