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The best events in February are still to come — and a ton are happening this weekend!

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
By: Don Thrasher - Contributing Writer

Love is in the air, but that’s not all. There are tons of events from arts, to boxing, to comedy, food, drink and more.

1) DCDC REUNION

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is celebrating its past, present and future with two different events this weekend. First up is The Gathering: A DCDC Family Reunion at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. This program, originally booked at the Dayton Woman’s Club, has had a venue change to the DCDC Studios, 840 Germantown St., Dayton. Current dancers and former company members, choreographers, board members, administration and the public will attend. Cost: $25. On Saturday, Feb. 24, DCDC presents the winter concert “Reunited” at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 7:30 p.m. Current and past members of the company will perform. Cost: $24.50-$47. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.

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2) FIGHT NIGHT

Each year, Dayton History hosts Fight Night, which gives area professionals a chance to step into the ring for an amateur boxing exhibition. This annual fundraiser with a 1920s flair is presented at Memorial Hall, 125 E. First St., Dayton, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit Dayton History’s education programming and conservation efforts at Carillon Historical Park and other Dayton History Sites. Call 937-293-2841 or visit www.daytonfightnight.com.

3) ABOVE THE FOLD

The touring exhibition, “Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami,” opens at Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, on Saturday, Feb.17. The show was curated by Meher McArthur and the tour is organized by International Arts & Artists in Washington, D.C. Member preview days are Feb. 15 and 16. A member reception will be held on Feb. 22. “Above the Fold” is on display through May 13. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $14 adults, $11 seniors, students, groups and active military, $6 youth 7-17 and free members and children 6 and younger. Call 937-223-5277 or visit www.daytonartinstitute.org.

4) THE ADVENTURE SUMMIT

Outdoor enthusiasts are the target of the Adventure Summit, returning to Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn, on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10. The annual event features everything from skills events and demonstrations to live music, beer tastings and speakers. Featured speakers include Jordan Romero, 21, who presents “No Summit Out of Sight: The Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits,” Susan Marie Conrad’s “Inside: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage” and Dale “Grey Beard” Sanders’ “Dale on the Trail: Hiking the Appalachian Trail at age 82.” Cost: Free. Visit www.theadventuresummit.com.

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5) CIRQUE D’OR

The Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque D’Or at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. More than 30 performers, from acrobats and contortionists to aerial artists, will dazzle the audience that afternoon with centuries-old Chinese tricks. The high energy show also features music and colorful costumes. Cost: $35-$55. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.

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6) PAULA POUNDSTONE

Paula Poundstone has been doing stand-up comedy since the late 1980s and she never used that as a way to land a sitcom or launch a movie career. She has remained focused on comedy but she has other interests. She has been a regular on NPR’s “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” since 1998 and her book, “The Totally Unscientific Student of the Search for Human Kindness” was published in May 2016. Poundstone performs at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Cost: $39-$49. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.

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7) LOVE, WINE & CHOCOLATE

Valentine’s Day is the theme of the latest installment of Vine and Canvas. “Love, Wine & Chocolate” is presented at Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. The romantic evening pairs a variety of red wines with specialty chocolates presented by Francoise Labrique Walusis from Madam Delluc Artisan Chocolatier. Cost: $35 in advance for members, $45 nonmembers. All tickets $50 on the night of the event. Call 937-223-5277 or visit www.daytonartinstitute.org.

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8) DAYTON AUTO SHOW

The Toyota Drive Center, the Fiat-Chrysler Ride & Drive Experience and the Wild Hearts Mobile Teaching Zoo are among the attractions at the 2018 Dayton Auto Show. And, of course, there will be plenty of cars, from new offerings to specialty models. The Dayton Area Automobile Dealers Association presents the annual show at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton, Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 22 through 25. Show hours are noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. $8 adults, $6 students and seniors, free for children 9 and younger and military with ID. Call 937-333-4072 or visit www.daytonconventioncenter.com.

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9) STRATUM

The new exhibition, “Stratum,” opens at Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St., Dayton, with an artist reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. The REACH Across Dayton collaborative show features new work by Dayton-based artists Amy Kollar Anderson and Kate Huser Santucci. “Stratum” is on display at DVAC through March 24. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 937-224-3822 or visit www.daytonvisualarts.org.

10) HOME & GARDEN SHOW

Whether you’re looking for a plumber, a landscape architect, an interior decorator or a general contractor, you should be able to find plenty of options at the Miami County Home & Garden Show. The Western Ohio Home Builders Association presents this massive event at Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 23 through 25. Show hours are 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $5 adults in advance, $6 at the door, free for children 12 and younger. Call 937-339-2911 or visit www.hobartarena.com.

11) PREACHER LAWSON

While he didn’t take the grand prize during the latest season of “America’s Got Talent,” Preacher Lawson certainly made some new fans with his quick wit and animated on-stage antics. The television exposure has only bolstered the drawing power of the season 12 finalist, who is booked solid with comedy shows into mid-May. Lawson makes a stop in town for one show at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. Cost: $25-$57.80. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit www.daytonfunnybone.com.

12) DAYTON RECORD FAIR

Attention music enthusiasts: It’s time once again for the Dayton Record Fair. The homegrown expo returns to The Yellow Cab Bldg., 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. You can find new and used vinyl both 12-inch and 7-inch releases, as well as CD, cassettes, posters, T-shirts and memorabilia. Cost: $5 admission, $10 early bird admission at 10 a.m. Visit www.yellowcabtavern.com.