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Dayton celebrates 2011 Gay Pride By Emma Jarman Parades are so 1990s. This is 2011, and the Miami Valley Pride Partnership has an entire week of events and celebrations scheduled to celebrate gay pride and to thank you for being a friend. “The reason we chose thank you for being a friend is because even […]

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The wheels on the bike …

Cycling Summit rolls into Miami Valley By Emma Jarman For those of you fuming over pump prices and greenhouse gasses in the Dayton area; for anyone looking to get in shape while shopping the Miami Valley region; for you who want to help boost the economy and your metabolic rates all in the same breath, […]

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Urban nights springs forward

Celebrate the season with family, friends and fine arts By  Emma Jarman Everyone loves a block party. There’s good music, great food and all the neighbors come out to dance in the street. However, not all blocks have parties, and not all parties invite the entire block. But, if you are reading this page, you […]

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Miss Maha & the City

May 2011 By Maha Kashani It’s official. Miss Maha is FINALLY a resident of downtown Dayton. After six months of searching and patiently waiting, I finally found the perfect loft in the city. I have been a resident of the Dayton region for 16 years but, besides my undergraduate years at the University of Dayton, […]

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Making change creative

A wrap-up of updayton’s 2011 Young Creatives Summit By Jennifer Hanauer Want to know the difference between dying and surviving? The will to live. Do not try to tell any of the attendees of updayton’s Third Annual Young Creatives Summit that Dayton is a dying city; you WILL get rocked. Updayton, formed in 2008 with […]

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Baseball brew

Where to get your drink on before and after the game by Jason Webber Take it from a Dayton transplant — you guys have it pretty good when it comes to downtown entertainment, particularly on Dragons’ game nights. Not only is your Fifth-Third Field a clean, comfortable ballpark, offering relatively reasonable concession prices and one […]

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Miss Maha and the City

April 2011 By Miss Maha Spring is finally here! Oh, how I’ve waited so patiently for warm weather to grace me with it’s presence. This is my favorite season and April is always an exciting month. We’ll pull pranks on April Fools Day, find out if Dayton will land a NASA shuttle at the Air […]

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A New Palette

Creating art out of vacant spaces in downtown Dayton By Nicole Wroten Have you ever seen a dreary landscape or a dull, naked painting you didn’t like? Have you ever wanted to just take a paintbrush and wipe it with color and life? Well, currently underway in downtown Dayton is a project trying to make […]

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Throw me somethin’ mister!

How to celebrate Mardi Gras (yeah you) right By Nicole Wroten Before I wrote this piece last week, I posted the following status on my Facebook page: “Trying to write an article about Mardi Gras. How in the world am I going to explain it to Ohioans?” A college friend of mine simply said, “You […]

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Miss Maha and the City

March 2011 By Maha Kashani I love that spring is almost here. This is an especially exciting time of year for me as I will be celebrating the Iranian New Year, called Norooz, on the first day of spring and my birthday just happens to follow on March 31, officially the 11th of Farvardin. All […]

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The M.O. with Mayor Leitzell

Dispelling the myth that downtown Dayton is unsafe By Mayor Gary Leitzell You hear it everywhere you go in Montgomery County, particularly in the suburbs: “You can’t go into downtown Dayton. It’s unsafe! You’ll get mugged, robbed or worse!” The idea that downtown Dayton is unsafe has become accepted as fact by thousands of people […]

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Turning the beat around

Miss Maha does the Tango … By Maha Kashani   When Stephanie Ricker from A Special Wish Foundation approached me at a Generation Dayton event and asked, “Hey Maha, can you dance?” I laughed and responded, “Give me a couple cocktails with some good music and sure I can dance!” I did NOT expect to […]

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Love is in the ‘ugh’

An Anti-Valentine’s Day Survival Guide for Those Who Have Really Had It Up to Here With This Fake-Ass Holiday By Jason Webber If there is a more universally reviled holiday than Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t exist on this planet. How many people do you know who will actually stand up and admit that they are […]

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Miss Maha and the City – February

February Happenings By Maha Kashani Happy New Year Daytonians!! My 2011 has taken off with a bang since returning from Iran. I had an amazing time visiting with family, reconnecting with my roots and being immersed in Persian culture. I’d love to share my journey with you, so please check out the photos from my […]

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Luck of the Irish coffee

In search of the perfect alcohol/caffeine duo by Mark Luedtke In a lighthearted protest of the Four Loko ban, which banned alcoholic beverages pre-mixed with caffeine, my girlfriend Devin and I decided to enjoy Irish coffee at local Irish bars for this happy hour column. Dublin Pub enjoys a prime location on the southeast corner […]

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‘Press’ing the boundaries

Changing Dayton’s conceptions about coffee, one cup at a time By Lara Donnelly Brett and Janell Barker are coffee people. Brett has worked as a barista at Pacchia in Dayton and Gimme! Coffee in Brooklyn and opened a Gimme! Coffee franchise location in Ithaca, New York. The couple recently returned from a tour of “coffee […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]