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American apparel


Printing shirts and a dream at 7Thirty8 Apparel By Erin Callahan Photo: Matt Overholt quit his day job to run 7Thirty8 Apparel full-time, to ‘live his dream’; photos: Cori Morse 7Thirty8 Apparel started with a 30th birthday, a year’s worth of money saved, and a beard. Twelve years after Matt Overholt graduated high school, he decided […]

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Laughing local


The Levinson bros. at Dayton Music Art and Film Fest By Amanda Dee Photo: Comedians and Dayton natives Stephen (left) and Joel Levinson host the DMAFF film event; photo: Jennifer Taylor Sometimes daddy issues can destroy a man’s sense of masculinity, but Joel and Stephen Levinson decided instead to run with that insecurity and hide right […]

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Get buzzed


Discover the secret life of bees at HoneyFest By Lisa Bennett Photo: Beekeeper and retired Kettering police officer Mike Pittman tends his hives It used to be that the acronym CCD meant “catechism,” or, more precisely, a dreaded Sunday afternoon in a church classroom learning about the Bible. Not that the classes weren’t interesting and sometimes […]

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Spice world


‘Record Redux: Spice Girls’ challenges pop stigma By Joey Ferber Photo: Author Quentin Harrison hails from Dayton; photo: Michael McAllister Quentin Harrison grew up spending his days in Dayton record shops. When he wasn’t at work or in school, he was frequenting Second Time Around or Gem City Records (the site of what is now Omega […]

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Yaya, gyro, opa!


Greek Festival keeps tradition alive By Karen Ander Francis Photo: The Nisiotis, a high school dance group, rises up as the next generation to sustain Greek tradition; photos: Bill Franz Unmistakable rhythms and mouth-watering aromas greet visitors to the annual Greek Festival, transporting them to another world and culture that arrived in Dayton with immigrants in […]

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Dynamic duos


Beer pairings to accompany your eats By Hayley Fudge Photo: Hayley Fudge I think all of us beer lovers can agree that there’s not much better than pairing well-crafted beer with some amazing food. Just as with wine, there is indeed an art that comes with brew and food pairings that focuses on complementing and contrasting […]

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Truth & Dare


Dare to Defy theatre proves its spirit By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Lisa Glover as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors; photo: Laura Dell “What is Dare to Defy?” Daytonians are asking. It is a dreamer’s reality complete with costumes and music. It is hope looking for a full house. It’s a small group of innovators daring […]

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Positive Vibrations


Dave Hall Plaza thrives (as it always has) with Dayton’s Reggae Fest By Matt Clevenger photo: Seefari jams at 5 p.m. at Dayton Reggae Festival Sept. 4; photos: Lamonte Hall A downtown tradition for almost 30 years, the Dayton Reggae Festival returns, bringing a day of fun and live reggae music to the corner of Fourth and […]

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Art for every body on display at Color of Energy gallery By Brittany Erwin Photo: Parrish’s untitled nude figure calls viewers to confront the female form Is the ideal female body tall and long-limbed? Short and curvaceous? Voluptuous with soft, fleshy rolls? For artist Parrish, it’s all of the above. Parrish, a recent graduate of the […]

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‘Love and Memories’


Twenty-year-standing O.A.R. turns the car to Fraze By Alan Sculley photo: (l-r) Benj Gershman, Richard On, Jerry DePizzo, Marc Roberge, and Chris Culos of O.A.R. hit the Fraze stage Sept. 2 O.A.R. reached its 20th anniversary as a band doing something many acts that manage to last two decades don’t achieve. This band from Rockville, Maryland, […]

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Bulls, broncs, and barrels


Rolling Stone Rodeo rides into this year’s Montgomery County Fair By Tim Walker photo: Barrel racer Jessica Fisher from Oxford, Ohio It’s that time of year again in Ohio – county fair time. The days are long, the nights are hot, and there are lots of thrilling rides to enjoy and fair food to consume. The […]

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Beyond civilization


A brutal journey into the desert and the monster within By Brittany Erwin photo: Frisco, Utah, where the Jacobyites call home in ‘Ghosts of the Desert’; photo: Steven Poelzing Imagine you are kidnapped by desert-dwelling hermits. You live among them, rob graves together, and even commit murder as you succumb to being a member of this […]

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Women in the arts dig them out at Ladyfest Dayton By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Lisa Bird of Whiskey for Kids marks a long lineup of rockers at Ladyfest Sept. 2 and 3; photos: Jennifer Taylor Telling a little boy he could one day be a good father may not be as effective as actually showing […]

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Ship and sinking stories


‘The Last Lifeboat’ at Dayton Theatre Guild By Jacqui Theobald photo: (l-r) Heather Martin as Florence Ismay, Heather Atkinson in multiple female roles, and Matt Lindsay as J. Bruce Ismay in ‘The Last Lifeboat’ photos: Craig Roberts In one of the few times in Theatre Guild’s 72-year history, a contemporary playwright came to see his show. […]

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A hoppy ending


Ollie’s Place in Centerville By Paula Johnson Photo: The Ollie’s Burger at Ollie’s Place; photos: Paula Johnson Everyone has heard the saying “Beer is evidence that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” (Myself, I’d substitute wine and a really good slice of cake, an indication of where I start when considering Ollie’s Place, […]

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More than a spit and whittle

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Dayton Carvers Guild shapes 35th Artistry in Wood By Erin Callahan We’re living in the age of technology, when we can use computer design programs to create something on screen and build out designs with a vast selection of materials using 3D printers. It may seem that with this advanced digital technology, the traditional handcrafted […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]