Hey dude, you could win this piece of ‘Big Lebowski’ art

Published: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 4:30 PM

You can win a piece of The Dude ... sort of. 

A signed, reproduced storyboard from the cult classic “The Big Lebowski” made by  local artist J. Todd Anderson and signed by the Coen brothers — yeah, those Coen brothers —will be auctioned as part of Ashes For A Kidney - A Special Big Lebowski Silent Auction today, April 20.

The event will be held Thursday, April 20 at The "Old" Yellow Cab building, 700 E. Fourth St. in Dayton’s Oregon District. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the storyboard winner will be announced at 11:30 p.m.  

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Proceeds from the event will benefit Robert Gray, co-owner of Ohio Coffee Company. Gray recently had a  kidney transplant.  

Anderson, a New Carlisle native and Dayton-area resident, will present the storyboard for the "Donny's Ashes” scene from the movie to the winner. 

The reproduced storyboard is made directly from the original storyboards, which are not sold. 

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Steve Buscemi plays Donny (Theodore Donald Kerabatsos) in “The Big Lebowski.”

Anderson has created the storyboard for about 20 Coen brothers movies since 1987’s "Raising Arizona,” including the “The Big Lebowski,” which starred Jeff Bridges as Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, a super laid-back dude who happens to share the same name as a millionaire. 

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Anderson’s work also appears in the Coen brothers’ multiple Academy Award-winning films like “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men,” as well as the nominated films “A Serious Man,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “True Grit,” “The Man Who Wasn't There,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Barton Fink.”

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7 ways to enjoy the weather in Dayton this weekend

Published: Friday, April 15, 2016 @ 12:06 PM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 11:42 AM

This weekend's weather calls for unseasonably warm weather which means people are going break free of winter in Dayton. Here's some stuff you'll see if you want to or not. Video by Amelia Robinson, Dayton.com.

After all these chilly days, we are chomping at the bit to get outside and enjoy some sun.

Here are a few ways to enjoy the nice weather this weekend, which, according to our weather partner WHIO.com, is supposed to be lovely: mostly sunny and in the low-to-mid 60s. Get the full weekend forecast from WHIO.com.

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1.) Go for a hike. There are some fantastic places to explore in the Dayton metro area. We're blessed to have a fantastic parks system that includes Huffman, Eastwood and Taylorsville MetroPark (among many others), as well as some great options in Yellow Springs, like John Bryan and Glen Helen. Make time for a weekend hike and you can round out your hike with some mouthwatering food truck grub at one of the many food truck events that are always happening in Dayton.

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2.) Go for a driveRoll down the windows, turn up the music, and just go. Check out these 7 must-see sights within driving distance of Dayton, or explore a nearby town like Tipp City,  Troy or Fairborn. Not to mention, it’s the second weekend for Kings Island, and the weather is finally perfect for high adrenaline thrills. 

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Riders enjoy views of the Little Miami River on zip lines at Ozone Zipline Adventures at YMCA Camp Kern in Oregonia. Greg Lynch/ Staff(Greg Lynch)

3.) Get an ice cream coneThere are plenty of places in the area to get ice cream and other frozen treats, from the guilt-free vegan paleo Fronana in downtown Dayton to the well-known, well-loved local staple Graeter's. And who could forget Young's Jersey Dairy, or JD's Custard in Englewood? The options are endless...

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7 reasons not to miss Dayton GeekFest

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

GeekFest at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery will take place Friday, April 28 from 6-11 p.m. There will be cosplay and a costume contest, a Star Wars Room, video games and board games, and much more. PHOTO / Larry Peck
Larry Peck
GeekFest at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery will take place Friday, April 28 from 6-11 p.m. There will be cosplay and a costume contest, a Star Wars Room, video games and board games, and much more. PHOTO / Larry Peck(Larry Peck)

This Friday and Saturday, GeekFest will take over the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Like past years, GeekFest will be packed full of events, vendors, special guests, treats, costumes and more. But this year, organizers have turned GeekFest into a two-day event.

Boonshoft’s Jason Heaton gave us the scoop on the delightfully nerdy activities you can take participate on Friday night and Saturday (Family Day).

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The annual GeekFest will take place at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Friday and Saturday. Cool events like Wizard School, gaming, special guests, vendors, and food trucks will be there for your geeky amusement. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Wizarding School

Fans of a certain bespectacled boy wizard won’t want to miss GeekFest’s Wizarding School events on Friday night. Heaton says the planetarium will be turned into a Great Hall. 

“We're going to have a chemistry experiment, which we call ‘potions,’” says Heaton. “We'll have astronomy class and at the same time we’ll play Quidditch on the dome of the planetarium. One person will be elected to stand in the middle and actually 'fly' around. That's something really unique.”

Wizard School will also include magic wand making for little kids and a special animal show.

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The annual GeekFest will take place at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Friday and Saturday. Cool events like Wizard School, gaming, special guests, vendors, and food trucks will be there for your geeky amusement. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Orc & Pie

Another fun activity taking place only on Friday night is GeekFest’s staple 5-minute D&D adventure, Orc & Pie. 

In this quick live action role-playing experience, participants will be transformed into heroes… heroes hungry for pie! Will they defeat the fearsome Orc and loot his confectionery treat? Find out at GeekFest. (Hint: the heroes win the pie).

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The annual GeekFest will take place at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Friday and Saturday. Cool events like Wizard School, gaming, special guests, vendors, and food trucks will be there for your geeky amusement. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Special guests 

Both Friday and Saturday at GeekFest willf eature exciting guests.

Nate Lovett, a professional children’s book illustrator who’s done work for Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol and more, will be giving “Let’s Draw” presentations both days.

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Cincinnati-based sci fi author Wendy Vogel, whose novel Horizon Alpha features dinosaurs on other planets, will be giving a presentation in Boonshoft’s planetarium on Saturday. “She added some science, so they're based on real planets,” explains Heaton. “Wendy’s not only going to talk about her book, but we’re also going to fly to those planets. I'm looking forward to showing off the science behind them.”

As in previous years, Ohio’s 501st Legion Star Wars cosplayers and the Real Ohio Ghostbusters will also be at GeekFest.

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The annual GeekFest will take place at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Friday and Saturday. Cool events like Wizard School, gaming, special guests, vendors, and food trucks will be there for your geeky amusement. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Gaming

Of course, all of your gaming urges can be satisfied at GeekFest. 

A full-on video game arcade, featuring cabinet games brought in by DK EffectGaming Adventures, and Doug’s Electronic Repair, will be in full effect Friday and Saturday.

If cardboard delights are more your speed, a room devoted entirely to tabletop games will be available, with games generously provided by GeekFest staff and the Wittenberg RPG Guild.

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GeekFest at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery will take place Friday, April 20 through Saturday April 21. PHOTO / Larry Peck(Larry Peck)

Trivia

“On Saturday, we're going to have geek Jeopardy like we've had in the past,” Jason Heaton tells Dayton.com. “We’re also going to try Harry Potter Jeopardy this year for the first time.” 

“Beat the Geek” trivia will be another opportunity to show off your nerd brain. 

The annual GeekFest will take place at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Friday and Saturday. Cool events like Wizard School, gaming, special guests, vendors, and food trucks will be there for your geeky amusement. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Blast off into outer space 

Also going on in the planetarium is Boonshoft’s regular live show, The Sky Tonight, about the astronomical bodies visible from earth on a given evening. Heaton says there will be “a few other surprises in the planetarium, as well.”

“There's going to be a full-blown R2D2 replica a guy named Josh Montgomery built from scratch,” brags Heaton. “He's going to show it off and talk about it in the Planetarium early on Saturday morning.” 

The planets of Star Wars and Geek Jeopardy will be projected onto the 50-foot dome of the planetarium.(Provided by Boonshoft)

More!

We’ve barely scratched the surface of all the exciting things going on at GeekFest this Friday and Saturday. There are also cool geeky vendors like Bell Book and Comic and No Limit Gaming, food trucks both days, and even costume contests. You will not want to miss GeekFest. It’s one of Dayton’s best events of the year!

Want to go?  

WHAT: Boonshoft GeekFest

WHEN: 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 20 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 21

WHERE: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Deweese Pkwy, Dayton  

COST: Friday night, $20/person, tickets here. Saturday, free with regular museum admission

INFO: www.boonshoftmuseum.org or 937-275-7431 

 

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5 reasons to see ‘Phantom of the Opera’ on its final weekend

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 9:53 AM

Phantom

The music of the night returns with a stunning makeover as the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s global megahit “The Phantom of the Opera” continues through Sunday, April 22 courtesy of the Victoria Theatre Association’s Premier Health Broadway Series. 

Produced by legendary British powerhouse Cameron Mackintosh and based on the novel by Gaston Leroux, “Phantom” tells a romantic, mysterious and compelling account of the titular musician who takes young soprano Christine Daae under his wing in late 19th century Paris. Meanwhile, Christine is wooed by the dashing Raoul, infuriating the Phantom and fueling his vengeful takeover of the Paris Opera House.

Here are five reasons why you should see this thrilling spectacle on its final weekend. 

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“The Phantom of the Opera” comes to the Schuster Center April 11-22. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY(Staff Writer)

 

1. EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN 

Director Laurence Connor brings character-driven finesse and breezy fluidity to this reconceived production. He dials back the cinematic opulence of the original helmed by Harold Prince (which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary on Broadway) while adding new touches. In particular, “Prima Donna,” an ode to diva Carlotta (excellently conceited Trista Moldovan), is treated as a beautiful transition, guiding the audience directly into the operatic sequence “Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh.”

Connor also moves the vibrant “Masquerade” inside the Opera House, another effective departure from the original, and alters the Phantom’s suspenseful final seconds to magical degrees. “The original production was brilliant, but this production is truly spectacular,” said Eva Tavares, who portrays the haunted Christine. “I also feel ours is a grittier production. We want to make our characterizations as real as possible.” 

 

2. A POWERFUL LOOK AT EMPATHY 

Despite the Phantom’s treachery and defiance in his obsessive pursuit of Christine, it is imperative to feel some sense of connection to his struggle nonetheless.

“I find the show to be based in a real place of empathy,” Tavares said. “It’s about loving someone and caring for someone even when they don’t love or care for themselves. Even when the people around Christine tell her the Phantom is vicious, she knows the real person inside. He was a tortured individual who was dealt a hard hand at a young age. Christine’s unabashed and unfiltered empathy really speaks to people. She displays a kindness we all need in our lives.” 

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Eva Tavares as Christine in "The Phantom of the Opera." CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY

3. A BEAUTIFULLY COMPLEX CHRISTINE 

As Tavares navigates her role with lovely elegance, she provides a beautifully complex journey from giddy chorus girl (her star-is-born excitement throughout the gorgeous “Think of Me” is an early highpoint) to mature woman.

There is also a very telling moment in Act 1 when Christine grows suicidal, another savvy directorial choice from Connor.

The soaring ballad “All I Ask of You” literally becomes Raoul’s plea to bring Christine off the ledge. 

 

4. APPEALING NON-TRADITIONAL CASTING 

Standing 6-foot-7, Quentin Oliver Lee, an African-American, firmly leads the production in the vocally demanding titular role. His refreshing and imposing presence certainly gives the material a great deal of renewed subtext.

“Diversity in casting shouldn’t be an issue,” said Tavares, who is 5-foot-1. “The people who are right for a role should be cast. Quentin is an amazing actor who brings a lot to the role. We have a great dynamic as friends. I’m so glad and so grateful to be part of a company that sees the value in diversity in casting.” 

A 52-member cast will come to town for “The Phantom of the Opera” April 11-22. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY(Staff Writer)

 

5. VISUAL SPLENDOR 

Even though this tour overall strays from the original’s iconic nature, you’ll still be dazzled by Maria Bjornson’s fabulous costumes, Scott Brown’s scenic design, Scott Ambler’s terrific choreography (notice the Paso Doble intensity within “The Point of No Return”), Nina Dunn’s video/projection design, and one grand chandelier that is a character all its own. 

 

WANT TO GO?

What: “The Phantom of the Opera” 

Where: Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton 

When: Through April 22; 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday 

Cost: $25-$118 

Tickets/more info: Call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 or visit ticketcenterstage.com 

 

Contact this contributing writer at rflorence2@gmail.com

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Nookie alert: They say Limp Bizkit is playing the Sunoco again, today ...

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 12:05 PM

The Limp Bizkit show at Sunoco was epic. Sad you missed it. Video by Amelia Robinson.

Tonight could be the night that chocolate starfish and hot dog flavored water flow at a Dayton gas station. 

>> Facebook event claims Limp Bizkit coming to Sunoco on Wayne Ave.

As the annual 4/20 rumor has it, the rap rock band Limp Bizkit will play the Wayne Avenue Sunoco tonight at 10 p.m.

Limp Bizkit is still not playing the Wayne Avenue Sunoco. Seriously, in what world could that ever happened?(Photos: GetAmpedMag.com and Mike Campbell, staff)


Nearly 10,000 people have indicated on the Facebook event page they will attend the show. Another 5,400 saythey are interested.  (Note: Organizers annually change the date from the original 2016 event post.) 

But guess what...

No nookie for you. 

But here’s a cookie. 

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It is 4/20... get it, 4/20. 

You know what the date means, right?

Hmmmmmm...


The show is a hoax that dates all the way back to 2016 when a group of wisenheimers created a Facebook event for an April 20th Limp Bizkit show at the gas station. 

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Both Limp Bizkit and Dayton police were whipped up in a frenzy and released statements denying the fake concert. 

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Dayton police, Limp Bizkit tweet statements about Limp Bizkit at Sunoco. (Screen grab courtesy of The News Wheel)

Back on April 20, 2016, a lot of people showed up at the gas station to see if anyone else showed up.

The whole thing got a ton of media attention around the country. 

It was something else. 

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Since then, a few other pranksters have tried to create buzz around fake concerts at the Sunoco and other businesses. 

Did you hear the one about Dave Chappelle playing at the Legacy Pancake House last February? 

“Laugh, and then laugh some more over a plate of pancakes, local realtor ads on the placemats, and the comedy of Dave Chappelle for this once in a lifetime appearance at Dayton’s Legacy Pancake House. Sit back, order some grits and pancakes, and enjoy the comedic stylings of Dave Chappelle.” 

That didn’t happen either. But the Legacy does serve some delicious grub. 

 

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