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Nature’s calls

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Fort Ancient honors Hopewell culture in this summer’s activities By Joyell Nevins Experience history, nature, and Native American culture at Fort Ancient, east of Dayton in Washington Township, this summer. Fort Ancient is actually not a fort at all, although it is designated a national historic site and is in consideration for a World Heritage […]

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‘Full day of heaven’

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Yellow Springs transforms into music, craft-brew haven at SpringsFest Yellow Springs Brewery’s special-release SpringsFest American pale ale will be available again July 8; photo: Hayley Fudge By Hayley Fudge Live music and beer. Does it get any better than that? Actually, yes. Throw in one of Ohio’s liveliest, most eclectic, arts-centered small towns, a hot […]

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Future sounds

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1st Electronic Dayton Music Festival thrills at Middletown’s Land of Illusion Photo: Grammy-winning Cleveland hip-hop veterans Bone Thugs N Harmony headline Electronic Dayton Music Festival July 14 at Land of Illusion By Gary Spencer Over the past few or so years, Dayton has become one of the places to go for live electronic dance music […]

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Origin stories

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DCP plays back Origins Game Fair in Columbus The crowd at this year’s Origins Game Fair, the second largest analogue gaming convention in the U.S.; photo: Jacob Sigafoos By Josher Lumpkin Reporting on Origins Game Fair (OGF) in Columbus, my initial impulse was to go on a Hunter S. Thompson-like bender. I imagined myself in […]

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Not forgettin’ or forgotten

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Michael McDonald croons his way to Fraze Michael McDonald performs at Fraze Pavilion July 12; photo: Timothy White By Alan Sculley As Michael McDonald gets set to tour this summer and release Wide Open, his first album of new original material in 17 years in September, he is getting a boost of exposure through what […]

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Cozy cuisine

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Light lunching at Beavercreek’s Cherry House Café House of Blues Chicken Sandwich at Beavercreek’s Cherry House Café; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson Cherry House Café, located on Meadowbridge Drive in Beavercreek, is owned by Bill and Annette Mangan. The couple has well over 50 years experience in the food service industry, previously owning the […]

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‘Beatriz’ seeks to redefine privilege

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Creative team Arteta and White pen the 1st ode to the age of Trump Photo: Connie Britton as Cathy (left) and Salma Hayek as Beatriz in ‘Beatriz at Dinner’  Rating: R; Grade: B+ By T.T. Stern-Enzi When did “privilege” become such a negative buzzword? I suppose it was always there in the definition, which speaks […]

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The beautiful struggle

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Beadwork exhibition journeys from South Africa to Dayton Artwork: “My Mother Peach Tree” by Zondlile Zondo By Lisa Bennett  What is beauty? It is a titillating, age-old question that has undoubtedly sparked debates for millennia. For some, beauty is simply happiness. For others, it is a spiritual state akin to “oneness.” In general, beauty is a […]

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Lights, bubbles, angels

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Corey Feldman and the Angels go 4 it at Oddbody’s Corey Feldman promises the unexpected at his live show with the angels; photo: Maggie St. Thomas By Gary Spencer Prior to September 2016, not many people had Corey Feldman on their contemporary pop culture radar. The former child actor and star of ’80s hit films […]

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Repair, prepare

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July theatre companies rev down, up for new season Photo: (l-r) Kayla Graham as Cassius, Jared Mola as Brutus, and Miriam Eckenrode-Saari as Cato for YS Theater’s ‘Julius Caesar’ By Jacqui Theobald Without the constant pressure of audition/rehearsal/performance schedules in a regular season, area theatres still manage to find plenty to do in the summer. […]

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Rock and roll wine and maker

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Charles Smith’s Wines maintain their reputation Photo: Charles Smith Wines run the gamut of quality varietals at value prices By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Over the Vine’s period of years, I’ve seen wine trends come and go. Wineries merge, brands change, labels change. Early on in my tasting time, I remember hearing about a Washington winemaker […]

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Gravity-defying ’grass

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The Infamous Stringdusters travel on to Cincy Infamous Stringdusters’ (l-r) Travis Book, Andy Hall, Andy Falco, Chris Pandolfi, and Jeremy Garrett; photo: Scott McCormick By Alan Sculley Coming off of a 2016 album, Ladies & Gentlemen, that was a bit of a musical detour, The Infamous Stringdusters knew it was time to re-establish what the […]

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Master space opera

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John Scalzi rides new wave to Antioch Writers’ Workshop at UD Award-winning sci-fi author John Scalzi bestows his teachings at Antioch Writers’ Workshop, this year at UD; photo: John Scalzi By Tim Walker Bestselling author John Scalzi, who has quickly become one of the biggest names in the world of science fiction, couldn’t be in […]

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Pho sho’

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A sensational trip to Miamisburg’s Pho Mi Vietnamese Restaurant Hot Spicy Pork and Beef Noodle Soup, or Bun Bo Hue, at Miamisburg’s Pho Mi; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson Vietnamese is a cuisine that isn’t nearly as well known or popular as it should be. After all, it’s considered to be among the healthiest […]

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Tiny, not pony tails

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Mini horses compete at Springfield’s Regional Champions Center AMHA’s Eastern Regional Championship Show runs June 30-July 2 in Springfield; photo: Patty Diehl By Erin Callahan When it comes to showing horses, bigger isn’t always better. In fact, there are plenty of opportunities for mini horses to steal the show, and some are bred to perform […]

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Sonic boom

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Jennifer Taylor’s Rock Retrospective sounds off at Christopher’s Restaurant ‘Bernie Worrell Orchestra’; photo: Jennifer Taylor By Morgan Laurens “When I say I’m a music photographer, people look at me kind of strangely,” says Jennifer Taylor. The raven-haired Taylor sips water instead of coffee during our interview, saying that a 2:30 p.m. dose of caffeine will […]

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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? […]