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Economical comedy

Costaki Economopoulos comes to Wiley’s By Rusty Pate Photo: Costaki Economopoulos performs Jan. 14-16 at Wiley’s Comedy Joint, In many ways, standup comedy is the ultimate art form. Painting, music and filmmaking all have their virtues, but no other means of self expression allows the artist the freedom that comes with standing on stage, in […]

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Be steel my art

A visit with Hamilton Dixon, steel sculptor By Bill Franz Photo: Hamilton Dixon’s handrails at the Dayton Art Institute Hamilton Dixon has been working with metal his entire working life. His very first job was as a welder on an offshore oilrig. He decided he liked working with metal but he didn’t like life on an oilrig, so […]

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Freedom Run

World Race for Hope 5k spreads awareness for human trafficking By Erin Callahan Photo:  The World Race for Hope takes place Jan. 1 at 10 a.m. in Troy Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers control victims and force them to engage in commercial sex acts or labor services, according to […]

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The not-so-big house

Tiny house phenomenon invades Dayton By Tim Smith Photo: Tiny interior stairs; photo: Paul Kohlman, courtesy of Coles Whalen of EcoCabinsEcoCabins Someone once said that good things come in small packages, but I doubt they meant houses. Yet, the tiny house movement, where people choose to downsize from the standard home, has taken root in […]

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What the heck is Kwanzaa?

Answers to a question you may have been afraid to ask By Lauren Adams Photo: Larry Crowe performs tambiko—the ritual of pouring libation is an essential ceremonial tradition and a way of giving homage to the ancestors It is a question many of us have. Like most holidays, many think Kwanzaa is a religious celebration, […]

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Have a holly, jolly corgi

Local children’s author deems corgis the stars of the holidays By Lisa Bennett Photo: Local author Kathy Moulton’s book “The Twelve Days of Corgis” uses corgis to illustrate the traditional Christmas song “Twelve Days of Christmas” What do adorable corgis and Christmas have in common? No, it’s not a pun about how Great Uncle George […]

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It takes a village

Hayner’s Handmade Christmas showcases Troy talent By Joyell Nevins Photo: The log cabin built by the late Frank Copeland and submitted by family member Victoria King at A Handmade Christmas, on display now through Jan. 3 at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center The latest exhibition at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is more about the heart than […]

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A few hundred people, a few million lights

Clifton Mill’s small-town charm and big-time lights By Tim Smith Photo: The miniature village at Clifton Mill, open every evening at 5 p.m. now until Dec. 31 If it’s December, it must be time to visit historic Clifton Mill to marvel at the holiday light display. A trip to the Mill has become an annual […]

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He comes to you from the future

John Heffron at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: John Heffron will perform Dec. 10-13 at Dayton Funny Bone John Heffron has been telling jokes for more than 20 years, his first gig being emcee at Main Street Comedy Showcase on the University of Michigan campus. A Detroit native, Heffron later spent years […]

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Winter wonderland

Make the most of the season outdoors Kristen Wicker Photo: Birding at Eastwood MetroPark is one of many outdoor activities to be enjoyed in the winter season Kelly Kingery’s favorite wintertime memory encapsulates the magic of the season. “I was cross country skiing with a friend at Possum Creek MetroPark and watching the snow fall […]

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Vitality Check: 4/26/16

Heeeeeere’s Rocco! By Rocco Castellano What’s up b–ches? I’m back! I know all of you were wondering where I went […]

More than a building

Troy walking history tours offer a deeper look By Don Hurst On Friday April 29, Downtown Troy’s past will come […]

Be Well Marsha: 4/19/16

Toast to joy By Marsha Bonhart Shhhh … I have a secret. It’s one I am willing to share, despite […]

On Your Marc: 4/19/16

Dayton, the start of it all By Marc Katz It was a dark and stormy winter—yeah, with snow piled up […]

On Your Marc: 4/12/16

UD a place to emulate By Marc Katz When Wright State University was introducing its new men’s basketball coach Scott […]

Be Well, Marsha: 4/12/16

One tooth at a time By Marsha Bonhart “All I want for Christmas … “ Completing that popular little ditty […]