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The 2017 Big Lens Film Festival

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The annual student film showcase gets bigger and brighter By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ian Ashwell and Leah Byrd (right) in the web series Hot & Bothered, written and directed by Byrd Just a couple months ago, I employed the bully pulpit of this space to preach the gospel of film shorts, promoting the stellar slate […]

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Darke County’s famous daughter

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Annie Oakley Festival remembers the sharpshooter By Terri Gordon Photo: 1st Runner Up Katie Hurd, 2014 Miss Annie Oakley Hayley Maher, 2015 Miss Annie Oakley Mariana Ramos, 2nd Runner Up Hannah Gulleyphoto: JoEllen Melling Most people know Annie Oakley as the sharpshootin’ gal in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West traveling show, but most probably don’t know […]

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Not your dad’s beer

Jungle Jim’s beer festival welcomes geeks, newbies By Jim Witmer If you think Jungle Jim’s has a vast selection of beer on a normal shopping day, then you’ll be even more impressed with its International Beer Festival. Jungle Jim’s has built a reputation in just about every food category possible, and their craft and import […]

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FilmDayton talks business

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Annual film festival focuses on life behind and in front of the camera By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: “Breaking A Monster” will screen at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 during the Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival As part of its early marketing and promotional blast, the team behind the seventh annual Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival, Oct. 23-25, announced […]

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Dayton LGBT Film Festival at ten

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A decade of movement By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Evan Todd as Adam in “Fourth Man Out” With more mainstream film representations of the LGBT community in flux—“About Ray” release gets pushed back, seemingly in response to a less than favorable preview at the Toronto International Film Festival and “Stonewall” facing challenges from activists concerned whitewashing […]

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Big beers, bigger benefits

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Big Beers and Barley Wines: a treat for geeks By Hayley Fudge Photo: Big Beers and Barley Wines takes place Oct. 3 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds; photo: Jim Witmer Those Daytonians seeking out the hard-to-find, heavy and funky beers are in for a treat. The Miami Valley beer geeks’ version of trick-or-treat comes in […]

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It’s bock!

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DAI’s Oktoberfest bigger and more local By Tara Pettit Photo: Oktoberfest at the Dayton Art Institute, 1972 Dayton’s annual Oktoberfest has, since its inception in 1972, offered one weekend out of the year for Dayton to “taste the world” by bringing to the event an array of international craft beer and food offerings for the […]

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This little piggy…

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Preble County Pork Festival spotlights local rural community By Katie Christoff Photo: The Preble County Pork Festival takes place Sept. 19-20 at the Preble County Fairgrounds; photo: Kimberly Nichole Photography County festivals are a popular and effective way to bring communities together, especially in Dayton and surrounding communities. If they revolve around a theme, they […]

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Pop into Labor Day

Beavercreek Popcorn Festival, Beavercreek, Dayton, Ohio, USA.

Beavercreek Popcorn Festival celebrates sweet and salty By CC Hutten Photo: The Beavercreek Popcorn Festival takes place Sept. 12-13; Stan Rohrer Since 1987, the people of Beavercreek have gathered the weekend after Labor Day to celebrate community, popcorn and, this year, veterans. “It started out like many things,” says John Engel, festival president of about […]

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Come hungry, leave humming

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Annual Lebanese Festival returns By Janell R. Ward Photo: Will Thomas grillis Kafta while Danny Slilaty grills chicken for Shawarma sandwiches at the annual Dayton Lebanese Festival, Aug. 28-30; photo: Jim Zaidain Experience the culture of Lebanese dance, cuisine, and traditions this year at the 22nd Annual Lebanese Festival, taking place Aug. 28-30. “This festival is […]

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The Docket: 5/16

Short relationships, long fights A woman and her ex-boyfriend decided they needed to meet and discuss their breakup. The woman […]

Law and Disorder: The Docket 5/9

40 oz. fight A woman was hanging out with friends when they all decided to buy some beer. She knew […]

The Docket: 5/2

Cupcake capers A man walked into a store and headed to the cupcake section. The owner suspected there would be […]

Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]

Law and Disorder: The Buzz 4/18

Grow at your own risk By Michael Brice Keller   The Constitution, I am told, is written on hemp, and I […]