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Where have all the clinics gone? By Jeremy Wiedle Photo:  Anti-abortion protesters gather outside the Women’s Med abortion clinic in Kettering; photo: Jeremy Wiedle   Terms to Know   Stroop Road in the Dayton, Ohio suburb of Kettering is home to subtle, yet timely irony. Large, narrow-windowed office buildings sit on each end of the busy […]

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Make it unforgettable

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Fifty years of the Dayton Opera Ball By John Hamilton Photo: [l-r] Betty Holton, Robb Sloan, Ron Anderson, Mimi Kuntz, Ken Kuntz and Dana Kane at the 2014 Opera Ball; photo: Kim Coughnour The curtain will, figuratively, rise again for the Dayton Opera Guild as it hosts its 50th Annual Dayton Opera Ball on Saturday, […]

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Make it home

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Annual UpDayton Summit at DAI By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The 2015 UpDayton Summit will take place April 10 at the Dayton Art Institute; photo: Briana Snyder Photography OK, say you’re a city. Your ability to thrive depends on having a whole lot of citizens milling around making life awesome. So how do you attract […]

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Packing a punch(line)

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The Nobodies of Comedy tour at Victoria Theatre By Erin Callahan Photo: Comedian Liz Miele will perform as part of the “Nobodies of Comedy” tour at the Victoria Theatre on April 10; photo: Mills Entertainment “The best comics you’ve never heard of” are coming to Dayton. On April 10, the “Nobodies of Comedy” tour will […]

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An offer you can’t refuse

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Roadhouse Mafia (formerly The Rick Frazier Band) comes to Riff Raff By Rusty Pate Photo: Rick Frazier and Matt Stump perform at Oscar’s in Vandalia; photo: Rusty Pate The Rick Frazier Band has been making music for the better part of eight years. The lineup has changed over the years, and it’s seen a myriad of […]

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Lose your mind

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Manray create mind-boggling rock and roll By Tim Anderl Photo: Matt Carey, Alec Snead and Joey Beach of Manray will perform at Garden Station on April 11; photo: Ryan Bell Young Dayton, Ohio, rock and roll trio Manray has as much in common with Buddy Holly or Captain Beefheart as it does with more current […]

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Melodies that move

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Escher String Quartet continues Vanguard legacy By Tara Pettit Photo: Escher String Quartet will debut at Dayton Art Institute’s NCR Renaissance Auditorium as part of the annual Vanguard Concert series; photo: Laura Rose It’s no secret that at the heart of Dayton lies deeply embedded ties to decades of cultural arts and music. Dayton continues […]

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‘While We’re Young’ from a different worldview

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Generation X and hipsters clash from the sideline By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Adam Driver as Jamie and Ben Stiller as Josh in “While We’re Young”; Rating: R, Grade: B Writer-director Noah Baumbach (“Frances Ha”) sets out, in his latest film “While We’re Young,” to skewer the pretensions and First World problems of the artistically privileged […]

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Match made in music

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Acoustic duo Higgins-Madewell at Gilly’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Erin Higgins and Jeff Madewell will perform April 11 at Gilly’s; photo: Jeff Madewell and his musical partner-in-crime, Erin Higgins, play a unique style of blues-tinged rock music you just don’t hear much anymore. Playing together as Higgins-Madewell, the West Milton duo has released two CDs […]

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Down for a dog?

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Archer’s hits the bullseye By Paula Johnson Photo: The Stadium Dog with Mac-N-Cheese at Archer’s Tavern The snow is melting, the sun is attempting a resurgence and spring training is here. Baseball makes me think, of course, of hotdogs. Humphrey Bogart said it best: “A hotdog at the ball park is better than a steak […]

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Back in the game

Documentary reveals Dayton’s latest reinvention tale Every city has a unique story to tell. Dayton’s story so happens to be one that begins with invention and, through decades of social and economic changes, has been transformed into a compelling story of reinvention. That story of reinvention is revealed time and time again in Dayton’s history […]

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See the Falls. Trek the cave.

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Miami County Park District’s Charleston Falls Preserve By Janell R. Ward Photo: Charleston Falls Preserve features a 37-foot waterfall; photo: Terry Netzley How long has it been since you’ve seen wild Geraniums, Blue Bells and Solomon Seal flowers? Charleston Falls Preserve may have what you’ve been missing. This family-friendly park offers a relaxing habitat along […]

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Rollercoasters and rock and roll

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Hands-on learning at Boonshoft’s “Design Zone” By John Hamilton Photo: The “Design Zone” exhibition will be available until Sunday, May 3 at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Like any good parent out there, I’m sure you’re more than worried about how to educate and enlighten your child. You want to make sure they get a […]

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Get ready for a long hot summer at the movies

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Film emerges from the cold post-Oscar doldrums with a fiery vengeance By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Iron Man reveals new armor in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” Ten years ago, the summer movie season began, in earnest, on Memorial Day Weekend. Back then, by late May, the mercury was finally starting to rise and audiences, especially […]

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What a drag

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Wright State’s Rainbow Alliance puts on the hits By Tor Simms Photo: Local drag troupe The Rubi Girls will host this year’s Wright State University Rainbow Alliance Drag Revue on April 3 If you wanted to raise some money to fund a scholarship, what would you do? You could have a bake sale, a car […]

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Men are from Mars…

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Pas de Deux: A wine not meant for me By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Biltmore Estates’ Pas de Deux As you know, the Wine Fairy brings me little gifts from time to time. These samples are generally accompanied by a press kit with tech information, tasting notes and some general information about the wine. I opened […]

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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? […]