Extreme cold moves Austin Landing NYE events indoors

Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 8:30 PM

NYE plans in Miami Valley move indoors ahead of freezing temps

Austin Landing is going to be mighty pink when the clock strikes midnight Monday morning.

That’s because the shopping, dining and entertainment complex located at 10050 Innovation Way in Miami Twp. will once again host a Times Square-inspired New Year’s Eve bash in support of The Pink Ribbon Girls. 

On Sunday, Dec. 31, starting at 8 p.m., Austin Landing will host a NYE bash featuring live music from popular local band Stranger, a free champagne toast for of-age guests, party favors, a graffiti wall, and a pink balloon release.

The event was moved to the Hilton Garden Inn at Austin Landing due to frigid weather expected on New Year’s Eve, according to Pink Ribbon Girls spokeswoman Sarah Gillenwater.

“It is a really awesome event,” Gillenwater said of NYE at Austin Landing.

Fireworks originally scheduled for the event have been canceled and will be launched at a future event next year, Gillenwater said.

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All that pink is par for the course. 

Pink Ribbon Girls provides services to women battling breast and reproductive cancers.

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General admission is $15 online in advance or $20 at the door

You could also opt for a VIP ticket for $60, which will get you  access to an enclosed, heated tent, where you can stay toasty all night. Tickets include admission, a private bar, party favors, a catered dinner and a drink ticket. 

Partial tent areas will be available for general admission attendees, but you’ll definitely want to dress for the weather. They’re expecting a huge turnout for this event so, to make room for the dance floor, chairs, backpacks, and coolers will NOT be permitted at this event.

Scene from the 2015 New Year's Eve party at Austin Landing.

The money raised stays here

Thanks to funds donated by individuals, corporate sponsors, Pink Truck sponsors, amazing third-party events, and fundraisers like the New Year’s Eve event at Austin Landing, Pink Ribbon Girls is able to provide healthy meals, housecleaning and transportation to patients and their families.

All proceeds from ticket and beverage sales will benefit the Pink Ribbon Girls’ programs in the Dayton area. 

Last year’s NYE event raised $30,000, with 100% of the proceeds from ticket and alcohol sales going to PRG.

“The cost of a ticket covers the cost of one meal for a woman going through cancer treatment,” Gillenwater said. 

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The party does stop when the clock strikes 

You don’t have to leave when the ball drops. 

Bar 145 and Bar Louie are hosting parties that go until 2 a.m.  Both are located at Austin Landing. 

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WANT TO GO 

What:  NYE at Austin Landing

Where:  Hilton Garden Inn, 12000 Innovation Way,  Miamisburg

When:  8 p.m. to midnight Sunday, Dec. 31 

Cost:  Tickets are $15 in advance online. Admission is $20 at the door. 

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Where you can see some famous faces in Dayton starting this weekend

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Marx Brothers by Yousuf Karsh Gelatin silver print, 1948. SOURCE: National Portrait Gallery. Smithsonian Institution; gift of Esther Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsch Estate of Yousuf Karsh
Marx Brothers by Yousuf Karsh Gelatin silver print, 1948. SOURCE: National Portrait Gallery. Smithsonian Institution; gift of Esther Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsch Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Formal portraits of the famous have been making news. The Barack and Michelle Obama portraits by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald were the subject of much discussion when they were unveiled in February and their presence has propelled attendance at Washington’s National Portrait Gallery.

Locally, the Springfield Museum of Art is wrapping up a traveling show featuring the pictures of famous baby boomers. Produced by the Newseum and AARP, the show focused on 19 large portraits by photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

Apollo XI Crew by Yousuf Karsh Gelatin silver print, 1956. SOURCE: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh Estate of Yousuf Karsh(Staff Writer)

This weekend, the Dayton Art Institution unveils its latest special exhibition: “Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits.” On loan from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the exhibit showcases 48 photographs by one of the most renowned portrait photographers of our time and features Americans who have distinguished themselves in fields ranging from business and medicine to entertainment, politics and the arts. Portraits include writer Ernest Hemingway; artists Georgia O’Keeffe and Andy Warhol; actors Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart; athletes Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson; business leaders Elizabeth Arden and Warren Buffett; architects Frank Lloyd Wright and I. M. Pei; first ladies Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Eleanor Roosevelt; and entertainment giants Walt Disney and Jim Henson.

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Karsh, who grew up in Armenia during the Armenian massacres, fled to Canada in 1924 at the age of 16 where he lived with an uncle who was an established professional photographer. After an apprenticeship with Boston portrait photographer John H. Garo, Karsh returned to Canada in 1932 where he opened a portrait studio in Ottawa. The phenomenal success of his 1941 portrait of Winston Churchill, which you’ll see in this exhibition, launched Karsh’s international career. He died in 2002.

In the introduction to his 50-year retrospective, Karsh wrote: “The endless fascination of these people for me lies in what I call their inward power. It is part of the elusive secret that hides in everyone, and it has been my life’s work to try to capture it on film. The mask we present to others and, too often, to ourselves, may lift for only a second — to reveal that power in an unconscious gesture, a raised brow, a surprised response, a moment of repose. This is the moment to record.”

The traveling exhibit — first displayed in Washington, D.C., in 2013-14 — was organized by Ann M. Shumard, senior curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery. I spoke with Shumard about her museum, Yousuf Karsh and the photos we’ll see on display.

Martin Luther King, Jr. by Yousuf Karsh Gelatin silver print, 1962. SOURCE: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh Estate of Yousuf Karsh(Staff Writer)

Q. What defines a portrait?

A. Sometimes people envision a traditional oil painting or something on canvas, but this museum has always had an expansive definition of portraiture. The Portrait Gallery, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary of being open to the public, collects in all media — photographs, prints, drawings, paintings, sculptures and time-based media — moving images.

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Q. Why are people so interested in pictures of famous people?

A. Obviously, there is very vibrant celebrity culture in our country, but the interest of people in the news goes back a long way. Even in the 19th century, there was an extraordinarily response to Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind’s visit to America in 1850 and photographers vied for opportunities to take her portrait and sell them to the public.

I think people are drawn to people. It’s a natural instinct to be interested in larger-than-life personalities. Perhaps we look for reflections of our own experiences in their lives.

Grace Kelly by Yousuf Karsh Gelatin silver print, 1956. SOURCE: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh Estate of Yousuf Karsh(Staff Writer)

Q. Can you tell us what makes Karsh special as a photographer?

A. Karsh was someone who really sought to bring out the best in his sitters; he wasn’t a gotcha photographer — he didn’t pop out from behind a tree. He thought of a sitting as a collaboration between the subject and himself. He would read about his subjects, spend time getting to know them and engage in conversation with them. He was a courtly, kind and empathetic photographer who looked for an image that would be respectful. He cared very deeply about creating an image that would capture the sitter’s inner power, their soul, their character.

At first, his portraits were done in his studio, later he took his camera and lighting and recreated the studio setting on site.

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Q. How did the National Portrait Gallery acquire these photos?

A. The museum had acquired a couple of them but most of these photos in the exhibit come from a 2012 gift of 109 works that the museum received from Karsh’s wife, Estrellita. She is a remarkable woman with tremendous energy and vitality. She was a partner with him in his practice, the person who emotionally supported him and created a sense of calm and stability for him. She is committed to her husband’s legacy.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by Yousuf Karsh Gelatin silver print, 1956. SOURCE: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh Estate of Yousuf Karsh(Staff Writer)

Q. Why did you select this collection for touring?

A. Whenever possible, we love the opportunity to circulate exhibitions and give them a broader audience so that they aren’t seen only by people who can come to Washington. Karsh also did some color portraits but they are more vulnerable to fading and he is best known for his black-and-white photos.

The ones we selected give you a good sense of the types of people he photographed. I included not only the names that would be absolutely familiar — like Jacqueline Kennedy — but also those who might be less well known like magazine magnet Henry Luce, labor leader John L. Lewis, radio/TV pioneer David Sarnoff and designer Russel Wright (who was born in Lebanon, Ohio).

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Q. What are your favorite portraits in this exhibit?

A. I love the portrait of of Ingrid Bergman. He photographed her without stage makeup, unlike other movie actresses who came perfectly made up and coiffed. She was such a natural beauty and that natural luminous quality comes through beautifully.

Eleanor Roosevelt’s portrait is wonderful, too. It captures the sense of her vitality and animation. Karsh said her hands were always in motion and he was captivated by how articulate her hands were. So he waited for a moment when her expression matched her hands. (“Hands give clues to the entire personality,” Karsh has written. “They are for me, almost a barometer of a person’s being, a distillation of the whole.”)

And the famous photo of Winston Churchill launched Karsh’s international career. It was an instance of his not having advanced time with his sitter; it was an opportunity to take a picture in Ottawa in 1941 after Churchill had just finished a major speech and was moving from one room to another. Churchill had a cigar in his mouth, and Karsh tried to politely ask him to remove the cigar but Churchill refused. Karsh ultimately snatched it out of his mouth which is how he accounted for Churchill’s severe, glowering expression in the portrait.

Muhammad Ali by Yousuf Karsh Gelatin silver print, 1962. SOURCE: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh Estate of Yousuf Karsh(Staff Writer)

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Q. What do you advise visitors to look for in these portraits?

A. I hope people will notice the lighting, that was one of the definitive features of Karsh’s photography. Initially, he used natural lighting but became friendly with members of the Ottawa Drama League who introduced him to artificial lighting. After he saw how stage lighting could be used for such dramatic effect, he began using it and you’ll see how wonderfully lit these portraits are. Lighting has a lot to do with how successful a picture is and there’s a drama brought out just by the way the lighting is positioned.

WANT TO GO?

What: “Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits, organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

When: June 23- Sept. 16

Where: Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton

Admission: Adults: $14; seniors, students with ID, active military and groups of 10 or more: $11; Youth (ages 7-17): $6; Members and children 6 & under: Free. The first four Sundays of July are also free.

Adopt a Portrait! You can help the museum by adopting a portrait in the exhibit for $500. A recognition label with your name will be displayed next to the photograph in the exhibition.

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In connection with this exhibit, the DAI is planning a variety of special events ranging from a Trivia Night and hands-on workshops to lectures on photography and portraiture. For details, see www.daytonartinstitute.org

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Here is how to get into Dayton event featuring Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson and nearly 40 other celebs 

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 2:35 PM

Michael Jordan is interested in building a golf course in Hobe Sound, near the Jupiter site where he is building a restaurant, reports said. (AP 1998 file photo/Bill Kostroun)
Michael Jordan is interested in building a golf course in Hobe Sound, near the Jupiter site where he is building a restaurant, reports said. (AP 1998 file photo/Bill Kostroun)

Who wouldn’t like a shot to hit a few balls with Jordan or Kobe?

Registration is open for the Jim Cleamons Celebrity Golf Classic and Charity Event set for Aug. 19 to 20 at NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail in Kettering.

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Registrations for 2 to 8 players range from $750 to $5,000 for the event that will benefit Hoopology Camp — former NBA player and coach Jim Cleamons’ Columbus-based charity for student athlete development. 

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A list of of 40 athletes, including Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen, Lenny Wilkens, Kobe Bryant, Willie Reed, Ross Browner and Dennis Hopson are expected to attend. 

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Members of the University of Dayton and the Ohio State University coaching staffs are also expected to participate, as is Archie Griffin, a former OSU and Cincinnati Bengal player. 

Ron Edwards, the event’s Dayton-based organizer, said a sponsorship registration is required for attendance.

“Unlike major golfing tournaments, this is a private event,” he told this news organization. “You can’t enter without (a team) sponsorship.”

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The presenting sponsor, albatross sponsor and eagle sponsor registration include entrance into a drawing to play with a pro or celebrity, an invitation to the event’s pairing party and auction and other benefits.

The birdie sponsor registration includes an invitation to the pairing party, but does not include the drawing.  

Find package details here. 

Edwards urges those interested in attending to visit the Hooplogy Camp website

Questions can also be emailed to ron@hoopologycamp.org.

Cleamons was an assistant basketball coach for the Chicago Bulls from 1989 until 1996 — during the “Jordan years” — and was the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks a year after that.  Cleamons was also an assistant coach for the Lakers during their 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 championship seasons.

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Country superstar Chris Young extends 2018 tour to include stop in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 10:10 AM

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15:  Chris Young peforms onstage during the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Ethan Miller/Getty Images
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Chris Young peforms onstage during the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

It seems like 2018 might be Chris Young’s golden year. 

After more than 30 sold-out arena and amphitheater dates, being named an ACM Male Vocalist nominee and scoring his 10th No. 1 single, the country mega star has added 15 more shows to his “Chris Young Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour”— including a stop near Dayton at Wright State University’s Nutter Center on Nov. 3, 2018. 

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“Recently inducted as a member of the iconic Grand Ole Opry, Young achieved another milestone in 2017 with the release of Losing Sleep, his second consecutive studio album to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart,” according to a press release.

Accompanying Young during his Dayton will be special guests, Dan + Shay, Morgan Evans and Dee Jay Silver. 

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Tickets and VIP packages for the Dayton tour stop go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 28th. In addition, American Express Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 26th. through 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 27th. 

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WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Chris Young with special guests, Dan + Shay, Morgan Evans and Dee Jay SilverMa

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 3

WHERE: Wright State University Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy. #430, Fairborn 

INFO: ChrisYoungCountry.com

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Food trucks, beer, music and shopping await at Yellow Cab this weekend

Published: Monday, February 13, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 10:15 AM

Yellow Cab Food Truck Rallies
Yellow Cab Food Truck Rallies

Street food, live music and shopping are part of the fun during the monthly Yellow Cab Food Truck Rallies. 

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It’s a hub for food, drink and handmade goods, where Daytonians can explore taste sensations, craft brews and small businesses from the area.

Yellow Cab Food Truck Rallies

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With a rotating lineup of food trucks, The Yellow Cab Food Truck Rallies offer beer, free live music and The Night Market, which has delicious spices, jams and produce, artisan bathing products, handmade toys and decorations and countless other locally made goods. 

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Photo contributed by Robin Daywalt.(Max Catterson Photography)

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The Night Market vendors are to be announced. 

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“Eating is just part of what you can do at a Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally,” organizer Brian Johnson said. “With family or friends, we want it to feel more like a street festival with a great selection of food, drinks, and locally made goods and gifts for you to check out while listening to some great Dayton music.”

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Food trucks featured for this rally include: El Meson, Smokinbeebeeq, Son Of a Biscuit, Thai1On, The Drunken Waffle and Hunger Paynes.

French toast from The Wicked 'Wich featuring fresh bread form Evan's Bakery(Alex Perry)

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Brunch! A Food Truck Rally is also back for the season, featuring breakfast cocktails and more. These events happen every first Sunday of the month through September. 

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Want to go? 

WHAT: Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally and The Night Market

WHEN: 5-10 p.m. Friday, July 20 (rallies will be held every third Friday through October)

WHERE: Yellow Cab, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton

INFO: WebsiteFacebook

Yellow Cab Food Truck Rallies

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