“Why I Walk” will be shown at The Neon as MS fundraiser

In 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva was on vacation at the beach with family when suddenly he fell down and couldn’t get back up. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Jason, a filmmaker, has chronicled his illness in a documentary entitled “When I Walk.” It will be shown at The Neon in downtown Dayton at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, during MS Awareness Week.

“I wanted to capture this transformative experience — becoming disabled — in “When I Walk” because I hadn’t seen it done before, and people need to see how a degenerative disease impacts the lives of those living with it,” he says. “The beautiful cinematography of my past was sacrificed, and my priority became capturing emotion. I found a new love for the expression of emotion, the subtlety of story, and capturing quietly compelling moments of human experience.”

The event will include a brief presentation before the screening about Walk MS that’s slated for Saturday, April 12, in Dayton, West Chester and Troy.

Tickets to the screening are $12 and can be purchased at: http://fightmsblog.org/2014/02/05/exclusive-screening-of-when-i-walk/

Elder Literary Journal to debut in Yellow Springs

The Yellow Springs Senior Center (YSSC) is planning an Elder Literary Journal, which will debut at the 2014 YSSC Annual Meeting in late June.

The group is looking for submissions — articles, essays, memoirs, poems — that feature elders connected to Yellow Springs and Miami Twp. Authors may be of any age. Photographs that relate to the written material are also welcome.

Guidelines and applications for submissions are available online at www.seniorcitizenscenter.org (click on News heading, click on Journal bottom left hand column) and hard copies may be picked up at the Senior Center, 227 Xenia Ave. Deadline for submissions is March 14.

The Journal will be called “Ripples.” Final judges will be Robert Fogarty, editor of the Antioch Review, Diane Chiddister, editor of YS News, and author and poet Ed Davis.

Filmmakers included in new book

Dayton-based filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar are featured in the new book “Tell Me Something — Advice from Documentary Filmmakers.”

They’re in good company: others included in the book are Martin Scorese, Sebastian Junger, Barbara Kopple, Michael Moore, Errol Morris and Morgan Spurlock.

The book, published by Film First in Brooklyn, N.Y., is an anthology of practical and philosophical advice from leading documentarians around the nation. It’s edited by Jessica Edwards.

Each essay is accompanied by a portrait of the filmmakers. Bognar and Reichert’s portrait was taken by former Dayton Daily News photographer Jan Underwood.

The book can be purchased at Amazon and at www.filmfirstco.com

Zimmerman memorial scheduled

The University of Dayton will host a Celebration of Life service in memory of music educator George Zimmerman, at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24.

The service, open to the public, will be held at Sears Recital Hall in the Philips Humanities Center. A reception will follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Dayton or Miami University Departments of Music.

Additional show added for Celtic Woman

The Victoria Theatre Association has just announced the addition of a 7 p.m. show for the Celtic Woman concert slated for Sunday, May 18, at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton.

The all-new stage production, The Emerald Tour, will incorporate traditional Irish anthems, pop standards and original music by Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes.

Tickets for the 3 p.m. show are almost sold out. Tickets, priced from $43 to $73, are available in person at Ticket Center Stage, located in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center, by phone at (937) 228-3630 and online at www.ticketcenterstage.com. There is a $5 per ticket processing fee added to online and phone transactions.

Free concert tickets available

The U.S. Air Force Band of Flight will present a concert titled “Systems Go Returns” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

The concert celebrates the return of Systems Go as they are reunited with the USAF Band of Flight after a successful four month deployment to the Middle East. This concert will feature Systems Go and video footage of their trip. The entire AFBF gather on stage in the second half of this concert for a tribute to all our deployed servicemen, servicewomen and civilians. For more information about obtaining tickets visit: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/news&events/concerts.asp

Arts Alliance Offers Summer and Year Round Intern Opportunities

The Arts Alliance of Mason is offering a variety of internships this year including Graphic Design, Event Coordinator, Media Intern and Summer Camp Coordinator (high school seniors are eligible for this position).

Interns will have the opportunity to develop their skills in their selected fields, learn the inner wo,or artwork and branding.

Applicants should be 18 years old or older. To apply, visit www.the-arts-alliance.org. For more information: Call The Arts Alliance at (513) 309-8585 or email info@the-arts-alliance.org.

Women’s History Month event planned

In honor of Women’s History Month, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will present the KNOW Theatre’s production of “We Will Rise: Selections from The Afghan Women’s Writing Project.” The production is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 7-8.

The Afghan Women’s Writing Project was founded on the principle that to tell one’s story is a human right. According to the organizers, “it gives a voice to the voiceless by providing training, education and an outlet for Afghan women to share their stories directly with the world, in their own words, and most importantly free from the filters of male relatives and media.”

Tickets are $15. For information: freedomcenter.org


In last week’s On the Arts, the correct date for the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus gala should have been Saturday night, March 15, at the Top of the Market, 32 Webster St. in Dayton. For information and tickets: www.daytongaymenschorus.org or call (937) 530-0642.

Also, in the photo promoting The Antioch School’s comedy gala on March 1, the singer should have been identified as musician Jill Sobule.

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