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Make it a Handmade Holiday


aka “the Black Friday alternative” BY: JOYELL NEVINS  Photo: Collages by J. Austin Jennings  at Rosewood Art Center   Somehow, a new holiday tradition has developed in this country. Soon after “giving thanks” for what we have, we get up before dawn (or just stay up until then), shove through a mob, wait in line for […]

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Melodrama with every note


Dayton Opera presents Tocsa By Eric Street  Photo: Michele Capalbo as Tosca and Scott Piper as Cavaradossi in Dayton Opera’s February 2005 production of Tosca; photo: Andy Snow It’s time to shake off the November blahs with something dramatic, passionate, rousing and tuneful. On Friday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3 […]

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Breaking the ice


Opening the conversation on Dayton’s immigrant story  By Sarah Sidlow   Photo: Rwandan refugees Irene, David and Emanuel Gatanazi; photo: Bill Franz   Recently, the city of Dayton received national attention for attempting to do something revolutionary: loving thy neighbor. The New York Times and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” two cultural institutions for news […]

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Inspire and infuse

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The inaugural TedXDayton at Victoria Theatre  By Kevin J. Gray  Photo:  The TEDx planning group will present ideas that “inspire and infuse” on Friday, Nov. 15 at Victoria Theatre What’s a TED? In 1984, a group of visionaries from the worlds of technology, entertainment and design came together for the world’s first TED conference, an […]

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How it REALLY works


A discussion of Dayton’s city commission system By: Alex Culpepper  Photo: John H. Patterson of NCR helped establish Dayton’s city commission form of government following the Great Flood of 1913     Government at Large It is probably an understatement to say right now that people in this country have a dim view of government. In […]

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Behind the masks


Mike Foy and family champion Halloween in Fairborn  By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin  Photo: Land of a thousand masks: Foy’s offers the largest selection of masks in Ohio; photo: Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin You know the feeling. It pricks all the senses. Perhaps your taste buds take the brunt of the autumn attack, overcome by the omnipresent pumpkin-flavored […]

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Happily ever after

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Fairy tales come to life at Masquerage 2013 By Maha Kashani  Photo: Masquerage attendees in 2012 enjoying the “Vixens & Villains” theme; photo: David Long, LongShots There is an extravagant night in the city where all inhibitions are set free and everyone can be anyone – or anything – that they want to be. Fairy tales […]

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Hear ye! Hear ye!

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Ohio Renaissance Festival offers historical family fun By Allyson B. Crawford  Photo: Children of all ages enjoy the human powered rides like the Sea Dragon at the Ohio Renaissance Festival; photo: Will Thorpe Don’t be the village idiot! Get thee to the Ohio Renaissance Festival! The Renaissance, known broadly as a period of great enlightenment, occurred […]

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Redefining the weekend warrior


Get active at midwest outdoor experience By: Sarah Sidlow Photo: The Subaru Ultimate Air Dogs entertain attendees during Midwest Outdoor Experience in 2012; Photo: Bill Franz There’s something happening this weekend. Something big. A convention, a reunion, a festival, a weekend of play. It’s an outreach, an invitation from outdoor junkies to the uninitiated adventurer. It […]

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The next Portland


A brewery explosion in the Miami Valley By: Kevin J. Gray Photo: At Lock 27 in Centerville, enjoy craft beer and high-end cuising in a hip, modern setting If all goes according to plan, over the next six to 12 months the Miami Valley will have up to 12 breweries. With four active breweries and eight […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23


For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16


For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]