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Wild Life in the Bathtub

Co-writer & director Benh Zeitlin’s feature debut refuses to tame the beasts By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: A “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” the savage visual poem from debut director Benh Zeitlin (which he co-wrote with playwright Lucy Alibar), takes us on an adventure from its opening frame, yet what makes it so special […]

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Get your celtic on

The 11th Annual Dayton Celtic Festival Returns to Riverscape By Kevin J. Gray The last weekend in July, the sights, sounds and tastes of Ireland, Scotland and Wales will fill Riverscape Metropark for the eleventh annual Dayton Celtic Festival. Hosted by the United Irish of Dayton in partnership with Five Rivers MetroPark, the three-day event […]

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Expressway to Dayton

The Midnight Ghost Train spread gospel of stoner blues By W.C. Rufnel The Midnight Ghost Train are no strangers to touring. In the past five years, this heavy-as-fuck-stoner-blues goliathon has completed 13 tours of the United States and 2 in Europe. Talk about effort – I can’t even get out of bed to take a […]

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Read Local

Local Bookstores survive despite high tech challenges By Joyell Nevins In a sea of commercialism and mass production, the independent bookstore stands out like a lighthouse, drawing the would-be reader into a world that embraces quirkiness and goes around the standard line. That lighthouse is bright and shining in the Dayton area. “Warriors of culture” […]

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Festival of New Plays

Dayton Playhouse’s Future Fest returns By Brian Sharp Dayton Playhouse, located within the Wegerzyn Garden Complex, plays home to a nationally recognized festival of new plays July 27, 28 and 29.  This festival, now in its 22nd year, has received attention from the playwriting community in this country and beyond.  The festival that takes place […]

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Garden’s ready, prepare to dance…

Dayton’s Garden Station hot spot for EDM By Wu W.A.N.G. New to Dayton and looking for the underground, electronic dance music scene? Currently, local DJs, along with promoters and fans of the music, host a weekly event on Sunday at Garden Station, located at 504 E. Fourth Street in Dayton. The unique open-air green space/park […]

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Victory for Victorias

Victoria’s Italian Cuisine provides traditional meals for everyone By Tom Baker After my first visit to Victoria’s Italian Cuisine in Huber Heights, I recall looking at my companion and remarking how lucky people would be to have a decent restaurant next to their hotel. After a recent vacation that took us through many small towns, […]

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The Incredible Journeys

Pilots N Paws volunteers deliver pets to loving homes By Tim Anderl Though a routine flight to a destination a few hours from home doesn’t create much trepidation for a seasoned pilot like Michael Green, the trip may be a matter of life and death for his passengers.  Green often flies volunteer missions for Pilots […]

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Man’s New Best Friend?

Pet love affair goes from the dogs to…teddy bears By T.T. Stern-Enzi I’m not much of a pet person. I’ve never had a great and abiding love for either dogs or cats and truth be told, the recent spate of pets on film hasn’t exactly given me reason to reconsider my opinion. I realize I […]

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Life After the Track

Ohio helps former racing dogs live healthy lives by Tim Walker “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” Josh Billings   The dog. Is there any animal more loving, more loyal, more devoted, than the dog? The drive from Dayton to Charleston, West Virginia is a […]

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One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]

On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]