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Lords of light

Torche blaze path for melodic metal By Tim Anderl Photo: Torche brings their melodic metal to Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Monday, June 3; Photo credit: Gary Copeland For the better part of the past decade, Miami, Fla. outfit Torche has emerged a triumphant and powerful quartet responsible for pioneering their own brand of groovy, melodic […]

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Gay pride and the theater

A 500-year history By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Scene from “The Normal Heart” which helped raise awareness regarding the ongoing struggles of the LGBT community From the end of the 16th century until today, gay plays have had a presence on the stage. From Edward Marlowe’s “Edward II” – with what has been referred to as “homosexual […]

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Great things come in little packages

sami.the.great at Ghostlight Coffeehouse By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Brooklyn singer/songwriter Sami.the.Great will perform at Ghostlight Coffeehouse on June 2; photo credit: Laura Crosta Brooklyn-based musician Sami Akbari, who also records and performs under the moniker sami.the.great, is currently on tour in support of her excellent self-titled debut album released in early 2012 by Bold Love Records. […]

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What’s a guy gotta do to get a drink around here?

A husband and wife take on Dayton’s ‘Fruit Loop’ By Wu W.A.N.G. Photo: Masque boasts one of the best sound systems in the Gem City; Photo credit: Wu W.A.N.G. What’s happening on Jefferson and Third Streets? Dayton’s Gay club district has a “seee-cret.” The intersection of the two streets is affectionately known as the “Fruit Loop” […]

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Equality events

Dayton’s Pride celebrations By Kate E Lore Photo: A float rolls down Third Street during the 2012 Gay Pride Parade in Dayton; photo credit: Bill Franz Rainbow, sparkles and all things fabulous; this is what you might typically think of when you hear “Pride Weekend” and “Gay Pride Parade.” How about love, support, equality and acceptance? […]

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The big parade

Denver’s The Lumineers visit Riverbend Music Center By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: The Lumineers visit Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati June 2; photo credit: Scarlet Page In 2009, Stelth Ulvang was one of dozens of Denver musicians who got a message from a New Jersey duo that was moving to Colorado and looking for contacts and […]

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Love God and love your neighbor

Christianity, the LGBT community and gay-friendly churches in Dayton By Leo DeLuca Photo: “If [Christians] took our blinders off … we would see that God affirms gay relationships …” – Christopher Pyle As unifying as it is divisive, the Bible has always been a mystifying text. For centuries, Scripture has been employed in defending innumerable beliefs […]

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Taste the rainbow

Out-and-proud restaurateurs By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Winds Cafe co-owner Mary Kay Smith walks diners through a meal at her restaurant   When my editor gave me an assignment on gay restaurant owners/managers, I was a little stumped. I couldn’t figure out the angle. What does LGBT status have to do with running a restaurant? Wiley […]

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Ohio marriage equality

Possible in our lifetime? By Stacey Ritz Photo: Denied marriage rights in Ohio, same-sex couples strive to move towards marrige equality; photo credit: bSkS Studios – Brian & Kiersten Siler (bSkSStudios.com) “I can remember the hurt I felt when the people of Ohio voted to deny me the right to marry the one person I’ve been […]

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Coming out Adventist

A powerful new documentary explores the spiritual journeys of gay Adventists By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ohio residents Sherri and Jill with their daughters in “Seventh-Gay Adventists”   Our primary conception of documentaries comes rooted in the notion that they are issue-based films told from one perspective with all of the supporting facts and figures to make […]

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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]