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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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The Myth of Marriage

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A Young Woman’s View on 21st Century Marriage By Emily Kaiser Marriage, in my opinion, and I think in many others as well, is not what it used to be. My generation is constantly bombarded with divorce. More of my friends’ parents are divorced than together, and that includes my own. When I think about […]

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Folkin’ Around

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Cityfolk offers multicultural fun for everyone By Tim Anderl Music and dance are pleasing and peculiar parts of the human experience.  As such, both have long been used as tools for establishing commonality between people.  In fact, poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.”  He understood that […]

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The Party’s Over

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The Push to Remove Party Influence from Ohio’s Voting Districts By Tim Walker Our government. One that is “of the people, by the people and for the people.” This is a powerful idea, first articulated to us by Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address in 1863, and it’s a concept that is unfortunately almost universally […]

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Playing the Odds

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Area Internet Sweepstakes Cafes: Legal or Not? By Mark Luedtke The sign on the sidewalk outside of Roy Smith’s Internet sweepstakes cafe in Middletown says win a TV. The sign on the window advertises Las Vegas-style games and cash prizes. The inside looks similar to a college computer lab, but friendlier. Computer monitors line tables. […]

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Water Water Everywhere

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Which Drop to Drink? by Mark Luedtke Miami Valley Water Resources Next to air, water is the most important substance necessary for human life. Fortunately for the residents of the Miami Valley, nature provides them some of the best natural water resources in the world. Not only is the region blessed with wonderful rivers and […]

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Living Dead People

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Zombie Walk Originators Reveal Their Plan Photos By Kristen McFarland “Zombies are the liberal nightmare. Here you have the masses, whom you would love to love, appearing at your front door with their faces falling off; and you’re trying to be as humane as you possibly can, but they are, after all, eating the cat. […]

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Why Wilbur Mattered

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The Indispensables Two Wrights made the airplane. But they were driven by Wil. Remembering the death of Wilbur Wright, 100 years ago this week. Story and art by Mark Martel At rare intervals a few truly indispensable individuals take us where no one had gone before. A century back in Dayton it was Kettering, Patterson, […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]