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Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— 1) HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS
Basketball started in 1891 as a simple winter activity created by Dr. James Naismith for students in a New England school. Today, it has grown into an international pastime and multi-billion dollar industry thanks, partly, to the global appeal of NBA superstars like Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Yao Ming and LeBron James.
However, you can’t discount the international impact of the Harlem Globetrotters, which formed just 35 years after basketball was invented. By the 1950s, the team became cultural ambassadors taking the sport from the United States to other countries. The Globetrotters’ blend of comedy, entertainment and sports continues to make the team fan favorites with international audiences.
Harlem Globetrotters, which recently announced more than 250 North American dates in 2018, returns to the area for its annual New Year’s game at the Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. The doors open at 1 p.m. Cost: Tickets start at $28.50. Call 937-775-4789 or visit www.nuttercenter.com.
2) DPAA’S NEW YEAR’S EVE
As members of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra collaborate on live events several times each season. However, it’s always a special occasion when the three DPAA partners close out the calendar year with a New Year’s Eve with live performances and a concert-ending balloon drop. Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra ring in 2018 together with “New Year’s Eve: The Grand Tour” at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. Cost: $17-$74. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
3) PAW PATROL
If you’ve never heard of adventurous cartoon pups Marshall, Skye and Rubble, chances are you don’t spend much time around TV-watching toddlers. Those are just a few of the furry characters featured in “Paw Patrol,” the popular animated series for Nickelodeon. The children’s program has turned into a merchandising bonanza with plush toys, games, apparel and electronic tie-ins, not to mention spawning “Paw Patrol Live: Race to the Rescue.” The touring program is presented at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 1 and 2. Cost: $21-$107. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
4) THE TUTORS
In her 2013 play, “The Tutors,” Erica Lipez explores friendship, ambition and adulthood. The action is driven by three roommates who tutor the children of New York’s elite while pursuing their new social media startup. The Playground Theatre’s production of “The Tutors” opens at the Schuster Center, Mathile Theatre, Second and Main streets, Dayton, on Thursday, Jan. 4. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. The Impact Series presentation, which is presented through Sunday, Jan. 7, is rated R for language and adult content. Cost: $20 adults, $15 military, students and educators. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
5) NYE WITH DEAN SIMMS
During his musical career, trumpet player and singer Dean Simms has played everything from funk and R&B to jazz and standards. He will be showcasing that diversity when he and his Centennial Band celebrate New Year’s Eve at Blue Note Bistro, 23 E. Central Ave., Miamisburg, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. As a tie-in to the restored venue, which was built as a bank in 1928, attendees are encouraged to wear 1920s evening attire. Cost: $125 per person, $225 per couple, which includes admission, a five-course dinner, party favors, a bottle of wine and champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are required. Call 937-247-3000 or visit www.bluenotebistro.com.
6) WHY WAS SANTA LATE?
Stephanie Wright, also known as Stevie Ra, wears many creative hats. The Daytonian is a singer, playwright and producer, who has created several different stage shows. Wright’s latest project is the new holiday play, “Why Was Santa Late?” Between Productions presents this family holiday program at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29. Cost: $15-$29. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
7) NEW YEAR’S DAY SKATE
The opportunities for outdoor family activities are limited this time of year. However, the Ice Rink at RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton, is always open for holiday outings this time of year. Celebrate the first day of 2018 with family and friends during the New Year’s Day Skate at the RiverScape Ice Rink from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1. Cost: $7. No registration is required. All ages are welcome. Call 937-278-2607 or visit www.metroparks.org/ice-rink.
8) SCOTTY BRATCHER
Music has always been a part of Scotty Bratcher’s life. The blues musician started playing guitar when he was 2 years old and released his debut album 10 years later. Now, at the age of 30, the Middletown native has released five albums, worked with artists such as Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tim Wilson and Noah Hunt and earned a reputation as an electrifying live performer. Bratcher will be joined by Hunt when he performs at Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $15-$20. Call 937-813-4272 or visit www.oddbodys.com.
9) INDIA CLUB NEW YEAR’S EVE
India Club of Greater Dayton is ushering in 2018 with a New Year’s Eve Party. This holiday celebration is held at Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. Cost: $30 India Club of Dayton members, $35 nonmembers, $10 children 6-15 and free kids five and younger. India Club of Greater Dayton is nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the welfare and assimilation of Asian Indians living in the area. Call 937-479-9485 or visit www.indiaclubdayton.org.
10) NYE COMEDY
If you want to laugh your way into 2018, you’re in luck — both hometown comedy clubs have shows on Sunday, Dec 31. Jeff Dye performs at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, at 7 and 10:30 p.m. Dye, a finalist on the sixth season of “Last Comic Standing,” has appeared on “American Ninja Warrior: Celebrity Edition” and “Lip Sync Battle.” Cost: $45-$70.70. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit www.daytonfunnybone.com. Wiley’s Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St., Dayton, is turning to club favorite Todd Yohn for two very different New Year’s Eve shows. For the early set, the hyperkinetic funnyman presents one of his standard stand-up shows, which includes self-deprecating humor, physical comedy and musical numbers. For the late show, Yohn will be joined by his band the Time Flyers for a mix of music and comedy. Cost: $20. Call 937-224-5653 or visit www.wileyscomedy.com.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:31 AM
— Looking for things to do this weekend? You can’t lose with these ones.
1) GEM CITY COMIC CON
Many of the nation’s comic book conventions have transformed into pop culture celebrations. The focus is more on movies, cartoons and television programs than on the actual printed material many of the successful properties are based on.
That has never been the case with Gem City Comic Con, returning to the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton, on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25. The annual event is all about comic books with vendors along with gaming tournaments, unique events and special guest creators such as P. Craig Russell, Arvell Jones, Mike Grell, Barry Kitson and Steve Englehart.
Convention hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $10 per day, $20 for a weekend pass. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with paying adult. Visit www.gemcitycomiccon.com.
2) CONCERT FOR A CAUSE
The members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. have been raising their collective voices for equality since forming in 1981. The group continues to perform and inspire, locally and nationally. The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. will join the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus for a special benefit show. Concert for a Cause at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 515 E. Third St., Dayton, at noon Friday, March 23. Cost: $10 general admission, $8 students and seniors. VIP tickets are $20. Proceeds will benefit the Greater Dayton LGBT Center, PFLAG Dayton, the Gatlyn Dame Group and Have a Gay Day. Visit www.daytonfundraisers.com.
3) BACH SOCIETY
The works of Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons, Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Christian, are the focus of “Sebastian and Sons.” The concert, at the Kettering Adventist Church, 3939 Stonebridge Road, Kettering, at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25, features performers and soloists from the Human Race Theatre Company with the chorus and orchestra of the Bach Society of Dayton. A concert preview is presented at 3 p.m. Cost: $20 adults, $15 active military, $10 students, free for children 12 and younger. Call 937-294-2224 or www.bachsocietyofdayton.org.
Dancers from DCDC2, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s pre-professional second company, will join the University of Dayton Dance Ensemble for a pair of concerts this week. “Transparency” — in UD’s Boll Theatre, 300 College Park, Dayton, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24 — is a showcase for up-and-coming dancers. The UD students are directed by Amy Jones, UD’s artist in residence for the Theatre, Dance and Performance Program. Cost: $15. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
5) SOUTHERN OHIO INDOOR MUSIC FEST
The first appearance by country, gospel and bluegrass star Ricky Skaggs is just one of the top draws when the spring installment of the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival is presented at the Roberts Convention Centre, 123 Gano Road, Wilmington on Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24. This year’s lineup also features headliner Rhonda Vincent & the Rage plus host band Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers with Nothin’ Fancy, the Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Primitive Quartet and others. Doors open at 10 a.m. each day, music begins at noon. Cost: $35-$65 in advance, $40-$70 at the door. Children 16 and younger free with paid adult. Call 937-372-5804 or visit www.somusicfest.com.
6) THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
Charles Dickens died before completing his novel“The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” but that didn’t sentence the suspenseful tale to its own grave. The writer’s unfinished manuscript provided the source material for pop star-turned-playwright Rupert Holmes, who created an interactive stage whodunit where the audience members determine the outcome of the mystery. Wright State University Theater’s production of the musical, which opened in WSU’s Festival Playhouse, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn, on Thursday, March 15. “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” is presented through April 8. Call 937-775-2500 or visit www.wright.edu.
7) MIKE BRODY
Mike Brody never had a clear career path ahead of him as a teenager but any thoughts of working a straight 9-to-5 gig evaporated when he did his first open-mic set in 2000. Today, the Minneapolis-based stand-up divides his time between club gigs and special events for clients such as the SyFy Channel series, “Ghost Hunters.” Brody brings his high-energy brand of humor to Wiley’s Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St., Dayton, on Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24. 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.
8) DAWG YAWP
Cincinnati buzz band Dawg Yawp is riding high thanks to support from National Public Radio, which enthusiastically embraced the duo’s self-titled debut album from late 2016. Fans and critics alike responded to the bewitching mix of harmony-rich country folk, psychedelic pop and atmospheric electronica created by Tyler Randall (vocals, sitar, mandolin) and Rob Keenan (vocals, guitar, synth, drum machine). On Saturday, March 24, Dawg Yawp returns to Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton, where the band played a sold-out show in late October. Cost: $9 in advance, $12 at the door. Lioness and Human Cannonball are also on the 8 p.m. bill. Visit www.yellowcabtavern.com.
9) SPRING BLING
Avon, Kitchen Savers, Fox in Socks Soapery, Damsel in Defense, Origami Owl and Brandie’s Hair & Tanning Salon are just some of the diverse area vendors participating in Spring Bling, a new offering from Events by Tiffaney. The Women’s Shopping Expo is presented in the Nutter Center’s McLin Gyms 1 & 2, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25. Cost: $2. Proceeds benefit Autism Speaks. The first 50 shoppers receive a free gift bag. Call 937-775-4789 or visit www.nuttercenter.com.
San Diego hardcore band Secrets has been on a steady upsurge since the release of its debut album, “The Ascent” (Rise Records), in 2012. The group’s new self-titled album was released in February on the band’s new label home Made in the Shade Records. Secrets performs at Rockstar Pro Arena, 1106 E. Third St., Dayton, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Cost: $10. Avanti, New Haven, Against Icarus and A Liar’s Eyes are also on the bill. Visit www.rockstarproarena.net.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:13 AM
— This weekend, Events by Tiffane presents the 1st Annual Spring Bling Dayton Women’s Shopping Expo.
From essential oils to skincare to kitchen items and clothing, this event offers the opportunity to shop from an array of handmade, handcrafted and locally owned businesses while supporting Autism Speaks.
Here are the vendors:
Avon - Susan Herring
Brandie's Hair & Tanning Salon
C.C. Creations - Crafter
ColorStreet - Melissa Overfield
Damsel in Defense - Haley McCommons
doTerra - Amy Jaskowiak
Fox in Socks Soapery
Gyspy Diva Designs - Crafter
Just Four Pups - Crafter
Karen Wooten - Crafter
Leo Boutique LLC
Lilla Rose (Fain Fabulous Flexis) - Jaymie Fain
LipSence/SeneGense - Jessica Kimes
Love Mother Nature LLC
LulaRoe - Jessica Shaffer
Makeup Eraser - Julann Ohl
Mary Kay - Kira Sanders
Matilda Jane Clothing
Memory Beads by LGC - Gayle McIntyre
Missy Sansabrino, Realtor Home Experts Realty
Monat - Kaylin Henninger
My Gorilla Garage
Nashville Farm - Kim Wheeler
Norwex - Robyn Newton
Origami Owl - Diane Sheward
Paparazzi - LaTeasa Spears
Perfectly Posh - Andrea Foy
Pinot & Pallets - Sarah Garner
Plunder Design Jewelry - LaDonna Husdon
Rodan + Fields - Michelle Smith
Scentsy - Robin Martin
Seal Smart LLC
Serendipity By Sarah
Sutton Layne, LLC - Lisa Bowman
Tastefully Simple - Tracy Hood & Angie Barnett
The Gutter Shutter
Thirty One - Melinda Bentley
Touch Stone Crystal - Monica Neiderman
Tracey Lynn Jewelry - Carisa Bursey
Tupperware - Nonnie Beavins
West Squared Handmade - Crafter
Young Living Essential Oils - Connie Sowry
Younique - Tracia Hull
Zilis - Elisha Wagner
Want to go?
WHAT: 1st Annual Spring Bling Dayton Women’s Shopping Expo
WHERE: 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton in McLin Gyms 1 & 2
TICKETS: $2 entry (to be donated to Autism Speaks)
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:46 PM
— The hilariously witty musical comedy “Something Rotten!,” nominated for 10 Tony Awards in 2015 including Best Musical, is playing through Sunday, March 25 at the Schuster Center.
A clever and naughty sendup of William Shakespeare and musical theater conventions, the show charmingly centers on brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, aspiring writers in 1595 London in desperate need of a hit. Their rival, the Bard, is treated as a rock star, but they feel confident in surpassing his greatness with the creation of the world’s very first musical. It is part of the Victoria Theatre Association’s Premier Health Broadway Series.
Here are five reasons why you should see this entertaining romp.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO LOVE SHAKESPEARE
In fact, Nick’s first solo is the comical “God, I Hate Shakespeare,” a laundry list of reasons why the Bard, a former actor in his troupe, just isn’t his cup of tea. Although effectively accented with an assortment of playful homages to “Henry IV,” “Twelfth Night,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and, most importantly, “Hamlet,” this breezy show is more of a love letter to the Renaissance, Broadway, musical theater, romance, and the universal bond of marriage and family. “We’re well aware the audience is going to come to this show not really sure of what they’re going to get,” said Maggie Lakis, who portrays Nick’s supportive wife Bea and offers a solid rendition of “Right Hand Man.” “‘Something Rotten!’ is a new show so it’s not a revival which is more commonly seen on tours these days. But it has great production numbers and it’s been wonderful hearing the audience experience the show for the first time because there are so many great surprises in it. And actually, it’s very rewarding to do a comedy right now considering everything that’s going on in the world.”
CAST LED BY BROADWAY PRINCIPALS
In a rare turn of events, the tour’s three principal leads closed the show on Broadway in early 2017. Tony nominees Rob McClure (Nick Bottom) and “Rent” alum Adam Pascal (Shakespeare) along with Josh Grisetti (Nigel Bottom) offer wonderfully cohesive chemistry befitting their time with this material. The verbal tap dance showdown between McClure and Pascal in the gospel-driven Act 1 finale “Bottom’s Gonna Be on Top” is a hoot.
Director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw is familiar to Dayton audiences thanks to his memorable work on “The Book of Mormon.” His contributions are equally inventive here particularly his knack for gradually building ensemble numbers to the fullest while inserting funny imagery where necessary including a few Grim Reapers during “The Black Death” and tap-dancing eggs in “Make an Omelette,” a key scene in Nick and Nigel’s musical.
Brothers Wayne Kirkpatrick (Grammy-winning co-songwriter of Eric Clapton’s “Change Your World”) and Karey Kirkpatrick (Golden Globe-nominated screenwriter of animated film “Chicken Run”) deliver an impressive array of tuneful melodies from the snazzy pop elegance of opening number “Welcome to the Renaissance” to the rock urgency of “Will Power” (delivered with flair by Pascal with moves like Jagger assisted by four brooding backup boys portrayed by Daniel Beeman, Drew Franklin, Luke Hamilton, and Tony Neidenbach). “We were conscious of not wanting to be so inside that you could only get it if you had seen the most obscure musicals,” Wayne Kirkpatrick said. “We went broad, purposefully. We referenced not only the musicals people would know even if they hadn’t seen them, or maybe they’d only seen the movie. The same with Shakespeare. Everybody knows some Shakespeare lines. There are a lot of what we refer to as ‘hits,’ that everybody is going to know.”
The Kirkpatricks and Nicholaw truly pulled out the stops when creating/envisioning Act 1’s “A Musical” and Act 2’s aforementioned “Make an Omelette.” The former, brought about by Nick’s visit to see faulty soothsayer Thomas Nostradamus (kooky Blake Hammond), ingeniously and joyfully references an array of musicals from “Annie” and “South Pacific” to “Les Misérables” and “A Chorus Line” with a nod to the Radio City Rockettes for good measure. Both are must-see showcases worth the price of admission.
“These two numbers sometimes receive mid-show standing ovations,” said Lakis, McClure’s wife on stage and off. “This show simply has everything you’d want from a musical comedy from great music to great costumes to great laughs.”
WANT TO GO?
What: “Something Rotten!”
Where: Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton
When: Through March 25; 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $35 and up.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:00 PM
— A brand new knight is riding back into the Gem City.
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band will play the Fraze Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 11.
The city of Kettering-owned venue is located at 695 Lincoln Park Blvd.
Tickets for Starr’s show will range from $50 to $85 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31.
They can be purchased at the Fraze FanFare Store in Town and Country Shopping Center, 300 E. Stroop Road, online at etix.com or by phone at 1 (800) 514-3849.
The All Starr Band will include Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Graham Gouldman, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette.
They will play songs like “The No No Song, “With A Little Help From My Friends,” “Don’t Pass Me By,” “Octopus’ Garden,” “It Don’t Come Easy” and “Back Off Boogaloo.”
It has been a big week for Ringo.
He was knighted by Prince William on March 20 and is now officially known as Sir Richard Starkey.
Starr has performed in Dayton several times over the years.
His last show at the Fraze was in 2014.
Starr and Paul McCartney are the surviving members of the Beatles.
The legendary band arrived in the United States for the first time on Feb. 7, 1964.