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Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists would be content to find a studio with good light and with enough space to store their material and make their art. Mosaic artist Jes McMillan thinks bigger. She rented a 16,000-square-foot building in downtown Miamisburg that once housed […]

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Sky of lights

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Regional Fourth of July celebrations By Erin Callahan Photo: The Centerville Americana Festival celebrates 43 years July 4; photo courtesy of Centerville Americana Festival Friday, July 1 Kevin Sonnycalb Memorial  Fireworks Festival  Shawnee Park, 591 S. Park Drive in Xenia The festival honors Kevin Sonnycalb of Xenia and has brought the community together after the […]

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Some Lucky Lemonade

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Sip on free music summer evenings in Troy By Lisa Bennett Photo: Everything Fitz fiddlers duel for Fridays on Prouty July 8; photo courtesy of Troy Hayner Cultural Center It’s like a decadent Beef Bourguignon; the longer it simmers, the better it is. The Summer Music Series in Troy has been brewing all year long, and […]

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Here to stay

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10 years of Keeping the Tradition at SunWatch By Tim Smith Photo: Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow honors Miami Valley native culture at SunWatch Indian Village June 25 and 26; photo: Andy Sawyer A pow wow has been described as being many different things to many different people of Native American descent. It is an […]

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From The D to the DYT

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Mike Stanley lets loose at Wiley’s By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Mike Stanley holds nothing back at Wiley’s June 24 and 25; photo courtesy of Mike Stanley Have you ever been watching standup and thought, “What’s holding this comedian back?” Surely they must hold opinions on some of the bigger issues taking place in the […]

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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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The village people

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Street Fair celebrates Yellow Springs By Gary Spencer As the adage goes, nothing is certain in life except for death and taxes. But there are perhaps a handful of things that are almost as sure of a thing, and ones that are much more positive than dying and forcefully giving your money to the government. […]

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Not that old navy

160416-N-RR852-051 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (April 16, 2016) Special Warfare Operator 1st Class T.J. Amdahl and Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Brandon Peterson, both members of the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, parachute over Neyland Stadium during Knoxville's Navy Week. The Navy Week program is designed to raise awareness about the Navy in areas across the country that traditionally do not have a naval presence, and to bring America's Navy closer to the people it protects through community relations projects, speaking engagements, science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) demonstrations and media interviews with flag hosts and local areas Sailors. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bobby Northnagle/ RELEASED)

Celebrate Navy Week at Dayton Airport June 13-19 By Don Hurst The last time Ohio was the focal point for any naval engagement was September 10, 1813, when American ships threw down with the British in the Battle of Lake Erie. It’s not surprising then that a Google search of “Dayton” and “Navy” brings up […]

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Fooler house

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Special Engagement with Dave Coulier at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin This is far from Dave Coulier’s first visit to the Gem City. In fact, as a hockey-playing kid in Detroit, he used to travel with his home team down I-75 to play the Dayton Gems. “That was a big trip for us,” […]

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Tale of three studios

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The many workspaces of artist Julie Beyer By Bill Franz I first heard of Julie Beyer when she was the featured artist at the Ann Arbor Street Fair, one of the top art fairs in the country. When I heard that the featured artist at this fair lived a few blocks from my home, I had to […]

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Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]

Vitality Check: 6/14/16

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The dangerous game of preventing pregnancy By Rocco Castellano So I got a call from a friend of mine that […]

Spring into comics

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Comic culture in Yellow Springs By Josher Lumpkin The village of Yellow Springs is a quaint college town that manages […]