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Polka Dancers

Germanfest Picnic puts down new roots at RiverScape Photo: Polka dancers at Germanfest By David Nilsen The Germanfest Picnic, Dayton’s largest celebration of the city’s rich German heritage, will be coming to downtown Aug. 11–13. Held for years at Carillon Historical Park, the 2017 picnic will be the first edition of the popular event to […]

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Techno Queen


Nicole Moudaber reigns at Masque By Gary Spencer Every creative force has an origin story. Some musical artists have journeys so remarkable they stand out like dollar bills in a penny-infested wishing well. One such stand-out is DJ/Producer Nicole Moudaber, who, while creating her own music for only about a decade, has become a magnetic […]

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Ready for takeoff


Wright Image Group looks to the skies to stake Ohio’s Triumph of Flight monument Photo: 3D rendering of America’s newest monument By Karen Ander Francis “It was little more than a powered glider,” says Curt Nelson, USAF Col. (Ret.), dismissing the Wright Brothers’ 1903 flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, as an early attempt to […]

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Working Pets


My stepbrother Baloo has held the annual Pet Issue baton for too long. So now it’s my turn. Though he’s not yet retired, he sleeps a lot more than I do! And that’s the point. Who gets to sleep at work? We do! For some stupid reason I have yet to understand, our human makes […]

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Alternative Routes


The medical tourism trip to Michigan Photo: Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) an active compound in marijuana, sometimes used medically to reduce pain, nausea, the effects of PTSD, and other symptoms By Matt Clevenger Ohio legislators approved medical marijuana last year with the passage of House Bill 523, which established the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program and set up […]

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County Crossroads


Montgomery County Fair says goodbye, hello By Tim Walker Mention summer to any longtime resident of the Buckeye State, and a few scenes might quickly come to mind: fields of growing corn, sudden thunderstorms, farmers markets, fireworks, and—of course—a trip to the county fair. Attendees at this year’s 165th Montgomery County Fair, however, will find […]

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The beautiful struggle

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Beadwork exhibition journeys from South Africa to Dayton Artwork: “My Mother Peach Tree” by Zondlile Zondo By Lisa Bennett  What is beauty? It is a titillating, age-old question that has undoubtedly sparked debates for millennia. For some, beauty is simply happiness. For others, it is a spiritual state akin to “oneness.” In general, beauty is a […]

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Primary Catalyst

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Innovate into the music industry at GROOVE U photo: Jared Sawaya By Gary Spencer There seems to be two schools of thought when it comes to post-high school education: your traditional four-year university and shorter-term educational institutions that focus on a specific field or trade (ITT for example). One field of study that’s often debated is […]

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The Circus Is Back In Town

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The Shuster Center turns big top with ‘Circus 1903’ By Terri Gordon Once billed as “The Greatest Show on Earth,” Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed for the last time in May. It was the end of nearly 150 years of dazzling acrobatic acts, animal exhibitions, and sideshows. For those who grew up in […]

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#ChalkAboutIt: Bringing Pavement to Life


Rainbow Road: Nearly 30 artists take over The Greene for Life Essentials Photo: Craig Houdeshell; Artwork: Jennifer Chaparro By Joyell Nevins “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” —Edward Everett Hale […]

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SCOUTS: Fighting for Inclusive Scouting in the Miami Valley & the US

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Photo: Amanda Hendrixson By Amanda Dee It takes a name to rally a movement. For the scouting movement, it took Robert Baden-Powell. Baden-Powell, a British military officer, published “Scouting for Boys: A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship” in 1908, when history books cite the formal start of the global scouting movement. Today, Boy Scout Law […]

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A Drive Thru Americana: Airstream Keeps on Trucking at Alumapalooza 8


On the Road: Alumapalooza 8 Celebrates Everything Airstream Photo: Alison Turner By Tim Walker You’ve seen them, of course. Who hasn’t? They’re at your local campground, standing out like a sore thumb beside a grove of maple trees. Or you might spot one being hauled down the highway by a satisfied dad in a pickup […]

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Siren Songs: Carmen Seduces in Dayton Opera Season Finale


She Put a Spell On You: Dayton Opera Tempts Audiences with Carmen By Eric Street Photo: Illustration of Carmen, published in 1875 in Journal Amusant, a French weekly satirical magazine Do you hear the sound of castanets approaching in the distance? Women, guard your men! And men, guard your hearts—opera’s most popular seductress sashays onto the […]

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Can You Kick It? Yes, you can at Dayton Dynamo Football Club’s New Home Turf


New Turf Advantage: Dayton Dynamo Football Club Stake Home At Roger Glass Stadium By Marc Katz Photo of by Dynamo David Janusz by Jeffrey Monbeck David Satterwhite has this dream. Fans are tailgating, singing, bands are playing, and kids are roaming through the stands, playing safely among themselves. On the field, just a few feet […]

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Pounding the Pavement: Dayton Lands International Trails Symposium & Cycling Summit


The Miami Valley Matrix: Dayton, home of the nation’s largest paved trail network By Terri Gordon The Miami Valley can thank Horace Huffman, Jr. and the 1913 Flood for the over 340 miles of paved track, devoted to walking, running, and biking, that now make up the nation’s largest paved trail network. When the Wright […]

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Black History


The 365 Project preserves history year-round By Amanda Dee This past New Year’s Eve in the Village of Yellow Springs, hundreds of residents gathered to celebrate the ball drop, like every other year. This time, though, police officers reacted in stark contrast to their annual routine. Minutes after the ball dropped, officers drove squad cars, […]

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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]