Explore a Block Party & Urban Nights Previews During September First Friday

Folk musicians Todd the Fox will provide roving entertainment during September First Friday.

Downtown’s next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. The United Way of the Greater Dayton Area will host the Live United Block Party in the Oregon District from 4 to 7 p.m., when 19 partner agencies of the organization will set up booths along Fifth Street, including Goodwill, a Special Wish Foundation, the Girl Scouts and Catholic Social Services. Guests who visit more than 10 of the booths will be entered into a raffle to win several prizes, including a diamond tennis bracelet and a pair of tickets to a Cincinnati Bengals football game. Select … [Read more...]



New Pop-Up Shop “Sew Dayton” to Open in Downtown Dayton

Tracy McElfresh, left, and Jesy Anderson are opening Sew Dayton, a new Pop-Up Shop operated through Activiated Spaces. The store, which will host a soft opening during the Sept. 7 First Friday, will offer sewing classes, custom clothing items and accessories.

A new business will open downtown on Friday, Sept. 7, as part of the third phase of the Pop-Up Project, part of an initiative to fill downtown storefronts called Activated Spaces. Sew Dayton, owned by two seamstresses, will offer fabric and patterns, custom party dresses, bags, and a variety of accessories, as well as offer classes. Sew Dayton will pop up for an initial six months at 16 Brown St. in the Oregon District. The store will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hours will be extended to 9 p.m. during First Fridays and Urban Nights. The store’s number is … [Read more...]



Amateur and Professional Photographers – Bring Your Cameras Downtown!

Feld - Snowy Night in Dayton low res

Amateur and professional photographers are invited to participate in Downtown in Focus, a photo contest aimed at finding new and distinctive shots of our downtown. The City of Dayton, Downtown Dayton Partnership, Kaplan College and Dayton Daily News are sponsoring the contest. One amateur winner and one professional winner will be selected in each of the following categories: Downtown Festivals: Images showcasing individuals or unique moments at any of downtown Dayton’s summer events or festivals. Active Downtown: Photographs featuring people participating in active lifestyle … [Read more...]



Beat the Heat at July’s First Friday

Visitors browse featured art at K12 Gallery for Young People.

Downtown’s next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 6. RiverScape MetroPark and the Oregon District will play host to two special First Friday events: the First Friday @ 5 concert series and the Call of the Tropics Festival. RiverScape MetroPark hosts the second concert in the First Friday @ 5 concert series, with Hey There Morgan performing from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The park’s concession stand will be open and beer will be sold from 5 to 7 p.m. MetroParks employees will demonstrate various kayaking skills on the river and free kayak rentals will be … [Read more...]



New Businesses Popping Up Downtown

Peace on Fifth in the Oregon Arts District is a success story from the pilot phase of Activated Spaces' Pop-Up Project.

Three businesses will be up and running by May 4, the next First Friday art hop downtown, as part of the second phase of the Pop-Up Project, part of an initiative to fill downtown Dayton storefronts called Activated Spaces. The businesses selected for the second phase of the project are: • American π, 37 S. St. Clair St.: This gift and accessories boutique will carry items made in the United States, including handbags, greeting cards, candles and food items. The store will be open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Arin, 27 S. St. Clair … [Read more...]



Celebrate Spring at March First Friday

Complementary chocolate is served to visitors during December 2011's First Friday at Peace on Fifth. The shop will offer fair trade chocolates to visitors again March 2.

Explore downtown Dayton during the next free First Friday art hop, held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 2, with activities for all to enjoy. This month’s First Friday will feature a variety of live music, shopping opportunities and gallery openings.  As the weather warms up, many downtown shops will feature sales on winter items. Roving musicians and entertainers will perform in downtown’s public spaces for visitors to watch and enjoy, and many businesses will offer specials to First Friday visitors. Explore your artistic side First Friday gives downtown visitors an opportunity to … [Read more...]



Pop-Up Project Seeking Business Owners to Open Downtown

Guests at Beaute Box, one of the businesses that opened downtown as part of the first phase of the Pop-Up Project.

Activated Spaces, an initiative to fill downtown storefronts, is accepting applications for temporary retail and service businesses to open downtown as part of the second phase of its Pop-up Project. The project matches business owners and entrepreneurs who want to try out a business concept with downtown property owners who have first-floor storefront space available for occupancy. Interested retailers should fill out an application, which can be downloaded at www.activatedspaces.org, and email it to Sherri Wierzba at wierzba@downtowndayton.org. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on … [Read more...]



“The Oldest Profession” has found it’s way to Wayne Ave.

The Oldest Profession by Paula Vogel - Dayton Theatre Guild - through September 11

The Oldest Profession THE DAYTON THEATRE GUILD NOTE:  Audition Info for "Lost In Yonkers" below! The Dayton Theatre Guild run of The Oldest Profession by Paula Vogel, continues through Sunday, September 11, 2011, with Friday performances at 8:00 p.m., Saturday shows at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m.  It is directed by Greg Smith and produced by Barbara Jorgensen. Once the toast of Storyville, the infamous red-light district of New Orleans, five very senior ladies of the night have transferred their talents to Reagan-era New York City.   They now find both their clients and … [Read more...]



Sing it Strong, Sing it Loud

Andrew Koslow, "Mark"

Altar Boyz ENCORE THEATER COMPANY The quintessential Boy Bands: upbeat (and often emotional) music... slick choreography... the perfect individual and group images... slightly-too-perfect rhymes... the Soul Sensor DX-12? Well, maybe not for any other boy band, but for the Altar Boyz, it’s key! During the final concert of their “Raise the Praise” tour, the Boyz seek to reduce the number of burdened souls in the audience (indicated by the number on the Sensor) to zero. “Jesus called me on my cell phone / No roaming charges were incurred / He told me that I should go out in the … [Read more...]



Local rocker returns to play First Friday show

Vanity Theft Press Photo 2

Although she has performed live shows in cities such as Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Alicia Grodecki says her favorite city to play is her hometown – Dayton. Lucky for her, with two upcoming shows – First Friday @ 5 on June 3 and a slot at Canal Street Tavern June 18 – her band, Vanity Theft, will get to perform in the city she says is a great place for music. This week, I talked to Grodecki about Vanity Theft’s new album, touring and the unbelievable experience she had in the recording studio. “People call us a more badass version of The Killers, except girls,” she says of the band’s … [Read more...]