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Last Poet Standing

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The Signature hosts slam poetry competition at the Loft Theatre By Katie Christoff Photo: Improv artist Renee Dion performs during The Signature’s 2014 Season; photo: Lucy Owens Ten years ago, The Signature instituted a new type of competition poetry in Dayton. Now they’re paying homage to their roots by hosting their first Last Poet Standing […]

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Beat this!

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Dayton’s Burundi Royal Court Drummers By Tammy Newsom Photo: The Burundi Royal Court Drummers have performed traditional and improvisational acrobatic drumming in Dayton for five years; photo: Bill Franz Burundi now has a golden crown. As a tiny Central African nation bordering Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi has been plagued […]

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The (blue)grass is always greener …

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Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival returns By CC Hutten Photo: Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers present the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival Nov. 7-8 in Wilmington The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival prides itself on gathering national leaders in music and providing the largest indoor bluegrass, old-time and gospel festival in the region, as […]

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Miss Maha and the City

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Holiday season? Already? by Maha Kashani Photo: Enjoy a carriage ride during the Dayton Holiday Festival Now that Halloween is behind us, it’s officially the holiday season! Too early you say? Well, the numbers speak for themselves. It’s T-minus three weeks until Thanksgiving, six weeks until Hanukkah, seven weeks until Christmas and … drumroll, please […]

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A community voice

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Don Black and the Dayton Weekly News By Zach Rogers Photo: [l to r] Donerik Black and his father, Don Black in the Dayton Weekly News office Don Black is a man of many trades – businessman, entrepreneur, publisher and co-founder of the Dayton Weekly News, Dayton’s longest running African-American community newspaper – and he’s […]

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Miss Maha and the City

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Yeah, Summer’s over … fall into Fall! by Maha Kashani Photo: A skull waves during the 2013 Dia de los Muertos Parade; photo: Kevin Bonnett The days are getting shorter, the weather cooler and the leaves have begun to change color. Fall is in the air! Can you believe it? It’s time to break out […]

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The Best and the Würst

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Oktoberfest at the DAI By Josher Lumpkin Photo: The Chardon Polka Band will perform again at this year’s Oktoberfest; photo: MediaMoments.com/Peter Wine Oktoberfest has been a German tradition since Crown Prince Ludwig wed Princess Therese in 1810. Here in our little corner of the globe, Oktoberfest has been a very special annual event supporting the […]

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Keeping the doctor away

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Apple Fest returns to Aullwood Audubon Farm By Joyell Nevins Photo: Take a wagon ride pulled by draft horses Mick and Red, at the 2014 Aullwood Audubon Farm Apple Fest; photo: Ardith Hamilton Fall is here, and brings with it the 28th Annual Apple Fest, Sept. 27-28 at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm. To those […]

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Firmly rooted

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2014 Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival By Zach Rogers Photo: Whiskey Bent Valley performs at the 2013 Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival Jim Morrison once sang something about summer almost being gone. “We had some good times,” he crooned, “but they’re gone.” In another line, he asks, “Where will we be/When the summer’s gone?” I don’t know […]

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Gear up for good

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Artemis Gone Riding combats domestic violence By Alyssa Reck Photo: Members of the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Dayton stop for swag during the 2013 Artemis Gone Riding event; photo: Peter Wine Teams of bike riders dressed up in jail outfits and boas pedal their way along the bike path, stopping every few miles to […]

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Prepare to get Night-ed

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Urban Nights takes over downtown Dayton By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The Comet Skippers perform at Urban Nights in May; photo: Andrew Thompson Part festival, part block party, part sparkling nebula shining bright enough to draw crowds from the farthest reaches of the Miami Valley, Urban Nights is downtown Dayton’s bi-annual open house and will […]

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Miss Maha and the City

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Goodbye summer, hello fall by Maha Kashani Photo: Enjoy authentic brats and metts during Oktoberfest at the Dayton Art Institute; photo courtesy of DAI I hate to break the news, but with Labor Day now behind us, summer is technically over. That being said, don’t fret! Summer was here and gone in a flash, but […]

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Thom, ah-ee-la and mahrah for all

Lebanese Festival

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

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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

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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

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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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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]