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Downtown Dayton Partnership

Scarves. Hats. Jackets. Porters and stouts. Yes, fall has arrived in downtown Dayton, and First Friday is the perfect time to enjoy all the sights and sounds. Art galleries, boutique retailers, performance halls, bars, restaurants, and many more locations will host special activities tonight. 

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Standing at the end of October, I hold fast to remnants of the year and to the emotions that stick to them, feelings that reflect the things I see, spun from the tilting of the Earth toward solstice.

From the alley: the last two apples still hanging from the apple tree, the wilting of the final purple fall crocus, the blackening of the tall goldenrod, a handful of milkweed plants, pods splayed, silky seeds shining in the low sun.

Bat Boy: The Musical was inspired by a series of tabloid headlines claiming that a terrifying creature, half-man and half-bat, had been discovered in a cave, escaped, and was being pursued by government officials. This deals with serious themes such as hypocrisy, acceptance, forgiveness, but often punctures the most serious moments with slapstick, surrealism, camp-horror, and irony. It is tonight and Saturday at the Schuster.

Erik Drost

Early in the afternoon of the recent solar eclipse, I was cutting back zinnias in my garden.

Sparrows  chirped off and on and cicadas buzzed and cardinals and crows called once in a while.

A friend had called the day before. And he said he had heard that birds stopped singing in the middle of a solar eclipse as though they thought night had arrived.

There is a play now through Sunday at the Schuster Center, Mathile Theatre. It is titled TAPE and is about a guy on the verge of hitting it big who hooks up for the weekend with his best friend from high school who makes his money selling dope. Beneath its suspenseful, high-stakes surface, TAPE examines questions of motive, memory, truth and perception.

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Hurricane season lasts for a few more weeks. The US has been fortunate over the past few years because there haven’t been many direct hits on the mainland, but this year the hurricanes just keep coming. Sustainability commentator Bob Brecha takes a look at what we should expect for the future with warming oceans.

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I left for New York in the fog and mist, and then an hour later, I drove into low, dark stratus clouds, and the wind came in strong from the northeast against me. The colors of middle autumn that would have been so rich and bright against the blue sky seemed dull and ominous to me. I looked for murmurations of starlings spinning together over the brown fields, but there seemed to be no life at all in the landscape. Traffic was loud and heavy all the way across Ohio and Pennsylvania. 

Are You A Singer In The Shower? Connect with fellow Dayton singers at Bach Society's Sing Dayton! Newcomers, shower singers, and choral ninjas are all welcome. If you love to sing but don't have time to join a choir, then this could be for you! This is tonight, 6-9PM at Yellow Cab Tavern.

The annual Artistry in Wood Show & Sale is Saturday and Sunday at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington. Many of the top woodworkers in the country will be at this event!

oak leaf
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Everything is telling time, revealing the arrival of middle autumn.

The Pleiades, and the Hyades of Taurus, outrides of winter’s Orion, lie on the eastern horizon after dark, promising December.

Participants in the 2012 Annual Rail Festival at Carillon Park
courtesy of Dayton History

Explore downtown Dayton during First Friday. Certain volunteers will rappel "over the edge" of the 27-story KeyBank Tower. You can watch from Courthouse Square and stick around for the Over the Edge Drop Party featuring live music, food vendors, wine, and craft beer. Elsewhere downtown there are art experiences, live theater, local bands, food and drink specials. And Clash Dayton is downtown's go-to resource for Halloween costumes.

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