Warped Wing & descendants of 111-year-old Dayton brewery launch new beer

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Warped Wing Brewing Company will release Superba on Thursday, Feb. 8 at the brewery in downtown Dayton. SUBMITTED
Warped Wing Brewing Company will release Superba on Thursday, Feb. 8 at the brewery in downtown Dayton. SUBMITTED

For inspiration to help come up with their latest beer, the folks at Warped Wing Brewing Company looked back — WAY back.

The downtown Dayton brewery will pay homage to one of Dayton’s early breweries, the Olt Brewing Company (later the Olt Brothers Brewing Company), which operated from 1907 to 1942 in the city (with a hiatus during Prohibition, of course, when it made distilled water and distributed dairy products). One of Olt’s flagship beers was labeled “Superba,” a name that Warped Wing has borrowed for its latest release, the “Superba Hoppy Pils.”

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At a party that starts at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 at the brewery and which will be attended by descendants of Olt Brewing Company’s founders, Warped Wing will unveil both draft and 6-pack cans of Superba Hoppy Pils. The new brew, which has 5.4 percent alcohol, is one in an ongoing seasonal Lager-style series being launched by the brewery this year.

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“There is some remarkable beer history in Dayton,” Nick Bowman, Warped Wing’s vice president of sales and marketing and managing partner, said in a release. “We wanted to embrace that heritage, by resurrecting a Dayton beer name from the past while putting a contemporary spin on the beer recipe.”

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What does the Olt family of today think of this idea? We asked Kurtis Olt, the first cousin once removed from Charles Olt, who ran the namesake brewery for most of its existence.

“Our family is thrilled and honored that Warped Wing is recognizing Dayton breweries of a bygone era by naming its most recent craft after one of our family’s beers,” Olt said.

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Olt said Charles Olt’s daughter, who lives in Florida, is planning on coming to Dayton for the release. “I expect that several other family members will also be attending along with numerous friends,” he said.

The beer will be released to the retail market next week, Warped Wing’s Bowman said.

Can’t make that release?

Pirogue, a collabortion between Warped Wing and Wood Burl Coffee (the same folks at Press Coffee), will be released on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the brewery. The launch party and bottle release begins at noon and goes until 12 a.m. 

This decadent brew is a Belgian Style Black Tripel brewed with coffee, with hints of baker’s chocolate, brown sugar, stone fruit and fig. Find more information on the Facebook event page.

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TONIGHT: There’s a big flipping deal going on at Sky Zone 

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:56 AM

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If you grew up envying the kid down the street who had the double XL trampoline in his backyard — with the attached basketball hoop that you totally didn’t mean to dunk on and almost break — tonight is an opportunity to let go of that grudge.

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Every week, 2 for Tuesdays at Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Dayton is the most affordable way to jump, bounce and flip-out until all your childhood trampoline dreams are fulfilled. 

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Here’s how it works: when you purchase one 90-minute jump session at Sky Zone on Tuesdays, you get a second 90-minute jump for FREE.

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The offer cannot be used by the same person. However, with a deal this good and today’s exceptionally beautiful weather, we think it’s the perfect day to get up and moving with a friend. Last time to purchase for 2 for Tuesday is at 6:30 p.m.


WHAT: 2 for Tuesday

WHEN: Every Tuesday, 4-8 p.m.

WHERE: Sky Zone Dayton, 976 Senate Dr., Dayton 

INFO: Facebook

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Radiohead is making a concert stop in our region -- here’s how to get tickets

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:41 AM

Thom Yorke  of Radiohead 
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Thom Yorke  of Radiohead (People Magazine)

The band that had everyone feeling like a creep in the ‘90s will play shows at an arena close to you. 

Radiohead announced its North American tour dates to promote its latest album, A Moon Shaped Pool.”

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The tour includes a show Monday, July 23 at Schottenstein Center in Columbus, and on Wednesday, July 25 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. 

Tickets for both shows go on sale 10 a.m. this Friday, Feb. 23. 

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The English rock band’s hits include Creep, Karma Police,  Fake Plastic Trees, High & Dry and The Bends.  

Its album OK Computer was reissued last year for its 20th anniversary. 

The complete list of North American stops is below. 

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Chicago — United Center — Saturday, July 7

New York  —  Madison Square Garden —  Tuesday, July 10 

New York —  Madison Square Garden —  Wednesday, July 11 

New York —  Madison Square Garden — Friday, July 13 

Montreal — Bell Centre —  Monday, July 16 

Montreal — Bell Centre — Tuesday, July 17 

Toronto — Air Canada Centre —  Thursday, July 19 

Toronto — Air Canada Centre — Friday, July 20 

Detroit —  Little Caesars Arena—  Sunday, July 22 

Columbus — Schottenstein Center — Monday, July 23 

Cincinnati — U.S. Bank Arena—  Wednesday, July 25

Pittsburgh — PPG Paints Arena — Thursday, July 26 

Boston — TD Garden —  Saturday, July 28 

Boston—TD Garden —Sunday, July 29 

Philadelphia — Wells Fargo Center — Tuesday, July 31 

Philadelphia — Wells Fargo Center — Wednesday, August 1


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DCDC celebrates 50 years with one-night special celebration

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company has just won a Bessie. Video by Amelia Robinson first uploaded July 14, 2016.

On the brink of its 50th anniversary season, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is producing a one-night-only celebration of former dancers and current artists in its winter concert fittingly titled “Reunited,” which is slated Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Victoria Theatre.

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“Celebrating 50 years is very important internally to the organization,” said DCDC Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs. “Longevity of a company in the dance world is very important right now particularly when you hear of companies closing their doors daily as the economy tries to adjust to the non-profit sector. But DCDC, being around for 50 consecutive years in a non-coastal city, is proud of our accomplishments. We want everybody to celebrate with us.”

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company closes its 48th season with its annual Soulstice fundraising gala Saturday, May 13, at America’s Packard Museum. The gala has a New Orleans theme and will include dance renditions of folklore and fairy tales. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Organizers are preparing excerpts of 10 works from each of the company’s three artistic directors: founder Jeraldyne Blunden, Kevin Ward and Blunden-Diggs. The program will also feature works from choreographers in DCDC’s classic repertory including Asadata Dafora and Donald Byrd, and works from today’s top choreographers including Ronen Koresh, Dwight Rhoden, Alvin Rangel and Ray Mercer.

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“The concert is going to be an interesting retrospective that sort of takes the audience through an open photo album through our 50 years,” said Blunden-Diggs. “I’ve seen a lot of dance companies celebrate their 50th anniversaries and I wanted to create something more exciting than particularly hearing a lot of historical facts. So, the audience will see snippets of past work and most recent work. It’s going to be an exciting program.”

DCDC dancer “Sheri “Sparkle” Williams is shown here in “Body Talk.” She is the recipient of the OhioDance Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Dance Art Form. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY AUDREY INGRAM(Staff Writer)

In addition, former WDTN news anchor Marsha Bonhart will connect the dances as the show’s live storyteller.

“Marsha has witnessed a lot of the things DCDC has done,” Blunden-Diggs said. “I was looking for a way someone could help us tell the story in more than one way. She’s a wonderful host and moderator.”

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Organizers are still confirming how many former dancers and special guests will be included, but Blunden-Diggs is certain the evening will be an amazing homecoming for all involved. She also hints the company could possibly announce the upcoming 50th anniversary season at the concert.

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“Once you’re with DCDC, you’re always with DCDC,” she reminded. “This concert is just another opportunity to say that out loud and get as many people back here to see what we look like now. There are many people who left the company years ago who haven’t seen what the company is today. And our present company will have the opportunity to hear the stories of the people whose shoulders they stand upon.”

Want to go?

WHAT: “Reunited”

WHERE: Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.; Saturday

COST: $14.50-$47

TICKETS/MORE INFO: Call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com

FYI: DCDC will host “The Gathering: A DCDC Family Reunion” with dancers, choreographers, teachers and patrons Fri. Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at Dayton Women’s Club, 225 N. Ludlow St., Dayton. For more information, call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.


The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is about to celebrate 50 years. Dayton Contemporary Dance Company was founded in 1968 to create performance opportunities for dancers of color. Nearly 50 years later, it remains rooted in the African American experience.

The dance group will be awarded the prestigious Irma Lazarus Award this year, one of the Governor’s Awards for the Arts.

The “Lazarus Award goes to individuals or organizations who have helped shape public support for the arts through their work as advocates and have brought national and international recognition to Ohio through sustained dedication to artistic excellence.”

Other top honors:

  • Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) won a prestigious NYC Bessie Award in 2016. The dance company received shout-outs from The New York Times and The Huffington Post as well for its performance “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder.”
  • The film “Sparkle” premiered on PBS in 2012, featuring dancer Sheri “Sparkle” Williams.
  • DCDC performed the opening performance for Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Maya Angelo at the Schuster Center in 2005. 
  • DCDC toured 27 cities with The Flight Project, five dance works commemorating the Wright Brothers centennial of powered flight in 2003.
  • Dancer Sheri Williams received the New York Dance and Performance Award (the Bessie), the JOSIE Award in 2002.
  • DCDC was featured in the 2001 Emmy award-winning PBS Great Performances documentary, Free to Dance, in 2001.

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This longtime local music studio is moving to downtown Dayton this Thursday -- and you’re invited

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

A peek inside the new Encore Studios and Repair shop in Dayton.
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A peek inside the new Encore Studios and Repair shop in Dayton.(Zack Silver, Facebook)

Encore Recording Studios, a Dayton institution for over 30 years, has moved their studio from Kettering to downtown Dayton. 

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With new owner Jeremy Mix and partners Ronald Frost and Chris Suttle at his side, the studio debuts in downtown Dayton this Thursday, Feb. 22. 

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The studio and its newly-launched record label, Invention City Records, will be housed in the same facility as their sister company, Encore Instrument Repair.

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“The model we’re pursuing -- similar to a co-op -- hasn’t been done in Dayton before,” Mix said in a press release. “We’re bringing all the best production talent under one roof. It’s really invigorating for everyone involved. Our clients feel encouraged by the change and feel they’re getting the best of what’s available under one roof,” he said.

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A press release from Encore describes the mission behind this new venture as “an expression of their belief in their city’s talent, the positive impact music has on influencing culture, and a desire to help local musicians achieve their goals and ambitions.”

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The Lovin’ Spoonful rehearsing at Encore Studios(Facebook)

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At their grand opening celebration, the owners welcome the public to explore the 4,400-square-foot studio and meet their growing team of engineers and producers. Repair techs from Encore and some locally-signed artists from Invention City Records will also be at the grand opening event.  

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For more fun, the event will have DJ Fatty Lumpkin, dancing and cash bar with cocktails prepared from the McKibben brothers of Grand Mammoth.

“Dayton has great recording studios in their history, and with ample credit to the past, we’re embracing the future,” Mix said.

Want to go?

WHAT: Encore Recording Studios Grand Opening

WHERE: 16 Bates St., Dayton

HOURS: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Feb. 22, 2018

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