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Dayton’s off-stage theatre stars By Jacqui Theobald You have your ticket in hand and arrive at the theatre, eager with anticipation. There’s a contagious energy and excited chatter as the group that has become an entity—the audience—settles, clutching their Playbill. The lights dim. The theatre goes dark. There’s an instant when you almost hold your […]

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Pot Culture

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DCP plays with fire…uh, smoke…man By Mary Jane Disclaimer: This article was written by no one. The facts, tips and opinions herein have been verified by no one, unless directly stated. The consumption of marijuana in any form is illegal in the state of Ohio. Mmkay? Weed the people According to the 2013 National Survey […]

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Family Ties

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5th generation of pretzel benders on Xenia Avenue By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Smales Pretzel Bakery has been around as long as the airplane. Theoretically, the Wright Brothers could have had a Smales pretzel. In fact it’s likely, considering that Smales (rhymes with “sails”) were the Montgomery County Fair pretzel up until the latter part of […]

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Let’s Jam

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Learning to skate with Dayton’s derby girls By Katrina Eresman Going to your first derby practice is like going to your first day of school, only there’s a much higher chance you’ll fall in front of everyone. You might not really know anyone, you might not really know the rules and you might not even […]

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Young Love, On Pointe

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Dayton Ballet embraces Shakespeare’s classic love tragedy By Arnecia patterson The end of a season for a dance company is akin to the “sweet sorrow” spoken to Romeo by Juliet in William Shakespeare’s 16th century play, “Romeo and Juliet.” It takes countless hours of classes, study, rehearsals, fittings and physical endurance for the Dayton Ballet’s […]

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Altars of the Unnoticed

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The art and practice of the Phelps brothers By Ashley Jonas Artists Kyle and Kelly Phelps are identical twins. Growing up, their mother dressed them alike everyday with hopes of instilling closeness between the two. She was successful in her endeavor. Now in their forties, the two dress alike, speak alike, live in the same […]

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Save the Victory

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The many resurrections of the Victoria Theatre By Joyell Nevins On the corner of First and Main in downtown Dayton stands one of the most beautiful and recognized jewels in the Gem City’s crown. The Grand Old Lady, the Disney House, the Victory … for the last 150 years, the Victoria Theatre has brought art, […]

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Kiss Me

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Celtic music scene celebrates Dayton’s roots By Josher Lumpkin When the Irish, Scottish, Welsh and other Celtic immigrants migrated to the Midwest over 100 years ago, they brought with them a rich tradition of dance and music. These traditions are still alive and well here in the Miami Valley, though the exact interpretations of them […]

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One Grand Finale

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Vanguard closes 54 seasons of legendary chamber music By Rusty Pate Diving into classical music can seem like a daunting task for the novice. With centuries of pieces, composers and musicians to choose from, figuring out where to start can overwhelm even the most steadfast of music lovers. Mozart alone composed more than 600 works […]

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Who needs digital?

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Hobby board game scene booms By Josher Lumpkin When I say “board games,” it’s likely you cringe in horror, flashing back to an eight hour game of Monopoly that ended in tears when your big brother bankrupted you. Or maybe you have fond memories of playing endless games of Scrabble with Grandma, or chess with […]

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(Indiana) Jonesing

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Whip artistry: a how-to By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Gery and Barbara demonstrate whipping tricks with flowers, decks of cards, candles and more; photo: Bill Franz   There are a few things you should know about learning to use a bullwhip. The first, as with any new skill honed, is patience. Almost always, this is easier […]

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Saving Longtown

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Wright State’s Connor Keiser preserves his family history By Jim Hannah The shadows are growing long in Longtown, Ohio. Connor Keiser cracks open the blinds inside the Bethel Long Wesleyan Church, sending weak shafts of light into the sanctuary. He then settles into a pew, opens a photo album and brings the historic black settlement […]

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Super Bored?

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DCP’s Guide to an Alternative Game Day By Katrina Eresman Football season. To some, it’s a cherished time, a time to cuddle up in team paraphernalia with a cold beer or hot cocoa and watch the game with friends and family. It brings people together, it sparks conversations between strangers and it continues to be […]

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The World Accordion to Charlie

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In print, on-air and online, Charlie Campbell makes Dayton shine By Amanda Dee Charlie Campbell is the Mark Zuckerberg of Dayton—except his mouth curves up in a permanent, wrinkled smile and he’s more interested in “live-to-live interaction” than interactions online. Plus, he plays in an accordion band. (And he’s never seen “The Social Network.”) Charlie […]

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Who wants to be smarter than a 5th grader?

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Diving head first into the Dayton trivia scene   Trivia Host: “The answer is Ursa Minor.” Husband: “Aw, nuts.” Trivia Host: “Which of course is also known as the Little Dipper.” Husband: “Oh! Nice!” Me: “Told ya so.” There were several told-ya-sos on the night our Dayton City Paper team trouped out to the Buffalo […]

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Art imitates life

Real-life ‘Guy’ stars in musical about music Every once in a while, a performance comes along that changes the way audiences look at theater—and, perhaps, themselves. Once is one such piece. It’s a stage adaptation of a 2007 film by the same name, written by John Carney and featuring music and lyrics by Glen Hansard […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]