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Harvesting the future

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The organic growth of Dayton’s urban gardens By Tara Pettit Dayton’s neighborhoods are extraordinarily active outdoors this spring as shovels dig, composts heaps pile up and hoop houses erect in several neighborhoods. All the activity can only mean one thing for a city that has proven its motivation in recent years to transforming empty urban […]

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Bistro rulez

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Boro Bistro reigns excellent By Paula Johnson We’ve all been there. You’re a mom with a stroller, and you are meeting up for lunch with two or three other moms. With Cadillac-sized strollers. And giant diaper bags. Because lunching with other moms in your same situation is key to surviving your baby’s babyhood. But you […]

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Stand by your van

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Kelly Zullo hauls off-the-grid living to Beavercreek By Matt Clevenger Like sailors and their ships, touring musicians often develop a special bond with their vans. Countless songs and even entire albums have been written or named in tribute to these iconic vehicles, but few artists have taken their love of the van as far as […]

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Something wicked this way comeszz

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Blaze Ya Dead Homie claws to Oddbody’s By Tim Anderl On Friday, January 15 rapper Blaze Ya Dead Homie released his newest LP, The Casket Factory. Years in the making, it hit the streets via Majik Ninja Entertainment. Dayton City Paper caught up with Blaze to discuss his persona, video games, his latest LP and […]

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Irish renaissance

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Celtic Fest Ohio mixes old and new By Kevin Tucker Like clockwork, festivals of all shapes and sizes materialize annually around the Miami Valley to decorate the landscape come summer and fall. Throw one more fête into the ubiquitous mix this year with the unveiling of the inaugural Celtic Fest Ohio, slated for June 17–19 […]

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Not your dad’s beer

Jungle Jim’s beer festival welcomes geeks, newbies By Jim Witmer If you think Jungle Jim’s has a vast selection of beer on a normal shopping day, then you’ll be even more impressed with its International Beer Festival. Jungle Jim’s has built a reputation in just about every food category possible, and their craft and import […]

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Master Class

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Human Race lives up to its name By Jacqui Theobald Maria Callas, a vaunted opera singer of the mid-20th century, had a life filled with turmoil and challenge. Terrence McNally, a prolific playwright, opera and musical theater lover, never created a play exactly like this one—part biographical, using recorded performances, and part introspective, imagined reflections. […]

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Home away from home

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Camping closer to your backyard By Kristen Wicker Unplugging from electronics and plugging into nature was Baxter Foskuhl’s idea of getting wild during spring break. Foskuhl, a junior at Wright State University, hiked the Twin Valley Trail with a friend he’s known since elementary school during a respite from textbooks and lectures in late February. […]

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Folk-rock road warriors

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War Radio wages at Taffy’s By Justin Kreitzer War Radio is an Indianapolis-based folk-rock band led by the husband and wife duo, Joel and LaToshia (Tosh) Everson, along with drummer Drew Cooper and bassist Dennis Furr. Their promising debut album, Tracks was released in 2014 to great praise and their fan base has grown rapidly […]

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Champagne Charlie, the lonely widow and bubbles $60 apart

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By Dr. Mike Rosenberg I had the opportunity to try a bottle of pretty high-end Champagne. Specifically, the Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve, which typically retails for somewhere in the $60-70 per bottle range. I was feeling a bit cheeky during a trip to Smaller Wine Store. On a whim, I decided to snag the […]

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Here comes the sun

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Springfield Arts Council celebrates 50 years of free art By Katrina Eresman It’s 7 a.m. on a Friday in the middle of June, and there are lawn chairs lined up everywhere. Veteran’s Park, home of the Springfield Summer Arts Festival, used to be called Cliff Park for obvious reasons. Against these cliffs, which house bits […]

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Stompin’ the yard

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Lebanon’s Stompin’ in the Street festival returns By Joyell Nevins Don your cowboy hat, pull on your cowgirl boots and boogie down to Lebanon, Ohio, this weekend for its annual “Stompin’ in the Street” country music festival Saturday, June 11. “Country music is a good genre for Lebanon,” says Jo Wise, Main Street Lebanon executive […]

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Smooth grooves in the sunshine

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Dayton Jazz Festival revisits Dave Hall Plaza By Timothy Walker It’s beautiful in downtown Dayton. The weather is warm and pleasant, local residents are out and about and there’s no better way to spend an afternoon than sitting in the sun and grooving to some cool jazz tunes while enjoying a nice bite to eat. […]

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Faith-based mission

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Chart-topping Newsboys spread the word at Fraze By Rusty Pate Newsboys have been helping to define the contemporary Christian genre of music for nearly three decades. Consisting of Jody Davis on guitar, Jeff Frankenstein on keyboards and bass, Duncan Phillips on drums and former DC Talk singer Michael Tait on vocals, their last 14 albums […]

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2016 summertime flings

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Who should audiences crush-on at the multiplex and in the art houses? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Back in the day, the hip-hop poet laureate The Fresh Prince (aka Will Smith) summed up the mellow of the season with “summer summer summertime / time to sit back and unwind.” Truer words were never spoken, especially for those […]

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Here they go again

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Whitesnake revives greatest hits at Rose By Allyson B. Crawford Whitesnake, the iconic band fronted by British singer David Coverdale, will once again roll through the Miami Valley, stopping for a gig at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Wednesday, June 15. The band played Rose last year during its Purple tour. This year, […]

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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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In this fast-paced world of immediate answers and non-stop connectivity, there is a real need for us to unplug and […]

Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Have you ever heard of an emotional support mouse? What about an emotional support hedgehog, or mini pig? (Can we […]

Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]