About Duante Beddingfield

The Duante Beddingfield is a nocturnal mammal found at watering holes throughout the Dayton region. Its diet consists of vodka and cheese, and it is noted for its hypnotic scent and brightly colored plumage, which it displays as part of courtship. It has two short, fixed fangs in the front of the mouth which channel venom into the prey like hypodermic needles. It can be easily irritated by pickles, death metal, and knock-knock jokes.

Music of the Mad Men Era with Dayton Philharmonic

Tonight, February 21, you have one more chance to catch the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra's Music of the Mad Men Era concert--and by ordering online with promo code DMM, you'll receive 50% off your tickets! Fans of AMC's swank, swinging masterpiece set in the boardrooms and bedrooms of 1960s New York will love this weekend's offering, the fourth concert in the 2015-2016 Kettering Health Network SuperPops Series, featuring 1950s and '60s pop and jazz hits like “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Feeling Good,” “Moondance,” “Sway,” and of course, the Mad Men theme. From Tom Jones and Nancy Sinatra to … [Read more...]

Happy Hour Sliders at Jay’s Seafood A Hit!

One of Dayton's best deals is also one of its best kept secrets: happy hour at Jay's Seafood on Sixth Street in the Oregon District. Introduced over the summer to entice more early evening guests, happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 5 – 6:30pm  and features $4 domestic craft beers, $3 domestics, $4 house wines, $4 well drinks, $6 martinis, and 25% off all appetizers. But the real gems of this new program are the sliders, small burger sandwiches served two at a time. “Small” is relative, though -- together, any two of the sliders equal to more than a normal-sized burger. I went in on an … [Read more...]

Saturday is SMAG’s Spring Fling!

Contemporary dance lovers should make their way to the Dayton Playhouse (1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton) this Saturday, May 23, for SMAG Dance Collective's annual Spring Fling performance at 4 and 8 p.m. Artistic director Michael Groomes founded the nonprofit troupe in 2003 to fill a void in Dayton's artistic community. "Back in 2003," he recalled, "I was teaching dance at Sinclair Community College, and so I met lots of dancers, and it seemed like there were a lot of dancers in the area looking for opportunities to perform in styles outside of classical technique--hip-hop dancers, … [Read more...]

From Elvis Tribute Shows To Touring Elvis

It sounds like the beginning of a joke, or some impossible showbiz fairy tale: “Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins walk into a recording studio…”   And yet, on December 4, 1956, at Sun Records in Memphis, it happened, and they jammed on record together for the first and only time. Perkins, riding the success of "Blue Suede Shoes," was in with his band to cut some new material. Cash, a fellow Sun artist and a fan of Perkins, dropped by to listen. Sun's owner, Sam Philips ("The Father of Rock and Roll"), added Lewis to Perkins' session in search of a more … [Read more...]

Local Entrepreneur Celebrates 2nd Anniversary In A Fair Trade City

Within a two-week span this summer, Dayton became a Fair Trade City and a Fair Trade Town.   Many are still unaware of this, as well as what it means to individual citizens, the region, and the world. Fair trade promotes methods of commerce that eliminate slave labor and unfair working conditions to provide a fair living for the people behind the products we buy.   London Coe, owner of fair trade store Peace on Fifth (508 E. Fifth St., Dayton) has made this her passion.   “Chocolate is the easiest example to explain why fair trade exists,” she said. “There are … [Read more...]

Linden Avenue Eatery Provides Taste of Puerto Rico

Update: This Saturday, November 16, at 7 p.m., Antojitos Criollos will host a "Puerto Rican Christmas" buffet. Pedro "El Jibaro" Rodriguez will step in as musical entertainment. The buffet will include Lechon Asado (roasted pork), Pavo en Fricase (turkey fricasseed in wine sauce), arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas), yuca al Mojo (yuca in mojo sauce), guinetitos con mollejas (chicken gizzards with green bananas), ensalada de papa (potato salad), ensalada verde (green salad), and pan con ajo (garlic bread)--many staples that can be found in American holiday meals. Yet another reminder … [Read more...]

Midwest Premiere of ‘Bayou Maharajah’ at Neon Profiles New Orleans Piano Giant

Director Lily Keber's acclaimed new documentary film Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker, will be shown on Wednesday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Neon (130 E. Fifth St., Dayton). Keber will be on hand to introduce the film and lead a discussion about the movie following the screening. Admission is $10. Advance tickets are available at the Neon. James Booker, “The Piano Prince of New Orleans” who died 30 years ago this fall, was a mercurial figure in New Orleans, a prodigy who was leaving his mark on legendary R&B records while still in his teens. A spectacularly … [Read more...]

Dayton’s Party of Parties Takes On Fairytales

 Dayton’s biggest party, ARC Masquerage, is just six weeks away! The signature event of AIDS Resource Center Ohio, held annually on the third Saturday of October, will take place October 19 in the Colesium at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds (1043 S. Main St., Dayton). Thousands have attended the elaborate masquerade ball, billed as “Dayton’s party of parties,” since its 2002 inception, helping raise $1.1 million for HIV/AIDS treatment and awareness. This year, Masquerage is expected to bring in $160,000 in unrestricted funding for ARC Ohio, with $90,000 in corporate sponsorship alone. The … [Read more...]

Join The Century Bar For A Nationwide Toast

A special event will take place at the Century Bar (10 S. Jefferson St., Dayton) on Wednesday, August 28. At 7:30 p.m., the bar and its patrons will take part in a national "simul-toast" along with each of the nation's top 55 Bourbon bars as designated by The Bourbon Review. Each year for the last five years, the leading industry journal for bourbon aficionados has created its grouping of the United States' best watering holes for Bourbon lovers, and on 2013's list, TBR referred to Century as "what could be the most underrated Bourbon bar in the country," and "the sort of place every … [Read more...]

Deja Vu for Morning Radio Show Host

A familiar voice returned to Dayton radio this summer when Gina Ferraro joined The Mix Morning Show on Mix 107.7, bringing her back to the Miami Valley after six years in Chicago. From 5 – 10 a.m. each weekday, she  joins hosts to cover traffic, entertainment news, and social media during the broadcast, among other topics. Ferraro’s first broadcast with the program was July 1, and today she celebrates one month at Mix. “I just couldn’t turn down the offer,” Ferraro said. “The timing was perfect. My family lives north of Dayton in the Wapokoneta area, and my 80 year old grandmother lived in … [Read more...]