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‘Closer to the absolute truth’

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Jon Brooks powers the people at Taffy’s By Joey Ferber photo: Jon Brooks shares stories and collects some new ones at Taffy’s Sept. 21; photo: Jay Morrison Don’t call him a singer-songwriter. Don’t call him a folk artist. Just go listen to the stories he sings. The songs of Toronto-based Jon Brooks strike the depths of […]

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The future is yours

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Make your own at DIY Cyclops Fest By Tim Walker Photo:    DIY. If you’re reading this story, you may already know that DIY stands for Do It Yourself, but you may be unaware that it applies to a lot more than just home renovation. Do It Yourself has grown into a subculture all its […]

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Audible anti-depressants

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Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem shine on RiverScape By Matt Clevenger Photo: (l-r) Anand Nayak, Scott Kessel, Andrew Kinsey, and Rani Arbo of Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem; photos: Joanna Chattman When drummer Scott Kessel of Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem opens up his suitcase, it’s hard to predict what strange new instrument might come out. […]

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Smokin blues on the soul side

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El Dorado Brown vibes Trolley Stop By Joey Ferber Photo: (l-r) Byron Crews, Jeff Friend, and John Hughes bring the blues to Trolley Stop Sept. 10 The blood runs deep through Dayton’s musical veins. For generations, Dayton has welcomed musicians unafraid to express the entire emotional spectrum, unhindered by light-heartedness or the Midwest veil of nicety […]

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‘Tis the Seasons

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Much more than jolly at Springfield’s Seasons Bistro and Grille By Paula Johnson Photo: Brisket Tacos at Seasons Bistro and Grille; photo: Paula Johnson Invited by friends Barrister Greg and Cyber Security Sleuth Elizabeth, PIP (Palate In Progress) and I ventured to Springfield to try Seasons Bistro and Grille. Open since 2008, the focus is on […]

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Who let the dogs out?

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Miamisburg’s Canine Carnival goes off the chain By Matt Clevenger Photo: Tony Hoard of the K-9 Crew and Trick Dog Show at Canine Carnival; photo: Anna Hayslett Miamisburg’s Riverfront Park is going to the dogs as the 11th-annual Canine Carnival offers dog owners and their furry friends a chance to cut loose and get off the […]

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Fight like a girl

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‘She Kills Monsters’ at Playhouse South By Don Hurst Photo: Carly Risenhoover-Peterson as Agnes (left) and Summer Lehman as Tilly in ‘She Kills Monsters’ She looks like a nice person. You wouldn’t believe she harbors any homicidal tendencies, but she does have a bit of an untrustworthy glint in her eyes when Carly Risenhoover-Peterson says, “The […]

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American apparel

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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

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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

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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

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‘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!

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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

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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

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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

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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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*naked*

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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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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]