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The yearly celebration of Greek life is an onus that Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dayton bears proudly. The Annunciation Church bases its faith not only on religion but the social programs and abundance of lively music, rich food, and dancing since ancient times. The Dayton Greek Festival was started in Dayton 60 years ago […]

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Hamilton gets down on the river

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On Saturday September 8, the city of Hamilton once again becomes Jam!lton with 24-hour honorary mayor David Shaw presiding over all the festivities marking the return of the 4th annual Big River Get Down presented by Miller Light. To paraphrase Pantera, they’re taking over this town, with the help of six top-notch talents sure to […]

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Waynesville gas station scores a dining 98%!

Crunchy perfection (until they run out): Bo's Bangin' fried chicken and biscuit with macaroni salad.

I heard there was a gas station in Waynesville—a Marathon to be exact—that had really good food. Paul Noah, DCP Publisher, said he had it on good authority. Of course I scoffed. “Really? As if!” I said. “Hold my beer” B&B Carryout & Diner said. And yes, there’s beer there. Not just a cooler full […]

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Feeling good with my dancing grooves


Come rain or come shine, every little thing is gonna be alright. Cue the 31st annual Dayton Reggae Festival on Sunday September 2. It is the longest running reggae festival in the midwest, and is still going strong. The festival is free, and will be groovin’ from 1 to 8 p.m.

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Music on the porches!


As far as epiphanies go, this one’s a doozy. In 2005, Peter Benkendorf, a product of Cleveland who eventually migrated to Chicago, decided he needed to be in Dayton. Since 2009, he has been a major force in many of the good things going on in the city. As the founder of The Collaboratory, he defines […]

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Music and art fill the gorge


Gently nestled almost within the Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve lies the Village of Clifton, with a serene beauty of landscape that takes your breath away. Such beauty sets the stage for the 7th Annual Clifton Gorge Music and Arts Festival, Friday, Aug. 24 and Saturday Aug. 25. The festival and village have a longstanding […]

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But cut the grass first


Yellow Springs has long embraced artistic expression as a way to bring people together. The village itself is a mecca for creativity. While summer cookouts will be dotting the lawns of the Midwest, this August will mark the 35th annual Art on the Lawn Festival in Yellow Springs. The AOTLF will host 100 new and […]

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New alternative rock beats on old stomping grounds


There is a first time for everything. This time it’s the first year for a psychedelic new wave of alternative rock, punk, and indie rock, rolling through virgin bucolic farmland with all the excitement and anticipation of a blank canvas. The Bellwether Music Festival debuts on the same grounds occupied by the Ohio Renaissance Festival […]

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“Celtic” isn’t just about Ireland


Break out your kilts, dust off your favorite pint glass, and gather up all the kids, the 17th Annual Dayton Celtic Festival is almost upon us. This festival is downtown Dayton’s largest, and will be in full tilt from July 27–29 at Riverscape Metropark. The celebration will have non-stop music and entertainment, authentic Irish beverages, […]

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Look! Up in the sky!


Beautiful balloons are the main draw featured at The Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival. Held at Middletown’s Smith Park, the Ohio Challenge is a sanctioned hot air balloon competition with over 30 participants slated to appear. Pilots from more than ten states, as far away as California, will trailer their lighter-than-air paraphernalia in for […]

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Feeding the soul


The onslaught of festivals in and around the city of Dayton is in full swing, but not all of them can make you feel it in your bones the way the Dayton Blues Festival can. Coming back for the 33rd year, this gathering celebrates the history and love of blues, while also introducing the genre […]

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Beer, bands, bar-b-q, Brooks, Brown, and Urban


There is only one way to cram a year’s worth of events into six weeks and the Springfield Arts Council (SAC) has discovered it. The amazing result is the Springfield Arts Festival. A production of “Oliver!” was the initial performance. By the time you read this, they will have presented KidsFest (sponsored by the Springfield […]

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Happy Birthday to U.S.


Dayton has always been a patriotic town, which is a natural fit for the birthplace of aviation. Each year, communities all across the Miami Valley show their true colors for the Fourth of July. In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, the Dayton City Paper offers the following guide to some of the local celebrations.

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Darling, you don’t look a day over 150

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Stars will have plenty of opportunity to shine on the Star City’s Bicentennial bash. Miamisburg, Ohio, is set to celebrate its two hundredth birthday with eight fun-filled days of an eclectic mix of events. In a nicely niched parallel, two hundred volunteers have been working for three years on the celebration. According to PR Chair […]

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A whole lotta stompin’ goin’ on

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If you like stompin’ and you like streets, the Lebanon Country Music Festival is the place for you. Their annual event, Stompin’ in the Streets, will be held Saturday June 9. Come early, come hungry, come thirsty, and come ready to hear seven different performers during the twelve-hour event. Opening at 11 a.m. and running […]

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Rescued from death row


Humans and animals must coexist on this Earth, of that there is no doubt—the circle of life, after all, is more than just a Disney song. Like human beings, animals are simply another part of that circle, another link in the chain, and over the millennia certain types of those animals have become domesticated. Dogs […]

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Lives-in-progress, demo-style


Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?


Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]