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The lime and the steel pan

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Queen City Silver Stars coast to Peach’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Caribbean-inspired Queen City Silver Stars vibe at Peach’s July 15; photo: Chuck Loftice There are bands that like to show off or set themselves apart by featuring fancy or unusual instrumentation in their music, oftentimes in an attempt to be flashy but in many […]

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Natural selections

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YS Arts Council brings the outdoors inside By Matt Clevenger Photo: Ann Gayek’s “Early Summer”; photo: Ann Gayek Summer is in full bloom at the Yellow Springs Arts Council Community Gallery, thanks to a dual exhibition by oil and pastel artists Ann Gayek and Michele BonDurant. Landscapes, flowers, and other nature scenes will be on […]

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Stay grinding

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90s reincarnate Daily Grind bump at Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Daily Grind’s Myles Mahoney, Matt Majot, and Brad Hammer hit Bob’s July 23; photo: Pat Hogan The Pittsburgh-based alt-rock band Daily Grind recently released their long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album, I Did Those Things, via Misra Records. The emerging quartet—consisting of vocalist and […]

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Defining the human family through ‘The Music of Strangers’

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Behind Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Silk Road musicians Kayhan Kalhor and Cristina Pato from The Music of Strangers Rating: PG-13; Grade: A Art may be the purest representation of culture. In its many forms, art captures community, history, social interaction and engagement, and civic spirit through the senses. […]

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Middletown’s meat mecca

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Make pilgrimage to Combs BBQ Central By Paula Johnson Photo: Brisket Sandwich at Combs BBQ Central; photo: Paula Johnson Noted food philosopher and writer Michael Pollan spends a lot of time on BBQ in his Netflix documentary series Cooked, specifically a place in North Carolina where it’s not at all about the sauce. He recounts, […]

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Chocolate selfies, Raspberry Pi

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Dayton Maker Faire showcases the creative at Carillon By Lisa Bennett Photo: Dayton Maker Faire displays historical forms of making alongside cutting edge technologies; photo courtesy of Carillon Historical Park When we think of creative people, most of us instinctively think of musicians and artists like Mozart or Picasso. But we don’t often think of […]

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The alt Grammys

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Alternative Press Music Awards runs third year By Tim Anderl Photo: All Time Low’s Zack Merrick and Alex Gaskarth host this year’s AP Music Awardsphoto courtesy of Adrenaline PR Thirty years ago, in the comfort of his bedroom, Clevelander Mike Shea launched a cut-and-paste fanzine, never imagining the endeavor would grow to become one of […]

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Makers of nations

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Springfield Museum of Art exhibits Artist as Teacher By Lisa Bennett Photo: “Voodoo Zoo” oil painting by Ron Anderson; photo: Ron Anderson They are the makers of nations: the selfless women and men who shape the future by passing on their wisdom, their strengths, and their ideas. They are the teachers who patiently take on […]

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Human nature

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Discover Five Rivers MetroParks conservation areas By Kristen Wicker Photo: MetroParks staff members built the 1,800-foot boardwalk winding through Woodman Fen with recycled plastic; photo courtesy of MetroParks Human activity nearly destroyed Woodman Fen, but human intervention saved it. At one time common in southwest Ohio, fens have rich peat soils fed by underground water. […]

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Let’s Talk About Sex

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A few lessons they may have skipped in health class by Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin   Disclaimer: This article is meant to serve as a conversation stimulus, which will ideally help lead to a healthier, more fulfilling sex life for you, the reader. To more deeply explore your unique sexual experience, we encourage you to do […]

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The Docket: 3/21

Regional police blotters, reported and interpreted By Ehron Ostendorf Editor’s Choice Hot case A fire lieutenant responded to a car […]

The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]