The top 10 things to do this week


Many opera fans consider lead soprano Yunah Lee to be the quintessential Butterfly of our time, having performed the lead in “Madame Butterfly” with more than two dozen opera companies. She will once again embody the iconic role when Dayton Opera presents this Puccini classic at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, on Friday and Sunday, Nov. 20 and 22.

“Madame Butterfly,” which premiered in 1904, tells the love story of a young Japanese woman and her new husband, an American sailor. Lee is making her first appearance with Dayton Opera. Tenor John Pickle, in the role of Lt. B.F. Pinkerton, made his Dayton Opera debut in 2014.

Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $24-$94. Call 937-228-3630 or visit


For its annual holiday celebration, Dayton History is unveiling a new collection of rare NCR cash registers. Ringing Up the Holidays, at Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, also features gourmet hors d’oeuvres, holiday music and Dayton’s Most Delightful Dessert Contest. Cost: $75 Dayton History members, $85 non-members. For $250, Jingle Bell Patrons will receive two tickets, one ornament and recognition in the program. Call 937-293-2841, ext. 127 or visit


It has been seven months since Randy Houser released his current single, “We Went,” but he is still getting plenty of mileage out of the song. The tale of lovers on the run from the law was a Top 20 country hit for the singer from Mississippi and the lead track from his forthcoming album. Houser, currently out on the “We Went Tour,” performs with Frankie Ballard and special guest Craig Campbell at Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Cost: $30-$50. Call 937-339-2911 or visit


An unexpected wartime break from battle provides the backdrop for “All Is Calm, The Christmas Truce of 1914,” Peter Rothstein’s musical based on real-life events. Dayton Theatre Guild’s production opens in The Caryl D. Philips TheatreScape, 40 Wayne Ave., Dayton, on Friday, Nov. 20. This production runs weekends through Sunday, Dec. 6. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday opening weekend, and 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday the following weekends. Cost: $20 adults, $18 seniors and $13 students. Call 937-278-5993 or visit


Since the release of his 2001 debut album, “Got A New Plan,” Nick Moss has taken a DIY approach to the blues. He has built an international reputation through relentless touring and a string of solid releases on his own Blue Bella Records. His new album, “Live and Luscious,” was recorded at the Baltic Blues Festival in Germany. Moss, who headlined Dayton Blues Society’s Winter Blues Showcase in 2014, returns to town for a performance at Gilly’s, 132. S. Jefferson St., Dayton, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Cost: $12.50 advance, $15 at the door. Call 937-228-8414 or visit


The new Dayton Art Institute exhibition, “American Sampler: Grandma Moses and the Handicraft Tradition,” explores the folk art of Anna Mary Robertson Moses and its relationship to handmade crafts. The exhibition opens at DAI, 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton, on Saturday, Nov. 21. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $14 adults; $11 seniors 60 and older, students 18 and older with ID and active military; $6 youth 7-17; free museum members and children (6 and younger). “American Sampler” is on display through Feb. 21. Call 937-512-0152 or visit


When four women meet in the lingerie section of a department store, they go from complete strangers to singing confidantes. That is the set up for Jeanie Linders’ “Menopause The Musical,” which features reimagined songs such as “Stayin’ Alive” and “I Got You Babe.” The Survivor Tour, with a cast of breast cancer survivors, is presented at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21 and 22. Show times are 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $40-$65. Proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Call 937-228-3630 or visit


Each autumn, local jam band The Werks celebrates Thanksgiving with its annual Werksgiving show. This year’s event — at Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25 — will also serve as the release of the group’s new album, “Inside a Dream,” the follow up to 2014’s “Mr. Smalls Sessions.” The Werks will be joined by special guests the Goods. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $10-$15. Call 937-813-4272 or visit


Bridgette Bogle, Stefan Chinov, Elissa Morley and Arjan Zazueta are among the artists participating in the current exhibition Project 1 Pop Up. Kelsey Projects is presenting the show at the Front Street Warehouse, 1001 E. Second St., Dayton. An artist opening will be presented from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. Cost: Free.


On one evening in November 1976, top talent such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters and Emmylou Harris turned in guest spots for the final performance by The Band. The star-studded event was captured for posterity in Martin Scorsese’s now classic documentary, “The Last Waltz.” On special occasions, a rotating group of about 30 local musicians gather together to recreate the historic concert. “Such a Night: The Last Waltz Live” will be presented in the Dayton Art Institute’s Renaissance Auditorium, 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton, at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 25 and 27. This year’s participants include Tod Weidner, Rich Reuter, Steve Phelps, Patrick Himes and Phil Caviness. Cost: $25-$75. Proceeds benefit concert WYSO-FM (91.3) and DAI. Visit