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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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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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News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]

The Docket: 11/18

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove A new trend? A 36-year-old woman […]

Advice Goddess: 11/11

By Amy Alkon Scold rush  I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, […]

The Docket 11/11/14

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Hail seizure! Officers responded to a […]

news of the weird 11/11

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Baby beauty Amanda Collins, 28, took “beauty pageant mom” to the next level (down) […]