Thriller filmed in Dayton/Springfield opens at The Neon

VTA Announces Photo Contest

To celebrate the Schuster Center’s upcoming 10th Anniversary, the Victoria Theatre Association has announced a photo contest open to both amateur and professional photographers.

The contest runs until 4 p.m. on Dec. 10.

Photographers are being asked to submit exterior and interior photos of the Schuster Center — with the exception of the Mead and Mathile Theatres. Photographers must schedule an appointment to shoot the interior of the building.

A panel of judges ─ consisting of professional photographers, photography editors and instructors, and community leaders ─ will select ten finalists from which they will choose a Grand Prize Winner. The winning photographer will receive a $300 cash prize and will be featured on the cover of a commemorative publication and poster.

The ten finalist photos will be displayed at various times during the Schuster Center 10th Anniversary year.

There is no fee for application or participation and photographers are not required to be Dayton-area residents, but winners must be age 18 or older. Official contest guidelines and entry forms are available at You can also email

Film Premiere Slated

A supernatural thriller, entirely shot in the Dayton/Springfield area, will open at The Neon movie theater in downtown Dayton on Friday, Nov. 9 and run through Thursday, Nov. 15.

The film has played more than 40 festivals around the world but has not yet been seen publicly in our region, according to filmmaker Patrick Steele. FilmDayton members got a sneak peak in 2010.

Steele, who grew up in Indiana, came to Dayton to attend Wright State University’s film program, made a number of award-winning shorts following his graduation in 1997.

The film centers around a wealthy family whose daughter mysteriously disappears and returns with no knowledge of what happened or where she’s been. Wright State University alum Marianne Porter stars as the young daughter, Marianne. Oakwood resident Ann Rotolante is producer/editor and local businesswoman Beth Duke served as co-producer.

For more information, visit

Gift Gallery planned

The Fine Arts Center at Town & Country will host its 18th annual Holiday Open House from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8. The gallery is located in the center of Town & Country Shopping Center in Kettering.

“Starry Starry Night” previews the work of 60 local artists at this festive annual event that includes live music by guitarist Scott Lindberg, wine and hors d’oeuvres.The event is free of charge.

The shop, a non-profit artist cooperative, has lots of holiday gift items — jewelry, ceramics, glass, watercolors, oils, acrylics, handmade gourds, wood boxes, silk scarves. Prices range from $5 for handmade cards to paintings for $900.

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Art gallery holds fundraiser

K12/TEJAS Gallery, the non-profit educational center for the arts in downtown Dayton, will host an annual fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 9 at the studio, 510 E. Third Street.

The Art Off Fundraiser Gala, features the final 12 competitors in the Art Off (an Iron-Chef style, timed art competition) who battle it out for first place. Both professional and amateur artists are involved. Mayor Gary Leitzell will be one of the competitors. All of the artwork will be auctioned.

The business casual evening, which costs $50 for a single ticket and $75 for a couple, will include food, drinks, music, as well as a live and silent auction.More than 150 attended last year. Prices for the art begin at $35.

To make a reservation, call (937) 461-5149 or check out

Puzzle of Light performs Nov. 8

“Puzzle of Light,” the popular musical quintet led by local flautist/sculptor/band leader Michael Bashaw and his wife, Sandy, will wrap up the Dayton Art Institute’s Vectren Jazz & Beyond series Thursday, November 8.

Instrumentation includes Michael Bashaw on flutes, harmonica, vocals, and percussion; Sandy Bashaw on guitar and vocals; Richard Roll on bass; John Taylor on drums and Erich Reith on percussion.

The performance will begin at 5:30 p.m. in The Dayton Art Institute’s Shaw Gothic Cloister. Admission is free for museum members and $8 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased at the door. A cash bar is available for food and drinks.

For more about Puzzle of Light, visit the band’s website, at