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A family affair

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Dayton African American Cultural Festival returns By Katie Christoff Photo: The Dayton African American Cultural Festival takes place Aug. 22 at Island MetroPark and Aug. 23 at Courthouse Square; photo: Terry Flucas It’s a family affair at the annual Dayton African American Cultural Festival—the theme has mandated this for the past three years, but it’s […]

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Gospel and the Fraze

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Annual GospelFest returns to the Pavilion By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Gathering will perform at GospelFest at Fraze Pavilion on Aug. 23 When a health network wants to thank its community, what does it do? If you’re Kettering Health Network, host a free Christian concert festival! “This is not a fundraiser,” KHN Missions Coordinator Lauren […]

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A night of neo-funk

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Charles Walker Band hits Trolley By Tim Walker Photo: Charles Walker and Porsche Carmon of the Charles Walker Band will perform Aug. 22 at Trolley Stop; photo: Charles Walker Charles Walker —musician and bandleader, songwriter, recording artist and stand-up comedian—can’t stop laughing. But first: name five great saxophone players. Go ahead… I’ll wait. If you’re […]

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Fit for drinking

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Get the beer without the belly By Hayley Fudge Photo: Runners Plus offers a Pub Run Series, a 5 mile run ending at a local brewery. It’s just one possible option to incorporate fitness into your craft beer life Consuming craft beer comes at a cost, and we’re not talking about money. We’re talking calories. […]

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#NutterCenter4Garth

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Fans go online to bring Garth Brooks back to Nutter By Jeremy Wiedle Photo: “Beautiful day at the Arena! I bet @garthbrooks would enjoy this type of weather. #NutterCenter4Garth” (as seen on Nutter Center’s Instagram account) When Garth Brooks’ national tour came to Wright State University in December of 1992, it was the fastest sell-out […]

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On stage: 8/18/2015

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Two classics and an Irish romance By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Back row: Mike Beerbower, Teresa Connair; Front row: Dave Nickel, Connie Fowler Strait in Dayton Theatre Guild’s “Outside Mullingar” Dayton Theatre Guild // “Outside Mullingar” // Aug. 21-Sept. 6 Not that this summer has been a slow one theatrically, but fall gets an early start […]

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Philanthrappelling

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Big Brothers Big Sisters’ big steps for charity by Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The Over the Edge event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley; photo: Peter Wine, Media Moments Photography   Average Friday got you down? Want to see the world—at least the Dayton part—from another angle? How about instead of a […]

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Sax man

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Boney James comes to Rose Music Center By Tim Walker Photo: Boney James will perform at Rose Music Center at the Heights on Aug. 13, photo: Describe the Fauna Boney James, recording artist, talented musician and intensely likable, all-around “nice guy,” is running a bit late. “I am SO sorry, Tim,” he says at the […]

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Keep your top on

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Miamisburg Whirled Tops Competition returns By Katie Christoff Photo: The Miamisburg Whirled Tops Competition brings top competitors of all ages to Miamisburg to test their mettle; photo: Jay Robinson Spinning tops may be considered a lost art. The days when children would battle it out over spinning their toy top the longest have been replaced […]

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Tennis anyone?

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Mason’s Western & Southern Open returns By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Top men’s player Novak Djokovic signs a player card for a young tennis fan at Mason’s Western & Southern Open tennis tournament; photo: Tony Wagner “The tennis tourney Tuesday was marked with brilliant and fast playing on the part of the contestants, awakening the greatest […]

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A ‘fantastic’ failure

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Who would have guessed this reboot could be worse? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jamie Bell as The Thing, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Miles Teller as Reed Richards and and Kate mara as Sue Storm in “Fantastic Four” ; Rating: PG-13, Grade: D- Following the less than stellar box office results of Tim Story’s […]

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Toot your flute

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Annual SunWatch Flute and Art Festival returns By Katie Christoff Photo: The Native Flute and Art Festival, held at SunWatch on Aug. 16, also features booths, vendors and food for visitors to experience Dayton, Ohio is known for many things. It’s a cultural epicenter filled with great music, great beer, great arts and great people. […]

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Prairie of the past

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Huffman Prairie State Natural Landmark gets a new coat of paint Kristen Wicker Photo: A group tours through Huffman Prairie, a 112-acre natural landmark with significant historical and ecological relevance A hidden Dayton gem has a new shine: The addition of interpretive signage, brochures and programs at the historical Huffman Prairie State Natural Landmark has […]

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Feliz Quinceañera!

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Dayton Hispanic Heritage Festival celebrates year 15 By Joyell Nevins Photo: The fifteenth annual Dayton Hispanic Heritage Festival takes places 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Aug. 15 at RiverScape MetroPark Feliz Quinceañera, Hispanic Heritage Festival! This year, the Puerto Rican, American and Caribbean Organization (PACO) is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary of holding the Hispanic Heritage Festival, […]

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Carrying the torch

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Joe Bonamassa performs tribute to blues kings By Tim Anderl Photo: Blues musician Joe Bonamassa will perform on Aug. 15 at Fraze Pavilion; photo: Christie Goodwin Although 38-year-old bluesman Joe Bonamassa has 13 albums and a mountain of accolades under his belt, he’s surprisingly honest about his self-doubt and personal uncertainty when it comes to […]

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The thousand year festival

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Wham Bam Thank U Jam returns to Oxford By Katie Christoff Photo: [l-r] Nathan Goff, Mike Carpenter, Kimberly Weiss, Nathan Goff, Todd Panstingel and Brian Wise [not pictured] of Killed By Art perform at the 2014 Wham Bam Thank U Jam The self-proclaimed “best weekend of the summer,” Wham Bam Thank U Jam, returns to […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]