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Pump up the give

Charity rocks Miami Valley Music Fest By Gary Spencer Photo: Singer-songwriter Sharon Lane will perform at this year’s Miami Valley Music Festival, taking place July 31 and Aug. 1 There are rarely definites in life, but when it comes to summers, there are a couple—warm weather and music festivals topping the list. And during the […]

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To the Max

Dayton-grown pint-sized actor voices new Nickelodeon cartoon By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Harvey Beaks and his friends Fee and Foo on the Nickelodeon show Harvey Beaks; image courtesy of Nickelodeon Max Charles is a little guy with a big career. At just 11 years old, the Oakwood native has already acted for the big screen and […]

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Smiling on the Square

Revamped Courthouse Square a ‘God-send’ By Lisa Bennett Photo: Residents and guests gather at Courthouse Square to take advantage of the food trucks and summer activities available Would you rappel off the side of a 27-story building? Well, Friday, Aug. 14, that’s exactly what some participants of “The Square is Where Goes Over the Edge” […]

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Cheers to charity

Brews Fore Birdies Beer Festival rookie year By Janell R. Ward Photo: First Tee of Greater Miami Valley teaches life skills and development through golf. Pictured: participants in the PLAYer program at Madden Golf Course mingle with local media; photo: Amanda Zedrick Come cool down with a beer on a hot summer’s day and make […]

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Highway to… Heaven?

First Heavy Metal Church of Christ rocks stereotypes By Tim Walker Photo: Pastor Brian Smith stands outside of his church, The Heavy Metal Church of Christ; photo: Tim Walker Church? Me, go to church? “But I haven’t been inside a church in years,” I explained to my editor. “If they have a baptismal font, the […]

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Sharp tongued

“Girl Code” confidante Jessimae Peluso at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Jessimae Peluso will perform July 9-11 at Dayton Funny Bone Jessimae Peluso possesses the kind of unbridled honesty that makes you acutely aware of how ridiculous the world can be. The quick-witted Syracuse, New York, native made a name for herself […]

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Hot summer, cool films

Victoria Theatre Association stays cool with new films and partnership By CC Hutten Photo: The Victoria Theatre Association screens “Motel Hell” on July 18 as part of the Cool Films Series The Victoria Theatre Association’s summer Cool Films Series is titled “cool” for good reason. And this year, VTA has partnered with Summer in the […]

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Thinking outside the ‘white cube’

Dayton’s Blue House redefines creative spaces By Susan Byrnes Photo: The Blue House on Catalpa Drive is a gallery and studio space for local and visiting artists; photo: Nicholaus Arnold The Blue House is exactly that: a nice, conventional house on Catalpa Drive with a welcoming front porch and bright red door. Though you might […]

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This town loves America

Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival returns By CC Hutten Photo: The Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival, including a 100-unit parade, begins with a concert and flag ceremony on July 3 From a 1972 sidewalk sale to a mile-long party, the Centerville-Township Americana Festival now expects over 75,000 people Independence Day weekend. For 41 years, the people of […]

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Shape and be shaped

Meet the artist: Kevin Tunstall By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Kevin Tunstall, untitled, porcelain, 2014 I’ve got the ceramic bug. Not for the chunky, wheel-thrown glazed mugs I’ve collected from country craft fairs for years, but the contemporary ceramic art, from porcelain that riffs on global trade routes to clay heads that have been decked out […]

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Advice Goddess: 7/28

By Amy Alkon   Emotion Sickness Last week, my girlfriend was all annoyed about something (something relatively unimportant). I’m normally […]

Chew on this: 07/28

Rediscover your drive By Jayne Powers On a hot, muggy July afternoon, I bolted out of my apartment to take […]

Hobart Urban Nature Preserve

A piece of Heaven in the middle of the city By Tor Simms Photo: The Hobart Urban Nature Preserve has […]

news of the weird 7/28/2015

  Outsourcing Among the protesters at New York City’s Gay Pride Parade the Sunday after the Supreme Court’s historic gay-marriage […]

The Docket: 07/28

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Amanda Dee   What’s at steak? “$85.85 worth of meet […]

Chew on this: 07/21

More than picking fresh vegetables By Jayne Powers   Today, let’s shine a light on vegetables—literally. Walk into any supermarket, […]