Opening day today for the Dayton area’s 1st Raising Cane’s restaurant

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 11:16 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 6:41 AM

The competition among chicken restaurants is getting hotter across the Miami Valley

Today is opening day for Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers’ first Dayton-area location  at 1136 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp., the latest in a wave of new chicken restaurants across the region.

Raising Cane’s joins an increasingly competitive chicken-restaurant market, with most of the recent growth focused on Dayton’s south suburbs. Chick-fil-A has opened new locations in Kettering and the Cornerstone of Centerville center, and last year completed a $1 million makeover of its Washington Twp. restaurant. Locally based startup Mike’s Nashville Hot opened its first two restaurants in Austin Landing in Miami Twp. and on Ohio 48 in Washington Twp. And other chains such as Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen and Church’s Chicken have announced plans to add locations across the region. 

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At the new Raising Cane’s, the first person in line when the restaurant opens at 10:30 a.m. today, June 28, will receive “Free Cane’s for a year,” in the form of a gift card good for one free “Box Combo” each week for 52 weeks and a $35 gift basket, a spokeswoman for Raising Cane’s Dayton-area franchisee said. Customers started lining up early in the week.

Bob Daniels of Beavercreek was first in line Tuesday at Raising Canes.(Rick McCrabb)

Bob Daniels of Beavercreek was the first in line on Tuesday evening. Sitting in a tent, Daniels said he got in line at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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Customers who come in during today’s grand opening Day will receive a “Raising Cane's Limited-Edition BBQ Spatula,” while supplies last, according to Andria Morgan, marketing manager for RCO Limited, Raising Cane’s Dayton-area franchisee. 

Other prizes and festivities include tickets to see a Columbus Crew soccer match for the first 10 people in line, and a live, on-site broadcast from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. from K99.1FM.  

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The site of the new restaurant in Washington Twp. most recently housed a Golden Dragon Buffet & Grill, and, before that, a Ryan’s Steakhouse. The former restaurant structure was demolished to pave the way for construction of the new Raising Cane’s.

The Ohio 725 restaurant will seat 92 inside and will employ 45 to 65, Morgan has said.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers operates multiple restaurants in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas, and opened a restaurant in Fairfield in October 2016. Plans call for adding more Dayton-area locations, Morgan has said. Plans for a potential Beavercreek location are pending, according to city and restaurant officials.

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The Raising Cane’s chain prides itself on a limited menu and a simple concept, focused on chicken fingers, made “fresh, never frozen,” marinated for 24 hours, then battered and cooked to order. Also featured on the menu are crinkle-cut fries, cole slaw, Texas Toast and sauces that are made in-house each day.

This Friday is the LAST Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally of the season

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 10:47 AM

The last food truck rally of the season will be held Friday, Oct. 20 at the Yellow Cab, 700 E. 4th St., Dayton. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Contributing Writer
The last food truck rally of the season will be held Friday, Oct. 20 at the Yellow Cab, 700 E. 4th St., Dayton. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO(Contributing Writer)

Dry your tears -- you still have one more huge event to celebrate your favorite food trucks. 

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The last Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally of the season will be held from 5-10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20. 

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The event will feature an eclectic mix of gourmet food trucks, free live music and local craft beers. 

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Featured Food Trucks:

Ramen RickshawEl MesonSmokinbeebeeqThe Drunken Waffle, and Greek Street Food Truck

Dessert:

Creme de la Creme Cakery

The Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally has partnered with The Night Market, so there will be several local vendors selling fresh produce and other local items during the event.

Kevin Hart is coming to town, and here’s where you can see him

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 9:54 AM

Kevin Hart will bring his latest comedy tour to the Nutter Center on Jan. 27, 2018. PHOTO: DANNY MOLOSHOK/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Kevin Hart will bring his latest comedy tour to the Nutter Center on Jan. 27, 2018. PHOTO: DANNY MOLOSHOK/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Actor, comedian and best-selling author Kevin Hart will bring The Irresponsible Tour to Wright State University’s Nutter Center on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20 and will be available at the Wright State University Nutter Center box office, ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets range from $48 to $118, plus fees.

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“I Can’t Make This Up” by Kevin Hart. CONTRIBUTED

HART’S RECENT PROJECTS

Hart’s memoir “I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons” debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller list and has remained on the list for nine consecutive weeks. Earlier in the year, Hart voiced a title character in “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.” 

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He will appear in the Sony reboot of the classic film “Jumanji” alongside Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black. In March of 2018, Kevin will star alongside Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman in his first dramatic role in the “Untouchables” for The Weinstein Co. Hart will soon begin shooting the Feature Comedy Night School for Universal, a film in which he co-wrote under the Hartbeat production banner and will also star in.

Kevin Hart will bring his latest comedy tour to the Nutter Center on Jan. 27, 2018. CONTRIBUTED

Hart’s recent movie projects include the animated film “The Secret Life of Pets” (Illumination Entertainment) and the biggest grossing live action comedy “Central Intelligence” (New Line Cinema and Universal Pictures), Universal’s “Ride Along 2,” which grossed over $100 million worldwide, Screen Gems’ “The Wedding Ringer” and Warner Brothers’ “Get Hard.”

Hart is also a force in television, executive producing the show, “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” which is currently in Season 5. In addition, Comedy Central will launch two standup comedy series’ “Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City” and “Untitled Kevin Hart Stand-Up Series.”

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COMEDY TOUR

Hart’s live comedy show has sold out eight tristate area arenas, including Madison Square Garden, Barclays, Prudential Center and Jones Beach, selling over 100,000 tickets in the NY market. He was also the first comedian to sell out an NFL stadium, selling over 50,000 tickets in one show.

What you need to know about this Grammy-winning band before Dayton show

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Living Colour — (left to right) Doug Wimbish, Corey Glover, Vernon Reid and Will Calhoun — performs at Oddbody s Music Room in Dayton on Saturday, Oct. 21. CONTRIBUTED
Living Colour — (left to right) Doug Wimbish, Corey Glover, Vernon Reid and Will Calhoun — performs at Oddbody s Music Room in Dayton on Saturday, Oct. 21. CONTRIBUTED

For the new album, “Shade,” Living Colour puts a modern spin on the history of the blues. The material includes a handful of blues-rock originals and diverse covers like Robert Johnson’s “Preachin’ Blues” and Notorious BIG’s “Who Shot Ya?”

Corey Glover (vocals), Vernon Reid (guitar), Doug Wimbish (bass) and Will Calhoun (drums), currently on tour supporting “Shade,” perform at Oddbody’s Music Room in Dayton on Saturday, Oct. 21.

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“The blues is part of our lives,” Calhoun said recently. “It was inspired by doing the 100th anniversary of Robert Johnson at the Apollo. We got a standing ovation that night and we didn’t expect that kind of response so we decided to use that song as the impetus to put together a new record.”

“Shade,” released in early September, is the band’s sixth studio album and its first release since 2009’s “The Chair in the Doorway.” While most of the new songs are just the four longtime members of Living Colour, the sessions included a few special guests on organ and horns.

“We wanted to include some friends so we called on some people,” Calhoun said. “When you’re making music, the music dictates what you need. Marc Cary, my friend from D.C., played an organ solo on one song. Corey and Doug go to Jazz Fest every year in New Orleans and they’ve become allies with Big Sam Williams and some of those guys and we sent them a track.

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“A lot of it is compadres coming to the table,” he continued. “Chuck D did some things, some of them made the record and some of them didn’t. We like to work with other people because the magic can happen at any time and then we just keep what works for the project.”

Living Colour performs at Oddbody s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Doors open at 7 p.m. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Living Colour formed in 1984 and released its debut, “Vivid” (1988), which spawned the Grammy-winning hit “Cult of Personality.” The band took a five-year hiatus in 1995 but has been performing and recording since reforming in 2000.

“We perform in usual rock venues but with the climate we have now, it’s important we display the music on different platforms,” Calhoun said. “We’re not a typical rock band. We get into different kinds of covers that make it a really unique live experience. I’m biased because I’m the drummer in the band but that’s what I feel.

“Next year is the 30th anniversary of our first record,” Calhoun added. “We’ll celebrate that with a tour but right now we’re looking forward to coming out and playing the new music.”

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WANT TO GO?

Who: Living Colour

Where: Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

More info: 937-813-4272 or www.oddbodys.com

Artist info:www.livingcolour.com

7 reasons you HAVE to see the dark drama ‘TAPE’

Published: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

'TAPE,' presented by Playground Theatre, runs Oct. 19-22, 2017 in the Mathile Theatre at the Schuster Center. PHOTO / Savannah Rank
'TAPE,' presented by Playground Theatre, runs Oct. 19-22, 2017 in the Mathile Theatre at the Schuster Center. PHOTO / Savannah Rank

Three friends connected by the past and the trauma of sexual assault provide the riveting foundation of Stephen Belber’s provocative 1999 drama “Tape.” 

The show is presented by Playground Theatre beginning Thursday, Oct. 19 in the Mathile Theatre of the Schuster Center. 

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Here are seven reasons why you should see this dark and twisty tale, which is bound to leave you questioning motives. 

1.) THE COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIPS
Set in real time in a Lansing, Michigan motel, “Tape” is a reunion between high school friends Vince, a volunteer firefighter and drug dealer, and Jon, an aspiring filmmaker on the cusp of his big break at the Lansing Film Festival. Reflecting on the old days leads to thoughts of Amy, Vince’s former girlfriend. 

Although Vince and Amy dated, they never had sex. But after their relationship ended, Amy slept with Jon. In fact, Vince says Amy told him Jon date-raped her. The conversation is revealing -- and, as one might assume from the title of the play, it is recorded.

Things get even more complicated when Vince says he’s invited Amy, now a Lansing assistant district attorney, to dinner – and she’s stopping by the motel. 

'TAPE,' presented by Playground Theatre, runs Oct. 19-22, 2017 in the Mathile Theatre at the Schuster Center. PHOTO / Knack Creative

Ultimately what happened or didn’t happen that fateful night between Jon and Amy is dissected with great suspense. 

“This play is incredibly human,” said Playground co-founder Christopher Hahn, who portrays Vince. “What happened to these people affected their lives. They’ve held onto it for a long time. This play addresses what happens when it finally comes out. How do they move forward? This play is the most pivotal moment in their lives. The stakes are incredibly high.” 

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2.) THE UNAVOIDABLE DISCUSSION OF RAPE

Kelsie Slaugh, who portrays Amy, feels the character may consider herself a sexual assault survivor or a victim of rape. 

'TAPE,' presented by Playground Theatre, runs Oct. 19-22, 2017 in the Mathile Theatre at the Schuster Center. PHOTO / Savannah Rank

“I don't feel there is a black and white way to look at it,” she said. “I wish I could accurately describe the way someone feels after a sexual violation. I wish I could put into words the fear, anger, disgust. The way it haunts you years afterwards and changes your personality in ways you didn't know were possible. But I can't. I don't know how to describe it. Amy is affected. One in five women are affected. We're all victims and survivors and dealing with it in complicated, painful and beautiful ways.” 

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3.) IT’S LOCALLY RELEVANT

A.J. Breslin, who portrays Jon, admits finding deep similarities between his character and 2014 Oakwood High School graduate Brock Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer who spent three months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. 

'TAPE,' presented by Playground Theatre, runs Oct. 19-22, 2017 in the Mathile Theatre at the Schuster Center. PHOTO / Knack Creative

“So many straight white male perpetrators of these crimes never have to face any kind of justice for it,” Breslin said. “They go on with their lives, have a career, and perhaps even contribute something nice to the community. Maybe Jon has become a better person, but it doesn’t change the fact that he never had to face the consequences of his actions. We see this in the news all the time.” 

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4.) THE GENDER DIVIDE 

Director and Playground co-founder Jenna Valyn feels men and women will likely view and absorb “Tape” differently, particularly recalling the troupe’s outstanding 2016 production of Neil LaBute’s “Reasons To Be Pretty,” an often brutal look at body image. 

'TAPE,' presented by Playground Theatre, runs Oct. 19-22, 2017 in the Mathile Theatre at the Schuster Center. PHOTO / Savannah Rank

“This play is about how people perceive situations, and these characters perceive them in very different ways,” she said. “As a woman, I understand Amy and her objective. I think men will watch this play and think she’s manipulative, but I think she’s doing what she needs to survive. Amy is not the stereotype of the damsel in distress typically seen in film, TV and theater. She comes out of her situation very powerful. She empowers herself through a very terrible thing that happened to her.” 

“Amy is incredibly complex, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't still trying to figure her out,” Slaugh added. “One thing I love about Amy is that she comes in and schools these two boys on rape. She uses a wide range of tactics to illustrate to them how misogynistic they're being about the entire thing. Vince believes that he is helping her by tricking Jon into a confession; Amy sees that Vince is really trying to help himself. Jon believes he can say sorry and fix everything; Amy proves that actions always have consequences, and words alone cannot erase that.” 

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5.) THE INTIMACY

Playground recognizes one of the bonuses of the black box Mathile Theatre is the ability to change the space, the intimacy, which each show. This time around, Valyn is taking a cage fight approach, setting the play in-the-round. 

“This play is a power struggle,” she said. “There are moments of great tension among the characters when they’re at a distance followed by moments when they’re closer and strike. It feels like a boxing match or a fight to the death.” 

“There’s no way to hide,” Hahn echoed. “There is visceral immediacy.”  

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6.) THE KILLER SOUNDTRACKMusic is key to the emotional undercurrent of Playground productions. From the moment the audience enters, music accents the experience. “Tape” is set in the late 1990s, so Valyn is ensuring a mix of grunge and alternative rock. 

“Expect Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Garbage, Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, Beastie Boys, and more,” she said. “The songs you’ll hear will offer nuggets about the characters and the play’s overall angst.” 

You can follow Playground’s Spotify playlist at http://bit.ly/tape-soundtrack

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7.) THE THOUGHT-PROVOKING TAKEAWAYS

“This is a play that deals with the real ugliness of humanity, and theater companies around here really don’t choose these types of stories,” Valyn said. 

“The biggest takeaway is a conversation,” Slaugh noted. “What is rape? What is consent? Does rape ‘expire’ after so many years? How long do my mistakes follow me? What is forgiveness? Punishment? I hope our audiences leave with questions. I hope they discuss the choices the characters make and examine their own lives.” 

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Want to go?WHAT: “Tape”
WHERE: Mathile Theatre of the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton
WHEN: Oct. 19-22; 7 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday  

COST: $15-$20 
TICKETS: Call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com

INFO: theplaygroundtheatre.org

FYI: Patrons are advised the play contains adult language and situations. 

You can contact this contributing writer at rflorence2@gmail.com.