Featured performers at this year’s “A World A’Fair” will be the Tamburitzans, international folk dance performers. SUBMITTED PHOTO
2) WORLD A’FAIR
It's time once again to indulge in sights, sounds and tastes from around the globe when the annual World A'Fair returns this weekend. The long-running international festival is held at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton, Friday through Sunday, May 19 through 21. World A'Fair hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $5 adults and seniors, $3 youth 6-18 in advance or $8 adults, $5 seniors, $4 youth 6-18 at the door. Free children 5 and younger. Call 937-299-8429 or visit www.aworldafair.org.
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Mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock appears in the title role when Dayton Opera presents “Carmen” at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Friday and Sunday, May 19 and 21. CONTRIBUTED
3) DAYTON OPERA’S ‘CARMEN’
Corporal Don Jose is preparing to marry the fair Michaela when those plans are challenged by the entrance of a fiery gypsy named Carmen. Mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock appears in the title role when Dayton Opera presents "Carmen" at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, on Friday and Sunday, May 19 and 21. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Ballet and the Dayton Opera Chorus will also perform. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $28-$98. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
Last summer, the organizers of Hamvention were left scrambling to find a new venue for its massive event when they learned during planning for this year that their longtime home of Hara Arena was closing. The members of the Dayton Amateur Radio Association were able to secure a new spot at Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, 120 Fairgrounds Road, Xenia. The association's signature annual event, which attracts attendees from around the globe, is presented in its new location Friday through Sunday, May 19 through 21. Convention hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $22 advance, $27 at the door. Visit www.hamvention.org.
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‘Kinky Boots’, which opens Tuesday at the Kravis Center, won Tony Awards for best musical, best choreography and best score in 2013. Photo by Matthew Murphy
5) KINKY BOOTS
"Kinky Boots" wasn't initially well-received by theater critics upon its Broadway premiere in 2013. However, positive reviews from enthusiastic theater-goers turned the underdog into a box-office hit and the winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The touring production, presented by Victoria Theatre Association and the Premier Health Broadway Series, opens at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, on Tuesday, May 23. "Kinky Boots," which features book by Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, is presented through Sunday, May 28. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Cost: Tickets start at $30. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
Brews from near and far will be on tap at this fund-raiser for Diabetes Dayton.
6) BIG BREWS AND BLUES
When Big Brews and Blues hits RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton, at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20, the 8th annual fundraiser for Diabetes Dayton will have cold craft beer, food trucks and plenty of smoking live blues. Big Brews and Blues features emcee Earl "Southside" Hayes and performances by Sonny Moorman from Cincinnati, Dayton group Eldorado Brown and headliners Sean Carney & the Joint Rockers from Columbus. Cost: $35 in advance, $40 at the door. $50 VIP admission. $20 general admission. Call 937-220-6611 or visit www.diabetesdayton.org.
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Fleurs de Fete — Dayton’s largest wine-and-food festival — will be held from 1-4 pm. Sunday, May 21 at Carillon Historic Park.
7) FLEURS DE FÊTE
It has been 26 years since Heidelberg Distributing partnered with Arrow Wine & Spirits for Fleurs de Fête. The name has changed over the years, briefly known as Fleurs et Vin, but the focus has remained on raising money for local charities. The wine and gourmet food festival returns Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21. Fleurs de Fête features more than 400 different wines to sample and dishes from area restaurants. Cost: $70 in advance, $75 at the gate. Proceeds benefit Dayton History with a portion being donated to A Special Wish Foundation. Call 937-293-2841 or visit www.fleursdefete.com.
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8) ‘GUYS AND DOLLS’
It has been more than 60 years since "Guys and Dolls" opened on a Broadway in an award-winning initial run of 1,200 performance — and yet, audiences still seem drawn to the story and songs of Nathan Detroit and other denizens of New York's nightlife. Dare to Defy Productions presents the musical at Victoria Theatre, Dayton, on Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $23.50 to $53.50. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
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9) THE PHAT PACK
Bruce Ewing, Ted Keegan and Randall Keith are successful Broadway actors with credits that include "Les Mis," "Forever Plaid" and "Phantom." However, when the three singers come together for a show featuring material from the Great American Songbook they are known collectively as The Phat Pack. The Miami Valley Community Concert Association concludes its 2016-2017 season with a concert by the trio in the Centerville Performing Arts Center, Centerville High School, 500 E. Franklin St., Centerville, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23. Cost: $30 adults, $5 students. Call 937-297-0463 or visit www.mvcconcert.org.
10) ‘MOVING SPIRITS’
Chelsea Overman, Jacob Weybright, Sha-lemar Davis, Justin Lampkins and Thomas Puckett are among the students participating in the dance concert, "Moving Spirits," at Sinclair Community College, Blair Hall Theatre, 444 W. Third St., Dayton, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20. The program features pieces choreographed by Rodney Veal, Erin Long-Robbins, Denise Miller and Elisa Kappedal. Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Visit www.sinclair.edu.