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Dayton’s Irish summer

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Celtic Festival kicks off By Andy Hertel Photo: The Dayton Celtic Festival begins at 6 p.m. on July 25 at Riverscape MetroPark; photo: Bill Russell Since its inception in 2002, the unmistakable sights and sounds of bagpipes, fiddles and Irish dance have taken over the stage at Riverscape MetroPark for one weekend each summer, and this […]

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Triumphant returns

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The Gunshy delivers Silent Songs to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: Matt Arbogast, known as The Gunshy, will perform on July 23 at Canal Public House For his first proper full-length in several years, Chicago’s Matt Arbogast, who performs under the moniker The Gunshy, assembled a robust cast of collaborators and pulled out all the stops […]

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Naked Vine triple play

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Malbec! Malbec! Malbec! By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Salentein 2012 Uco Valley Reserve Malbec If you want to peek all the way back to the Naked Vine’s germination, you’ll find a malbec among the first set of wines I ever wrote about. Since then, malbec has remained a go-to grape for many occasions, most of them involving […]

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Not your typical Latina

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Aida Rodriguez at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Aida Rodriguez will perform July 24-27 at Dayton Funny Bone Aida Rodriguez has known she would be a comedian since she was a child. As a girl growing up in Miami, Fla., she listened to funnymen like Alvarez Guedes and Richard Pryor, often having to […]

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Play in the sun again

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The Dreadful Yawns at Blind Bob’s By Leo DeLuca Photo: Ben Gmetro, Clayton Heuer and Rick Spitalsky of the Dreadful Yawns; photo: Kurt Curtis Ben Gmetro’s calloused fingers rest atop a rickety table. The fingernails on his right-hand are carefully grown-out, long and lopsided with the left – it’s a utilitarian move; the Dreadful Yawns frontman […]

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‘Life Itself’

Steve James documentary celebrates Roger Ebert, a star on his way to the heavens By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Roger Ebert in “Life Itself”; photo: Kevin Horan; Rating: R; Grade: A Near the start of the Steve James documentary, “Life Itself,” which tackles, as its subject, the legendary film critic Roger Ebert, and is based on his […]

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Kettering’s summer soundtrack

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After 23 years, Fraze Pavilion continues to impress By Leo DeLuca Photo: The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie will perform as part of the Happy Together tour at Fraze Pavilion on Aug. 6, 2014 Wind whistles low, visiting the tops of trees, as the sun sinks off in the horizon. Concertgoers gather near and far, seeking […]

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As a matter of craft

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Spotlight on the 2014 Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Josh Marshall as Dean and Hannah Marshall as Lana in “The Infinite Man”; photo courtesy of “The Infinite Man” The slogan for this year’s Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival says it all – “Craft Matters.” Those two words label not only the films selected for the festival, […]

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A bunch of bad cats

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Poetic Soul Fusion at the Loft Theatre By Chelsea Davis Photo: Gem City performs at the 2013 “Poetic Soul Fusion” Poetry. Spoken word. Music. Singing. Communicating. These are the things that go on at a show put on by The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show. “The Signature is a live, energetic fusion of creativity, cultures, community […]

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Of art, outreach and lemonade

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A year in review at Gallery Saint John By Gary Spencer Photo: “Begin the Journey” by Brother Charles Wanda The phrase “man on a mission” evokes certain types of traits and attributes for most people – somebody with a grand plan, somebody making moves. But sometimes a man on a mission is somebody who’s just armed […]

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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 […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

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 […]