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A Modern Renaissance

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A Dayton Gem is being polished By Natasha Habib “It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn, it’s your new DAI,” said Michael R. Roediger, executive director of the Dayton Art Institute. His quote, prominently displayed on the museum’s website, sums up how the DAI’s new leadership feels about the art institute of which they’ve […]

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Got Joe?

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Coffee Houses of the Miami Valley By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin No matter how much you love your home and your job, everyone needs a place to go to develop and nurture a sense of community. For many, these “third places” are bars or barbershops or bowling alleys. Thanks to the ‘90s explosions of Starbucks and […]

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Apocalypse! Now!

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For all of humanity’s achievements, the past hundred years or so witnessed incredible acceleration of technology that put unparalleled access of transportation and information at our fingertips. While the speed of life arguably got a little out of control, who can argue that it didn’t get a little easier at the same time? Let’s take […]

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Hark, the herald rockers sing!

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HoliDayton celebrates 10th year of musical goodwill By Tim Anderl As is typical to individuals during the holiday season, the tradition of gift giving and receiving was paramount on the minds of the guys from The Story Changes during our December breakfast meeting at a café in Kettering. Unsurprisingly, Story Changes frontman and auxiliary Hawthorne […]

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Performance Holiday

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First ever Philharmonic and Ballet “Nutcracker” and more By Eric Street Music lovers in the Dayton area must have been very, very good the past year, because Santa’s bag is overflowing with great events for them this holiday season. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance celebrates its first season following the merger of the Dayton Ballet, […]

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If a tree falls …

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What really happened to the trees along Riverview Avenue By Marianne Stanley “Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught, will we realize we cannot eat money.”  Cree Indian Proverb For more than half a century, 16 trees stood sentry on Riverview Avenue, along […]

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Keep black friday local

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How to (and Why to) Buy Local for the Holidays By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin It pretty much goes: “Locally-owned: good! Big corporation: bad! Support your community! Keep your money where you make your money!” But really, when it comes down to it, and the holiday-buying time crunch is on, and you can’t leave work early, […]

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You Can’t Manage What You Can’t Measure

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Will it ever end? By Mark Luedtke I-75 modernization so far Motorists traveling to and from downtown Dayton on I-75 are in for some big changes. The good news is that the Phase 1A modernization project is complete. That phase fixed malfunction junction at the intersection of I-75 and State Route 4. It replaced the […]

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Dayton’s Untrained Audiences

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We’ve all experienced it…“the untrained audience” By Brian P. Sharp You know the ones. We go to a show, sometimes paying a premium, and then someone around us interrupts the show, or us.  What has happened to civility?  However, in chatting with Maestro Neil Gittleman of the Dayton Philharmonic, he cautions that, “Maybe the trained […]

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Disengaged: Election? So What…

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Young voters fail to exercise their right to vote By Stacey Ritz “I don’t plan on registering to vote because the choices in the election are terrible. I feel like participating in a corrupt system defeats the point of real change,” shared Jessie Downey, a 21-year-old Dayton resident. With today’s easy accessibility to around-the-clock news, […]

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Fear or beer?

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]