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Dayton Ballet honors the women of dance with “The Female Factor” at Victoria Theatre in Dayton, through Sunday, April 2. Dayton Ballet honors the women of dance with “The Female Factor” at Victoria Theatre in Dayton, through Sunday, April 2. CONTRIBUTED

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Dayton Ballet honors the women of dance with “The Female Factor” at Victoria Theatre in Dayton, through Sunday, April 2. Dayton Ballet honors the women of dance with “The Female Factor” at Victoria Theatre in Dayton, through Sunday, April 2. CONTRIBUTED

1) DAYTON DRAGONS

The Dayton Dragons needed some serious help coming off its worst ever season of 47-93 in 2016. That’s saying something for a franchise with only six winning seasons in 17 years. To turn the minor league baseball team around, the head office selected former Dragons all-star Luis Bolivar to be the new general manager.

Bolivar and the Dragons open a new season versus the Lake County Captains at Fifth Third Field, 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6. Bolivar, 35, spent nine years playing in minor league affiliates of the Cincinnati Reds. A former hitting coach for the Dragons, he is the ninth manager in the team's 17 seasons.

The home stand with the Lake County Captains continues on Friday, April 7. Cost: $17. Call 937-228-2287 or visit www.daytondragons.com.

2) THE FEMALE FACTOR

Dayton Ballet is honoring the women of dance with “The Female Factor,” which features works by Gina Patterson, Jessica Lang and Susanne Payne. The concert, which opened on Thursday, March 30, is presented at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, through Sunday, April 2. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $14-$72. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.

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3) JOURNEY

Journey is one of the most successful American rock bands to emerge in the fertile musical period of the mid-1970s. The California band, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, had a string of five consecutive top-five albums between 1980 and 1996. Journey performs with special guests Asia at the Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4. Cost: $29.50-$125. Call 937-775-4789 or visit www.nuttercenter.com.

4) GEM CITY COMIC CON

Many comic book conventions are more focused on movies and television than actual comic books. That's not the case with Gem City Comic Con, returning to Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton, on Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2. The annual event celebrates the illustrated form that inspired much of the successful superhero and action franchises on the big and small screen and that means row after row of comic book vendors and dozens of creators, from writers and artists to publishers. Barry Kitson, B. Clay Moore, Arvell Jones and Christy Blanch are among this year's special guests. Show times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $10 per day, $20 for a weekend pass. Kids under 12 are free with paid adult. Visit www.gemcitycomiccon.com.

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5) “DOGFIGHT THE MUSICAL”

There are plenty of musicals that play it safe, but that's not a claim ever directed at "Dogfight the Musical." The unexpected love story between a cruel soldier and an awkward waitress features music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and book by Peter Duchan. Dare to Defy Productions presents "Dogfight the Musical" at the Schuster Center, Mathile Theatre, Second and Main streets, Dayton, on Friday, March 31. The musical runs through April 8. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays. Cost: $24.50 adults, $21.50 military and seniors 60 and older, and $19.50 students. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.

6) PUDDLE OF MUDD

When your debut album is a triple-platinum seller like Puddle of Mudd's "Come Clean" was in 2001, it can be a tough feat to repeat. While the band has had success with subsequent releases it has also had its share of troubles, including a lip-synching controversy with lead singer Wes Scantlin. The post-grunge band has weathered the various storms and continues to tour and perform, including a concert with Tantric and Saving Abel at Oddbody's Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost: $35-$40. Call 937-813-4272 or visit www.oddbodys.com.

7) WYSO SERIOUS?

For its second annual spring gala, WYSO Serious?, WYSO-91.3 (FM) is once again focusing on presenting an evening of fun and laughs. The event, at Memorial Hall, 125 E. First St., Dayton, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 1, features the Rubi Girls and performers from Black Box Improv Theatre, plus hors d'oeuvres from Christopher's Restaurant and a cocktail hour with music from DJ Basim Blunt, the host of WYSO's Friday evening program, "Behind the Groove." Cost: $50 per person, $350 for tables of four. Visit www.wyso.org.

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8) “ON GOLDEN POND”

In his indelible story, "On Golden Pond," Ernest Thompson explores the relationship dynamics of an adult daughter reconnecting with her aging parents. Richard E. Hess directs Human Race Theatre Company's presentation of the play, which opens at the Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., Dayton, on Tuesday, April 4. "On Golden Pond" is presented through April 23. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sundays, and 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesday, with no 7 p.m. show on Sunday, April 23. Cost: Tickets start at $12. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.

9) GREAT NORTHERN STRING BAND

Since its inception, Great Northern String Band has been focused on presenting an acoustic show drawing from the deep musical catalog of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. The local super group features familiar characters like Khrys Blank (vocals), John Lardinois (violin), Rich Reuter (guitar), Erich Reith (percussion) and Josh Johnson (drums). Great Northern String Band performs at Jimmie's Ladder 11, 936 Brown St., Dayton, at 10 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Cost: $5. Call 937-424-1784 or visit www.jladder11.com.

10) BRUNCH FOOD TRUCK RALLY

In addition to concerts, art shows, benefits and festivals, Yellow Cab Bldg., 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton, has become known for its monthly food truck rallies. Most of the events are scheduled for after work, but that will change with the return of the brunch food truck rally from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2. The Drunken Waffle and Smokinbeebeeq are among the participants in the monthly event, which also features bloody marys, mimosas, craft beer and coffee. Cost: Free. Visit www.yellowcabtavern.com.

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