Miss Maha and the City

March 2013 – The Best Month Ever

By Maha Kashani
Photo: Dayton’s ENCORE young professionals group hosts a special outing to the Philharmonic’s Russian Masters concert on March 15; photo credit: Mikee Huber

Another month bites the dust, and we are moving right along with our year of appreciating all things Dayton! February played host to several fun events such as Dancing with Dayton’s Stars, Casablanca at the Dayton Philharmonic, the Dayton Arab American Forum’s Day of Caring Middle Eastern Brunch and FilmDayton’s Dessert with Oscar.

If you missed out on the fun in February, don’t sweat it. Not only does March bring the Iranian New Year – Nowroz, aka the first day of spring – but also a ton of excitement for all Daytonians to experience! I’d even venture to call it “The Best Month Ever!” Well, with the exception of turning 30 on March 31  … But, I guess you’d call that a personal problem? EEK!

Did you know? 

The Benjamin and Marion Schuster Performing Arts Center celebrates its 10-year anniversary on March 1st! If you have never been to the Schuster, then you have yet to experience one of the most amazing assets that downtown Dayton has to offer. At the heart, there is the stunning Mead Theatre, a 2,300 seat state-of-the-art facility that pays homage to Dayton’s aviation history featuring a striking Starfield as an exact replica of the star pattern the Wright Brother’s saw the night before their first flight. Plus, the width of the Starfield is that of the Wright Flyer’s wingspan and the theatre’s height is the exact distance of the Wright’s first successful flight. Pretty cool, huh? There is also the Mathile Theatre for intimate performances and the dazzling Kettering Wintergarden, a six-story glass atrium, used for special events. The Schuster truly makes downtown shine! Check out their Open House on March 2 from 1-6 p.m. for children’s activities, information about upcoming performances, special tours and more. Can’t make the open house? Celebrate the 10-year anniversary all year long with many other special events and discounts found at schustercenter.org/schuster-anniversary. 

Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to…

Explore the City:

Dayton Knockout – Saturday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 125 E. First St.

I am happy to announce that you won’t find me in the ring this year for the VIP Fight Night boxing match! I had a blast training last year, but fighting my best friend with over a thousand people watching is something I never want to do again. That being said, everyone who attended told me it was one of their most exciting nights in Dayton. This re-creation of a “Fight Night,” just as Memorial Hall used to host back in the roaring ‘20s, will be a special treat! Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Bouts start at 8 p.m. KnockoutDayton.com Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Experience Arts & Culture:

ENCORE at the Phil: Russian Masters – Friday, March 15, 5:30 p.m. at the Dayton Racquet Club, 40 N. Main St., and the Schuster Center, 2 W. Second St.

What is it about Russian classical music that is so powerful and intriguing? Join ENCORE young professionals as we find out during this exclusive opportunity to celebrate Dayton’s rich cultural arts heritage at Russian Masters. We kick off the evening at the Dayton Racquet Club’s 29 Stories lounge for drinks, complimentary appetizers and fun door prizes, then head to the Schuster Center for a VIP backstage tour and on-stage photo opportunity, after which we will be ushered to our premium “A” tier seats to enjoy the show. Works by Glinka, Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff, plus a riveting solo by DPO Concertmaster Jessica Hung, will make this hot-blooded musical event one to remember. To learn more or purchase your discount tickets, visit DaytonPerformingArts.org/encore/russianmasters. Cost: $20/ticket ENCORE promo code: Jessica

Commemorate Dayton’s History:

“The Great 1913 Flood Exhibit” – beginning Saturday, March 23 at Carillon Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd.

March 25 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Great Dayton Flood of 1913. Still holding the record as Ohio’s worst natural disaster in history. The Great Flood destroyed our city, then brought citizens together to redefine who we were and secure our future. Visit Carillon Park for this new exhibit to commemorate the catastrophe that washed most of downtown Dayton away and the innovation still in place keeping us safe today. Also, make sure to pick up the March 19 edition of the Dayton City Paper for the special 1913 Flood insert. It’s guaranteed to be a collector’s item. daytonhistory.org

Miss Maha’s “Can’t miss it” pick of the month

St Patrick’s Day in the City

Sunday, March 17 in the Historic Oregon District and University of Dayton

Erin go Bragh! Every year on St. Patrick’s Day, the masses turn Irish and the city becomes the destination of choice for everyone around the region. If you have never been to Dublin Pub in the Oregon District or Flanagan’s by UD for St. Patrick’s Day, then you have yet to experience how exciting paying homage to this patron saint can be! Both venues will host outdoor tents and feature live entertainment while keeping the beverages flowing all day long. Make sure you prepare all your green flair and dress to impress for the festivities.

So much to do, never enough space to write about it all! To learn about more ways to stay entertained, make sure to “like” me on Facebook: Facebook.com/MMATC and “follow” me on Twitter: @MissMaha. Cheers, my friends!

Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at MissMaha@daytoncitypaper.com

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