Learn about the creative journey in producing your own feature film projects as John Whitney, Phil Garrett, and Dino Tripodis share their knowledge and experience in producing for their feature independent film THE STREET WHERE WE LIVE.
“I am woman, hear me roar..” – Helen Reddy
And so, women have roared. And women have been heard. For a year, Dayton audiences have listened to the voices of women across the Miami Valley at Empower HER talk show events. Discussing topics ranging from traveling solo to parenthood to entrepreneurship to sexuality, Empower HER has hosted more than a dozen panel conversations. These real life, local, conversations have brought together hundreds of people to hear and be heard.
On September 19, 2018, Empower HER will be giving the microphone to men. Empower HER has always encouraged men to attend and participate, believing that the conversation is inclusive. At this one year anniversary special event, they will give men the platform so that their voices, too, will be heard.
The panel includes 4 men in the Dayton community who passionately dedicate their time in support of other men.
Aaron Paschal, owner of AP2Photography, created a platform for men to share their stories through his photo essay creation, Mortal Man. His work has been published in ESPN the Magazine, Ambition Magazine, Afropunk, CincyMusic and numerous online publications. Husband and father of 2 daughters, Aaron seeks to nurture the women in his life and believes that “being a man doesn’t give you a right to be jerk.”
Andrew White, founder of Indigo Life and Indigo Life TV, founded Dudes of Dayton as a way for men in the Dayton area to get together and support one another. Andrew believes that his key to his success is in serving others. With Dudes of Dayton, Andrew is creating a community where “you don’t have to have your shit together.”
Antoine Edmonson, hip hop artist, husband and father, creates music that explores the challenges, triumphs, and the mundane of balancing big dreams of touching the world with his music, being an intentional husband, and present father. Antoine admits that he is not perfect and that he is working things out. “I am evolving. I don’t have all the answers. Here is what I have learned.”
Tony Cali, owner of an Allstate Insurance Agency for 14 years, husband, and father to two grown sons, has provided service to the community via coaching soccer and softball, active with boy scouts, youth ministry, various business service clubs, and his newest relationship is now developing with Artemis of Dayton. When describing raising his sons, he talked about protecting yourself “without a foul” and having the courage to visualize the paths ahead of you and make a choice.
Join Empower HER at this special, one-year anniversary event, on Wednesday September 19, 2018 at 6PM at the new Brightside Event and Music Venue at 905 East Third Street Suite B, Dayton. Tickets run $10 and you can reserve online.
Empower HER was founded by Bridget Flaherty (Purple Shirt) and Jessika Meyer (Orange Shirt) of Dayton, OH. Their friendship sparked this movement with the intention of inspiring women to overcome their challenges and fears by facilitating conversations that remind you that you are not alone. At every event you will hear inspirational stories to remind you that your struggles, fears and challenges are normal.
For more information, visit www.empowerhertoday.com
Since their inception in 1981 Culture Club have sold more than 50 million records worldwide, lead by their classic hits, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “Karma Chameleon,” and “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya.”
Rosewood Arts Centre’s premier annual event, Art on the Commons, is almost here! We’re celebrating a major milestone this time around -this fine arts and crafts festival has been going strong for 30 years! The festival features over 100 artists in a variety of media. All the artwork is juried to make sure the quality is top notch. Perusing the booths is a great way to spend a Sunday. Here are some of the many fun things to check out at the event, affectionately known around here as AOTC!
1. All the art
So, 100 artists. As always, it’s a great mix of new folks and returning favorites. This year’s categories are ceramics, digital art, fiber/leather, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper and wood.
We mentioned jurying – wondering what that means? Our three jurors, Eve Fleck, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Springfield Museum of Art; Marta Hewett, the owner of Marta Hewett Gallery in Cincinnati; and Kettering Arts Council member Alex Ignatiou, reviewed all the AOTC submissions and ranked each artist based on design, originality, presentation, audience appeal and eligibility. Come see (and buy) the artwork that stood out from the crowd.
2. The setting
You might have noticed that we’re all about Kettering’s parks. And why wouldn’t we be? Lincoln Park is home to beautiful flowers, Kettering’s iconic fountains, lots of public art, and it features plenty of green spaces, shade trees and benches for resting your feet. Come enjoy the park while it’s bustling with people and full of even more great artwork.
This year, our photogenic festival will feature an Instagram scavenger hunt – those who complete the hunt will be entered into a prize drawing!
3. Live music
Festival goers loved the WYSO Excursions Stage with Niki Dakota last summer, and Niki will be be back again this year! Bringing listeners eclectic sounds from around the world and from closer to home, WYSO especially loves to champion local artists and music that embodies the diversity of the Miami Valley. Rosewood Arts Centre and WYSO are delighted to showcase the uniqueness of Art on the Commons and of our local music heroes.
Here’s the full live music schedule!
11:00 – 12:00, Zane Gerlach
12:30 – 1:30, The Pullouts
2:00 – 3:00, The Lovers
3:30 – 5:00, Daniel Dye & The Miller Road Band
4. Food trucks
The region is home to some pretty fabulous food trucks. A tasty selection will be at AOTC, so come hungry. Grab a taste of the cooling treats of Sweet P’s Handcrafted Ice Pops; the chef-prepared cuisine of Harvest Mobile; wood-fired Bella Sorella Pizza; delicious South American favorites from El Meson and tasty Tibbs Italian Ice.
The Fraze Pavilion’s Ernie’s Concessions will also be open for business with festival favorites like hot dogs, nachos and pretzels.
5. Family fun
Rosewood Arts Centre presents Interactive Artmaking Activities, Kaleidoscope and the Rosewood Artist Booth! Families with littles are more than welcome at AOTC. There’s even a selection of free activities just for you! Kids are welcome to make finger puppets, beaded jewelry and a community painting. The Kaleidoscope Art and Nature on Wheels program will roll in to share a fun art and nature activity! The talented Rosewood faculty will also be on hand to show off their skills at fiber arts, jewelry making, painting and drawing.
This article, written by Sara Thomas originally appeared on the city of Kettering website.
Art on the Commons is Sunday, August 12, 11 am until 5 pm at Kettering’s Lincoln Park Civic Commons.
Art on the Commons features fine arts and crafts by over 100 talented artists from throughout the United States. Artwork for display and sale includes ceramics, digital art, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal and stone, mixed media, painting, photography, wood and works on paper creations.
Admission is free and open to the public!Live entertainment and plenty of interactive art activities are scheduled throughout the day.
The Vera & Calvin Mayne Good Neighbor Award recognizes a Dorothy Lane Market associate who goes above and beyond to better serve the DLM family or the community at large. We are proud to announce that George Punter, Wine & Beer Manager at DLM Washington Square, is this year’s recipient for his involvement with Camp Emanuel.
Camp Emanuel hosts day and resident fun-filled camps aimed at integrating kids with and without disabilities through a number of activities, from arts and crafts to horseback riding, archery, and fishing. George first became involved with Camp Emanuel in 1996 as a board member upon his wife’s encouragement. She worked for 45 years as a special education teacher, but saw a connection to George since the camp’s chief fundraising efforts are done through wine silent auctions, often featuring collectors’ finds. After three years on the board, George learned that Camp Emanuel was in need of counselors, so he gave it a shot and has been doing it for nearly 20 years. “It was a life-changing experience for me,” says George.
In addition to assisting with the summer camp program, George is also instrumental in helping plan Camp Emanuel’s annual fundraiser in the spring. It’s a live wine auction that typically raises $35,000 within three hours and fuels Camp Emanuel’s mission to promote decision making, team building, positive self-esteem, and encourages understanding and acceptance between children.
This article originally appeared on the Dorothy Lane Market website.
On Tuesday, June 26, Auntie Anne’s announced that Birthday Cake was the winner, narrowly defeating Caramel Apple Crème Brûlée. The new Birthday Cake Pretzel will be available in stores for a limited time this fall.
“The second annual Pretzel Nation Creation competition has been the icing on the cake for our 30th birthday celebration,” says Meredith Wenz, Auntie Anne’s director of marketing. “It’s fitting that our fans marked the occasion by choosing the Birthday Cake Pretzel. It’s going to be a pretzel unlike any other, and I invite all of you to stop by your local Auntie Anne’s to try it this fall.”
The final tally:
- Birthday Cake: 79,641 votes
- Caramel Apple Crème Brûlée: 78,979 votes
- Red Velvet Cheesecake: 38,154 votes
- Cookies & Cream: 31,245 votes
- Tiramisu: 16,542 votes
- Chocolate Coconut: 16,191 votes
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake: 15,121 votes
- Chocolate Covered Cherry: 9,314 votes
- Cotton Candy: 8,748 votes
- Lemonade Cake: 7,211 votes
In last year’s inaugural Pretzel Nation Creation, voters chose from a variety of unique flavors, ultimately selecting Sriracha over flavors like S’mores, Taco, and Dill Pickle.
This article originally appeared on BakeMag.com, June 26, 2018 by Brian Amick
This past week many of Dayton’s local media outlets spent some time with a dozen young campers as part of an IN THE NEWS camp. Presented by the City of Kettering’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department, Counselors Sydney Pence and Nathan Mueller lead these 8-12 year olds around town to visit tv sets at WDTN and WHIO, the Dayton Daily News and The Neon movie theater, hearing from professionals in the industry, learning about how to find, report and edit a story in various forms of media.
And as any good media producer would do- we assigned them a story. We asked them to each to do a write up about their experiences for MostMetro.com. We’re pleased to report that all our cub reporters completed their assignment and made the deadline as well. So please meet our future media superstars:
Hi, my name is Sarah Campbell and I am 12 years old. I go to St. Luke School while doing volleyball and soccer.
This week I attended In the News Camp. On Tuesday we met Amelia Robinson who did the tour of Cox media. When we were in Cox media we met meteorologist, McCall Vrydaghs, and she explained her job and answered all our questions. On Wednesday we went to The Neon and met the manager, Jonathan, and the film commissioner Lisa. Where we learned about their jobs and how important they are. On Thursday, we went to Channel 2 News and met Jamie Jarosik, while seeing the live show, Living Dayton.
The counselors here are amazing. They encourage us to be quiet and well-behaved, but also encourage us to be bold and brave. This was an incredible experience for me and everyone else can say the same. This camp was a major hit on Broadway!
My name is Maya Behnke. I am 8 years old and have a sister.
My favorite thing about summer camp was that we went to Living Dayton. And we went on a tour of the building. And the show was cool cause we went in the audience seats. And we were watching what they do in between commercial. They move things around the studio. And we saw them get ready for the news. And we saw a kitty that was adorable.
My other favorite thing about camp was that we went to WHIO and go tour around it. And saw where it is operated. And saw Amelia Robinson that was the person that was touring us. And we met a meteorologist named McCall Vrydaghs. And taught us what she does as a meteorologist. And we saw where this person blurs out bad words or correct words.
My name is Cassie Beidelschies. I am 12 years old. I like watching YouTube.
My favorite moment is Living Dayton and 2 news. Living Dayton is at 2 news. There was a cute kitty there. We met Jamie Jarosik there too.
My name is Justine Hempstead and I love news because you get to learn new things about news and I learn a lot of different things and I really had a good time. I have a dog and a sister and my mom makes signs and I go to valley!
My favorite field trip for news camp was Jamie Jarosik and an old movie theater because we got to see very very cool things!
Bonus: At the news place we got to pet a kitten!
Bonus: At the old movie theater we got to eat popcorn!
Bonus: We saw a video of the Wizard of Oz at the movie theater.
Gabe Lavender –I am 11 years old. I like jokes, puns, and magic.
I liked Living Dayton a lot. Also I loved the Neon. Another thing I liked is the popcorn at the Neon. I also like the games we play.
Ryan Colon – I like sports. I like football and baseball.
I liked seeing Living Dayton. I liked how it was live. It was funny, they had a lot of food that made me hungry. Also we got to meet the meteorologists.
My name is Izabel Martinez. I am a 10 year old girl with a brother and a dog and of course other close family members and I go to JFK school.
One of my favorite parts of news camp was getting a tour with Jamie Jarosik. Jamie Jarosik showed us around the Channel 2 news building, where we saw interesting things. One of the interesting things we saw while in the News 2 building was the Living Dayton set up and next to it was the Channel 2 news area, where they record those two channels.
My name is Phoebe Banks and I love history, and when I grow up I want to be a sketch artist.
This week at news Camp we did lots of stuff but my favorite was going to the Neon Movie Theatre. When we came in we went in to the first theatre accompanied by Jonathon McNeal. He told us about how he brings small movies and we watched a little short.
After we watched it we came out and then we saw an old movie clip thing, it had thousands of pictures on it. Lisa told her about her job and how she helps with movie and a set for movies. Then we got popcorn and it was so fun then we said thank you and left.
Hi my name is Augustus Niswonger and I am 8 years old. I go to Ascension school. I have five pets. We got to go to News Center 2, and we got to see Jamie Jarosik, and we also got to see Living Dayton live. We also got to go to the Neon and we had popcorn. My group leaders were very nice. I made a lot of new friends.
My name is Nick Beidelschies. I just turned 9 and I like playing Roblox.
I liked Dayton Daily news and meeting Jamie Jarosik and touring the places. I liked how they had a show called Living Dayton. I liked how everything was set up in the other building (Dayton Daily news, the other being 2 News).
Hi, my name is Mason McSwegin. I’m 12 years old. I am going to the Dayton Regional STEM School, or D.R.S.S. and I am on the Optimist District.
The most exciting thing that we did in the news camp was go see a live showing of Living Dayton. And saw Jamie Jarosik and toured the Channel 2 station the same day.
Hi my name is Max Sturgill. I am 8 years old. I like to write. I like Fortnite. The end.
My favorite part was going to the Neon and eating popcorn. It was fun because we got to learn how to make a movie. First, Lisa taught us how to do business with people. Then she taught us how to get props. Next she taught how to be part of a crew.
But there is another, lesser known, but equally significant, celebration of American independence that takes place ahead of the pomp and circumstance of July 4. Juneteenth is an annual celebration on June 19th that marks the date in 1865 when word reached Texas, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, that slavery had been abolished and those enslaved were free.
In the more than 150 years since this seminal moment in American history, African-American communities have marked the occasion of Juneteenth with picnics, festivals and church services.
Anthony Greene, Associate Professor of African American Studies and sociology, says Juneteenth celebrations are uplifting, but that the annual holiday carries the weight of history within its cultural significance.
“Although it marks a day of family, food, and fun, it’s also critically important that Juneteenth is a tribute to the legacy and power of a people who endured and overcame the most unimaginable conditions,” says Greene.
The College Today posed five questions to Greene about the history of Juneteenth, the significance of the annual celebration, and why it’s important to recognize Juneteenth within the larger context of American culture.
What are the historical origins of Juneteenth?
As America prepares to celebrate its independence, many African Americans conjure up a little known, and often omitted, significant fact during this time – upon gaining its independence, black people remained enslaved (see Frederick Douglass’s essay What Does the 4th of July Mean to Negroes). As such, independence, as it is celebrated, has two distinct historical meanings.
To commemorate when enslavement was abolished, Americans inaccurately highlight the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln, which took effect on Jan. 1, 1863. However, Lincoln’s proclamation was issued only to Confederate states in areas that were liberated by the Union Army. It was not for the intent and purpose to abolish slavery as an institution. Slavery remained legal until 1865 when the 13th Amendment abolished slavery and “involuntary servitude.”
Despite its abolishment, the 250,000 enslaved Africans in Texas did not immediately learn of their freedom. Several accounts have been put forth to explain why there was a two-and-a-half-year delay in the news of emancipation to Slaves in the Lone Star State:
- A messenger was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom.
- The news was purposely withheld by slave masters to maintain a labor force.
- Slave owners wanted to generate one last cotton harvest.
The announcement of freedom to the enslaved population in Texas has become known as Juneteenth (also known as the Black 4th of July). It is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. This African-American holiday observes June 19, 1865, as the official day of independence and freedom for blacks in America. It is noted that June 19th is not the exact day blacks were freed, rather it’s the day they were told they were free.
Traditionally, how has Juneteenth been observed within African-American communities?
Early Juneteenth celebrations were marred by outward resistance among many southern whites. As Jim Crow laws started to emerge, black communities were unable to use public venues, such as parks, for celebrations, thus turning to church grounds and rural areas, often near rivers and creeks for activities such as fishing.
Festivities would include barbecues, fishing and horseback riding. As blacks became landowners, land often would be donated for Juneteenth celebrations. In the early decades of the celebration, Juneteenth flourished. Across the state of Texas, and in the south overall, Juneteenth celebrations became a boastful annual tradition.
Has the cultural awareness of Juneteenth changed in recent decades? Why?
In the early 20th century, there was a small decline in its celebration in large part due to how formal educational curriculums put emphasis on President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation as the sole act to abolish slavery. Little to no formal acknowledgment of June 19th and its historical significance was taught in schools. Although celebrations did not completely cease, the large-scale celebrations did begin to decline.
Not until the civil rights and black power movements of the 1960s and early 1970s was there a resurgence of Juneteenth. The black power movement, in particular, with its emphasis on pride, culture, identity, and re-claiming history, helped spark a renewed interest in Juneteenth. Additionally, as Black Studies (African American Studies) programs have developed on college campuses, accurate black historical narratives have emerged, also helping to generate more interest in celebrations such as Juneteenth.
How is Juneteenth celebrated today?
Today, Juneteenth is observed by communities around the country. People celebrate black culture, commemorate black history, and uplift and honor the black freedom struggle.
With its significant place in the annals of black history, Charleston is a noteworthy locale for its Juneteenth (and Memorial Day) celebrations. Just three years ago, four days before Charleston’s Juneteenth holiday, Dylann Roof took the lives of nine members of Emmanuel A.M.E. Church, home of the freedom fighter Denmark Vesey. The remembrances of those lives lost, the legacy of enslavement, the contributions of all those who fought to improve the lived experiences of Black Charlestonians would embody the 2018 Juneteenth celebration.
Why is it important to continue to recognize and observe the Juneteenth holiday?
American society has a unique, often detached, relationship regarding African-American holidays and observances. From Black History Month to Kwanzaa to Juneteenth, some Americans routinely question the “need” for these specialized celebrations. This questioning does not exist when Americans collectively embrace St. Patrick’s Day or Cinco de Mayo. Juneteenth is American history, a history that happens to reflect the cultural and historical existence of African-Americans. Outside of the holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr., American society does not collectively acknowledge Juneteenth as a critical moment in American history, despite in 2014 President Barack Obama declaring June 19th as a National Day of Observance.
American history continues to present the single-story narrative which often highlights and embraces dominant group culture. It has never recognized, embraced, nor honored the histories and culture of racialized minority groups. Consequently, these groups ( African- Americans, Native-Americans, Hispanics, Asians) have fought for their histories and cultures to be acknowledged and appreciated. For America to truly be inclusive, American history, and its celebratory traditions, must be re-written.
Until that moment occurs, African-Americans will continue to proudly and boldly embrace the rich cultural heritage of Juneteenth.
Memorial Day is primarily about honoring the citizens who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice, it’s also a great excuse to celebrate our nation and patriotism. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.
Have you heard of Freight? Join them and hop on the elevator with the release of their debut album Start The Night Off Easy, set to be released May 2018!
Officially formed in the summer of 2017, this Dayton band has been tirelessly writing and performing original music around town. Their already released single “12 Bar Crawl” has been well received as it talks about 12 of the local Dayton bars.
Fans also hold dear Freight’s released cover of “My Funny Valentine”, which puts a funky twist on the 1937 jazz standard.
Being primarily categorized as rock, Freight incorporates aspects of funk and jazz into their music and are compared to the likens of Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Cake, with hints of the Beatles, Nirvana, and Gem City. This 5-piece band is composed of Matt Huntington on keys and vocals, Tim Schroeder on guitar and vocals, Ethan Steinmetz on guitar, Adam Knox on bass, and Matthew Stevenson on drums. Their album was recorded by Adam and Matthew at 14 Chambers Studios and produced by Adam.
Start The Night Off Easy is sure to be a hit, including favorites such as “12 Bar Crawl” and “Needle’s Eye”, as well as never before heard songs like “Waiting” and “Lies”. Fans have been tuned in to their Instagram and Facebook accounts @udfreight, eagerly awaiting news of the release.
Be sure to listen to Freight and catch their debut album on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Music, as well as other platforms! This is a band you don’t want to miss.