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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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The Handmade Revolution

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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?

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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

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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

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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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We could be (super)heroes!

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Dayton Art Institute salutes comic art (not just for geeks!) by Jason Webber Look! Up in the sky! It’s Superman! Spider Man! Wonder Woman! A super-sized knitted Mr. Fantastic costume! And they’re all in the Dayton Art Institute! Holy highbrow, Batman! The colorful new DAI exhibit “You Are My Superhero,” running through Sept. 23, proves […]

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Art On the Commons

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A display and sale of fine arts and crafts By Natasha Habib If you don’t already know how much Dayton’s arts scene has been growing over the past few years, you’ve probably either been unconscious or one of those “Negative Nancy” types who never goes downtown anyway. The rest of us, however, know that Dayton […]

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Dayton’s Two Wheel Tour

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Second Annual Tour de Dayton Rolls On By Jennifer Hanauer You want to be out and enjoying these glorious summer days, and you want to do something different and you want to take some of the energy off the top of these kids on summer break before you break through your patience threshold. Whatever shall […]

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The Catwalk Comes to Dayton

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Gem City Fashion Show By Brian Sharp Dayton is soon to be home to something new – Fashion Week.  No, this is not the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as seen in New York, but rather, a smaller Midwest version.  However, CEO/Founder Junda Morris-Kennedy has high hopes.  She brings to the event some previous experience in other […]

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Dropping the Hammer

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by Mark Luedtke To say Steve Colletti loves racing would be an understatement. He’s been racing for 44 years. “I have been in racing since 1968 when my boss Walter Siemindinger took me to my first race as a helper when he raced an Alfa Romeo GTV. I enjoyed the competition and the mechanical skill […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]