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Where the magic happens

Dayton’s off-stage theatre stars By Jacqui Theobald You have your ticket in hand and arrive at the theatre, eager with anticipation. There’s a contagious energy and excited chatter as the group that has become an entity—the audience—settles, clutching their Playbill. The lights dim. The theatre goes dark. There’s an instant when you almost hold your […]

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Pot Culture

DCP plays with fire…uh, smoke…man By Mary Jane Disclaimer: This article was written by no one. The facts, tips and opinions herein have been verified by no one, unless directly stated. The consumption of marijuana in any form is illegal in the state of Ohio. Mmkay? Weed the people According to the 2013 National Survey […]

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Family Ties

5th generation of pretzel benders on Xenia Avenue By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Smales Pretzel Bakery has been around as long as the airplane. Theoretically, the Wright Brothers could have had a Smales pretzel. In fact it’s likely, considering that Smales (rhymes with “sails”) were the Montgomery County Fair pretzel up until the latter part of […]

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Let’s Jam

Learning to skate with Dayton’s derby girls By Katrina Eresman Going to your first derby practice is like going to your first day of school, only there’s a much higher chance you’ll fall in front of everyone. You might not really know anyone, you might not really know the rules and you might not even […]

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Young Love, On Pointe

Dayton Ballet embraces Shakespeare’s classic love tragedy By Arnecia patterson The end of a season for a dance company is akin to the “sweet sorrow” spoken to Romeo by Juliet in William Shakespeare’s 16th century play, “Romeo and Juliet.” It takes countless hours of classes, study, rehearsals, fittings and physical endurance for the Dayton Ballet’s […]

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Altars of the Unnoticed

The art and practice of the Phelps brothers By Ashley Jonas Artists Kyle and Kelly Phelps are identical twins. Growing up, their mother dressed them alike everyday with hopes of instilling closeness between the two. She was successful in her endeavor. Now in their forties, the two dress alike, speak alike, live in the same […]

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Save the Victory

The many resurrections of the Victoria Theatre By Joyell Nevins On the corner of First and Main in downtown Dayton stands one of the most beautiful and recognized jewels in the Gem City’s crown. The Grand Old Lady, the Disney House, the Victory … for the last 150 years, the Victoria Theatre has brought art, […]

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Kiss Me

Celtic music scene celebrates Dayton’s roots By Josher Lumpkin When the Irish, Scottish, Welsh and other Celtic immigrants migrated to the Midwest over 100 years ago, they brought with them a rich tradition of dance and music. These traditions are still alive and well here in the Miami Valley, though the exact interpretations of them […]

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One Grand Finale

Vanguard closes 54 seasons of legendary chamber music By Rusty Pate Diving into classical music can seem like a daunting task for the novice. With centuries of pieces, composers and musicians to choose from, figuring out where to start can overwhelm even the most steadfast of music lovers. Mozart alone composed more than 600 works […]

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Who needs digital?

Hobby board game scene booms By Josher Lumpkin When I say “board games,” it’s likely you cringe in horror, flashing back to an eight hour game of Monopoly that ended in tears when your big brother bankrupted you. Or maybe you have fond memories of playing endless games of Scrabble with Grandma, or chess with […]

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Vitality Check: 4/26/16

Heeeeeere’s Rocco! By Rocco Castellano What’s up b–ches? I’m back! I know all of you were wondering where I went […]

More than a building

Troy walking history tours offer a deeper look By Don Hurst On Friday April 29, Downtown Troy’s past will come […]

Be Well Marsha: 4/19/16

Toast to joy By Marsha Bonhart Shhhh … I have a secret. It’s one I am willing to share, despite […]

On Your Marc: 4/19/16

Dayton, the start of it all By Marc Katz It was a dark and stormy winter—yeah, with snow piled up […]

On Your Marc: 4/12/16

UD a place to emulate By Marc Katz When Wright State University was introducing its new men’s basketball coach Scott […]

Be Well, Marsha: 4/12/16

One tooth at a time By Marsha Bonhart “All I want for Christmas … “ Completing that popular little ditty […]