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This one’s for the girls

All-inclusive Ladyfest celebrates female contributions By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Ladyfest organizer Paige Beller will also perform at Ladyfest on Aug. 28; Jordan Tyler Epperson Ladyfest is a guerilla-style festival that blossomed out of the Riot Grrrl punk scene in the Pacific Northwest in 2000, highlighting the wonderful female-created art and music that was being made […]

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Welcome to the village

Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival keeps traditions alive By John Hamilton Photo: The Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival, taking place Aug. 28-29, features a wide array of performers and artisans Although the summer season is coming to an end again, there are still some fun outdoor activities that can be done just as […]

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Celebrating a local screen outlaw

The secret history of a local filmmaker and the region By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Victor Bonacore and Jim Vanbebber scout an alligator farm for Vanbebber’s new directorial effort, “Gator Green” photo: Scott Gabbey This week, The Neon plays host to the world premiere of “Diary of a Deadbeat: The Story of Jim Van Bebber.” The […]

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Of femmes and fire

Your Chance to Die devastates RockStar By Gary Spencer Photo: Your Chance to Die will performon Aug. 28 at RockStar Pro Arena; photo: Joann Gullo Extreme metal bands with female vocalists have become trendy in recent years, and given the success and popularity of bands such as Arch Enemy, The Agonist and Myrkur, this growing […]

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Wickedly good

Kristin Chenoweth brings big voice to Fraze By Rusty Pate Photo: Kristin Chenoweth will perform Aug. 29 at Fraze Pavilion Kristin Chenoweth is that rare force of nature in the entertainment world that can seemingly do everything. She has starred on the Broadway stage for the last two decades, most notably as the originator for […]

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By fans, for fans

Ellis Paul on crowd-funding, chasing beauty and Oddbody’s By CC Hutten Photo: Singer-songwriter Ellis Paul will perform Aug. 28 at Oddbody’s Music Room; photo: Neale Eckstein Musician, artist, businessman and father Ellis Paul is taking his Boston style one-man show around the country, stopping in Dayton Aug. 28 at Oddbody’s Music Room. Originally from Boston, […]

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Path to success?

What to know about Dayton’s Link Bike Share Program By Amanda Dee Photo: Laura Estandia, executive director of Bike Miami Valley speaks to a crowd at the opening festivities for the Link Bike Share Program; photo: Briana Snyder My assignment was to investigate the green bikes that mysteriously appeared throughout the city of Dayton, and […]

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A dynasty in Centerville

China Dynasty: where white linen overrules white to-go boxes By Paula Johnson Photo: Walleye with red ginger sauce at Centerville’s China Dynasty I had heard good things about China Dynasty, located in a shopping plaza in Centerville, so I was looking forward to trying it. The restaurant’s website identifies chef Stephen Lin as one of […]

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Ding dong!

The Book of Mormon knocks at Schuster Center By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Monica L. Patton, David Larsen and Cody Jamison Strand perform in the national tour of The Book of Mormon, coming to the Schuster Center Aug. 18-23; photo: Joan Marcus Matt Parker and Trey Stone, the creative team behind such acclaimed productions as […]

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‘Actor For Hire’ seeks a career-defining opportunity

Festival entry examines the meta-drama behind the scenes By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: “Actor for Hire” starring Jesse O’Neill [center] is the first independent film by writer-director Marcus Mizelle The acting class is a niche populated by segmented categories from across the social and cultural strata, although, intriguingly, every member desires to breakout by figuring out […]

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Seed you there!

40 years of Troy’s Strawberry Festival (a berry good year!) By Emma Jarman Forty years ago, a small group of […]

On Your Marc: 5/24/16

A passing brush with No. 1 Bush By Marc Katz There’s a fascination with being No. 1, and since I’m […]

Vitality Check: 5/24/16

WTF: Genetically modified mosquitoes By Rocco Castellano This week’s column is going to sound like it’s coming right out of […]

On Your Marc: 5/17/16

Some moments at Hara By Marc Katz I can spin a funny story about this now. but in 1996 it […]

Sew what?

I Make Things Because I Must explores the value of homemade at YSAC By Jimaur Calhoun Sometimes in art, a […]

Vitality Check: 5/17/16

Estrogen: the enemy among us By Rocco Castellano About a year ago, I wrote a column called “Soy Meets World” […]