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Hey dude, you could win this piece of ‘Big Lebowski’ art

Published: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 4:30 PM

You can win a piece of The Dude ... sort of. 

A signed, reproduced storyboard from the cult classic “The Big Lebowski” made by  local artist J. Todd Anderson and signed by the Coen brothers — yeah, those Coen brothers —will be auctioned as part of Ashes For A Kidney - A Special Big Lebowski Silent Auction today, April 20.

The event will be held Thursday, April 20 at The "Old" Yellow Cab building, 700 E. Fourth St. in Dayton’s Oregon District. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the storyboard winner will be announced at 11:30 p.m.  

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Proceeds from the event will benefit Robert Gray, co-owner of Ohio Coffee Company. Gray recently had a  kidney transplant.  

Anderson, a New Carlisle native and Dayton-area resident, will present the storyboard for the "Donny's Ashes” scene from the movie to the winner. 

The reproduced storyboard is made directly from the original storyboards, which are not sold. 

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Steve Buscemi plays Donny (Theodore Donald Kerabatsos) in “The Big Lebowski.”

Anderson has created the storyboard for about 20 Coen brothers movies since 1987’s "Raising Arizona,” including the “The Big Lebowski,” which starred Jeff Bridges as Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, a super laid-back dude who happens to share the same name as a millionaire. 

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Anderson’s work also appears in the Coen brothers’ multiple Academy Award-winning films like “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men,” as well as the nominated films “A Serious Man,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “True Grit,” “The Man Who Wasn't There,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Barton Fink.”

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Solstice Gala celebrates darkest night with immersive art experience

Published: Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The first Solstice Gala was held in 2016. This year's Solstice Gala will be held Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 at Catapult Creative in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / Morgan Bush, Catapult Creative
The first Solstice Gala was held in 2016. This year's Solstice Gala will be held Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 at Catapult Creative in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / Morgan Bush, Catapult Creative

Winter solstice is upon us. Known as the “longest night of the year,” it will fall on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. 

To celebrate, Catapult Creative and Bloom Creative Collective have partnered to host Solstice Gala 2 at 7 p.m. on Dec. 21. 

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The event is an immersive art experience featuring soundscapes by KHONSHU, spoken word and art installations. Bloom will provide tarot readings.  

Proceeds from the ticket sales will go towards funding a Dayton Inspires video game-themed mural in 2018.

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Here’s part of the description from Eventbrite:

The event is a fully immersive experience. A veritable artistic landscape, elements from music and spoken word to art and aesthetic have been carefully selected to reflect the consistent patterns and rhythms of the ever-changing world around us. Our desire is to create a space of comfortable reflection and necessary separation from the fast-paced world surrounding it. Beyond that, we love any excuse to throw a good party.

There will be limited quantities of Solstice-themed cocktails, beer and wine available. 

The first Solstice Gala was held in 2016. This year's Solstice Gala will be held Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 at Catapult Creative in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / Morgan Bush, Catapult Creative

The event takes place at Catapult Creative, 10 N. Ludlow Street. Guests are asked to enter through the Courthouse Square side (there is a Dayton Inspires mural on the door). 

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Tickets are $15 and are required for entry. All proceeds will go toward funding a Dayton Inspires mural in 2018. Cost includes drinks and a limited edition Solstice Gala poster. Ages 21 and up only.  

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Want to go?

WHAT: Solstice Gala 2

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

WHERE: Catapult Creative, 10 N. Ludlow St., Dayton. Enter through Courthouse Square side.

COST: $15/ticket (all proceeds go to fund a Dayton Inspires mural project)

INFO: Eventbrite tickets | Facebook event

JUST ANNOUNCED: Country rock revival tour with Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels band, more headed to town

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

The Southern Uprising Tour, a southern rock revival starring Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band and the Outlaws, is headed to town.

The tour will make a stop at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Saturday, July 28, 2018, the music venue just announced. The show will begin at 5 p.m.

Tickets will range from $40-$65 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16.

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The Charlie Daniels Band along with The Marshall Tucker Band will perform Saturday at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater. Larry Busacca / Getty Images

HOW TO GET TICKETS

Tickets can be purchased online at www.fraze.com or www.etix.com or by phone at 1-800-514-3849.

Tickets also can be purchased at the Fraze FanFare Store  located inside Town & Country Shopping Center, 424 E. Stroop Road, Kettering. It is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Country superstar Alan Jackson is headed to town and here’s how to grab tickets

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 7:00 AM

Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour adds more miles and rolls into 2018 with a stop at the Wright State University Nutter Center in Dayton, OH on Friday, March 16! Tickets go on sale Friday, December 15 at 12:00 PM (ET). CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY KRISTY BELCHER
Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour adds more miles and rolls into 2018 with a stop at the Wright State University Nutter Center in Dayton, OH on Friday, March 16! Tickets go on sale Friday, December 15 at 12:00 PM (ET). CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY KRISTY BELCHER

Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour has added a stop at the Wright State University Nutter Center on Friday, March 16.

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 15 at noon. Ticket prices and information are available at Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000, Wright State University Nutter Center Box Office and by visiting alanjackson.com/tour. VIP packages will be available.

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Some of Jackson’s hits include “Here in The Real World”…signature songs such as “Chattahoochee,” “Drive” and “Gone Country,” “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time.”

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Jackson’s concert announcement comes on the heels of his 2017 induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

He has been named CMA Entertainer of the Year three times, has more than 25 years of membership in the Grand Ole Opry, a 2016 Billboard ranking as one of the Top 10 Country Artists of All-Time, induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Heritage Award as the most-performed country songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years. 

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He has sold nearly 60-million albums worldwide, ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time in all genres. He has released more than 60 singles – registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard chart-toppers). He has earned more than 150 music industry awards – including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards. 

The breathtaking Tree of Light and 7 more reasons to visit Carillon Park this holiday season

Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 @ 11:15 AM
Updated: Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 12:40 PM

The Deeds Carillon at Carillon Historical Park is transformed into a Tree of Light on Nov. 30, 2016.

One of Dayton’s most famous landmarks will transform once again into the stunning Tree of Light for the holiday season.

The 151-foot Deeds Carillon will be all aglow with 20,000 Christmas bulbs strung from above the top of the bell tower down to the ground. This is the third year for the Tree of Light.

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The Carillon Tree of Light will shine again beginning Nov. 29. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)

“A Carillon Christmas” runs Nov. 29 through Dec. 30, from 5-10 p.m. each night. 

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Dayton History has transformed the Deeds Carillon at Carillon Park into a huge lighted Christmas Tree. The Carillon will be illuminated on Nov. 30 this year. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

In addition to the Tree of Light, here are seven reasons to go:  

1) Letters to Santa: You can help your little ones write a letter to Santa at Newcom Tavern, Dayton’s first post office. Then it will be sent to the North Pole.

2) Yummy treats: Bakers in period costumes will be selling yummy homemade gingerbread cookies, hot cider and fresh chestnuts from a hearth oven in the Morris House. Soft pretzels, peppermint swirls, hot dogs, hard cider and beer will be available at Culp’s Christmas Cafe. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be available in the Transportation Center. Full-service dinner and house-made brews will be available at Carillon Brewing Co. 

3) Photos with Santa: Have fun taking a complimentary photo with Santa from 5-9 p.m. daily through Dec. 23. 

4) Carillon Card Company: Make your own holiday greeting cards on a printing press from the 1930s. 

5) Midnight Express. Take the kiddie train for a ride to the North Pole and back for $1. 

6) Scavenger hunt: Be part of an adventure for $2.50. 

7) Victorian carolers: Singers will be walking around and singing our favorite Christmas carols to get you in the holiday spirit.

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Want to go? 

WHAT: A Carillon Christmas 

WHERE Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd. 

WHEN: 5-10 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 30 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) 

ADMISSION: $5 for children, $7 for seniors, $8 for adults; free for Dayton History members and children under 3.

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