Submissions due July 22, 2020.
Finished artwork due by July 31, 2020. Submit via e-mail to Val Beerbower at [email protected]
For 217 years, Lebanon has been the home of The Golden Lamb. It owes its early success due to location – halfway between Cincinnati and the National Road (now U.S. Route 40). The Golden Lamb has hosted a number of historical figures, including 12 United States Presidents (from as far back as John Quincy Adams to as recent as George W. Bush), and today is still serving excellent cuisine to guests from all over the country. The are Ohio’s Ohio’s longest continually operated business.
To celebrate their longevity and love of community they we are launching the #FindTheGoldenLamb Scavenger Hunt Contest.
Each week on Monday, they will post a new clue to Facebook and Instagram about where in Lebanon our miniature Golden Lamb is hidden. For a chance to win a $25 Golden Lamb Gift Card, follow these steps:
27 S. Broadway
Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Mon -Sat 11:30am – 9pm
Sunday 12 – 7pm
– Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day: 12-7 pm
They are also offering this $10 savings deal:
This day is in celebration of one of America’s favorite food, the French Fry! Estimates say Americans eat around 20 to 30 pounds per person per year.
AMERICA’S ULTIMATE RANKING OF FAST FOOD FRIES
#1: McDonalds (35%)
#2: Chick-fil-A (13%)
#3: Five Guys (12%)
#4: Wendys (11%)
#5: Arbys (11%)
FAVORITE STYLE OF FRIES
#1: Regular (21%)
#2: Curly (20%)
#3: Steak-cut (14%)
#4: Crinkle (13%)
#5: Waffle (13%)
#6: Wedges (7%)
Whether you like them steak cut, skinny fries, or the traditional cut, we have deals listed for everyone!
KFC: To celebrate National French Fry Day and the permanent addition of its new Secret Recipe Fries to the menu at all U.S. restaurants, the fast food chain is offering individual orders of fries for 30 cents with any purchase Monday.
McDonald’s: Get a free medium fries Monday with the McDonald’s app. No purchase is necessary but there’s a limit of one offer per customer. Access the deal using the app’s “Mobile Order & Pay” feature or scan the deal code from the app at the restaurant, drive thru or kiosk.
Smashburger: Get a free side of signature Smash Fries with the purchase of any double burger Monday.
Steak ‘n Shake: For a limited time, participating restaurants are giving away free small orders of fries. There’s a limit of one order of free fries per person, the Indianapolis-based restaurant’s website notes.
White Castle – Get a free Small Fries with a coupon valid on July 13 – no purchase necessary!
Heinz and Great American Takeout: Post a photo of your ketchup art creation and post on either Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtags #TheGreatAmericanTakeout and #Sweepstakes. On Instagram, tag @thegreatamericantakeout and on Twitter tag @TheGATakeout. One winner will get $1,869 and 50 runners-up will get $57 to use on takeout meals. Learn more at www.thegreatamericantakeout.com.
#NationalFrenchfryDay is one day away, have you entered our Sweepstakes to win lots of Idaho potato swag, $100 Visa gift card, air fryer and coupon for Grown in Idaho. Share the sweepstakes link and get 5 bonus entries!
Wearing masks, cloth face coverings, or N95 respirators, is awful. It’s a nuisance. It sucks. I get it. I wear them, and I hate it. As a matter of fact, I now have to wear them when I go to the gym. I don’t have to tell you that working out while wearing a face covering is awkward.
But…I’ll still wear my masks.
And, you should too.
Once again, I get it. No one wants to be told what to do by Big Brother. A mandatory mask ordinance was passed in Dayton last week. No one wants to be told to wear an itchy, smothering thing around their nose and mouth, in order to even enter a:
– Grocery store.
– Gas station.
– Or restaurant.
And no one wants constant reminders from every different direction to “WEAR YOUR MASK!!!!” from every conceivable media platform. Simply put, the entire concept of wearing masks in 2020 makes most of us uncomfortable.
However, ‘uncomfortable’ is actually what Americans do. And very well. Americans were uncomfortable when they were ordered by local governments to wear masks during the influenza pandemic of 1918 and 1919. And, they wore them anyway. Americans were uncomfortable with war rationing during World War II, but they did it anyway. Americans were uncomfortable during The Great Depression, when the phrase “Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without.” became a way of life. Many Americans ended up poor, or poorer, and got resourceful, creating and tweaking things like kitchen gardens, thrift gardens, and potluck meals. They made it through anyway.
Actually, we do things in our daily lives that make us uncomfortable, and we power through them. Paying bills. Going to work. Watching Tik Tok videos. Tasting your friend’s homemade hummus. Doing uncomfortable things for the greater good of a population, neighborhood, or, your loved ones is something we all do or have done on our lives. It’s real, it’s responsible, it’s American, it’s right.
So, if you are on the fence about wearing a mask, don’t be. There is proof that wearing a face mask does prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. And yeah, it won’t be fun wearing a friggin’ sock on your face…in the summer.
But, you’ll save lives. And what’s better, and more American, than that?
Kate Rivers worked as an engineer for a business that makes medical devices. Now she makes gourmet desserts for her own business – Twist Cupcakery (25 South St. Clair).
“I started baking from home” she told me. “People raved about the desserts I made, and asked if they could buy them from me. Five years ago we decided to move out of the house and operate out of this spot downtown. We’ve gotten a lot of support from the community, and business has grown steadily. We’re closed for walk in service currently, but people can order cupcakes and other products on our website and then do a curbside pick up.”
“Cakes for weddings and other special events are an important part of our business, but that ‘s not happening now. To boost sales we developed a new product that’s doing well. It’s called Cupcakes in a Jar. Each jar has two of our gourmet cupcakes. We can mail them out nationwide. It’s a great way to celebrate a special occasion with people that we can’t be with.”
“We’ve been sending our cupcakes to hospitals, testing stations and other places where people are doing so much to help the community – our way of spreading happiness and joy. Everybody need to pitch in during these tough times. We like to do it with cupcakes.”
In a statement released by the LGBT Center, PRIDE 2020 is officially cancelled:
“It is with heavy hearts that the Greater Dayton LGBT Center Board of Directors has decided to cancel in-person LGBTQIA+ Pride for Dayton this year. We originally postponed the events for Pride weekend from June to August hoping the local effects of the COVID pandemic would have been minimized by that time. Unfortunately, it is painfully obvious that we are not able to hold large gatherings and parades such as Pride without risking the health and wellbeing of our community. Although it is never easy to make a decision such as this, we decided that your health is the most important thing this year.
Of course, we can’t just skip recognition of Pride during 2020 so we will be shifting our August 22 celebration from in-person to online. We are still putting plans together, but we will be holding a televised and Facebook Live event from 1pm to 3pm. The celebration will be similar to our Pride Stage Show featuring local speakers and entertainment. Please stay tuned for more information and plan to join us online August 22nd!”
With an estimated 5000 people packing Courthouse Square for this annual event, the cancellation isn’t much of a surprise, as the pandemic makes it just unsafe to proceed. Normally a 3 day celebration, with a bar crawl on Friday, parade and festival on Saturday and Sunday is the PFLAG 5K and the Spikes and Heels kickball tournament.
PFLAG has decided they are able to move forward with their Running with Pride 5K on Sunday, Aug 23rd. The race steps off at 9am from Welcome Park on Edwin C. Moses Blvd.
The Contemporary Dayton (The Co) presents The 29th Annual Open Members’ Show. The Co is thrilled to re-open its galleries for the first time since COVID-19 safe-distancing measures were put into place in March with one of its most popular exhibitions of the year—a literal celebration of over 100 local and Ohio artists.
The Annual Open Members’ Show is our annual all-media, all-level Artist Member celebration. All Artist Members were invited to submit one work of art that spoke to the theme: Reflections of COVID-19. Since many in our community faced financial hardship this summer, The Co opened up the show to all artists regardless of Membership and were surprised and excited to accept over 100 works of art. Artworks will also be for sale to benefit both the artists and The Co.
The exhibition opened today with a Friends & Family Open House. Art will be on display through August 15th during normal gallery hours.
The Co requests that masks be worn and social distancing practiced for the duration of the event.
The exhibition is organized and installed by The Co’s guest curator, Michael Goodson, Senior Curator of Exhibitions at Wexner Center for the Arts. Over the past 15 years, as Director of Exhibitions at CCAD’s Beeler Gallery and James Cohan Gallery, NY, and now as Senior Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts.
The exhibition will include a number of cash and recognition awards. This year’s prize juror is Willis “Bing” Davis, renowned artist, cultural leader and founder of Dayton’s EbonNia Gallery and the SHANGO Center for The Study of African American Act & Culture. Davis will be selecting artworks to receive The Lombard Prize for Best in Show, The Mike Goheen Memorial Award for Emerging Photographers, and The Mayor’s Office Exhibition Award.
Welcome back? As various re-openings occur throughout the city despite the ongoing presence of COVID-19, Dayton’s 2020-2021 theater season officially launches with Dare to Defy Productions’ vocally superb presentation of The Last Five Years. Jason Robert Brown’s heartwarming yet heartbreaking 2002 musical continues through July 11 at The Brightside Music and Event Venue.
Set in New York City and simultaneously told chronologically and in reverse, this breezy, intimate, compelling, and smart one-act two-hander details the humorous yet troublesome relationship between struggling actress Cathy Hiatt (full-throttle Abby Hoggatt) and aspiring novelist Jamie Wellerstein (endearing Brent Hoggatt). The engaging, relatable story of optimism and woe begins with Cathy’s sorrowful reflections at the end of their marriage while Jamie’s perspectives joyously start not long after they have met. The couple only meets in the middle at their wedding, exquisitely represented by the gorgeous ballad The Next Ten Minutes. Over the course of 16 skillfully detailed and descriptive songs, an entire relationship arises with an emotional resonance that cuts to the core, proving the cold hard fact that some soulmates come with an invisible expiration date.
My journey with this material dates back to the spring of 2001 when I saw the original production at Northlight Theatre in Skokie, Illinois outside Chicago. The show was so fresh that during a post-show talkback Brown realized he made a significant error in Cathy and Jamie’s timeline, proving the challenge that comes from attempting unorthodox storytelling. And for all of the brilliance overflowing throughout Lauren Kennedy and Norbert Leo Butz’s performances, they were not an actual complex married couple. They were simply great actors interpreting a complex married couple. I mention the original production to specifically highlight how rare it is to see The Last Five Years elevated by the presence of real-life spouses, a substantial reason why the performances of Dare to Defy resident ensemble members Abby and Brent are not only outstanding but undeniably special.
Under the gentle, fluid, flashback-inspired direction of Mackensie King, who previously helmed this show for Dare to Defy in 2015, Abby and Brent, layering their work with authentic love, wonderfully embody Cathy and Jamie’s enjoyable idiosyncrasies and destructive despair. Whether conveying the difficulties Cathy endures while longing for a professional breakthrough or the conflicted betrayal weighing heavily on Jamie’s mind having slept with another woman, this dynamic duo leaves nothing undone. And musically, they soar. At the outset, Abby marvelously sets the tone with Still Hurting and winningly lightens the mood with A Part of That, A Summer in Ohio, When You Come Home to Me, and Goodbye Until Tomorrow. Brent’s delightful charm fuels Shiksa Goddess, Moving Too Fast, playful Schmuel Song, and colorfully conversational A Miracle Would Happen, but he’s equally adept stretching his acting muscles delivering the angrier, wounded If I Didn’t Believe In You and Nobody Needs To Know. Still, there is one number in this production deserving of utmost attention. Sometimes musical theatre only requires a terrific actress to sit in a chair and belt her heart out. As so, Abby’s phenomenal rendition of I Can Do Better Than That, reverberating through The Brightside’s rafters and probably out onto East Third Street, is a stunningly impactful moment worthy of an encore.
Elsewhere, King, who also serves as sound designer, assembles a fine artistic team including music director Norman A. Moxley II and lighting designer Derryck J. Menard. Moxley’s lovely five-piece orchestra consists of pianist Dean Brown, bassist Phillip Detty, violinist Josh van Tilburgh, cellist Tom Watts, and guitarist David Wells. Brown (driving the Billy Joel-esque groove of Moving Too Fast) and van Tilburgh (beautifully stirring the emotional undercurrents of The Schmuel Song and I Can Do Better Than That) excellently repeat their duties from the 2015 production.
Medically, I can’t say if it is in your best interest to see The Last Five Years. Dare to Defy has gone to great lengths in their social distancing precautions, but the choice to attend is yours. However, professionally and theatrically, I can assure you the production is worthwhile. After all, Abby sings the hell out of the score.
The Last Five Years continues at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at The Brightside Music and Event Venue, 905 E. Third St., Dayton. The production is performed in 85 minutes without intermission. Tickets are $18-$25. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Black Lives Matter Movement. For tickets, visit https://broadwaytrivia2d.simpletix.com/e/55037. Seating is limited.
In addition, Dare to Defy has created the following safety plan for actors and audience:
The Downtown Dayton Partnership’s Urban Art Intersections project — a collaboration with The Contemporary Dayton — has completed its latest public art installation, a 75-foot tall colorful display designed and painted by the Dayton artist, Atalie Gagnet. The design, inspired by the geometric repetition of mandalas, also played upon the linear surroundings of the Transportation Center Garage and Convention Center, Gagnet said. “It’s all about pretty lines,” she said of the way the curved lines of her mural play off of the tall wall space surrounded by straight lines in the corners, windows, and parking garage floors nearby.
Gagnet spent several days suspended more than 70 feet above the sidewalks of downtown on a lift finishing her design and expressed her gratitude for being given this platform to share her artwork. “Public art and murals are important in our city because right now it is a worldwide phenomenon, and we can bring it right here to Dayton, Ohio,” she said. Urban Art Intersections projects are funded by the Downtown Dayton Partnership to promote downtown Dayton and engage audiences of all ages in local art. This mural was funded in part by a City of Dayton Neighborhood mini-grant. For more public art, you can take a Downtown Public Art Walk self guided tour.