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Entrepreneurial Spirits

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Belle of Dayton breathes new life into old moniker By Kevin J. Gray Photo: The Belle of Dayton still is made of stainless steel and is visible from the distillery’s tasting room Humble beginnings & historic roots Belle of Dayton started as a simple idea: To produce the best small batch spirits available in Dayton. […]

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Mead in Ohio

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Brothers Drake meadery re-energizes man’s oldest alcoholic art By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Brothers Drake meadery in Columbus maintains a strong focus on community; photo: Rainer Zeihm Columbus, Ohio-based Brothers Drake Meadery & Bar makes some of America’s most innovative and flavorful honey wines, from their Apple Pie, which blends honey, cider and spices, to […]

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Going electric?

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Dayton’s first electric car show By Tor Simms Photo: This original 1931 Ford truck will be completely rebuilt into a fully electric automobile Ray Slone has motor oil running through his veins. Some of his earliest memories are of picking up cigarette butts in his father’s auto body shop. His mother drove a purple 1969 […]

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All we need is a little ‘Love & Mercy’

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Astonishing new feature focuses on two periods in the Brian Wilson saga By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in “Love & Mercy”; Rating: R, Grade: A God only knows what demons plagued Brian Wilson, but film producer Bill Pohlad (“Into the Wild” and “12 Years a Slave”) teams up with writers Oren […]

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Define this

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Genre-less McGuff and the Dumpster Fires celebrate new release at Canal By Rusty Pate Photo: [l-r]  Keith Klein, Emily McGuff, Taylor McGuff and Phil Doncaster of McGuff and the Dumpster Fires will celebrate their latest release, Peel it Back, June 13 at Canal Public House; photo: Nicole Klein   I have a theory that we are […]

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The Young and the restless

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DAYTON NATIVE AND AXEMAN JEFF YOUNG RETURNS HOME By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Jeff Young and Sherri Klein began performing together over a year and a half ago Most musicians that play Oddbody’s are just passing through town. Not guitarist Jeff Young, who will play Oddbody’s with his fiancée and music partner Sherri Klein—billed as Jeff […]

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Sichuan satisfaction

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Kettering’s China Cottage cures what ails you By Paula Johnson Photo: Rice Flour toasts [left], Wonton Soup [top], Hot and Sour Soup [bottom] and Ma Bao Tofu [right] at China Cottage in Kettering Cozy cottage industry When you’ve got a cold and a bit of a cough, nothing feels better than warming soup to soothe […]

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High-energy R and R

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Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band at Jimmie’s By Mike Ritchie Photo: [l-r] Nato Coles, Sam Beer, Kyle Sando, Mike Cranberry and Luke De Beaumarchais [not pictured] will perform on June 15 at Jimmie’s Ladder 11   From his humble beginnings in Milwaukee to stints in Brooklyn, New York and Minneapolis, Nato Coles has paved […]

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Success on the streets

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Yellow Springs Street Fair helps local business thrive By Tara Pettit Photo: Yellow Springs Street Fair takes place June 13 in downtown Yellow Springs Small business owner and Yellow Springs resident, Molly Lunde, began her entrepreneurial journey with two things: a passion for travel and a collection of beautiful trinkets she acquired from her time […]

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Get the dirt

An insider’s guide to exploring your MetroParks By Kristen Wicker Photo: The tucked-away Sunderland Falls is located at the edge of a Vandalia neighborhood With nearly 16,000 acres of land, 160 miles of managed trails for the likes of hiking and mountain biking and 270 miles of river corridor, there’s plenty to discover in your […]

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It’s egg-ceptional

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Boonshoft’s baby dinosaur By Joyell Nevins Photo: Hatching the Past: The Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt is on display through August 23 at The Boonshoft Museum It started with a trip to China to collaborate on fossil preparation, then became an unprecedented scientific discovery and continues to evolve as an exhibit your family can see at […]

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Transplanted.

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Dayton’s stories of acceptance and discrimination By Jeremy Wiedle Photo: Stacy Sandberg and her partner, Pastor Joy Simpson, prepare Simpson’s robe and stole at Eternal Joy Metropolitan Community Church; photo: Jeremy Wiedle Before Leelah Alcorn stepped into U.S. Interstate 71 on the early morning of December 28, 2014 and ended her life, she wrote a […]

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Marching with a mission

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Dayton’s annual Pride celebration By Erin Callahan Photo: Dayton Pride 2015 begins Friday, June 5. The annual Pride Parade begins at 11 a.m. on June 6 “The LGBT community, historically, has not been the favored community by any means,” Randy Phillips, president of the Greater Dayton LGBT Center, says. “But through Pride, people can show […]

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Going out?

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Your guide to Dayton Pride 2015’s nightlife By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Ginger Minj of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 7 makes her Masque appearance June 6 for the Pride Saturday Drag Revue The concentrated energy of Dayton Pride works like a shot of adrenaline to the heart of the community. There’s a rush of celebratory revelry […]

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Out and in focus

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Catherine Opie at Wexner Center By Susan Byrnes Photo: Catherine Opie, Mary, 2012 Photographer Catherine Opie was born in Sandusky, Ohio in 1961. She gained national recognition for her studio portraits of gay, lesbian and transgender men and women, often part of the sadomasochistic leather subculture in San Francisco and Los Angeles, that were featured […]

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‘Eat With Me’ asks us to break bread with diversity

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New release explores the cultural dynamics in gender and sexual orientation By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Teddy Chen Culver as Elliot and Aidan Bristow as Ian in “Eat With Me” Sexual orientation provides the obvious protein punch in writer-director David Au’s debut feature, following his shorts “Fresh Like Strawberries” and “The Boxer,” but the real added […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]