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Wright State grad student pieces together Randolph slaves’ story for Wilberforce museum Exhibit creator Hadley Drodge works to re-center the Randolph slaves’ story on the freed people; photo: Will Jones By Jim Hannah Their story is powerful. Nearly 400 freed slaves—including an infant less than 1-year-old and a woman over 100—make a 500-mile pilgrimage on […]

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Sizing up 

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Comparing nano- to micro- to large-scale breweries A micro-brewery produces 15,000 beer barrels a year maximum, like Dayton’s Warped Wing; photo: Jim Witmer By Jim Witmer Does size really matter? When it comes to brewery size, it’s a subject everyone seems to wonder about: Is a big brewery better than a small one, or vice […]

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Killing time

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Dayton supergroup Lioness releases Time Killer at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 Nathan Peters (front) and some of the other 10 members of Lioness conquer Jimmie’s Ladder 11 June 24 with Time Killer; photo: Jennifer Taylor By Josher Lumpkin There’s a uniqueness to the new Lioness record that could only be achieved by having 11 seasoned musicians […]

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Hillbilly wake-up call

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J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy chronicles crackup of poor working-class white America Photo: Baldcypress trees dot Kentucky, where author J.D. Vance’s family would visit nearly every weekend and what served as material for his book By Ronald Bailey Read this remarkable book: it is by turns tender and funny, bleak and depressing, and thanks to Mamaw, […]

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Love and bullets

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Beavercreek Theatre joins the Barrow Gang with Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical Flanders and T.J. Montgomery as Clyde (right) in Beavercreek Theatre’s Bonnie and Clyde; photo: Rick Flynn By Tim Smith Break out the bootleg gin, put on your pappy’s fedora, and fire up the Ford Model A. The Barrow Gang is back in town! […]

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The Circus Is Back In Town

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The Shuster Center turns big top with ‘Circus 1903’ By Terri Gordon Once billed as “The Greatest Show on Earth,” Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed for the last time in May. It was the end of nearly 150 years of dazzling acrobatic acts, animal exhibitions, and sideshows. For those who grew up in […]

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Living Art

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Receive a neighbor’s welcome at the Art House Hop ‘Toucan Island,’ featured at this year’s Art House Hop June 25; photo: Doug McLarty By Megan Constable The Yellow Springs Arts Council (YSAC) knows the only thing better than an art museum is viewing art in the comfort of a welcoming home. The fifth-annual Art House […]

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Welcome to Flavortown

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Dive into K’s Hamburger Shop in Troy Experience the charm of an old-fashioned diner at K’s Hamburger Shop in Troy, with offerings like soups and burgers with fries; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson When you walk into K’s Hamburgers in Troy, the phrase “stepping back in time” almost doesn’t adequately sum up the experience. […]

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Comedy plus time is self-help

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Joel McHale thanks you for your money at Dayton Funny Bone photo: Joel McHale, holding a bear on The Great Indoors, warns his stand-up audience of intense laughs By Amanda Dee Joel McHale is one of those first-name, last-name people, the ones whose first and last names seem to be permanently conjoined. Perhaps that effect […]

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Human nature hides under the cover of night

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Filmmaker Trey Edward Shults explores the dark side of the soul Photo: Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Travis in ‘It Comes Out At Night’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi To paraphrase the Prince song “The Future” from the “Batman” soundtrack, I’ve seen the future of my 2017 top 10 list and the new Trey Edward Shults release, “It […]

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‘The new face of America’

Kevin Owens during 'Catch WLIVE WRESTLEMANIA REVENGE' held at Accor Hotel Arena, in Paris, France, on April 22, 2016. Photo by Jerome Domine/ABACAPRESS.COM

US Champion Kevin Owens and WWE SmackDown rule at Nutter Center Kevin Owens during ‘Catch WLIVE WRESTLEMANIA REVENGE’ at Accor Hotel Arena, in Paris, France, on April 22, 2016; photo: Jerome Domine By Gary Spencer Everyone likes a good underdog story—you know, when a person fights for a goal even if the odds are almost […]

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Urban adventurers

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Explore all the ways of the city this summer photo: Shannon Thomas paddleboards at the RiverScape River Run, equipped with whitewater features By Nick Hrkman By now every Daytonian should know that Dayton is the Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest. But what has the city done to earn that title since it was so […]

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Roots, rock, reggae

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Cincinnati’s Know Prisoners break out at Peach’s Know Prisoners’ (l-r) Nikko Manamikko, John Burtke, Luck Spaulding, and Cal Kuhlman; photo: Chuck Loftice By Matt Clevenger “Reggae music is people music,” says Jonathan “Luck” Spaulding, Know Prisoners’ bassist and vocalist. “It’s feel-good music, and it’s also rebel music. It’s music for people who don’t have a voice […]

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Moon children

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YS Kids Playhouse looks skyward with Luminous Luna: Myth and Imagination (l-r) Miles, Yanne, and Kian in YS Kids Playhouse’s original musical Luminous Luna, running through July 2; photo: Matthew Collins By Tim Smith We gaze at it, write songs about it, blame it for erratic behavior, and occasionally howl at it. And we have […]

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Field of dreams

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Soak in the Summer Solstice Lavender Festival at Peaceful Acres Farm photo: Demo gong meditation as well as other healing and whole-health activities June 17 and 18 By Tara Pettit Although its wide uses and benefits have been recognized for centuries, Lavandula angustifolia has made a comeback in the recent decade. As published studies continue […]

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Honest, smoking brass

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Davina and the Vagabonds wander to Oddbody’s Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds travel on to Oddbody’s June 17; photo: Garrett Born By Joey Ferber Barring the laws of space and time, if Davina and the Vagabonds were to share a bill with any artist, this non-stop act would be playing alongside Fats Waller, Tom Waits, […]

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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 […]