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When the comedy is finished

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Tragedy has the last word in Dayton Opera’s I Pagliacci By Eric Street Photo: John Grigaitis What lies beneath the enigmatic face paint of a clown? If Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s gripping opera I Pagliacci (The Clowns) is any indication, the reality can be far darker than the makeup’s bright camouflage reveals to the casual eye. Be on […]

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Debate Forum: 11/1

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What could possibly go wrong? Political predictions from the ones who lost By Sarah Sidlow Is this really happening? Am I stuck in a nightmare? Is it still Halloween (or maybe April Fool’s Day)? No doubt, those questions entered your mind more than once during the historic—and interminable—2016 presidential election. But imagine for a moment […]

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When Death Becomes her Debt

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Dayton Region’s Affordable Funeral & Cremation Options Offer Hope By Tim Walker Photo: (l-r) Jerry, Zerilda, Christian, Jordan, Brandy Daniels, and their mother Cans sit ready to collect donations of spare change at a local cash register. Crowdfunding accounts, registered on GoFundMe.com and similar websites, are accompanied by photos and stories, which tug at your heartstrings and […]

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Ballet with Bite

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s Dracula: Bloodlines reveals the human in the monster By Arnecia Patterson The month of October is known for Halloween celebrations that barely resemble the festivals of ghosts, goblins, and animal sacrifices considered a pagan practice in the first millennium. Today, we play dress-up, make merry, and eat candy (corn)—a decidedly human […]

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A Garden of the Imagination

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Behind the scenes of The Garden of Cosmic Speculation at the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra By Neal Gittleman   FINDING THE PIECE My wife will tell you I’m really into gardens. She’s right. I mow the lawn every few weeks. I rake leaves when I’m asked to. I help trim the ivy once in a while. […]

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Stem Comes First

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Building Robots & Communication with First Lego League By Josher Lumpkin It’s no secret the Miami Valley region has a history as a bastion for innovators and inventors. Whether it’s the airplane or the cash register, the parachute or pop-top, so many gadgets, devices, and doodads were conceived of or perfected right here in our […]

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Me Myselfie and I

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Looking at DAI’s Portraiture: Mirror or Mask? & ourselves by Amanda Dee When we look in the mirror, we can’t always change what we see, nor can we when someone else does the looking. But when we hold a camera to ourselves, we wield complete power. With angles. And lights. And filters polishing blemishes like […]

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Worth The Tipp

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Welcome to Tipp City By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Cover art by Jed Helmers Ask around and you’ll find the most frequently used word to describe Tipp City, the little town that sits just north of Dayton on the Miami River, is “charming.” Founded in 1840, the city took hold as a stop along the developing […]

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Queen to Bishop Six. CHECK!

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Diversity is nothing new in chess By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Dave Rutherford considers his next move at Dayton Chess Club; photo: Bill Franz   As a chess neophyte, I was intimidated even by walking into the Dayton Chess Club, housed as it is in the unassuming but remarkably grand Reed-Steffan building in Dayton’s terra […]

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The future is yours

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Make your own at DIY Cyclops Fest By Tim Walker Photo:    DIY. If you’re reading this story, you may already know that DIY stands for Do It Yourself, but you may be unaware that it applies to a lot more than just home renovation. Do It Yourself has grown into a subculture all its […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/15

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Slash and dash Taking the overused and overdone tactic of the “dine and dash” to a whole new level… a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/8

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On the run from a BB gun At a local historical park just a few days ago, a large truck was […]

Law & Disorder The Docket: 7/11

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Steal anything At a local auto-parts store, a car radio was shoplifted. The thief suspiciously perused through the aisles and […]

The Docket: 7/4

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By Michelle Strauss Pissed off Just a few weeks ago, someone broke into a local residence. The trespasser-turned-burglar began his raid, […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/27

A game of telephone Last week, on a particularly scorching hot afternoon, a man was driving his ex-girlfriend home. The […]