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Black History Month

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The 365 Project preserves history year-round By Amanda Dee This past New Year’s Eve in the Village of Yellow Springs, hundreds of residents gathered to celebrate the ball drop, like every other year. This time, though, police officers reacted in stark contrast to their annual routine. Minutes after the ball dropped, officers drove squad cars, […]

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Green Medicine: Medical Marijuana Rolls Out In Ohio

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Take Two (Hits) & Call Me In The Morning: Continuing the Medical Marijuana Conversation By Sarah Sidlow   It started with survivor’s guilt. Robert Kowalski’s Air Force lieutenant was the first Air Force officer to be killed once Operation Iraqi Freedom had commenced. Kowalski was supposed to be in the truck when it was hit. In 2010, after […]

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Moving Frames: Values capture Dayton Jewish Film Festival’s identity

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The Jewish Identities: Journey through Dayton Jewish Film Festival By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Award-winning documentary ‘Sabena Hijacking—My Version’ screens at The Neon May 11   As an African-American film critic, I am always fascinated by the Jewish community’s embrace of its multi-layered identities, especially when it comes to cultural celebrations like film festivals. All groups that […]

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Sport of the Arts: Thousands celebrate 40th Winter Guard International Competition

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Athletic Art 40th Winter Guard International Competition takes over Dayton By Joyell Nevins   Color guard—that’s just that “twirling thing,” right? Dayton, you must be trippin’. Combine gymnastics and dance, throw in a wooden rifle or sabre, add a set design made to travel (including a performance floor), and don’t forget the giant flag. Make […]

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‘The Female Factor’

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These women’s Work: Female choreographers lead Dayton Ballet’s ‘The Female Factor’ By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Scott Kimmins   The month of March strides out like a woman on the Dayton Ballet’s final program of the season, “The Female Factor.” It features a new work by artistic director Karen Russo Burke and reprises of three ballets […]

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Inside Job: Dayton female inmates’ scripts hit the big screen

Screenwriters (l-r) Kamisha, Jaimee, Aimee, and Beverly; photo: Will Jones

From prison ‘Pens to Pictures’ Wright State professor pioneers film project with incarcerated women by Jim Hannah  Women as survivors of heroin addiction, sexual abuse, and rejection by society. These movie topics may not be anything new—but the screenwriters are. They are incarcerated women at the Dayton Correctional Institution, and their films will soon come to […]

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Engineered Magic: Zoot Theatre presents Booze & Puppets

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Of Science, Religion, or Magic? Zoot Theatre creates Booze & Puppets @ the Plaza Theatre By Amanda Dee Photo: Bill Franz   It was the most magical cemetery I’d ever seen. It’s also a hospital: bodies of varying sizes, textures, and forms are born and mended here. Right before I step into the space, I’m […]

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Cirque Du Soleil’s Les Acrobaties d’Avatar Toruk: The First Flight at Nutter

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The First Flight: Cirque Du Soleil’s Avatar-themed show transforms the Nutter Center By Terri Gordon Photo: Youssef Shoufan; costumes: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil Once upon a time, in the early 1980s, the small Canadian town of Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, hosted a small troupe of local street performers as they “roamed the streets,” entertaining […]

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Disconnect or Die?

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Unplug Thyself : Disconnect for National Day of Unplugging By Tim Walker Are you suffering from electronics overload? Are there days when your phone and your tablets, when that overused social media account—with its seemingly endless stream of silly memes and political debates, barely-known “friends” and petty complaints—becomes too much to take? Do you ever […]

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Legal Graffiti: Drawing to and from K12 Gallery and TEJAS

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K12 Gallery & TEJAS’ art revolution By Karen Ander Francis Photo: A creative revolution has been underway in Dayton’s urban landscape. Evidence is found in the plethora of public murals that surprise and delight folks all around the city: the 90-foot flood wall along the Great Miami River, Second Street Market, and the stories-high replicas […]

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Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]