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Art for community and cause

Troy’s Country Workshop Artists celebrate 40 years of creativity with biennial art sale By Gary Spencer The sheer volume of visual arts being produced in the Miami Valley might surprise outsiders, and these works are not just being exhibited and sold in downtown Dayton. In fact, one of the longest running art organizations in the […]

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Bachelor’s Pad

Roger (Ebert) & Me How Roger Ebert’s “Life Itself” has inspired me By Jason Webber You must remember this — a kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh, but a memoir is never just a memoir. Especially when it’s written by Roger Ebert. I tore through Ebert’s just released, 417-page (index […]

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Harness. Energy. Block. Bad.

Kevin Nealon to perform at Funnybone By J.T. Ryder Beginning his professional career by appearing on the Johnny Carson Show in 1984 was probably the most ambitious way to start a profession. Shortly thereafter, Kevin Nealon was picked up by Saturday Night Live where he remained a fixture as the longest-running cast member in the […]

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Igniting innovation

Getting excited about science and technology at the Ignite Innovation Science Festival By Mark Luedtke In a sad commentary on the state of our society, the Department of Education reports that in 2007, U.S. fourth graders ranked 12th among developed nations in math and science scores and eighth graders ranked 10th in both. Despite having […]

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Growing a community

Bring beauty to your neighborhood all year long with community gardens By Valerie Beerbower Urban Nights is a great opportunity to check out Dayton’s thriving downtown nightlife. But when the bands pack up their instruments, the jugglers shelf their household objects and the street art chalk has been reduced to a gritty nub, what’s left […]

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Life is a marathon

How the annual United States Air Force Marathon encourages both local and out-of-state runners By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Picture life at age 65. What do you see? Stereotypes aside (hello, dentures and prune juice!), most people will say they will at least be retired, maybe traveling, kicking back and, well, slowing down a bit. But for Sid […]

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The one-eyed festival

Local handmade enthusiasts and music lovers make Cyclops Fest a reality in Yellow Springs By Benjamin Dale The legend of the Cyclops begins in ancient Greece. One-eyed giants with foul dispositions, Cyclops are thought to have crafted and then given Zeus his thunderbolt, Poseidon his trident and Hades his invisibility helmet. Though the Cyclops is […]

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Dayton’s Italian community welcomes you to their annual Fall Festa By Jennifer Hanauer   Close your eyes and imagine for a moment that you are thousands of miles away from Dayton, across an ocean and sunning yourself by the Mediterranean Sea on the coast of Italy. Somewhere the lilt of an accordion accompanies the sounds […]

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God Save the Queen

Newcomer to be Ohio Renaissance Festival’s crown jewel By Sara McKinniss Hear ye, hear ye! Make way for a new monarchy: a new queen will reign soon and no, we’re not talking about the new Duchess of Cambridge. At this year’s Ohio Renaissance Festival, the spotlight will remain on the royal family once again, but […]

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It’s tasty to me

Opa! Learning how to bake like a Greek at the annual Dayton Greek Festival By Emily Kaiser Pulling up the hill and into the parking lot of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dayton, I fully realized what I had gotten myself into. I don’t bake. I don’t speak Greek. Why did I say yes […]

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Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]

Be Well, Marsha 11/17/15

The slower seasons By Marsha Bonhart I have a friend whom I adore. I don’t always understand her, but she’s […]

Three artists. Three days. One lock.

‘Locked In’ on art at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Artists Brandon Lowery, Nathaniel Foley and […]

Ask Rocco 11/17/15

Who the hell is Tony Zale anyway? By Rocco Castellano Photo: Boxer Tony Zale knocks Rocky Graziano to the ground […]

March of the Turkeys

The Turkey Trot tradition treks on By Don Hurst Photo: The Ohio River Road Runners Club 37th Annual Turkey Trot […]