Love Vignettes


Thru February 16 -
Love Vignettes:
Carmen and Butterfly Suite

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance;
Victoria Theatre
,138 N. Main St.;

7:30 p.m.

Two of the most famous operas in the repertoire come to life on stage in a new and unexpected way - through the power and emotion of dance. First, Georges Bizet’s passionate Spanish seductress Carmen, who cannot be tied by any one lover and who pays the ultimate price for her deepest desires. Then, Puccini’s heart-wrenching Madame Butterfly, who suffers a similar fate in the name of love, as she does what she feels she must to preserve her honor. 228-3630 or


February 20-23 -
2020 Dayton Auto Show

Dayton Convention Center,
22 E. Fifth St.;
Thurs & Fri noon-9 p.m.,
Sat 10-9, Sun 10-6

Each year the Dayton Auto Show rolls into town with displays of the latest and greatest models and automotive technologies. See all your favorite sports cars, sedans, SUVs, minivans, and motorcycles from 23 different manufacturers, and enjoy some fun for the whole family. It’s an auto show, and so much more! Adults $8 at box office, $6 online. Students and seniors $6. Children 9 and under free. Military (with ID) free admission Thursday & Friday. More info at


Thru February 15 - Exhibit: With Devotion
The Contemporary Dayton,
118 N. Jefferson St.; call for times.

Four Ohio women artists, Alison Jardine, Heather Jones, Jenniffer Omaitz and Paige Williams, playful investigation of materials including fabric, cast concrete, polypropylene, traditional oil and acrylic, casein and marble dust. 228-8414.

Thru February 26 - Exhibit: Historic African American Churches of Southwest Ohio
First Baptist Church,111 W. Monument St.; times listed below.
The African American Visual Artist Guild - Historic African American Churches of Southwest Ohio art exhibit is currently being hosted by First Baptist Church. Viewing is scheduled Mon thru Fri 8:30 to 2:30, Saturdays 9 to 11, Sundays 8:30 to 1:15. Twenty six pieces of artwork have been created by 17 artists celebrating churches in Southwest Ohio that have been in existence for more than 75 years, meeting the needs of their congregations and communities in which they reside, and being strong activists for civil rights.

Thru February 29 - Exhibit: Atlas of Dayton: A City in Progress
Dayton Metro Library - Main Library,
215 E. Third St.; call for times.

This travelling exhibit about equity, opportunity, and resource access is presented in partnership with MVRPC and sponsored by UD’s College of Arts & Sciences. Interactive digital maps explore issues around income inequality, racial segregation, and access to resources in Dayton. Exhibit is free and open to the public during regular Library hours. 463-BOOK.

Thru March 1 -
Ice Skating

Riverscape MetroPark,
111 E. Monument Ave.; call for times

Sheltered under the covered pavilion, the MetroParks Ice Rink sets the scene as a perfect winter wonderland in downtown Dayton. Patrons may skate daily, including all holidays. While the rink is open, you can enjoy delicious treats from the concession area, including a cup of hot chocolate. Take advantage of fun skating activities, such as lessons, themed skating nights and more. Visit to learn more, find daily open hours, and see a schedule of events. Admission: $6 daily, ice skate rental: $2 daily. Ages 3 and under are free with a paying adult. 278-2607.

Thru March 31 - Tour de Way
100+ locations along the Great Miami Riverway, including several in downtown Dayton.
Over 100 locations are offering $3,000 in prizes! Tour de Way is a free passport program that lets you explore our region all year long with activities and locations perfect for the adventurer, art lover, aviation enthusiast, beer connoisseur, and everyone else in between. Every location you visit gets you another chance to win amazing prizes like a SmithFly Shoal Tent or an Opus Classico 2 bicycle from Spoken Bicycles. Tour de Way runs from May 4, 2019 to March 2020. Find details here.

February 14 -
Couples Paint Party

Picture Perfect Paint Parties,
123 N. Ludlow St.; 6:30 p.m.
Love is in the air. You don’t have any plans for the weekend? SIMPLE! Come on down to Picture Perfect Paint Parties, where every picture you paint is perfect. Dance and paint with your love one! 265-0691.

February 14 -
Sweetheart Deal

Riverscape MetroPark,
111 E. Monument Ave.; 11 a.m.-10 p.m

Bring your sweetie to MetroParks Ice Rink and skate to love songs. You can purchase the Sweetheart Deal and get two rink admissions with skate rental, plus two cups of hot chocolate and a box of Bellbrooke Chocolates for only $20. Weather Dependent. 278-2607.

February 14 - Celebrate
Your Valentine
Lily's Bistro, 329 E. Fifth St.; 5-10 p.m.
This Valentine’s Day celebration will feature a special five-course prix fixe menu as well as drink specials throughout the evening. Options include: house-pressed pork terrine with rum soaked figs, Wagyu beef and local bacon meatballs with polenta and red wine demi-glace, rose and strawberry cheesecake with dark chocolate dipped long-stemmed strawberry, and more! The restaurant will also feature special Valentine’s Day-themed bottles of wine and Champagne throughout the event. Reservations are encouraged. 723-7637.

February 14 - Valentine’s Day Dinner
Table 33, 130 W. Second St.; 5-10 p.m.
Join us this Friday night for a very special, 3 course Valentine’s Day dinner, brought to you by the one and only Chef Nate Vance and your favorite Table 33 crew! DON’T WAIT! This dinner is reservation only and is filling up fast! Head to to check out our special Valentines Day dinner menu and make your reservations. 999-3070.

February 14 - Valentine’s Day Sweat Sesh
Space Three, 39 S. St. Clair St.;
5:15 & 6:30 p.m.

Your heart needs werk just like the rest of the body. So grab your hubby, wifey, girl/boyfriend or your BFF and join us for a Valentine’s day workout that will lite your body and your heart on fire. Couples TRX @ 5:15pm; Galentine’s SWERK @ 6:30pm.
Tickets: $30/couple (includes class for 2 and a sweet treat for all your hard work!) Register here. 604-0231.

February 14 - LORE Mainstage: Perspective
LORE Culture, 116 W. Fifth St.; 7 p.m.
Local Dayton couples will entertain you with 2 sides of the same story, each with their own perspective of what happened. Funny, touching, witty and heartfelt, the LORE Mainstage: Perspective event will be sweet. Ticket price includes drink tickets and dinner catered by Picnk. Buy tickets here. $75.

February 14 -

PNC Arts Annex, corner of Second and Ludlow streets; 8 p.m.
A melodic, exhilarating evening full of the soul of love and life in Spoken Word. Enjoy our gifted poets from the East Coast to the Mid-West and Canada who join international acclaimed Author, Poet/Musician David Matthews! Dress your best for this full night of poetry and the Gala afterwards . Meet the poets, artist Ronnie Williams and dance the night away! Hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar for your pleasure.

February 14 - Once More with Love - Such a Night: The Last Waltz Live
Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St.;
8 p.m.

Back in February 2013, Such A Night: The Last Waltz Live had its very first performance to a full house at Gilly’s. It was a magical night! This Valentine’s Day, we thought it would fun to celebrate our roots with another very rare and special bar show and you are invited! Featuring more that 30 of Dayton’s best musicians - Such A Night is a celebration of the music of The Band and their friends. If you are familiar with The Last Waltz, here is a chance to see it performed live! Doors will open at 8pm and Music will start promptly at 9pm. Purchase tickets here.

February 14 -
Stop Light Party
MJ's on Jefferson, 20 N. Jefferson St.,
11 p.m

Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with hostess Carrie J Summers and Holly Berry as they welcome Kayla Fame, Isaac Ismeal, Kiara Chimera, and a hot spot from Eva Alicia Jane. We will be having a stop light party as well - wear green if you’re single, yellow if it's complicated, and red if you’re taken! Come dance and meet your valentine for the night! 223-3259.

February 14 & 15 - Exhibit: conJURORS
The 48 High Street Gallery,48 High St.; 12-5 p.m.
conJURORS spotlights three of the DSA’s recent past jurors. Erika b Hess, Colleen Kelsey, and Emily Sheehan juried exhibitions that showed in the 2018/2019 season. In addition, the first place award winners of the corresponding shows will be featured in the project space: Bill Franz and Ben Frederick. conJURORS runs through February 15.



February 14 & 15 -
Tim Cavanagh

Wiley's Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St.;
Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 7:15 & 9:30 p.m.

So, did you hear the one about the high school teacher who walked into a comedy club--and they hired him? That's where the Tim Cavanagh comedy story begins. For a full year, Tim taught teenagers by day. By night, he sang his funny songs in Chicago comedy clubs. Since leaving the classroom, Tim Cavanagh has brought his comedic songs and inventive stand-up to concert halls, corporations, college campuses and nightclubs across America. $15. 223-5277.

February 14 & 15 -
The Color Purple

Schuster Performing Arts Center, Second & Main sts.; Fri., 8 p.m.,
Sat., 2 & 8 p.m

With a soul-raising, Grammy-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Don’t mis s this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph that New York Magazine calls “one of the greatest revivals ever.”

February 14-16 -
Beer Our Valentine
Mudlick Tap House, 135 E. Second St.; call for times.
Now accepting reservations! Valentine’s Weekend Features: Fried Lobster Bites, Beet Salad, Filet Mignon Oscar, Maui Wowie, and Marc’s Cheesecake. 895-4066.

February 14-18 -
Music & More at The OE

Oregon Express, 336 E. Fifth St.;
call for times
Friday, February 14, The OE presents music from the Linda Prevo Band. Tuesday, February 18, come play Trivia with Rich. Call for costs. 223-9205.

February 14-19 - Music & More at The Trolley Stop
The Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St.;
call for times
Friday, February 14, The Trolly Stop presents Valentine Vinyl Night with Cody & Luke. Saturday, February 15, hear live music from The Andy Shaw Band Bob Marley Tribute. Wednesday, February 19 is the Open Jam and Musician's Showcase. Call for costs. 461-1101.

February 14-20 - Music & More at Blind Bob's
Blind Bob's Tavern, 430 E. Fifth St.;
call for times
Friday, February 14, it's V-Day at Bob’s with Kyleen Downes, Boo Lee Crosser, Novena, and Joe Augustin. Saturday, February 15, Bob's hosts live music from Eman Jones, P The Prophet, Sam Rothstein, Mantis, Elijah Seabrook, and OG Sails. Sunday, February 16, come hear The Raging Nathans, Black Spot, and DL Burdon. Tuesday, February 18, give your brain a workout at Best. Trivia. Ever. Thursday, February 20, take the stage at Open Mic Night with Brandon. Call for costs. 938-6405.

February 14-20 - Music & More at The Dublin Pub
The Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave.;
call for times
Friday, February 14, the Pub hosts The Great Guinness Toast with Jameson’s Folly. Saturday, February 15, come hear The Pullouts. Monday is Trivia with a Twist. Thursday, February 20, Nick Mitchell performs. Call for costs. 461-1101.

February 14-20 -
This Week at the DAI

Dayton Art Institute,
456 Belmonte Park North; call for times.

The DAI presents its latest exhibit, Works by Daniel Blau. February 15 and 20 are the next dates for the Object of the Month discussion. Sunday, February 16, come Draw from the Collection. Thursday, February 20 is the next PNC Tiny Thursdays. Museum general admission is $15 for adults; $10 for seniors (60+), active military, and groups (10 or more); $5 for college students (18+ with ID) & youth (ages 7-17); free for children (ages 6 & younger) and museum members. Prices include admission to all special exhibitions, focus exhibitions and the museum's collection galleries. Some programs and events may carry an additional charge. 223-5277.

February 15 -
Adult Hot Glass Workshops
K12 Gallery for Young People & TEJAS, 341 S. Jefferson St.; call for times.
While the temperatures are frigid, come inside K12 Gallery to warm your heart in our Glassworks Studio. Begin a tradition of creating hot glass ornaments made as keepsakes for yourself or a treasured friend. Classes run as a month-long series on Saturdays. While you’re at K12 Gallery, be sure to browse the Winter Gift Gallery for handmade artwork by local artists. Visit site for times and cost. 461-5149.

February 15 -
Cupid's Undie Run
Lock 27, 329 E. First St.; 12-4 p.m.
This February, be a part of Cupid’s Undie Run, a “brief,” mile(ish) fun run that takes place in the middle of a BIG party - all to find a cure for neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic tumor disorder that affects 1 in every 3,000 births. We run in our undies because those affected with NF can’t cover up their tumors to feel more comfortable, so why should we? So start a team of your friends, join a team, or run solo, just come out, have a blast, and raise some money for NF research (and earn some cool fundraising rewards too!). $40. 433-2739.

February 15 -
A Sweet Wine Tasting

Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar,
46 W. Fifth St.;
2-5 p.m.
We will feature three red, three white, and three bubbly. We will offer delicious confections to enhance your wine tasting experience. Join us to learn something new about wines or attend with a group of friends, either way come out and enjoy a sweet afternoon of wine tasting. 223-7375.

February 15 - Valentine Living Wall Art Workshop
Now and Zen DIY Studio,
37 S. St. Clair St.;
5-7 p.m.
In this workshop you’ll create wall art with actual live air plants, preserved moss, and other unique embellishments. You and your partner will both create your own unique piece, that are beautiful as a pair and an interesting addition to your home decor. 287-1733.

February 15-20 - This Week at Bar Granada
Bar Granada, 5 W. Monument Ave;
8 p.m.

Saturday, February 15, come hear Wolf Moon Revival. Wednesday, February 19, Bar Granada presents Vibe Sessions. Thursday, February 20, stop by for this month's edition of Third Thursday Jazz Sessions. Call for costs. 461-1101.

February 16 -
Savor Your Sundays
Coco's Bistro, 250 Warren St.,
10 a.m.-1:30 p.m

Four Sundays out the year, brunching becomes beautiful and more fulfilling than any other meal! This annual “Dine & Donate” event, sponsored by the Seedling Foundation, supports the nationally known arts program at Stivers, featuring student performances, a silent auction featuring creations from local artists, and a special “once-a-year” brunch menu showcasing the best CoCo’s Bistro has to offer! RSVP for one or more Sundays at 226-COCO or stop by CoCo's Bistro.

February 16 - Third Sunday at Front Street
Front Street Complex,
1001 E. Second St.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m

Every Third Sunday of the month Front Street invites you to take a stroll through the complex during their open house styled events. Visit with some of the artists you see around town. Whatever your cup of tea, coffee, or brew, there is always something exciting and new to explore at Front Street.
Enjoy lunch from Chidog’s Red Hots. While lunch is free, donations are appreciated. 100% of donations will support local, non-profit, arts, organizations. Parking is FREE and available in surrounding lots. Just Follow the signs.

February 16 - Warped Yoga
Warped Wing Brewing Company,
26 Wyandot St.; 11 a.m

Yoga. Beer. Great people. Enjoy a yoga class with your favorite Warped Wing beverage to enjoy.



February 16 -
Vegan Brunch Series
Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar,
46 W. Fifth St.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m

Sprouting Dreams LLC will be hosting a series of vegan brunches this winter and early spring. Each time will be a little different for a different experience each time. Brunches will be held February 16th and 23rd; March 15th, 22nd, and 29th. More info at

February 16 -
New Theater Readings
Dayton Theatre Guild,
430 Wayne Ave.; 2 p.m

Four 10 minute plays will premiere this Sunday, February 16 at a FREE public reading. Join the Ohio Playwrights Circle at The Dayton Theatre Guild to experience new work and share your thoughts in a moderated discussion lead by OPC director, Michael London.Complementary refreshments will be served.

February 16-20 - This Week at The Barrel House
The Barrel House, 417 E. Third St.;
call for times

Sunday, February 16, bring your records to VinylVinylSunday. February 19 is the next Wu Tang Wednesday. Thursday, February 20, show off your music, poetry, comedy, or other skills at Open Mic Night. 222-GRWL.

February 17 -
Presidents Day Skate

Riverscape MetroPark,
111 E. Monument Ave.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m

Spend the holiday at the MetroParks Ice Rink! Weather Dependent. All ages. $8 admission. 278-2607.

February 17 - Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Victoria Theatre,138 N. Main St.;
7 p.m.

Whatever you do, don’t let The Pigeon star in his own musical production! Because it’s not easy being The Pigeon - you never get to do ANYTHING! But when the Bus Driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers (gasp!) late, maybe that wily bird CAN do something. Starring an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers, Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! (The Musical) is sure to get everyone’s wings flapping. 228-3630 or

February 17 - Mayhem & Mystery Dinner Theatre: Gams, Gangsters & Giggle Water
Spaghetti Warehouse, 36 W. Fifth St.;
7 p.m.

Mayhem & Mystery presents their new mystery show with lots of fun interaction for all. Can you solve this year's crime and win a prize? Bring your family, friends, coworks, and more for an evening of laughter and hilarity. Tickets are $29.95 per person for dinner and show (tax and gratuity not included.) Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Spaghetti Warehouse at 461-3913.

February 17 - Taproom Trivia
Warped Wing Brewing Company,
26 Wyandot St.; 7 p.m

The brewery is now open every Monday from 3pm-10pm so we thought it would be fun to bring some Taproom Trivia to the brewery every Monday night! Prizes awarded for both 1st place and 2nd place teams - plus we’ll do some swag giveaways throughout. WW Grill will also be featuring $5 Warped Chunks during Taproom Trivia.

February 18 -
Story Slam Dayton

Wiley's Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St.;
7 p.m.

February's theme: Gifts of Love. Tell us about the good, the bad and the indifferent gifts you've received in the name of love.
$5 at the door. Bring a story and bring a friend. Best story of the night wins $50 and a guaranteed spot at the next month's Slam.
Doors open for seating at 6:30pm, stories start at 7pm. Storytellers are encouraged to prepare a 5-minute story relating to the theme and place their name in the hat. Tellers are drawn at random.

February 18-22 - Celebrate National Engineers Week
Dayton Metro Library - Main Library,
215 E. Third St.; call for times.

Grow your STEM skills with puzzles, activities, and challenges, and meet local female engineers too. Presented in collaboration with CJ STEMM, and SWE South Ohio section. Feb. 18-22 at the Main Library Opportunity Space @ St. Clair. 463-BOOK.

February 19 - Monthly Pinball Tournament
Canal Street Arcade & Deli,
308 E. First St.; 1 p.m

Monthly Pinball Tournament at Canal Street Arcade and Deli. Noon registration and 1pm start. All skills and ages welcome. Supportive group that enjoys flipping. $5 entry and pays out to the top 3 finishers. Format: strikes or matchplay. Groups choice on day of tournament.

February 19 - We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Victoria Theatre,138 N. Main St.;
7:30 p.m.

Inspired by the words and action of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this stirring production ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway and spirituals – from Aretha Franklin to Wynton Marsalis, from Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder, from Nina Simone to Donny Hathaway, from traditional spirituals and music from The Wiz. African-American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders are interwoven with spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches. 228-3630 or

February 19 -
Film Connections

Wiley's Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St.;
7 p.m.

Film Connections is the monthly social gathering for filmmakers and film lovers. Typically hosted on the 3rd Wed of the month, Film Connections offers tips and hints to strengthen skills, critical perspectives on film genres, screenings of films connected to local filmmakers or networking among aspiring and professional filmmakers. It is FREE for Film Dayton members and only $5 for non-member. This month's speaker is makeup artist Jason Ervin.

February 20 - LaunchPad
Kuhn's Building, 15 W. Fourth St.;
noon-8 p.m

@Launch Dayton presents LaunchPad - where the entrepreneurially-minded connect! Mix & mingle with fellow movers, shakers, entrepreneurs, creatives, founders, freelancers, engineers, researchers. Build networks in & out of your industry. Learn what and connect with who you need to launch your: startup, business, product, idea, collaborative, nonprofit. Join us each month in the Nucleus coworking space in the Kuhns Building, next door to The Arcade, the future home of Dayton's innovation community. We'll kick off the day with a lunchtime Launch + Learn, then wrap up the day with workshops & networking. Cowork for free anytime throughout the day. Get the full schedule of activities for the day here.

February 20 -
Distillery Tours

Belle of Dayton, 122 Van Buren St.;
6 p.m
Distillery tours are an extraordinary way to learn about craft distillation and spirits. The whole experience will give you the chance to see where our spirits are made and includes a sampling of our spirits - all made onsite! Book a tour here.

February 20 -
PechaKucha Night Dayton

Dayton Art Institute,
456 Belmonte Park North; 7 p.m.

Feb. 20, 2020 is the first International PechaKucha Day (#ipk2020) and you’re invited to be a part of this fun and global event. The aim is to host as many PKs worldwide as possible and to help kick start the year, especially since it’s 2020! As always PK is free to attend but donations will help us continue. DAI will host a cash bar and have other refreshments for sale. Please note that museum security prohibits outside food and drink, including water bottles. More details here.

February 20 -
Rhythm & Brews
Warped Wing Brewing Company,
26 Wyandot St.; 7-9 p.m

Join us every Thursday night in the Taproom for some live music entertainment where we’ll be featuring different acoustic acts and DJ sets! February 20, enjoy classic rock duo Earl Swagger.


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