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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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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 Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]