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Here’s how to get your hands on a hot ‘Hunks and Ladders’ firefighter calendar for 2018

Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 11:59 AM

Sidney firefighter Dallas Davis pulled out the little guns when competed in Hunks and Ladders Combat Challenge for A Special Wish, Pink Ribbon Driven and Miami Valley Firefighter/EMS Memorial Association. Video by Amelia Robinson

Time flies when you are taking off your shirt, pulling fire hoses and raising money for Dayton charities. 

Local firefighters are celebrating 30 years of the Hunks and Ladders calendars. 

>> RELATED: This 10-year-old Dayton cancer survivor's special wish? He wants to dance with Ellen 

Miami Valley Firefighter/EMS Memorial, A Special Wish Foundation – Dayton Chapter and the Pink Ribbon Driven Foundation will each receive checks for $2,000 during a special launch party 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at Jimmie’s Ladder 11, 936 Brown St. in Dayton’s South Park neighborhood.

The band Full Frontal will perform and calendars will be sold. Admission is $5. 


Hunks and Ladders organizer Jake Preston said all 118 firefighters featured in the project’s 30 years are featured in this year’s calendar, which is on sale now at the Dayton Firefighters Credit Union, 338 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton. 

Calendars are $20 each.

“We were really swinging for the fences (with the 30th anniversary calendar),” Preston said. “It kind of pays homage to our forefathers who created Hunks and Ladders.” 

The calendar is dedicated to Caleb Smith, the brother of firefighter Dan Smith, the champion of  this year’s Hunks and Ladders Firefighter Combat Challenge. 

Caleb is battling brain cancer.  

Preston said A Special Wish Foundation is sending Caleb and his family to Hawaii. 

>> RELATED: Hot Dayton firefighters, beer, music and more this weekend  (July 20, 2017)

The word is spreading about the organization. 

More than 2,000 people attended the Hunks and Ladders Firefighter Combat Challenge held this summer at Austin Landing. Preston said about 500 attended the prior year.  


Hunks and Ladders was started in 1987 as a fundraiser for the burn unit at Children’s Hospital. 

Keith Bayer, the son of Cathy Hillman and Dayton firefighter Steve Bayer, was badly burned in a fire as a child and treated at the hospital. 

Hillman and members of the Dayton Fire Department IAFF Local 136 hosted a special runway show featuring nearly 70 Dayton firefighters. 

Dayton Daily News columnist Dale Huffman hosted the show, which was judged by local TV news anchors. 

The 1988 calendar was Hunks and Ladders’ first. 

Through the years, Preston said Hunks and Ladders firefighters were recognized by talk show host Oprah Winfrey and appeared on Phil Donahue’s national show.

>> MORE: How Phil Donahue accidentally made broadcast history in Dayton

At one point, the Sirens calendar was produced and featured female firefighters and nurses.

The 30th annual Hunks and Ladders calendar is on sale now.

The 30th annual Hunks and Ladders calendar is on sale now.

The Dayton area’s finest wine-tastings, dinners and special events list is right HERE

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 1:42 PM

THIS particular wine tasting was a bit more, um, structured than any you’ll find on this list. MARK FISHER/STAFF
THIS particular wine tasting was a bit more, um, structured than any you’ll find on this list. MARK FISHER/STAFF

There are some palate-popping wine dinners strutting their stuff on this week’s list. Prepare to salivate. A big shout-out to the wine enthusiast who compiles this amazing list and allows us to share it with you. Read, attend, enjoy!


Jay’s Kitchen Door 225 E. Sixth St. in Dayton’s Oregon Historic District, RSVP Events (937) 222-2892

Jay’s Seafood Restaurant Wine Tasting

Friday, January 19, 4-8 pm

2014 Bouchard Chassagne Montrachet

2015 Erath Dundee Hill Pinot Noir

2011 M. Charlo Tortoniano Barolo

2013 Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Chateau La Chappelle La Misson

Saturday, January 20, 2-6 pm

2016 Vietti Roero Arneis

2014 Ferrari-Carano Siena

2013 Ca Breo Il Borgo

2014 Chateau Monbousquet

Upcoming Events

Michele Chiarlo Italian Luncheon

Saturday January 27, 12:30 pm

Radicchio e salsiccia - Radicchio and Sausage Barbera D’Asti

Terrina di Melanzanne e Pomodori - Tomato and Eggplant Terrine Nebbiolo

Rigatoni con salsa di anatra e tartufo nero - Rigatoni with duck and a black truffle cream sauce Barbera La Court

Pappardelle Bolognese



Nivole Moscato D’Asti

Jay’s Anniversary Bordeaux Wine Luncheon Saturday, February 17, 12:30 pm

Salad of Haricot Verts and Tomatoes

Soft Scrambled Eggs with Crème Fraiche

Pasta with Poached Shrimp

Lamb with Caviar and Pistachio Puree

Flank Steak with Civraxiu sauce and asparagus


Wines to be announced soon


Arrow Wine and Spirits:

Arrow Far Hills – 2950 Far Hills Ave. Kettering (937) 298-1456

Wine: Saturday, Jan 20, 2018 11-5 PM

‘15 Sigillo Apio Fiano

‘15 The Walking Dead Red

‘14 Tapiz Malbec

‘15 Azul y Granza Tempranillo

‘12 Clos de Fous Cab Sauv

‘14 La Vigne Du Roy Chat Du Papes

‘15 Oro Bello Chardonnay

Beer: Saturday, Jan 20, 2018 1-4 PM

Lagunitas Undercover Shutdown

Alaskan Spruce IPA

Warped Wing Hop Phobia

Brew Dog Hazy Jane

Rusty Rail Fools Gold


Arrow Wine & Spirits Centerville – 615 Lyons Rd. Centerville (937) 433-6778

Saturday, January 20 11am-5pm

2016 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc

2016 Chateau Lamothe White Bordeaux

2016 Harken Chardonnay

2014 Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera

2012 Renwood Fiddletown Zinfandel

2015 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Franc

2014 Robert Craig Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

Warre’s Otima 10 Year Tawny Port


Dorothy Lane Markets (DLM)

Dorothy Lane Market Oakwood, The Mezzanine.

Friday, January 19, 4-8pm:

2016 Banfi La Pettegola Vermentino

2015 Chateau Ste Michelle Chardonnay

2016 J. Lohr Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir

2013 Villadoria Bricco Magno Langhe Nebbiolo

2011 Lagarde Garda Red Blend

2015 Justin Justification

DLM Deal: 2015 Centine Toscana

Oyster Happy Hour, Fridays, 4-7pm

Saturday, January 20, 2-6pm:

2014 Mercer Viognier

2015 Saintsbury Carneros Chardonnay

2013 Sartori Amarone

2015 Bear Flag Zinfandel

2016 Angel’s Share Shiraz

2014 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet

Bonus Bottle

On Tap:


DLM Washington Square

Saturday, January 20, 12-5 pm

Jean Milan Grande Reserve Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne

2015 Mateo Correggia Roero Arneis

2014 Havt Lafite “Le Petit” White Bordeaux

2012 Lithos Carneros Pinot Noir

2015 Pesquiers Syrah, France

2014 Tabali Cabernet Franc Reserva Especial, Chile

2015 Jaboulet Thalabert Crozes Hermitage, Northern Rhone, France

Plus Sommelier’s Selection

On Tap:


Dorothy Lane Springboro

Friday, January 19th 3 - 7 pm

2010 Gloria Ferrer Anniversary Cuvée

2016 Bulletin Place Chardonnay

2011 Pont Neuf “Gli Zii” Chardonnay

2012 Redhawk Vineyards Pinot Noir

2012 Greg Norman Reserve Shiraz

2011 Lagarde Primeras Vinas Malbec

Bonus Bottle

On Tap:

Beers: Troeg’s Nugget Nectar

Zaftig Wee Heavy Springboro Dorothy Lane Market

Saturday, January 20th 1-5 pm

2010 Soter Brut Rosé

2014 Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Foley Johnson Chardonnay

2013 Hook and Ladder Tillerman Red

2014 Revelry “Range” Grenache/Syrah

2014 Chateau Picque Caillou Bordeaux

2015 Justin “Justification” Red


Zemore’s Wine Cellar & Bistro

4457 W Franklin St

Bellbrook, OH 45305


Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00PM - 8:30 PM, Friday - Saturday: 4:00PM - 10:00 PM, Sunday & Monday: Closed

2015 Casanzo Vermentino/Italy

2016 Mason Sauvignon Blanc/California

2015 Dao Chardonnay/California

2014 Lamadrid Malbec/Argentina

2015 Porta Regia Monastrell/Spain

2014 Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon/California


The Wine Gallery 5 West Monument Ave Dayton Ohio 45402 (937)224-9463

Weekly tastings on Wednesday nights


Deaf Monty’s Wine at Inn Port D’Vino

22 Brown Street in the Oregon District, 937-225-9463

Open 4-8pm Monday through Saturday

This week’s wines:

Castelfeder “Glener” Pinot Nero

Hey Mambo Sultry Red

Rio Maggio Rosso Piceno

Gentleman’s Collection #2 Red Blend

Tobin James Chardonnay

Trappolini Est! Est!! Est!!!

Toso Brut

Mia Rosa Moscato

Kikkoman Plum

Warres LBV Port


“The Wine Cellar In Osaka”

Osaka Japanese Steakhouse

2476 Commons Blvd, Beavercreek


Facebook: “The Wine Cellar In Osaka”

Friday Night Flights!!! Jan 19, 2018 (5-8pm)

2015 Ryan Patrick Riesling

2014 Planet Oregon Chardonnay

2014 Rickshaw Pinot Noir

2014 Runquist “1448” Red Blend

2014 Vigilance Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Cigar Zinfandel

Wine Dinner Alert!!!

Michael Freeman is back!

Thursday Feb 8, 2018 6:30pm

Seating is limited. Reservations required.

More details to come…

Stop in!


Ollie’s Place

518 Miamisburg Centerville Rd

(937) 723-8998

Wine Tasting Saturday Jan 20, 1-6pm

Barboursville Vineyards, Vermentino (VA)

Yves Boyer-Martenot, Bourgogne Blanc (FR)

Hunky Dory, Tangle White Blend (NZ)

Domaine de Noire, Soif de tendresse, Chinon (FR)

La Serra, Chianti (IT)

Domaine La Bouissiere, Vayqueyras (FR)


Ray’s Wine Spirits Grill 8268 N Main St. Clayton, OH 937.890.0300

Saturday, Jan. 20th 3-6pm

2014 Bonterra Viognier (organic)

2012 Fittings Grenache

2015 Amancaya Red Blend

2016 Columbia “Borne of Fire” Cabernet Sauvignon

14 Hands Riesling

Cucina Mista Moscato

Cucina Mista Rosso

Culitos Sweet Merlot

Tuesday, Jan. 23rd 6-9pm

Platform Beer Tap Takeover

Thunder Precipitator Doppelbock

Belly Button Window Altbier

Twisted Chocolate American Pale Ale

Becky Blueberry Cider

Wednesday, Jan 24th 5-8pm

Canale Rose’ de Pinot Noir

Legado Barrel Select Red Blend

Canale Intimo Red Blend

Legado Cabernet Sauvignon

Quara Estate Malbec

sweet wines TBD


Michael K. Parks Carvers Steaks & Chops

1535 Miamisburg-Centreville Road

Centerville, OH 45459

P: (937) 433-7099

Wine Dinner

Robert Craig Winery

with Guest Speaker

Charlie D’Armon

Tuesday, January 30th 6:30pm

Explore Robert Craig Winery

First Course : Lobster Bisque Served in a Charred Bread Bowl

Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay

Second Course: Wild Boar Osso Buco

Napa Valley Estate Cabernet

Third Course: Assorted Nuts, Fruits & Cheeses

Affinity Cabernet Sauvignon

Fourth Course: Sliced Tomahawk Ribeye Roasted with Garlic & Thyme Butter Served in 8oz portions

Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon & Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Dessert: Carvers’ Baked Alaska

Gramona Brut Cava


Rumbleseat Wine 5853 Far Hills Ave. Dayton, Ohio (937) 938-9801

Matt Scholp Friday Jan 19, 7-9 p.m.


A Taste of Wine - 90 S Main St. Miamisburg, Ohio

70/75 Friday Jan 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Eldorado Brown Saturday Jan 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The list of wines available to taste changes frequently. “stop in and see what we have open today”


Kroger Centerville Market Place RSVP 937-435-8210

Beer Tasting Wednesday 4pm to 9pm,

Friday and Saturday 1pm to 9pm,

Sunday 11am to 6pm


Zinks Meats and Fine Wines 409 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, (937) 435-4980

Thursday Night Wine Tastings 5-8 pm Live music and appetizers

Dayton Music Insider: Losing a Legend

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:59 AM

Dayton Music Insider, Libby Ballengee, with Mick Montgomery. Photo by Jennifer Taylor.

This week the Dayton music community suffered an absolutely heartbreaking loss. Mick Montgomery, beloved owner of Canal Street Tavern , passed away in his sleep.


How does one start to describe all that Mick contributed to our community and culture? It’s an impossible task. The thing I admired most about him was his single minded determination to bring original music to Dayton. In a time when cover bands dominated the bar scene, Mick wanted his own club, so original musicians had a voice. At Canal St, Mick got to perform his own music, and along the way, inspired countless others to do the same. His tenacity, enthusiasm for all types of music, and many personal sacrifices, helped produce a vibrant Dayton music scene, that is renowned to this day. He leaves behind a legacy that will not soon be forgotten.

More than that, Mick was a true friend, and even father figure, to many. All the music lovers in this town owe him a enormous debt of gratitude for everything he gave us. Thank you, Mick, for the memories, your friendship, and of course, the music. We love you! This weekend, when you’re out seeing live music, please raise a glass to his memory.

Keep reading to find out about the shows happening this weekend, including A Good Ol Fashioned Mick Montgomery Hootenanny,

> To read more about Mick Montgomery, click here.

Friday January 19th

Friday night you can catch Trey Stone & The Ringers , a full-bodied super group of well known Dayton musicians. They are back at one of their favorite stomping grounds: the  Trolley Stop.  You’re in for a treat with three full sets of piano-fueled rock’n’roll! Show starts at 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

You can catch some early tunes after work on Friday at Oregon Express with Dave Greer Jazz Band for Happy Hour.  Late night Barstool Brown, Viceroy Kings, and Next to Nowhere  will get the place rockin’! Late show starts at 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Excited to check out a couple up-and-coming acts from Cincinnati ,  The Lovers  and  Freedom Nicole Moore,  both performing at Hannah’s  on Friday night. They mix soulful vocals with indie and Americana rock stylings, and singer-songwriter influences. Local musician  Tony Herdman kicks off the evening. Doors 9pm. No cover. 21+

Garage rockers The Deadlicks and The Daytimers  are back at Blind Bob’s  on Friday night as well. Going to be a wild, ragin night over there! Doors 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Two new acts on my radar are performing at South Park Tavern on Friday night: Salt Orchard and Adele Backus. Always enjoy a cozy night at SPT, so checkout some new music while you’re at it! Show from  10pm – 1am.

Every Friday, exclusively at Watermark  restaurant in Miamisburg, Kevin Dumont and   Jeon McConnell  perform sultry sounds of the saxophone. Looking for a fantastic date night? This is it! Enjoy some top notch cuisine, along with great music from 8:30-10:30pm.

Oscar’s Bar is offering a sizzling night of live original electronica to Vandalia, featuring the musical trifecta, Echo Mecca, Goodnight Goodnight and Curse of Cassandra ! This is truly a line-up not to be missed! 9pm – 12am. $5 cover.


Rachel Litteral & The Abstracts brings their blues-rock to Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs for a mid winter warm up. Come on out and shake it with them! 10pm. No cover.

Saturday January 20th

Saturday is when the Dayton music community collectively celebrates the life of Mick Montgomery. A drop in service will be held from 1-4pm at Tobias Funeral Home at 3970 Dayton Xenia Rd in Beavercreek. Afterwards, at 6pm, his family and friends will gather at The Brightside Event and Music Venue (905 E 3rd St. Dayton, OH) to throw a proper Hootenanny in his honor.

Michael “Mick” Montgomery at a 2003 Wood Guthrie show at Canal Street Tavern. Montgomery died on Jan. 13, 2018. Photo courtesy of Jan Underwood

The Hootenanny is a free event that is open to anyone interested in celebrating Mick’s life. It’s a family style pot luck, so please bring some kind of dish, desert or snack to share. There is a cash bar (no outside alcohol, please). Non-alcoholic beverages are available as well. Anyone interested in signing up to play a song at the Hootenanny will sign up when they arrive to the event space. Children are welcome earlier in the evening. The event will run until 2am. Parking information is posted on the event page here.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to support the Dayton music community and the folks at Bright Side: or at the venue itself. Online condolences may be sent to

We can’t predict these type of losses, so naturally many other shows were already booked for Saturday night. Mick would have wanted everyone to keep playing their music and so we shall! Over at Blind Bob’s  you can catch  Nightbeast, Jack O’Shea (guitarist of Bayside from NY) , and RINDThis is going to be a rockin’ party night that will be fun, fun, fun! Love these bands! 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Two of my favorite locals acts Nasty Bingo  and The Boxcar Suite  are performing at Hannah’s.  These talented folks perform an fun mix of blues, rock, and Americana. 9pm-1am. $5 cover.

Another funky and fabulous show is happening at Trolley Stop  with  Lord Kimbo.  They are high-energy, fun and funky! 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Rock & Roll Anarchy is in store at  Oregon Express on Saturday night with  Evil Eye Gypsy,  Motel Faces, and A Sides B Sides. $5 at the door. 21+.

It’s a night of serious rock’n’roll with Far From Eden, Earth Tongue , & This Blessed Hatred at Hanks Pub  on Patterson. It’s going to be a fun night at this neighborhood bar! 9pm No cover. 18+

North of town, don’t miss the ferocious band Tiger Sex , along with Filthy Lowdown, Negative Protein and Fuzzmuck at Oscar’s Bar in Vandalia. It promises to be “loud, live and raw” in there! 9pm. $5 at the door. 21+.



Grateful Dead fans, don’t miss the very talented tribute act Arrows of Neon at One Eyed Jacks.  These guys always put a smile on my face! Two full sets start at 10pm. No cover!

Also in Miamisburg, don’t forget about the live jazz most days of the week at   Blue Note Bistro & Lounge . Check their  site for their full schedule, which features early set times, so it works great as a date night!

As  always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers: The information above is for January 2018. This is a listing of interesting shows in the Miami Valley region, but is by no means definitive. Click hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues, and events, including start times, directions, and ticket information. If I don’t list a price, it wasn’t listed. Typically cover charges for local shows are $5.  You can keep up with my live music adventures on  Facebook,  Instagram, or  Twitter

Def Leppard and Journey are going on tour together — and they are coming close to here

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 10:40 AM

Deff Leppard and Journey are co-headlining a 58-city North American tour in 2018.
David Becker/Getty Images for Def Leppard, Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Deff Leppard and Journey are co-headlining a 58-city North American tour in 2018.(David Becker/Getty Images for Def Leppard, Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Two of the greatest rock bands are teaming up for a massive co-headlining North American tour composed of both stadium and arena concerts.

Def Leppard and Journey are hitting road in May, and their tour includes some stops close to home including Monday, May 28 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland and Wednesday, May 30 in Cincinnati at U.S. Bank Arena and Wednesday, Aug. 22 in Columbus at the Schottenstein Center.

>> Music legend Tony Bennett is coming to the Fraze

The tour will feature complete sets and all-new production from both bands, and an arsenal of their hits such as “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Lights,” “Photograph,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Rock of Ages” and “Faithfully.”

Tickets for the show in Cincinnati go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. through, Ticketmaster outlets, the U.S. Bank Arena box office and charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.

>> Talking Heads mastermind David Byrne coming here for a summer concert

 The 58-city tour will hit 10 stadiums — Toronto’s Rogers Centre; Atlanta’s Sun Trust Park; Detroit’s Comerica Park; Chicago’s Wrigley Field; Denver’s Coors Field; Minneapolis’ Target Field; Boston’s Fenway Park; St. Louis’ Busch Stadium; San Francisco’s AT&T Park; and San Diego’s Petco Park — as well as world-famous arenas, such as Madison Square Garden in New York and the ‘Fabulous’ Forum in Inglewood, California. A full list of tour dates can be found at Live Nation.

Top 10 things to do in Dayton this week

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Actor-comedian Donnell Rawlings, whose diverse credits include Chappelle s Show, The Wire and Guy Court, performs at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at The Greene in Beavercreek on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20. CONTRIBUTED
Contributing Writer
Actor-comedian Donnell Rawlings, whose diverse credits include Chappelle s Show, The Wire and Guy Court, performs at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at The Greene in Beavercreek on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is exploring music from Brahms to Bernstein this weekend at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton. Mezzo-soprano Layna Chianakas joins the orchestra for “Brahms: First and Foremost,” a Masterworks Series concert, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20. Cost: $8-$64.30.

The DPO is back at the Schuster Center at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, for “Jeremiah: Fire in the Heart.” The Classical Connections Series concert features compositions by Leonard Bernstein. Cost: $8-$43.

The Sunday concert, which features Bernstein’s “Candide Overture” and “Symphony No 1, Jeremiah,” is followed by a casual Q&A and ice cream social. Call 937-228-3630 or visit

>> Get your BBQ fix at this mouthwatering event

(top from left) Soprano Olivia Yokers, mezzo-soprano Noragh Devlin, (bottom from left) tenor Michael Anderson and bass-baritone Alexander Harper are the Dayton Opera Artists-in Residence joining the DPO for Bernstein Songfest Jan. 28 at the Dayton Art Institute. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


After the death of a friend, a widowed bar owner strikes up a life-changing conversation with a female regular in his Philadelphia tavern. That’s the setup for playwright Bruce Graham’s “Stella and Lou,” Dayton Theatre Guild’s production of the 2013 comedic drama is directed by Gary Thompson. “Stella and Lou,” opening at the Caryl D. Philips TheatreScape, 430 Wayne Ave., Dayton, on Friday, Jan. 19, is presented weekends through Feb. 4. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday opening weekend, and 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday the following weekends. Cost: $20 adults, $18 seniors and $13 students. Call 937-278-5993 or visit

>> Guide to indoor play places in and around Dayton

(from left) Adam Clevenger (Donnie), Amy Taint (Stella) and Geoff Burkman (Lou) appear in Dayton Theatre Guild’s production of the relationship dramedy Stella and Lou through Sunday, Feb. 4. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY CRAIG ROBERTS(Contributing Writer)


In addition to two different concerts this weekend, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is once again joining with Dayton Performing Arts Alliance partners Dayton Ballet and Dayton Opera for a diverse afternoon of entertainment. The Family Series program, “World of Wonder: Explore the Ballet, Opera and Orchestra,” is presented at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Audience members are invited backstage at 1:30 p.m. for a pre-concert, behind-the-scenes look at the participating groups. Cost: $14-$22. Call 937-228-3630 or visit

>> Brewery to hold BEER and DONUTS event


As its name suggests, “Beehive: The Sixties Musical,” is filled with memorable hits by female singers from that decade’s hit parade. Larry Gallagher’s jukebox musical concerns a rising vocal quartet and features songs made popular by Aretha Franklin, Brenda Lee and other vocalists. Tina McPhearson directs the local production of this show, which opens at Dayton Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton, on Friday, Jan. 19. “Beehive: The Sixties Musical” is presented weekends through Feb. 4. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $16, $18. Call 937-424-8477 or visit


Violin-playing siblings Mariko and Kanako Shimasaki have been thrilling audiences since they were grade school students in Springfield. Today, they are building a growing national following. The Shimasaki Sisters join the Springfield Symphony Orchestra at Clark State Performing Arts Center, Kuss Auditorium, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. The program, “NightLights II,” features pieces such as “Don Quixote” by Georg Philipp Telemann and Astor Piazzola’s “Four Seasons in Buenos Aires.” Cost: $30-$56 adults, $18 and $23 students. Call 937-328-3874 or visit

>> This is the perfect event for Harry Potter fans

Violin prodigies Kanako and Mariko Shimasaki will return home for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s second NightLights concert of the season on Jan. 20. BOB BINGENHEIMEr/CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


Donnell Rawlings broke through to mainstream comedy fans as a cast member on “Chappelle’s Show” on Comedy Central. However, the Washington, D.C., native is an actor-comedian with a lengthy creative resume that also includes television roles on “The Wire” and “The Corner” and serving as the judge on the series, “Guy Court.” Rawlings is performing at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20. Show times are 7:30 and 10 p.m. Cost: $20-$50. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit


The new show, “Christopher Burk: Illuminating the Everyday,” features landscape paintings of frequently overlooked urban environments by the Columbus-based artist. The exhibition opens at the Springfield Museum of Art, 107 Cliff Park Road, Springfield, on Saturday, Jan. 20. “Illuminating the Everyday” is on display through July 1. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $5 non-members, free for museum members and children younger than 17. Call 937-325-4673 or visit

Christopher Burk: Illuminating the Everyday, which features the Columbus-based artist s urban landscape paintings, is on display at the Springfield Museum of Art in Springfield January 20 through July 1. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


More than 150 makes and models will be on display when the Cincinnati-Dayton RV Super Show is presented at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton, Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 25 through 28. Show hours are 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Attendees will be able to tour RVs, attend seminars and take advantage of special factory rebates, financing and on-the-sport loan approval. Cost: $10 adults, free children under 12. Visit

>> Meet the Daytonian of the Week: Chris Harmon, Town Hall Theatre


Dayton rockers Funeral Moon share an affinity for heavy riffs and pummeling rhythms with its namesake from Australia but don’t confuse this crew with the band from Down Under. The local metal act celebrates the release of its debut album at Rockstar Pro Arena, 1106 E. Third St., Dayton, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Special guests Vehemian, Retreat Hell, Close the Hatch and Bundy and the Spins will also perform. Cost: $10 in advance. Visit


The origins of musical comedian Heywood Banks are sketchy. There are tall tales about being born on a mountaintop in Tennessee, a grisly restaurant accident and a dreaded case of Spamnesia brought on by a rancid can of lunchmeat. None of those claims can be substantiated, but it’s clear he is a performer with a distinctive personal style, a unique world view and a songbook bursting with off-kilter songs like “Toast” and “Big Butter Jesus.” Banks returns to Wiley’s Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St., Dayton, on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20. Show times are 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Cost: $20. Call 937-224-5653 or visit

Heywood Banks is the mastermind of songs such as "Big Butter Jesus," "Don't Trust a Puppet" and "Toast." CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT)