Top 10 things to do this week

The international sensation “Stomp,” which has been using garbage cans, brooms, Zippo lighters and other everyday items as percussion instruments since 1991, is presented at Clark State Performing Arts Center in Springfield on Thursday, March 9. SUBMITTED

1) DCDC’s Vantage Points

In the new program, “Vantage Points,” Dayton Contemporary Dance Company explores the art of storytelling through movement and music. The concert, celebrating the artist’s point of view, is presented at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, on Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5.

“Vantage Points” features Donald McKayle’s “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder” and a new work by choreographer Ray Mercer. DCDC is under the direction of Debbie Blunden-Diggs, who has been the company’s artistic director since 2007.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $24.50 to $47. Call 937-228-3630 or visit


Each year at this time, the Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St., Dayton, presents some of the best artwork from college and university students from around the region. "The Cline Show: Annual Art & Design Student Invitational" is on display in the downtown gallery March 3 through April 1. An opening reception for the annual exhibition will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 3. Cost: Free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 937-224-3822 or visit


For two decades, Pink Martini has trafficked in a distinctive brand of old-fashioned global pop that is just as likely to feature vocals in French, Japanese or Spanish as English. The group's debut album, "Sympathique," was released in 1997. "Je dis Oui," Pink Martini's ninth album, was released Nov. 18. The Portland-based act returns to the area for a concert at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, in Dayton at 8 p.m. Friday, March 3. Cost: $25-$60. Call 937-228-3630 or visit


Garbage cans, brooms and Zippo lighters are just some of the everyday items transformed into percussion instruments during the international hit, "Stomp." The stage sensation, which mixes enthralling rhythms and dance, was created by Luke Cresswell, John McAuley and Steven McNicholas. It was first presented in the United Kingdom in 1991 and was touring the world later the same year. "Stomp" returns to the area for a concert at Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Limestone St., Springfield, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9. Cost: $33-$53. Call 937-228-2323 or visit


Bach Society of Dayton's 2016-2017 "From Russia to Love" season continues with "J.S. Bach's St. John's Passion." The concert is presented at Kettering Adventist Church, 3939 Stonebridge Road, Kettering, at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 5. Bach Society of Dayton will be joined by the Kettering Children's Choir Capella for a program that features baritone Mark Spencer, tenor Cameo Humes as the Servant, baritone Peter Keates as Peter and Pilate and tenor Tony Burdette as the Evangelist. A concert preview is presented at 3 p.m. Cost: $18 adults, $10 students. Call 937 294-2224 or visit


Many comedians have a specific political or social agenda on stage, but not Todd Yohn. Since 1986, the native of northern Ohio has presented a wacky brand of humor designed to make audience members forget about their daily worries. The longtime Dayton-area favorite returns to Wiley's Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St., Dayton, on Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, and 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $10. Call 937-224-5653 or visit


A new joint exhibition opens at Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Drive, Kettering, on Monday, March 6. The show features the work of Kentucky-based artist Cynthia Gregory and Heather Lea Reid from Dayton. Gregory's show, "The Poet's Desk," is mixed media with drawings, sculpture and furniture, while Reid's "Intersubjective Indulgence" features a selection of her paintings. Cost: Free. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 9. The exhibition is on display through April 7. Call 937-296-0294 or visit


For the past several years, Joe Anderl and his band the 1984 Draft have hosted a music festival with an ever-evolving name. This year's Not Much More Than Awesome Again Fest is presented at the Yellow Cab Bldg., 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton, on Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4. The festival features performances by XL427, Forage, Yardboss and other local groups along with out-of-town acts like Haymarket Riot from Chicago, Tender Mercy from Louisville, Surf City from Indiana and Actual Form from Akron. Music begins at 8:15 Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday. Call 937-203-8175 or visit


As an award-winning photographer and explorer, Steve Winter built his reputation tracking big cats, from jaguars in the rain forests of Latin America and cougars in Hollywood to rare snow leopards in the Himalaya. Winter discusses his international exploits in the National Geographic Live Series program, "On the Trail of Big Cats," at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 7 p.m. Monday, March 6. Cost: $27-$32. Call 937-228-3630 or visit


It's still a couple of months before Colt Ford sees the official release of his sixth album, "Love Hope Faith," but the renegade country rapper isn't cooling his heels at home until May. He is currently heading out for weekend runs, including a return to Oddbody's Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 3. Ford, who recently did a guest spot on "Dad's Pontoon" by the Moonshine Bandits, will be sharing the stage that night with Charlie Farley, Justin Bryan and Norm Lilly. Cost: $22.50-$28. Call 937-813-4272 or visit

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