Audience members as Dulahan performs during the St. Patrick's Day celebration at the Dublin Pub in downtown Dayton in 2012. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE Wine
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Top 10 things to do: St. Patrick’s Day parties, ‘Star Wars’ music and lots more

Here are 10 things to do this weekend and into next week:

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If you’re planning to get out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, March 17, there are a number of local options. One of the most popular annual parties in the region is at the Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton. It is so big, in fact, it goes for two days and includes music from Stranger, Jameson’s Folly, Father Son & Friends and Miami Valley Pipe and Drums. The festivities go from 6 p.m. to close on Saturday and start up again at 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Cost: $10. Call 937-224-7822 or visit

Irish Club of Dayton is also hosting a two-day St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Irish Club Banquet Hall, 6555 Dog Leg Road, Dayton, on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s pre-party, from noon to midnight, features performances by Rick Sylvester, O’Rodney Band and Dwyer Irish Dancers. Sunday’s party, from 8 a.m. to midnight, features music from DJ Darren and performances by Jameson’s Folly and the Celtic Academy of Irish Dance. No one under 21 admitted. Call 937-890-5825. 

Spungewurthy, Dulahan, Funky G & the Groove Machine and Dwyer School of Irish Dance are among the performers at Flanagan’s Pub, 101 E. Stewart St., Dayton, on Sunday. Doors open at 6 a.m. Music begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 11 p.m. Cost: Free from 6 to 7 a.m. $10 the rest of the day. Call 937-228-5776 or visit

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra pays tribute to the nominee of more than 50 Academy Awards with pieces with "Best of John Williams II" at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16. CONTRIBUTED



What do feature films “Superman,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Star Wars” all have in common? They all feature scores from John Williams. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra pays tribute to the nominee of more than 50 Academy Awards with pieces from these and other films in “Best of John Williams II.” The Superpops program is presented at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16. Cost: $19-$85. Call 937-228-3630 or visit



On Saturday, March 16, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Deweese Pkwy., Dayton, hosts “Eureka: Playing the Odds.” The annual winter fundraiser runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Cost: $85 before March 15 and $90 at the door. All reservations include a welcome cocktail and four tickets for beer or wine. Proceeds from a 50/50 raffle will benefit Boonshoft Museum’s educational programs. “Eureka” is 21 and older. Call 937-275-7431 or visit

Luke Smallbone (left) and his brother Joel of contemporary Christian music group For King and Country brings the Burn the Ships World Tour to Hobart Arena in Troy on Saturday, March 16. CONTRIBUTED


For King & Country has been one of the most in-demand acts in contemporary Christian music since its debut album, “Crave,” was released in 2012. However, the band’s third album, “Burn the Ships,” released in October, is the group’s most successful release yet. It was number one on the Christian chart and number seven on Billboard’s Hot 200. Australia-born brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone bring For King & Country back to the area for a concert at Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy, at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Cost: $22.50-$65. Call 937-339-2911 or visit



Top-rated rodeo star Jess Lockwood was sidelined in February after breaking his collarbone in action so he won’t be making the trip to the Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn, on Saturday, March 16. However, there will be plenty of other topnotch talent when the Pendleton Whisky Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour returns to the area for a 7 p.m. show. The winning rider of the 2018 Dayton Rumble was Michael Lane and the winning bull was Mud Duck. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $13 to $103 in advance, $18 to $108 the day of the show. Call 937-775-4789 or visit

Tobin Sprout (center) with his band Tommy Schichtel (left) and Steve Vermillion, perform at Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton on Saturday, March 16. CONTRIBUTED



Tobin Sprout first came to prominence as a member of Guided By Voices’ “Classic Lineup,” but he is a man of many talents. The former Daytonian, now based in Leland, Mich., is also a well-respected band leader, visual artist and author of two children’s books. Sprout will be showcasing both of his creative sides when he returns home for a rock show and art exhibition at Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton, at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Doors open at 8 p.m. Joseph Airport and Dangerous Chairs will also perform. Cost: $13 in advance, $17 at the door. Call 937-424-3870 or visit



For their award-winning musical, “Violet,” Jeanine Tesori (music) and Brian Crawley (libretto), adapted Doris Betts’ short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim.” The play, which premiered Off-Broadway in 1997, won the Drama Critics Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. The musical was nominated for a Tony Award when it premiered on Broadway in 2014. Dare to Defy Productions presents “Violet” at PNC Arts Annex Theatre, 46 N. Ludlow St., Dayton, on Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. The show is also presented March 22 and 23. Cost: $33 adults, $30.50 seniors 60 and older and military, $22.50 students. Call 937-228-3630 or visit



Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, now in the midst of its 50th anniversary season, “Heritage,” is currently preparing for its “Golden Anniversary Gala Concert” in May. In advance of that, the company is once again opening up its DCDC Studios, 840 Germantown St., Dayton, at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 21, for Up Close and Personal #2, a rehearsal session open to the public. Cost: $20. Call 937-228-3630 or visit

George Bugatti (left) and Sam Arlen present "The Wonderful Wizard of Song: The Music of Harold Arlen," a Miami Valley Community Concert Association program at the Centerville Performing Arts Center in Centerville on Wednesday, March 20. CONTRIBUTED


For its next program, the Miami Valley Community Concert Association is paying tribute the career of the composer of classics such as “Get Happy,” “Stormy Weather” and “Over the Rainbow.” “The Wonderful Wizard of Song: The Music of Harold Arlen,” presented at the Centerville Performing Arts Center, Centerville High School, 500 E. Franklin St., Centerville, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, features Arlen’s son, Sam, singer and piano player George Bugatti and singer Karon Blackwell. Cost: $30 adults, $5 students (first grade through college). The 2018-2019 concert season concludes with Dave Bennett on May 21. Call 937-297-0463 or visit



Wright State University Theater presents “A Little Night Music” in WSU’s Festival Theatre, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn, Thursday, March 21 through Sunday, April 7. The 1973 musical, which features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, was the recipient of three Tony Awards, a Grammy and multiple Drama Desk Awards. Show times are 7 p.m. March 21, 27 and 28, and April 4, 8 p.m. March 22, 23, 29, 30, and April 5 and 6, 2 p.m. March 24, 30, 31, and April 6 and 7. Cost: $25 adults, $23 seniors 60 and older, $15 WSU and high school students. Call 937-775-2500 or visit