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This ain’t your grandma’s quilt

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Miami Valley Art Quilt Network creates a scene with Dayton Landmark Exhibit  By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin I’m going to say “quilt,” and I want you to conjure all of the images in your head that you can muster. It’s a free-association exercise. It’ll be fun. Okay, ready? Quilt! Are you thinking about … colorful, geometric […]

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When (Dr.) “No” means “Yes”

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DAI’s final Prime Time Rental Series event celebrates 50 years of Bond, James Bond by Emma Jarman Imagine playing legendary international man of mystery James Bond in any one of the 22 epic films that have premiered through the last 50 years. Do you become part of a brotherhood, like Playboy bunnies or cancer survivors? […]

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M.O. with Mayor Leitzell

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63 Things To Be Happy About In Dayton by Mayor Gary D. Leitzell A while back, a citizen came to me with a complaint: “There’s too much to do in Dayton.” I reassured the man this was a good problem to have. There is so much activity going on in Dayton these days – culturally, […]

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Miss Maha and the City

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Lots to do in October in the Miami Valley By Maha Kashani Wow, another month is behind us and we are one step closer to 2013! September brought an abundance of entertainment options to Dayton, many of them in the form of festivals such as the inaugural Downtown Revival music festival, Italian Fall Festa, Greek […]

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Musica, comida y baile!

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Hispanic Heritage Festival: muy caliente! by Timothy Anderl Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month and the contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15.  Though the observation began in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson, the 30-day period was […]

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Men in the city

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Dayton’s most eligible men take part in charity bachelor auction event By Stacey Ritz On Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., 16 amazing bachelors from the Dayton community will gather for the PUSH (Professionals United for Sexual Health) Dayton Bachelor Auction event to raise funds for Planned Parenthood. “We have a fantastically diverse group of […]

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What’s it like to live downtown?

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Find out at Urban Nights by Kevin J. Gray Friday, Sept. 14, show your love for downtown Dayton by coming out to Urban Nights. The event, which runs from 5 to 10 p.m. is an extensive collaboration between the Downtown Dayton Partnership, several local not-for-profits, and many, many local area businesses, galleries and entertainment spots. […]

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Best tastes in town

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The Taste of Miami Valley at Riverscape By Stacey Ritz The Taste of Miami Valley began in 2005 and features a wide variety of food choices, from frozen custard to the best BBQ. Every year, additional restaurants are added as well as new restaurants to the area. Vendor booths are also included- there is truly […]

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My Big Fat Greek Festival

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Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church’s annual event returns By Kevin J. Gray This weekend brings the return of one of Dayton’s oldest festivals, the Dayton Greek Festival. Hosted by the families of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, this year the festival runs from Friday through Sunday, Sept. 7-9, on the church grounds at 500 Belmonte Park […]

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A celebration of diversity

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4th Annual Dayton African-American Cultural Festival by Tim Walker “Well, we only have about 30 minutes on stage at this year’s Festival,” said Big Gil, laughing, “But we’ll have some people up on their feet and dancing, I can guarantee you that.” Gil “Big Gil” Frazier, trombone player and a fixture of the Dayton music […]

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Raise your mugs

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GermanFest Picnic returns to Carillon Park By Emma Jarman In the beginning, when America was not yet a melting pot, but a salad bowl, not yet indiscriminately fused as a culture, but pocked with outcroppings of ethnic settlement, Dayton had beer – beer and the beginning of a long history with deep German roots. The […]

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Clearly a Dayton institution

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South Park Tavern celebrates its fifth anniversary Kevin J. Gray It’s hard to believe that, five years ago, South Park Tavern, now an iconic location for music and great beer in Dayton, was just a dream that manager Shaine Sullivan was selling to owner Bill Daniels. South Park Tavern moved into a building that had […]

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Bring out the beer!

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Great American Beer Tasting at Fifth Third Field By Kevin J. Gray Is there any better pairing than beer and baseball? What about sampling a variety of domestic and imported beers at Fifth Third Field? Heidelberg Distributing Company and the Dayton Dragons are proud to host the fifth annual Great American Beer Tasting on Saturday, […]

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London Calling

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The Dayton Art Institute Matches Fetes with the Olympic Opening Ceremonies Happening Across the Pond By Jennifer Hanauer On Friday, July 27, the opening ceremonies will mark the beginning of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. The celebration will showcase the finest of the United Kingdom and will be watched by an estimated 4 […]

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Get your celtic on

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The 11th Annual Dayton Celtic Festival Returns to Riverscape By Kevin J. Gray The last weekend in July, the sights, sounds and tastes of Ireland, Scotland and Wales will fill Riverscape Metropark for the eleventh annual Dayton Celtic Festival. Hosted by the United Irish of Dayton in partnership with Five Rivers MetroPark, the three-day event […]

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When Choral Gets Competitive

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Choir Games Comes to Dayton By Tim Anderl In July, several hundred choirs from around the globe will converge on Cincinnati for the 7th World Choir Games.  Offering 200 public events, including competitions, concerts, workshops and free public performances, the games take place from July 4 to 14. The Cincinnati organizing committee and INTERKULTUR, the […]

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Springfield’s hidden gem

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Referred to as an American Folk Art site, I didn’t know what I expected on my journey to Springfield’s Hartman […]

Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play

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Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across […]

Conspiracy Theorist 7/17: Hooray for Domino’s

Year after year, the same roads are torn up and road crews patch them. But they never really repair them. […]

On Your Marc 7/17: Good any day

First, a funny story. Larry Lee, the big tackle from Roth High School, for a number of reasons decided he […]

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush at Rose

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“Rock and roll never forgets,” the classic rock song goes, and Billy Duffy, guitarist and founding member of the British […]