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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Green Medicine: Medical Marijuana Rolls Out In Ohio

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Take Two (Hits) & Call Me In The Morning: Continuing the Medical Marijuana Conversation By Sarah Sidlow   It started with survivor’s guilt. Robert Kowalski’s Air Force lieutenant was the first Air Force officer to be killed once Operation Iraqi Freedom had commenced. Kowalski was supposed to be in the truck when it was hit. In 2010, after […]

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Moving Frames: Values capture Dayton Jewish Film Festival’s identity

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The Jewish Identities: Journey through Dayton Jewish Film Festival By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Award-winning documentary ‘Sabena Hijacking—My Version’ screens at The Neon May 11   As an African-American film critic, I am always fascinated by the Jewish community’s embrace of its multi-layered identities, especially when it comes to cultural celebrations like film festivals. All groups that […]

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Sport of the Arts: Thousands celebrate 40th Winter Guard International Competition

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Athletic Art 40th Winter Guard International Competition takes over Dayton By Joyell Nevins   Color guard—that’s just that “twirling thing,” right? Dayton, you must be trippin’. Combine gymnastics and dance, throw in a wooden rifle or sabre, add a set design made to travel (including a performance floor), and don’t forget the giant flag. Make […]

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‘The Female Factor’

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These women’s Work: Female choreographers lead Dayton Ballet’s ‘The Female Factor’ By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Scott Kimmins   The month of March strides out like a woman on the Dayton Ballet’s final program of the season, “The Female Factor.” It features a new work by artistic director Karen Russo Burke and reprises of three ballets […]

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Inside Job: Dayton female inmates’ scripts hit the big screen

Screenwriters (l-r) Kamisha, Jaimee, Aimee, and Beverly; photo: Will Jones

From prison ‘Pens to Pictures’ Wright State professor pioneers film project with incarcerated women by Jim Hannah  Women as survivors of heroin addiction, sexual abuse, and rejection by society. These movie topics may not be anything new—but the screenwriters are. They are incarcerated women at the Dayton Correctional Institution, and their films will soon come to […]

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Engineered Magic: Zoot Theatre presents Booze & Puppets

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Of Science, Religion, or Magic? Zoot Theatre creates Booze & Puppets @ the Plaza Theatre By Amanda Dee Photo: Bill Franz   It was the most magical cemetery I’d ever seen. It’s also a hospital: bodies of varying sizes, textures, and forms are born and mended here. Right before I step into the space, I’m […]

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Cirque Du Soleil’s Les Acrobaties d’Avatar Toruk: The First Flight at Nutter

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The First Flight: Cirque Du Soleil’s Avatar-themed show transforms the Nutter Center By Terri Gordon Photo: Youssef Shoufan; costumes: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil Once upon a time, in the early 1980s, the small Canadian town of Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, hosted a small troupe of local street performers as they “roamed the streets,” entertaining […]

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Disconnect or Die?

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Unplug Thyself : Disconnect for National Day of Unplugging By Tim Walker Are you suffering from electronics overload? Are there days when your phone and your tablets, when that overused social media account—with its seemingly endless stream of silly memes and political debates, barely-known “friends” and petty complaints—becomes too much to take? Do you ever […]

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For twelve years, the ultimate destination for hard rock and heavy metal fans has been the Rock On The Range […]

Women rockers sing out

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The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) is helping the musical dreams of a select group of women come true.  Earlier this […]

Bistro done right

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Lily’s Bistro came on the scene a few years ago and right away became an Oregon District fixture. Owner Emily […]