Top 10 things to do this week

1) DPO

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will be exploring classic material from the Great American Songbook and spooky music during two very different concerts this weekend at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton. Vocalist Steve Lippia joins the DPO for Sinatra and Friends at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29. “Mack the Knife,” “That’s Life” and “Send in the Clowns” are among the featured songs.

For its annual PhilharMonster Halloween concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, the DPO will perform selections such as “Funeral March of a Marionette” by Charles Gounod, Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters” and the world premiere of “And Then They Just Disappear Into the Night” by Michael Schelle.

Cost: $13-$79 Friday and Saturday, $14-$22 Sunday. Call 937-228-3630 or visit


There are plenty of opportunities this time of year to dress up for Halloween parties and events. However, for many Daytonians the season isn’t complete without attending Hauntfest on Fifth. East Fifth Street in the Oregon District will once again be blocked off between Patterson Boulevard and Wayne Avenue for the city’s annual Halloween celebration from 7 p.m. to 1 am. Saturday, Oct. 29. Hauntfest 2016 features live music, a costume contest and other attractions. More than $1,500 in cash prizes will be awarded during the 10 p.m. costume contest. Cost: $5 in advance, $10 at the gate. Call 937-974-2494 or visit


For his irreverent stage comedy “Hail Mary!” playwright Tom Dudzick’s explores the increasingly complex life of Mary, a plucky young teacher at Saint Aloysius Catholic Elementary School. The Human Race Theatre Company’s presentation opens at Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., Dayton, on Thursday, Nov. 3. “Hail Mary!,” directed by Margarett Perry, is presented through November 20. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Sunday, Nov. 6. Cost: $12-$50. Call 937-228-3630 or visit


Cleveland rockers Mr. Gnome are spending much of October on the road, touring as far west as San Francisco and Los Angeles. In addition to dates in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Missouri, the rocking duo from Cleveland is also slotting in shows at some of its favorite regional clubs. In addition to performing in Columbus and Lexington, Mr. Gnome is returning to Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St., Dayton, at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Local openers Speaking Suns and Lioness will also perform. Call 937-938-6405 or visit


Since it started in Belgrade in 1998, Talija has taken its traditional dance and music programs to Taiwan, Peru, Mexico, China, Canada, the United States and other disparate locations. The 25-member Serbian folk dance troupe last performed in the Dayton area in 2014. The South Slavic Club presents Talija in concert at Bellbrook High School, 3737 Upper Bellbrook Road, Bellbrook, at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Cost: $20 adults, $10 youth 18 and younger. Call 937-767-1910 or visit


A Prohibition-era speakeasy and a buffet dinner are just some of the period-appropriate attractions during The Sultans of Swing Flapper Ball. Wright State University CELIA presents this 1920s-themed night of music, dancing and literary readings at Memorial Hall, 125 E. First St., Dayton, from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers will perform. Period costumes are encouraged but are not required. Cost: $80 adults, $150 couples, $75 WSU staff and faculty, $40 WSU students. Call 937-775-ARTS (2787) or visit


Scott and Joan Houghton were street performers for more than 20 years before changing their creative focus a decade ago. Since then, the couple has gained an international presence by presenting Mutts Gone Nuts, a canine cabaret with high wire tricks, dancing, rope jumping and comedy. This Morris Family Series production of Mutts Gone Nuts, at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, features the Houghton’s troupe of nine performing dogs. Cost: $15. Call 937-228-3630 or visit


Gilly’s, 132 S. Jefferson St., Dayton, is hosting a Halloween-themed costumed party with live R&B on Friday, Oct. 28. Chay Buddah & Hott 2 Def, Dell Cook & the Heavy Stone Band and Face2Face will perform. Prizes will be awarded for the top costumes. Doors open at 8 p.m. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 day of show. Call 937-228-8414 or visit


The Dayton Playhouse and the Miami Symphony have joined forces for a production of the beloved musical, “Fiddler on the Roof.” The show, which premiered on Broadway in 1964, is presented at Dayton Masonic Center, 525 Riverview Ave., Dayton, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 28-30. This production is directed by Brian Sharp and the symphony is conducted by David Dietrick. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $25 adults, $20 seniors, students and military. Call 937-424-8477 or visit


Guy Torry and his older brother, Joe, have each been doing stand-up comedy for more than two decades. Although they don’t often work together, they are forever linked by their family ties. Their brotherly dynamic is explored in an upcoming episode of “Unsung Hollywood,” which premieres on TV One on November 9. Before that happens, the younger Torry is returning to town for a run at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, through Sunday, Oct. 30. Show times are 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $15-$45. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit

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