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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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Truly spectacular!

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance presents Season Opening Spectacular By Stacey Ritz Photo: Lauren Stenroos and Case Bodamer in “Bushido” From Dayton Ballet’s 2012 Celebration!; photo: sskphoto The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) is a unique merger of Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. The legend surrounding the creation began when DPO Artistic Director […]

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There’s no place like home

Leo DeLuca brings the lure of Misra Records to his hometown of Dayton By: Zach Rogers Photo: Leo DeLuca relocated indie label Misra Records to Dayton in 2012; photo: Bill Franz The music industry is a very different place than it was 20, 30 or 40 years ago. Numerous technological and cultural advances have made the […]

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The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]

Advice Goddess: 10/14

By Amy Alkon Fasten your Bible belt My boyfriend and I are spending Christmas with his family. I like them […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Heavy meddle Is it okay to keep your income a secret from someone you’re dating? I recently […]