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The DAI is “Acting up” again

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Historic Japanese performance art depictions on display Art: Utagawa Kunisada II; Actors Sawamura Tosshō II as Hiranoya Kōjirō, Bandō Sanpachi V as Tōji’s Student Kane, Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Wakokubashi Tōji, and Ichimura Kakitsu IV as the Pickpocket Takemon no Tora, 1863 By Tara Pettit Centuries over time humans have unleashed boundless creativity through myriad […]

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School of Games

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AcadeCon gaming convention at the Dayton Convention Center Photo: AcadeCon goers, surrounded by vendors and speakers, play Dungeons and Dragons By Josher Lumpkin People who enjoy playing tabletop games know that one of the staples of the community is the gaming convention. At gaming conventions (lovingly abbreviated as “cons” by those in the know), enthusiasts […]

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The Dayton Donut Trail

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The road map for your sweet tooth Photo: Bill’s Donuts regularly has a long line, sometimes out the door By Brennan Burks A little over a year ago, I heard rumors about a trail of debauchery that seemed akin to Adult Candy Land: The Butler County Donut trail. I didn’t know what to make of […]

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Au naturel

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The Rising popularity of natural burial options Photo: The memorial wall for Calvary Cemetery’s natural burial area By Tim Walker As human beings, there are a handful of fundamental needs which we all have in common: food, shelter, water, and clean air to breathe. We are all born and without a doubt, as much as […]

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Jazz aged Ballet

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Dayton Ballet’s 80th season opens with “The Great Gatsby” Photo: Margot Aknin plays Daisy Buchanan (left) with Evan Pitts as Jay Gatsby (right). By Arnecia Patterson  When the curtain  goes up on the Dayton Ballet’s 80th season this month, there is a possibility that the majority of audience members will be younger than the company, […]

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Always Timeless

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Dayton Opera’s The Consul echos issues of the day Photo: Magda Sorel, played by Kara Shay-Thomson. By Eric Street Opera has a powerful  track record for expressing universal themes in memorable fashion, but the themes in Dayton Opera’s upcoming production feel as timely as today’s newspaper. If you haven’t already, now’s the time to reserve your […]

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Curating Movements from Frame to Frame

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Dayton LGBTQ Adult Film Festival Photo: Martin L. Washington and Maya Washington in “Alaska Is a Drag” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Intersectionality is  the buzzword of this cultural moment. The term, coined by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, an American feminist legal scholar, critical race theorist, and civil rights advocate describes the “overlapping or intersecting social identities and […]

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Set in stone: Celebrating pottery in the Miami Valley

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Inaugural Clay Fest to take place later this month in Kettering Piece by Niehaus Lentum; photo: courtesy of Rosewood Arts Centre By Timothy Walker When you mention the art and craft of pottery to the average person, a variety of images may spring to mind: spinning wheels, muddy hands focused on molding decorative pots, which […]

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Before Hamilton there was Washington

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In the Heights examines what makes home, home Debra Cardona as Abuela Claudia and Justin Gregory Lopez as Usnavi; photo: Rich Ryan By Terri Gordon When Lin-Manuel Miranda’s show “Hamilton: An American Musical”—a rap, hip-hop and rhythm-and-blues laced musical—hit Broadway, people were surprised by its meteoric success. They shouldn’t have been. If they’d been paying […]

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Forged in fire

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Local blacksmiths host international convention in Troy Photo: Most blacksmiths still rely on handtools and other traditional methods By Matt Clevenger Flames, molten metal, razor-sharp blades, and temperatures over 1,000 degrees; it sounds like something straight out of Dante’s Inferno. But it’s just another day at work for the highly skilled blacksmiths at the Southern Ohio […]

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Mimosa soaked hours

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Weekends are for brunch in Dayton By Paula Johnson  “In thousands of years, historians may regard modern brunch as the terminal stage of a soft civilization in decline. Now, however, there is no more important social meal, which is less about sustenance and more about making a destination of leisure” –Joshua David Stein, writing for […]

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Jed Helmers – Illustrated Cover Art

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Words Behind Worlds : Local Children’s Authors Tell Their Stories

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Big Ideas, Small People Photo: Illustration by Jed Helmers Tales of Local Children’s Authors By Tim Walker If you’re a book lover like I am, then chances are your love of reading began during childhood. You may think back to a parent or grandparent who loved to read to you at bedtime, or maybe you […]

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More than a market

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Regional farmers’ markets bring community to Dayton Fresh tomatoes for sale; photo: Centerville Farmers’ Market By Tara Pettit Most of us are aware of the obvious benefits a local farmers’ market brings to a community. It gets people out, helps local farmers, and promotes healthy eating – overall, a positive addition to any community that decides to […]

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Debate Forum: 8/15

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 Titillating conversations Should public female nudity be legal? Artwork: Jed Helmers By Sarah Sidlow Does anyone remember  Chelsea Handler posing topless on a horse in an imitation of a photo of Vladimir Putin? Instagram does, probably. Twitter probably also remembers all of the nude Chelsea Handler photos they had to remove because of its policy […]

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Dayton in Dirndls

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Germanfest Picnic puts down new roots at RiverScape Photo: Polka dancers at Germanfest By David Nilsen The Germanfest Picnic, Dayton’s largest celebration of the city’s rich German heritage, will be coming to downtown Aug. 11–13. Held for years at Carillon Historical Park, the 2017 picnic will be the first edition of the popular event to […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]