October’s First Friday will put your weekend “Over the Edge”
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September 25 2018, DAYTON, Ohio — Gather friends and family for another fun-filled First Friday. October’s lineup is a little “over the top.” All day on Courthouse Square, workers and visitors will find stalwart souls rappelling from the 27-story KeyBank Tower! Start October 5 First Friday at lunch with live music during Over the Edge, a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley. Want a spectacular view with more … walls and floors? Stop by the Over the Edge After Party from 6-8 p.m. at the Dayton Racquet Club (soon-to-be Dayton Club), located (securely) on the 29th floor of Kettering Tower. Happy hour drinks and complimentary snacks will be available while the BBBS associate board and board of directors battle it out for best bartender.
More entertainment can be found throughout the city, including the “School of Rock” musical at the Schuster Center, new exhibit openings at local art galleries, food and drink specials, an exclusive fashion line launch at Brim, and live music—one of the last performances at the Levitt Pavilion of the season.
Check out the individual listings below, and remember the most up-to-date event listings are found on the online calendar published on the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s website. Subscribing to the weekly e-vents email newsletter also keeps one up to speed. For more information about the First Friday, or to find business addresses, parking, upcoming activities and more, visit the DDP website at downtowndayton.org. Invite friends and family to partake in First Friday fun! “Like” and share the First Friday Facebook page.
Crane Studios Market, 221 Crane St.: Local photographer Dan Cleary is the visiting artist for October. The public is invited to the opening reception for this month-long exhibition. Cleary has been working as an artist since 1988 when he started Cleary Creative Photography.
Dutoit Gallery, 1001 E. Second St.: Check out the latest exhibit, AT HOME, a collaboration by Annie Lee-Zimerle and Photography Org at Cedarville University. Each photographer explores the idea of her or his home while creating a temporary home on campus. Line drawings by Annie Lee-Zimerle will double as a physical and spiritual home for the photographs on display. Opening reception will be from 6-9 p.m.
The Front Street Building Co., 1001 E. Second St.: Explore dozens of local artists who open their doors to the public during First Fridays. Check out an eclectic group of artists, including painters, sculptors, jewelers, mixed-media artists, glass makers, woodworkers, and many more. Admission is free and open to all-ages. Call 331-9061.
K12 Gallery & TEJAS, 341 S. Jefferson St.: It’s the debut of a solo exhibition, featuring a variety of mixed media artworks, ceramics, assemblages, fiber works of art created by Pat Antonick. On view October 5-27, 2018. Also in the gallery, Enjoy art made by students receiving an education in the arts through our Artist in Residence program. Partner schools include: Chaminade Julienne, Ascension, St. Benedict the Moor, and Mother Brunner Academy.
Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St.: Live music starts at 9:30PM with a $5 admission.
The Black Box Improv Theater, 518 E. Third St.: Womit 2.0 takes the stage every Friday night from 8 to 9 p.m. The show format may change but the performers do not! They may interview an audience member, discuss personal stories, or simply take a one-word suggestion to create an hour of fun. BYOB. Call for ticket prices and availability: 369-0747.
- Courthouse Square, Third and Main streets: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley double dares you to watch Over the Edge, sending fundraisers rappelling down the 27-story KeyBank Building in downtown Dayton! Each volunteer “Edger” raises at least $1,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters through friends, family and company support. The public is invited to the after party from 6-8PM at the Dayton Racquet Club (soon to be Dayton Club). Support your favorite bartender during the bartending challenge between the Associate Board and the Board of Directors. Enjoy happy hour pricing for beer and wine, and complimentary hor d’oeuvres provided by the Dayton Club.
- Dayton Chess Club, 18 W. Fifth St.: Dayton Chess Club hosts a quick tournament for U.S. Chess Federation members. Games are perfect for club chess players and those experienced with online chess games who would like to test their skill over the board. The club opens at 6:30 p.m. and registration ends at 7:25 p.m. The first of four games begins at 7:30. Visit daytonchessclub.com for more details. Call 461-6283.
- Drakes Downtown Gym, 111 E. Fifth St.: Head over to Drake’s Downtown gym for First Friday Night Fights! Check out some of Dayton’s up and coming fighters. Event is BYOB and admission is $5 at the door. Call 223-6193.
- Levitt Pavilion, 134 S. Main St.: Next up in the Eichelberger Jazz Series is The Sanae/Braxton Collective. Robert Sanae, a native Daytonian, multi-genre composer/producer and multi-instrumentalist, is a product of a rich musical heritage and accomplished Dayton musicians and has released three albums. Robert began his professional career as the youngest member of the R&B group Zapp featuring Roger Troutman, where he was a trumpeter, keyboardist, vocalist as well as an audio and editing engineer. He will be joined by Texas native Tom Braxton, one of jazz’s most prolific saxophonists as well as a composer/producer/keyboardist and has released nine albums. Performance starts at 7 p.m. For more information go to levittdayton.org.
Proto BuildBar, 534 E. First St.: Looking to get started in Cosplay? Are you a Cosplay veteran? Stop in at Proto Cosplay Connection for a fun night to show off your creations and to collaborate on new ones. Proto will provide workspace and super discounts on 3D printing and soldering services. Beer, wine, and spirits will be available for purchase.
Schuster Performing Arts Center, 1 W. Second St.: Catch Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “School of Rock.” Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. Contains some mild adult language; this show is best for ages 8 and up. Tickets at (937) 228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.
Wiley’s Comedy Club, 101 Pine St.: Comedian Adam Gabel takes the stage at 8pm. Gabel is quickly gaining attention in the New York comedy scene, touring the country, and writing for comedywrie.com and syndicated radio hosts. Two-item minimum purchase; tickets online or call (937) 224-5653.
Food and Drink
- The Barrel House, 417 E. Third St.: Visit The Barrel House for food from the Thai 1 On from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.
- Basil’s on Market, 312 N. Patterson Blvd.: Basil’s is bringing you new happy hour specials! Fridays, hit Basil’s from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. for a $5 bar menu and $5 house wine and craft beer! Patrons must be seated in the bar area for the specials.
- Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St.: Featuring happy hour from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., $1 off well drinks. Check the boards for the special menu item of the day.
- Deaf Monty’s Wine, 22 Brown St.: Enjoy $2-$3 tastings of select wines. Small plates available for purchase. Call 225-9463.
- Oregon Express Bar and Restaurant, 336 E. Fifth St.: $1 off all beer, wine and well liquor. Enjoy $10 pitchers of select beers (Lagunitas IPA, Fat Tire, and Stella Artois).
- Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St.: Half price happy hour including appetizers and well drinks from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Tumbleweed Connection, 454 E. Fifth St.: Head to the patio for a wine tasting from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call 228-5500.
- Brim, 464 E. Fifth St.: BRIM on Fifth is launching its newest line of fall hats! Stop by the store to get first dibs on their exclusive styles for both men and women. Come back Saturday, Oct. 6, for the Fall Street Fashion Portrait Night!
- Clash Dayton, 521 E. Fifth St.: Kicking off the Halloween season with a “Dark Arts” art show and a “best-dressed witch” contest. The “darker side” of the local artists typically seen at Clash will have work on display along with all the costumes for any party-haunting needs. Come by Clash at 8PM to register for the BEST DRESSED WITCH contest! The panel of judges award the winner at 9PM.
The Downtown Dayton Partnership’s website has a complete list of downtown’s arts and cultural amenities, as well as a dining guide, parking map and much more.
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