The U.S. Air Force Band of Flight will perform a free concert at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Due to the popularity of these free concerts, tickets are required and limited to four tickets per person. The Air Force Band of Flight, stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio presents more than 240 performances annually, providing quality musical products for official military functions and ceremonies as well as civic events and public concerts. Since its founding in 1942, the band has performed for presidents and vice presidents, visiting heads of state, cabinet officers, members of congress, U.S. and foreign military leaders, and millions of Americans and foreign citizens.
Come enjoy an Irish Friday party at the Dub Pub to kick off a fun 2019 with Dulahan. It’s a great time with music, food, drink, and a pub full of friendly folks having a ball.
New Year’s resolutions are supposed to make you a better person, but that’s contingent on following through. Falling short can make you feel worse than you did when the ball dropped. My resolution for 2018 was to stop using social media (while driving my car) and I still remember the January 2nd red light that broke me. Start 2019 with a resolution that is easy to stick to, will make you healthier and is scientifically proven to make you happier: laugh more.
So much of what we consume leaves us feeling worse. Cable news is an industry that thrives off making people angry and scared, and it’s never been more popular. Social media has permeated the daily fabric of our lives but usually leaves you feeling lonelier. Sure, it’s swell when Facebook connects you with an old classmate, but it’s less fun when it connects your youth soccer coach with your college roommate’s fiancé in an ever-lasting debate about climate change. Instagram is great to look at pictures of your brother’s cool dog, but it becomes miserable when someone else’s meticulously curated feed serves as a drumbeat of your own shortcomings.
We can combat this by laughing more. Walking inspirational posters might tell you laughter is the best medicine, but that’s patently false. No one is fighting a staph infection with Mad-Libs. But laughter is still scientifically proven to make you happier and healthier. The science is out there, if you’re on the fence. Laughter acts as an antidepressant, is central to relationships, forms social bonds contagiously, releases endorphins and fosters connectivity.
And when you laugh, share it with someone. When you laugh with another person, you make a real connection that is becoming more rare by the day at a time when we’ve never needed it more.
As a stand-up comedian, this is the part where I tell you that you can start this Friday and Saturday at Wiley’s Comedy Club in the Oregon District. In a world spent increasingly more behind screens, it’s a special feeling to be in a room full of people, doing something real and sharing a fun night with a group of strangers. But you don’t have to go to a comedy club to make this resolution work, just make it part of your day.
Stop taking yourself so seriously, and brighten someone’s day by sharing an embarrassing story. When you catch yourself spending too much time crafting a selfie, send the awful one to a friend. Take a break during lunch to share your favorite dad joke with a co-worker (what’s red and smells like green paint? Red paint!). Start listening to a comedy podcast while you’re in the car and start watching The Good Place on Netflix.
Looking for the funny is an active choice. There is no shortage of terrible news stories and trends to fill your life with dread. The world is also full of hilarious moments, funny stories and great jokes. You get to choose how you fill your world.
Mark Chalifoux is a stand-up comedian who will be headlining at Wiley’s Comedy Club in the Oregon District on January 4 and 5. He’s been featured on FOX and IFC and on the Bob and Tom radio show. His debut comedy album, “Think Fast”, was released in August and opened at #2 on iTunes. His jokes have been read in Reader’s Digest and heard on SiriusXM.
Wiley’s Comedy Club Showtimes for Mark Chalifoux:
101 Pine Street, Dayton OH 45402
Click the links to make reservations.
Fri, Jan 4, 2019 . 8:00 PM
The new exhibition opening at the Dayton Art Institute, Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête, is from contemporary African-American artist Mickalene Thomas and features several large scale photographs of influential and personal themes along with the artist curated works entitled tête-à-tête. Thomas is widely known for her complex paintings made of rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel, but her photography is also an important and dramatic aspect of her work.
Mickalene’s large scale photographs of black women will evoke a diverse range of thought and emotion from viewers as they examine issues of femininity, beauty, race, sexuality, and gender in her work. Mickalene purposefully omits long descriptions beside her work so the viewer is able to create their own narrative without prompting from the artist. However, it is noteworthy that one of the first series of photographs in the exhibit features Mickalene’s mother Sandra Bush, a former fashion model who was a very influential in her life who eventually succumbed to kidney disease. Their relationship was not always easy and attendees can view a film shown inside the exhibit that deals with some of these aspects of their lives.
The photographs, being personal and influential, also share a theme of 70s decor and fashion that were a part of the artist’s upbringing. Mickalene was born in 1971 in New Jersey, so was very much a child of the 70s. Also, showing a playful but albeit daring side, there is a portrait of Mickalene in her alter ego that she wore sometimes on campus while attending Yale which undoubtedly rose the issue of “who belongs where” among students and faculty.
The visual conversation curated by Mickalene, tête-à-tête, further explores the ideas central to her work featuring photographers and key images which have inspired her. Artists in tête-à-tête include Derrick Adams, Renée Cox, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Lyle Ashton Harris, Deana Lawson, Zanele Muholi, Malick Sidibé, Xaviera Simmons, Hank Willis Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems.
Written by Ed Dixon
A number of events and programs will be held in conjunction with this special exhibition, including:
- ARTIST TALK WITH WILLIS “BING” DAVIS, Saturday, November 10, 11:30 a.m.
- CURATORIAL CONVERSATIONS EXHIBITION TOUR, Thursday, November 15, 6–7 p.m.
- THE LANGUAGE OF ART, November 28 & December 1, noon–2 p.m. each day
- BEHIND THE SCENES TALK, Thursday, November 29, 4–5 p.m.
- ARTIST TALK WITH AMY POWELL, Saturday, December 8, 11:30 a.m.
Admission to Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête is free for museum members. Non-member admission is $14 adults; $11 seniors (60+), students (18+ w/ID), active military and groups (10 or more); $6 youth (ages 7–17); and free for children (ages 6 & under). Prices include admission to Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête, as well as the museum’s collection galleries. Equitas Health will sponsor a special Community Day on Saturday, October 27, with free admission to the special exhibition and the collection galleries.
For more about the exhibition and its related programs, go to www.daytonartinstitute.org/muse and join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #MuseDAI. To learn more about Mickalene Thomas, visit the artist’s website at www.mickalenethomas.com.
Learn about the creative journey in producing your own feature film projects as John Whitney, Phil Garrett, and Dino Tripodis share their knowledge and experience in producing for their feature independent film THE STREET WHERE WE LIVE.
“I am woman, hear me roar..” – Helen Reddy
And so, women have roared. And women have been heard. For a year, Dayton audiences have listened to the voices of women across the Miami Valley at Empower HER talk show events. Discussing topics ranging from traveling solo to parenthood to entrepreneurship to sexuality, Empower HER has hosted more than a dozen panel conversations. These real life, local, conversations have brought together hundreds of people to hear and be heard.
On September 19, 2018, Empower HER will be giving the microphone to men. Empower HER has always encouraged men to attend and participate, believing that the conversation is inclusive. At this one year anniversary special event, they will give men the platform so that their voices, too, will be heard.
The panel includes 4 men in the Dayton community who passionately dedicate their time in support of other men.
Aaron Paschal, owner of AP2Photography, created a platform for men to share their stories through his photo essay creation, Mortal Man. His work has been published in ESPN the Magazine, Ambition Magazine, Afropunk, CincyMusic and numerous online publications. Husband and father of 2 daughters, Aaron seeks to nurture the women in his life and believes that “being a man doesn’t give you a right to be jerk.”
Andrew White, founder of Indigo Life and Indigo Life TV, founded Dudes of Dayton as a way for men in the Dayton area to get together and support one another. Andrew believes that his key to his success is in serving others. With Dudes of Dayton, Andrew is creating a community where “you don’t have to have your shit together.”
Antoine Edmonson, hip hop artist, husband and father, creates music that explores the challenges, triumphs, and the mundane of balancing big dreams of touching the world with his music, being an intentional husband, and present father. Antoine admits that he is not perfect and that he is working things out. “I am evolving. I don’t have all the answers. Here is what I have learned.”
Tony Cali, owner of an Allstate Insurance Agency for 14 years, husband, and father to two grown sons, has provided service to the community via coaching soccer and softball, active with boy scouts, youth ministry, various business service clubs, and his newest relationship is now developing with Artemis of Dayton. When describing raising his sons, he talked about protecting yourself “without a foul” and having the courage to visualize the paths ahead of you and make a choice.
Join Empower HER at this special, one-year anniversary event, on Wednesday September 19, 2018 at 6PM at the new Brightside Event and Music Venue at 905 East Third Street Suite B, Dayton. Tickets run $10 and you can reserve online.
Empower HER was founded by Bridget Flaherty (Purple Shirt) and Jessika Meyer (Orange Shirt) of Dayton, OH. Their friendship sparked this movement with the intention of inspiring women to overcome their challenges and fears by facilitating conversations that remind you that you are not alone. At every event you will hear inspirational stories to remind you that your struggles, fears and challenges are normal.
For more information, visit www.empowerhertoday.com
Since their inception in 1981 Culture Club have sold more than 50 million records worldwide, lead by their classic hits, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “Karma Chameleon,” and “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya.”
Rosewood Arts Centre’s premier annual event, Art on the Commons, is almost here! We’re celebrating a major milestone this time around -this fine arts and crafts festival has been going strong for 30 years! The festival features over 100 artists in a variety of media. All the artwork is juried to make sure the quality is top notch. Perusing the booths is a great way to spend a Sunday. Here are some of the many fun things to check out at the event, affectionately known around here as AOTC!
1. All the art
So, 100 artists. As always, it’s a great mix of new folks and returning favorites. This year’s categories are ceramics, digital art, fiber/leather, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper and wood.
We mentioned jurying – wondering what that means? Our three jurors, Eve Fleck, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Springfield Museum of Art; Marta Hewett, the owner of Marta Hewett Gallery in Cincinnati; and Kettering Arts Council member Alex Ignatiou, reviewed all the AOTC submissions and ranked each artist based on design, originality, presentation, audience appeal and eligibility. Come see (and buy) the artwork that stood out from the crowd.
2. The setting
You might have noticed that we’re all about Kettering’s parks. And why wouldn’t we be? Lincoln Park is home to beautiful flowers, Kettering’s iconic fountains, lots of public art, and it features plenty of green spaces, shade trees and benches for resting your feet. Come enjoy the park while it’s bustling with people and full of even more great artwork.
This year, our photogenic festival will feature an Instagram scavenger hunt – those who complete the hunt will be entered into a prize drawing!
3. Live music
Festival goers loved the WYSO Excursions Stage with Niki Dakota last summer, and Niki will be be back again this year! Bringing listeners eclectic sounds from around the world and from closer to home, WYSO especially loves to champion local artists and music that embodies the diversity of the Miami Valley. Rosewood Arts Centre and WYSO are delighted to showcase the uniqueness of Art on the Commons and of our local music heroes.
Here’s the full live music schedule!
11:00 – 12:00, Zane Gerlach
12:30 – 1:30, The Pullouts
2:00 – 3:00, The Lovers
3:30 – 5:00, Daniel Dye & The Miller Road Band
4. Food trucks
The region is home to some pretty fabulous food trucks. A tasty selection will be at AOTC, so come hungry. Grab a taste of the cooling treats of Sweet P’s Handcrafted Ice Pops; the chef-prepared cuisine of Harvest Mobile; wood-fired Bella Sorella Pizza; delicious South American favorites from El Meson and tasty Tibbs Italian Ice.
The Fraze Pavilion’s Ernie’s Concessions will also be open for business with festival favorites like hot dogs, nachos and pretzels.
5. Family fun
Rosewood Arts Centre presents Interactive Artmaking Activities, Kaleidoscope and the Rosewood Artist Booth! Families with littles are more than welcome at AOTC. There’s even a selection of free activities just for you! Kids are welcome to make finger puppets, beaded jewelry and a community painting. The Kaleidoscope Art and Nature on Wheels program will roll in to share a fun art and nature activity! The talented Rosewood faculty will also be on hand to show off their skills at fiber arts, jewelry making, painting and drawing.
This article, written by Sara Thomas originally appeared on the city of Kettering website.
Art on the Commons is Sunday, August 12, 11 am until 5 pm at Kettering’s Lincoln Park Civic Commons.
Art on the Commons features fine arts and crafts by over 100 talented artists from throughout the United States. Artwork for display and sale includes ceramics, digital art, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal and stone, mixed media, painting, photography, wood and works on paper creations.
Admission is free and open to the public!Live entertainment and plenty of interactive art activities are scheduled throughout the day.
The Vera & Calvin Mayne Good Neighbor Award recognizes a Dorothy Lane Market associate who goes above and beyond to better serve the DLM family or the community at large. We are proud to announce that George Punter, Wine & Beer Manager at DLM Washington Square, is this year’s recipient for his involvement with Camp Emanuel.
Camp Emanuel hosts day and resident fun-filled camps aimed at integrating kids with and without disabilities through a number of activities, from arts and crafts to horseback riding, archery, and fishing. George first became involved with Camp Emanuel in 1996 as a board member upon his wife’s encouragement. She worked for 45 years as a special education teacher, but saw a connection to George since the camp’s chief fundraising efforts are done through wine silent auctions, often featuring collectors’ finds. After three years on the board, George learned that Camp Emanuel was in need of counselors, so he gave it a shot and has been doing it for nearly 20 years. “It was a life-changing experience for me,” says George.
In addition to assisting with the summer camp program, George is also instrumental in helping plan Camp Emanuel’s annual fundraiser in the spring. It’s a live wine auction that typically raises $35,000 within three hours and fuels Camp Emanuel’s mission to promote decision making, team building, positive self-esteem, and encourages understanding and acceptance between children.
This article originally appeared on the Dorothy Lane Market website.
On Tuesday, June 26, Auntie Anne’s announced that Birthday Cake was the winner, narrowly defeating Caramel Apple Crème Brûlée. The new Birthday Cake Pretzel will be available in stores for a limited time this fall.
“The second annual Pretzel Nation Creation competition has been the icing on the cake for our 30th birthday celebration,” says Meredith Wenz, Auntie Anne’s director of marketing. “It’s fitting that our fans marked the occasion by choosing the Birthday Cake Pretzel. It’s going to be a pretzel unlike any other, and I invite all of you to stop by your local Auntie Anne’s to try it this fall.”
The final tally:
- Birthday Cake: 79,641 votes
- Caramel Apple Crème Brûlée: 78,979 votes
- Red Velvet Cheesecake: 38,154 votes
- Cookies & Cream: 31,245 votes
- Tiramisu: 16,542 votes
- Chocolate Coconut: 16,191 votes
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake: 15,121 votes
- Chocolate Covered Cherry: 9,314 votes
- Cotton Candy: 8,748 votes
- Lemonade Cake: 7,211 votes
In last year’s inaugural Pretzel Nation Creation, voters chose from a variety of unique flavors, ultimately selecting Sriracha over flavors like S’mores, Taco, and Dill Pickle.
This article originally appeared on BakeMag.com, June 26, 2018 by Brian Amick