Dayton is full of amazing talent. Some get the limelight, some get grand billing, while others sing for the world to hear collecting awards and accolades quietly. The Gem City Chorus is doing just that. Gem City Chorus is an international award winning women's performance chorus that sings in the 4 part Acappella style know as barbershop. Although this is our primary harmony style, the Gem City Chorus sings a variety of music from pop to big band, from musicals to songs from the stage and screen. Gem City is a member of Sweet Adelines International. This international body represents … [Read more...] about Gem City Chorus, A Real Hidden Gem in Dayton
There is only one way to determine Dayton's Best Taco. Gather 10 or 12 of your closest friends and plan an epic Taco Tour. Stop at the 4 hottest taco spots in Dayton in one afternoon, try everything and take great notes. DaytonMostMetro.com joined up with Bryan's Burger club and set out to find the best taco. The afternoon started at one of Dayton's newest Taquerias, Chiapas Mexican. Located on St. Rt. 48 in Centerville, near Bill's Donuts we easily found space for 10 on the patio. We surprised them with 10 people so service was a little slow but the tacos were great. Soft and warm … [Read more...] about The Quest For Dayton’s Best Taco!
I tend to think of Guerilla Art in places like Detroit, Pittsburgh or Chicago. Big murals spray painted at night on an abandoned building. Not graffiti but a commentary on the community or social condition, placed anonymously, carefully, but in the public square. That is how I imagine big city street art. Dayton likes public art. We see it everywhere. Even suburban cities like Kettering are known for their large collections of public art in parks and public spaces. However, Guerilla Art and Street Art is different. It doesn't ask permission or obtain permits. A Guerilla Artist doesn't … [Read more...] about Guerilla Art in Dayton?
Dayton is good at keeping secrets. I've been searching for little out of the way diners for years in Dayton and am always happy to find a hidden gem. Over at Dayton Diners and Dives I have chronicled my love for East Dayton's Hasty Tasty, Abner's, East 5th Grill and other old school breakfast and lunch spots. This week I discovered another. Located near the yogurt and ice cream at the end of aisle 1 inside Dot's Market on Patterson is The Bullpen. Originally an ice cream and soda fountain spot, it opened in 1964. I've been there two times in the last 5 days and I will be back again sooner, … [Read more...] about Old Fashioned Diner With Old Fashioned Prices
We caught Mike Bisig right before he took the stage with the Cricketbows at Jimmies Ladder 11 this week. Mike is a high school music teacher during the day, rock band guitarist at night, and he is the guy who is bringing an indoor bike park to Dayton. Dayton deserves a place where enthusiasts can ride, no matter the weather. Kids deserve a safe place to ride where they can increase their cycling skills without the worry of automobile traffic or crowded bike paths. Mike's Indoor Bike Park will provide these things while working to bring the cycling community together and bring new life … [Read more...] about Why Is Mike Building An Indoor Bike Park?
More than 10 years ago Shelley Hulce began to gather fellow fans of The Moth podcast for Story Slams. Story Slams are similar to Poetry Slams but a bit more structured. The premise was simple. People sharing true stories, in person, unscripted and live. For more than a decade a small group of storytellers have been meeting in coffee shops, libraries and bars in and around Dayton. In February I traveled to an official Moth event in Louisville to watch how the event is produced. I was pleasantly suprised to see that more than 300 people came out to a venue to listen to great stories. First … [Read more...] about Dayton’s Story Slamm Returns To The Stage Bigger Than Ever
When I lived in Baton Rouge it was common knowledge that the best Boudin Sausage could be found at a roadside gas station on Airline Highway between the capital city and New Orleans. Last year in Kansas City I had the best "burnt ends" at Joe's. Joe's is a working gas station where the line for BBQ is an hour long most afternoons. It should have been no surprise that the best Fried Chicken in Kettering can be found at Town and Country Shell Gas Station on the corner of Far Hills and Stroop Road. For months, I have kept this little bit of information to myself. Great fried chicken and … [Read more...] about Lunch from a Gas Station?
Handicrafts and fine art don't normally go together in my mind. My grandmother was a great quilter, yet I have never associated her traditional needlework as fine art. If you are like me in this thinking, think again. The Dayton Art Institute is closing a months long exhibition centered on Grandma Moses. American Sampler: Grandma Moses and the Handicraft Tradition closes on February 21 and you don't want to miss it. Grandma Moses, Anna Mary Robertson Moses (1860–1961), was a lifelong professional seamstress until she begin creating works of art late in life at age 78. A sample of more … [Read more...] about Last Call For Grandma Moses and the Handicraft Tradition
You read that right! Sword fighting in Garden Station. Among the garden plots of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers a sword fight or two will happen this weekend. Dayton's all volunteer BeSpoke Theater will be sharing their production of Macbeth for free this weekend. Bring a lawn chair and a few dollars for a cold 5th Street Brewpub beer and enjoy the show nestled into the back Garden Station. Bespoke is one of Dayton's newest production companies specializing in Classical Theatre. Shakespeare in the park is a lot different than enjoying a show in a traditional theater. The actors compete … [Read more...] about Sword Fights in Garden Station
Nearly 300 people gathered in the historic Engineer's Club Auditorium on Thursday night to hear 9 presentations each lasting only 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Dayton's historic club was the host to the 24th installment of Pecha Kucha. A Japanese born presentation built around 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds as the speaker discusses their topic in sync. These presentations, held quarterly, cover a range of subjects and are presented from every day people. One of Dayton's cheerleaders,Charlie Campell, opened the night reminding us how Great Dayton really is. Volume 24 also featured a … [Read more...] about Here’s What You Missed At Pecha Kucha 24