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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: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:49 PM
— From food and art to live music and wine, you'll ﬁnd it all happening during Culture Works’ ﬁrst ever Eat. Drink. Arts!
Enjoy creative cocktails, inspired menus, and one-of-a-kind arts experiences at your favorite Dayton-area restaurants from January 16-21, 2018.
“A great meal and an arts performance just naturally go together, and we’re proud to pair some of Dayton’s ﬁnest arts groups with amazing dining around town,” says Culture Works Executive Director Lisa Hanson
“Eat.Drink.Arts!” in Dayton is a collaborative eﬀort bringing together culinary, visual, and performing artists to cultivate and enhance resources for our visual and performing arts community.
A smorgasbord of area eateries is partnering with Culture Works to satisfy your palate and stimulate your artistic senses — all while supporting local arts organizations.
🍴 Texas Beef & Cattle Company
Dine on authentic South Texas-style BBQ while watching The Mural Machine in action! Brisket, Sausage or Pulled Pork Plate (comes with 2 sides) for dinner with banana pudding and tea or lemonade.
Where: 1101 W. Third St., Dayton
When: Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
🍴 Old Scratch Pizza -- SOLD OUT
A three-course dinner curated by Chef Nate. This will not be your typical pizzeria dinner! It will include a beverage, a special appetizer, salad, and a unique, arts themed pizza paired with music from a classical-jazz crossover quartet with violin, bass, guitar and keyboard.
Where: 812 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton
When: From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
🍴 Amber Rose Restaurant
Enjoy a four-course dinner paired with a taste of the arts.
When: From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Just $35/person.
🍴 Table 33
Enjoy an entree with a mimosa/cocktail and a performance by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.
Where: 130 W. Second St., Dayton
When: Seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
🍴 The Dublin Pub
Enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner and 10% of your bill will be donated to Culture Works. Entertainment by Ashley Knapp, a young bluegrass and traditional country artist.
Where: 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton
When: All day
Cost: No advance ticket needed.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:46 AM
— A local shop is pairing two of America’s most favoritest things: Girl Scout cookies and wine.
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A Taste of Wine, 90 S. Main St., in Miamisburg, will pair wines with five different types of Girl Scout cookies during a special event 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, said Brandi Schneider, the shop’s social media manager and a sales associate.
Admission is $25 each.
Urmila Holloway, the shop’s owner, will lead the tasting, Schneider said.
Schneider saw the idea on Pinterest and told Holloway about it.
“I thought it was a fun and fantastic idea,” Holloway said. “This time of year is so ucky. It is nice to find something fun to do, especially with this awful weather.”
Schneider said Shortbread/Trefoils, Thin Mints, Savannah Smiles (lemon cookies),
Caramel deLites/Samoas and Do-si-dos /Peanut Butter Sandwich will each be paired with a different wine.
“We have a couple of whites. We have a couple of reds. We have a sweet wine,” she said.
The Do-si-dos will be paired with a jammy red to create a peanut butter and jelly effect, Schneider said.
There is space for about 30 tasters.
Schneider said those interested can call 937-247-1120 to RSVP.
WANT TO GO?
What: Girl Scout Cookie and Wine Pairing
Where: Taste of Wine, 90 S. Main St., Miamisburg
When: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1
Cost: $25 per person.
More information: Call 937-247-1120 to RSVP.
Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 2:34 PM
— Well, folks, that’s a wrap!
The theme: Prohibition. 1920’s-style dress is encouraged, but not required.
General admission tickets are on sale for $14, and VIP tickets are on sale for $22 (UPDATE: VIP tickets are sold out!)
VIP ticketholders will receive admission to a special Speakeasy VIP lounge, a free bourbon glass, a free drink, a swag bag, appetizers and more. VIP ticketholders will also have no wait, and their party starts a little earlier at 5 p.m.
Winners will be announced Jan. 18, 2018 online at Dayton.com.
The festivities will be held from 6-10 p.m. at Top of the Market Banquet Center, 32 Webster St., Dayton. Ages 21 and up only, please.
A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Artemis Center, Dayton’s Domestic Violence Resource Agency.
Are you a local business that wants to participate?
If you’re a Best of 2017 food and dining finalist who wants to be involved in the party in some way, please let us know. Fill out this Eventbrite link to connect with us. We have a limited amount of booths available for restaurants, and it’s first come, first serve.
If you’re an entertainer who’d like to be involved, we’d like to hear from you, too.
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Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:54 PM
— The Miami Valley Restaurant Association has teamed up with Buckeye Vodka and Prime Time Party Rental for a night of gourmet samples, music, photos and fun.
On Wednesday, Jan. 17, the association presents the anticipated Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week. Fifteen restaurants will share exclusive menu samplings, including tastings from three new restaurants on the Winter Restaurant Week lineup.
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The Sneak Peek menu includes:
Bravo! Cucina Italiana (new this year!)
Brio Tuscan Grille (new this year!)
Canal House Chili (opening soon!)
Dewberry 1850 (new this year!)
The best way to navigate this sensational menu? As Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s executive director Amy Zahora puts it, “dive right in!” Bring a curious palette and appetite to the affair – there’s a lot to revel in.
In addition to the food, DJ and photo booth, guests can enjoy a cocktail crafted by Buckeye Vodka with their drink ticket (included with ticket purchase), as well as a glass of the newly-launched Walking Dead-themed wine for $5. For even more fun, Dayton’s Beer Bike QuadracycALE will be on display at the event booking their portable pub for summer festivities.
Winter Restaurant Week kicks off Jan. 21 and runs through Jan. 28 offering three tiers of reduced price-points on curated three-course meals, with $1 from each meal donated to a local charity.
Want to go?
WHAT: Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week
WHERE: Prime Time Party Rental, 5225 N. Springboro Pike
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
COST: $20.18 in advance, $25 day of. Includes 1 drink ticket