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A family affair

Alexis Gomez comes back home to Stubbs Amphitheater Aug. 14; photo: Leslie Savage

American Idol’s Alexis Gomez returns to her Centerville home By Matt Clevenger Teamwork paid off for Alexis Gomez, an internationally known country artist who first gained national attention as a semi-finalist on American Idol in 2015. Originally from Centerville, she will return to her hometown Aug. 14 for a free show at Stubbs Amphitheater. “It’s […]

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Night of the Living Dreads II

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Korn resurrected in Cinci By Mike Ritchie A good band can play with one light bulb on if the songs are good enough. Ray Luzier of Korn and Rob Zombie resurrect the air-born hair with The Return of the Dreads tour, a sequel to 2013’s Night of the Living Dreads. The locks fly through 26 […]

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Open fire with open arms

Marq Torien of the BulletBoys will sweat from hair to shoes Aug. 6 at Oddbody’s; photo: Charles Shanks

BulletBoys smooth up in Oddbody’s By Allyson Crawford There’s a lot of chaos in the world around us, from terrorist attacks to deadly mass shootings to an increasingly divided political scene. Sometimes, something as simple as a shared bond over a favorite song or band can build a bridge between different groups of people. For […]

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Ashes to ashes

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Pet cremation options in the Miami Valley By Tim Walker Our pets, the loved ones to whom this annual issue of the Dayton City Paper is dedicated – what can be said about our beloved animal friends that hasn’t already been echoed many times before in these and other pages? They allow us to share […]

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Is Dayton chicken?

In the city survey, 79 percent responded in favor of changing Dayton’s zoning code to allow backyard chickens; photo: Five Rivers MetroParks’ Josh Koenig

Residents say ‘yes’ to chicken ownership, will the city? By Tara Pettit Dayton has progressively moved closer toward its residents’ shared vision to transform post-industrial “dead spaces” into creative, more productive eco-friendly areas centered on community. Amidst progress, however, Miami Valley residents have reached a major roadblock in their mission to become a more self-reliant […]

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Singin ’bout my generation

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Baby Boomer Festival celebrates 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s By Matt Clevenger You don’t have to be a baby boomer to enjoy the Baby Boomer Festival. With a full 12 hours of live music, 50 different craft vendors, food trucks, two car shows, and a children’s area, the festival will offer a little something for […]

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Mi Blue House es su Blue House

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Two years, 1000 Prints By Joyell Nevins Photo: Issa Randall peppered The Blue House with New York Times headlines in “An Easy Tension” photo courtesy of Nicholaus Arnold and Ashley Jonas What if your living room was your exhibition hall? Meet husband and wife Nicholaus Arnold and Ashley Jonas, who literally live in The Blue […]

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It’s Bone-a fide

A Yum Bone, Apple Critter, and Banana Split at Bone-a-Fido; photo: Paula Johnson

Bone-a-Fido takes home the doggy bag By Paula Johnson There’s nothing like hitting up a bakery or neighborhood bistro when you’re in the mood for a little treat or a light snack. Maybe something savory with cheese? Or, maybe something sweet and crunchy? How about frozen yogurt? But did you ever stop and wonder if […]

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Reading between the rings

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Paul Henry Martin builds the stories of wood By Bill Franz Photo: Paul Henry Martin identifies as both craftsman and artist; photo: Bill Franz About three years ago, I started taking photos of people at work, with a focus on two groups.  One group is Dayton artists working in their studios. The other group is […]

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Good boy, Growler

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Naming brews by the bark By Jim Witmer   Since dog owners must walk their canines regularly, why not make one of the stops a local brewery or bar where they can meet up with their friends, and their dogs can sniff out some new friends, as well? An establishment with a food license from the […]

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Such great heights

Big Brothers Big Sisters go ‘Over the Edge’ for area kids By Andy Hertel Most everyone is willing to do a bit of fundraising or volunteer work if asked, whether it be at work, at church, or with the local Little League team. It’s a great feeling to help out in the community, but let’s […]

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The Makers

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Boston Stoker brews scholarship here & abroad by Jim Hannah   The moment you step into the Boston Stoker warehouse, it hugs you like a warm blanket – the rich aroma of roasting coffee beans. “This is where the magic happens,” says J. Stanton, Boston Stoker Coffee Co.’s director of sales and marketing and a Wright State […]

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Four guys

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Eli Young Band in the Miami Valley Gaming Grandstand By Ashley Martin Photo: Eli Young Band hits the Miami Valley Gaming Grandstand Aug. 4; photo courtesy of Triple 8 Marketing Music is my entire world. I perform it for a living, I listen to it when I am not writing it, record it when I have […]

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Secret in Springfield

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The fairytale Hartman Rock Garden By Kevin Tucker Photo: Ben Hartman erected the ‘Tree of Life’ at the center of the Hartman Rock Garden in Springfield; photo: Rod Hatfield The Hartman Rock Garden (HRG) can be easily overlooked as it stands stoically behind one of the many nondescript dwellings comprising the southwest Springfield neighborhood it calls […]

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Rock and blues say ‘I do’

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Tedeschi Trucks Band return to Rose By Tim Walker Photo: Tedeschi Trucks Band rides the Wheels of Soul Tour to Rose July 29,photo courtesy of Tedeschi Trucks Band Derek Trucks may be performing in Canada, but his voice is all Jacksonville and his guitar chops hail straight from the Mississippi Delta. Trucks called the Dayton City […]

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Dine in expectations, carry out surprise

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New Carlisle’s 571 Grill and Draft House By Paula Johnson Photo: Loaded Potato Wedges at 571 Grill and Draft House; photo: Paula Johnson My cat, Cecil B. DeMeow (alright, ONE of my cats), doesn’t understand the element of surprise. Daily, he sits under the bird feeder wondering why there are no birds. I watched him, thinking […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]