Miss Maha and the City

Maha’s milestone and more in April

By Maha Kashani
Photos: [l to r] catch “Mary Poppins” at the Schuster Center April 16-21 

March is almost over and the big milestone of turning 3-0 comes this Sunday. Sigh. It will be hard letting my carefree 20s go … and accepting that “turning 30” means I have to be an “adult” (by the way, why is it called turning 30? It’s not like I’m going sour!) This dark moment is looming on the near horizon, but thankfully the full docket of exciting events in April has me completely distracted.

As they say, April showers bring May flowers, but don’t let a little rain keep you indoors! Check out some of these fun ways you can get involved and stay entertained this month.

Did you know?

UpDayton’s Summit is right around the corner! UpDayton, an influential young professionals initiative to make Dayton a better place to work, live and play is kicking off another exciting year of projects focused on addressing key issues that our community is facing. This year’s half-day conference will bring together a diverse group of young professionals and students from all walks of life to collaborate on solutions to three “Challenges”: Livability, Campus and Entrepreneurship. This stimulating event is a great way to get involved and make your mark! After spending the afternoon conquering these challenges, all guests are invited to the “Up All Night” after-party for free food, beverages and dancing!  Friday, April 19 2-6 p.m. at the Dayton Art Institute. To learn more, visit Updayton.com/summit.

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

ENCORE at the Dayton Opera: Marriage of Figaro – Friday, April 5 starting at 5:30 p.m. at J-Alans, 121 N. Ludlow St.

Dayton ENCORE teams up with Generation Dayton for the much-anticipated Marriage of Figaro performed by the Dayton Opera. Our special Young Professionals event kicks off with a pre-show mix n’ mingle reception at J-Alans with complimentary appetizers, followed by an exclusive backstage tour and on-stage photo opportunity at the magnificent Schuster Center. Following the tour, we will take to our premium orchestra seats to experience Mozart’s delightfully wicked masterpiece featuring mischievous schemes, mistaken identities and pure mayhem when the infamous barber of Seville and his master, the Count, have their eyes on the same woman! Following the show, all ENCORE guests are invited to a post-show cast party at the Dayton Racquet Club! Now this is what I call a perfect night on the town. DaytonPerformingArts.org/Encore/Figaro Cost: $30 with ENCORE Code: wedding

Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to…

Explore the City:

Cars & Cabernet – Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at The Taj Ma Garaj, 300 S. Perry St.

Did you know Dayton has a Porsche museum? Yes, and it’s awesome. Hosted by the Epilepsy Foundation, Cars & Cabernet is one of the most unique events in town. Not only are guests invited to sample wines spanning five world-renowned grape regions, but also to enjoy live entertainment and learn about the art of food and wine pairings from Chef Matt Hayden of Scratch Catering, all while perusing a large and exotic collection of vintage Porsches. The event will also feature an exciting silent auction. Talk about a fun night in the city! CarsandCabernet.kintera.org Cost: General Admission – $50, VIP – $85

Experience Arts & Culture:

Mary Poppins – The Broadway Musical April 16-21 at the Schuster Performing Arts Center, 2 W. Second St. 

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! I always wondered how that was spelled, and now that Mary Poppins is coming to Dayton, I know. This high energy musical featuring the “practically perfect in every way” iconic nanny Mary Poppins, has been called “a roof-raising, toe tapping, high-flying extravaganza” by the New York Daily News. Featuring all those unforgettable songs, spectacular stage-craft and awe-inspiring dance numbers, “Mary Poppins” at the Schuster will be a family friendly spectacle you do not want to miss! VictoriaTheatre.com/shows/mary-poppins Cost: Tickets starting at $42

Meet Young Professionals:

Chemistry + Cocktails – Saturday, April 20 7-10 p.m at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Deweese Parkway

Ignite your Saturday night with a fun-filled evening of science in style! Young professionals are invited to spend their night exploring how physics, chemistry and temperature can make or break a classy cocktail, experiencing digital technology at its finest in the state-of-the-art Science Theatre, participating in live experiments and hanging out with the wild animals of the Discovery Zoo, all while making new friends. Trust me, this is one of the coolest events you’ll ever attend. Cash bar available. boonshoftmuseum.org Cost: $20/person includes food and one drink voucher.  21 and up, ID is required.

Seriously, if anyone ever tells you “there is nothing to do in Dayton” you must first laugh, then tell them to pick up a copy of the Dayton City Paper. To learn about more fun events and great ways to stay entertained, you can “like” me on Facebook: Facebook.com/MMATC and “follow” me on Twitter: @MissMaha. Have fun!


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

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