Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
By: Don Thrasher - Contributing Writer
— 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.