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Miss Maha and the CIty

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GermanFest Picnic, FilmDayton Festival and more August events By Maha Kashani Summer is in full swing and, personally, I’m having the time of my life! July was full of amazing food, fun and adventure with the chance to hang loose during Call of the Tropics, to try Ride the River kayak rentals, to be electrified […]

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Bring out the beer!

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Great American Beer Tasting at Fifth Third Field By Kevin J. Gray Is there any better pairing than beer and baseball? What about sampling a variety of domestic and imported beers at Fifth Third Field? Heidelberg Distributing Company and the Dayton Dragons are proud to host the fifth annual Great American Beer Tasting on Saturday, […]

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TWC On Demand: A sad and intimate dance

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With “Take This Waltz”, Sarah Polley focuses again on a woman on the verge Rating: R Grade: B By T.T. Stern-Enzi A slow week at area theaters will send you scurrying to all corners for any fleeting sign of life and when you wish for more than just the promise of an escape from the […]

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Therapeutic Jazz

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Dave Koz delivers his elixir at Fraze By Alan Sculley Perhaps more than ever, jazz saxophonist Dave Koz sees his concerts – and the entertainment they provide – as playing a vital role in the larger lives of his audience. Like most people in the music industry, he has watched the concert industry struggle recently […]

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Summer Polka

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Polish Summer Fest proves Dayton’s diversity By Rusty Pate Our modern world rarely leaves much time to reflect on our roots. The day-to-day grind of work and family commitments don’t give us a chance to reflect on where we’ve come from. Immigrant communities once banded together in the brave new world of America and attempted […]

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God Bless Us…

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Ohio bands deliver badass tunes for everyone! By Tim Anderl When the editors at Dayton City Paper requested that I review some albums for this issue, inclusion of my input was contingent on including a review of a release by an Ohio band.  “Bah humbug,” I thought.  Why would this squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, […]

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L is for Loire

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Appreciating Loire’s Valley Wine Region By Mike Rosenberg The Loire (pronounced luh-WAHR) Valley wine region is a long, skinny stretch of land that lies along the river of the same name in France. Some of the first evidence of winemaking in France dates to the first century A.D. in the evidence of vines planted by […]

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Gun control talk is cheap. A sane mental health system is not.

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Guess Which Policy Prescription We Hear After Shooting Sprees? By Ted Rall It is, unfortunately, necessary to state the obvious after America’s latest mass shooting in Colorado. Like: we don’t know why James Holmes, the 24-year-old suspect, shot up that movie theater. We don’t know his mental state. Given the legal presumption of innocence, we […]

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The Catwalk Comes to Dayton

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Gem City Fashion Show By Brian Sharp Dayton is soon to be home to something new – Fashion Week.  No, this is not the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as seen in New York, but rather, a smaller Midwest version.  However, CEO/Founder Junda Morris-Kennedy has high hopes.  She brings to the event some previous experience in other […]

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London Calling

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The Dayton Art Institute Matches Fetes with the Olympic Opening Ceremonies Happening Across the Pond By Jennifer Hanauer On Friday, July 27, the opening ceremonies will mark the beginning of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. The celebration will showcase the finest of the United Kingdom and will be watched by an estimated 4 […]

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Open Wounds

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Miss May I show ‘Heart’ to Warped Tour By Tim Anderl In 2008, a group of high school friends from Troy, whose loftiest goals went no further than playing cover songs after a day of skateboarding, found themselves with a growing local fan base and management by The Devil Wears Prada’s Chris Ruby.  Three months […]

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Wild Life in the Bathtub

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Co-writer & director Benh Zeitlin’s feature debut refuses to tame the beasts By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: A “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” the savage visual poem from debut director Benh Zeitlin (which he co-wrote with playwright Lucy Alibar), takes us on an adventure from its opening frame, yet what makes it so special […]

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Get your celtic on

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The 11th Annual Dayton Celtic Festival Returns to Riverscape By Kevin J. Gray The last weekend in July, the sights, sounds and tastes of Ireland, Scotland and Wales will fill Riverscape Metropark for the eleventh annual Dayton Celtic Festival. Hosted by the United Irish of Dayton in partnership with Five Rivers MetroPark, the three-day event […]

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Expressway to Dayton

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The Midnight Ghost Train spread gospel of stoner blues By W.C. Rufnel The Midnight Ghost Train are no strangers to touring. In the past five years, this heavy-as-fuck-stoner-blues goliathon has completed 13 tours of the United States and 2 in Europe. Talk about effort – I can’t even get out of bed to take a […]

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Read Local

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Local Bookstores survive despite high tech challenges By Joyell Nevins In a sea of commercialism and mass production, the independent bookstore stands out like a lighthouse, drawing the would-be reader into a world that embraces quirkiness and goes around the standard line. That lighthouse is bright and shining in the Dayton area. “Warriors of culture” […]

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Festival of New Plays

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Dayton Playhouse’s Future Fest returns By Brian Sharp Dayton Playhouse, located within the Wegerzyn Garden Complex, plays home to a nationally recognized festival of new plays July 27, 28 and 29.  This festival, now in its 22nd year, has received attention from the playwriting community in this country and beyond.  The festival that takes place […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]