1) MOZART AT THE DAYTON OPERA
Pirates, kidnapping and a brave lover’s gallant rescue are just some of the ingredients that have made “The Abduction from the Seraglio” an enduring opera. The piece, which features music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and libretto by Gottlob Stephanie the Younger, was first performed in 1783.
Dayton Opera and artistic director Thomas Bankston presents a new production of “The Abduction from the Seraglio” at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, on Friday and Sunday, Feb. 17 and 19. The cast includes Tyler Nelson as Belmonte, Amanda Woodbury as Constanze, Jamie Cordes as Pash Selim and Jeremy Gylon as Osmin.
Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $28-$94. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
2) THE NAKED MAGICIANS
Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler are both talented magicians, but they were savvy enough to recognize Wayne & Tyler wasn’t the most exciting moniker. The Australian illusionists were correct because they have had massive international success since rebranding themselves as The Naked Magicians. The Projects Unlimited Star Attraction Series presents the R-rated performers at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Cost: $25-$60. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
3) PHIL KEAGGY
Youngstown native Phil Keaggy first made a name for himself in the early 1970s with his rock band Glass Harp, which reunites annually. Today, the Nashville-based contemporary Christian artist is one of the respected performers in his field whether on stage with his band or solo with his acoustic guitar and loop station. Faith and Friends Radio presents Keaggy in a dinner and concert event at Christian Life Center, 3489 Little York Road, Dayton, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Cost: $45. Visit www.faithandfriendsradio.com.
4) DAYTON AUTO SHOW
When the Dayton Auto Show returns to the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton, Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 23 through 26, attendees will get a look at new model cars, vans, SUVs and motorcycles. The GMC 2017 Yukon Denali, the BMW 2017 Encore Premium and the Nissan 2017 Titan Platinum are just a sampling of the new vehicles on display. Added attractions include the Ben-Gals cheerleaders, Dayton Dragons mascots Heater and Gem, and Matt the Balloon Guy. Show hours are noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $6 online, $8 box office. Visit www.daytonautoshow.com.
Washington, D.C.-based Scythian is no stranger to the Gem City. The group, which released its latest album, “Old Tin Can” in 2015, is a frequent headliner at the Dayton Celtic Festival. Scythian returns to town for a Victoria Theatre Association’s Projects Unlimited Star Attraction Series concert at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Cost: $25-$35. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
5) BULL RIDERS TOUR
In September 2016, Professional Bull Riders signed a new partnership agreement with Real Time Pain Relief. The deal marks a point of expansion for the Velocity Tour, which launched in 2014.The traveling show features some of the top names in bull riding, including Jess Lockwood, Rubens Barbosa and Eduardo Aparecido. The Velocity Tour hits the Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Cost: $18-$153 in advance, $23-158 at the door. Call 937-775-4789 or visit www.nuttercenter.com.
6) SHERYL UNDERWOOD
Sheryl Underwood kick-started her stand-up career in 1989 when she became the first female finalist in the Miller Lite Comedy Search. She relishes her role as social agitator, fearlessly tackling politics, sex, current events and relationships in her R-rated act. Underwood performs at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18. Show times are 7:30 and 10 p.m. Cost: $30-$60. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit www.daytonfunnybone.com.
Although she is currently working on a new Breeders album with her sister Kim, Kelley Deal still has time to focus on her stripped-down group, R.Ring. The band, which also features Mike Montgomery of Cincinnati-based Ampline, performs at Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St., Dayton, at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Andy Gabbard of Buffalo Killers and Andy Smith of Me Time are also on the bill. Call 937-938-6405 or visit www.blindbobs.com.
8) TACIT REFLECTIONS
As a printmaker and photographer, Ryan Stander’s work runs the gamut from landscape photography to multimedia work. A selection of the North Dakota-based artist’s work will be on display in “Tacit Reflections,” which opens in the University of Dayton’s Radial Gallery, Fitz Hall, 300 College Park, Dayton, on Thursday, Feb. 23. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. that evening. “Tacit Reflections,” curated by Mike Conlan, is on display through March 22. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Cost: Free. Visit www.udayton.edu.
9) DAYTON MUSIC CLUB
Dayton Music Club launched its new season in mid-September but the local group has been quiet since a pair of year-ending concerts on Dec. 13. DMC gets 2017 started with a performance at Christ Episcopal Church, 20 W. First St., Dayton, at noon Tuesday, Feb. 21. This program features Kristen Kosey, Donald Hageman, Richard Bobo, Judy Bede and other DMC members, along with music from Aaron Copland, J.S. Bach and Paul Kneusel. The next DMC event is a scholarship winners concert at Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church on March 19. Cost: Free. Call 937-297-0463 or visit www.daytonmusicclub.com.
10) WINTER WINE FEST
Master sommelier Mary Horn will be focusing on four high-end Cabernet sauvignon wines from Napa Valley when she holds court at the Winter Wine Festival. The program, at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, on Saturday, Feb. 18, will focus on soil composition and the differences in grape growing regions. Programs are presented at 2 and 3 p.m. Cost: $50 per person. You must be 21 or older to attend. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.