This ‘Tales from the Hood’ comedian is coming to Dayton this week

Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 12:43 PM

Comedian Joe Torry will preform in Dayton.
Source: Facebook/Joe Torry
Comedian Joe Torry will preform in Dayton.(Source: Facebook/Joe Torry)

An actor and comedian known roles in the cult classic “Tales from the Hood” and “Strictly Business” is heading to town.  

Joe Torry is set to perform at The Arena, 4515 Salem Ave., as part of an 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. show on Thursday, Dec. 7. 

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Leah McBride, Big Boo Man and Lovestreet are also set to perform in the show hosted by WROU 92.1 radio personality Faith Daniels and Shaun Ross, who has appeared on WE tv’s “Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta.”

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“Tales from the Hood” is a 1995 horror film directed by Rusty Cundieff and executive produced by Spike Lee. Torry plays Stack, one of three drug dealers who visit a funeral home in South Central Los Angeles. 

Tickets for “Holiday Laughter and Soul” are $40 and are available at 14 Karat Gold, 4180 W. Hillcrest Ave., Dayton and The Arena. 

Call (937) 367-0972 for table and reserve seating information. 

A St. Louis native, Torry  has appeared on “ER,” “NYPD Blue,” “Girlfriends,” “NCIS,” “The Conan O'Brien Show,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “Def Comedy Jam.”


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It’s your last chance to grab pre-sale tickets to Taste of Greene County

Published: Wednesday, April 06, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:44 PM

The scene at the Taste of Greene County. CONTRIBUTED
The scene at the Taste of Greene County. CONTRIBUTED

No matter what your taste in food is, you’re likely to find it at the 21st Annual Taste of Greene County on Sunday, April 29.

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The scene at the Taste of Greene County in 2013. CONTRIBUTED

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Pre-sale tickets end tomorrow. In purchasing your ticket before April 27, you will receive a tray sponsored by Greene Memorial Hospital and Soin Medical Center. 

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This year’s event will feature over 20 restaurants, bakeries and caterers competing for the title of ‘best of’ Green County. They’ll offer samples of appetizers, soups, salads, main entrees and desserts

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The Taste of Greene County was held at Wright State University's Nutter Center Sunday April 10. Twenty vendors served up a variety of foods that included cakes, barbeque and pizza. The public was able to vote on their favorite appetizer, sandwich, dessert and more.(Lisa Powell)

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Patrons will vote on their favorite items in various categories, including Best Decorated Booth, Best Beverage, Best Soup or Salad, Best Appetizer, Best Breakfast, Best Entree, Best Soup or Salad, Best Dessert, People’s Choice, Best Sandwich and Best International Cuisine. with restaurants competing for the title of ‘best of’ Green County. 

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Taste of Greene County is a family-friendly event. A children’s area will offer games and puzzles, crafts and other activities throughout the day.

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Want to go?

WHAT: 21st annual Taste of Greene County

WHEN: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday, April 29

WHERE: The Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn

COST: General admission tickets cost $15 for adults, $13 for senior/military and $6 for children 6-12, children 5 and under are free. VIP tickets (limited quantities) cost $25 for adults, $6 for children 6-12.

TICKETS: Call 1-800-745-3000, in-person at WSU Nutter Center Box office, or visit

INFO: Call 937-426-2204 or visit this Website


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2 Miamisburg favorites team up for gourmet grilled cheese and wine pairing this weekend

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 12:08 PM

Submitted Photo
Submitted Photo

Locally made wines and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches are on the “Miamisburg Pairing” menu Friday night, April 27 at Star City Brewing Company.

The sandwiches are coming from Star City’s fellow Miamisburg business Watermark Restaurant, and the event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the brewery at 319 S. 2nd St.

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 “In addition to brewing, we also make a number of our own wines as the Peerless Mill Winery,” Justin Kohnen, co-founder of Star City Brewing, said in a release. “We’ve been wanting to do something special to feature our wines, and Chef Maria’s (Watermark chef-owner Maria Walusis) amazing gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches at Watermark came to mind.”

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 Watermark will be serving up thirds of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches made with: Sliced pear and Dijon with Gouda; foie gras spread made with bacon; red wine and sun-dried tomato with muenster cheese; marinated sliced tomatoes and fresh basil with mozzarella cheese; and red wine-braised short ribs and caramelized onions with Swiss cheese.

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The sandwiches will be paired with four wines made at Star City. Kohnen said he did not want to release the varietals (”That’s part of the surprise”), but said they will include both dry and sweet whites and reds.

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Tickets are $36 at the brewery, restaurant or online with a nominal fee at this link. Check out this Facebook events page for more information.


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Dayton food truck giants to face off in Battle of the Breakfasts

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 6:22 AM

Son of a Biscuit and The Drunken Waffle will square off in the first ever Battle of the Breakfasts.  The event is presented by Ghostlight Coffee and Son of a Biscuit. Pictured: food from Son of a Biscuit.
Son of a Biscuit and The Drunken Waffle will square off in the first ever Battle of the Breakfasts. The event is presented by Ghostlight Coffee and Son of a Biscuit. Pictured: food from Son of a Biscuit.(Submitted)

There will be no losers in this battle. Only full bellies.

Returning for Round 2 of the Battle of the Breakfasts, the Ghostlight Coffee Truck and Son of a Biscuit are hosting all 2018 battles at White Allen Chevrolet on North Main Street. Reigning champs of the first Breakfast Battle back in November, Son of a Biscuit, will be facing off against Greek Street Food Truck.

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“We had a great time at our first battle last November,” said Brad Manning, owner and operator of Son of a Biscuit. “The ladies at Drunken Waffle gave us a real run for our money, and we’re expecting more delicious competition from Greek Street this month.”

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Son of a Biscuit and The Drunken Waffle squared off in the first ever Battle of the Breakfasts.(Submitted)

The battle will be officiated by Ghostlight Coffee Truck, which also will be serving up coffee to go with breakfast. 

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The truck with the most sales will get “Best Breakfast” bragging rights and will go on to face a new competitor in May. 

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Greek Street Food Truck's Baklava(Alex Perry)


WHAT: Battle of the Breakfasts Round 2

WHEN: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29

WHERE: White Allen Chevrolet, 429 N. Main St., Dayton

INFO: Facebook

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The region’s premiere arts event showcases the best Dayton has to offer

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Andy Snow
(Andy Snow)

The Dayton Visual Arts Center is gearing up for its 24th Annual Art Auction at The David H. Ponitz Center at Sinclair Community College, and Dayton’s art community is feeling the excitement. 

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“There are a lot of artists that live in this community, but there are not a lot of opportunities for artists to show and exhibit and sell their work to the public,” said Eva Buttacavoli, executive director of DVAC. “So the auction becomes important to show off the rich talent we have in the community.”

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(Contributed DVAC)

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DVAC’s mission is to open the door for Dayton to have a closer relationship with art. The center helps sustain the arts community by providing a place to show, market and sell work. All the money raised goes to educational programs and events through the center. 

(Contributed DVAC)

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As Dayton’s premiere arts event draws nearer, the public continues to catch glimpses of the stellar works up for auction. Buttacavoli said attendees will not only get to sip and snack on “heavy hors d’oeuvres while taking in some of Dayton’s most dazzling accomplishments, but they’ll get to rub shoulders with the artists themselves and hear what inspires them.”

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Approximately 120 works, including paintings, photographs, prints, glass, jewelry and more will be for sale, so anyone can purchase a piece of fine, Dayton-made art. Featuring a variety of different mediums, styles and processes, there is certain to be a piece that speaks to you. 

silent auction for most works will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., while the live auction is set to take place from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The live auction will feature 14 pieces from some of Dayton’s most notable artists, including Annie Bowers, Virginia Burroughs, Ron Rollins and Terry Welker. 

(Contributed/ DVAC)

Brand new this year is Silent Auction Mobile Bidding, where anyone can bid on pieces with their smartphone -- from anywhere

“No more paper bid sheets, crowded auction areas or complicated check out ... If you can’t attend the event, you can log in remotely from anywhere and bid on the perfect piece of art for your home or office,” Buttacavoli said. 

“Mobile bidding will be available at no charge to event ticket holders beginning April 22. People not attending the event may bid on items beginning at 6:30 p.m. the evening of the Auction with a $10 donation,” according to a DVAC press release. 

For more information about the Mobile Bidding experience, as well as registration, visit

(Contributed DVAC)

Signature to DVAC’s auction and differing from many arts events, it’s a casual attire event with an affordable ticket price. Tickets are $50 for DVAC members, $60 for nonmembers and $75 at the door. 


WHAT: Dayton Visual Arts Center 24th Annual Art Auction

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday, April 27

WHERE: Sinclair Community College’s Ponitz Center, 

444 W Third St., downtown Dayton

INFO & TICKETS: | 937-224-3822

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