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Soak in the Summer Solstice Lavender Festival at Peaceful Acres Farm photo: Demo gong meditation as well as other healing and whole-health activities June 17 and 18 By Tara Pettit Although its wide uses and benefits have been recognized for centuries, Lavandula angustifolia has made a comeback in the recent decade. As published studies continue […]

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Come together

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1st World Culture Celebration Festival unites in Centerville Photo: Baoku Moses, a Cincinnati-based Afro-beat musician, headlines World Culture Festival in Centerville; photo: Leo Koiko, Foto With Edge By Tim Smith We seem to be living in an era where division has replaced diversity, but one local human rights advocate would like to see that change, starting […]

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‘We the people’

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Dayton celebrates PRIDE Weekend 2017 Photo: PRIDE Weekend, organized by the LGBT Center of Greater Dayton, takes the streets with a parade and festival June 3 Compiled by Amanda Dee Dayton is home to some gems. One of those gems is Dayton’s LGBT Center, the organizer of PRIDE Weekend. The LGBT Center has served the […]

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‘Sexual master class’

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Luenell delivers rated-R show at Dayton Funny Bone Photo: Luenell goes for ‘big, big laughs’ at the Dayton Funny Bone May 25-27; photo: Steven Littles By Gary Spencer “A lot of people recognize my face but don’t remember my name,” says comedian and actress Luenell. “I’m not quite a household name.” Chances are most people […]

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Open, full house

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Try out city living at Downtown Dayton Partnership’s Housing Tour By Joyell Nevins Photo: Try out downtown Dayton living at Downtown Dayton Partnership’s annual Downtown Housing Tour May 20 Have you ever considered living in downtown Dayton? It might be more enjoyable and plausible than you think. Get a glimpse of downtown life and see […]

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Bathing in beer

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A World A’Fair celebrates folk medicine at the Dayton Convention Center By Lisa Bennett Photo: Experience A World A’Fair with performances and food May 19-21 at Dayton Convention Center; photos: Scott Stoisenberg Long before modern medicine emerged, people from all walks of life often used home remedies, passed down through generations to heal the sick. […]

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An open diary

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Zainab Johnson promises ‘a good ass time’ at Dayton Funny Bone By Gary Spencer Photo: Zainab Johnson performs May 11-14 at the Dayton Funny Bone For most comedians, the lives they lead form the backbone of what they do. It’s “write what you know” applied to comedy. The adage applies particularly well to young New […]

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Skeeeewwwing left

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The Liberal Redneck tears into politics at the Dayton Funny Bone By Paula Johnson Photo: wellRED Comedy Tour’s (l-r) Drew Morgan, Trae Crowder, and Corey Forrester perform May 3 at the Dayton Funny Bone If Trae Crowder has a catchphrase, or word in this case, it’s “Skeeeewww!” pronounced with two syllables, as in “ski-you.” This […]

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Bourbon, meet bubbles

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Dayton Art Institute hosts a Prohibition-era party By Terri Gordon Photo: Like past Dayton Art Institute galas, Bourbon and Bubbles promises a classic experience Friday, April 21 For anyone with a little black dress or suit tucked away in the closet begging to be worn, the time has come! Get it out, dust it off, […]

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School of self-deprecation

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Andy Kindler of Bob’s Burgers opens up at Wiley’s By Joey Ferber Photo: Andy Kindler performs Saturday, April 8 at Wiley’s Comedy Joint; photo: Susan Maljan Andy Kindler is a pioneer of the alternative comedy scene that emerged after the ’80s comedy boom collapsed, like the 2008 housing bubble. Inflated by homogenized jokes and promoters […]

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A celebrity mocking trial

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Kathy Griffin takes over Cincy’s Taft Theatre By Dana Walczak Photo: Kathy Griffin aims for a walkout or two at the Taft Theatre, March 24; photo: Mike Ruiz What are celebrities really like in person? If you’re wondering, I suggest going to Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-In Tour at Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre. The tour began as […]

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Slapcheek humor

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Damon Williams returns to the Dayton Funny Bone By Joey Ferber Photo: Damon Williams brings his ‘hurt-your-face funny’ to the Dayton Funny Bone, Feb. 23-26 Damon Williams will make your cheeks hurt. Over his 20-plus years of doing stand-up, the Chicago native has crafted a unique brand of comedy that is sure to have audiences […]

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When angels fed the troops

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Local historian Scott Trostel tells tales of WWII trackside canteens By Tim Walker Photo: Troops enjoy snacks and reading materials courtesy of volunteers from the Lima, Ohio, canteen, the longest operating canteen in the U.S. One of the city of Troy’s many hidden treasures is Scott Trostel—local historian, lecturer, painter, and the author of 38 […]

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Patches and pints

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Pam Geisel’s Art Quilts warm up Yellow Springs Brewery By Karen Ander Francis Photo: Pam Geisel’s Art Quilts, at the Yellow Springs Brewery through Feb. 5 To step inside the home of quilter Pam Geisel is to step into a world of pattern, color, and texture. She is an artist who approaches her work with […]

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And, We’re Off…

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Explore the moon with astronomer Davin Flateau at Glen Helen By Brennan Burks Photo: Crater formation Ptolemaeus will be visible through telescope from the Glen Feb. 4 photo: Jim Ferreira Can you remember the first time you started looking at the moon? Really seeing and understanding it as a constant presence in the twilight and […]

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Colors of energy

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Visiting abstract painter Mike Elsass in his Front Street studio By Bill Franz Photo: Mike Elsass’ signature rusted steel paintings hold as many as 40 layers of paint; photos: Bill Franz Mike Elsass may be Dayton’s most colorful artist, and he works in what is definitely Dayton’s most colorful studio. Elsass rents most of the […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]