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Slicing up the scene

Ohio Knife doubles down in Dayton By Justin Kreitzer  Photo: [l to r] Jason Snell and Joe Suer of Cinicnnati band Ohio Knife; photo: Jesse Fox Emerging Cincinnati indie rock band Ohio Knife is led by vocalist/guitarist Jason Snell, drummer Joe Suer and keyboardist Andrew Higley – all formerly of indie favorites The Chocolate Horse and […]

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Six degrees of Dayton bacon

Bacon Fest debuts at Fraze Pavilion By Brandy King  Photo: Try the bacon and cheese perogi from Amber Rose at Bacon Fest at Fraze Pavilion on Aug. 18 Some of us have a love affair with pig that’s as old as time. Of this pork-loving crowd, some have grown to resent bacon’s moment in the spotlight […]

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‘Leaf’-ing a legacy

Dayton’s reforestation efforts By Amy Forsthoefel   Photo:Volunteers Mike Stanton, Mike Shade, Patrick Kennedy and Marga Huban proudly pose after planting 200 native shrubs at Germantown MetroPark in December 2012 Five Rivers MetroParks’ groundbreaking reforestation efforts demonstrate the constructive powers of people when they take an active role in conservation. The reforestation program started in […]

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Brats, brews and Bavaria

Germanfest Picnic celebrates 30th year By Sara Mastbaum   Photo: [l to r] Dayton Leiderkranz-Turner club members Amy Kinter and Sarah Boone; photo: Amy Kinter   Thirty years ago, the Germanfest Picnic, sponsored by Dayton Liederkranz-Turner, was a simple afternoon picnic for a few club members. In 2011, crowds swelled to a record 40,000 people over […]

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The call of the wild

The Ghost Wolves punk-leaning, rock howl to town By Tim Anderl Photo: [l to r] Jonny and Carley Wolf of The Ghost Wolves will perform at South Park Tavern on Friday, Aug. 2 Austin, Texas duo The Ghost Wolves deliver a rabid and raw sound that draws inspiration from across the musical spectrum. Blending blues, punk, […]

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Ear to the tracks

Beat the heat with these cool new albums By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Max Sollich of Dolfish   After enduring a long stretch of rainy, spring-like weather, we have finally reached the dog days of summer here in Dayton. So grab an ice cold drink and put on these refreshing new albums and chill out with the back-porch […]

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Final stop: ‘Fruitvale Station’

Powerful debut feature captures the complex humanity of Oscar Grant By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Director Ryan Coogler seeks redemption in “Fruitvale Station”; Rating: R Grade: A When is a day in the life, not just “a day in the life” of a character? It isn’t when that day happens to be the final day, which is […]

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Take me to the river

Riding Miami Valley’s scenic riverways By Stacey Ritz  Photo: Lindsay and Olivia Miller of Hamilton float down the Little Miami River on a sunny afternoon; Photo Credit: Jenny Ritz/Little Miami Canoe Rental Perhaps you’d like to kick your feet up and sit back in an inflatable tube to float down the river at your leisure. Or […]

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Into the void

Cadaver Dogs bring rock n’ roll mayhem to Poelking Lanes By Zach Rogers Photo: Columbus gutter rock trio Cadaver Dogs play Poelking Lanes on Wilmington Pike Aug. 3 Decades ago, Black Sabbath claimed to have sold their souls for rock n’ roll. The same could be said of the band Cadaver Dogs, from Columbus, Ohio, if […]

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A reason to sing!

Human Race Theatre presents Festival of New Musicals By Leo DeLuca  Photo: [l to r] Jim Poulos, Dana Mierlak, Maria Couch and Jamie Cordes in the 2011 Loft Series production of “right next to me”; photo credit: Gregg Coffin The Human Race Theatre Company (HRTC) hosts its Sixth Annual Festival of New Musicals, Aug. 2-4 at […]

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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]