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Dayton’s biggest open house

Urban Nights returns to downtown By Stacey Ritz Photo: Urban Nights takes place from 5-10 p.m. on May 9; photo: Josh Mayes “Urban Nights is one of the best nights to be downtown,” Mike Colvin, director of communications and marketing for the Downtown Dayton Partnership (DDP) said. “It’s a free event that showcases downtown’s dining, nightlife, […]

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‘Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt’ – Mark Twain

Dayton Opera presents grandiose Aida By Eric Street photo: Jon Silla; jonsilla.com Love among the pyramids! Heartbreak by the Nile! And it’s all set against the monumental splendors of sun-washed ancient Egypt, presented to you by the formidable combined forces of the Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. This season’s final Dayton Performing Arts […]

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The bare necessities

Dayton natives do more with less By Rusty Pate Photo: “I thought the reason we were discontented was just because we didn’t make much money.” – Joshua Fields Millburn   The brilliant comedian George Carlin once had a routine about “stuff.” While the multi-layered genius could never be conveyed on this written page, the crux of […]

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Sister act

Tegan and Sara ‘make things physical’ By Tim Anderl Photo: Tegan and Sara perform Thursday, May 8 at The Madison Theater in Covington, Ky; photo: Chris Buck The Quin sisters spent 2012 at the mercy of fate, which ultimately worked to their benefit. At the end of 2011, Tegan and Sara announced 2012 would bring the follow up […]

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Miss Maha and the City

A month of moms, models and music By Maha Kashani Photo: DE-FI Models put a spotlight on fashion in Dayton Dear sunshine, how I’ve missed you! April Showers have brought those long awaited May flowers, and oh how I’m enjoying each and every one of them. After that brutal winter, I’m taking advantage of every opportunity […]

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‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’: In search of genius

The story behind the greatest film never made By T.T. Stern-Enzi photo: Alejandro Jodorowsky’s, unscussessful attempt at adapting the science fiction novel, “Dune” is the focus of Director Frank Pavich’s The old adage goes that the greatest journeys begin with that single first step, but what about the epic odyssey you and a band of merry […]

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Four legs good, two legs bad

Zoot Theatre Company presents ‘Animal Farm’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Zoot Theatre Company presents Animal Farm the next two weekends at Dayton Art Institute; photo: Bill Franz “‘Animal Farm’ is a natural for puppets,” Darren Brown, one of Zoot Theatre Company’s core ensemble of actor/puppeteers said. As performed by Dayton’s own creative puppet company, you may […]

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Why should the fire die?

Nickel Creek play Taft Theatre By Justin Kreitzer Photo:  Nickel Creek perform on May 6 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati; photo: Brantley Gutierrez To celebrate their 25th anniversary as a band, Nickel Creek – the trio featuring mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Sean Watkins and violinist Sara Watkins – have returned from a nine-year hiatus to […]

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Forget the food court

Spinoza’s is fresh and delicious By Brian P. Sharp photo: Spinoza’s suggests ordering pizzas side by side, for those who can’t choose between their 16 choices On a recent Friday evening, I went with a friend to Spinoza’s Pizza and Salads inside the Fairfield Commons Mall. Certainly, we have all experienced mall food courts or chain […]

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Arm wars

PUSH Dayton’s Ladies Arm Wrestling Event By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Melissa “Slay West” Fowler and Aja Delaney; photo: Cecilia Fox You can hear it from halfway down Fifth Street. The shouts of the crowd muted by the walls of the Trolley Stop, only to be let loose in a roaring deluge as the doors swing […]

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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 […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]