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Women in the arts dig them out at Ladyfest Dayton By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Lisa Bird of Whiskey for Kids marks a long lineup of rockers at Ladyfest Sept. 2 and 3; photos: Jennifer Taylor Telling a little boy he could one day be a good father may not be as effective as actually showing […]

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Adults on the block


Dayton Urban Ballroomers’ Party in the Park By Tim Smith Photo: R&B singer Carmichael Musiclover beckons to Brian and Monica Sanders at Party in the Park; photo: Kenny Wilkinson In this season of festivals, block parties, and neighborhood barbecues, one event is sure to stand out. The Dayton Urban Ballroom Group (aka Dayton Urban Ballroomers) is […]

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When pigs fly


Bacon Fest returns to Fraze By Tim Walker Photo: Bacon in all forms blesses Fraze Pavilion Aug. 21, but the blessing is limited; photo courtesy of Schlegel Creative Of all the many things on this earth that make our lives worth living—friends, family, art, travel, music, the Dayton City Paper—one thing, above all, has the power […]

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Singin ’bout my generation


Baby Boomer Festival celebrates 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s By Matt Clevenger You don’t have to be a baby boomer to enjoy the Baby Boomer Festival. With a full 12 hours of live music, 50 different craft vendors, food trucks, two car shows, and a children’s area, the festival will offer a little something for […]

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Such great heights

Such great heights

Big Brothers Big Sisters go ‘Over the Edge’ for area kids By Andy Hertel Most everyone is willing to do a bit of fundraising or volunteer work if asked, whether it be at work, at church, or with the local Little League team. It’s a great feeling to help out in the community, but let’s […]

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Smooth grooves in the sunshine


Dayton Jazz Festival revisits Dave Hall Plaza By Timothy Walker It’s beautiful in downtown Dayton. The weather is warm and pleasant, local residents are out and about and there’s no better way to spend an afternoon than sitting in the sun and grooving to some cool jazz tunes while enjoying a nice bite to eat. […]

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Not that old navy

160416-N-RR852-051 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (April 16, 2016) Special Warfare Operator 1st Class T.J. Amdahl and Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Brandon Peterson, both members of the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, parachute over Neyland Stadium during Knoxville's Navy Week. The Navy Week program is designed to raise awareness about the Navy in areas across the country that traditionally do not have a naval presence, and to bring America's Navy closer to the people it protects through community relations projects, speaking engagements, science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) demonstrations and media interviews with flag hosts and local areas Sailors. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bobby Northnagle/ RELEASED)

Celebrate Navy Week at Dayton Airport June 13-19 By Don Hurst The last time Ohio was the focal point for any naval engagement was September 10, 1813, when American ships threw down with the British in the Battle of Lake Erie. It’s not surprising then that a Google search of “Dayton” and “Navy” brings up […]

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The Pride guide


What you need to know about Dayton Pride Weekend By Miranda Brooks The Greater Dayton PRIDE celebration is looking to one-up itself this year. Marking the 40th anniversary of The Greater Dayton LGBT Center’s inception, and in honor of this Ruby milestone, organizers have put a call out for all “friends of Dorothy” to join […]

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A dozen reasons


Nelsonville Music Festival returns for 12th year By Tim Anderl Stuart’s Opera House presents the Nelsonville Music Festival, June 2-5, 2016 on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. Returning for its 12th year, the festival features world-renowned headliners Courtney Barnett (Thursday), Gary Clark Jr. (Friday), Gillian Welch (Saturday), Randy Newman (Sunday) and more […]

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I heart the…


Seventh annual ’80s Rewind at Gilly’s By Mike Ritchie The seventh annual ‘80s Rewind returns “Back to the Future” on Saturday, May 28. The one-night annual tradition created by Dayton Does Dayton promoter Louie Wood Jr. has become an evening of ‘80s themed flash tracks back to when cassettes and boom boxes were commonplace, switchblade […]

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Wide range of rock


Columbus rock festival celebrates 10th year By Justin Kreitzer Rock On The Range—the largest rock festival in the United States—is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year with its best lineup yet. Headliners Disturbed, Rob Zombie and the Red Hot Chili Peppers along with Deftones, Megadeth, a recently reunited At the Drive-In and more than 50 […]

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The sideshow must go on


Dayton Sideshow’s big 11 at Dayton Yellow Cab By Tim Smith Underground art is defined as any form of art that operates outside of conventional norms. It can be any genre that is not popular in the art world, including visionary art and street art. Local examples of this type of urban expressionism will be […]

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Calling all geeks


Boonshoft’s second annual GeekFest By Josher Lumpkin Readers of Dayton City Paper are sure to know that the Gem City is full of people who self-identify as “geeks.” This may include gamers (of the video, board and card varieties), comic book enthusiasts, people who enjoy dressing up as Star Wars characters, Trekkies, role players, folks […]

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50 shades of green


Sustainability at Garden Station’s Earthfest downtown By Lisa Bennett What do you think of when you hear the phrase “sustainable living?” If you think of intelligent, everyday people working to create a healthier, brighter future for new generations. you’re on the right track. Sustainable living means simply finding ways to reduce the carbon footprints we […]

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Let it move you

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Things get innovative at Oxford Kinetics Festival By Gary Spencer Oxford Dictionary defines the word “kinetics” as “the branch of chemistry or biochemistry concerned with measuring and studying the rates of reactions.” Referencing this definition is more than appropriate in this instance, as this coming Sunday a different Oxford—Oxford, Ohio, to be exact—will be hosting […]

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Identity, on film


2016 Dayton Jewish Film Fest By T.T. Stern-EnziAs both a film critic and, more fundamentally, as a passionate lover of film, I stand behind the belief that movies serve the purpose of gathering and sustaining a sometimes-disparate community of viewers. We enter that darkened space as individuals, locked inside our perspectives, but those flickering frames […]

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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]