The work is visible from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Cost: Free, no ticket required. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.daytonlive.org.
On February 10, Earthquake will be in Los Angeles for the All Star Comedy Jam, where he will share the stage with Shaquille O’Neal, Mo’Nique, Bill Bellamy and others. Before that, the Washington, DC product will be back in town for performances at Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., Suite 200, The Green, Beavercreek, Friday and Saturday, January 28 and 29. Show times are 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. on Saturday. This special commitment is for 21 years and over. Cost: $37 to $47. Call 937-429-5233 or visit dayton.funnybone.com.
3) Death of Winter
The music of the Grateful Dead gets two nights of love during Dead of Winter at Mother Stewart’s Brewing, 102 W. Columbia St., Springfield, Friday and Saturday, January 28-29. The music festival has Arrows of Neon and Great Northern String Band on Fridays and I Dig Pig and Terrapin Moon on Saturdays. The music starts around 7 p.m. every night. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. Cost: $10 per day in advance, $15 for a two-day pass. Admission is $13 at the door each night. Call 937-717-0618 or visit www.motherstewartsbrewing.com.
4) Night of 1000 Harlee
It’s been a decade since Hamilton native Harlee Rainz started making a name for herself as a drag performer. Now it’s time to celebrate that endurance with Night of 1000 Harlee’s at the Sorg Opera House, 63 S. Main St., Middletown on Saturday 29th January. Rainz co-hosts the evening with Armani Divine. Entrants are encouraged to dress in their favorite Harlee Rainz looks. Cost: Reserved seating is $15 and $20. Doors open at 6 p.m. Roast from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by a show at 9 p.m. Visit sorgoperahouse.org.
5) A century of cinema
The 1938 comedy “Bringing Up Baby” was originally slated for the first of two Katharine Hepburn-themed installments of A Century of Cinema, a new series at the Plaza Theater, 33 S. Main St., Miamisburg. “Bringing up Baby” is unavailable, so the film premiering at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 is now “The Philadelphia Story” from the 1940s. The film stars Hepburn with Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart, who won his only Oscar for this role. Host Doug Sorrell shares stories, photographs, film clips and more before each screening. Cost: $5. A Century of Cinema, supported by a grant from Culture Works, presents “The African Queen” on February 16. Call 937-530-8013 or visit www.myplazatheatre.com.
Tribute bands are a big draw in theaters across the United States. JD Legends, 65 Millard Dr., Franklin, is a local venue that caters to this audience. With four such shows booked in February, it’s only fitting that JD Legends closes January with a tribute show dedicated to one of the architects of heavy metal. Sabbath: Black Sabbath Tribute performs Friday, January 28. Cost: Tickets start at $10. Hollow: A Tribute to Alice In Chains will also perform. Doors open at 6 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m. Call 937-746-4950 or visit www.jdlegends.com.
7) Greg Hahn
Greg Hahn has a unique approach to comedy, which isn’t surprising given his background. He grew up in Florida and, after playing college basketball, served three years of active duty in the United States Marine Corps followed by a year in reserve. He appeared on late night television and on “Star Search” and was a regular on the syndicated radio show “The Bob & Tom Show”. Hahn returns to Wiley’s Comedy Club, 101 Pine St., Dayton, Friday and Saturday, January 28 and 29. Show times are 8:00 p.m. Friday and 7:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $20. Call 937-224-5653 or visit wileyscomedy.com.
8) “The Princess Bride”
The Brightside, 905 E. Third St., Dayton is saying “As You Wish”, with its upcoming Dayton Dinner Theater offering. For the uninitiated, this quote is from “The Princess Bride,” which is the featured movie at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 30. This unique event features live jazz music and a Brock Masterson dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the screening of the film. Cost: $35. Next up is “Caddyshack” on February 6. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Call 937-410-0450 or visit www.thebrightsidedayton.com.
The Termites have been one of the city’s most beloved cover bands for years and years, entertaining local fans with favorite rock ‘n’ roll tunes from the past. The group announced that they had split up in 2018, but it seems that is no longer true. The Termites are now promoting their first show of 2022, a performance at Miamisburg Moose Lodge 1645, 2110 E. Central Ave., Miamisburg, at 8 p.m. on Friday, January 28. Call 937-866-4931 or visit miamisburgmoose1645.com.
10) Micro Fight
JD Legends, 65 Millard Dr., Franklin, has established itself as one of the busiest live music venues in the area. Of course, there’s always time to program something out of the ordinary. Such is the case when JD Legends hosts Micro Wrestling on Sunday, January 30. This program includes Lil Show, Heavy Metal Mario, Little Miss and Disco Dom and other athletes, all under five feet tall. Cost: Tickets start at $10. Call 937-746-4950 or visit www.jdlegends.com.
Contact this contributing writer at 937-287-6139 or by email at [email protected].