By Maha Kashani
I love that spring is almost here. This is an especially exciting time of year for me as I will be celebrating the Iranian New Year, called Norooz, on the first day of spring and my birthday just happens to follow on March 31, officially the 11th of Farvardin. All gifts and cards may be addressed to the Dayton City Paper office (Only kidding, kidding).
This year is zipping right by. Can you believe we are almost a quarter of the way done with 2011? We’ve had some exciting things happen in the last two months. Our country’s path to recovery is back on track, the Egyptians won their historic revolution, Obama wants to land a retiring NASA shuttle in Dayton, plus I was selected to be a finalist in the Dayton’s CW Star contest and survived my Dancing with Dayton’s Stars experience. Whew, I can’t wait to see what the rest of this year has in store. Ok, enough about me, let’s get into ways that YOU can stay entertained.
Did you know? The 2011-2012 Victoria Theatre Broadway Series has been announced. I am thrilled to hear that my favorite misunderstood green witch, Elphaba, will be back onstage at the Schuster Center for round two of “Wicked.” We also have the Tony Award-winning rags-to-rock-to-riches tale of “Jersey Boys” making a stop. Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” which I had the opportunity to experience in London, has me ecstatic. A few other noteworthy features include: Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein,” “Les Miserables,” “Flying Karamavoz Brothers” and the smash-hit acrobatic production, “Traces.”
Don’t forget, Dayton was ranked number one in the nation for arts and culture in mid-sized cities. We’ve got almost everything a big city like Chicago has, just rolled into a cheaper and more convenient package. Love it. Visit www.VictoriaTheatre.com for more information.
Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to:
Experience Arts & Culture:
“New Music for New Dance” – March 24-27 at the Victoria Theatre. This innovative project is a first for the Dayton Ballet to fuse emerging composers and choreographers with dancers and musicians for an exciting series of performances. I love that this one-of-a-kind project’s goal is to excite audiences, introduce new music/choreography to the community and showcase our region’s musicians. Also, there is a little contest brewing between myself and another journalist in town. Visit my Miss Maha Facebook page for more details. www.DaytonBallet.org Cost: Starting at $24, Ballet Barre members receive 50% off.
Meet Young & Vibrant Professionals:
Generation Dayton’s Business & Breakfast Speaker Series – March 15 at 7 a.m. at the Cracker Barrel on Miller Lane. GenD’s 2011 Speaker Series has taken off with a bang. This month, have breakfast with Montgomery County Commissioner and fellow Crown Jewel of Dayton, Debbie Lieberman, who will be giving us an economic update. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with fellow young professionals and hear from a top elected official about the future of our region. www.GenerationDayton.org. Cost: Breakfast at your own expense.
Enjoy a Fish Fry:
St. Anthony’s Annual Fish Fry (21 & up) – March 18-19 at St. Anthony’s School in East Dayton.It’s Fish Fry season. At Dayton’s most charitable fish fry, you can help feed the poor and support education while eating your heart out, playing blackjack and having fun with friends. Door prizes, raffles and silent auction included. www.StAnthonyDayton.org. Cost: Donation of canned good item for the St. Vincent De Paul Society or a donation to the school.
Give Back and Have a Blast:
“Hunks in Heels” Online Legs Kick-off Party – March 8, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at The Wine Loft, The Greene. First off, mark your calendar for the big race on May 14. If you haven’t heard about “Hunks in Heels,” then you must be living under a rock. This is one of my favorite benefits when the most influential men in our community strap on high heels and race around The Greene. Who would have thought business leaders like Vince Corrado, President of Shook Construction, had such amazing legs? Ladies, watch out, these hunks will give you a run for your money. Stop by this Online Legs Contest Kick-off to watch (and vote) as your favorite hunk’s legs are immortalized. Refreshments included. www.ClothesThatWork.org. Cost: $20 at the door.
Miss Maha’s “Can’t miss it” pick of the month
First Annual “Doors of Compassion” Dinner – Saturday, March 19 at various homes around the Dayton region. The Doors of Compassion is a new signature event for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Miami Valley Region (RMHC). Randomly assigned guest pairs will mingle and dine with business and community leaders during an elegant private dinner cooked by one of Dayton’s top chefs served in one of 20 private residences in the Oakwood/Kettering area. After dinner, we will all head to the magnificent Oakwood home of the Kolodesh family for After Party Twenty One One. Rodney The Band will be covering 60s, 70s and 80s dance hits while you savor the delectable dessert buffet, coffee bar and cocktails. Emceed by one of my personal favorites, Kim Faris of Lite 99.9, this event will also feature a live auction. All to benefit RMHC.
www.RMHCDayton.org Cost: $100 per person
Although the weather has been erratic lately, be patient. Spring is right around the corner and summer is on the horizon. As always, find me on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MMATC and follow me on Twitter @MissMaha to keep up with what’s happening around the Dayton region. Until next time, Khoodafez friends.
Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at MissMaha@daytoncitypaper.com.