Today a brand new extension of the long established "Land of Illusion" haunted amusement attraction site in Middletown, Ohio was introduced- "Land of Illusion Studio and Backlot." Located off of St. Rt. 4, the 110 acre grounds on Thomas Road are a comprehensive film lot. Local entrepreneurs, Mark Ott (General Manager ) and Brett Oakley (owner), saw the need for their facility to boost the regional film industry. The grounds feature permanently themed sets that include city scape’s, wooded areas, a school, mine shaft, full service bars (with full alcohol permit), an amphitheater and … [Read more...] about Land of Illusion Going Hollywood!
Behind every Oscar winner, there's a film commission. FilmDayton is a 501c3, non-profit that serves the film industry in the greater Dayton and Miami Valley region. FilmDayton depends on contributions to finance resources and programs to grow our local film industry and attract outside productions to our area. Money spent on a babysitter, tux or fancy dress for the traditional party would be better utilized in supporting our local film commission. Contributions are tax deductible. And now, on to the fun...... Going to an Awards party? Staying home in your pj's to watch? Party with … [Read more...] about FilmDayton Hosts Virtual Oscar Party
[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] The legendary Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee was the scene of an international showdown. For four days in January, (20-24), 250 blues acts from around the world came to compete at the 31st. Annual International Blues Challenge. Daytonian Noah Wotherspoon took top prize, the coveted "Albert King Guitar Award" for best guitarist and placing 2nd. in the band category. To recap, best international blues guitarist, 2nd. best international blues band. That's "international", as in, "the world." He confesses that late night "did that … [Read more...] about From Stratocaster to Stratosphere – Noah Wotherspoon Takes Big Win At 2015 International Blues Challenge!
St. Mary's Star ( 2.0 ) This time last year, I wrote a piece about the holiday star that has been a part of the East Dayton skyline for nearly 60 years. A Star In The East – A Dayton Tradition. St. Mary's Catholic Church is located on Xenia Avenue, in the neighborhood named after the churches "Twin Towers". Each year, on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, parish members go through the laborious task of suspending this holiday landmark between the two towers of the church. The tradition has been passed down through at least 3 generations of parish families. There are no … [Read more...] about “The Twin Towers Climb”; or “How To Hang A Star In the Dayton Sky.”
Written by Art Jipson & Shelly Hulce Dayton, Ohio- This Saturday the Dayton music community remembers several members of our music family. Jeremy Frederick Presents: North Of Nowhere South brings together several exciting bands to celebrate the life and music of Jeremy Frederick. The Dayton music community has long had a unique “band of brothers” landscape as far back as anyone can remember. Even in the 1970’s when Dayton funk was taking the world by storm, it was very much a family affair here on the Dayton home front. It might be a Midwest thing, but the social bond between … [Read more...] about Remembering Tim Taylor and Jeremy Frederick
From 1981 to 2013, 1st. Street and Patterson Blvd. was an address we were as familiar with as that of our own. With the world around us changing, we will always identify with that corner, like a childhood home. Efforts for an honorary street naming of "Mick Montgomery Way" began in December of 2013. Members of the City of Dayton Planning Dept., City Managers Office and Downtown Priority Board have been enthusiastic and generous with their time to make this a reality for the community. There are a few steps remaining to finalize this project. Paper work up to this point is finished. The … [Read more...] about Help Make “Mick Montgomery Way” A Reality!
This time of year the Rikes Christmas displays are a popular topic with many generations. Lot's of pictures and stories are revived and shared, mostly on social media sights. Dayton continues to celebrate and cling to the wonder years of Rikes Christmas, even making the trip downtown to see the remnants of the past on display in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Performing Arts Center on the site of the former department store. One thing is certain, Dayton values tradition, especially when there's an entertainment factor. But one quiet, humble and reverent tradition sits in the peripheral … [Read more...] about A Star In The East – A Dayton Tradition.
Recreate the audio atmosphere of Ghostlight Coffee as you read about the journey from an idea to the first anniversary of this local gem. Sounds of Ghostlight Coffee by Shelly "Gladgirl" Hulce (Opening Song: Me & Mountains - "Dayton, Ohio" from their LP "Feral") It's 1:30am on a hot summer Thursday. As I make my way home up Wayne Ave. from a local rock show when I see the dim lights through the steamed up front window of Ghostlight Coffee. A usual sight, Shane Anderson is behind the bar alone until the wee hours of the morning tending to his shop while most of Dayton … [Read more...] about Happy Birthday, Ghostlight Coffee!
Radio Spectacular Comes To The Big Screen Via This American Life Live! On May 10 the ultimate "shared experience" will be simulcast in over 550 theaters between the US and Canada as PRI's award winning show, This American Life (TAL) brings radio to the big screen for the third time! TAL host and executive producer (and public radio rockstar) Ira Glass, serves as ring master for the cinematic event broadcasting live from NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in NYC. The Invisible Made Visible is the theme for this production, starring a veritable "whose who" of the public radio … [Read more...] about The Invisible Becomes Visible – This American Life Hits the Big Screen
Do you remember first time you heard the music of Beethoven, or stomped and clapped to "We Will Rock You" in a crowd? These shared experiences are so important and the arts are where we meet for such events. There's a catch phrase I see around Dayton that I appreciate to the fullest, "Culture Creates Community." This is being beautifully pulled off by the DPO with a series such as "Rockin' Orchestra" 3 shows have come and gone in this seasons' series, and the DPO has proven that music lovers of all ages are hungry to experience the soundtracks of their lives in a different way. I call this … [Read more...] about Dynamite With A Laser Beam, DPO’S Rockin’ Orchestra Series Guaranteed To Blow Your Mind!