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Variations on Likeness at DVAC By Joyell Nevins Photo: Julie Renee Jones, “Mere” A portrait can be more than just a picture of what a person looks like on the outside – it can be an insight into their soul. That insight, coupled with the diversity of the human condition, is what Dayton Visual Arts […]

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Worth the trip to Blue Ash


Toto at Summit Park By Alan Sculley Photo: Steve Lukather, Toto guitarist/singer; photo: Darek Kawka In 2008, Steve Lukather figured he had played his last show in Toto. Despite a variety of personnel changes (including four lead singers), the death in 1992 of drummer and founding member Jeff Porcaro and the frequent absence of founding […]

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Out of the classroom, into the community


College fellowship winners exhibit at Dayton Art Institute By Josher Lumpkin Photo: The 2014 Yeck College Artist Fellow Exhibition is on view through Sept. 14 at the Dayton Art Institute; photo: Alexis Brown We Daytonians are fortunate to live in a city with such access to art in all of its forms. There are larger […]

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The play’s the thing


Ten rounds of a family tradition by Jacqui Theobald Photo: A morning tour of the Emerald City, before “Wicked” For some, it’s books or baseball. For others, it’s cars or cooking. The river that connects generations for our family has been a trip to New York for the first time at age 12, a tradition begun […]

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Better days are here


Winger classics plus a classical twist at BMI Speedway By Allyson Crawford Photo: Winger will perform on Aug. 23 at BMI Speedway in Versailles “It’s well known to rock musicians that Ohio Rocks!” Kip Winger told The Dayton City Paper about his upcoming show at BMI Speedway in Versailles. “I play with the band and solo […]

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Let’s do it

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Blues legend Buddy Guy at Fraze Pavilion By Alan Sculley Photo: Buddy Guy will perform at Fraze Pavilion on Aug. 15; photo: Steven C. Pesant Buddy Guy’s latest release, Rhythm & Blues, is a rarity in an era where EPs and singles are becoming popular formats to release new music. It’s a double album, 22 all-new […]

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Causing an uproar

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Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati In 2012, Godsmack put out a concert album called Live And Inspired.  If the music lived up to the title, Live And Inspired did not describe the state of the band. By year’s end, Godsmack […]

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Paddle faster, I hear bluegrass!

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Canoegrass returns for a second year of tomfoolery  By Zach Rogers  Photo: Canoegrass will take place Aug. 15-17 at Adventures on the Great Miami in Tipp City If you’re a fan of live music, you’ll pretty much go anywhere to see a cool band. Well, how about on a river? No, I mean literally, like the […]

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Kettering’s ultimate outdoor art festival


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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Getting steamy

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Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret does it again By Gary Spencer Photo: The Bronwen Belly Dance Troupe performs at Ye Old Yellow Cabaret I; photo: Joe Mays Some subcultures are on the fringe; others are so underground the majority of the public isn’t aware they exist. That seems to be the case when the subculture in question […]

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No throwing stones!

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Dayton Celebrates Glass: Chihuly, Littleton, Labino and Beyond at the Dayton Art Institute By Janell Ward Photo: Stephen Rolfe Power, “Lurid Tickle Sniffer” In 1919, The Dayton Art Institute opened its doors. Today, the museum still serves the community through exhibitions and collections and by featuring internationally renowned artifacts. The institute hosts over 5,000 years’ worth […]

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Of animals, for animals

Home Safe

Humane Society hosts Soiree for Strays By Janell Ward Photo: Cathy Mong, “Home Safe” In 1902, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) opened their doors and launched their vision to care for the needs of local animals. Twenty years later, a new facility was purchased which was funded from local businesses, corporations and individuals. The […]

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Change your tune


Human Race Theatre Company’s Festival of New Musicals By Eric Street Photo: Susan Blackwell will host the 2014 Songwriter The Human Race Theatre Company’s mission to further the development of new works takes center stage Aug. 1 – 2 with its summer Festival of New Musicals. For the company’s seventh annual event, producing Artistic Director Kevin […]

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Flip the script

Flip The Script

FutureFest offers six new plays in three days  By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Scott Knisley and Wendi Michael rehearse for “Wash, Dry, Fold”; photo: Serif Cinar “It’s the best time I have all year,” double-finalist playwright M. J. Feely said of the intense FutureFest weekend, during which Dayton Playhouse produces six new plays. He, like others who […]

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Dayton’s Irish summer


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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Not your typical Latina

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Aida Rodriguez at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Aida Rodriguez will perform July 24-27 at Dayton Funny Bone Aida Rodriguez has known she would be a comedian since she was a child. As a girl growing up in Miami, Fla., she listened to funnymen like Alvarez Guedes and Richard Pryor, often having to […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


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Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


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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 […]