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Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— 1) HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS
Basketball started in 1891 as a simple winter activity created by Dr. James Naismith for students in a New England school. Today, it has grown into an international pastime and multi-billion dollar industry thanks, partly, to the global appeal of NBA superstars like Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Yao Ming and LeBron James.
However, you can’t discount the international impact of the Harlem Globetrotters, which formed just 35 years after basketball was invented. By the 1950s, the team became cultural ambassadors taking the sport from the United States to other countries. The Globetrotters’ blend of comedy, entertainment and sports continues to make the team fan favorites with international audiences.
Harlem Globetrotters, which recently announced more than 250 North American dates in 2018, returns to the area for its annual New Year’s game at the Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. The doors open at 1 p.m. Cost: Tickets start at $28.50. Call 937-775-4789 or visit www.nuttercenter.com.
2) DPAA’S NEW YEAR’S EVE
As members of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra collaborate on live events several times each season. However, it’s always a special occasion when the three DPAA partners close out the calendar year with a New Year’s Eve with live performances and a concert-ending balloon drop. Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra ring in 2018 together with “New Year’s Eve: The Grand Tour” at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. Cost: $17-$74. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
3) PAW PATROL
If you’ve never heard of adventurous cartoon pups Marshall, Skye and Rubble, chances are you don’t spend much time around TV-watching toddlers. Those are just a few of the furry characters featured in “Paw Patrol,” the popular animated series for Nickelodeon. The children’s program has turned into a merchandising bonanza with plush toys, games, apparel and electronic tie-ins, not to mention spawning “Paw Patrol Live: Race to the Rescue.” The touring program is presented at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 1 and 2. Cost: $21-$107. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
4) THE TUTORS
In her 2013 play, “The Tutors,” Erica Lipez explores friendship, ambition and adulthood. The action is driven by three roommates who tutor the children of New York’s elite while pursuing their new social media startup. The Playground Theatre’s production of “The Tutors” opens at the Schuster Center, Mathile Theatre, Second and Main streets, Dayton, on Thursday, Jan. 4. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. The Impact Series presentation, which is presented through Sunday, Jan. 7, is rated R for language and adult content. Cost: $20 adults, $15 military, students and educators. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
5) NYE WITH DEAN SIMMS
During his musical career, trumpet player and singer Dean Simms has played everything from funk and R&B to jazz and standards. He will be showcasing that diversity when he and his Centennial Band celebrate New Year’s Eve at Blue Note Bistro, 23 E. Central Ave., Miamisburg, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. As a tie-in to the restored venue, which was built as a bank in 1928, attendees are encouraged to wear 1920s evening attire. Cost: $125 per person, $225 per couple, which includes admission, a five-course dinner, party favors, a bottle of wine and champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are required. Call 937-247-3000 or visit www.bluenotebistro.com.
6) WHY WAS SANTA LATE?
Stephanie Wright, also known as Stevie Ra, wears many creative hats. The Daytonian is a singer, playwright and producer, who has created several different stage shows. Wright’s latest project is the new holiday play, “Why Was Santa Late?” Between Productions presents this family holiday program at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29. Cost: $15-$29. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
7) NEW YEAR’S DAY SKATE
The opportunities for outdoor family activities are limited this time of year. However, the Ice Rink at RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton, is always open for holiday outings this time of year. Celebrate the first day of 2018 with family and friends during the New Year’s Day Skate at the RiverScape Ice Rink from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1. Cost: $7. No registration is required. All ages are welcome. Call 937-278-2607 or visit www.metroparks.org/ice-rink.
8) SCOTTY BRATCHER
Music has always been a part of Scotty Bratcher’s life. The blues musician started playing guitar when he was 2 years old and released his debut album 10 years later. Now, at the age of 30, the Middletown native has released five albums, worked with artists such as Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tim Wilson and Noah Hunt and earned a reputation as an electrifying live performer. Bratcher will be joined by Hunt when he performs at Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $15-$20. Call 937-813-4272 or visit www.oddbodys.com.
9) INDIA CLUB NEW YEAR’S EVE
India Club of Greater Dayton is ushering in 2018 with a New Year’s Eve Party. This holiday celebration is held at Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. Cost: $30 India Club of Dayton members, $35 nonmembers, $10 children 6-15 and free kids five and younger. India Club of Greater Dayton is nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the welfare and assimilation of Asian Indians living in the area. Call 937-479-9485 or visit www.indiaclubdayton.org.
10) NYE COMEDY
If you want to laugh your way into 2018, you’re in luck — both hometown comedy clubs have shows on Sunday, Dec 31. Jeff Dye performs at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, at 7 and 10:30 p.m. Dye, a finalist on the sixth season of “Last Comic Standing,” has appeared on “American Ninja Warrior: Celebrity Edition” and “Lip Sync Battle.” Cost: $45-$70.70. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit www.daytonfunnybone.com. Wiley’s Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St., Dayton, is turning to club favorite Todd Yohn for two very different New Year’s Eve shows. For the early set, the hyperkinetic funnyman presents one of his standard stand-up shows, which includes self-deprecating humor, physical comedy and musical numbers. For the late show, Yohn will be joined by his band the Time Flyers for a mix of music and comedy. Cost: $20. Call 937-224-5653 or visit www.wileyscomedy.com.
Published: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 12:17 PM
— Nothing says summer like the Fourth of July.
When it comes to celebrating Independence Day, there are plenty of options in Southwest Ohio close to Dayton and Cincinnati.
Whether you’re firing up the grill, heading out of town, or just want to see something new and sparkly in the night sky, we’ve got the celebrations that go far beyond pyrotechnics that are close to home or a short drive away.
If you plan smartly, you could celebrate the Fourth for days!
Lights in Flight, the region's most spectacular fireworks show, returns to the downtown Dayton riverfront on Tuesday, July 3. The fireworks will follow a family-friendly, multi-cultural festival featuring plenty of food, fun and live entertainment for the whole family to enjoy at RiverScape MetroPark.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 3; festival at 5 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m.
WHERE: RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton, OH 45401
COST: FREE admission
A NEW food truck alley joins the parade, street fair, 5K run, fireworks and more presented in various spots throughout downtown Centerville at the 45th annual event. A 5K begins at 7:30 a.m., street fair from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with hundreds of booths ranging from arts and crafts to food, treats and games. There will be a parade at 10 a.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.
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WHEN: Parade and festival on Wednesday, July 4, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fireworks are the night before on July 3, with food and live music. Gates open at 6 p.m. and entertainment begins at 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Centerville near Main and Franklin streets
If you’re looking to beat the heat during the day on the 4th, then you have to know about this INDOOR event. The annual star-spangled science celebration features educational shows, entertainment, indoor fireworks in the planetarium, face painting, food vendors and more.
Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 2:36 PM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 2:36 PM
— Larry Hansgen is hosting Miami Valley's Morning News from the front lawn outside of the WHIO studios with Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini for the Annual House of Bread Food Drive on Thursday, July 19th from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.
We are asking for donations that will directly be received by the House of Bread. Donations can be household products (cleaning supplies, toilet paper, etc), nonperishable food items, or cash.
Specific items requested by the House of Bread include:
Stop by and visit with the team, or just pull up and we will unload the donations for you!
Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 7:00 AM
— Kenny G, performing at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Thursday, June 28, is one of the most successful smooth jazz artists of all time. He has sold more than 75 million records and scored seven number one albums and seven number one singles and continues to explore new sonic territory. The award-winning saxophonist, born Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, is currently working on the studio followup to his 2015 album, “Brazilian Nights.”
The 62-year-old native of Seattle recently discussed his approach to music.
“I’m working on a new album right now. Hopefully it’s going to be done some time in the next few months and then we’ll decide on a time for it to be released. I like the old jazz ballads. There is a certain quality to them and they sound beautiful so I’m doing new songs that we’re writing and performing them in that style. In musical terms, we call them standards so my album is going to be called ‘New Standards.’ When you hear it, you’ll think we’re redoing songs from the old days, but they’re not remakes, they’re brand new ones in that style.”
SLOW & STEADY
“When I listen to a lot of the players putting out new albums, it sounds like they decided what songs they wanted to do on Monday, they put them together on Tuesday, recorded it Wednesday and mixed it Thursday. That can’t possibly be the best that you can do. I’m not criticizing. People should record the records the way they want to, but I like to think of every song, solo and note played as super important so it’s going to take me a long time to do it. It’s going to take me a long time to listen back to it, analyze it and see what I want to change. I’ll try some new things, so it’s a long process, but at the end of it I think people are thankful for an artist that really puts a lot of time and effort into what they put out.”
PUTTING IN WORK
“I’ve had the same band for the last 30 years. It’s the six of us. We’re like the Golden State Warriors. What we’re doing takes a lot of time and effort but it’s fun. I love it. There are a lot of things coming, but it’s mainly about practicing every day and performing the best I can when I do my shows. Hopefully people walk away amazed at the musicianship they hear from me and the guys.”
WANT TO GO?
Who: Kenny G & the Tenors
Where: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights
When: 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28. Doors open at 7 p.m.
More info: 937-228-2323 or www.ticketmaster.com
Artist info: www.kennyg.com
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 11:03 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 10:47 AM
— UPDATED: As of Monday, June 25, this concert has sold out.
The legendary country music group Alabama will be returning to the Dayton-area for a September concert at the Rose Music Center. The concert is officially sold out, Rose Music Center announced today.
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Tickets for the Sept. 14 are no longer available. Prices range from $23.50 to $98.
The Sept. 14 concert will be a stop on The Hits Tour 2018, commemorating the band’s 49 years of playing.
“This year's tour is for the lifelong fans, and also the younger generations just now discovering the music,” Randy Owen noted in a press release to this news organization.
Alabama introduced rock style guitars, lights, pyrotechnics and sounds to the country audience. The band has sold over 80 million albums, have charted 43 #1 singles including 21 #1 singles in a row. They have won over 178 CMA Awards, Grammy Awards and ACM Awards.
They’ve earned 21 Gold®, Platinum® and Multi-Platinum® albums and were named the RIAA's Country Group of the Century. They are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Want to go?
WHAT: Alabama, The Hits Tour 2018 -- SOLD OUT
WHERE: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
TICKETS: 1-800-745-3000 | Ticketmaster
INFO: Rose Music Center