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Education meets improvisation

Beavercreek’s unique weekend of jazz returns By Benjamin Smith Photo: Spyro Gyra; Photo: Brian Friedman/B-Freed Photography Fact: the three toughest things on the planet are diamonds, silicon carbide and jazz. Obviously that’s an exaggeration, but even distortions reflect some truth. Jazz is challenging to learn, challenging to play and occasionally challenging to enjoy or even comprehend. […]

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A message of inclusion

Welcome to the Eighth Annual Dayton LGBT Film Festival By T.T. Stern-Enzi   Photo: [l to r] Michael J. Willett and Sasha Pieterse star in “G.B.F.,” which will be featured at the Dayton LGBT Film Festival at The Neon Oct. 11-13  After eight years, the Dayton LGBT Film Festival has moved beyond the fevered and […]

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Dish it!

What you need to know about this year’s Taste of Miami Valley By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Don Heyne [far right] with Ritter’s Frozen Custard of Kettering will be one of the participating restaurants at Taste of Miami Valley on Sept. 20  It’s year eight of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Taste of Miami Valley food festival, […]

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Go Greek!

Taste the tradition at the Dayton Greek Festival By Sarah Sidlow   Photo: Evzone dancers will perform at the Dayton Greek Festival Sept. 6-8; [l to r]: Dean Margioras, Evan Bambakidis, Stephen Ziehler, Pete Alimonos and Alex Revelos Seven hundred pounds of feta cheese, 1,600 pounds of fresh tomatoes, 15,000 handmade spinach and cheese pies, and […]

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Looking back home to Africa

Fifth Annual Dayton African American Cultural Festival By Janyce Denise Glasper Photo: “We’re looking all the way back to Africa” -Mama Nozipo; Dayton African American Cultural Festival takes place Aug. 23-25 Originally beginning in 1968 as one of Ohio’s first major black celebrations, the Dayton African American Cultural Festival integrates traditional music, interpretive dance, rich folklore […]

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Bring on the brews!

It’s Dayton Beer Week! By Kevin J. Gray  For craft beer fans, it’s a good week to be in Dayton. We are smack in the middle of the Fourth Annual Dayton Beer Week – a weeklong celebration that highlights the rich beer culture in the Miami Valley with tastings, dinners and premier events throughout the […]

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Brats, brews and Bavaria

Germanfest Picnic celebrates 30th year By Sara Mastbaum   Photo: [l to r] Dayton Leiderkranz-Turner club members Amy Kinter and Sarah Boone; photo: Amy Kinter   Thirty years ago, the Germanfest Picnic, sponsored by Dayton Liederkranz-Turner, was a simple afternoon picnic for a few club members. In 2011, crowds swelled to a record 40,000 people over […]

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Learn, dance and raise a glass!

12th Annual Dayton Celtic Festival By Benjamin Smith Photo: Gaelic Storm returns to headline the 12th Annual Dayton Celtci Festival at Riverscape the weekend of July 26-28   What springs to mind when you see the word “Celtic”? Ireland. Scotland, possibly. Red hair. Ancient warriors. Mandolins and bagpipes. Maybe even a certain basketball team with a […]

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Spass Nacht!

Celebrate Austrian culture at the Fraze By Stacey Ritz Photo: Jake Browning and Juan Delgado (right) enjoy a beer in their liederhosen during Spass Nacht; photo credit: Sarah Browning Spass Nacht literally means “fun night.” “There will be dancing and authentic Austrian/Bavarian music by PROST. Come out and join the fun! There will be brats, sauerkraut, […]

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Star-spangled Dayton

The Heritage Festival returns to Carillon Park By Deon Jefferson Photo: The fireworks display closes the Heritage Festival Usually when someone refers to Memorial Day, they mention this hugely popular U.S. Holiday that’s filled with BBQ’s and the official start of summer. Here in Dayton, we celebrate Memorial Day by highlighting more than 200 years of […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]