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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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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Play in the sun again

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The Dreadful Yawns at Blind Bob’s By Leo DeLuca Photo: Ben Gmetro, Clayton Heuer and Rick Spitalsky of the Dreadful Yawns; photo: Kurt Curtis Ben Gmetro’s calloused fingers rest atop a rickety table. The fingernails on his right-hand are carefully grown-out, long and lopsided with the left – it’s a utilitarian move; the Dreadful Yawns frontman […]

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Kettering’s summer soundtrack

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After 23 years, Fraze Pavilion continues to impress By Leo DeLuca Photo: The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie will perform as part of the Happy Together tour at Fraze Pavilion on Aug. 6, 2014 Wind whistles low, visiting the tops of trees, as the sun sinks off in the horizon. Concertgoers gather near and far, seeking […]

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Of art, outreach and lemonade

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A year in review at Gallery Saint John By Gary Spencer Photo: “Begin the Journey” by Brother Charles Wanda The phrase “man on a mission” evokes certain types of traits and attributes for most people – somebody with a grand plan, somebody making moves. But sometimes a man on a mission is somebody who’s just armed […]

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On Stage

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Summer extras: Dinner and a show, auditions and awards By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Tamra Francis and Heather Gorby in Mayhem and Mystery’s “Reunion Reckoning”; photo: Jerry Francis Mayhem and Mystery at Spaghetti Warehouse Mayhem and Mystery is in its own category – it’s not dinner theatre in the usual sense, but plays presented in restaurants, one […]

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Unpacking the archives

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Art and activism at Herndon Gallery By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Stephen Marc, “Drapetomania,” 2010; photo: Dennie Eagleson This summer, the Herndon Gallery at Antioch College presents Unpacking the Archives: Frameworks for Change–Activate Now!, which will offer a connection to a time that was tumultuous not only for Yellow Springs, but for America as a whole: […]

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On Stage

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The summer cool-off By Jacqui Theobald Photo: A small crowd gathers for the grand illumination ceremony of the new Dayton Theatre Guild sign A July island Every summer, a gigantic and ambitious musical is mounted by Epiphany Lutheran Church’s Players Drama Ministry. For their 23rd season, Once on This Island takes the stage. A cast of […]

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A country show worth seeing

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Human Race Theatre Company’s ‘Play It By Heart’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Sharva Maynard as Naomi Jasper, Kathryn Boswell as Jamie Lynn and Trisha Rapier as Jeannine in “Play It By Heart”; photo: Scott J. Kimmins “Play it by Heart’s” premiere is a total performance from the heart with touching music and a […]

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A play you must discuss

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‘The Dead Guy’ by Eric Coble By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Christopher Hahn as Eldon and Amy Askins as Gina during a dress rehearsal of “The Dead Guy” at the Dayton Theatre Guild; photo: Peter Wine/MediaMoments.com How would you feel about a reality show with a million dollar bonus, but the ultimate cost of […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]