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Summer snow

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The Antarctic Sublime & Elements of Nature: Water at DAI By Joyell Nevins Photo: Daniel Rozin uses 450 stuffed penguins with motors, control electronics, and Xbox Kinect to create “Penguins Mirror” at Dayton Art Institutephoto: John Berens This summer, you can see penguins, glaciers, and a 13-foot waterfall—all without leaving the heart of Dayton. The […]

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Reviving the soul

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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings touch Rose By Tim Walker Photo: Sharon Jones belts out with the Dap-Kings July 23 at Rose; photo: Jacob Blickenstaff Soul singer Sharon Jones has seen it all at this point. At 60, the gifted vocalist is on tour with her band, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, who are supporting […]

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Reminiscing with Nobilo

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One sip back to the tasting table   One of my first turns on the pouring side of a tasting table was back in 2007 at a fabulous fundraising event called Wine over Water. This annual event, held on the Purple People Bridge over the Ohio River, features gorgeous views of the Cincy skyline and […]

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Murder… they wrote

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Dayton History reopens 1896 trial of Albert Frantz By Terri Gordon Photo: Old Case File retries the Bessie Little murder case at the Old Court House July 22-24, July 29-31, and Aug. 5-7; photo: Haylie Schlater In late summer of 1896, the love affair of Bessie Little and Albert Frantz was cut short by her […]

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Springboros outdoor oasis

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Escape to Heather’s Coffee and Cafe By Paula Johnson Photo: Cheesecake at Heather’s; photo: Paula Johnson If you are looking for outdoor ambiance this summer, look no further than Springboro. Nestled in the lovely historic downtown shopping district is Heather’s Coffee and Cafe. Heather’s is located in one of the charming old houses lining Main […]

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Wake up Call

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Heroin addicts aren’t ready until they’re ready By Tim Walker Yes, you are addicted…but you have reached a turning point in your life. You don’t want to live this way anymore. You’ve taken that first step: you’ve admitted you have a serious problem, and now you want to get treatment. Trust that you are far […]

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Old Crow, new tricks

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Old Crow Medicine Show at Rose By Matt Clevenger Photo: Old Crow Medicine Show brings busker attitude to Rose July 19; photo: Crackerfarm It’s been more than 15 years since Old Crow Medicine Show first started busking on street corners in New York City, and since then, these city slickers have risen to become one […]

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The drinkers’ choice award goes to…

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Beer! A Celebration of Dayton Brewing By Jim Witmer Photo: Yellow Cab’s July 16 event showcases Dayton breweries, while also giving one a chance to win bragging rights; photo: Jesse King Yellow Cab Tavern’s mission is to promote creative people and foster creative expression, so it’s natural they host an event to showcase the creative […]

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Darke County’s famous daughter

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Annie Oakley Festival remembers the sharpshooter By Terri Gordon Photo: 1st Runner Up Katie Hurd, 2014 Miss Annie Oakley Hayley Maher, 2015 Miss Annie Oakley Mariana Ramos, 2nd Runner Up Hannah Gulleyphoto: JoEllen Melling Most people know Annie Oakley as the sharpshootin’ gal in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West traveling show, but most probably don’t know […]

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That’s what she sayeth

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YS Theater Company stages ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ in 1864 By Don Hurst Photo: Stephanie Radford as Leonato debating smacking Orion Wright as Claudio in ‘Much Ado’ photo: Don Hurst Yellow Springs has a long and illustrious relationship with the bard from Stratford-Upon-Avon. Theatre critics from all over the world have acknowledged the town’s special […]

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The lime and the steel pan

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Queen City Silver Stars coast to Peach’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Caribbean-inspired Queen City Silver Stars vibe at Peach’s July 15; photo: Chuck Loftice There are bands that like to show off or set themselves apart by featuring fancy or unusual instrumentation in their music, oftentimes in an attempt to be flashy but in many […]

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Natural selections

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YS Arts Council brings the outdoors inside By Matt Clevenger Photo: Ann Gayek’s “Early Summer”; photo: Ann Gayek Summer is in full bloom at the Yellow Springs Arts Council Community Gallery, thanks to a dual exhibition by oil and pastel artists Ann Gayek and Michele BonDurant. Landscapes, flowers, and other nature scenes will be on […]

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Stay grinding

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90s reincarnate Daily Grind bump at Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Daily Grind’s Myles Mahoney, Matt Majot, and Brad Hammer hit Bob’s July 23; photo: Pat Hogan The Pittsburgh-based alt-rock band Daily Grind recently released their long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album, I Did Those Things, via Misra Records. The emerging quartet—consisting of vocalist and […]

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Defining the human family through ‘The Music of Strangers’

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Behind Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Silk Road musicians Kayhan Kalhor and Cristina Pato from The Music of Strangers Rating: PG-13; Grade: A Art may be the purest representation of culture. In its many forms, art captures community, history, social interaction and engagement, and civic spirit through the senses. […]

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Middletown’s meat mecca

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Make pilgrimage to Combs BBQ Central By Paula Johnson Photo: Brisket Sandwich at Combs BBQ Central; photo: Paula Johnson Noted food philosopher and writer Michael Pollan spends a lot of time on BBQ in his Netflix documentary series Cooked, specifically a place in North Carolina where it’s not at all about the sauce. He recounts, […]

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Chocolate selfies, Raspberry Pi

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Dayton Maker Faire showcases the creative at Carillon By Lisa Bennett Photo: Dayton Maker Faire displays historical forms of making alongside cutting edge technologies; photo courtesy of Carillon Historical Park When we think of creative people, most of us instinctively think of musicians and artists like Mozart or Picasso. But we don’t often think of […]

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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, […]