Dayton Magazine

Category : February 2020

February 2020

5 Questions with Justin Howard, Owner of Black Box Improv

Laura Leavitt Justin Howard is the owner of Black Box Improv Theater and runs Emerge Improv, a company that offers workshops for businesses to help working teams think on their feet and radically collaborate. Improv is short for “improvisation” and improv theater involves creating short plays, skits or musicals without prior planning, on the spot, [...]

February 2020

A Life Harmonious

Karla Hollencamp The year 2020 is a big one for Neal Gittleman. It marks his 25th anniversary as artistic director of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra as well as his 35th wedding anniversary. “A conductor’s relationship with the orchestra is a little like a marriage,” Gittleman says. “Communication is very important. Making an effort to listen. [...]

February 2020

American Resilience on Display

Leo Deluca In 1903, Dayton natives Wilbur and Orville Wright uncovered the secrets of the birds. By World War II highly evolved versions of their flying machine overtook the skies, aiding America’s tour de force. But one airplane in particular led the flock. On May 17, 2018, exactly 75 years after its crew completed its [...]

February 2020

Bucher’s Bests

Jim Bucher OK boomer! Yep, I’m one of them folk. But no matter what generation you claim I hope you’re enjoying Dayton Magazine’s “Best of” edition. Now, since I’m a born and raised dude here in Dayton I thought it would be fun to compile a list of “Best of” from days gone by. For [...]

February 2020

Changing Tempo

Val Beerbower Since taking the helm of the Victoria Theatre Association in 2018, Ty Sutton has been put through his paces of his new adopted hometown. The president and CEO says the area’s largest arts organization is prepared to engage audiences, introduce new elements and connect with the community in exciting ways. So what comes [...]

February 2020

Maintaining and Responding

Kevin Michell When tornadoes shredded the Dayton area on May 27, 2019, power to the city’s water plants and pump stations was knocked out, severing access to drinkable water to a vast number of the area’s residents. As city officials put it, it presented City of Dayton Water with one of its greatest challenges ever. [...]

February 2020

Rockin’ Reverend

Tim Walker [Update from the First Heavy Metal Church of Christ: Due to safety and health concerns, FHMCC will be hosting Drive-In style services with weekly changing locations, as well as live Facebook broadcasts every Sunday until further notice. Check their website for more information.] Psalm 95:1, Bible, King James Version The distortion builds to an [...]

February 2020

Sharing Stories

Beth Langefels Leiann Stewart, a long-time resident of Troy and Miami County, recently took over the executive director spot for the Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau and says she loves telling people about the place she calls home. “I love Miami County,” Stewart says. “I have worked here for 20 years and it’s just [...]

February 2020

Perception is the Problem

Beth Langefels In the 1970s the west side of Dayton was thriving. Factories like General Motors, McCalls, Dayton Press and General Tire and companies like NCR were booming. Jobs were plentiful and those that were in Dayton at the time remember that many of the top funk music songs sweeping the nation were given first [...]

February 2020

Working Behind the Scenes

Kevin Michell Many Daytonians may never have heard of MAKSolve nor what the company does, but they’ve undoubtedly seen the product of its work throughout the Miami Valley region and beyond. Michael Kerr established the company in 2008 as a provider of environmental, health and safety compliance services for organizations in southwest Ohio. It accomplishes [...]