Sprawling dinner party to be held at UD this weekend

Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 12:20 PM

More than 500 Dayton residents gathered on the Third Street Bridge for conversation and a meal during The Longest Table event, which was held Saturday, Oct. 15. The concept was one of the winning projects at the UpDayton Summit.

The Longest Table Dayton wants you to come to Sunday dinner at the University of Dayton. 

The project, a winner from last year's UpDayton Summit led by City of Dayton Legislative Aide Bryan Stewart, will hold its third consecutive monthly community dinner from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 19 in the UD’s Central Mall, 300 College Park, Dayton. 

>> PHOTOS: Dayton’s first Longest Table across the Peace Bridge 

“I hope our March meal will help UD students gain a better understanding of Dayton as a whole,” Stewart said. “I hope they gain a better understanding of Dayton’s rich, complicated history and get a chance to actually meet folks who live, work, and play in the community off campus.” 

Like others in the series, the meal is sponsored by Dayton's Human Relations Council. 

>> RELATED: The Longest Table: Join this massive dinner party on a Dayton bridge

The community is invited to the free event. 

The project has participants sit and talk in the name of community betterment.

The University of Dayton's Student Government Association is hosting participants on campus. 

The Longest Table held its first event in October, where more than 500 relative “strangers” broke bread with one another on the Third Street Bridge (The Peace Bridge) during the giant dinner party.

Visit thelongesttabledayton.com/march to register. 

Solar eclipse stamp changes from eclipsed sun to full moon

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 1:49 PM

To commemorate the total solar eclipse over the US in August, the U.S. Postal Service is releasing a landmark stamp that does something no other stamp can.

The Total Solar Eclipse Forever stamp, which will be issued June 20, changes when you touch it from an image of the eclipsed sun to one of the full moon.

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On August 21, the moon will slip between the sun and Earth, casting a shadow that will create the first full solar eclipse over the U.S. in 38 years.

In a swath of the country from South Carolina to Oregon, darkness will reign in the middle of the day for a full two minutes and 40 seconds, beginning at 1:25 p.m. in the Eastern time zone.

>> Related: Time running out to get reservations for the total solar eclipse in US

The solar eclipse stamp image is a photograph taken by astrophysicist Fred Espenak, aka Mr. Eclipse, of Portal, AZ, that shows a total solar eclipse seen from Jalu, Libya, on March 29, 2006.

Thermochromic ink makes the stamp work. Using the heat of your finger, the image will reveal an underlying image of the moon, which Espenak also took. The image reverts back to the eclipse once it cools.

>> Related: Rare total solar eclipse visible from America in August 

Thermochromic inks are vulnerable to UV light and should be kept out of direct sunlight as much as possible to preserve this special effect. To help ensure longevity, the Postal Service will be offering a special envelope to hold and protect the stamp pane for a nominal fee.

The back of the stamp will have a map of the eclipse path.

Dayton Music Insider Top Pick: Chicago Afrobeat Project

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 12:00 PM
Updated: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Your Dayton Music Insider is in vacation mode, so this is a short but sweet run down on all the fun shows I’m missing out on this weekend. Be sure you don’t miss out because there sure are some pretty sweet shows happening!

Friday April 28th

Cincinnati’s Frontier Folk Nebraska is performing with Dayton’s Manray at Trolley Stop. A night of high volume garage rock. Show 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Another cool kid show is happening just down the street at Blind Bob’s with Neon Warship, Lo-Pan, and Grand MammothOh yeah! 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

On the gentler side, check out the super talented Winchester Gray and The Typical Johnsons at Oregon Express. 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Super hot show happening at Jazz Central on East 3rd. with a great mix of performers including:Mic Lansky, Gocci Baby, B.Weave & Brandy Danielle, Uneek, Uncle James, Mike Feez. Dress to impress! Doors 10pm. 21+ w/ ID. $15 General admission.

Any Zappa fans out there? Head south of town to see Ugly Radio Rebellion perform the music of Frank Zappa at Old Crow Bar in Middletown. Very cool! 9pm. $5 cover.

Gin-soaked Angels rare kicking off Spring in the Springs Friday night at Peach’s Grill on Friday, April 28! They have been working hard on their first album and have some new tunes to share. Come add your energy to the show, share in the experience! Doors 9pm. Music 10pm. FREE SHOW. 21+

Saturday April 29th

Funky local bands Zane and The Sway, Founding Fathers, Echo Mecca will have you boogieing the night away at Oregon Express. $5 Cover, 21+ Doors at 9pm, Music at 10pm.

If you love bluegrass, don’t miss The Brian Spirk Unit live at The Tumbleweed Connection. This is a very talented group of guys! So excited for this new combo! 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

SKRT is hosing a very cool Album Release show, at Blind Bob’s with special guests Doxx (Ottawa), Lung, Dirty Socialites, Yikes a band. 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Blues fans are in for a Dayton favorite combo: Noah Wootherspoon at Gilly’s Jazz. Oh yea! pm. $5 cover. 21+

I’m loving the line up at Jimmie’s Ladder 11, and so will my jam band friends: Jericho Thyme with special guest Rich Reuter. Some debut material is planned too, so that’s extra exciting. Plus any show with Rich as the special guest is a “don’t miss” event in my book! 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

American country music singer-songwriter Cannan Smith with special local guest Jamie Suttle is performing at Oddbody’s Music Room. Doors 7pm. 7:30-11:30pm. $15 presale, $20 day of show. 18+

Metal / hard rock fans, head over to Englewood for Blackwater w/ Lying In Ruins, One Day Alive & Forces of Nature at the Courtyard Lounge. Show starts at 9pm. $5 Cover. 21+

Grateful Dead fans are in for a double treat as two tribute bands play the area Saturday night. Check out Arrows of Neon at One Eyed Jacks in Fairborn for two full sets of music starting at 10PM. FREE SHOW! Or head shouth to Middletown, for A Evening with Terrapin Moon at the Old Crow Bar. $5 at the door. 18 & Up. Doors 8pm. Show 10pm.

Fun bands Common Center and Spanish Tony Sanchez at Peach’s in Yellow Springs. This is going to be super fun for the Yellow Springs crowd! Music 10pm. 21+

Last but not least, one of my faves is back in town: Chicago Afrobeat Project is performing at Mother Stewart’s Brewing House in Springfield. They blend Afro-Cuban, Afrobeat and funk! Very cool! Tickets ($10) on sale at the brewery and by phone (937-717-0618) during normal tap room hours.

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for April 28th-29th, 2017. If I don’t list a price, I’m not sure what the price is. Typically cover charges for local shows are $5. Please click the hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues and events, including start times, directions, and ticket availability.  Check out the latest shows I’m promoting @theVenusChild. You can keep up with my adventures on Instagram here or follow me on Twitter @LibbyBallengeeCheers!

The Dayton area’s finest wine-tastings and beer-events list is LIVE

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 11:51 AM


            The Wine Gallery is one of the many fine wine-tasting destinations in the Dayton area. Photo from the Wine Gallery Facebook page

Check out the special wine dinners coming up at The Winds Cafe and Roost Italian! And those are just two of the MANY fine events that grace this lovely list of wine-tastings, beer-tastings, wine dinners and other special events compiled by a Dayton-based wine listserv and shared here with their permission. Read, attend, enjoy!

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Jay’s Kitchen Door 225 E. Sixth St. in Dayton’s Oregon Historic

District, RSVP Events (937) 2222892 http://www.jays.com

Jay’s Kitchen Door will have their normal weekend tastings

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 4-8 pm

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 1-6 pm

Arrow Wine & Spirits Far Hills – Kettering 2950 Far Hills Ave. 9372981456

http://www.arrowwineandspirits.com

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 11-5 pm Wine tasting

2015 Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Chardonnay

2016 Jean Luc Columbo Rose

2013 Chateau De La Chaize Brouilly

2014 Cote Mas Rouge

2012 Renwood Fiddletown Zinfandel

2015 B.R. Cohn Silver Label Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Acrobat Pinot Gris

Beer Tasting 1-4 pm

No beer tasting

Dorothy Lane Markets (DLM)

http://www.dorothylane.com/Products/viewdepartment.pl?id=220

Dorothy Lane Market Oakwood, The Mezzanine.

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 5-8 PM

Domaine de La Ferrandiere Rosé 2016

Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2015

Domaine de Valmoissine Pinot Noir

Fattoria di Lucigano Chianti 2014

Lock & Key Meritage 2012

Gamble Red Heritage Sites 2013

Maraia Barbera Del Monferrato 2014

Oyster Happy Hour, Fridays, 4-7pm

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 2-6pm

Markham Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Domaine Vetriccie Corse Rosé 2016

Napa Cellars Pinot noir 2013

Terra d Oro Deaver Vineyards Zinfandel 2014

Cacchiano Chianti Classico 2009

Dandelion Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Bonus Bottles

Beers on Tap http://www.beermenus.com

DLM Washington Square

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 5-8 pm

2016 Ontañó Rosé, Rioja, Spain

2013 Roco Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, Oregon

2009 Marchesi di Barolo “Ravera” Barbera d’Alba, Italy

2015 Nicolas Merlot, France

2013 Gamble “Heritage Sites” Red Wine, Napa

2013 Alpha & Omega II Red Blend, Napa

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 12-5 pm

2014 Antinori Guado al Tasso Vermentino, Bolgheri, Italy

2015 Ora Bella Chardonnay, California

2016 Chateau di Marissy Tavel Rosé

2013 Roco Gravel Road Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

2014 Newsprint Red Blend, Columbia Valley, Washington

NV Marietta Armé Red Blend, Napa

2015 Chateau Fortia “Tradition” Chateauneuf du Pape

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 4-7 pm Wine Down Wednesday

On Tap:

http://www.dorothylane.com/products/growler.pl

Dorothy Lane Springboro

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 3 - 7 pm

2016 Ferrari Carano Rose

2015 Domaine de Pouy Blanc

2014 Thomas Fogarty Chardonnay

2013 Il Borro Toscana Pian di Nova

NV Marietta Arme Lot 3

2014 Hess Lion Tamer Red

Bonus Bottle

Beers:

Dark Horse Smells Like a Safety Meeting

Clown Shoes Black Currant Saison

On Tap:

http://www.dorothylane.com/products/growler.pland

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 1-5 pm

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut

2016 Trians Rose

2015 Oro Bello Chardonnay

2014 Dashe Les Enfants Terribles Zinfandel

2013 Septima Gran Reserva Red

2012 Chateau Vergnes-Beaulieu Bordeaux

2013 Kenwood Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon

Arrow Centerville 615 Lyons Rd Centerville (937) 433-6778

www.arrowwineandspirits.com

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 5pm to 7pm Beer Tasting

Latitude 42 - Cosmic Charlie Pale Ale

Two Brothers - Domain DuPage

Rogue - Hazelnut Brown Ale

Founders - Old Curmudgeon Olde Ale

New Holland - Night Tripper Imp Stout

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 11-5 pm Wine Tasting

2014 Folie a Deux Chardonnay

2015 Menage a Trois Midnight

2013 Folie a Deux Pinot Noir

2014 Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Terra d’Oro Deavers Ranch Zinfandel

2014 Taken Napa Valley Red Blend

2015 Terra d’Oro Moscato

Tap List

Madtree - Passifire passionfruit gose

Madtree - Treesearch Exp. IPA

Zemore’s Wine Cellar & Bistro

4457 State Route 725 Bellbrook 8482161 Zemores.com

Tues-Thur 4 - 8:30 pm and Friday and Saturday 4 - 10pm

Tue-Thu: 4:00PM-8:30PM

Featured Wines for April 28

2015 Albert Bichot Aligote/France

2015 Gentil “Hugel” White Blend/France

2014 Dunham Cellars/Washington

2014 Vaglio Malbec/Argentina

2010 Bellarina Meritage/California

2015 Soucherie Cab Franc/France

Featured Wines for Apr 28-May 4

2016 Matua Sauvignon Blanc/New Zealand

2015 King Estate Pinot Gris/Oregon

2015 Atlas Chardonnay/California

2015 Los Chamizal Chardonnay/California

2014 Cult Cabernet/California

2016 Lola Pinot Noir/California

2013 Stratton Lumis Petite Sirah/California

Four Featured Draughts

Small plates available daily!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Vinaria Din Vale Feteasca Neagra - Moldova

Taraboste Cabernet - Moldova

Chateau Vartely, Individo Red blend - Moldova

Cricova Crisecco - Moldova

Albastrele Pinot Grigio - Moldova

Viña Doña Javiera Sauvignon Blanc - Chile

The Wine Gallery 5 West Monument Ave Dayton Ohio 45402 9372249463

www.thewinegalleryandcafe.com

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 Wine Tasting from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Deaf Monty’s Wine at Inn Port D’Vino

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

www.daytonwinebar.com

Open 4-8pm Monday through Saturday

Padrillos Malbec; Mercer Sharp Sisters Red; Underrwood Pinot Noir;

Gentleman’s Collection Red Blend; Le Charmel Rose; Gujot Prosecco;

Calling All Angels Chardonnay; Olianis Vermentino; New Age White; Kinsen

Plum; Otima 10 Year Tawny Port

Roost Italian 524 E 5th St, Dayton OH 45402 (937)-222-3100

Wednesday May 3rd 6:30pm $85 Macauley Wine Dinner with winemaker Mac Watson

5 courses of food paired with Macauley wines, Dutton Chardonnay, Russian

River

Pinot Noir, Napa Cabernet, Napa Reserve Cabernet, and Napa Zinfandel

RSVP to Roost Italian @ (937)-222-3100 for reservations for the Macauley

Wine Dinner

Rumbleseat Wine 5853 Far Hills Ave. Dayton, Ohio (937) 9389801

Seven Falls Cabernet Sauvignon

Don David Malbec

Lan Crianza..

Domaine Janasse Cotes Du Rhone

Real De Aragon Grenache

Talley Chardonnay

Brochard Sancerre

Le Charmel Dry Rose

Seaside Vinho Verde

Robertson Sweet Rose

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - Beer Tasting

The Wine Cellar in Osaka, 2476 Commons Blvd, Beavercreek

https://www.facebook.com/OsakaWineCellar/

Sunday, Apr 30, 2017, 2-6pm

2016 Tranche Cellars Pink Pape Rose from Washington

Blackrock Baby Blue Red Blend from Washington

2014 Cult Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi, Napa, Lake County

2014 Pina Cahoot Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa

2014 Hourglass Blueline Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 5-8pm

TBA

The Winds Wine Cellar 215 Xenia Ave, Yellow Springs

Thursday, May 11, 2017 6:30 PM

Multi-course Anne Amie Wine Tasting Dinner

Call the Winds Wine Cellar at 937-767-9441

to pay and reserve your place

Kroger Austin Landing

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 4-8 pm Wine Happy Hour

William Hill Chardonnay

Glascon Reserva Malbec

Ghost Pines Pinot Noir

Benziger Cabernet Sauvignon

Villa “M” Bianco

The Federalist Dueling Pistols Syrah Blend

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

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

Thursday April 27, 2017

13 Celsius Sauv Blanc

Craggy Range Sauv Blanc

Insurrection Shiraz

Lucy Country Shiraz

Nobilo Pinot Noir

Two Hands Sexy Beast

Saturday, April 29 6:15 p.m. Darioush Wine Dinner Dinner Reservation

Required!

Wednesday May 3rd 2017 Wine Tasting

Rustenberg Petit Verdot Rose

Hall Sauvignon Blanc

7 Moons Red Blend

Mercer Sharp Sisters

Gamble Red Blend

Donati Cabernet Sauvignon

Thursday May 4th, 2017 Derby Wine Tasting (All Horses)

Iron Horse Wedding

Citation Chardonnay

Clos Pegase Merlot

Padrillos Malbec

Firestead Pinot Noir

Citation Pinot Noir

Saturday May 13th, 2017 Wine Dinner, tickets are still available. RSVP

Palermo’s Restaurant 2667 S. Dixie Drive

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 11 a.m. to 11 p.m

Albastrele Pinot Grigio - Stefan Voda, Moldova

Chateau Vartely Pinot Noir - Codru, Moldova

Chateau Vartely, Winemaker’s Selection Malbec - Valul Liu Traian, Moldova

Vinaria Din Vale, Feteasca Neagra - Valul Liu Traian, Moldova

Albanian Food

Spinach Borek

Qofte

Stuffed Pepper

Chicken Kabob

Draught Beers

Fat Tire, Peroni, and Great Lakes

Blue Note Bistro & Lounge (937) 247-3000 – info@bluenotebistro.com

23 E. Central Ave. Miamisburg RSVP for each event.

APRIL 26 6:30 $45 - BOURBON TASTING with Joe Head. “Blind” tasting

includes 5 bourbons and a light southern plate.

Ray’s Wine Spirits Grill 8268 N Main St 937.890.0300

www.RaysWineSpiritsGrill.com

Thursday, April 27th 6-9pm Cigar Event

with Gurkha Cigars

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 3-6 pm

A Spanish Tasting from Priorat

Portal del Priorat Notes Blanques Grenache

Noster Inicial Priorat Tinto

Portal del Priorat Notes Tinto

Portal del Priorat Negre de Negres

Allegro Moscato

Saracco Moscato

Robertson Rose’

Dr. Pauli Dornfelder

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 5-8pm

Camina Verdejo

Talamonti Rose’

Camina Tempranillo

Ehret Bellarina Cabernet Sauvignon

Ehret Bellarina Meritage

Sweet wine flight TBA

Jungle Jim’s 1.513.674.6000 contactus@junglejims.com

http://www.junglejims.com/events

For wine event information, call 513 674-6000, wait for the voice

prompt, press 1, then press 6165 for assistance.

Top 10 things to do this week

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 10:53 AM

Three-time Grammy Award-winner Lucinda Williams, who will release a re-recorded version of her 1992 album, Sweet Old World, this summer, performs at Victoria Theatre in Dayton on Tuesday, May 2. CONTRIBUTED
Contributing Writer

1) THURGOOD

This August will mark 50 years since Thurgood Marshall became the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. It was just one of the many history-making firsts for the Maryland native, who held that prestigious position until 1991.

Human Race Theatre Company presents “Thurgood” at the Philips Creativity Center, 116 N. Jefferson St., Dayton. Alan Bomar Jones stars in this one-man play written by George Stevens Jr. and directed by Scott Stoney. “Thurgood,” which opened Thursday, April 27, is presented Thursday through Sunday through May 14.

Show times are 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. Cost: $25. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.

>> MORE: What to expect at Human Race’s ‘Thurgood’

2) SYMPHONIC QUEEN

For its upcoming concert “The Music of Queen,” Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra recruited Richard Sidwell, a man who knows the music well. For the past decade, the British musician and arranger has been presenting a symphonic show featuring the cast and rock band from the hit British musical, “We Will Rock You.” This Rockin’ Orchestra Series Concert, featuring some of the best known songs by Freddy Mercury and his bandmates in the hit-making British band, is presented at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Cost: $27-$81. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.

>> MORE: Rock out with the music of Queen

3) DVAC AUCTION

More than 100 works from local artists, including paintings, photographs, glass and jewelry, will be on the block during Dayton Visual Arts Center’s 23rd Annual Art Auction. Participating artists include Dave Ackels, Jane Dippold, Katherine Kadish, Ray Must and Amy Powell. DVAC’s annual fundraising event is presented at Sinclair Community College, Ponitz Center, 444 W. Third St., Dayton, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 28. Cost: $50 DVAC members, $65 nonmembers. All tickets $75 at the door. Call 937-224-3822 or visit www.daytonvisualarts.org.

MORE: What you need to know about DVAC Art Auction

4) BEIGNETS ON THE BAYOU

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company celebrates its 48th anniversary with an evening with a New Orleans flair. DCDC presents the fundraising program, “Soulstice: Beignets on the Bayou,” at the American Packard Museum, 420 S. Ludlow St., Dayton, at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Live music will be presented by Dean Simms’ Satchmo Band and the Red Hot Second Line Brass Band. Cost: $125. Proceeds benefit DCDC’s arts-integrated education and community engagement programs. Visit www.dcdc.org.

5) LUCINDA WILLIAMS

Lucinda Williams has received her share of accolades, from three Grammy Award wins and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association. One honor the country singer never imagined was receiving an honorary degree from Berklee College of Music, which will happen in just a few weeks. Williams, who released her 12th studio album, “The Ghosts of Highway 20,” in 2016, performs in concert at the Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2. Cost: $39.50-$49.50. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.

MORE: Lucinda Williams on stage at the Victoria Theatre

6) COCOA BROWN

Cocoa Brown started her show business career as an advertising associate for Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus but she was itching for more. She finally decided to leave office work behind and take her talents to the stage and she hasn’t looked back. The actor-comedian is performing at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, through Sunday, April 30. Show times are 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $15-$45 Friday and Saturday, $12-$42 Sunday. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit www.daytonfunnybone.com.

7) DAYTON DRAGONS

The Dayton Dragons have gotten off to a decent start this season under the guidance of new manager, Luis Bolivar. A former all-star player and hitting coach for the team, he is the ninth manager in the Dragon’s 17 seasons. The minor league team has already faced five different opponents in the young season and is the midst of a stretch of 26 games in as many days. On Thursday, April 27, the Dragons began a home stand against the Great Lakes blank at Fifth Third Field, 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, which continues through Sunday. Game time is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $17. Call 937-228-2287 or visit www.daytondragons.com.

>> RELATED: Make the most out of a Dragons game

8) CANAAN SMITH

“Love You Like That” is the most successful song by Canaan Smith, reaching number six on the country music charts in 2014. The Virginia native puts a twist on the theme on his new single, “Like You That Way,” which was released earlier this month. Smith won’t be kicking his performance schedule into high gear until June but he slipping away this weekend for a one-off show at Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $15-$20. Call 937-813-4272 or visit www.oddbodys.com.

9) DAYTON BOOK EXPO

Close to 100 authors will be converging on the Gem City, when the eighth annual Dayton Book Expo is presented at Sinclair Community College, Ponitz Center, Bldg. 12, 444 W. Third St., Dayton on Saturday, April 29. Participating artists include Kris Allis, DL Wainright, Schott Bachmann, Ann Otto, Todd Anthonsen and Romarin Demetri. The expo runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free. Visit www.daytonbookexpo.com.

10) GEM CITY BALLET GALA

Gem City Ballet, the local pre-professional company, celebrates its 25th anniversary season with a gala concert at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29. The program features choreographer George Balanchine’s “Concerto Barocco” and “Fast Company” by Stuart Sebastian. Cost: $12-$32. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.