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Figlio’s pear and brie pizza will be presented during the Miami Valley Restaurant Association Summer Restaurant Week Sneak Peek (Source: Facebook)

Prices rolled back for Restaurant Week Sneak Peek Wednesday

Local foodies will get a sample of flavors to be featured during the Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Summer Restaurant Week at a sneak-peek event on Wednesday, July 23, at White Allen European Auto, 648 N. Springboro Pike in West Carrollton.“It is a great deal for dinner. You are getting to ...

Kings Island is expecting big crowds this summer in large part because of its new roller coaster, Banshee. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

10 ways to save money at Kings Island this year

MASON — Hundreds of thousands of visitors will pour through the gates for Kings Island’s 42nd season. As with all things, planning ahead is key to saving money while you are there. Here are 10 ways to get the most bang for your buck this year when you visit. 1) ...

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Robert Downey Jr. tops Forbes' list of highest-paid actors

While Robert Downey Jr. has been the face of Marvel's "Avengers" films, he might also become a regular face among Hollywood's richest actors. (Via JJ Georges / CC BY SA 3.0) The 49-year-old grabbed the top spot on Forbes' list of highest-paid actors — earning about $75 million, the same amount he made the previous year. ...

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Honoring the hammock on National Hammock Day

Take a look at some star-studded, hilarious and downright cool hammock-related social media in celebration of National Hammock Day. <div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/cmgnationalnews/celebrating-national-hammock-day-july-22/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/cmgnationalnews/celebrating-national-hammock-day-july-22.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/cmgnationalnews/celebrating-national-hammock-day-july-22" target="_blank">View the story "Celebrating National Hammock Day, July 22" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div>

2 restaurants seek approval at Austin Landing

Plans for two more restaurants at Austin Landing are expected to be approved Tuesday night. Chuy’s and Noodles & Co. seek to open locations at the 142-acre multi-use development off of the Interstate 75 interchange at Austin Boulevard in Miami Twp. The companies would join Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, Dewey’s ...

This image released by Focus Features shows Mandy Patinkin, left, and Zach Braff in "Wish I Was Here." (AP Photo/Focus Features, Merie Weismiller Wallace)

Zach Braff's Kickstarter baby won't stand out in a middling crowd

"Scrubs" alum Zach Braff made his directorial feature debut a decade ago with "Garden State," and now, as writer, director and star, he has managed a second film about actors and their insecurities. This one, "Wish I Was Here," he co-wrote with his brother, Adam. Its unofficial alternate title is ...

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Weird Al Conquers the Internet with 'Mandatory Fun'

The King of Parody is back. "Weird Al" Yankovich's 14th studio album, "Mandatory Fun," last week, and Yankovich is celebrating the occasion by releasing one new music video every day for eight days. (Via Matt Schilder / CC BY NC SA 2.0, RCA Records) So far, the videos have all showcased Yankovich doing what he does best ...

Gaelic Storm is among the returning acts headlining the Dayton Celtic Fest. CONTRIBUTED

5 reasons to attend the Dayton Celtic Fest

Celtic music has been performed in the United States since the first Irish immigrants arrived on these shores in the 18th century. However, the music was primarily played at family gatherings and special cultural events until the Clancy Brothers first emerged out of the folk music boom of the 1960s. ...

Mark McGrath, the frontman of Sugar Ray: “People now know what to expect from this tour, which is No. 1 songs from the ’90s.” CONTRIBUTED

Sugar Ray’s McGrath talks ’90s nostalgia

If you’re looking for a musical journey back to the 1990s, Mark McGrath has just the trip for you. The Sugar Ray frontman is the mastermind behind the Under the Sun Tour, which opens up a musical wormhole that allows concertgoers to time jump into the past for a few ...

The “Labyrinth of Love” Quilt by Janet McTavish. Contributed photo by Patsy Ferrell.

Peace Museum features quilt exhibit on “The Golden Rule”

It was a vivid dream that inspired Janet McTavish to create the colorful — and educational — quilts now on display at the Dayton International Peace Museum. The exhibit, “Peace Labyrinth: Quilting the Golden Rule” can be seen through Sept. 14. It’s paired with a group of regional quilts titled ...

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Actor Jason Biggs apologizes after jokes about Malaysia Airlines

Comedic actor Jason Biggs is apologizing after deleting tweets joking about the missile attack of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, that killed 298 innocent men, women and children.  Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles? — Jason Biggs (@JasonBiggs) July 17, 2014 Biggs, who's best known for putting part ...

Blues Legend Johnny Winter, 70, has died.

Legendary Texas blues guitarist Johnny Winter dies in Switzerland

Texas blues legend Johnny Winter, known for his lightning-fast blues guitar riffs, his striking long white hair and his collaborations with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died in Switzerland. He was 70. Winter was a leading light among the white blues guitar players, including ...

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03:  Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Beyonce leads MTV Video Music Awards with 8 nods

Doing a visual album has paid off for Beyonce: She's the leading nominee at the MTV Video Music Awards. MTV announced Thursday that Beyonce is up for eight moonman trophies, including video of the year for "Drunk in Love." Iggy Azalea and Eminem are nominated for seven awards each. >> ...

The After Hours Band, pictured here at a previous year’s Swingin on the Green concert, will return to play the series on Aug. 19. CONTRIBUTED

Concerts keep Swingin’ on the Green

On Monday night The Fort Hamilton Jazz Band will perform a collection of Dixieland jazz favorites as part of Fairfield’s Swingin’ on the Green concert series.The purpose of the Swingin’ on the Green concert series is to highlight a variety of jazz, swing, Dixieland and big band styles of music, ...

TobyMac will be at Hobart Arena in Troy on Nov. 16. CONTRIBUTED

Concert announcements: Artists coming to the area

Tickets are on sale at the individual venues and all Ticketmaster outlets, except where noted. The Basement 391 Neil Ave., Columbus www.promowestlive.com, 614-461-LIVE (5483) Upcoming: The Prodigal Son with PJ North, Cat Turtle, July 18; Jay Brannan, July 21; Battlecross, July 24; Royal Blood, July 25; Panama, July 28 Bogart’s ...

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 19:  Producer-director Ron Howard attends the 25th annual Producers Guild of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Ron Howard to direct new Beatles documentary

Attention, Beatles fans — there's going to be another documentary featuring the iconic band. (Via Getty Images) Apple Corps Ltd., White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment announced Wednesday they will produce a film based on the touring years of the Beatles' career — between 1960 and 1966. And award-winning director and lifelong Beatles fan Ron Howard is ...

Actor/comedian Jay Mohr performs at the Taft Theatre this weekend. CONTRIBUTED

The journeyman: Jay Mohr

Jay Mohr, stand-up comedian and “Jerry Maguire” movie alumnus, doesn’t know why he has never performed in Cincinnati, or anywhere else in the Midwest for that matter.“Comics are just creatures of comfort,” he said. “We get used to playing the same places, and it doesn’t dawn on us to go ...

The Old Crow Medicine Show is (from left) Kevin Hayes, Gill Landry, Ketch Secor, Morgan Jahnig, Chance McCoy, Critter Fuqua and Cory Younts. CONTRIBUTED

Old Crow Medicine Show stays rooted

When Old Crow Medicine Show (OCMS) first formed in the late 1990s, there were few bands that deployed a banjo and fiddle, or at least not with members under 60 who weren’t playing rural campgrounds. Since then country music’s genre cousins such as old-time and bluegrass music has grown, and ...

Alabama: (from left) Jeff Cook, Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry. CONTRIBUTED

Buckle Up Music Festival preview

The Buckle Up Music Festival, a celebration of country music, will showcase 80 bands on six stages over three days. The diverse lineup includes national talent, from new stars to longtime legends, as well as local stalwarts. This is the first year for the festival, which is being held at ...

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Actress Sandra Bullock found stalker in her home: Report

Actress Sandra Bullock allegedly came face to face with an intruder right outside of her bedroom door. (ViaGetty Images) This is all according to TMZ, which claims it obtained a copy of the search warrant officers used to search for weapons the alleged intruder, Joshua Corbett, owned. "At 1 a.m. she hears a loud banging inside ...

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