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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

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

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

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

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

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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Park it!

Planning the perfect picnic By Kristen Wicker Photo: Five Rivers MetroParks shelters can be rented for family BBQs and get-togethers When it comes to picnics, Five Rivers MetroParks employees are your resident experts. After all, picnics combine two of our favorite things: food and the outdoors. And parks, we must say, are the best places for […]

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Unpacking the archives

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

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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News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]

The Docket: 11/18

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove A new trend? A 36-year-old woman […]

Advice Goddess: 11/11

By Amy Alkon Scold rush  I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, […]

The Docket 11/11/14

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Hail seizure! Officers responded to a […]

news of the weird 11/11

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Baby beauty Amanda Collins, 28, took “beauty pageant mom” to the next level (down) […]