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Thom, ah-ee-la and mahrah for all

Lebanese festival offers food, family and fun By Tammy Newsom Photo: Will Thomas grills Kafta and Danny Slilaty grills chicken for Shawarma sandwiches at the 2013 Lebanese Festival; photo: Jim Zaidain Are you ready for some Lebanese cheer? Then much Thom! Ah-ee-la! Mahrah! for you. Thom! Ah-ee-la! Mahrah! (which means, food!, family!, fun! in Arabic) can […]

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Kettering’s ultimate outdoor art festival

Art on the Commons annual art show draws thousands By Joyell Nevins When someone is willing to travel from Washington and Florida to Kettering, Ohio, there has to be a good reason. In the case of Rosewood Arts Centre, there are about 7,000 of them. That’s the number of attendees expected at this year’s 26th […]

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But wait, there’s more

Miami County Fair returns By Alyssa Reck Photo:  The Miami County Fair will be held Aug. 8-14 at the Miami County Fairgrounds; photo: Laura Sutherly For children, the fair is a time to ask mom and dad for cotton candy, funnel cakes, a game of ring toss and a general run of the grounds. For teenagers, […]

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Break out the lederhosen

Liederkranz-Turner German Club’s annual Germanfest Picnic By Chelsea Davis Photo: Alphorn Gruezie perform in the Spassplatz at last year’s Germanfest Picnic; photo: Judy Schneider Looking for an exciting, fun-filled, family event with plenty of food and beer? Look no further than the Dayton Liederkranz-Turner German Club’s 31st Annual Germanfest Picnic, beginning Friday, Aug. 8 at Carillon […]

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Dayton’s Irish summer

Celtic Festival kicks off By Andy Hertel Photo: The Dayton Celtic Festival begins at 6 p.m. on July 25 at Riverscape MetroPark; photo: Bill Russell Since its inception in 2002, the unmistakable sights and sounds of bagpipes, fiddles and Irish dance have taken over the stage at Riverscape MetroPark for one weekend each summer, and this […]

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A bunch of bad cats

Poetic Soul Fusion at the Loft Theatre By Chelsea Davis Photo: Gem City performs at the 2013 “Poetic Soul Fusion” Poetry. Spoken word. Music. Singing. Communicating. These are the things that go on at a show put on by The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show. “The Signature is a live, energetic fusion of creativity, cultures, community […]

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A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll

Ohio’s Lydia Loveless returns for Bunbury Music Festival By Rusty Pate Photo: Lydia Loveless released her second album, Somewhere Else in Februrary 2014; photo: Patrick Crawford/Blackletter Music festivals have become a rite of passage for music lovers. They offer fans a chance to not only see the bands and artists already known, but the ability to venture […]

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The hills are alive …

Nelsonville Music Festival celebrates 10 years By Leo DeLuca Photo: Dinosaur Jr. will perform at this year’s Nelsonville Music Festival; photo: Brantley Gutierrez Nestled in the Appalachian foothills, a two-hour drive from Dayton, Nelsonville Music Festival (NMF) celebrates its 10th anniversary with Dinosaur Jr., The Avett Brothers, The Head and the Heart, Shovels & Rope, Motel […]

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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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One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]

On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]