Aug. 5—From bluegrass, blues, rap and R&B to farming, films and LEGOs, this weekend is full of exciting events across the area.
If you love the arts, be sure to consider an outstanding production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" at the Schuster Center, The Contemporary Dayton's "Waking Up: Biennial Member and Student Invitational" or Art in the City, which features hundreds of local dancers, artists, musicians and other creatives setting up shop in downtown Dayton.
Here's more information on these and other notable activities.
1. "Jesus Christ Superstar"
When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 through 7
Where: Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton
Details: Last year was the 50th anniversary of "Jesus Christ Superstar," the rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Dayton Live's Premier Health Broadway in Dayton Series presents a London-conceived production of the acclaimed musical from director Timothy Sheader and choreographer Drew McOnie.
More info: 937-228-3630 or www.daytonlive.org
2. Elvis Costello
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights
Details: Elvis Costello & the Imposters perform with special guest Nicole Atkins. The ticket price includes admission to a pre-show wine tasting on the Main Concourse.
More info: 513-232-6220 or www.rosemusiccenter.com
3. "Waking Up"
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Friday Aug. 5 through September 4
Where: The Contemporary Dayton, 25 W. Fourth St. inside the Dayton Arcade
Details: Katherine Kadish, Jamaal Durr, Erin Smith Glenn and Kyle Thiele are among the member artists displaying work in "Waking Up: Biennial Member and Student Invitational." The gallery is open until 8 p.m. on First Fridays.
More info: 937-224-3822 or www.thecontemporarydayton.org
4. Art in the City
When: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6
Where: Various outdoor spots in downtown Dayton
Details: AES Ohio Summer in the City's signature event, Art in the City, returns to downtown with hundreds of local dancers, painters, musicians, sculptors, poets and other creatives presenting demonstrations, performances and hands-on workshops.
More info: www.downtowndayton.org
5. British Car Day
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6
Where: Eastwood MetroPark, 1385 Harshman Road, Dayton
Details: The 37th anniversary British Car Day features Austin-Healey, Jaguar, MG and other manufacturers from the United Kingdom. While cars are the main focus, the show also features motorcycles from British companies.
Cost: Free for spectators, $20 to register a car
More info: www.britishcardaydayton.com
6. LEGO Fan Expo
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6 and 7
Where: Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton
Details: Professional LEGO artists, displays and merchants are among the participants in the BrickUniverse: LEGO Fan Expo. Lego recreations of landmarks such as Mount Rushmore, Notre-Dame de Paris and the Manhattan Bridge will be on display.
Cost: $15 in advance, $18 at the door; free for children 2 and younger
More info: 937-333-4072 or www.daytonconventioncenter.com
7. I Love the '90s
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6
Where: Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering
Details: Take a musical trip back in time with the I Love the '90s Tour, a rap and R&B package pulling into Fraze Pavilion. The tour show features Vanilla Ice, All 4 One, Coolio, Rob Base, Tone Loc and Young MC.
Cost: $30 Tix pack, $50 lawn & terrace, $70 orchestra and $75 plaza in advance; ticket prices increase $5 the day of the show
More info: 937-296-3300 or www.fraze.com
8. Polish Summer Fest
When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7
Where: Polish Picnic Grounds, 3690 Needmore Road, Dayton
Details: Polish Club hosts Polish Summer Fest, which features food, beverages and dancing to live music. Duane Malinowski and his polka band from Toledo will perform from 4 to 8 p.m. No coolers will be permitted.
Cost: $5 per carload
More info: 937-222-8092
9. The Foxies
When: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5
Where: Levitt Pavilion, 134 S. Main St., Dayton
Details: The 2022 Eichelberger Concert Season presents Nashville-based rock band the Foxies with local openers Clemmer. On Saturday, Aug. 6, Levitt Pavilion presents Tony Terry & Vibe 5, an evening of R&B from the actor and singer from North Carolina.
More info: www.levittdayton.org
10. Lebanon Blues Festival
When: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 and 6
Where: Downtown Lebanon along Main Street
Details: Top blues musicians, food vendors and unique artisan and craftsmen booths comprise this 23rd annual event.
More info: https://lebanonbluesfestival.com/
11. Bluegrass and Brew
When: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5
Where: Main Street Commons, 103 W. Main St., Fairborn
Details: Grammy-winning Rhonda Vincent and The Rage headlines this event which includes multiple food trucks, family-friendly activities and a beer garden flowing with brews from Bonbright Distributors and Warped Wing.
More info: www.bluegrassandbrew.com
When: 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7
Where: Little Art Theatre, 247 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs (Saturday) and Neon Movies, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton (Sunday)
Details: Local filmmaker Victor Bonacore's latest project is a post-apocalyptic exploration of a world ruled by girl gangs.
13. First Friday
When: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5
Where: Various locations throughout downtown Dayton
Details: This art hop features exhibit openings at the galleries, along with a variety of entertainment options, including street performances and roaming entertainers, arts demonstrations, live music, dining and shopping specials, and more.
More info: downtowndayton.org
14. Small Farm and Food Fest
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6
Where: Carriage Hill Farm and MetroPark, 7800 E. Shull Rd., Huber Heights
Details: This event is devoted to the importance of eating healthy, small farms, hobby farming and homesteading skills. A variety of food trucks will also be available.
More info: https://www.metroparks.org/
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