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Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Spend New Year’s Eve at the Schuster Center with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dayton Opera and the Dayton Ballet — a great night of music and dance. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Spend New Year’s Eve at the Schuster Center with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dayton Opera and the Dayton Ballet — a great night of music and dance. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO


Members of the Harlem Globetrotters perform at Wright State’s Nutter Center, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. Staff photo by Todd Jackson

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

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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

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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

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Two cast members of "The Tutors." From left to right: Jenna Gomes (Heidi) and Boyang Zhang (Kwan). PHOTO CREDIT / KNACK CREATIVE(Knack Creative)

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

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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

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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

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The ice skating rink at RiverScape MetroPark downtown can be a popular place. This will be a great week to go with the family. STAFF/FILE(Contributing Writer)

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


Scotty Bratcher is a Middletown native who plays a mean guitar. He’s playing at Oddbody’s on Dec. 30. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

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


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


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 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

It’s your LAST CHANCE to eat, drink and enjoy the arts at these local restaurants

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:49 PM

The Blue Note Bistro and Lounge celebrates its one-year anniversary this weekend.
AJ Waltz/Contributed
The Blue Note Bistro and Lounge celebrates its one-year anniversary this weekend.(AJ Waltz/Contributed)

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. 

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“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 

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“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. 

>>12 things to look forward to in January

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. 

Thursday, Jan. 18th

🍴 Texas Beef & Cattle Company


Beef brisket. Photo courtesy of Texas Beef & Cattle Company Facebook page.

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.

Cost: $20/person 

More info: Facebook eventTickets

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🍴 Old Scratch Pizza -- SOLD OUT

Old Scratch Pizza offering 9 inch pizza.(Photo: Old Scratch Pizza)

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.

Cost: $20/person 

More info: Facebook event | Tickets

Friday, Jan. 19

🍴 Amber Rose Restaurant

The Mother's Day menu at The Amber Rose has the whole family in mind.(Jim Ingram/Lisa Powell)

Enjoy a four-course dinner paired with a taste of the arts.

  • First course: Charcuterie Board
  • Second course: Butternut Squash Soup
  • Third course: Smoked Bone-in Pork Chop topped with Cinnamon Apple chutney served with Savory Smashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Fourth course: Chocolate Mousse with fresh berries.

Where: 1400 Valley St, Dayton

When: From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: Just $35/person. 

More info: Facebook eventTickets

Sunday, Jan. 21

🍴 Table 33

The Winter Berry Waffle at Table 33. Photo from Table 33 Facebook page(Staff Writer)

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. 

Cost: $25/person 

More info: Facebook eventTickets

>> Popular downtown Dayton restaurant adds Sunday brunch hours

🍴 The Dublin Pub

Steve Tieber, co-owner of the Dublin Pub. Pictured are three entrees: (clockwise from front) Guiness Beef Stew, the Black and Bleu Salad, and the Irish Dip sandwich with fries.(Jan Underwood)

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.

More info: Facebook eventTickets

How does Girl Scout cookies with wine sound? 

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:46 AM

Taste of Wine is having a Girl Scout Cookie and wine pairing
Photo: Taste of Wine
Taste of Wine is having a Girl Scout Cookie and wine pairing(Photo: Taste of Wine)

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 


LAST CHANCE to get your tickets for’s Best of 2017 party!

Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 2:34 PM's Best of 2016 Party was held Jan. 18, 2017 at Top of the Market in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY's Best of 2016 Party was held Jan. 18, 2017 at Top of the Market in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY

Well, folks, that’s a wrap!

Final voting for’s Best of 2017 poll ended on Dec. 22, 2017. We’ve been working hard to tally the votes, and will host a party celebrating our community on Jan. 17, 2018. 

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!)

>> Buy your tickets here's Best of 2017 Party will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.

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.

Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Winners will be announced Jan. 18, 2018 online at  

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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.

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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.

>> PHOTOS: Best of 2016 party

A few tempting dishes you’ll want to try at Winter Restaurant Week preview event

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:54 PM

Basil’s on Market will open a new location in Mason in early 2018, and has plans to add more restaurants. Photo from Basil’s on Market Dayton Facebook page.
Staff Writer
Basil’s on Market will open a new location in Mason in early 2018, and has plans to add more restaurants. Photo from Basil’s on Market Dayton Facebook page.(Staff Writer)

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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Don't forget dessert! Here's "Steve's Favorite Carrot Cake" from Nibbles up for sampling at the Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week event on Jan. 18, 2017. ALEXIS LARSEN/CONTRIBUTED

The Sneak Peek menu includes:

Amber Rose

  • Reuben Chowder
  • Chicken Rouladen

Basil's On Market - Dayton, OH 

  • Short Ribs Risotto

Bravo! Cucina Italiana (new this year!)

  • Bravo Pasta

Brio Tuscan Grille (new this year!)

  • Pasta ala Vodka

Canal House Chili (opening soon!)

  • Chili

Chappys Social House 

  • Buffalo Chicken Tacos and Pork Tacos with samples of Sangria

Coco's Bistro 

  • Winter Salad and Creme Brulee

Dewberry 1850 (new this year!)

  • Rooted Grounds Coffee Rubbed Braised Beef Short Ribs, Parmesan & Sweet Pea Orzo, Fried Quail Egg finished with Crispy Onions

elé Cake Co. Bistro & Wine Bar 

  • Shrimp and Grits

El Meson 

  • Chicken Enchilada Soup

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill 

  • Lobster Spinach Queso with Tortilla Chips

Lily's Bistro 

  • Marinated Black Grape Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette, toasted almonds and local Lettuces


  • Cuban Style Braised Pork Taco

Watermark Restaurant

  • Red Velvet Cake

Wheat Penny Oven and Bar 

  • Braised Pork and Polenta

>> 5 things we loved at Winter Restaurant Week Sneak Peek 2017

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.

Wandering Griffin handed out beef and IPA chicken sliders during the Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week on Jan. 18, 2017. ALEXIS LARSEN/CONTRIBUTED

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.

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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