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Fear or beer?

Hauntfest returns as the area’s biggest Halloween blast By Kevin J. Gray It’s twilight, nearly dark. A crisp cool hangs in the late-October air. A metal barricade blocks the intersection of Fifth Street and Wayne Avenue. A parallel barricade stands at the other end of the Oregon District, just below the trail trusses. A small […]

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Boogie Nights

A brief history of Dayton’s funk legacy By Basim Blunt During the 1970s, a new genre of music called funk was making its way into the American mainstream and Dayton, Ohio was at the epicenter. Community Voices Producer Basim Blunt says that more funk bands came from Dayton, than any other place in the world. […]

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Expect the unexpected

Community of can-do partiers comes together for festival By Lara Donnelly Belly dancers, hand-turned pottery, food trucks that run the gamut from Cajun to Vietnamese … not many Ohio street festivals offer all of this, plus hundreds of other excitements. But Yellow Springs is not like many other Ohio towns. In fact, the village of […]

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What’s that sound?

Carrying the banner Gem City talent takes place at the forefront during DMF 2012 By Tim Anderl For the last seven years, both casual and diehard fans of Dayton music have converged on downtown, joining their peers to celebrate their love and admiration for the musical art and mayhem provided by their city’s homegrown talent.  […]

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All eyes on Dayton Performing Arts

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance forges its new identity By Joe Aiello “ … exciting … innovative … integral … rare … farsighted … courageous … visionary …  collaborative … nothing quite like (it) … a bold endeavor … the latest example of Ohio being a hotbed of innovation in the arts … first of its […]

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How to mix beer, music and art and get away with it

The Dayton Art Institute delivers Oktoberfest By Kevin J. Gray Under new directorship, The Dayton Art Institute has exciting changes underway, changes that you can preview at this year’s Oktoberfest celebration. The annual fundraiser, marking its 41st year, offers something for everyone. “[Oktoberfest] is not all about the beer,” according to co-chair John Nairus. “Friday’s […]

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The Handmade Revolution

Homegrown as it should be By Rusty Pate By the time September rolls around, festival fatigue starts to set in. After a long summer of every city, village and township celebrating something or other, the scenes start to melt into each other. Before long, it becomes hard to remember where that terrible cover band butchered […]

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People, can you feel it?

Downtown Dayton Revival music festival makes debut By Kyle Melton Over the course of past decade or so, Dayton has slowly witnessed a transformation from a decaying post-industrial wasteland, as attempts to reinvent the character of the city centered around the notion that the future of the city lay in supporting the arts. As galleries […]

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The fruits of hard labor

Seeds of good intention sprouting a community farm experience at Hidden Valley Farms By Emma Jarman PLANTING THE SEEDS By noon, he’s put in a full day’s labor but is only half done. A bandana worn linen-soft, folded in a sloppy triangle, covers his face from his long, lower eyelashes to the top of his […]

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2012 FilmDayton Festival

A Q&A with Executive Director Megan Cooper By T.T. Stern-Enzi Last year, like most regional film lovers who attended FilmDayton’s festival, I eagerly awaited the opportunity to bask in the Dayton filmmaking vibe. Part of the organization’s call to arms is to support film “by Dayton and for Dayton.” Seemingly more than many other festivals […]

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News of the weird: 09/23/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – New frontiers in American vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August  it had […]

High expectations

Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest returns to Troy By Melissa Markham Photo: The Miami County Harvest Moon and Balloon Festival […]

Troy, unplugged

Fall Farm Festival at Lost Creek Reserve By Tammy Newsom Photo: Visitors take a wagon ride down Scarecrow Lane at […]

Law & Disorder: Blowing up our democracy

Lawmaking for sale By AJ Wagner Last week, I noted how Republicans won’t be formally approving President Barack Obama’s war […]

The bold and the beardless

A clean-shaven Matisyahu at Bogart’s By Alan Sculley Photo: Matisyahu will perform on Sept. 26 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati Aside […]

Advice goddess

By Amy Alkon   Doody-bound You printed a letter from a guy who doesn’t want to be a father and […]