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When Getting Is Giving

Annual outdoor Miami Valley Music Fest By Tim Anderl Photo: The sisters of Jah Soul perform at the 2013 Miami Valley Music Fest; photo: J. Allen Laack On the first weekend in August, organizers and volunteers from the Miami Valley Music Fest provide a weekend of music and camping for concertgoers from around the area and […]

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Of animals, for animals

Humane Society hosts Soiree for Strays By Janell Ward Photo: Cathy Mong, “Home Safe” In 1902, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) opened their doors and launched their vision to care for the needs of local animals. Twenty years later, a new facility was purchased which was funded from local businesses, corporations and individuals. The […]

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Cliffs of Cinci

Eric Johnson takes on Taft Theatre By Brandon Semler Photo: Eric Johnson will perform on Aug. 5 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati World-renowned guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson will hit the road on a U.S. tour in support of his most recent live album Europe Live, stopping by Cincinnati’s Taft Theater on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The […]

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ invades the Marvel universe

Comic book adaptation features a welcome addition to the ever-expanding family By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Groot, Zoe Saldana as Gamora and Chris Pratt as Peter Quill in “Guardians of the Galaxy”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A When this seemingly crazy experiment began for Marvel Studios, the feature film […]

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Was it really great?

Wilmington College reflects on World War I By Chelsea Davis Photo: Carlisle Columbia Law, a resident of Hamilton, was 23 years old when he left for France with the military in 1917. Items  courtesy of Greg Law, photo: Randy Sarvis “These are the powerful stories from history that help us connect to these massive, overwhelming events,” Ruth […]

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Hey Jude’s!

Mama Jude’s Thai Kitchen really does know best By Paula Johnson Photo: Pad Sei Ew at Mama Jude’s Thai Kitchen Thai cuisine is experiencing a wave in popularity in the U.S., with two 2011 James Beard Best Chef Awards going to Thai restaurants. Until the 1960s, Thai was relatively unknown here, and didn’t really explode on […]

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A swift kick in the Astro Fang

Dayton rockers reunite for two shows By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Astro Fang will perform on Aug. 1 at Hole in the Wall; photo: Jordan Frei Anyone who has been involved in the downtown Dayton underground music community will surely remember Astro Fang with great fondness. The band, whose founding members – Brian Baker, Christian Roerig […]

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Change your tune

Human Race Theatre Company’s Festival of New Musicals By Eric Street Photo: Susan Blackwell will host the 2014 Songwriter The Human Race Theatre Company’s mission to further the development of new works takes center stage Aug. 1 – 2 with its summer Festival of New Musicals. For the company’s seventh annual event, producing Artistic Director Kevin […]

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Teamwerk makes the dream werk

Werk Out Festival returns to Legend Valley  By Zach Rogers  Photo: The 2014 Werk Out Music and Arts Festival will take place Aug. 7-9 at Legend Valley Music Center For a festival only in its fifth year, the 2014 Werk Out Music and Arts Festival is returning like a titan champ. Having already outgrown its original […]

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Flip the script

FutureFest offers six new plays in three days  By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Scott Knisley and Wendi Michael rehearse for “Wash, Dry, Fold”; photo: Serif Cinar “It’s the best time I have all year,” double-finalist playwright M. J. Feely said of the intense FutureFest weekend, during which Dayton Playhouse produces six new plays. He, like others who […]

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Fling into Spring

Miamisburg’s annual Spring Fling returns By John Hamilton Photo: The annual Miamisburg Spring Fling festival takes place May 16-17 in […]

Advice Goddess: 5/5

By Amy Alkon Eat, pray you’ll shut up, love I’ve always been a feelings stuffer, but I’ve been reading about […]

News of the weird: 05/05

By Chuck Shepherd World’s worst sculptor It seemed like a good idea when the village of Celoron, New York, paid […]

The Docket: 05/05

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Donkey wrong Police were flagged down by a […]

Chew on this: 05/05

Thinking differently about dieting By Jayne Powers Two things in life besides death and taxes seem to dominate American culture: […]

The Weight of water

Beauty, irony, loss By Susan Byrnes Photo: Prudence Gill, Over, Under, Around, and Through, 2015 Compared to many Midwestern states, […]