Each year at this time, the staff at Dayton Visual Arts Center steps outside of its gallery space at 118 N. Jefferson St., Dayton to host the DVAC Art Auction, its largest fundraising event of the year. More than 100 original works of art from local member artists will be featured in the 22nd annual auction at Sinclair Community College, David H. Ponitz Center, 444 W. Third St., Dayton, at 6 p.m. Friday, April 29. The silent auction runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. while the live auction will be presented from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $50 members, $65 nonmembers at the door. All tickets are $75 at the door. Call 937-224-3822 or visit www.daytonvisualarts.org.
Attention gamers, cosplayers, steampunks, comic book readers and other nerds, it's time for the return of GeekFest. The second annual event — at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 DeWeese Pkwy., Dayton, at 6 p.m. Friday, April 29 — features videogame tournaments, costume contests, trivia and other events. Cost: $10. Call 937-275-7431 or visit www.boonshoftmuseum.org.
4) CLASSIC ROCK LEGENDS
The Rockin' Orchestra Series has been a popular addition to the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra's annual season over the past few years, introducing longtime ticket holders to a new approach to symphonic music. The DPO also gains new concertgoers from classic rock fans interested in hearing some of their favorite songs presented with a live rock band and a full orchestra. The Rockin' Orchestra season closes with Legends of Classic Rock at the Schuster Center, Dayton, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30. This show features special guest vocalists Mickey Thomas of Starship and John Elefante, formerly of Kansas. Cost: $27-$81. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
Local photographer Jim Shirley will be showcasing his botanical photography in "LIFE," a new exhibition featuring more than 90 prints, at the Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton, 43 S. Main St., Miamisburg. The opening reception for "LIFE" is from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 30, and features live performance art by Soul Fire Tribe and music from Salvadore Ross and OldNews. Cost: $10. The Mosaic Institute is open 10 a .m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays. Call 937-248-7400 or visit www.mosaicinstituteofgreaterdayton.org.
6) THE SIGNATURE
To, About, For our Future is the theme of the season opening fundraiser for The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show. The show, at the Loft Theater, 126 N. Main St., Dayton, at 8 p.m. Friday, April 29, features live music, a preview of the coming season, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and opportunities to network. Cost: $25-$45. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
Mike Montgomery is known to many music fans as Kelley Deal's musical sidekick in R.Ring. However, he is also an audio engineer and a member of Ampline, Montgomery's Cincinnati-based rock band. Ampline has been in the studio working on a new album but the group is taking a break from recording for a handful of shows, including a return to Blind Bob's, 430 E. Fifth St., Dayton, at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Grenades!?, Self-Evident and Rottinghaus will also perform. Cost: $5. Call 937-938-6405 or visit www.blindbobs.com.
8) VILLAINOUS VENTURE
As artistic director for Mayhem & Mystery Dinner Theater, Tamra Francis is always looking to find a new twist on the genre. From the looks of her latest list of productions, she is rarely at a loss for ideas. Her new show, "Villainous Venture," is set amidst a gathering of villains who come together to find a way to thwart the rising media presence of their archenemies in the hero community. The latest original play opens at Spaghetti Warehouse, 36 W. Fifth St., Dayton, at 7 p.m. Monday, May 2. This production runs Mondays through June 28, with special Friday shows on May 13 and June 3. Cost: $25.95 per person for dinner and show. Tax and gratuity not included. Reservations are required. Call 937-461-3913 and visit www.mayhemmystery.com.
9) BIG LENS
Wright State University's film and theater department has been in the headlines a lot recently thanks to some high profile support from Tom Hanks. The actor-producer, one of modern Hollywood's most enduring stars, was just in town to dedicate the new Tom Hanks Motion Pictures Center. Hanks was attracted to the university's program by the quality of talent it has produced over the last several decades. Find out what type of work the latest crop of students are creating when Wright State University seniors including Joe Cook, Jessica Barton, Alan Lewin and Michaela Scholl showcase their thesis films during the Big Lens Film Festival at The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Cost: $7. Visit www.neonmovies.com.
10) MARK LOWRY
It has been five years since longtime radio broadcaster Bill Nance launched his online venture Faith and Friends Radio. Today, it broadcasts Contemporary Christian music to more than 190 countries. Each year, at this time Faith and Friends hosts its annual fundraiser at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. Gospel singer and comedian Mark Lowry will be making his third headlining appearance at the event when performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Lowry will be joined by the Martins and Stan Whitmire. Cost: $20-$24. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.