Miss Maha and the City

Amplified energy of summer in the city

By Maha Kashani

Photo: Sign up for the Inaugural Neon Vibe 5k on Aug. 10Summer in the city means biking along the river, walking to the 2nd Street Market, relishing dinners on the beautiful patios in the Oregon District and, most importantly, enjoying the amplified energy that flows through our region’s urban core.

There is an extra crispness in the air, vitality to the streets and sweet smell at night that solidifies why I love summertime in Dayton. Whether you are downtown or out in the ’burbs, make sure you make your way to the city to experience some of these great opportunities to stay entertained in August!

Did you know? 

Dayton ENCORE! has released it’s first-ever season ticket offer for young professionals. This special organization is cultivating the next generation of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance patrons, and is offering this new breed of supporters a special ENCORE! six-pack for only $120 per patron! Yes, enjoy the pre-show mix ‘n mingles, exclusive backstage tours and meet & greet opportunities with guest artists, plus awesome seats for each show – all for only $20 per performance as a season ticket subscriber. You can’t beat this deal anywhere in the country. With a lineup including the Season Opening Spectacular, a new production of “The Nutcracker,” “Hansel and Gretel” with Zoot Theatre Company and the eternal Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, this is the best investment that any young professional can make. To learn more, visit DaytonPerformingArts.org/ENCORE.

Miss Maha’s Best Bets to … 

Explore the City:

Tour de Dayton, Saturday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. starting at Welcome Park (across from Welcome Stadium)

Can you think of a better way to explore the city than with a 10-mile bicycle tour through Dayton’s bike-friendly streets, neighborhoods, historical districts, cultural destinations and recreational points of interest? Me neither. The Third Annual Tour de Dayton offers bikers and explorers alike the opportunity to meet new friends, check out some unique neighborhoods in our community and visit cool points of interest including Fire Station #10, the former Lakeside Amusement Park site, the “Carousel House” featuring a fascinating private art collection, the highest natural geographical point in the Miami Valley and a ride down the original Soap Box Derby Hill. To learn more and check out the route map, visit tourdedayton.wordpress.com Cost: FREE!

Experience Arts and Culture:

James Bond 50th Anniversary Cool Films Series, Aug. 2-4 at the Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St.

The Victoria Theatre, one of the oldest continually operated theaters on the continent, morphs its historic center stage into a silver screen each summer for the annual “Cool Film Series.” This year, August’s opening weekend plays tribute to MI6 Agent “007” in a special three-part series featuring “From Russia with Love” Friday, “Goldfinger” Saturday and “Live And Let Die” Sunday. Enjoy one of these classics hits in this beautiful theater, with special perks that you will never get at traditional theaters such as free soda and popcorn as well as an authentic theater organ concert 30 minutes before the show. For show times and to learn more, visit victoriatheatre.com/series/film Cost: $5

Enjoy a little variety:

Cap’n Johnny’s Whiz Bang Variety Show, Friday Aug. 23, 9 p.m. at Gilly’s, 132 S. Jefferson St.

Need a little variety in your life? Who doesn’t? Brought to you by the team who created the eerily successful Dayton Zombie Walk, this new monthly Whiz Bang variety show at Gilly’s offers everything from burlesque to sideshows to magic, comedy acts, surprises and more. The official August lineup has yet to be released, but visit facebook.com/whizbangshowtime to learn more. Cost: $7



I love keeping you in the loop about all the fun things to do in Dayton. If you’d like to learn more, please “like” me on Facebook: facebook.com/MMATC and follow me on Twitter: @MissMaha. Remember, you only live once … so live it up! 


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


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