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Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 2:56 PM
— Featuring a cast of 30 of the world’s greatest acrobats, contortionists and aerial artists, Cirque D’Or amazes crowds with their electrifying and mesmerizing stunts.
The sensational aerial performances have been dubbed “breathtaking” by The New York Times and “fantastic” by CBS News.
This all-ages traveling show makes at stop at the Victoria Theatre at 3 p.m. Feb. 11.
Tickets are on sale now at Ticket Center Stage, by calling 937-228-3630 or 888-228-3630. Tickets are also available online at www.ticketcenterstage.com.
Want to go?
WHAT: Cirque d’Or
WHERE: Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton
HOURS: 3 p.m. Feb. 11
INFO: Ticket Center Stage, 937-228-3630 or 888-228-3630
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— After interviewing Carole King for days, playwright Douglas McGrath was faced with a tough decision. Which parts of the legendary singer/songwriter’s personal journey should be included in a musical about her life?
You’ll see the results when the Tony and Grammy award-winning Broadway hit “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical” makes its Dayton premiere at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center May 22-27. The show’s songs include “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,”“You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” “Up on the Roof” and “Take Good Care of My Baby.”
McGrath believes for a Broadway show to succeed, the audience has to care about and connect with the people in it — whether it’s the King in “The King and I” or Alexander Hamilton in “Hamilton.” In this case, McGrath decided to focus on a period in King’s life that began in 1959, just before Brooklyn native Carol Klein composed her first hit song. She is 17, pregnant and newly married to 20-year-old lyricist Gerry Goffin.
The decade that follows includes her early songwriting years, the break-up of her marriage and the 1971 release of “Tapestry,” one of the best-selling albums of all time. “Tapestry” not only represented Carole King’s artistic peak as a performer and writer but also sums up everything that had gone on in her life up to that point, McGrath notes. “All of those things inform these songs. Because ‘Tapestry’ was such a triumph, it supports the play’s message of victory over heartbreak.”
The playwright didn’t know a lot about the famous singer before becoming involved with the Broadway show. “She is a keep-to-herself kind of person and my standard joke is that — like most people — I thought she was born, learned to walk and then recorded ‘Tapestry!’ ” he says. “What I didn’t realize was that 12 years before ‘Tapestry’ came out she was writing hit songs for all of the big groups in the ’50s and ’60s —Aretha Franklin, The Drifters, the Shirrells, the Beatles, the Monkees.”
Crafting a show
The other main characters in “Beautiful” are another married songwriting couple — Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
“We were lucky in this case because ‘Beautiful’ is about four real people,” says McGrath, who interviewed all four songwriters at length. “All four were intelligent, inspiring, interesting and flawed people — meaning they are human, not perfect — which helps an audience relate and connect.”
McGrath was obviously impressed with King when he interviewed her. “You don’t necessarily think of rock musicians as intellectual, but Carole is really brainy and could speak articulately about everything,” he says. “She skipped two grades in school and was in college by age 16. She has a perfect memory and never struggled for specific dates or names. Later, when I interviewed Gerry, her ex-husband, he confirmed everything she had told me.”
McGrath says his hours with King weren’t always easy for her. “Her life has been filled with joy as well as heartbreak and I don’t think she had talked about some of it for a long, long time,” he says. “A lot of Kleenex kept coming out of her purse. Gerry was her first love.”
Whenever he worked on the script, McGrath played their music in the background. “It helped me see the connections between events in their lives and the music itself, what they created, ” he explains. “You could hear something in their lyrics and stories that would make sense with certain parts of their lives. I wanted the songs to feel connected to their lives.”
That goal was apparently achieved. King walked out halfway through the first read-through she attended. It turned out, says McGrath, it wasn’t that she didn’t like it. She did. It was simply too painful.
Since that time, King has returned to see the entire show. Sarah Bockel, who will portray the famous singer in Dayton, remembers a night in Boston when the cast was asked to gather on stage after the performance for an important announcement.
“We thought we were getting fired!” recalls the Chicago native who worked as an understudy for the leading role before playing it. “Then, Carole King walked out! We didn’t know she was there, it would have made us too nervous. She was extremely gracious and kind, gave us her blessing. Everyone was crying and clapping because she’s not only changed our lives but has changed millions of other people’s lives. We all got to take a selfie with her.”
Bockel says there’s a lot she loves about this part and this show. “I love singing the music every night, and love the other 22 people in the show,” she begins. “I love the fact that theater allows people to communicate a message to a group of strangers sitting in the dark who are bought together because they want to be told a story. I love telling stories. I like communicating with people, making them feel joy, sad. I love being a different person and I love the work you have to do within yourself to produce genuine emotion in yourself so that others can feel something cathartic. I love that it’s never the same and you’re always learning.”
Bockel believes audiences relate to “Beautiful” because they have a major connection to the music and to memories attached to it. “Her music is so personal and so applicable to everyone’s lives,” she believes. “For example, what does it mean to be a natural woman? It can mean something different to everyone but the idea is really simple.”
McGrath hopes Carole King fans who come to the show will be surprised to discover new things about the singer’s life. He’s also hoping those fans bring their kids and grand-kids.
“Her story is very inspiring for young people,” he says. “It’s about a girl who — at 16 — broke into a business where there were no females. And when her marriage came apart and she thought everything was lost, there were even better things ahead. It’s a great message for those who have experienced losses — a first heartbreak or a job that doesn’t work out. You think you’re the only one who has had your heart broken and that’s not the case. It’s great to see someone who’s had difficult things happen and fully recovers without becoming bitter.”Story optimization code blocks 3 Evergreen links This script can be dropped into a codeblock anywhere on a Methode story page and pulls, at random, a number of stories from this Google Sheet of previously well-performing content on MyDaytonDailyNews.com. Example. To customize the list: data-paragraph: Include the number of the paragraph after which you want the list to display (default is 3) data-stories: Include a number of stories you would like to display (default is 3) data-message: Include text to display above the list (default is “OTHERS HAVE LIKED:”) URL string: ?ref=cmgoEvergreenPremium Chartbeat top trending stories cards This code can be dropped into a codeblock anywhere on a Methode story page to output the top trending stories on what site at the point the page is loaded. Example. URL string: ?ref=cmgoTrendingStories Archdeacon column optimization This code can be dropped into a codeblock anywhere on a Methode object for a Tom Archdeacon column to insert “cards” for six columns, in two blocks of three columns each. Example. To customize the list: data-first-paragraph: Include the number of the paragraph after which you want to display the first block of columns (default is 3) data-second-paragraph: Include the number of the paragraph after which you want to display the second block of columns (default is halfway down the story) data-stories: Include the number of columns you want to display in each block of columns (default is 3) URL string: ?icmp=cmgoEvergreenPremium Link card with photo This code can be dropped into a codeblock anywhere on a Methode story page to display a card with photo the left and text to the right that is a link to any content. Example. Three things must be replaced for it to work: URL for the page linking to: Inputted between the double quotes after “
WANT TO GO?
What: “Beautiful-The Carole King Musical”
When: May 22-27. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton
Tickets: $26 and up plus service fees. Get tickets online at TicketCenterStage.com, at the Box Office, or by phone at (937) 228-3630 or (888) 228-3630.
NOTE: Saturday matinee performances of Broadway Series presentations are sign interpreted. Audio description is available by request.
BACKGROUND ON BROADWAY At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, you can learn about the development, history, and artistry of the show. This free event is held in the Schuster Center’s fourth-floor lobby. You must have a ticket to that day’s performance.
Published: Monday, May 11, 2015 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 4:08 PM
— Back for its 45th year, the three-day festival of food, dancing and more culture runs May 18-20, and the weekend is packed full of entertainment and educational offerings that showcase the diverse backgrounds present in the Dayton metro area. If you’re still on the fence about clearing your weekend to go, maybe we can persuade you.
1.🌍It’s arguably the biggest entertainment bang for your buck. At less than $10 at the door for adults and even cheaper for seniors and children under 5 for three days of dancing, a variety of food offerings, and the most creative way to refresh your geography knowledge, we really shouldn’t have to twist your arm on this one.
2.🌍The cultural dances are a must-see. There’s so much you can learn about a new culture through traditional dances, and many local cultural groups put on inspiring displays of grace and strength. Cincinnati-based Lebanese troupe Alhambra brings traditional solo dancing — like belly-dancing — to the festival for the first time, and the world class Kenya Safari Acrobats return to astound you with gravity-defying moves. Check out the entertainment schedule here.
3.🌍Learn about a new culture. Are you an eighth Serbian? Maybe your in-laws are South African? A World A’Fair is the perfect event to connect (or reconnect) with a part of your heritage that might have been neglected. Many of the organizations involved have local groups that have great resources for learning languages, dances or just connecting with people.
4.🌍Travel in style with the Beer Passport. Available only on Friday evening, it’s the best way to get your fill of new international brews. Sample 2-ounce brews from 12 countries — from Mexico to Scotland to the Philippines — then vote for your favorite.
5.🌍Pet Adoption Fair. The Humane Society of Greater Dayton will be stationed in the lobby, with many of their fun, friendly and furry pets who are available for adoption. Stop by and visit, receive information about how you might adopt, volunteer, donate or otherwise help these wonderful animals in need of good homes.
6.🌍Encourage local youth to embrace their heritage. What’s more adorable than children proudly displaying their families’ culture? The Junior Ambassador pageant for children ages 7-11 takes place Friday night, and is sure to involve lots of cute smiles and tiny dancing feet.
7.🌍Bring the whole family. Kids join in on the fun with the Passport program, where they receive a small booklet containing a page for each country/ethnic organization, with a photo from the organization and a question having to do with this year’s festival theme. Take your child to each country’s booth to learn the answer and have their passport stamped for a chance to win a prize. Look for the heart balloon at each booth to find the passport stamper. There’s also a children’s area with activities and games.
8.🌍So. Much. Amazing. Food. Czech pastries. Bratwurst. Baklava. Tiramisu. Tabouli. And of course, the fan favorite, Netherlands’ Appelflappen. Mouth watering yet? Here’s a list of the offerings.
9.🌍Take home souvenirs without leaving your town. Buy some authentic merchandise; tell your friends you actually bought it abroad. How could they ever doubt your claim to have visited Warsaw when they see your Boleslawiec Polish pottery?
10.🌍Preserve Dayton’s melting pot. Attend the festival, and support the preservation of cultures and heritages in the Dayton area. Dayton International Festival, Inc., a non-profit and the main organizer for A World A’Fair, supports a variety of local cultural organizations, which together boost Gem City’s cosmopolitan areas and events year-round.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: A World A’fair
WHEN: 5 p.m.- 11 p.m. Friday, May 18;11 a.m.- 11 p.m. Saturday, May 19; 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sunday, May 20
WHERE: Dayton Convention Center., 22 E. 5th St., Dayton
Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 9:08 AM
— Until a few years ago, the Buckeye BBQ Fest was a competition between Kansas City BBQ culinary artists. That was until the event chairman, Art Mathews, discovered, “The public didn’t care; they just wanted to eat.”
So now, barbecue vendors from around the Midwest converge on Union Square each May to give the public what they want.
While there are several reasons to attend the Buckeye BBQ Fest, we’ll start with …
According to Mathews, barbecue vendors typically stick with a festival for a few years and then move on. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be several returning favorites in 2018, such as After Hours BBQ (pork, chicken brisket, and award-winning baby back ribs from Akron), John Johns BBQ (slow-smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, turkey and chicken from Cincinnati), and Pit to Plate (beef brisket, pulled pork and chicken, ribs, and turkey from Mt. Healthy).
Brand new vendors this year include JDZ Fried Ribs, Bob Cha BBQ (beef and pork BBQ and chicken dumplings from Liberty Twp.), and Kuya Ed’s Lechon Atbpa (Filipino-style pork and chicken BBQ from Findlay Market).
To accommodate those who aren’t huge BBQ fans, the fest will also feature several vendors selling hamburgers, hot dogs, metts, Tex Mex, mac and cheese, and sweets like kettle corn, doughnuts, and Kona Ice. Indeed, Mathews conceded that one of the most popular food items — the cherry cobbler from Miss Parolee’s Pies — is not only a non-BBQ item, but a dealbreaker for many returning patrons.
The fest will be loaded with 120 kegs of beer in 14 different styles. Joining popular and local mainstays like Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, and Yuengling is Hawaii’s Kona Longboard Island Lager, Elysian Brewing’s (Seattle) Space Dust IPA, Shock Top, and craft beer selections from both local (DogBerry, FigLeaf, Municipal Brew Works, MadTree) and national (Breckinridge, Goose Island) breweries.
The fest’s beer garden is an ideal spot to sit and take a small break, with its patio furniture and beer keg tables. Patrons can also select from a wide variety of bottled beer, canned beer and wine.
The car show is a major part of the Fest. The 35 to 40 cars on display are hand-picked and hail from different classes, primarily the 1960s/70s hot rod/muscle car era.
The highlights are Corvettes, Mustangs, Porsches and Camaros. There will also be a “supercar” class, which includes a vintage British MG, a 1980s Aston Martin, and a 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible.
Awards will be presented at 5:45 p.m. Saturday.
Since the live entertainment at the fest is handled by the Cincy Blues Society, the lineup will consist of award-winning local and regional blues bands.
Noah Wotherspoon (Best Guitarist at the 2015 International Blues Challenge) will headline Friday night, and Johnny Fink and the Intrusion (winner of the 2016 Cincy Blues Challenge and the 2016 Dayton Blues Challenge) will headline Saturday.
The lineup also features popular regional veterans such as Ricky Nye and The SoulFixers and, last but not least, Middletown’s The Beaumonts, who will be giving their final performance at the Buckeye BBQ Fest after 30 years together.
Festival enthusiasts with small children will be relieved to learn they won’t have to sit this one out. The fest features several entertainment options for the kids, including two bouncy houses, a giant Jenga set, a Pop-A-Shot electronic basketball game and, new this year, a giant rock climbing wall.
WANT TO GO?
When: May 18-19, 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday
Where: Square at Union Centre, 9285 Centre Point Drive, West Chester
Cost: No admission cost
More Info: www.buckeyebbqfest.org
Published: Monday, May 14, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— It’s that time of year again that Dayton celebrates all the different heritages and cultures that have made our community what it is with the “largest international festival in Ohio.”
The 45th year for ‘A World A’Fair’, organized by the Dayton International Festival, Inc., is set to take place at the Dayton Convention Center on May 18th, 19th and 20th. With over “30,000 people attending in 2016, and almost as many in 2017,” according to aworldafair.org, the festival is Dayton Convention Center’s largest event.
This year, a total of 34 countries and ethnicities are taking part, either by making authentic cultural cuisine, performing on stage or presenting their own heritage in a colorful and authentic way.
Along with the exciting sights and sounds that will be going on, it’s easy to imagine the mouthwatering aromas that will fill the Convention Center. The international foods at the festival is always one of the most anticipated aspects. Coming hungry is essential for this event. You’ll find foods from Czech pastries, to bratwurst, baklava, tiramisu and tabouli.
For a complete list of organizations and the foods they will be offering, visit aworldafair.org/food.
DON’T FORGET THE BEER
Friday night, there’s a special opportunity to travel the globe with just a beer glass in your hand. The Beer Passport is a Friday night only event, allowing you a 2 oz. sample at 12 different country’s booths— all for $12. Voting for the best beer takes place after participants completed their passports. Tickets are limited to 500 and can be purchased at the event.
A World A’Fair is easily the best way to stay in country while experiencing a brand new culture. You can fill your belly with amazing food, bring home “souvenirs” from places you’ve always longed to visit and have a day— or weekend— that you won’t forget.
Advanced sale tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for ages 6 to 18 and are available until Thursday, May 17th. Tickets are also available at the door for $8 and $5 for ages 6 to 18.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: A World A’fair
WHEN: 5 p.m.- 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sunday, May 20
WHERE: Dayton Convention Center., 22 E. 5th St., Dayton