May may be known for bringing the flowers, but it also brings concerts, plays and one of our favorite festivals:
1) CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S CORTEO
Artist Marionette, Bouncing Beds, Helium Dance and Acrobatic Ladder are among the acts in “Corteo,” the Cirque du Soleil program that first premiered in Canada in 2005. “Corteo,” written and directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, is presented at the Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn, Wednesday through Saturday, May 8 through 12. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday, with matinees at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Cost: Tickets start at $42. Call 937-775-4789 or visit www.nuttercenter.com.
2) A WORLD A’FAIR
A global coterie of food purveyors, retailers and performers provide the international flare for A World A’Fair. The long-running festival returns to the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton, Friday through Sunday, May 17 through 19. A World A’Fair hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $5 adults and seniors, $3 youth 6-18 in advance or $8 adults, $5 seniors, $4 youth 6-18 at the door. Free children 5 and younger. Call 937-299-8429 or visit www.aworldafair.org.
The Dayton Amateur Radio Association presents Hamvention Friday through Sunday, May 17 through 19. The organization’s signature annual event, which features exhibitors and a flea market, is presented at Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, 120 Fairgrounds Road, Xenia, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $22 advance. Children 12 and younger admitted free with Hamvention ticket holder. Call 937-276-6930 or visit www.hamvention.org.
4) DCDC 50
Since late 2018, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company has been celebrating “Heritage,” its 50th anniversary season with a series of productions. DCDC presents its Golden Anniversary Gala Concert at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4. The program features a new piece by former artistic director Kevin Ward and music from the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. The performance is followed by the Soulstice Gala in the Kettering Tower Lobby, 40 N. Main St., Dayton, at 8:30 p.m. Cost: $15.50-$73 concert, $175 gala, $250 gala and show. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
“Salome,” adapted by Richard Strauss from a play by Oscar Wilde, concerns the death of John the Baptist. Soprano Kara Shay Thomson appears in the title role in Dayton Opera’s season-closing program. “Salome,” which also features baritone Norman Garrett as Jochanaan and tenor John Easterlin as Herod, is presented at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, on Friday and Sunday, May 17 and 19. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performs. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $25-$95. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
6) FLEURS DE FETE
It has been nearly three decades since Arrow Wine’s Mike Frank and Vail Miller Sr. of Heidelberg Distributing joined together to create Fleurs de Fete. Dayton History presents the 28th annual event at Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19. Attendees can choose between more than 400 different wines to sample. Fleurs de Fete also features live music, food and a Belgian beer garden. Cost: $70 in advance, $75 at the door. Call 937-293-2841 or visit www.fleursdefete.com.
7) DAYTON DANCE INITIATIVE
Dayton Dance Initiative is a new professional dance company founded by Jocelyn Green, a St. Louis native who spent five years with the Dayton Ballet. The new company’s inaugural show, “Making Moves,” features world premiere choreography from some of the show’s dancers. Dayton Dance Initiative presents “Making Moves” at PNC Arts Annex Theatre, 46 N. Ludlow St., Dayton, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18. Cost: $20. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
8) CAT & NAT
With seven kids between them, longtime friends Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer had plenty of experience IRL to become Internet sensations. The pair’s honest, unvarnished advice offered in their video series, “Mom Truths,” led to a bestselling book and live, touring show. Belknap and Telfer present “Cat & Nat: #Momtruths Live” at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9. Cost: $25-$100. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
9) HERITAGE DAY
Historical demonstrations, miniature train rides and music from the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra are just some of the attractions at Heritage Day. Dayton History presents the annual outdoor event at Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26. Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors (60 and older) and $7 children (3-17), active military, veterans, reservists and retirees. Call 937-293-2841 or visit www.daytonhistory.org.
10) EDDIE GRIFFIN
Most comedians toil in obscurity for years before getting their first big break. That wasn’t the case with Eddie Griffin, who landed his first role in the 1991 feature film “The Last Boy Scout,” just a few years after he started comedy on a dare. Griffin, who appeared in 2018’s “A Star is Born,” returns to the area for a run at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25. Show times are 7:30 and 10 p.m. Cost: $40-$55. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit www.daytonfunnybone.com.
11) GARDEN BROS CIRCUS
With three rings of entertainment, from animal acts and acrobats to clowns and motorcyclists, there will be plenty to enjoy at the Garden Bros Circus. The traveling troupe comes to Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton, on Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12. Show times are 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $12.50 to $40. Call 937-333-4072 or visit www.daytonconventioncenter.com.
12) THE VIEW
Each year, participating artists in Rosewood Arts Centre’s juried exhibition, “The View,” get an opportunity to explore landscapes, environmental themes, land imagery and world issues through traditional or abstract work. The 25th annual show, juried by Wittenberg University professor Jack Mann, opens in the Rosewood Art Gallery, 2655 Olson Drive, Kettering, on Tuesday, May 28. An opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 2. “The View” is on display through July 5. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.playkettering.org/gallery.
13) BRET HART
“Hitman” Bret Hart was one of the most popular professional wrestlers of the 1980s and 1990s. The now-retired WWE Hall of Famer was a Wrestlemania headliner on multiple occasions and won numerous heavyweight championships. Hart makes an appearance at Turnbuckles, 638 Watervliet Ave., Dayton, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17. This is a Rockstar Pro Wrestling event. Cost: $50 general admission, $65 second row seating. Front-row seating and Ultimate VIP passes are sold out. All tickets include a meet and greet with Hart beginning at 5 p.m. Visit www.turnbucklesandbrews.com.
14) THERE, THERE
“There, There,” a new exhibition curated by curator-in-residence Jeffery Cortland Jones, features work by sculptor John Dickinson and painter Shona Macdonald. The Contemporary, formerly Dayton Visual Arts Center, presents this show at its gallery space at 118 N. Jefferson St., Dayton, opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 3. Cost: Free. “There, There” is on display through June 15. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Visit www.thecontemporarydayton.org.
15) SAMUEL J. COMROE
Comedian Samuel J. Comroe failed to reach the top prize on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2018 but his life was positively altered by the experience. It took the funnyman with Tourette’s Syndrome from mid-level act to household name. Comroe, who was invited back recently for “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” comes to town for a one-night engagement at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 13. Cost: $15-$47. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit www.daytonfunnybone.com.
🎭TOP FIVE PLAYS OF MAY
It has been a long time since Harold Gray’s long-running comic strip “Annie” was confined simply to the funny pages. The beloved musical adaptation from the mid-1970s featured book and score by Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin and won seven Tony Awards. It was adapted to the big screen in 1982 and 2014. A new stage mounting of “Annie” is presented at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, on May 3 and 4. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $22.50-$54.50. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
2) MAMA MIA
“Mama Mia” is the smash musical with book by Catherine Johnson and a string of indelible ABBA hits written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Tim Rezash directs a local mounting of the show opening at Dayton Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton, on Friday, May 3. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. “Mama Mia” is presented weekends through Sunday, May 19. Cost: $20 adults, $18 seniors, students and military. Call 937-424-8477 or visit www.daytonplayhouse.org.
3) X-ACT TWOFER
Xenia Area Community Theatre has a unique offering this month with two simultaneous shows presented on alternating nights at X-Act, 45 E. Second St., Xenia. The shows are Williams Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and Moliere’s “Tartuffe,” which begins the run with an opening night gala on Thursday, May 23. “Twelfth Night” opens on Friday. Show times are 6:30 p.m. opening nights, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $17 general admission, $15.30 members, $14 seniors and students. $20 opening night gala fundraisers on May 23 and 24. These productions run Thursday through Saturday through June 2. Cost: $20 adults, $18 members, $17 seniors and students. Call 937-372-0516 or visit www.xeniaact.org.
4) FALLEN ANGELS
Although Noël Coward took the form of a French farce for “Fallen Angels,” it didn’t lessen the controversy over the 1925 play’s themes of premarital sex and adultery. While it isn’t as popular as other works by the British playwright, it is still highly regarded in some circles and its central themes are as timely as ever. Human Race Theatre Company presents a Monday Night Playreading Series program of “Fallen Angels” at Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., Dayton, at 7 p.m. Monday, May 6. Cost: $20. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
5) THE YOUNG KING
When an orphan boy raised by a goatherd discovers he is heir to his grandfather’s throne, he must maneuver through the dark side of consumerism, capitalism and the crown. That is the set up for “The Young King,” adapted from the works of Oscar Wilde. Victoria Theatre Association’s Morris Furniture Company Family Series presents the play at PNC Arts Annex Theatre, 46 N. Ludlow St., Dayton, Thursday through Sunday, May 9 through 12. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. and 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $16 children and adults. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
🎤15 MAY CONCERTS🎵
1) MICHAEL BOLTON
To celebrate 50 years as an entertainer, Michael Bolton staged a greatest hits tour, which included a concert in Australia accompanied by the West Australian Full Harmonic Orchestra in June 2018. The recording of that show was released in February as “A Symphony of Hits.” Bolton brings the corresponding tour to Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23. Cost: $41 lawn and terrace in advance, $61 plaza and orchestra. All ticket prices increase $5 on day of show. Call 937-296-3300 or visit www.fraze.com.
2) MAUCERI & DAUROV
Guest conductor John Mauceri and cellist Adrian Daurov join the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for “Shostakovich 5: Mauceri Meets Daurov.” The Masterworks Series concert, at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, includes “Overture on Hebrew Themes” by Sergei Prokofiev, Leonard Bernstein’s “Three Meditations from Mass,” Max Bruch’s “Kol Nidrei” and “Symphony No. 5” by Dmitri Shostakovich. Cost: $9-$65. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
3) SAMMY HAGAR
“Space “Between,” the new album from Sammy Hagar & the Circle, will be released on May, 10. However, the Red Rocker didn’t wait for that date to launch his summer tour with bandmates Michael Anthony, Vic Johnson and Jason Bonham. Sammy Hagar’s Full Circle Jam Tour with special guest Vince Neil and S.O.S-Andrew Hagar pulls into Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights, at 7 p.m. Monday, May 20. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $79-$102. Call 937-228-2323 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
4) GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
Glenn Miller was only 40 when his airplane went missing over the English Channel in 1944, but he left a lasting musical legacy. This year marks 75th anniversary of this tragedy, but the ensemble he started in 1938, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, continues to perform. Classic songs such as “In the Mood,” Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Moonlight Serenade” and “Pennsylvania 6-5000” will featured when the group presents a greatest hits concert at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29. Cost: $48-$78. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
5) THE OAK RIDGE BOYS
Few country music acts have enjoyed the longevity of the Oak Ridge Boys, which formed in the late 1940s. However, the award-winning vocal group refuses to rest on its laurels. The quartet is currently working on two different musical projects with in-demand producer David Cobb, who produced 2018’s “17th Avenue Revival.” The Oak Ridge Boys return to town for a concert at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18. Cost: $48.50-$78.50. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
6) LOUIS ARMSTRONG TRIBUTE
During his career as a trumpet player, Byron Stripling has toured and recorded with the Count Basie Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman and other celebrated jazz acts. He also does his own shows focusing on the music of a seminal figure in the genre, including an upcoming engagement with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Stripling joins the DPO for “Hello Louis!: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong,” a SuperPops concert at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1. Cost: $14-$80. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
7) ABBY CATES
Abby Cates turned plenty of heads with her appearance on “The Voice” in 2018, including Kelly Clarkson, who was knocked out by the Cincinnati-based singer’s blind audition. The Centerville native, who made it to the top 24 on season 15 of the television competition, performs at PNC Arts Annex Theatre, 46 N. Ludlow St., Dayton. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Cost: $20 risers, $30 tables, $15 student riser seats. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
8) DAVE BENNETT
While he’s still in his 20s, Dave Bennett is not focused on Soundcloud rap or the latest YouTube-born brand of pop. The Michigan-based musicians is looking back to the past to Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and other rock ’n’ roll pioneers. The Miami Valley Community Concert Association’s 2018-19 season concludes with his new show, “Dave Bennett: Rockin’ the ’50s,” at Centerville Performing Arts Center, Centerville High School, 500 E. Franklin St., Centerville, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21. Cost: $30 adults, $5 students (first grade through college). Call 937-297-0463 or visit www.mvcconcert.org.
9) THE NEW RESPECTS
The members of the New Respects grew up in the country music capital of Nashville and come from a family with roots in Christian music. However, this outfit, named one of “Rolling Stone” magazine’s acts you need to know in 2017, is something completely different, mixing equal parts soul, rock and blues. The New Respects open the second season of outdoor entertainment at Levitt Pavilion, South Main streets, between Fourth and Fifth streets, Dayton, at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30. Cost: Free. Levitt’s season continues with Reyna and the Rubi Girls on Friday, May 31. Visit www.levittdayton.org.
Since forming in the early 1990s, Lonestar has placed more than 20 songs on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, including nine No. 1 singles. The chart-topping country music veterans have had a few lineup changes over the years, but still includes four founding members. Lonestar performs trackside at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, 777 Hollywood Blvd., Dayton, at 9 p.m. Friday, May 31. Doors open at 6 p.m. and opening acts start at 6:30 p.m. You must be 21 to attend. $10. 844-225-7057 or www.hollywooddaytonraceway.com.
11) 42 DUGG
42 Dugg, who dropped his new mixtape, “Young and Turnt,” on March 15, started rapping while doing a six-year prison stint. The 24-year-old Detroit MC, who began performing and recording after his release from prison in 2017, recently signed a joint deal with Yo Gotti’s CMG and Lil Baby’s 4PF. DBS Promotions presents 42 Dugg at Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, at 10 p.m. Friday, May 10. Cost: $30-$50. Visit www.oddbodys.com.
For more than a decade, local musicians and visual artists have volunteered to organize and promote Sideshow. The annual event is a showcase of original Gem City music and art. Death By Fetish, the New Old-Fashioned, Kyleen Downes and Trey Stone & the Ringers are among the performers at Sideshow 14 at Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton, on Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25. Show time is 5 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: Free. Call 937-424-3870 or visit www.yellowcabtavern.com.
13) DAYTON MUSIC CLUB
Pianists Mary John Johnson and Paul Walker and cellists Nathan Summers and Phillip Yu are among the performers in Dayton Music Club’s Youth Scholarship Recital. The program, at Christ United Methodist Church, 3440 Shroyer Road, Kettering, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, also features Dayton Music Club members Dr. David Sievers, Kathy Reichenberger, Dr. Samee Griffith, Bill Slusser and Amy Lassiter. Call 937-297-0463 or visit www.daytonmusicclub.org.
14) MARY FLOWER
Whether finger-picking her acoustic guitar or displaying her prowess on the lap-slide, Mary Flower finds the perfect complement to what one critic accurately described as her honey-and-whiskey voice. Waynesville Music’s Guitar Series presents Flower’s instore performance at Waynesville Music,198B Main St., Waynesville, at 7 p.m. Friday, May 3. Cost: $20. The series continues with National Thumbpicker’s Hall of Fame member Parker Hastings on June 8 and rocker-turned instrumental musician Spencer Elliott on July 13. Call 513-897-0602 or visit www.waynesvillemusic.com.
15) OAKWOOD BRASS
The Bach Society of Dayton presents “Glorious Brass” at Kettering Adventist Church, 3939 Stonebridge Road, Kettering, at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 12. Oakwood Brass led by Eric Knorr performs alongside the Bach Society Chorus and accompanist R. Alan Kimbrough. The program features Giovanni Palestrina’s “Sicut Cervus,” “Concertino in A Minor, Op. 94” by Dmitri Shostakovich and Donald Busarow’s “A Psalm Triptych” and “A Festival Palm.” Cost: $20 adults, $15 active military, $10 students. 937-294-2224 or www.bachsocietyofdayton.org.