Archives for February 2013

Secrets: Why Movie Theater Popcorn Tastes So Good

A night at the movies can become a Food Adventure.  Envision your buttery fingers reaching again and again into a bag of addicting theater popcorn.  They charge outrageous prices for it, yet still will buy it.  Superfry and The Big Ragu took a moment from munching on kernels and reaching for the giant soft drink, to ask : "Why is movie theater popcorn so good?" We never do things half-baked, so we scoured the 4 major cinemas in the Dayton area to get to the bottom of this mystery.  Our investigation took us to the popcorn making experts at The Neon Movies, Danbarry Dollar Saver, Regal … [Read more...]

Downtown Dayton’s First Friday Features Derby & Dresses, Tiki Show, Arts Potluck & Demos, Flood Walk

Brim is hosting a fashion show featuring Kentucky Derby hats and one-of-a-kind dresses by Tracy McElfresh of Sew Dayton. The models will walk at 6 and 8 p.m. and coffee will be provided by Ghostlight Coffee. Clash Consignments is hosting a Tiki Show that will feature Liz Dearth of Artifact Pottery as artist of the month, along with work by Greg Dearth, Scott Kustowski, Skull 13 and others. Eric Heilman and Rob Hale will provide rockabilly, surf, psychobilly and punk music throughout the evening. Several art galleries and other venues will host special events this month. Blue Sky Gallery … [Read more...]

Awesome Audra: A Chat with Audra McDonald

Luminous soprano and Broadway sensation Audra McDonald, one of the finest actresses/vocalists of her generation, will be in concert Friday, March 1 in celebration of the Schuster Center’s 10th anniversary.  McDonald, 42, has received five Tony Awards for her outstanding work in “Carousel,” “Master Class,” “Ragtime,” “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Porgy and Bess.” She has also been nominated for her splendid performances in “Marie Christine” and “110 in the Shade,” and memorably appeared in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of “Henry IV” and the Public Theater’s “Twelfth Night.” In addition to … [Read more...]

AMOUR and QUARTET Continue Successful Runs at THE NEON!

Hello Everyone, Thank you! We had another great weekend. We truly appreciate your patronage and all the good word-of-mouth recommendations you've been giving regarding our films. QUARTET continues to be a big hit for us - it will stick around. Though numbers for the Oscar-winning AMOUR have fallen, it will stay for one more week (hurry down if you need to see it...many of our patrons agree that Emmanuelle Riva should have taken home the Oscar this Sunday). Remaining showtimes for this week are at [yframe url=''] Though … [Read more...]

Jazz Spotlight: Randy Fankell + Upcoming Jazz Feb. 27 – Mar. 12

Happy February 27th; Jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon was born on this day in 1923, he was among the earliest tenor players to adapt the bebop musical language of people like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie.  Click here for more information. Who is Randy Fankell: I have known and followed Randy Fankell for many years and to this day, he is one of my favorite jazz drummers. Randy has played drums for more than four decades, making his professional debut at 18 years of age with the Steve Adams Blues Band.  Following a brief stint in college, Randy opted for education “on the road” spending … [Read more...]

Seven Years in Mexico – The Kahlua Story

What were you doing in 2006? It was not an incredibly memorable year overall, but some major events happened. It started off with the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Italy had a big year that year, also beating France in the World Cup 5-3. The St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Heat, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Carolina Hurricanes all took the championships in their respective sports. The Oscar that year went to Crash and the Grammy for Album of the Year was U2’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. The population of the United States hit 300 million in population that year as well. It was not all fun and … [Read more...]

Grapes of Gratitude to benefit local nonprofits!

Competitive wine tasting comes to the Miami Valley this Thursday, Feb 28th at 6pm.  Grapes of Gratitude is a team wine tasting event created to allow local nonprofits to raise money while participants blindly taste an array of wines of the same varietal. Groups of 1 -3 people form a team and each team brings 3 of the exact same bottles of wine to be tasted.  The first varietal chosen to showcase will be Cabernet Sauvignon. To participate  your team will bring 3 identical bottles of a Cabernet Sauvignon to the event. When your team arrives at the Dayton Grand Hotel for the event, you'll … [Read more...]

Dayton ReInvention Stories – Using Radio, Film and Web to tell stories about starting over…

Dayton’s own Academy Award nominated, Emmy winning filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar announce the launch of REINVENTION STORIES – a multiplatform documentary project which tells stories of Daytonians who have started over in their lives. A groundbreaking interactive documentary, created solely for the internet, will launch on February 26, 2013, at  This immersive interactive experience, a collaboration with WYSO 91.3 FM, will introduce stories, photos, events, neighborhoods and people from throughout the Miami Valley, in an engaging form. “Creating … [Read more...]

Alrosa Villa Amplifies Awareness for Autism/TS with Jasmine Cain.

Writer's note: my personal thanks and gratitude to the Cautela’s and the Make It Fit Foundation for tonight’s event as I was diagnosed with TS in grade school. Saturday February 9th the Alrosa Villa in cooperation with the Make It Fit Foundation  held the Amplified Awareness benefit fundraiser for children with Autism and Tourette Syndrome. The evening’s entertainment all volunteering their time and talent included Loboz, Fat Dog and the hot rod riding Jasmine Cain. Event sponsors included Beckners Costum Cycles, QFM 96, Iron Brothers of Ohio and Boyd’s Goodyear. QFM’s Sue Leighton was … [Read more...]

And The Oscar Goes To…

During 2012, the 5,856 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were captivated by such subjects as Abraham Lincoln, a teenager battling a tiger, the Iran hostage crisis, and the postapocalyptic universe of a young girl named Hushpuppy.  As the 85th annual Academy Awards beckon, period drama “Lincoln” leads with 12 nominations, but the technically striking “Life of Pi” and popular frontrunner “Argo” are major contenders.  As always, anything is possible when winners will be revealed Sunday, February 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Here are my predictions in the top … [Read more...]