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Cirque du Soleil Quidam comes to Dayton By Stacey Ritz Photo: Rabbit from Cirque du Soleil Quidam; Photo credit: Matt Beard “You need to go to a Cirque show and live the experience. Even explaining what the show is about is not enough. Everybody reacts differently to a Cirque experience and that is why they want […]

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How it’s really done


Idle Hour Ranch sets the exotic animal standard By Emma Jarman Photo: Sam the Giraffe playing around If you get off Interstate 75 at exit 73, just three miles west of Troy, Ohio, you might see a few things. There’s a lot of open space, a few trees, wooden farmhouses, barns and silos dotting the skyline; […]

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American Craft Beer Week!

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Dayton Big Blues & Brews returns By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Volunteers with the Doug Epple Foundation pour craft beer samples at the 2012 Big Brews and Blues Friday, May 17 marks the official start of the outdoor beer festival season with the fourth annual Big Brews and Blues. This event raises money for Diabetes Dayton, […]

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Coming into its own


The Renaissance of the Oregon District By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: A view of the Oregon District businesses at night along Fifth Street; photo credit: Andrew Thompson Amongst the 20,000 residents, 40,000 students, 42,000 employees and 7 million visitors in the Greater Downtown Dayton area, you want to find the one seat that was meant just […]

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Bringing Back the Witch’s Broom

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The “Yellow Brick Road Map” to the Dayton Arcade Library  ARCADE LIBRARY COVER STORY: PART A By Paul Noah Publisher, Dayton City Paper Just after the $187 million library levy passed, Hollywood storyboard artist and long-time friend J. Todd Anderson met with me in early December 2012 and insisted I permit him to proceed and […]

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I’ll Be Your Mirror

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The Dayton Visual Arts Center’s Annual Art Auction By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Richard Mantia, Bridge to Maussane, 2012, acrylic on canvas  Every April, Daytonians celebrate the city’s most talented artists in one of the most fun events of the season. Several hundred artists, collectors and art enthusiasts mingle over food, drink and artwork in downtown […]

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Dayton – The Brain Drain


And what UpDayton is doing about it By Zach Rogers Photo: Dayton’s young creatives at the 2012 UpDayton Summit. The brain drain. Sounds awful, right? Well, it is and it’s a crisis that’s been affecting the Dayton region for far too long. It’s time to put a stop this menace, and with the creation of UpDayton […]

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The new home of aviation on film


The First Annual Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: The new two-projector system at the Air Force Museum Theater offers crisp 4K images The best film festivals offer attendees an experience beyond merely paying to watch a film on a big screen in a packed house. Films can transport us to other […]

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The ninja master next door

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How Stephen Hayes discovered the secret art of the ninja and brought it back to Dayton By Mark Luedtke Photo: Stephen K. Hayes of Quest Center for Martial Arts in Centerville To  Japan It all began with a book. When Stephen Hayes was a student at Kettering Fairmont High School, a friend gave him a […]

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Top Secret


Troy’s Mission Impossible: Mumford & Sons By Matt Bayman Photo: Mumford & Sons bring their “Gentlemen of the Road Stopover” tour to Troy Aug. 30-31, closing out the event on Saturday night  Forbidden words in public. Phone calls made behind closed doors. Secret meeting locations and hidden agendas. This may sound like a plot from a […]

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Frame by Frame


Gem City Comic Con expands to Nutter Center By Kate E Lore Photo: Cosplayers Phoenix Kasai (Rogue) and Nataniel Grauwelman (Gambit); photo credit: Scott D. M. Simmons My overeager feet nearly trip themselves. The parking lot at the Nutter Center feels like a vast ocean and I am anxious to reach the horizon. Charging forward, the […]

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I think this should happen

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The Arcade: Dayton’s public library By J. Todd Anderson Photo: A view from a window on the upper floor of the Arcade; photo credit: Nancy Roach Editor’s Note: For over two decades, the Arcade has stood vacant at the heart of downtown Dayton. Once serving as a vibrant commercial and social hub of the region, its […]

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Setting the standard

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Schuster Center celebrates 10 years of inspiration and innovation By Emma Jarman Photo: Marian and Dr. Benjamin Schuster signing the girders of the Schuster Performing Arts Center in 2003; photo credit: Andy Snow Dayton’s Schuster Performing Arts Center does more than just make Dayton home for artfully-minded residents; for many, it is home. The Dayton Philharmonic […]

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Recreating pioneer gold

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Indian Creek Distillery: oldest stills in America By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Joe Duer [pictured] and his wife, Missy, produce Staley Rye Whiskey using the recipe and techniques of their forefathers; Photo credit: Tyler Lukacs Indian Creek Distillery at Staley Mill Farm, located north of Dayton in New Carlisle, is an anachronism. Grasp the iron latch […]

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The illustrated adventures of Mr. Ted Rall


A conversation with the man behind the panels By Zach Rogers Photo credit: Paul Noah Illustrations: Ted Rall In a way, boredom is the best muse for a creative individual, and sometimes it can do wonders for both your drive and passion. Just ask Ted Rall, a native of Kettering who broke free from the […]

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Coming for to carry me home


The regional impact of The Emancipation Proclamation and The Underground Railroad By Leo DeLuca Photo: Abraham Lincoln [third from left] at the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the cabinet; photo courtesy of the Library of Congress Less than four years after campaigning for the United States Presidency on Dayton’s Old Courthouse steps, Abraham Lincoln issued […]

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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]