Miss Maha and the City

Layer up, get out and have fun

 By Maha Kashani

Photo: Flower Arranging Class at the 2nd Street Market: photo credit: courtesy of Five Rivers MetroParks

Well, I think we can all sadly say that this was the shortest summer ever. I can’t believe the heat came and went so fast. I feel robbed, but am still holding out hope for an Indian Summer on the horizon. Fingers crossed …

Fall is here, but don’t fear! Yes, this month brings ghosts, ghouls and goblins galore, but October also has many lively things in store. It’s time to layer up and get ready to have some fun.

Did you know? 

Downtown’s PNC Second Street Market – my favorite place to buy groceries – operates year-round. Every Thursday through Saturday the walls of this historic block-long circa 1911 B&O railroad building are lined with local growers, bakers, culinary specialists and artisans who bring the space to life. As we move into October, fall harvest is plentiful. In addition to locally grown meat and produce, as well as homemade food and craft items, the market regularly features special free entertainment. It’s no wonder more than 370,000 people visit every year. The market may very well be Dayton’s best-kept secret, so if you haven’t experienced it yet, then come on down and check it out. metroparks.org/parks/secondstreetmarket

Miss Maha’s Best Bets to… 

Explore the city:

12th Annual Oregon District Barstool Open, Saturday Oct. 5, Shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. in the Historic Oregon District

Calling all putt-putt enthusiasts! It’s time for the annual Barstool Open to benefit United Rehabilitation Services. This unique mini-golf tournament challenges teams of four to nine holes across nine bars including Dublin Pub, Trolley Stop, Toxic Brew Co, Tumbleweed Connection, Pulse Nite Club, Ned Pepper’s, Blind Bob’s, Oregon Express and Wiley’s Comedy Club, with each hole/bar featuring a special theme. Adding to the excitement are prizes for both the Best Team Score and Most Creative Team Costumes, as well as raffle prizes at each hole.

To register, visit any of the establishments listed above or URSDayton.org/Events COST: $40 per person/$160 per team by Oct. 4 or $45 per person/$180 per team for walk-ins.

Experience arts and culture:

Rocky Horror (Puppet) Show, Friday Oct. 11 through Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North

The Zoot Theatre Company, Dayton Art Institute’s new resident company, brings its incredible puppet artistry to life alongside a transvestite and his motley crew on stage in an entirely new way for its first-ever musical. Performed in DAI’s NCR Renaissance Auditorium as directed by John Faas of the Human Race Theatre, this show offers a much different take on the classic musical by being deliberately kitschy, rock ‘n’ roll, sci-fi, gothic and more fun than ever before. Please note: adult themes and strong language are used.

For more information, please visit ZootTheatreCompany.org Cost: $20/Adult

Have a Rockin’ Evening:

‘Live and Let Die: A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney,’ Friday Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Performing Arts Center.

The spirit of Sir James Paul McCartney, the most successful recording artist on the planet, comes to the Schuster Center during a riveting tribute that bridges rock and classical music together. Veteran of the Broadway hit, “Beatlemania,” Tony Kishman leads his band alongside Neal Gittleman and the full Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for a riveting set featuring some of the world’s favorite songs that include “Hey Jude,” “Penny Lane,” “Live and Let Die,” “Yesterday,” “My Love,” “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey,” “Let It Be,” “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Hello Goodbye,” “Get Back,” “Jet” and many more. Join DPO as they kick off their Rockin’ Orchestra series with a bang!

For more information, please visit DaytonPerformingArts.org Cost: Tickets start at only $27

I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy some of October’s events. If you can’t make it out to any of these, don’t worry, there are plenty more ways to stay entertained in Dayton. Just keep reading the Dayton City Paper. You can also “like” me on Facebook: Facebook.com/MMATC and “follow” me on Twitter: @MissMaha to learn more. Until next time, cheers!

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

 Masquerage Saturday Oct. 19, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. at The Coliseum at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 1043 S. Main St.

 If you’ve never been to Dayton’s “party of all parties,” then you CANNOT miss this year’s event. This extraordinary annual benefit for the AIDS Resource Center of Ohio can be summarized in three words: Over. The. Top. Each year the atmosphere sizzles with human electricity as guests, decked out in theme, enjoy nonstop entertainment and heart pumping music. This year’s theme is “Once Upon A Time,” so start channeling your favorite fairy tales and get creative because masks are required. Whether your preference is face paint or a masquerade mask, make sure you dress to impress because no one takes this theme party lightly. So few words cannot do justice in explaining why you must attend, so make sure you pick up the Oct. 15 edition of the Dayton City Paper and check out the cover story to learn more.

For more information, please visit Masquerage.org Cost: $50/General Admission, $200/Red Ribbon Lounge VIP

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


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