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Citizen diplomacy

New exhibit at the  Dayton International Peace Museum By Stacey Ritz Photo: Dayton International Peace Museum co-founder Ralph Dull (left, in hat) discusses a large piece of farm equipment in Ukraine How did Citizen Diplomacy play a role in the USSR during the Cold War? Four Dayton International Peace Museum (DIPM) volunteers were actively involved as […]

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Cityfolk Festival Rising

A bastion of culture perseveres downtown By: Leo Deluca Photo:Enjoying the music and dancing of the 2012 Cityfolk Festival; photo credits: Andy Snow   Cityfolk has been nourishing the spirit of southwest Ohio since 1980. With a mission to “share diverse artistic traditions from across America and around the world,” the non-profit organization has become […]

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Miss Maha and the City

Stay Hydrated. Keep Cool. Have Fun! By Maha Kashani Photo: Starting line at the Subway Dragons 5K Now that summer is in full swing, no one can blame you for wanting to spend your free time working on that tan. I, for one, welcome any opportunity to soak up the sun at the pool. That being […]

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Back in the ‘Limelight’

Rush visits Riverbend in Cincinnati By: Alan Sculley Photo:[l tor] Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart and Geddy Lee of Rush will perform at Riverbend in Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 2; photo credit: Andrew MacNaughtan When Rush toured in 2010 and 2011, the band billed it as the “Time Machine” tour. In addition to playing the band’s […]

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Sofia Coppola exposes ‘The Bling Ring’

A true crime story about wannabe celebrity criminals By T. T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Emma Watson and friends blur the line betwen celebrity and criminal in “The Bling Ring”;  Rating: R Grade: B+ So, this is what has become of the Bonnie & Clyde mythos, the ballsy outlaw bandits with bullets to spare and a knack for […]

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In the can

Craft beer goes retro By: Kevin J. Gray Photo: [l to r] Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Imperial Stout and Finch’s Beer Company’s Threadless IPA In 2002, a tiny, relatively unknown brewery in Colorado took steps that many craft beer drinkers at the time considered heresy: Oskar Blues canned their beers. Not only did they can their […]

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Certainly cool (but not necessarily ‘smooth’)

Guitarist Peter White at the Schuster Center By Benjamin Smith Photo: Guitarist Peter White joins the Summer Breeze Jazz Tour at the Schuster Center on Friday, June 28 He has probably never set a Fender Stratocaster on fire à la Jimi Hendrix, or been called “God,” like Eric Clapton, but make no mistake: Peter White is a […]

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Making a strangewave

Dayton duo album release at Springfield show By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Strangewave celebrate the release of their debut, Pop Noir,on June 29 in Springfield; Photo credit: M. Kelly Wilt Strangewave is an emerging indie rock band made up of songwriters J. Trenton Crace and Katrina Eresman of Dayton. Their psychedelic dream-pop blooms with layers of guitars, […]

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A Rollin’ Stone

Trey Stone’s humor-tinged rock at Canal Street By Tim Anderl Photo: Trey Stone celebrates the release of Ahead of the Pack at Canal Street Tavern June 22; photo credit: Jennifer Taylor Clarke For 15 years, Trey Stone’s passion for music and comedy existed in harmony as he served as musical director for Chicago’s The Second City […]

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Don’t call it a comeback

LL Cool J headlines ‘Kings of the Mic’ tour at Riverbend By Alan Sculley Photo: LL Cool J returns with new album Authenticand will appear with the Kings of the Mic tour at Riverbend on June 27 It’s been five years since LL Cool J has released an album – an eternity in the hip-hop world, […]

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News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy […]

A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; […]

Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – […]

Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we […]

News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]