Top 10 things to do this week


Baritone Jarrett Ott and mezzo-soprano Alyssa Martin’s Rosina will make their debut with Dayton Opera in “The Barber of Seville.” Ott appears as Figaro to Martin’s Rosina in the program, presented at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, on Friday and Sunday, March 2 and 4.

Conductor Clinton Smith is also making his debut with Dayton Opera alongside the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. “The Barber of Seville” features music by Gioachino Rossini and libretto by Cesare Sterbini.

Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $24-$94. Call 937-228-3630 or visit


For more than two decades, Step Afrika! has been the world's premiere professional dance troupe dedicated to the art of stepping. The company's traveling program, which showcases the traditional dance styles practiced by African American fraternities and sororities, has received international acclaim. Victoria Theatre Association's Morris Furniture Company Family Series presents Step Afrika! at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Cost: $16. Call 937-228-3630 or visit

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December marked 10 years since Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent had their first paid gig as a duo at the Grand Ole Opry. Since, then Dailey & Vincent has gone on to be one of the most popular acts in bluegrass. The Award-winning group recently launched the third season of the popular RFD-TV series, "The Dailey & Vincent Show," which airs Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. Victoria Theatre's Universal 1 Credit Union VIC150 Music Series presents the duo in concert at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 4. Cost: $25-$45. Call 937-228-3630 or visit


In her 2008 play, "Bachelorette," Leslye Headland explores friendship, commitment and marriage through four old friends, who turn a simple bridal shower into a night of debauchery. Jenna Valyn and A.J. Breslin co-direct an ImPACT series production of the drama in the Schuster Center's Mathile Theatre, Second and Main streets, Dayton, Thursday through Sunday, March 8 and 11. This show, presented by the Playground Theatre, is rated R for language, alcohol and drug use, sexual content and nudity. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Cost: $20 adults, $15 military, students, teachers and educators. Call 937-228-3630 or visit


Musicians from more than 20 high school jazz bands are in the area this weekend to take part in the 18th annual Weekend of Jazz at Beavercreek High School. While much of the action at the event is only open to participating student musicians, there are two public concerts at Beavercreek High School Alumni Auditorium, 2660 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek. The Victor Wooten Trio performs at 8 p.m. Friday, March 2, and the Dave Liebman Big Band performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Cost: $33 adults, $23 students and seniors per concert. Visit

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The Washington-Centerville Public Library's Women's History Month Film Series begins a new season at the Centerville Library, 111 W. Spring Valley Road, Centerville, with a screening of "Hidden Figures." Director Theodore Melfi's award-winning 2016 film, which concerned the under-publicized work of black female mathematicians at NASA in the 1960s, is presented at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 2. Cost: Free. The Women's History Month Film Series continues with "Wild" on March 9. Other films on this season's schedule include "Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision" on March 16 and "Wonder Woman" on March 30. Call 937-433-8091 or visit


Argentine Tango isn't necessarily the sound you'd expect to find coming out of Bloomington, Ind., but it is. For the past several years, Cuarteto Tanguero has been exploring the music in the Midwestern college town through archival recordings, critical writing and vintage manuscripts. University of Dayton's ArtsLive 2017-2018 season presents Cuarteto Tanguero in concert in UD's Jesse Philips Humanities Center's Sears Recital Hall, 300 College Park, Dayton, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. Cost: $18. Discounts are available for seniors and University students, faculty, staff and alumni. Call 937-229-2787 or visit

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Most cinema fans know "The 39 Steps" from Alfred Hitchcock's iconic 1935 film. However, hardcore mystery fans know the fast-paced whodunit was based on the 1915 novel by John Buchan. In 2005, the enduring tale was adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow. Playhouse South presents "The 39 Steps," which opens at the Clark Haines Theatre, 3750 Far Hills Ave., Kettering, on Friday, March 2. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. The local production is presented weekends through Sunday, March 11. Cost: $15 adults, $13 students, seniors and military. Call 888-262-3792 or visit


The Corndrinkers will be providing music for the latest installment of the Contra Dance Party. The monthly gathering, at Michael Solomon Pavilion, 2917 Berkley Ave., Kettering, at 8 p.m. Friday, March 2, features calling from Kathy Anderson. All ages are welcome and no experience is required. The caller will teach all of the dances during a 7:30 p.m. instructional class. Cost: $7 adults, $5 students with valid ID and free children 12 and younger. The next Contra Dance party on April 6 features live music from Baba Yaga's Stew. Visit


Many of the acts participating in the new season the Bob Ross Auto Group Jazz & Beyond series fall firmly into the jazz category. However, if there's one group that would be considered "Beyond," it's Puzzle of Light. Local group, which mixes world music with folk, jazz and other styles, launches a new season of the series at the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8. Other Jazz & Beyond 2018 acts include the Jimmy Leach Jazzlet on April 12, Beatlejazz on August 9 and the Central State University Jazz Ensemble on November 8. Cost: $8 nonmembers, free for DAI members. Call 937-223-5277 or visit

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