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Defining an era

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Alphonse Mucha’s Art Nouveau at the Dayton Art Institute Photo: Monaco, Monte-Carlo, 1897; Dhawan collection By Terri Gordon Alphonse Mucha is not Art Nouveau—Art Nouveau is Alphonse Mucha. His name may not be as well known, but the works of Alphonse Mucha are as recognizable as any Monet or Van Gogh—maybe even more so. Mucha’s work […]

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Don’t fall down!

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Big Brothers Big Sisters go over the edge at Downtown’s Courthouse Square Going down 27 stories of the KeyBank Tower; photo: Big Brother Big Sisters Miami Valley By Terri Gordon Imagine standing atop the KeyBank building in downtown Dayton, looking out over the Miami Valley. Now look down. You are 27 stories above the street. […]

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A reel and a jig

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Irish dance invades Hobart Arena Photo: Elina Espy and Addyson Randolph take a break between rounds. By Terri Gordon The Hobart Arena has been the venue for a variety of entertainment—from the circus, to sports, to music—and on Oct. 14 and 15 it will host a back-to-back Feis Weekend put on by Dayton’s own Celtic Academy of […]

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A memorable mum experience

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Tipp City’s 59th Annual Mum Fest Photo: The parade Saturday will help honor past and present service members By Ehron Ostendorf The smell of fresh food wafts through the air of a warm, September day. Sunshine peaks through the trees of the Tipp City Park where over two hundred venders rest. T-shirts, blankets, arts and […]

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Pretzels and Germantown: fun, food, and community combined

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Annual Pretzel Festival set to return for the 38th year Photo: Living statue interacts with children at last year’s festival By Tim Walker People love pretzels, and during its annual Pretzel Festival, the city of Germantown has plenty of them: pretzels of all kinds, as far as the eye can see. Soft pretzels, gourmet pretzels, […]

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The talking dead

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Mediums Lisa Williams and Cindy Kaza bring supernatural powers to Funny Bone Photo: Lisa Williams is a psychic medium, as was her grandmother By Paula Johnson Lisa Williams is the perfect ambassador for the dead. She’s effusive, warm, vivacious, and filled with mirth, humor, and compassion. In short, the opposite of death. She saw her […]

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Bikes and beats

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Rock the Bike Music Festival rides into Troy Photo: Eric Jerardi Band performs Saturday night By Matt Clevenger The city of Troy is gearing up for a bicycling-themed weekend, celebrating the arrival of an estimated 3,000 Tour de Donut bicyclists with the new Rock the Bike Music Festival this Friday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Sept. […]

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Stuff your mouth

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Dayton Greek Festival’s 59th year Dean Margioras and friends dancing at the festival; photo: Linda Bouris By Terri Gordon By the second week of July, volunteers at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church have begun to prepare the food for the Dayton Greek Festival. It takes them about two months. They prepare pastitsio (a Greek version […]

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Comic still standing

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Tammy Pescatelli finds the funny back home in Ohio at Funnybone Cleveland native, Tammy Pescatelli, is coming back to Dayton; photo: Natalie Brasingotn By Gary Spencer (Interview performed by Dana Armington) A lot of comedians seem to come from somewhat unusual backgrounds, and that seems to be the case for Tammy Pescatelli. Pescatelli comes from […]

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Comedy is life

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Leonard Ouzts returns to the Dayton Funny Bone Photo: Headliner Leonard Ouzts By Gary Spencer Some comedians like to go for cheap gags and one-liners, while others weave elaborate tales full of lengthy, intricate stories that lead up to a punch line. Then, there’s comedians like Leonard Ouzts, a rising young star in the world […]

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For the record

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Roots on Vinyl exhibition is truly a wax museum Vinyls on display; photo: Terrilynn Meece By Gary Spencer It’s no secret that vinyl records are making a comeback in terms of popularity and availability. There’s something intangibly attractive about holding a 12” by 12” record jacket in hand, contemplating the artwork or lyrics printed inside […]

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Kinky Yellow Springs

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Professor and author Mary Ann Davis brings kink to Yellow Springs Photo: Professor and writer Mary Ann Davis in the classroom By Ashley Moor If you’re anything like me, the media has influenced some part of your life and view on the world. Leave it to any crime show to show you parts of the […]

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Grass strains

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Paddle faster, hear bluegrass at Tipp City’s Canoegrass Photo: Listeners float near one of the two stages where bluegrass will blast at Canoegrass in Tipp City By Joyell Nevins Paddle faster, I hear bluegrass! So goes the tagline under the unofficial music video for the annual Tipp City festival, which this year goes from Aug. […]

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‘Stories by hand’

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Marianne Rabb Britton’s energy still flows at Springfield Museum By Brittany Erwin Textiles—flexible materials typically composed of yarn or thread—seem simple. Yet, these objects, brought to life via knitting, weaving, crocheting, or felting, are magically complex when skillfully rendered. Stories by Hand: Marianne Rabb Britton, a retrospective of the late artist’s masterful textile art at […]

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Street art

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Art in the City takes over downtown Dayton Photo: Dancers perform on Main Street for Art in the City, a square-mile celebration of the arts in downtown Dayton, this year on Aug. 4 By Tim Smith Take a walk through downtown Dayton Aug. 4 and you’ll see art everywhere, from building lobbies to posters advertising […]

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Started as a journalist, now he’s here

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Noah Gardenswartz brings the lakhns to Dayton Funny Bone Photo: Noah Gardenswartz, on Comedy Central (above), started stand-up where most great stand-up careers start, in the upstairs of a taco restaurant  By Gary Spencer Dating back to the vaudeville antics of George Burns and Henny Youngman all the way to modern masters such as Andy […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]