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Debate Forum: 5/31/16


Game of thrones What should be the final word in the single-sex restroom debate?By Sarah Sidlow Bathrooms have a special place in the annals of American history. They have served as sketchpads for graffitists, informative community bulletins (“for a good time call…”), public places of procrastination and porcelain cornerstones of protest. Now, once again, the […]

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Stars under the stars


Fraze Pavilion’s 25th season brings vampires, legends and more… By Rusty Pate It is a crisp summer evening. Friends get together and have a quick drink or bite to eat. They slowly make their way through traffic and parking. Walking toward the gate, ticket in hand, their step has a bounce and the energy of […]

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Listen up! & Have a cold one


Big Brews & Blues benefits Diabetes Dayton for its seventh year By Rusty Pate The Big Brews and Blues Festival takes place May 21 at RiverScape in downtown Dayton. The event, which celebrates its seventh year in 2016, has grown and changed, but the one constant has been the reason for its inception. Big Brews […]

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Bang, Bang


Locally composed world premier opera The Book Collector opens for Carmina Burana By Eric Street The wheel of fortune has turned once more in Dayton’s favor with an energetic push from the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance! Whether you’re in the mood for something innovative, fresh and completely new, or you’d rather indulge in a time-tested, […]

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Super-Fly Comics & Games, Yellow Springs, Ohio. January 7, 2015. ©2016 Sarah Stier

In your hands with free comic book day By Josher Lumpkin Early May invokes different visions for different folks. Some are undoubtedly enchanted by the change in weather, shaking away the cold of winter, to awake refreshed and renewed as the foliage returns and April’s showers finally start to dry up. For me, the beginning […]

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Where the magic happens


Dayton’s off-stage theatre stars By Jacqui Theobald You have your ticket in hand and arrive at the theatre, eager with anticipation. There’s a contagious energy and excited chatter as the group that has become an entity—the audience—settles, clutching their Playbill. The lights dim. The theatre goes dark. There’s an instant when you almost hold your […]

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Pot Culture


DCP plays with fire…uh, smoke…man By Mary Jane Disclaimer: This article was written by no one. The facts, tips and opinions herein have been verified by no one, unless directly stated. The consumption of marijuana in any form is illegal in the state of Ohio. Mmkay? Weed the people According to the 2013 National Survey […]

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Family Ties


5th generation of pretzel benders on Xenia Avenue By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Smales Pretzel Bakery has been around as long as the airplane. Theoretically, the Wright Brothers could have had a Smales pretzel. In fact it’s likely, considering that Smales (rhymes with “sails”) were the Montgomery County Fair pretzel up until the latter part of […]

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Let’s Jam

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Learning to skate with Dayton’s derby girls By Katrina Eresman Going to your first derby practice is like going to your first day of school, only there’s a much higher chance you’ll fall in front of everyone. You might not really know anyone, you might not really know the rules and you might not even […]

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Young Love, On Pointe


Dayton Ballet embraces Shakespeare’s classic love tragedy By Arnecia patterson The end of a season for a dance company is akin to the “sweet sorrow” spoken to Romeo by Juliet in William Shakespeare’s 16th century play, “Romeo and Juliet.” It takes countless hours of classes, study, rehearsals, fittings and physical endurance for the Dayton Ballet’s […]

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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


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


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