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Published: Monday, May 15, 2017 @ 11:09 AM
Updated: Friday, June 30, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— For one night only, a fleet of the area’s best food trucks will transform into taco trucks as Smokin’ Bee-Bee-Q hosts the second annual Taco Truck Takeover at the Yellow Cab on Friday, June 30.
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“We’ve got a number of really talented chefs inside of these trucks operating in the Miami Valley,” Jeff Stringer, owner of Smokin’ Bee-Bee-Q said. “This event gives everyone a chance to put their own spin on tacos. From traditional, to modern, and than everything between and beyond, there’s going to be a big variety represented.”
Joining host truck Smokin’ Bee-Bee-Q at the Taco Truck Takeover will be: The Beerded Pig, Hunger Paynes Food Truck, The Painted Pepper, Carvaso's, The Drunken Waffle, El Meson, and The Wicked 'Wich of Dayton. MAD Sweet Heat will also be on hand with their delicious candied sliced jalapenos and candied jalapeno relish.
The Taco Truck Takeover also features a “best bite contest” where each truck will submit a taco to be evaluated by a panel of judges. Local craft beer will be on draft, dessert trucks will be on site and music is being planned for the event too.
“We want this to be more of a festival,” Stringer said. “This is going to land somewhere between a block party and a street festival… with a whole lot of delicious tacos.”
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— It’s been more than a year since the last concert at BMI Indoor Speedway in Versailles.
After hosting Lita Ford in December 2016, owner Steve Barhorst was sidetracked by the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase a massive collection of vintage motorcycle parts and accessories. However, the venue is returning to live music in 2018 with Warrant with special guest Steelheart on March 10.
“I’ve been doing buyouts like this but this was so much larger,” Barhorst said. “Harry Denune from Dixie Distributing passed away in 2013 and he was one unique individual. There is nobody on the planet like him. He had old buildings in eight or nine states packed full of vintage motorcycle items, mostly for Harley Davidson and Indians.
“Harry had pallets of pistons for 1945 Harleys, still in their World War II crates,” Barhorst continued. “We’re still fumbling through stuff. The quantity is just ridiculous.”
The entire haul of merchandise — including 20,000 rims, 30,000 motorcycle tires and 30,000 vintage helmets all still new in the box — filled 180 semi-trailers, which Barhorst either sold, trashed, warehoused or temporarily stored on the BMI track.
“I’m storing 50 semis full of stuff in Mississippi from a warehouse in Florida,” he said. “We’ve been selling items online but we also had to pitch some leather jackets and helmets that were damaged. I scrapped 12 semi loads of batteries and four semi loads of pistons.
“We weren’t doing any races or concerts while those items were stored on our track,” Barhorst continued. “I’m going to liquidate everything, and I don’t know how many years it will take, but we finally got the track all cleared out.”
The race track reopened on January 16 and there are other concerts on the horizon after Warrant.
While the 1,200-seat venue is currently negotiating a few other acts, Barhorst has also booked the Oak Ridge Boys for May 5 and Queensryche with special guests the Iron Maidens on June 23.
“Live music is a tough market but like anything we’re hoping to make it work,” Barhorst said. “With the facility we need to have multiple things going. Even with racing and concerts, it’s very tough, but taking a year off from booking was actually a good thing. I was able to go to concerts at different venues and see how they did things.
“I really believe the environment at BMI is 100 times better than any place I went,” he added. “We’re still in the experimenting mode but we’re going to give the concerts a go again and see what happens.”
WANT TO GO?
Who: Warrant with special guest Steelheart
Where: BMI Speedway, 791 E. Main St., Versailles
When: 6 p.m. Saturday, March 10
Cost: $30 in advance, $40 at the door
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Southwest Ohio winters are pretty short and balmy as winters go, but every January and February, we get a taste of what it’s like to live in Chicago or Cleveland.
So far, 2018 has been no exception. Once we get to the point where the low 30s seems like a heat wave, most of us need some kind of entertainment release before succumbing to “Shining”-like cabin fever.
To that end, we’ve compiled a list of fun, different and, most importantly, indoor entertainment options for the Cincinnati-Dayton area.
“Marauder’s Night: An Evening of Harry Potter Festivities”
Harry Potter heads are invited to openly indulge their fandom for an entire evening, via costume contests, trivia, quidditch (yes, for real) and other games inspired by the “Harry Potter” universe.
Sadly, the registration for trivia is sold out, but people are welcome to watch (and perhaps hold their own private contests) and participate in the other activities. Refreshments will include food trucks, butterbeer and other Potter-inspired cocktails.
WHERE: The Yellow Cab, 700 E. 4th St., Dayton
WHEN: Jan. 19, 7 p.m.
MORE INFO: 937-424-3870 or www.yellowcabtavern.com
In a post-apocalyptic community that values conformity and disdains emotional attachments, a young boy is chosen to be “The Giver,” the sole keeper of memories of what life was like before. It isn’t long before he starts to question the wisdom of his elders.
Beginning as a popular, award-winning young adult novel in 1993, “The Giver” was most recently a highly publicized film starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. In between, it was adapted for the stage and has been produced across the country. See it locally at:
WHERE: Town Hall Theatre, 27 N. Main St., Centerville
WHEN: Jan. 19-Feb. 4
MORE INFO: 937-433-0152 or www.washingtontwp.org
Family Day: Robots Among Us
Bring the kids to learn about robots, how they work, and their role in the U.S. Air Force. This fun day includes demonstration and activity stations, robotic toys, working robotics, and storytelling. Rumor has it there’ll be an appearance by a very special robot (hint: he’s short, white and blue, and was recently in a very big movie).
WHERE: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, 1100 Spaatz St., Dayton
WHEN: Jan. 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
MORE INFO: 937-255-4646 or www.nationalmuseum.af.mil
“Million Dollar Quartet”
This Broadway musical dramatizes the chance meeting between Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, who subsequently recorded together at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tenn., one day in 1956. The musical opened on Broadway in 2010 and on London’s West End in 2011. It was nominated for four Tony Awards, notching one win.
WHERE: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati
WHEN: Jan. 20-Feb. 18
COST: $35 and up
MORE INFO: 800-582-3208 or visit www.cincyplay.com
School of Rock Mason: The Jam Bands Show and Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne
You’ve seen the Jack Black movie, now check out the real thing. The School of Rock in Mason gives lessons to aspiring young rockers in voice, guitar, bass, drums and keyboards. Several times a year, the students go on the road to show off what they’ve learned.
They will be playing two shows. The first is a jam band show, where the kids will play music by The Grateful Dead, Phish, The Allman Brothers, and the Dave Matthews Band. The second show is the rock show, and will be a tribute to the music of Ozzy Osbourne.
WHERE: Southgate House, 111 E. 6th St., in Newport, Kentucky
WHEN: Jan. 21, 4 p.m. (jam band show), 8 p.m. (rock show)
MORE INFO: 859-431-2201 or www.southgatehouse.com
Ensemble 4.1 is the world’s only regularly touring “windtet.” Classical music buffs will understand what that means, but for the musically curious who are interested in learning more, a windtet is a quintet of four woodwind soloists and one pianist. With this original setup, Ensemble 4.1 performs pieces both famous and obscure.
For their Cincinnati concert, they will be performing compositions by Mozart and Jorg Widmann. Also, as a homage to the origins of Chamber Music Cincinnati, they will perform the “Piano Quintet in B Major,” by Walter Gieseking, just as Gieseking himself performed it in Cincinnati in 1926.
WHERE: Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati
WHEN: Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m.
MORE INFO: 513-621-2787 or www.cincinnatiarts.org
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— 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.
Blue Note Bistro & Lounge
Enjoy a meat and cheese plate and bottle of house wine while you enjoy Deron Bell & Daniel Cook in a dueling piano battle. Request your favorite song and be prepared to sing along.
Where: 23 E. Central Ave.Miamisburg
When: Doors open at 5 p.m. for seating until 8:30 p.m.
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🍴 Brixx Ice Company
Dine on an 8oz premium center-cut sirloin grilled to perfection with your choice of two sides while enjoying an excerpt from Dare to Defy’s “Tommy.”
Where: 500 E. First St., Dayton
When: From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $15/ person
Chef Don Warfe will create a three-course dinner featuring vegetarian cuisine.
Featuring a preview of The Human Race Theatre Company's “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End,” which debuts this April.
Where: 2318 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering
When: From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $25/person for meal only; $30/person for meal with wine pairing for each course
🍴 Mudlick Tap House
A private four-course elements-themed dinner with select wine pairings! Featuring a sneak peek of the upcoming DVAC exhibition, Stratum, the artists Amy Kollar Anderson & Kate Huser Santucci will create a painting during the dinner in a lightning round collaboration.
Where: 135 E. Second St., Dayton
When: From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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🍴 Whole Foods
Bring the family by for a delicious Family Meal Deal (eat in or take to-go) which includes 1 large cheese or pepperoni pizza, 1 bucket of wings (flavors: plain, BBQ, & buffalo) and 1 two liter of 365 Soda for $25 and for an extra $5 your kids can create their own work of art with the help of K12 Gallery- No advance ticket needed.
Where: 1050 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Dayton
When: From 4 p.m. to 8pm
Cost: $25 for meal deal. For an extra $5 your kids can create their own work of art with the help of K12 Gallery
🍴 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: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 2:31 PM
“VUE Year’s Eve” was the bittersweet final hoorah for the popular Centerville bar and nightclub as they shut their doors for good. However, they were not going out without first defending their 2017 Bloody Mary Showdown title.
Last January, Vue Ultra Lounge’s Scott Conrad and Mack’s Tavern’s MacKenzie Manley came to a draw after Dayton’s finest bartenders went head-to-head to decide whose Bloody Mary reigned supreme. This year, Scott Conrad was able to edge out the competition and claim the title of Best Bloody Mary for Vue Ultra Lounge.
“While the basic recipe for the Bloody Mary is vodka and tomato juice, there are so many variations to the tastes and people really seem to take pride in the fact that they make the best one,” said Lisa Grigsby, who put the event on with Jeff Jackson and their Planned2Give organization.
The Bloody Mary Showdown returned for its third year on Jan. 14, 2018 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Coliseum, 1043 S. Main St., Dayton.
14 bartenders represented these local restaurants for the 2018 competition:
-Fifth Street Brewpub
-Jimmie’s Ladder 11
-Mr. Boro’s Tavern
-Mudlick Tap House
-Old Scratch Pizza