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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

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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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Take me out to the beer tasting

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Great American Beer Tasting at Fifth Third Field By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The Great American Beer Tasting will be held from 2-6 p.m. on Aug. 9 at Fifth Third Field; photo courtesy of the Dayton Dragons This Saturday, Fifth Third Field will play host to the seventh annual Great American Beer Tasting (GABT), brought to […]

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Summertime in the city By Maha Kashani Photo: Explore the Oregon District during the Taste of all Things Oregon; photo: Josh Mayes; Summer is in full swing! After being hammered with arctic conditions this past winter, I trust everyone is making the most of this beautiful weather, including all the great opportunities to soak up the […]

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Dayton’s Irish summer

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Celtic Festival kicks off By Andy Hertel Photo: The Dayton Celtic Festival begins at 6 p.m. on July 25 at Riverscape MetroPark; photo: Bill Russell Since its inception in 2002, the unmistakable sights and sounds of bagpipes, fiddles and Irish dance have taken over the stage at Riverscape MetroPark for one weekend each summer, and this […]

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A bunch of bad cats

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Poetic Soul Fusion at the Loft Theatre By Chelsea Davis Photo: Gem City performs at the 2013 “Poetic Soul Fusion” Poetry. Spoken word. Music. Singing. Communicating. These are the things that go on at a show put on by The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show. “The Signature is a live, energetic fusion of creativity, cultures, community […]

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Cinema paradiso

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Victoria Theatre film series makes movies cool By Chelsea Davis Photo: The Cool Films Series is held in the Victoria Theatre and runs through August 31 In a time before big blockbusters and crazy special effects, going to the movies was a special and fondly-remembered affair. Dayton’s Victoria Theatre hopes to recapture the history and nostalgia […]

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A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll

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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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Dog days of summer By Maha Kashani Photo: Join the Dayton Dogs Unleashed meetup group The dog days of summer are here! What do you and your furry friends have in store? Whether you’re looking for a fun activity for you and your best pal, or a fun way to support our local two and four […]

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Takin’ care of business

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Dayton’s Startup Weekend debut By Stacey Ritz Photo: Startup Weekend judges question a team during Sunday pitches at the November 2013 Startup Weekend event in Columbus; photo: David Sherry “Startup Weekend Dayton will be a 54-hour business hackathon – software developers, designers, marketers and project managers get together and attempt to build a business over the […]

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Cut footloose!

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Prime Time Prom at DAI By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Prime Time Prom will begin at 7 p.m. on May 30 at the Dayton Art Institute What are your memories of prom? Was it a corsage or a boutonnière you were trying to affix while your date stood there, trepidation in their eyes as you fumbled […]

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The hills are alive …

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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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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]