For More Information:
Kristen Wicker, 937-224-1518,ext. 228, or Krystal Luketic, ext. 227
Show You Give a DAM, Enjoy FreeKayaking and Cycling, Hear Live Music, View New Art Exhibits, and Much MoreDuring
Aug. 3 First Friday
5to 10 p.m.
RiverScapeMetroPark will host the final FirstFriday @ 5 concert in this year’s series,with Stranger performing from 5to 7:30 p.m. The park’s concession stand will be open and beer will be soldfrom 5 to 7 p.m. MetroParks employees will demonstrate various kayaking skillson the river and free kayak rentals will be available, courtesy of Cox Media Group Ohio. Free bike rentals will be available, courtesy of AAA, and the Junior League of Dayton will sponsor free bike helmets and fittings.
The event also will feature thedebut of the RTA On the Road bus, a hands-on, retrofitted bus withspecial features including computer kiosks for website training, interior LCDmonitors with video montages and an exterior monitor for outside viewing. Thebus is part of a mobile community outreach program that connects RTA to specialevents in the Dayton community.
Also during the First Friday @ 5 concert, guests can showthey give a DAM about the RiverScape River Run project by making a donation to the LastDAM Summer fundraising campaign. BashoApparel will be at RiverScape hand printing special I Gave a DAM T-shirts. Theshirts usually are reserved for those who donate $100 or more to the project,but only during First Friday @ 5, the shirts will be available to thosedonating $50 or more. In addition, Whitewater Warehouse will be selling raffle tickets for $10 each orthree for $20 to win a Perception Prodigy 10 kayak the business has donated,with all proceeds going toward the River Run project.
This is the last summer a dangerous low dam in the GreatMiami River will stand in the way of paddlers and others who want to enjoy theriver. River Run, the next phase of development at RiverScapeMetroPark, includes the removal of the low dam, making a seven-mile stretchof river navigable from Eastwood MetroPark to Carillon Park. In place of thedam, two smaller drops will be installed upstream near The Landing andRiverScape. These peninsulas will span the river and be notched with twoopenings where water will pass — an easy pass-through for novice paddlers and amore challenging route for skilled paddlers. The River Run project has some DAMgood benefits for downtown Dayton and the region, including a safer river,improved water quality and aquatic habitat, and the creation of a regionaldestination for outdoor recreation. Call 224-1518 for more information.
Downtown buildings will be lit up from 8 to 11 p.m. for the Downtownin Focus photography contest. Amateur andprofessional photographers are invited to participate in the contest and willhave the opportunity to take night shots of the city during First Friday. Thedeadline for admissions is Friday, Aug. 31 and winners will be recognizedduring Sept. 14 Urban Nights. For more information, go to downtowndayton.org.
During First Friday, saxophonistTyrone Martin, magician Scott Miller and steel drum performer Joseph Glenn alsowill provide entertainment while roaming the streets of downtown.
Club Masque, 34 N. Jefferson St., will host the Theme ReleaseParty for AIDS Resource Center Ohio’s11th annual Masquerage from 6 to 8 p.m. Masquerage raises funds to provideHIV/AIDS outreach, prevention programs, free HIV testing and counseling to theDayton area. The release party will feature a fashion show by the Rubi Girls, produced by SquareOne Salon and Spa, as well as drinkspecials and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $20 before the event and $25 at thedoor. Tickets for Masquerage will be available, and the cost of the $20 releaseparty ticket can be applied toward the $50 Masquerage ticket. Theme ReleaseParty tickets can be purchased at masquerage.orgor by calling 461-2437.
The First Friday @ 5 concert seriesis sponsored by Five Rivers MetroParks, Clear Channel Radio, Bud Light Lime andthe Downtown Dayton Partnership. First Friday is presented by the DowntownDayton Partnership with support from the OregonDistrict Business Association, the OhioArts Council and WYSO-FM 91.3. The Downtown DaytonPartnership’s website has acomplete list of downtown’s arts and cultural amenities, as well as a diningguide, parking map and much more.
• Blue Sky Project, 8 N. Main St. and 33 N. Main St.: The opening of acollection of work by Adam Parker Smith in Blue Sky’s 8 N. Main St. space and a showing of art by CharlotteGordon in the 33 N. Main St. space. Call732-5123.
• CADC, 35 S. St. Clair St.: Featuring mixed-mediafurniture and paintings by Christy Jennewein and music by classical guitarist Eric Loy. Guests can sign up for September furniture classestaught by Jennewein. Call 313-9883.
• Color of Energy, 16 Brown St.: Displaying works of art by gallery owner MikeElsass. Call 266-3491.
• Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors, 48 High St.: (Open 5 to 8 p.m.) The opening of anexhibit of landscape paintings by SinclairCommunity College students and a preview of the Plein Air exhibit opening Aug. 19. Vega, Chaminade-Julienne High School’s a Capella group,will perform at 6:30 p.m. Call 228-4532.
• Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St.: (Open 5 to 8 p.m.) Artistsfrom the 21st annual Open Members Showwill speak briefly about their work and process during a gallery talk beginningat 6:15 p.m. Artists include Matthew Burgy, Steve Hill, KellyJoslin, Martin Hunter, Terry Welker and Jud Yalkut.Call 224-3822.
• Gallery510 Fine Art, 510 E. Fifth St.:Showing new work by ceramist Tim Carter and laminated wood turnings by TomDrummer. Call 672-6717.
• H. David Clay Studio,33 S. St. Clair St.: Functional and decorative pottery made on the premises. Call 424-5452.
• K12 Gallery forYoung People/TEJAS, 510 E. Third St.: (Open 6 to 9 p.m.) The opening of“Distance,” a contemporaryphotography show. The exhibition will feature more than 40 national and localartists. Call 461-5149.
• BlindBob’s, 430E. Fifth St.: Live music at 9 p.m. by GB&AJ, Gold Shoes and Hazy& the Rugged Child. Call 938-6405.
• Jay’s Seafood, 225 E. Sixth St.: Live music by Puzzleof Light at 9 p.m. Call 222-2892.
• Omega Music, 318 E. Fifth St.: Live music beginning at 7 p.m. Call 275-9949.
• Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St.:Live music by the Andy Shaw Band beginningat 9:30 p.m. Call 461-1101.
• Coco’s Bistro, 515 Wayne Ave.: 15 percent off food. Call 228-2626.
• DeafMonty’s Wine, 22 Brown St.: $5 for a 6-ounce glass of red or whitewine. Call 225-9463.
• De’Lish Café, 139 N. Main St.: Hosting “Meet theMixologist,” a meet-and-greet event from 6to 10 p.m., during which De’Lish’s new drink menu will be unveiled. Featuringhors d'oeuvres and wine and cocktail tastings. Call 461-2233.
• Dublin Pub,300 Wayne Ave.: No cover and 20 percent off food. Call 224-7822.
• Franco’s Ristorante Italiano, 824 E. Fifth St.: 10 percent off food. Call 222-0204.
• Lucky’sTaproom and Eatery, 520 E. Fifth St.:Dinner specials, along with the special tapping of a firkin of craft beer. Call 222-6800.
• Olive,an urban dive, 416 E. Third St.:Featuring Jeni’s Ice Cream andbroadcasting Rev. Cool’s “Around the Fringe” show on 91.3 WYSO-FM. Call 222-DIVE (3483).
• Oregon Express, 336 E. Fifth St.: Featuring a happy-hour band and half-pricepizza from 4 to 8 p.m., with additionallive music at 9:30 p.m. Call 223-9205.
• Sa-Bai,200 S. Jefferson St.: 15 percent off food and $5 Long Island Iced Tea. Call 535-2900.
• Smokin’Bar-B-Que, 200 E. Fifth St.: 10 percent off food.Call 586-9790.
• Thai9, 11 Brown St.: 15 percentoff food. Call 222-3227.
• Uno Chicago Grill, 126 N. Main St.: 10 percent off food. Call 910-8000.
• TheVault, 20 N. Jefferson St.: Extendedhappy hour until 10 p.m., a live band andfree food. Call 270-4454.
• Courthouse Square, Third and Main streets: The Ghosts,Cemeteries and Murders Walk of Downtown Dayton will begin at 7 p.m. All walks are $10 per person, andadvance reservations are required. Contact tour guide Leon Bey at 274-4749 oremail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Don Crawford Plazain front of Fifth Third Field, 220 N. Patterson Blvd.: The monthly CourteousMass Ride will meet at 5:15 p.m. for a ride through the city.
• GardenStation, 509 E. Fourth St.: Hostingauditions for Dayton Out Loud, avariety show to be performed during the Sept. 14 Urban Nights. Open auditionsbegin at 7 p.m. for acts less than three minutes, including a Cappella, spokenword and poetry, and comedy. To sign up for an audition time, e-mail email@example.com. Call610-3845.
• GrassRoots Enrichment and Wellness Center,400 E. Fifth St. Suite C: (Open 5 to 8 p.m.) Check out featured art by ScottRyan and learn about upcoming programs forchildren, teens and adults in the center’s new space above the Record Galleryin the Oregon District. Kids can enjoy hands-on activities and light refreshments will be provided. Call723-6747.
• The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St.: Call 222-SHOW (7469) for filmsand show times.
• RiverScape MetroPark pavilion, 229 E. Monument Ave.: Hosting the second FirstFriday @ 5 concert, with music by Stranger from 5 to 7:30 p.m., as well as free kayak and bikerentals, and other activities. Call 274-0126.
• Urban Krag, 125 Clay St.: Climbing gym open until 11 p.m. Call 224-5724.
• Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St.: Playing the 1962 film “Murderon the Orient Express,” part of thetheater’s Cool Films Series at7:30 p.m. Free popcorn and soda served starting at 6:30 p.m.; tickets cost $5.Call 228-3630.
• Wiley’s Comedy Niteclub, 101 Pine St.:Featuring comedian Touchee Jackson,with opening acts by Adrian Cosby, Greg Sparks and JackWilson. Show begins at 9 p.m., tickets$15. Call 224-5653.
• Yellow Cab Building,700 E. Fourth St.: An art show featuring Robert Blackwood working on a 3D installation piece called “CrystalVision,” from 6 to 11 p.m. Visitors canwatch Blackwood work on the sculpture, which will be completed in time for theSept. 7 First Friday. Call 203-8175.
• Amore!Designer Consignment Boutique, 16Brown St., 367-5941; Bonnett’s Bookstore, 502 E. Fifth St., 228-1222; Feathers Vintage Clothing, 440 E. Fifth St., 228-2940; FoundTreasures 4 You, 502 Wayne Ave., 580-8803;and Jimmy Modern, 605 E. FifthSt., 520-3782: Broadcasting Rev. Cool’s “Around the Fringe” show on 91.3 WYSO-FM.
• Beaute Box, 116 W. Fifth St.: Free makeup lessons. Call 903-3165.
• Clash Consignments, 521 E. Fifth St.: A celebration of the store’sone-year anniversary and move to its new location in the Oregon District. Livemusic by Infidel-icious, RoninIchi and Black Lotus Clan starting at 6 p.m., and henna by LilyWhitehead. Call 241-9434.
• Elysian Fields Books, 436 E. Fifth St.: Hosting a book signingand reading at 7 p.m. by children’s authorScott Mallory, who recentlyreleased “Bad-Off Boris and the Cupcake Cave-In.” Call 405-5754.
• Hangar18, 114 N. St. Clair St.: 15 percent off all items. Call 830-9875.
• Peace on Fifth,519 E. Fifth St.: Fair-trade foodtasting. Call 367-7215.
• RecordGallery, 16 Brown St.: Featuring 20percent off collectable albums and 10percent off general merchandise. Call224-3277.
• ReCreate, 438 E. Fifth St.: Sale on select items, including new and used instruments, othermusic-related items, and original artwork. Call 938-8181.