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This calendar is compiled by contributing writer Don Thrasher. This feature is published on the last Friday of each month.
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Claude Monet’s 174th Birthday Bash: This art-filled party for the famous French painter features art activities for kids and families. Free and open to the public. Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Dr., Kettering. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. 937-296-0294 or rosewood.ketteringoh.org.
Imaginocean: John Tartalia presents this one-of-a-kind black-light puppet show. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 1 & 4 p.m. $15. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.
ICE: Innovation, Creativity, Excitement: The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance presents these black-tie gala featuring performances, from the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Ballet and the Bob Gray Orchestra. Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton. 6-11:30 p.m. $275 patron, $450 grand patron, $3,500 grand patron table of eight. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.
Monte Carlo Spectacular: The Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce presents this benefit for its higher education fund. The Holiday Inn, 2800 Presidential Dr., Fairborn. 6:30-11 p.m. $50 tickets include $3,000 worth of “casino cash.” 937-426-2202 or www.beavercreekchamber.org.
Giant: The local band from the 1980s reunites for a show at Gilly’s, 132 S. Jefferson St., Dayton. 9 p.m. $10. 937-228-8414 or www.gillysjazz.com.
Dayton Train Show: The 39th annual model railroad show returns to Hara Arena, 1001 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. $6 adults, $5 active military with proper ID, free children 12 and younger with an adult. 937-278-4776 or www.haracomplex.com.
Ralph Stanley: The bluegrass legend returns to the area for a concert with Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. Fairborn Eagles, 509 Sports St., Fairborn. 2 p.m. Doors open at 10 a.m. Food is available. $20 in advance, $25 day of show. 937-878-9211 or www.fairborneagles.com.
University of Dayton Orchestra: The Afternoon Musicales series continues. Dayton Art Institute, NCR Renaissance Auditorium, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton. 2 p.m. Free for members, $8 adult, $5 seniors and student non-members, free youth 17 and younger. 937-223-4ART (4278) or www.daytonartinstitute.org.
Holidays in the Heartland: Wright State University Chamber Orchestra and singers from the Kettering Children’s Choir are among the performers in the musical commemoration of Veterans Day and the centennial of World War I. Schuster Center. 7:30 p.m. $12. Ticket Center Stage.
Wine and Yoga: The unique program features moderate yoga for all levels with a sampling of wines. Schuster Center’s Mathile Theatre. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20. Must be 21 or older. Ticket Center Stage.
Nov. 3-Dec. 31
“Caroling Catastrophe”: Mayhem & Mystery Dinner Theater presents this original play at Spaghetti Warehouse, 36 W. Fifth St., Dayton. 7 p.m. Mondays, with special Wednesday shows on Dec, 3, 10, 17 and 31 and Friday shows on Nov. 7 and Dec. 5 and 26. $25.95 per person for dinner and show. Tax and gratuity not included. Reservations required. 937-461-3913 and www.mayhemmystery.com.
Café Sci: Additive Manufacturing: Learn the science behind 3D printing, the cutting-edge technology now employed by many industries to make a variety of materials. Cox Arboretum MetroPark, Fifth Third Conference Room, 6733 Springboro Pike, Miami Twp. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. 18 and older. Registration requested, walk-ins welcome. 937-434-9005 or www.metroparks.org.
Parent and Child Painting Class: Work together with your child to create watercolor, acrylic and tempera paintings. Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Dr., Kettering. 5:30-7 p.m. $41 Kettering residents/$51 nonresidents. This program is for ages 5-10. Register in advance. 937-296-0294 or rosewood.ketteringoh.org.
The Art of Sake: The 2014 Vine & Canvas wine tasting series closes with a night of art while sampling five different sakes. Dayton Art Institute’s Shaw Gothic Cloister. 6:30-9 p.m. $30 members, $35 non-members in advance. $40 at the door.
Charles Phoenix’s Big Retro Slide Show: Fifth Third Bank Arts Night Out presents a return visit from the Ambassador of Americana. Dayton Art Institute’s Renaissance Auditorium. 8 p.m. $30 adults, $26 seniors.
Days of the New: Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton. 7 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 937-813-4272 or www.oddbodys.com.
Professional wrestling: Rock Star Pro Arena, 1106 E. Third St., Dayton, hosts its monthly international pay-per-view taping with an evening of grappling action. 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. $10 general admission, $13 ringside seats. www.rockstarprowrestling.com.
Straight No Chaser: The a cappella group performs in concert. Schuster Center. 8 p.m. $25-$57. Ticket Center Stage.
Travis Tritt: The country star performs in concert at Victoria Theatre. 8 p.m. $40-$55. Ticket Center Stage.
Kettering National A Cappella Festival: Fairmont High School presents this annual event, featuring a concert from VoicePlay on Friday and Street Corner Symphony on Saturday. Trent Arena, 3301 S. Shroyer Road, Kettering. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday. $10 Friday, $20-$30 Saturday. 937-499-1496 or www.acafest.org.
Lavell Crawford: The veteran comic returns to the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek. 7:30 & 10 p.m. $30-$60. 937-429-LAFF (5233) or www.daytonfunnybone.com.
“Rumplestiltskin Is My Name”: A.C.T. Showcase Productions presents this classic tale for ages 4 and older. Town Hall Theatre, 27 N. Main St., Centerville. 7 p.m. Fridays, 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $8 adults, 8 seniors and students, $5 children 12 and younger, free children 2 and younger with accompanying adult. 937-433-8957 or www.washingtontwp.org.
“Anne of Green Gables”: Kettering Children’s Theatre presents , L.M. Montgomery’s classic tale. Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Dr., Kettering. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. $5 youth 12 and under, $7 adults. 937-296-0294 or rosewood.ketteringoh.org.
Martina McBride: The award-winning country singer brings her The Everlasting Tour to town for the annual Heart to Heart concert. Schuster Center, Dayton. 8:30 p.m. $52-$82. All proceeds benefit cardiac services at Kettering Medical Center. 937-395-8607 or www.kmcfoundation.org.
Ohio’s First Farmers: Join MetroPark staff and Andy Sawyer of Sunwatch Indian Village in celebrating Native American Heritage Month. Possum Creek MetroPark, Possum Creek Education Building, 4790 Frytown Road, Dayton. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. All ages. Registration required. 937-276-7053 or www.metroparks.org.
The Joey Tomsick Orchestra: The Cleveland polka band, celebrating 30 years of music in 2014, performs at the American Czechoslovakian Club, 922 Valley St., Dayton. 7-11 p.m. $30 dinner and dance, $20 dance only. 937-287-4275, 937-890-2367 or www.accdayton.com.
Micah Berner: The Springfield native makes his Victoria Theatre debut. 8 p.m. $15. Ticket Center Stage.
Dayton Cat Fanciers Cat Show: The local group presents its 59th annual pure bred expo. Hara Arena. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. $6 adults, $5 seniors and children under 12. Free for kids 5 and younger.
Artistry in Wood: The 33rd annual show and sale returns to the Airport Expo Center, 3900 McCauley Dr., Vandalia. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $7 per day or $10 for both days. Children 12 and younger and Scouts in uniform are free. 937-689-5400 or www.daytoncarvers.com.
David Roth: The Christian singer performs in concert at Unity of Dayton, 6741 Chambersburg Road, Huber Heights. 1 p.m. $10 suggested donation. 937-233-7516 or http://unityofdayton.org.
The Beaumonts: The local blues band, was active from 1988-95, reunited earlier this year. The group hosts Dayton Blues Society’s monthly blues jam at Gilly’s. 5-9 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. Free.
Pub Science: Landfill Fun & Pub Science Trivia are the topics in this informal monthly event. Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Dewesse Pkwy., Dayton. 7-10 p.m. Free. Donations accepted. 937-275-7431 or www.boonshoftmuseum.org.
Smokey Joe’s Café: The Coasters present a salute to the legendary songwriters Leiber and Stoller. Victoria Theatre. 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 & 7:30 p.m. $25-$87. Ticket Center Stage.
Puzzle of Light: The 2014 Vectren Jazz & Beyond series closes with this local favorite. Dayton Art Institute’s Shaw Gothic Cloister, 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton. 5:30 to 8 p.m. $8 nonmembers, free members. 937-223-4ART (4278) or www.daytonartinstitute.org.
Wine and Yoga: The unique program features moderate yoga for all levels with a sampling of wines. Schuster Center’s Wintergarden, Second and Main streets, Dayton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20. Must be 21 or older. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.
VoicePlay: The a cappella group from Florida, which appeared on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” performs in concert. Wittenberg University, Weaver Chapel, 734 Woodlawn Ave., Springfield. 7:30 p.m. Free. 800-677-7558 or www.wittenberg.edu.
Brooks Wheelan: The comic, named one of Comedy Central’s 10 comics to watch in 2013, performs at Wiley’s Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St., Dayton. 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $15. 937-224-5653 or www.wileyscomedy.com.
Adult Art Getaway: Metal Jewelry Working is the subject of this unique class featuring master artists David Brand and Sandra Picciano-Brand. Dayton Art Institute’s Shaw Gothic Cloister. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $60 members, $75 nonmembers plus $20 material fee.
Uncle Rico: The popular local cover band returns to Oregon Express, 336 E. Fifth St., Dayton. 9 p.m. $5. 937-223-9205 or www.oregonexpressdayton.com.
Berlioz: Master of Fantasy: Singers David Portillo and Kenneth Stavert join narrator Gary Berlioz, the Dayton Philharmonic and the DPO Chorus. Schuster Center. 8 p.m. $11-$61. Ticket Center Stage.
Art & Soul: A Yellow Springs Art Fair: Regional artists will display and sell handmade fine arts and crafts. Mills Lawn School Gymnasium, 200 S. Walnut St., Yellow Springs. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.ysarts.org.
Evening Ecology Hike: Learn about ecological processes while exploring a variety of habitats and searching for owls. Taylorsville MetroPark, Shelter: CCC/East Park Parking Lot, 2101 U.S. 40, Tipp City. 5-7 p.m. Free. 18 and older. Registration requested, walk-ins welcome. Bring binoculars if you have them. 937-275-7275 or www.metroparks.org.
Skeletonwitch: The heavy-metal group from Athens, Ohio, performs at Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton. 7 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 937-813-4272 or www.oddbodys.com.
Justin Moore: The country singer performs with openers Colt Ford and Jordan Rager. Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn. 7:30 p.m. $22.75, $32.75, $44.75 or www.nuttercenter.com. 937-775-4789 or www.nuttercenter.com.
“Nightlights I”: The Springfield Symphony Orchestra presents this concert featuring the works of Baroque masters such as Bach and Handel. Kuss Auditorium, Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield. 8 p.m. $28-$48 adults, $12-$36 students. 937-328-3874 or springfieldsym.org.
The Noah Wotherspoon Band: The local guitarist brings his blues group to Gilly’s. 9 p.m. $5.
Nov. 15-Jan. 25
“Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945”: Close to 200 works combine for a powerful examination the Art Deco movement had on Japanese Culture. Dayton Art Institute. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. $8 adults, $5 seniors, groups and active military, free members, students and youth.
Victorian Afternoon Tea: Enjoy an authentic 19th century Thanksgiving tea, with a variety of breads, tea sandwiches and desserts at Patterson Homestead, 1815 Brown St., Dayton. 2-4 p.m. $18 Dayton History members, $20 nonmembers. Advance reservations required. 937-222-9724 or www.daytonhistory.org.
Finton, Collins & the Nite Lites: Dance to live oldies from the 1950s and 1960s. American Czechoslovakian Club, 922 Valley St., Dayton. 3-7 p.m. $10. 937-287-4275, 937-890-2367 or www.accdayton.com.
Cavatina Duo: Vanguard Concerts presents the internationally renowned duo of Eugenia Moliner (flute) and Denis Azabagic (guitar). Dayton Art Institute’s Renaissance Auditorium. 4 p.m. $20 adults, $15 students.
Mark Russell: Gateway Arts Council presents the Mark Twain Award-winning piano-playing political satirist performs in Sidney High School auditorium, 1215 Campbell Road, Sidney. 7 p.m. $20. www.gatewayartscouncil.org.
Toby Mac: The contemporary Christian artist brings his Worship Stories & Songs tour to Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy. 7 p.m. $20, $26, $45. Matt Maher and Ryan Stevenson will also perform. 937-339-2911 or www.hobartarena.com.
Mid-Day Arts Café: Victoria Theatre Association’s ongoing lunchtime series devoted to local arts groups presents an installment on Dayton Ballet. The Schuster Center’s Wintergarden. Noon to 1 p.m. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. The $15 admission includes a complete box lunch from Citilites Restaurant & Bar.
Paint & Wine: Rosewood Arts Centre presents a creative evening where participants create a painting with step-by-step instruction from a professional artist. Figlio Wood-Fired Pizza, 424 E. Stroop Road, Kettering. 6-8:30 p.m. Ages 21+. $25 Kettering residents, $35 nonresidents. All supplies provided with food and drinks for purchase. Register in advance. 937-296-0294 or rosewood.ketteringoh.org.
Dan’s Famous Steak Fry Dinner & Dance: Ed Klimczak performs. American Czechoslovakian Club, 922 Valley St., Dayton. Dinner 6-7:30 p.m., dance 7:30-10 p.m. $14. Reservations recommended. 937-287-4275, 937-890-2367 or www.accdayton.com.
Evening of Astronomy: The Miami Valley Astronomical Society presents Telescope Pointers. Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. 7 p.m. Free.
Around the World Party: Prime Time Party Rental Series returns with this party with an international flare. DAI’s Shaw Gothic Cloister. 7-11 p.m. $35 members, $40 non-members in advance, $40 members, $45 non-members at the door.
Jake Shimabakuru: The Club Kuss Series presents the ukulele virtuoso from Hawaii in concert. Kuss Auditorium, Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield. 7:30 p.m. $30 adults, $24 seniors, $15 students. 937-328-3874 or www.clarkstate.edu.
Brad Goode: The jazz trumpeter in concert with the Sinclair Jazz Ensemble. Sinclair Community College, Blair Hall Theatre, Bldg. 2, Dayton. 8 p.m. Free. 937-512-4580 or www.sinclair.edu.
Nov. 21 & 23
“The Magic Flute”: The Dayton Opera presents the work by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Emanuel Schikaneder. Schuster Center. 8 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $38-$94. Ticket Center Stage.
Nov. 21-Dec. 7
“Isn’t It Romantic”: This comedy by Wendy Wasserstein is presented as a special holiday extra. Dayton Theatre Guild, 40 Wayne Ave., Dayton. 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. $18 adults, $16 seniors (60 and older) and $11 students. 937-278-5993 or www.daytontheatreguild.org.
Ringing in the Holidays: Dayton History presents the 20th anniversary event at Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton. 6:30-10 p.m. $75 members, $85 non-members. 937-293-2841 or www.daytonhistory.org.
Signs of Life: The Essence of Pink Floyd: The Cincinnati-based group returns to Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy. 7:30 p.m. $20 reserved, $15 general admission. 937-339-2911 or www.hobartarena.com.
Pistol Holler: The country rockers from Eaton perform at Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton. 8 p.m. $8. 937-813-4272 or www.oddbodys.com.
Well-Strung: The internationally recognized string quartet performs in concert. Kuss Auditorium, Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield. 8 p.m. $25-$45 adults, $10 off for students. 937-328-3874 or www.clarkstate.edu.
Salvadore Ross: K.R. Byrum (guitar, vocals) and Kyle Sweney (drums, vocals) bring their new psychedelic rock duo to Oregon Express. 9 p.m. $5.
The Psychodots: The Cincinnati band brings its annual Thanksgiving show to Gilly’s. 8 p.m. $15.
Nov. 26 & 28
Such a Night: The Last Waltz Live: More than 25 local musicians will once again recreate the final last concert by the Band. Dayton Art Institute’s NCR Renaissance Auditorium. 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. $20-$25 reserved seating, $25 for premium seating. Cash bar available. Proceeds benefit WYSO-FM (91.3).
Feast of Giving: The annual community Thanksgiving event returns to Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. No ticket required. 937-416-3667 or www.daytonconventioncenter.com.
Hall of Holidays: Baroque Drawings from the Jackson Album: This new exhibition feature more than 150 European drawings given to the museum by Dorothy Patterson Jackson in 1976. Dayton Art Institute’s South Gallery, Lower level. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. $12 adults, $9 seniors and active military, $6 youth 7-17, free members and youth 6 and younger.
Dayton Holiday Festival: One of the areasignature events, the 42nd annual holiday kickoff, returns to Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton with the Grande Illumination tree lighting, Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights, live entertainment and more. 4-9 p.m. Free. 937-224-1518 or www.downtowndayton.org.
Buffalo Killers: The local band celebrates the release of its second album for Sun Pedal Recordings. Canal Public House. 9 p.m. $10.
Funky G: The local group presents an evening of classic funk tunes. Oregon Express. 9 p.m. $5.
National Holiday Gift Show: The 34th annual event returns to Hara Arena. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. $5 adults, free for children 12 and younger. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to For Love of Children for $1 discount on admission.
Ice Rink Opening Weekend (weather permitting): Usher in the winter season on the outdoor ice skating rink at Riverscape MetroPark Ice Rink, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Warm up with hot chocolate from the food concession and warm up at the outdoor fireplaces. No registration required. $7. All ages. 937-274-0126 or www.metroparks.org.
Charlie Murphy: The actor-comedian returns to town for a weekend run at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at The Greene. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $25.
Gustafer Yellowgold’s “The Tooth Will Set You Free” tour: Dayton-native Morgan Taylor brings his multimedia animated concert experience to Southminster Presbyterian Church, 7001 Far Hills Ave., Centerville. 11 a.m. Free with food drive donation. 937-433-1810 or www.sminster.com.
Holiday in the City: Springfield presents its annual Grand Illumination and Fireworks Display at Heritage Center, City Hall Plaza and along Fountain Avenue. Noon to 9 p.m. Free. 937-327-7312 or www.center-city.org.
David Wion and Friends: The Afternoon Musicales series continues with this annual holiday concert. Dayton Art Institute, NCR Renaissance Auditorium, 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton. 2 p.m. Free for members, $8 adult, $5 seniors and student nonmembers, free youth 17 and younger.