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Make it a Handmade Holiday

aka “the Black Friday alternative” BY: JOYELL NEVINS  Photo: Collages by J. Austin Jennings  at Rosewood Art Center   Somehow, a new holiday tradition has developed in this country. Soon after “giving thanks” for what we have, we get up before dawn (or just stay up until then), shove through a mob, wait in line for […]

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Melodrama with every note

Dayton Opera presents Tocsa By Eric Street  Photo: Michele Capalbo as Tosca and Scott Piper as Cavaradossi in Dayton Opera’s February 2005 production of Tosca; photo: Andy Snow It’s time to shake off the November blahs with something dramatic, passionate, rousing and tuneful. On Friday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3 […]

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Breaking the ice

Opening the conversation on Dayton’s immigrant story  By Sarah Sidlow   Photo: Rwandan refugees Irene, David and Emanuel Gatanazi; photo: Bill Franz   Recently, the city of Dayton received national attention for attempting to do something revolutionary: loving thy neighbor. The New York Times and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” two cultural institutions for news […]

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Inspire and infuse

The inaugural TedXDayton at Victoria Theatre  By Kevin J. Gray  Photo:  The TEDx planning group will present ideas that “inspire and infuse” on Friday, Nov. 15 at Victoria Theatre What’s a TED? In 1984, a group of visionaries from the worlds of technology, entertainment and design came together for the world’s first TED conference, an […]

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How it REALLY works

A discussion of Dayton’s city commission system By: Alex Culpepper  Photo: John H. Patterson of NCR helped establish Dayton’s city commission form of government following the Great Flood of 1913     Government at Large It is probably an understatement to say right now that people in this country have a dim view of government. In […]

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Behind the masks

Mike Foy and family champion Halloween in Fairborn  By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin  Photo: Land of a thousand masks: Foy’s offers the largest selection of masks in Ohio; photo: Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin You know the feeling. It pricks all the senses. Perhaps your taste buds take the brunt of the autumn attack, overcome by the omnipresent pumpkin-flavored […]

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Happily ever after

Fairy tales come to life at Masquerage 2013 By Maha Kashani  Photo: Masquerage attendees in 2012 enjoying the “Vixens & Villains” theme; photo: David Long, LongShots There is an extravagant night in the city where all inhibitions are set free and everyone can be anyone – or anything – that they want to be. Fairy tales […]

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Hear ye! Hear ye!

Ohio Renaissance Festival offers historical family fun By Allyson B. Crawford  Photo: Children of all ages enjoy the human powered rides like the Sea Dragon at the Ohio Renaissance Festival; photo: Will Thorpe Don’t be the village idiot! Get thee to the Ohio Renaissance Festival! The Renaissance, known broadly as a period of great enlightenment, occurred […]

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Redefining the weekend warrior

Get active at midwest outdoor experience By: Sarah Sidlow Photo: The Subaru Ultimate Air Dogs entertain attendees during Midwest Outdoor Experience in 2012; Photo: Bill Franz There’s something happening this weekend. Something big. A convention, a reunion, a festival, a weekend of play. It’s an outreach, an invitation from outdoor junkies to the uninitiated adventurer. It […]

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The next Portland

A brewery explosion in the Miami Valley By: Kevin J. Gray Photo: At Lock 27 in Centerville, enjoy craft beer and high-end cuising in a hip, modern setting If all goes according to plan, over the next six to 12 months the Miami Valley will have up to 12 breweries. With four active breweries and eight […]

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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]