Leo Bistro now open at Dayton Art Institute

The Dayton Art Institute’s new gathering space and restaurant has opened in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit on the Dayton flood.

Leo Bistro will be open during regular museum hours: from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It will serve soups and salads, appetizers, entrees and sandwiches as well as “Leo to Go” items such as yogurt, homemade granola and desserts.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon until 2 p.m. Sunday. You can also come for dinner from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. A nice idea: instead of giving you a mint with your check, it comes clipped to an arty postcard.

Veritas Foods is the museum’s partner in the new venture. The group, owned by Chef Dana Downs, (president) and Beth Hirschbach, (vice president) operates Roost Modern Italian in the Oregon District.

It isn’t necessary to pay museum admission to dine there or shop at the museum’s new gift shop. The restaurant has free Wi-Fi.

Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame nomination forms now online

In 2002, the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame was created to honor individuals “whose lifelong participation, innovation and creativity,” have influenced theater in our region. Scenic designer Bruce Brown was inducted last year.

The induction ceremony is held in conjunction with the annual DayTony Awards Presentation in August; this year’s date has not yet been determined.

Any member of the Miami Valley arts community is eligible to receive the annual award. Completed nomination forms and two letters of recommendation are due by May 10, 2013, and will be reviewed by the Hall of Fame Committee.

Online nominations can now be submitted by going to www.daytonys.org or you can receive a nomination form by contacting the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame Nomination committee chair Barbara Jorgensen at barbj@daytonys.org

WACO Air Museum to feature aviation photo show

Troy photographer Mike Ullery will kick off the 2013 public season at The WACO Historical Museum and Learning Center when he presents his aviation images at an open house and reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 1.

Ullery, staff photographer for the National Aviation Hall of Fame, will display his photographs and talk about his encounters with many of aviation history’s legendary figures.

The nonprofit aviation heritage group celebrates the history of the world-famous WACO airplanes manufactured in Troy from the 1920s to the 1940s. In recent news, Mumford & Sons has adopted a WACO airplane as the stopover symbol for its appearance in Troy Aug. 30-31. WACO will be a park-and-ride location for the event.

The museum is located at 1865 S. County Road 25A in Troy. Beginning March 2, it will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends. Visit www.wacoairmuseum.org to learn more.

Rare WWII military training cartoons to be shown at Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

A group of rare 16-mm training films designed to teach World War II soldiers the importance of following military protocol will be shown from 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis.

The films — appropriate for mature audiences only — were produced for those with low literary skills to point out what might happen if they didn’t follow the rules. The Private Snafu films were never intended to be seen by the general public. (SNAFU stands for ‘Situation Normal, All Fouled Up”) They include irreverent humor about Nazis, and scenes intended to demonstrate what could happen to those who didn’t take their malaria medicine.

The character of Private Snafu was created by director Frank Capra (“It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”) and voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc; in fact, Private Snafu sounds suspiciously like Bugs Bunny. Many episodes were written by Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel.

The rare films belong to historian Eric Grayson, who has shown films and lectured throughout the world. He is known for his digital restorations of Buster Keaton’s “Seven Chances” from 1925 and the serial “King of the Kongo” from 1929. The event will honor WW II veteran and humorist, Kurt Vonnegut, who survived the bombing of Dresden — and turned the experience into the bestselling novel “Slaughterhouse-Five.”

The library is located in The Emelie Building, 340 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis. It is open daily from noon to 5 p.m.. except Wednesdays. For info: www.vonegutlibrary.org

Theater attendance to be discussed at ArtStreet

Is there a new generation of theatergoers? Why don’t people go to the theater? Those are a couple of the subjects that will be discussed at The Creative Culture Exchange at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12. The event will be held at ArtStreet Studio D.

Brian LaDuca (ArtStreet director) will moderate the conversation with David Brush (former executive director of Encore Theater Company) and artistic leaders from the New York Theatre Barn and Bailiwick Chicago Theatre Company.

ArtStreet is located at the intersection of Lawnview Avenue and Kiefaber Street on the University of Dayton campus. For more information about ArtStreet events, call (937) 229-5101 or visit www.udayton.edu/artstreet.

India Foundation to screen VANAJA

The India Foundation will host an Ohio premiere when it screens the film VANAJA by Rajnesh Domalpalli at noon on Saturday, May 4, at The Neon movie theater in downtown Dayton.

Plans call for the director/writer to come to town for the event and to conduct a Q&A session after the screening. An Indian dinner also will be part of the weekend.

The film has been screened at 100 film festivals in 49 countries, and has won 24 international awards. Harish Trivedi, chairman of the Indian Foundation, says the organization is especially interested in having film professors and students attend.

We’ll keep you posted.

Essay contest for Fairy Godmother Project

On Saturday, March 16, Clothes That Work will distribute prom dresses and accessories to high school girls in our area who are in need of a gown but are unable to purchase one.

In connection with the Fairy Godmother Project, Clothes That Work, in partnership with the Dayton Chapter of The Links, is conducting an online essay contest. The winners will receive prom goods — limousine transportation, dinner certificates, hair and nail services, tuxedo rental for their dates, corsages, boutonnieres and more.

The essay contest is open to currently enrolled students attending a Montgomery County School (public, parochial, private or equivalent program) in grades 11-12, and all essays must address the theme “How giving back makes my community sparkle and shine.”

Essays must be postmarked or emailed no later than 5 p.m. March 1 and can be e-mailed to: Dwright@ssdlaw.com or sent to Sebaly Shillito + Dyer, A Legal Professional Association, 40 N. Main St., Ste. 1900, Dayton, OH 45423 (Attn: Danyelle S.T. Wright, Esq.)

For more information on the essay contest and for full essay contest rules and regulations, visit www.clothesthatwork.org.

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