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Flip the script

FutureFest offers six new plays in three days  By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Scott Knisley and Wendi Michael rehearse for “Wash, Dry, Fold”; photo: Serif Cinar “It’s the best time I have all year,” double-finalist playwright M. J. Feely said of the intense FutureFest weekend, during which Dayton Playhouse produces six new plays. He, like others who […]

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As a matter of craft

Spotlight on the 2014 Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Josh Marshall as Dean and Hannah Marshall as Lana in “The Infinite Man”; photo courtesy of “The Infinite Man” The slogan for this year’s Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival says it all – “Craft Matters.” Those two words label not only the films selected for the festival, […]

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What The funk?!?

Spotlight returns to Dayton’s musical legacy By Rusty Pate Photo: The Ohio Players; image courtesy of the Dayton Daily News Archive at Wright State University Music helps define the places from which it springs. The mere mention of certain cities or musical styles drips so thick with nostalgia and palpable energy it seems impossible to separate […]

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Boarding a roller-coaster

Unpredictable puppy, unknown past, uncertain future By Paul Noah Photo: A boy and his dog Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs. But I’m also realistic. Though my wife’s and my childless lifestyle narrowly avails responsible cat ownership (I take him to work on a daily basis), it doesn’t justify dog cohabitation because we’re nearly never […]

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From mummies to meerkats

Plenty to discover at Boonshoft By Joyell Nevins Photo: Children play at the Boonshoft Museum’s Water Table; photo: Kristy Creel Discovery: a word associated with eye-opening wonder and new ideas. Where your mind is stretched beyond its current capabilities. Where the world you think you know is bigger and more intricate than you realized.  Such is […]

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The city that’s trending

Three Instagrammers shed light on Dayton’s gems By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Love it or hate it, use it or abuse it, take it or leave it, social media plays a daily role in most of our lives. Used mindfully and strategically, it can be a tool for reaching a large audience and affecting change. In […]

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Making great strides

Dayton’s annual LGBT pride celebration By Chelsea Davis  Photo: Jah Soul performs at Courthouse Square during 2013’s Dayton Pride; photo: Randy Phillips “Pride is designed for people to be able to be themselves,” Randy Phillips, president of the Greater Dayton LGBT Center, said. “Gay people have been looked down upon and oppressed and Pride came about […]

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The sunny side of the lake

Reigning champ Cedarville University hosts solar boat competition By Mark Luedtke Photo: Cedarville’s entry in the DONG Solar Challenge in the Netherlands is lifted from the water after qualifying; photo: Kim Dewhurst Fun in the sun can be had every summer at Eastwood Lake, but this June, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) […]

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21: The other legal limit?

House Bill 391 raises Ohio ABV from 12 to 21% By Kevin J. Gray In December of 2013, Ohio House of Representatives member Dan Ramos reintroduced a bill to change the type of beer available for sale in Ohio. That bill is House Bill 391. Currently, Ohio caps sales at beers under 12 percent ABV, […]

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Worlds apart…

a little closer at A World A ‘Fair By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Dancers representing Lebanon in the 2013 A World A’Fair festival; photo: photo: Scott Solsenberg A World A’Fair is ringing in its 41st annual international festival with its theme “A Celebration of Festivals” this weekend at the Dayton Convention Center. Presented by Soin International […]

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news of the weird: 10/28

by Chuck Shephard Lead Story – Eye of the beholder The Osiligi Maasai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying […]

The hands-on headless horseman

Zoot Reboots for “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: C.J. Suchyta and Natalie Houliston display Ichabod at a Zoot […]

The Docket

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Editor’s Choice: Saucy and stalk-y After […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Knight Terrors I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got […]

Putting the ‘boo’ in book

Inside Troy’s haunted bookstore By Matt Bayman Photo: Around About Books is located at 8 W. Main St. in Troy […]

News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]