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Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with three diverse musical presentations. All events are free and open to the public. Kicking things off on March 24 is jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin. The Cleveland native began her career singing in small clubs in […]

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What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery has long been known for presenting innovative work by artists from the Miami Valley. Their latest exhibit is called “Have You Red/Read It?” The exhibit runs through April in the lobby of the gallery, located […]

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Climbing Walls


Be upwardly mobile at Oregon District’s Urban Krag Climber Miranda Stricker By Julie Sigler  |  Photos By Gary McBride It’s Friday night. Maybe you are going out with friends to your usual places. Maybe you are visiting for the first time for work. Maybe it is even the middle of the day in the middle […]

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Magic of the mundane

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Christopher Burk’s “Illuminating the Everyday at Springfield Museum of Art Christopher Burk, Connected—Columbus, Harrison West I, 2016 Oil on panel 8″ x 10″ By Sarah Monroe When we look back at the great artists of our past, such as Claude Monet, Edward Hopper and even Bob Ross, we appreciate their eye for and their interpretation […]

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Yoopers running amok


Troy Civic Theatre presents Jeff Daniels’ “Escanaba in Da Moonlight” Jeff Bryant (seated), Paul Robinson (center) and Scott Atkinson (right) yoop it up in “Escanaba.” By Gary McBride Judging from the title, the Troy Civic Theatre’s new production “Escanaba in Da Moonlight” may sound romantic or exotic, however, the play is definitely not. Rather, it […]

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Flying high

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Yellow Springs Arts Council displays vintage banners A small sampling of the many beautiful banners in the exhibit.  By Terri Gordon As Maxine Skuba tells it, it all began with rip-stop nylon, a lightweight fabric that doesn’t fray when cut. It was relatively inexpensive and she liked how it was “luminescent in the light—like stained […]

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Passions on paper


Rosewood Gallery’s “Works on Paper” highlights Dayton’s artists Michele BonDurant; Secret House In The Woods; 2017 by Tracy Flagg Centers On view through February 23 at Rosewood Gallery in Kettering’s Rosewood Arts Centre is the 28th installation of the Dayton-area Works on Paper exhibition, an annual juried art show featuring many of Dayton’s most talented […]

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Characters welcome


Dr. Sketchy Dayton, not your average “drink and draw” At a recent Dr. Sketchy event: Ileana Gray in her traditional Dia de los Muertos outfit and make-up. By Gary McBride When artists gather for Dr. Sketchy, they’re treated to something different every time. It might be Lara Croft, or maybe Bogie & Bacall, or Dia […]

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Rock to restock

Electric Orange Peel is (L-R) Marko Manastyrskyj, Austin Crumrine, Dylan Aughe, and Nate Labine

Annual Restock festival at Oddbody’s unites bands to benefit local charities Electric Orange Peel is (L-R) Marko Manastyrskyj, Austin Crumrine, Dylan Aughe, and Nate Labine By Gary Spencer The holiday season has come and gone, just like it always does. But even though the calendar says the season for giving is over, there are still […]

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Perfectly Responsible

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Kevin Hart brings “Irresponsible” tour to Nutter Center Kevin Hart is serious… seriously funny. By Sarah Conard Kevin Hart has always been the funny guy. Starting out in film in the early 2000s and having his first big tour in 2009 with “I’m a Grown Little Man,” Hart has been getting laughs from the beginning. […]

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Dance your way into a new rhythm


Troy-Haynor Cultural Center offers new 2018 dance classes Ronnie and Cindy Mullins in competitive dress dancing in the studio. By Megan Garrison Troy-Hayner Cultural Center alone is an impressive institution, add their dance classes, and you open Dayton up to new experiences. Leona Sargent who has been the Exhibit Coordinator since April 2014, is a […]

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Destination: Yellowsprings 01/16


A community onstage Yellow Springs Theatre Company hosts 10-Minute Play Festival Chuck Dunn, Aiden Shakleford, Carlos Lamdauru, and Brian Upchurch rehearsing for Pizza Western By Victoria Ferguson The Yellow Springs Theatre Company is holding its annual 10-Minute Play Festival at the end of this month. The festival is a collaborative effort between the theatre company […]

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Cello there

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Cello Springs Festival’s Yellow Springs homecoming Cellist (l-r) Alicia Randisi-Hooker, David Skrill, David Smith, and Miriam Liske-Doorandish performing at Emporium Wines By Joyell Nevins For a musical generation, the people who participated in Friends Music Camp (FMC) through Olney Friends School experienced a symbiosis between teacher and learner, professional and amateur. “There was a special […]

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A Santa for the road


Miamisburg Art Gallery celebrates holiday art The Miamisburg Art Gallery’s Artist of the Month, Patsy Weidner, with her Santas. By Megan Garrison The Miamisburg Art Gallery has been promoting and displaying art for over 50 years. Through those years the gallery has relied on the community to support local artists and keep the lights on. […]

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Dill or sour?

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Dayton’s Kroc Center’s pickleball tournament Athletes play pickleball in The Kroc Center’s offical court By Tim Smith There is an indoor sport called pickleball that seems to have crept in under the radar. Apparently, it has captured people’s enthusiasm on a level akin to golf. The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center […]

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Through generations

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The Carols of Christmas on display at Hayner Center Hayner Center’s halls elaborately decorated for the holidays By Tim Smith No trip to Troy during the Christmas season would be complete without a stop at The Troy Hayner Cultural Center to marvel at the various decorated rooms. Anyone who has ever visited the center this […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]