Miss Maha and the City

Dayton is the place to be!

 By Maha Kashani

Photo: Experience the Day of the Dead Parade; Photo: Kevin Bonnett;

It’s official – the holiday season is essentially upon us. This year has been quite the year, and boy has time flown. The past 10 months have brought exciting adventures, but don’t worry, the next two months are jam packed with many more.

’Tis the season! As we approach the holidays, there are many emotions that will run rampant: cheer, excitement, conviction, nostalgia, thankfulness, anxiety and even frustration. Fortunately for you, regardless of how you feel, the Dayton City Paper has you covered from every angle. Let’s see what November has in store …

Did you know?

Downtown is the place to be on Black Friday! The city is where you can find me Friday, Nov. 29 for the Dayton Holiday Festival. Downtown’s boutiques will host Black Friday specials, the famous Ice Rink at Riverscape will be open and the Grande Illumination – Dayton’s legendary tree lighting ceremony – will bring Courthouse Square to life with more than 100,000 lights kicking off the cheerful Dayton Children’s Parade. Plus, many celebrations will continue all throughout the month of December! For more details, visit DowntownDayton.org. 

Miss Maha’s best bets to:

Explore the city:

Dia de los Muertos Parade – Friday, Nov. 1 from 5-8 p.m. Starts at Synergy Incubators, 200 S. Jefferson St. in downtown Dayton

Although Halloween will have passed, Dayton’s second Dia de los Muertos Parade – a family-friendly event – will take place during First Friday in the city. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a special day celebrated throughout Latin America paying tribute to loves ones who have passed. The evening kicks off with a pre-party at Synergy Incubators featuring a food truck rally and beer garden before the parade begins at 6 p.m. Dayton’s version of this famous parade will showcase the Mexican tradition of celebrating with bright colors and imagery of artistic skulls, but encompasses all Day of the Dead traditions. The parade will conclude at the Missing Peace Art Space at 234 S. Dutoit St. in St. Anne’s Hill, where guests are invited to experience the community ofrendas (altars), an art exhibition, special performances and more! indiegogo.com/projects/dia-de-los-muertos-dayton  Cost: FREE

Experience Arts & Culture:

 The Human Race Theatre presents “Fiddler on the Roof” – Running Thursday, Oct. 31-Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Loft Theatre in the at the Metropolitan Arts Center, 126 N. Main St.

L’chaim, to life! The Human Race Theatre, Dayton’s professional theater company, brings the village of Anatevka to the city in an intimate setting at the beautiful Loft Theatre. For Tevye, the now legendary poor dairyman, tradition is everything and the balance is a delicate struggle he deals with as his children come of age. This eternal Broadway blockbuster is filled with timeless songs and wonderful dance numbers, making it a heartwarming tale to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. HumanRaceTheatre.org  Cost: Tickets start at $31 (discounts for Seniors and Students available)

Meet Young Professionals:

The Great Escape, Friday, Nov. 8 from 6-10 p.m. at the Dayton Country Club, 555 Kramer Road 

This year marks the 23rd Annual Great Escape fundraiser to support the Dayton Area Red Cross, and trust me, this Associate Board of Young Professionals knows how to throw a great party. Featuring a special cocktail reception, this travel-themed party offers up a live music, delicious food, tasty libations, awesome raffle prizes (7-day vacation, anyone?) and a fantastic silent auction. All this and more combined to make a fun-filled evening of support for our local American Red Cross. American.Redcross.org/greatescape  Cost: $45 in advance, $50 at the door.

Support local artisans:

Art in the City Exhibit, November 15 – 22 at Mike Elsass’ Front Street Gallery – 1001 E. Second St.

Local artist extraordinaire Mike Elsass appreciates young talent when he sees it. And when he sees it, he wants to share it. Being recently inspired, Elsass is hosting a special exhibit to showcase the work of four extremely talented University of Dayton Fine Arts majors at his scenic new gallery space in the Front Street Warehouses. This talented group of young art scholars has collaborated to present a range of styles from hyperrealism to free-form abstract during a unique exhibit in this one-of-a-kind space and will feature beautiful views of the city. The opening reception takes place Friday, Nov. 15 from 5:30 -9 p.m., featuring brief artist talks beginning at 6 pm. For more info, visit facebook.com/pages/Color-of-Energy-Gallery/56168758881  Cost: FREE


This time of year brings many opportunities to be merry and enjoy much cheer. November has a lot in store, so remember to keep coming back every week to your Dayton City Paper for more!

To keep up to date on what’s happening in and around town, you can also “like” me at Facebook.com/MMATC or “follow” me on Twitter @MissMaha. Until next month, cheers, my friends!

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


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