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Where to see high-flying Cirque du Soleil’s CORTEO near Dayton 

Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Cirque de Soleil’s CORTEO near Dayton
Lucas Saporiti
Cirque de Soleil’s CORTEO near Dayton(Lucas Saporiti)

Cirque du Soleil will bring a show that has thrilled more than 8 million people worldwide to arenas very near to us.

Cirque du Soleil’s CORTEO will be staging six performances May 3 to 6 at U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati. 

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Tickets start at $39 and are on sale now at cirquedusoleil.com/corteo. No Dayton performances are planned. 

The show will be stage at the Schottenstein Center, 555 Arena Dr., Columbus  April 12 to 15. Tickets to those shows are on sale now at the Schottenstein’s website. 

CORTEO features 51 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors and is directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca.

It premiered in Montreal in April 2005 and has visited 64 cities in 19 countries. 

Here is a description: 

 CORTEO, which means cortege in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth. 

 

The clown pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quietly caring angels. Juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection, the show highlights the strength and fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to illustrate the portion of humanity that is within each of us. The music, by turns lyrical and playful, carries CORTEO through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality. 

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Cirque Du Soleil's Corteo.(Lucas Saporiti)

Here’s who the Bloody Mary Showdown crowned the winner of Best Bloody Mary 

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 2:31 PM

The Bloody Mary Showdown returned for its third year on Jan. 14, 2018 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Coliseum. The event hosts 200 guests to taste their way through renditions of this classic brunch drink, drinking more than 1,000 samples created by 15 local bartenders. TOM GILLIAM / STAFF PHOTO
Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam
The Bloody Mary Showdown returned for its third year on Jan. 14, 2018 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Coliseum. The event hosts 200 guests to taste their way through renditions of this classic brunch drink, drinking more than 1,000 samples created by 15 local bartenders. TOM GILLIAM / STAFF PHOTO(Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam)

“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. 

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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

>>PHOTOS: 2018 Bloody Mary Showdown

“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 best Bloody Marys in Dayton 

The Bloody Mary Showdown returned for its third year on Jan. 14, 2018 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Coliseum. The event hosts 200 guests to taste their way through renditions of this classic brunch drink, drinking more than 1,000 samples created by 15 local bartenders. TOM GILLIAM / STAFF PHOTO(Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam)

The Bloody Mary Showdown returned for its third year on Jan. 14, 2018 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Coliseum, 1043 S. Main St., Dayton.

>> 2017 Bloody Mary Showdown winners 

14 bartenders represented these local restaurants for the 2018 competition: 

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-Brixx

-Corner Kitchen

-Fifth Street Brewpub

-Highland Stag

-Jimmie’s Ladder 11

-Mack’s Tavern

-Mr. Boro’s Tavern

-Mudlick Tap House

-Newcom’s

-Old Scratch Pizza

-Scene 75

-The Vue

-Trolley Stop 

-Whiskey Barrel

The Bloody Mary Showdown returned for its third year on Jan. 14, 2018 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Coliseum. The event hosts 200 guests to taste their way through renditions of this classic brunch drink, drinking more than 1,000 samples created by 15 local bartenders. TOM GILLIAM / STAFF PHOTO(Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam)

A summer concert announcement for ‘kidz’ of all ages

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 1:12 PM

The KIDZ BOP Kids: Best Time Ever Tour includes a stop at the Ohio State Fair on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Tickets are $15. CONTRIBUTED
The KIDZ BOP Kids: Best Time Ever Tour includes a stop at the Ohio State Fair on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Tickets are $15. CONTRIBUTED

Here’s a concert for the kid in all of us.

The KIDZ BOP summer tour will include stops at The Rose Music Center in Huber Heights and PNC Pavilion at Riverbend in Cincinnati.

KIDZ BOP is a music brand for kids, with kids putting their own spit on popular music hits. The tour will include performances of chart hits and a  ‘90s lip-sync contest for parents.

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Last year’s “Best Time Ever” tour sold out multiple shows across the country. The “KIDZ BOP Live 2018” tour announcement coincides with the release of KIDZ BOP 37, the latest album in the best-selling music series. The tour includes a stop at PNC Pavilion on Sunday, June 24, and a stop at Rose Music Center on Friday, Aug. 17.

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Tickets for the Cincinnati show will go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19 at www.Ticketmaster.com and www.PNCPavilion.com. Charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000.

Tickets for the Huber Heights show will go on sale beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19 at www.Ticketmaster.com and www.Rosemusiccenter.com. Charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000. 

Ticket prices include parking and are subject to applicable Ticketmaster fees. Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice. 

KIDZ BOP has sold over 18 million albums and generated over 1 billion streams, since the family-friendly music brand debuted in 2001. The best-selling series has had 24 Top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 Chart. For more information, visit kidzbop.com.

Dayton’s Best of 2017 party celebrates in roaring ’20s style

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Dayton.com's Best of 2016 Party was held Jan. 18, 2017 at Top of the Market in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY
Dayton.com's Best of 2016 Party was held Jan. 18, 2017 at Top of the Market in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY

At a party on Jan. 17, 2018, Dayton.com will celebrate finalists of the third annual Best of 2017 poll. The festivities highlight the talent and creativity found in and around Dayton.

From tastebud-tantalizing treats to awe-inspiring artistic displays, there’s something to appease every personality and palate.

>> How to get tickets for Dayton.com’s Best of 2017 party

Dayton.com's Best of 2016 Party was held Jan. 18, 2017 at Top of the Market in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY

Guests will experience the delights of Dayton in Prohibition-themed roaring fun. While we can’t reveal all the details (you’ll have to join us!) but here’s a quick list of what you’ll see at this bash:

• Artists and tattoo artists

• Appearances from Dayton celebrities and personalities

• Food samples from beloved Dayton vendors on the sweet to savory spectrum

• Cash bar with wine, beer and specialty cocktails

• Entertainment including heritage dancers, drag queens and pole dancers

• Theater groups performing vignettes

Dayton.com's Best of 2016 Party was held Jan. 18, 2017 at Top of the Market in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY

“It’s a great opportunity for us to connect with our community,” said Dayton.com manager Ashley Bethard. “We’ve gotten so many great story ideas from our readers, and we also get a better sense of what matters to Dayton. All of this makes for a better Dayton.com.”

New for this year’s event is an exclusive VIP section, which will offer guests early entry, appetizers, a torch singer, comedians, a speakeasy lounge and souvenirs – and yes, a password is required.

Tickets for the event are available on Eventbrite.com. General admission tickets are on sale for $14 (plus fees) and VIP tickets are on sale for $22, plus fees.

“There is so much positive momentum in our city – people are moving downtown; new businesses are opening in our core and people are exploring more of Dayton to find these businesses,” said Rob Rohr, Cox Media Group Ohio Market Vice President. “The Dayton.com Best of Dayton event is one of my favorites because it creates a unique opportunity to bring some of the best local businesses together with people looking for new ways to enjoy Dayton — and it’s one heck of a party!”

Winners of Dayton.com’s Best of 2017 poll will be announced online the next day, Jan. 18, 2018.

Last year’s event sold out quickly, so don’t miss your chance to get tickets and join the fun!

>> PHOTOS: Dayton.com’s Best of 2016 party

Dayton.com’s Best of 2017 Party will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.(Staff Writer)

Want to go?

WHAT: Dayton.com’s Best of 2017 Party

WHERE: Top of the Market Banquet Center, 32 Webster St., Dayton

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

COST: $14 general admission and $22 VIP (plus fees); tickets available on Eventbrite.com

INFO: Dayton.com

4 big MLK Day events in and around Dayton

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

What You Need To Know: Martin Luther King Jr.

Dayton has many events celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, held Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.

You can see the full event list here, but if you’re looking for the highlights, you’ve come to the right place. 

>> Dayton regional roundup of MLK Day events

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (center) watches as his father Dr. Martin Luther King Sr. (right) received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Dr. Rembert S. Stokes, president of Wilbeforce University June 9, 1965. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE(Staff Writer)

Below are some of the region’s biggest MLK celebrations and events.

Monday, Jan. 15

Annual MLK March through downtown Dayton, organized by MLK Dayton will begin at 10 a.m. at Charles Drew Health Center, 1323 W. Third Street. 

A closer look at University of Dayton memorial for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.(Photo: Amelia Robinson, Staff)

The MLK Youth Celebration will take place at 11 a.m. at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth Street. 

>> How local kids are keeping Martin Luther King’s dream alive

MLK Celebration Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. also at the Dayton Convention Center. David Anthony Johnson, motivational speaker, inspirational solo artist and orator specializing in King’s speeches will be featured at this event as well as the earlier youth celebration. Johnson is also a historical story-teller, songwriter, inventor and youth motivator with experience as a youth counselor. 

A closer look at University of Dayton memorial for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.(Photo: Amelia Robinson, Staff)

Cedarville University Martin Luther King Jr Day events include chapel at 10 a.m., a gospel sing-along with the First Baptist Church Choir of London from 7 -8 p.m. in the Stevens Student Center and an art expression from 7:30-9 p.m. in the student center. All events are open to the public. 

A closer look at University of Dayton memorial for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.(Photo: Amelia Robinson, Staff)