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Rediscover Downtown Events!
As we begin to safely resume gathering and rediscovering all the great things downtown has to offer, we’re especially excited to get back to all the fun events we’ve missed so much!
There’s always something fun going on downtown! Below you’ll find a list of events scheduled for today. Use the filters at the top to find events by date, keyword, and more. You can also view the calendar by month or as a list of 20 events at a time.
Have an event to submit to our calendar? If it is located downtown (within our service area) and open to the public, it’s likely we’ll include it. Send us your event info using our event submission form.
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Dayton Metro Library’s popular Sunday Movies @ Main series continues in October with more out-of-the-ordinary films. All films are free and start at 1:30 p.m. in the Main Library’s Eichelberger Forum, 215 E. Third Street. For more information, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org or call (937) 463-2665.
10/6 Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
An angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this dazzling musical heart-tugger from Jacques Demy. She plays an umbrella-shop owner’s delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a handsome garage mechanic, played by Nino Castelnuovo. When the boy is shipped off to fight in Algeria, the two lovers must grow up quickly. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colors, and told entirely through the lilting songs of the great composer Michel Legrand, THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time.
Winner of the Palm d’Or at the 1965 Canes Film Festival. French with English subtitles.
10/13 Election (1999)
Reese Witherspoon plays Tracy Flick, a straight-A go-getter determined to be president of Carver High’s student body. Popular teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) decides to derail Tracy’s obsessive overachieving by recruiting an opposition candidate. Nominated for Best Screenplay at the Academy Awards. Nominated for Best Actress at the Golden Globes. Winner of Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.
“An instant classic, Alexander Payne’s Election seems even more scathing now that we’re losing control of our own election machinery.” – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
10/20 Journey to Italy (1954)
Among the most influential films of the postwar era, Roberto Rossellini’s JOURNEY TO ITALY (Viaggio in Italia) charts the declining marriage of a couple from England (Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders) on a trip in the countryside near Naples. More than just the anatomy of a relationship, Rossellini’s masterpiece is a heartrending work of emotion and spirituality. Considered a predecessor to the existentialist works of Michelangelo Antonioni and hailed as a groundbreaking modernist work by the legendary film journal Cahiers du cinema, JOURNEY TO ITALY is a breathtaking cinematic benchmark.
10/27 The Awakening (2012)
This haunting thriller is set in 1921, in a post-war England where many of the bereaved seek solace in spiritualism. Haunted by the death of her fiance, Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) is committed to debunking supernatural claims. When she is asked to visit a boarding school in the countryside to investigate the alleged sightings of a ghostly young boy, she feels compelled to take the job. She sets to work, laying traps and gathering scientific evidence. Gradually, secrets begin to unravel and the mystery surrounding the ghost appears nothing more than a prank. As Florence is set to leave, however, she experiences a chilling encounter that defies all reason. Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival and the London Film Festival.
“An enjoyably old-fashioned ghost story in the vein of “The Others” and “The Orphanage.” – Sara Stewart, The New York Post