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Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival keeps traditions alive By John Hamilton Photo: The Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival, taking place Aug. 28-29, features a wide array of performers and artisans Although the summer season is coming to an end again, there are still some fun outdoor activities that can be done just as […]

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Celebrating a local screen outlaw

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The secret history of a local filmmaker and the region By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Victor Bonacore and Jim Vanbebber scout an alligator farm for Vanbebber’s new directorial effort, “Gator Green” photo: Scott Gabbey This week, The Neon plays host to the world premiere of “Diary of a Deadbeat: The Story of Jim Van Bebber.” The […]

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Of femmes and fire

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Your Chance to Die devastates RockStar By Gary Spencer Photo: Your Chance to Die will performon Aug. 28 at RockStar Pro Arena; photo: Joann Gullo Extreme metal bands with female vocalists have become trendy in recent years, and given the success and popularity of bands such as Arch Enemy, The Agonist and Myrkur, this growing […]

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Wickedly good

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Kristin Chenoweth brings big voice to Fraze By Rusty Pate Photo: Kristin Chenoweth will perform Aug. 29 at Fraze Pavilion Kristin Chenoweth is that rare force of nature in the entertainment world that can seemingly do everything. She has starred on the Broadway stage for the last two decades, most notably as the originator for […]

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By fans, for fans

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Ellis Paul on crowd-funding, chasing beauty and Oddbody’s By CC Hutten Photo: Singer-songwriter Ellis Paul will perform Aug. 28 at Oddbody’s Music Room; photo: Neale Eckstein Musician, artist, businessman and father Ellis Paul is taking his Boston style one-man show around the country, stopping in Dayton Aug. 28 at Oddbody’s Music Room. Originally from Boston, […]

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Path to success?

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What to know about Dayton’s Link Bike Share Program By Amanda Dee Photo: Laura Estandia, executive director of Bike Miami Valley speaks to a crowd at the opening festivities for the Link Bike Share Program; photo: Briana Snyder My assignment was to investigate the green bikes that mysteriously appeared throughout the city of Dayton, and […]

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A dynasty in Centerville

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China Dynasty: where white linen overrules white to-go boxes By Paula Johnson Photo: Walleye with red ginger sauce at Centerville’s China Dynasty I had heard good things about China Dynasty, located in a shopping plaza in Centerville, so I was looking forward to trying it. The restaurant’s website identifies chef Stephen Lin as one of […]

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Ding dong!

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The Book of Mormon knocks at Schuster Center By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Monica L. Patton, David Larsen and Cody Jamison Strand perform in the national tour of The Book of Mormon, coming to the Schuster Center Aug. 18-23; photo: Joan Marcus Matt Parker and Trey Stone, the creative team behind such acclaimed productions as […]

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‘Actor For Hire’ seeks a career-defining opportunity

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Festival entry examines the meta-drama behind the scenes By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: “Actor for Hire” starring Jesse O’Neill [center] is the first independent film by writer-director Marcus Mizelle The acting class is a niche populated by segmented categories from across the social and cultural strata, although, intriguingly, every member desires to breakout by figuring out […]

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A family affair

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Dayton African American Cultural Festival returns By Katie Christoff Photo: The Dayton African American Cultural Festival takes place Aug. 22 at Island MetroPark and Aug. 23 at Courthouse Square; photo: Terry Flucas It’s a family affair at the annual Dayton African American Cultural Festival—the theme has mandated this for the past three years, but it’s […]

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The gambler

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Country star Jason Aldean takes risks with new album By Alan Sculley Photo: Jason Aldean will perform at Riverbend Music Center on Aug. 23; photo: Jim Wright “Burnin’ It Down,” the first single off of Jason Aldean’s current album, Old Boots, New Dirt, has become one of the biggest hits of the country superstar’s career. […]

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Gospel and the Fraze

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Annual GospelFest returns to the Pavilion By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Gathering will perform at GospelFest at Fraze Pavilion on Aug. 23 When a health network wants to thank its community, what does it do? If you’re Kettering Health Network, host a free Christian concert festival! “This is not a fundraiser,” KHN Missions Coordinator Lauren […]

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A night of neo-funk

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Charles Walker Band hits Trolley By Tim Walker Photo: Charles Walker and Porsche Carmon of the Charles Walker Band will perform Aug. 22 at Trolley Stop; photo: Charles Walker Charles Walker —musician and bandleader, songwriter, recording artist and stand-up comedian—can’t stop laughing. But first: name five great saxophone players. Go ahead… I’ll wait. If you’re […]

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Fit for drinking

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Get the beer without the belly By Hayley Fudge Photo: Runners Plus offers a Pub Run Series, a 5 mile run ending at a local brewery. It’s just one possible option to incorporate fitness into your craft beer life Consuming craft beer comes at a cost, and we’re not talking about money. We’re talking calories. […]

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#NutterCenter4Garth

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Fans go online to bring Garth Brooks back to Nutter By Jeremy Wiedle Photo: “Beautiful day at the Arena! I bet @garthbrooks would enjoy this type of weather. #NutterCenter4Garth” (as seen on Nutter Center’s Instagram account) When Garth Brooks’ national tour came to Wright State University in December of 1992, it was the fastest sell-out […]

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On stage: 8/18/2015

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Two classics and an Irish romance By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Back row: Mike Beerbower, Teresa Connair; Front row: Dave Nickel, Connie Fowler Strait in Dayton Theatre Guild’s “Outside Mullingar” Dayton Theatre Guild // “Outside Mullingar” // Aug. 21-Sept. 6 Not that this summer has been a slow one theatrically, but fall gets an early start […]

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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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In this fast-paced world of immediate answers and non-stop connectivity, there is a real need for us to unplug and […]

Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Have you ever heard of an emotional support mouse? What about an emotional support hedgehog, or mini pig? (Can we […]

Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]