Friday, January 28, 2011

Rock Your Ribbon 2011 - SATURDAY

Longtime readers will know that I have a massive crush on the music of Jasper the Colossal. It's the kind of pop-power-punk that I absolutely love (think Tilt and Visiqueen), along with a totally kick-ass attitude.

Which makes it so freaking awesome that you can get the teaser single from the new album in progress to support The Noble Circle (a community of female cancer survivors in Dayton). And even better, they're part of the Rock Your Ribbon show at Blind Bob's SATURDAY, 29 Jan. (DDN article, Facebook page). $5 cover, with The Give-Ups, Northwest Ordinance, Jasper the Colossal, and Dirty Socialites! All proceeds are being donated to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition and the Noble Circle Project.

Be there.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Bear Country Musical - 28 Jan to 13 Feb

The Berenstain Bears Onstage
A Bear Country Musical!

A Bear Country Musical! January 28 - February 13, 2011
Take a trip down to Bear Country as Brother and Sister Bear encounter life’s little challenges. Whether it’s Sister’s messy room or Brother’s case of stage fright, Mama and Papa Bear are always there to steer their offspring down the right path! Even when they steal a watermelon!

Or, tell a meandering tall tale when they should have told the truth. Growing up isn’t always easy for these cubs. But with a little help from Mama and some well-intended, bungling guidance from Papa, this family always seems to find a happy ending!

Friday, January 14, 2011


[Steve's note: Yes, that's all caps, and yes, Geoffrey Canada deserves them. You owe it to yourself to go see this amazing man.]

Geoffrey Canada works tirelessly to increase high school and college graduation rates among students in a nearly 100-block area of Harlem. A nationally recognized trailblazer in education reform, he is prominently featured in the new documentary, Waiting for Superman, and has been named one of "America's Best Leaders" by U.S. News & World Report.

Canada will address "WAITING FOR SUPERMAN: The Crisis Facing Youth - What Adults and Communities Can Do to Save Our Children" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the RecPlex at the University of Dayton

A booksigning will follow. The evening will include a special tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Free and open to the public, the event is part of the Diversity Lecture Series and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration at the University of Dayton. Free parking is available in S1 (east of RecPlex off Irving Avenue), C and P lots.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Poetry contest for grades 2-12,

Dayton History is hosting a poetry contest in honor of the Dayton poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar. Students in grades 2-12 are invited to submit their original poetry for consideration. There are two categories, grades 2-7 and grades 8-12. The top three submissions in each category will be recognized at a graveside tribute in honor of Dunbar. The tribute will take place on February 9, 2011 at Woodland Cemetary at 10:00am. Winners will be invited to read their poetry at the reception following the tribute and to have their poems placed on display at the Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial for the month of February. In addition, winners will receive a Dayton History prize pack, including free admission passes to Carillon Historical Park. First place winners will win a workshop at Carillon Historical Park for their entire class.

Please mail submissions to Brandi Picek at 1000 Carillon Boulevard, Dayton, Ohio, 45409 by January 26, 2011.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Update to Downtown Plan

It's good to see progress being made. You can read it as a website or snag a PDF of the whole thing (or if you've not seen me mention it before, take care of that) at

Friday, January 7, 2011

New Original Exhibit at the Peace Museum - 11 Jan

On National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Tuesday, January 11, 2011, the Dayton International Peace Museum will open an original multi-media exhibit: Under Our Noses: Modern Day Slavery and What You Can Do About It. The exhibit examines the complex and sobering facts of human trafficking as it is conducted not only globally, but within the United States and in the State of Ohio . Visitors will receive an eye-opening introduction to the wide-spread practice of human trafficking, and learn of opportunities to personally combat trafficking on the local, state and national levels.

For most Americans, the word “slavery” conjures up only a shameful distant past, and the devastating civil war that put an end to that shame. “Many Ohioans, if they are aware at all of the global trade in human beings, have no idea how extensive, thriving and profitable an industry it is, and they are completely unaware that it happens right here in the cities and suburbs of Ohio,” said University of Dayton Political Science and Human Rights Studies Professor Anthony Talbott, whose students had the opportunity to earn credit in his Fall, 2010 Human Trafficking course by contributing to the research and design of the exhibit. “We hope this exhibit will increase local awareness of a very serious problem that affects us right here in Dayton .”

The public is invited to the exhibit opening, including light refreshments, at 5.30 P.M on the 11th. The program will feature galvanizing talks by Professor Talbott and visiting activist Sharla Musabih, an American-United Arab Emirates citizen, who is now exiled from the UAE, where her husband and six children still live, for her outspoken work sheltering and advocating for victims of domestic violence, rape and international human trafficking in Dubai .

Under Our Noses: Modern Day Slavery and What You Can Do About It
will be on display at the Dayton International Peace Museum through February.

Admission is free and free off-street parking is available at the rear of the building. For more information, visit the Museum’s website at or call 937-227-3223.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wine Tasting & Theater at WSU - 29 Jan

January 29, 2011
Wine tasting, 6 p.m.
Jekyll and Hyde, 8 p.m.
Wright State University
Creative Arts Center

Enjoy an evening with your fellow alumni while sampling wines and a variety of hors d'oeuvres on the Creative Arts Mezzanine beginning at 6 p.m. Your price also includes a ticket to the Wright State University theatrical performance of Jekyll and Hyde at 8 p.m. in the Creative Arts Center.

Special pricing is available for members of the Alumni Association and space is limited for this event. For more information, and to register, stop by the website.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2011 National Urban Education Conference - 19 Jan

2011 National Urban Education Conference
Wednesday, Jan 19 8:15a to 5:00p
at Central State University, Wilberforce, OH

The theme is Multicultural Education - Teaching and Believing. Keynote Speaker is Dr. Samuel Betances with additional presentations by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Center, Indianapolis Public Schools, University of Cincinnati - Urban Educational Leadership Program, Cedarville University, No Textbook Answer preview, renowned local artist Dr. Willis "Bing" Davis, and more.

Morning and afternoon sessions held at Central State beginning with check-in and conference at 9 a.m.

Evening session - a Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration - held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Dixon Ministry Center's Jeremiah Chapel at Cedarville University.

Price: $70 online registration for morning/afternoon session; free for evening session

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ravenscroft - 7 Jan - 23 Jan Dayton Theater Guild

Ravenscroft is a comedy about deception that takes place on a snowy night in December 1905. Inspector Ruffing is called to a remote English county manor house to investigate the death of Patrick Roarke. He becomes involved in the lives of five alluring and dangerous women who lead him through an evening of contradictory versions of Patrick's demise. There are ghosts on the staircase, skeletons in the closet, and much more than the Inspector bargained for. His investigation leads into the nature of truth itself, and ends with a hilarious and unexpected denouement.

You can get your tickets directly here.

Monday, January 3, 2011

King of Pop Skate at the RiverScape - 7 Jan

(I got enough of this at the roller rink with my son this weekend, but hey...)

Jan. 7: King of Pop Skate: Michael Jackson: Ice skate to the music of Michael Jackson, from the Jackson Five days to “Black or White.” Extra points if you can synchronize the “Thriller” dance on the ice. RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton. $5, includes skate rental. (937) 278-2607 or