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Look! Up in the sky!

Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival returns to Middletown By Tony Baker Photo: An Earth-shaped World Balloon (the first hot air balloon to be digitally printed) and a ten-story Angry Bird are among the balloons on display; photo: Eric Haas Imagine heading down Route 4 early one summer morning. You’ve just stopped at the drive-thru […]

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Propaganda and purpose

Call to Duty and Tears of Stone exhibits at DAI By Joyell Nevins Photo: Glenn Grothe, American, 1912–1956, He’s Watching You, 1942, color lithograph Before there was “Be All You Can Be” or “The Few. The Proud. The Marines.” there was a bearded man in a top hat, pointing directly at his viewers, saying “I […]

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Thinking outside the ‘white cube’

Dayton’s Blue House redefines creative spaces By Susan Byrnes Photo: The Blue House on Catalpa Drive is a gallery and studio space for local and visiting artists; photo: Nicholaus Arnold The Blue House is exactly that: a nice, conventional house on Catalpa Drive with a welcoming front porch and bright red door. Though you might […]

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Disrupting the ‘still of the night’

Whitesnake plays Huber Heights By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Whitesnake founder David Coverdale will perform with Whitesnake on July 7 at the Rose Music Center; photo: Mark Weiss   “We have the advantage of being a sterling band,” Whitesnake bassist Michael Devin tells the Dayton City Paper. “We’ve been around a long time and have put […]

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This town loves America

Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival returns By CC Hutten Photo: The Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival, including a 100-unit parade, begins with a concert and flag ceremony on July 3 From a 1972 sidewalk sale to a mile-long party, the Centerville-Township Americana Festival now expects over 75,000 people Independence Day weekend. For 41 years, the people of […]

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More than a feeling

Mega-stars Boston come to Fraze By Alan Sculley Photo: Boston founder Tom Scholz will perform with Boston at Fraze Pavilion on July 2; photo: Kamal Asar Boston’s Tom Scholz is famous for being one of the most meticulous artists in the studio in all of rock. As the man who writes Boston’s songs and records […]

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Shape and be shaped

Meet the artist: Kevin Tunstall By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Kevin Tunstall, untitled, porcelain, 2014 I’ve got the ceramic bug. Not for the chunky, wheel-thrown glazed mugs I’ve collected from country craft fairs for years, but the contemporary ceramic art, from porcelain that riffs on global trade routes to clay heads that have been decked out […]

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Welcome to the barony

Society for Creative Anachronism is more than LARPing By Tammy Newsom Photo: The Society for Creative Anachronism partakes in activities including armored combat, fencing and archery as well as embroidery, weaving and dyeing In Civil War and World War II reenactments, each costumed actor recreates famous battles. In an Adrian Empire reenactment, players can dress […]

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Lotta magic left in Mike

Channing Tatum and his crew get together for another dance By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Channing Tatum as Mike Lane in “Magic Mike XXL”; Rating: R, Grade: A Curiosity dominated the critical conversation when Academy Award-winning renaissance man Steven Soderbergh (the filmmaking chameleon who so deftly walked the fine line between the independent world and the […]

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Asking tough questions

SunWatch Native American exhibit goes beyond the mascot By Emma Jarman Photo: Wright State University public history graduate students Mitchell Dorsten and Fayelee Conley prepare a component of the More Than a Mascot exhibit at SunWatch Indian Village SunWatch Indian Village—a reconstructed Fort Ancient Native American village and museum next to the Great Miami River—presents […]

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Let’s go to the movies

Miamisburg Plaza Theatre now showing! By Gary Spencer From time to time, something old and long forgotten is revisited and […]

Be Well, Marsha 2/9/16

Another one bites By Marsha Bonhart Okay everybody, there’s a new bug in town and the World Health Organization (WHO) […]

Gettin’ funky with it

Amy Kollar Anderson makes vivid art full-time By Bill Franz Exactly a year after she left her job as gallery […]

Climate UPHEAVAL

ArtStreet introduces next installation in IAN series By Joyell Nevins Art is not just meant to be looked at; it’s […]

Be Well, Marsha 2/2/16

Forget me not by Marsha Bonhart In my much younger, other life, I was a model. I never graced the […]

Flying high on the ground

Troy’s WACO Museum offers classes, camps, robotics and more By Tim Walker WACO—pronounced like “taco”—was the name of the WACO […]