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Published: Thursday, February 12, 2015 @ 1:24 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 12:33 PM
— It’s fish fry season!!!
It's a fact: the Midwest loves a fish fry.
In addition to being one of the best cold-weather meals out there, a solid fish fry is unquestionably one of the best dining deals to be found in the early part of each year.
Most typically cost $12-$20 per visit for an all-you-can-eat extravaganza of deep-fried walleye, haddock, sole, perch and cod depending on the menu.
And don't get us started on the sides. Fries, coleslaw, mac and cheese, green beans, hush puppies, desserts ... the list of accompanying options can sometimes compete with the main course for attention.
As an added bonus, most fish fry events include games of chance and the satisfying feeling that comes with knowing your money goes to benefit a good cause in the community.
There are many destinations in town that have fish fries, but here are some of the best opportunities to enjoy a fish fry in the next few months that have been announced.
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Please note: Details and pricing are subject to change, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions.
FISH FRY SCHEDULE
310 Allen St., Dayton
All-you-can-eat fish, beer, raffles and blackjack. Must be 21 or older
Feb. 2, March 2, May 4: Eintracht Singing Society Friday Fish Fry
2707 Old Troy Pike, Dayton
All-you-can-eat baked/deep-fried cod, sausage, cabbage and noodles, baked beans, french fries, cole slaw, coffee, soda and draft beer. Dessert is an additional charge.
22 Notre Dame Ave., Dayton
All-you-can-eat Icelandic cod, chicken strips, fresh sausage (hot and regular), French fries, salad, cole slaw, desserts, popcorn, ice cream, coffee, beer and soft drinks. Must be 21 or older.
Feb. 16: Irish Club of Dayton Fish Fry
6555 Dog Leg Road, Dayton
All-you-can-eat fish, sausage, fries, cole slaw and draft beer. Monte Carlo from 7-11 p.m.
Feb. 16: Polish Club Fish Fry
The Polish Club of Dayton, 1470 Valley St., Dayton
Cost: $15 at the door
More info: 937-222-8092 | Facebook
Food, drink and games of chance. Must be 21 to attend and no carryout orders.
>> Event info
Feb. 16, April 20, May 18: Knights of Columbus Our Lady of Peace Fish Fry
4293 Powell Rd., Dayton
Feb. 17: 8th Annual Brick City Blast Fish Fry & Monte Carlo
Huber Heights Athletic Foundation, 5367 Fishburg Rd., Huber Heights
All-you-can-eat fish, chicken, polish sausage, French fries, baked beans and coleslaw.
Feb. 17: Holy Trinity Annual Fish Fry
Holy Trinity Parish, Trinity Center, 272 Bainbridge St., Dayton
Food from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and games from 7-11 p.m.
Tickets: $17 at the door.
More info: 937-228-1223
Ticket price includes a dinner of delicious fried fish, sausage and tasty side dishes as well as three drink tickets. Raffles, silent auction and games of chance. Must be 21 and older.
>> Event info
Feb. 23: Alter High School Knight Out Fish Fry
940 E. David Rd., Kettering
This adult only event includes all-you-can-eat fish dinner, traditional beverages, local craft beer, a silent auction, blackjack, Texas Hold’em, instant bingo, wine cork pull and other adult games of chance. Carry-out or drive-thru available from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The UD game will be streamed live. Food also available from Cassano’s and Philly Pretzel Factory.
Feb. 23: Dayton FOP Fish Fry
4275 Powell Road, Dayton
6 p.m.-11 p.m.,
All you can eat and drink. Hand-breaded fish, fries, cole slaw, smoked sausage and dessert. Beer, wine and soft drinks.
Feb. 23: St. Anthony Catholic Church Fish Fry
830 Bowen St., Dayton
March 2: St. Brigid Fish Fry
312 Fairground Road, Xenia
March 2: Partners for Community Living Fish Fry
Huber Heights Athletic Center, 5367 Fishburg Road, Dayton
Cost: $20 at the door
DECA Prep Rec Center, 249 Squirrel Rd., Dayton
Fish, fries, sausage, cole slaw, baked beans, beer. Ages 21 and older. Carry-out orders available for $12 (5-5:45 p.m. back door pickup only). Games of chance.
March 9: Carroll High School St. Pat's Fest Fish Fry
4524 Linden Ave., Dayton
The Carroll St. Pat's Fest includes two days of gambling, live entertainment and delicious food. A traditional Friday Irish Fish Fry, plus All Irish Festival on Saturday.
March 9: The Fry at Incarnation Catholic Church
55 Williamsburg Lane, Centerville
Food including their famous fish tacos, Black Jack, Bingo, games of chance, silent auction, wine and craft beer from Warped Wing. Carryout from 5-6:30 p.m. for $12.
March 16: St. Charles Fish n' Chips Fish Fry
4600 Ackerman Blvd., Kettering
5 p.m.-midnight, $15.
All-you-can-eat fish with fries, coleslaw and unlimited soft drinks and water.
March 16: Rugby Club Fish Fry
IUE Local 755 Union Hall, 1675 Woodman Drive, Dayton
5 p.m.-11 p.m
All-you-can-eat fish, brats, fries, and other sides as well as bottomless beverages including soda and beer from Warped Wing. There will also be games of chance, raffles, silent auctions and door prizes.
March 24: Chaminade Julienne Fish Fry
505 S. Ludlow St., Dayton
Ages 21 and older. Food items will include fish, polish sausage, desserts and refreshments. Games will include blackjack, poker, chuck-o-luck and more in addition to the silent auction.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:00 AM
— Rob Colletti was a high school junior when the hit movie, “School of Rock,” came out. Now, 15 years later, he’s taking on the Jack Black role of Dewey Finn in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical version of the movie, which plays at the Aronoff Center throughout next weekend.
“I saw (the movie) when it came out,” Colletti said. “I was a huge Jack Black fan and I was also just hitting my stride in my musical discovery. I grew up with my dad playing that music, though his tastes were mellower. The movie added Black Sabbath.”
The story is familiar to many. Finn is a down-on-his-luck rock star wannabe living off his roommate. By chance, he lands a job as a substitute teacher, where he throws out the math textbooks and turns the classroom into a rock school. Naturally, Finn and the kids end up having more to teach each other than how to play The Doors in perfect harmony. According to Colletti, the musical expands greatly on the movie.
“There are two new levels of storytelling,” he said. “First, the relationship between Dewey and Rosalie, the principal, is amplified. There’s also a storyline about the kids, how they’re not listened to by their parents and how they’re being pushed into lives they didn’t choose. There’s a reason why the movie was two hours and the musical is two and a half. Even audiences who know the ending are surprised.”
In addition to retaining all of the classic rock songs from the movie, the Webber score adds 14 more songs.
“(The score) hearkens back to (Webber’s) ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ which was a rock opera,” Colletti said. “It’s all guitar, piano, bass and drums. There are no brass or woodwinds. It’s just a rock band in a pit. And the kids play songs onstage, too. I’ve never yet seen an audience that isn’t on their feet at the end.”
Because a major part of the movie’s appeal was Jack Black’s idiosyncratic brand of physical comedy, Colletti said he felt obligated to replicate that performance, but only to a certain extent.
“I’m very intent on not doing a Jack Black impression,” he said. “I’ll be building on what he did, because it’s iconic for a reason. But it wasn’t just him. If you look at old footage of Mick Jagger and Angus Young, you can see their physicality in (Black’s) performance. It was very specific and it just happened to fit his sense of humor.”
Colletti added that he’s applying his own life experiences to the trials that Finn endures.
“I’ve had my share of failure, too,” he said. “I’ve been dismissed, fired, told no. I use the implications of the lessons I’ve learned.”
WANT TO GO?
What: “School of Rock: The Musical”
When: Feb. 22-March 4; 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati
Cost: $30 and up
More Info: 513-621-2787 or www.cincinnatiarts.org.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 — Next week kicks off the Gignite incubator series in Dayton. Gignite is an 8-week incubator for side gigs, passion projects and hobbies. It was created and organized by former Dayton resident Olivia Barrow, a content marketer, entrepreneur and former journalist who worked at the Dayton Business Journal.
“We provide the time, space, accountability, and inspiration for you to turn those ‘one day I want to’ ideas into real projects,” Barrow said in an interview with Mad Works Co-Working.
INSPIRED BY CO-WORKING
A few years ago, Barrow watched her friends launch The Nucleus, Dayton’s first co-working space. At that time, Barrow knew she wanted to incorporate something like this into her work-life routine.
“Coworking really appealed to me. I craved collaboration and creative energy from a room full of entrepreneurs,” she said.
But that opportunity didn’t arise for her until after she left the Gem City.
Soon after quitting her 9-to-5 job, Barrow joined co-working space 100state in Madison.
“It has done wonders for my productivity and mental health -- I’m someone who can’t handle staying at home by myself all day,” she said.
Gignite was then born out of the need for further collaboration among peers.
“I wished that I could get a group of about 10 people to join me in making an 8-week commitment to spend three hours a week tackling our neglected side-gigs, hobbies and passion projects,” she said.
Her wish was also her command. In fall of 2017, Gignite launched in Madison, Wisconsin with a pilot session of 11 members.
GIGNITE IN DAYTON
The first session comes to Dayton next Monday, and will be hosted at The Nucleus with A.J. Ferguson, Director of UpDayton, facilitating the session. The session runs for three hours every Monday night, from Feb. 26 to April 16.
For the first hour, A.J. will lead the group in activities designed to break the ice and build relationships -- as well as give everyone a little break to mentally prepare for the adjustment from work day to Gignite.
After discussion and activities, each participant will have up to two hours of “focus time.” Each week, A.J. will counsel each member about their project(s) — what did you accomplish this week, and what are your goals for the next week?
WHAT TO EXPECT
Group discussions and creative activities to build relationships and help move your project forward, light refreshments, paper and pens, potential future referrals, electrical outlets, wifi and uninterrupted focus time. On the eighth week, the group throws a party to celebrate their accomplishments. The cost is $150 up front, with a $50 refund if you meet the attendance requirements.
Want to go?
WHAT: Gignite Incubator
WHERE: The Nucleus, 411 E 5th St., Dayton
HOURS: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays from Feb. 26-April 16
COST: $150 (you’ll receive a $50 refund if you meet attendance requirements)
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Dayton History Fight Night returns to historic Memorial Hall on Saturday, Feb. 24.
But Fight Night isn’t the first time boxing was held at Memorial Hall. Numerous boxing legends once graced its historic stage. For much of the 20th century, boxing was the king of sports, and Dayton was a premier Midwest boxing city.
Dozens of hard-hitting fighters, both amateur and professional, hailed from the Gem City and traveled the boxing circuit from New York to California. Local legends like Buddy Knox, Joe Sekyra, Joe Marinelli and Marion Condi duked it out at numerous Dayton arenas during the early 1920s and 1930s.
In 1935 the Dayton Daily News began hosting Golden Glove Tournaments, broadcasted across the city on WHIO radio. The Dayton Gymnastics Club and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles held weekly fights. Popular venues included the Fairgrounds Coliseum, the Patterson Boulevard outdoor arena, the Dayton Opera House, the Lakeside Park Pavilion, and the Westwood Field Gym.
But Memorial Hall was the crown jewel of Dayton venues. Founded in 1910, it came of age during the heyday of boxing. Here are three famous moments in Memorial Hall boxing history:
Jack Dempsey meets Gene Tunney, October 1925
Jack Dempsey was an international sports legend in 1925. When he arrived at Memorial Hall in October of that year, it had been six years since he pummelled Jess Willard for the world heavyweight boxing title. It seemed no one could take The Manassa Mauler off his throne.
Eight months earlier, Dempsey had married Estelle Taylor, the silent film star famous for her roles in “Don Juan,” “Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall,” and “The Ten Commandments.” Their marriage fell apart in 1931, but not before Dempsey’s reign as world champ.
Gene Tunney snatched the belt from Dempsey in September 1926. While campaigning for that future fight, he followed Dempsey to Dayton to witness his Memorial Hall appearance. Throngs of cheering fans erupted as Tunney, the famed World War I Marine boxer, entered the venue in a black suit.
Dempsey fought two exhibition matches against Ray Newman and Marty Cutler, but it was Tunney who stole the show. He entered the ring, shook hands with Dempsey, and the pair posed for a now-famous photo. It was the first time the renowned boxers entered the ring together. And it happened in Dayton.
Joe Louis vs. Biff Bennett, April 22, 1935
Hellbent on breaking free from a life of hardship, Joe Louis became a professional boxer on Independence Day 1934. The man they called the “Brown Bomber” held the world heavyweight boxing championship for a record-setting 12 years, and he held the love of the American public forever. Louis was king of the ring from 1937–1949. But when he visited Dayton in early 1935, his star was still rising.
Louis faced Biff Bennett at Memorial Hall on April 22, 1935. With a 75-second first-round knockout, the crowd was witnessing a legend on the cusp of greatness. With the Dayton victory, Louis had amassed an incredible 19–0 record in less than one year of professional boxing. A bigger stage was on the horizon.
Considered by many to be the greatest boxing heavyweight of all time, Louis went 68–3 in professional fights, scoring 54 knockouts, including five in the first round. Poor Biff Bennett became one of Lewis’ first-round KO’s that April evening at Memorial Hall. Louis himself was on his way to becoming one of the greatest boxers of all time.
Gorilla Jones vs. Tiger Roy Williams, April 22, 1930
William Landon Jones had a rough-and-tumble Memphis upbringing. It was one that taught him to fight. In later years, he used this skill to chauffeur and protect legendary actress Mae West, but it was his own legend as two-time world middleweight boxing champion that got him the gig.
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Nicknamed the “Gorilla” for his extraordinary 75-inch reach, Jones was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame posthumously in June 2009. He fought in 138 professional bouts, won 101, lost 24, drew 13, and knocked out 52 opponents. At Memorial Hall on April 22, 1930 — five years to the day before the great Joe Louis graced the same stage — Jones would suffer defeat.
Represented by Joe Glaser, a showbiz insider who also managed Louis Armstrong, Chicago boxer “Tiger” Roy Williams was a tough all-around contender. The Tiger had taken down Sammy Slaughter, Patsy Perroni, and many of the top middleweight contenders of the time. In Dayton he took down Jones — the man who would snatch the world middleweight title less than two years later.
From January to May of 1930, Williams went undefeated in eight consecutive Memorial Hall matches (one being a draw against Dayton’s own Joe Sekyra on Feb. 24, 1930). When Williams faced Jones, he would deliver the great fighter his second consecutive 10-round loss.
Gorilla Jones’ name would come to be more widely remembered, but that night in Dayton it was Williams, not Jones, who was the star.
ABOUT THE EVENT
Dayton History Fight Night is sponsored by Steve R. Rauch Inc. After training at Brown Institute of Martial Arts, amateur boxers go three rounds at the 108-year-old venue, and beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks are available.
For the first time ever, Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers will be playing Dayton History Fight Night. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best 1920s outfits to match the theme of this historically inspired boxing event.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: Dayton History Fight Night
WHERE: Historic Memorial Hall, 121 E. First St.
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 24, Doors: 7 p.m., Fights: 8 p.m.
ADMISSION: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
TICKETS: (937) 293-2841, online at daytonfightnight.com, and available at Carillon Historical Park, Carillon Brewing Co., Clash Gallery & Boutique, Brown Institute of Martial Arts, Brixx Ice Co., Old Scratch Pizza and Therapy Cafe
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 12:00 AM
— Looking for something to do this weekend? Look no further ...
1) DCDC REUNION
This year marks 50 years since the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company formed. Given that milestone, it’s no surprise the acclaimed arts group is taking the opportunity to look back at five decades of movement and magic with a number of events in 2018.
First on the agenda is “The Gathering: A DCDC Family Reunion” at the DCDC Studios, 840 Germantown St., Dayton, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. This program, which was originally booked at the Dayton Woman’s Club, features current dancers and former company members, choreographers, board members and administration. Cost: $25.
The celebration continues on Saturday, Feb. 24, when 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.
2) DPO BRILL BUILDING TRIBUTE
Hits from the 1960s and 1970s composed by Neil Sedaka, Carole King, Burt Bacharach and other celebrated songwriters are the focus of the next installment of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s SuperPops Series. The Jeans ’N Classics rock ensemble will once again join the DPO for Tribute to the Brill Building Songwriters at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24. Cost: $13-$79. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
3) FIGHT NIGHT
Each year, Dayton History gives interested area professionals a chance to step into the ring and display their skills during an amateur boxing exhibition. The annual Fight Night 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.
4) JOHN WITHERSPOON
John Witherspoon’s main gig is stand-up comedian, but the veteran performer is responsible for some iconic characters on the big and small screens. He starred in sitcoms such as “The First Family” and “The Wayans Bros.” and has done voice work on animated hits like “Black Jesus” and “The Boondocks.” Witherspoon, who is probably best known as Mr. Jones in the popular “Fridays” film franchise, will reprise the role in the upcoming fourth and final film, “Last Friday.” The actor-comedian returns to town for performances at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, The Greene, 88 Plum St., Beavercreek, on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24. Show times are 7:30 and 10 p.m. Cost: $25-$57.80. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit www.daytonfunnybone.com.
5) REBECCA LUKER
Rebecca Luker made her Broadway debut in 1988 as Christine in “Phantom of the Opera.” The Alabama native and three-time Tony Award-nominee has also appeared in plays such as “The Secret Garden,” “Mary Poppins” and “The Music Man.” She also appeared on television programs such as “Boardwalk Empire,” “Law & Order-SVU” and “Matlock.” Luker, who recently appeared on an episode of “NCIS: New Orleans” on CBS, performs at the Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., Dayton, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Cost: $65, which includes a post-show reception. The VIP ticket is $140 and includes admission to a 6:30 p.m. reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
6) HOME & GARDEN SHOW
Whether you’re hoping to boost your curb appeal or update your interior living space, there will be plenty of experts to provide guidance during the Miami County Home & Garden Show at Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 23 through 25. The event, presented by the Western Ohio Home Builders Association, features plumbers, landscape architects, interior decorators, general contractors and other specialists to help you reinvent your living space. 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.
7) WHISKEY MYERS
The members of Lynyrd Skynyrd may have recently announced the band was embarking on its farewell tour in May but that doesn’t mean southern rock is dead. A new generation of acts like Blackberry Smoke and Whiskey Myers is keeping the genre alive. Whiskey Myers — performing with Muscadine Bloodline at Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 — has been trafficking in its own Texas-bred blend of southern rock since 2007. The band’s latest album, “Mud,” was released in September 2016. Cost: $20-$25. Call 937-813-4272 or visit www.oddbodys.com.
8) ‘THE COLOR PURPLE’
“The Color Purple: The Musical” is the powerfully engaging stage play based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The original production received 11 2006 Tony Award nominations. The book also spawned the Oscar-nominated film adaptation by Steven Spielberg. A new production of the show opened at La Comedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro, on Thursday, Feb. 22. Show times are 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Cost: $61-$75 adults, $30 children 11 and younger. “The Color Purple” is presented through April 15. Call 937-746-4554 or visit www.lacomedia.com.
9) RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN
David Deitrick, who has been musical director for The Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra since October 2014, has programmed a set of Broadway favorites for An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein Classics. The concert, at Dayton Masonic Center, 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24 and 25, features selections from “The Sound of Music,” “Carousel,” “Oklahoma” and other shows. The repertoire includes popular songs such as “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and “I Whistle a Happy Tune.” Show times are 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $20 adults, $18 students and seniors. Call 937-530-0515 or visit www.mvso.org.
10) MARK CHALIFOUX
Although he spent time living and performing in New York, Mark Chalifoux never lost the laidback Midwestern demeanor he developed growing in the suburbs of Cincinnati. The comic, who recently moved back to Ohio, performs at Wiley’s Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St., Dayton, on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24. Chalifoux is currently developing material for his debut comedy album, which he’ll record later this year for Audible. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, and 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $10. Call 937-224-5653 or visit www.wileyscomedy.com.