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 empty stomach and couldn't finish the second slider on my plate. There are three kinds: kobe beef with white cheddar is the most popular, and tuna and salmon are available as well. An order of sliders is just $5, or for $8 you can get a sampler plate with one of all three varieties.
One of SMAG's defining aspects has been unexpected artistic partnerships. Fueled by Groomes' restless drive to constantly turn audiences' concept of "art" on its head to create new ideas, SMAG has combined in the past with visual artists, fashion designers, live musicians improvising new works, and more.
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...]
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...]
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...]
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 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...]
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...]
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...]
Celebrating their 20th anniversary on the music scene, famed neo-swing outfit Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will hit Dayton this weekend to headline the Cityfolk Festival from 9:30 – 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. Founded by lead singer/guitarist Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren in 1993 Ventura, California, the band was at the forefront of the ‘90s swing revival. Much of the credit for that craze—which suddenly found horn-heavy bands like the Brian Setzer Orchestra, the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Royal Crown Revue, and the Squirrel Nut Zippers selling millions of albums—can be traced back to the … [Read more...]