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Stranger things


Metal in Strange Places Conference magnetizes natives and travelers By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Gabby Riches from Leeds Beckett University in England examines women’s participation in extreme metal as a form of feminism Oct. 22 “The metal research community is very welcoming,” explains Bryan Bardine, Ph.D, and associate professor of English at the University of Dayton. […]

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Master of none

Richard Lapedes’ Sculpture: Recovering from 30 years in Management By Erin Callahan Photo: ‘Quantum Ignition’ by Richard Lapedes What does a businessman, an educator, an artist, and a sailor have in common? If you ask Richard Lapedes, it’s more than you might think. “Art, education, and business are domains I’ve investigated in my life quite […]

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Of mice and men


Owl history with the Glen Helen Raptor Center By Lisa Bennett Photo: A pair of Screech Owls; photos: James Stewart The full moon explodes with light on an otherwise dark and dreary set. An ethereal fog shrouds would-be villains, and off in the distance, the haunting cry of an owl pierces the darkness, sending shivers […]

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Urban legends


Hiking with ghosts through Five Rivers MetroParks by Kristen Wicker Photo: Known by many names, the stone tower at Hills & Dales MetroPark was once rumored to be haunted. With its stunning colors and crisp temps, fall is an awesome time to get outdoorsy—and to explore the season’s spooky vibe by visiting some ghostly remnants […]

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Strange Bruises/Ghosts Emerging


Two artists find lasting impressions in fleeting moments By Brittany Erwin Photo: Gold inside gray image and pink-tinged work by Benjamin Lee Sperry Our lives are a compilation of fleeting moments. To find greater meaning requires reflecting on those moments and allowing them to shape our interactions with the world. Championing the effort to highlight […]

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Kraut rocks


Waynesville’s Sauerkraut Festival returns By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: An aerial view of Waynesville’s North Main Street, where hundreds of thousands check out wares and fare at the annual Sauerkraut Festival Fall is festival season in Ohio, and the Dayton area is lucky to host many of its fests. One of the biggest is the […]

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The ‘undocument’


FotoFocus Biennial drives the power of image through Dayton By Ashley Jonas Photo: ‘Selfie’ by Kayleigh Harris In 1990, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati presented Robert Mapplethorpe’s retrospective The Perfect Moment.  Mapplethorpe was a photographer, so he made images. He made images of the body, flowers, homoerotism, interracial figure studies, celebrity portraits, and self-portraits.  […]

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In Nomine Daytonas


A haunted hootenanny of dark arts and music By Gary Spencer Photo: Lurking Corpses, among others, will wreak their mayhem at In Nomine Daytonas Oct. 8 Dayton, Ohio, seems to be a place where people like to stage inaugural events. Whether it’s Sideshow, Ladyfest, or, more recently, the Amplified Humans Festival, the city loves first-time […]

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River monsters


Wade War V hits Troy By Matt Clevenger Photo: NAPRA founder Pete Ziehler prepares to reel one in; photo: Amy Ziehler Anglers from all across the state of Ohio will meet in Troy Oct. 7, ready to spend a full weekend fishing the Great Miami River for charity as part of the annual Wade War […]

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Heathens and herbs


Pagan Pride survives By Lisa Bennett Photo: A group joins hands in a ritual at Pagan Pride Day, this year at Taylorsville MetroPark Oct. 1 Their beliefs span thousands of years of history and dozens of traditions. Who are they? The intrepid souls, who continually forge ahead, undaunted by the turmoil of history are Pagans, […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23


For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16


For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]