Here are 10 things to do this weekend and into next week:
1) A WORLD A’FAIR
When A World A’Fair returns to the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton, Friday through Sunday, May 17-19, attendees will witness a global coterie of food purveyors, retailers and performers with international flare. Booths from 34 nonprofit organizations will represent more than 50 countries.
Featured performers include Native American musician and storyteller Steve Free, the Burundi Dancers, Middle Eastern ensemble Troupe Roja, the Kenya Safari Acrobats, Spanish-style guitarist Neil Jacobs, Five Point Cloggers and Pittsburgh-based Eastern European dance company Tamburitzans.
A World A’Fair runs from 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.
In his 1891 play, “Salome,” Oscar Wilde examined the life and death of John the Baptist. In 1905, Richard Strauss created an operatic version of the work, which includes the now iconic “Dance of the Seven Veils.” Kara Shay Thomson appears in the title role in Dayton Opera’s season-closing presentation of “Salome” at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, on Friday and Sunday, May 17 and 19. This production also features the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra with baritone Norman Garrett as Jochanaan and tenor John Easterlin as Herod. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $25-$95. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
Hamvention, Dayton Amateur Radio Association’s signature event, is back for its 67th year. The annual gathering of amateur enthusiasts returns to Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, 120 Fairgrounds Road, Xenia, Friday through Sunday, May 17-19. Hamvention, which features exhibitors and a flea market, runs from 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) MICHAEL BOLTON
In 2018, Michael Bolton hit the road on a greatest hits tour to celebrate his 50 years as an entertainer. The outing was captured for posterity on the live album, “A Symphony of Hits.” The February release was from a concert in Australia accompanied by the West Australian Full Harmonic Orchestra last June. Bolton, currently on tour supporting that new album, performs at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23. Cost: $41 lawn & terrace in advance, $61 plaza & orchestra. All ticket prices increase $5 on day of show. Call 937-296-3300 or visit www.fraze.com.
5) FLEURS DE FÊTE
There was nothing locally like Fleurs de Fête when Arrow Wine’s Mike Frank and Vail Miller Sr. of Heidelberg Distributing joined together to create the wine event nearly three decades ago. 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 from between more than 400 different wines to sample. Fleurs de Fête 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.
6) SAMMY HAGAR
Last week, Sammy Hagar & the Circle released the new album “Space Between.” The group, which also features Michael Anthony, Vic Johnson and Jason Bonham, is currently on Sammy Hagar’s Full Circle Jam Tour with special guest Vince Neil and S.O.S-Andrew Hagar. The hard rock road show 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.
7) DAYTON DANCE INITIATIVE
While Dayton Dance Initiative is a new name to the area it has local connections. The professional dance company was founded by St. Louis native Jocelyn Green, who spent five years with the Dayton Ballet. The new company’s inaugural concerts, “Making Moves,” are presented at PNC Arts Annex Theatre, 46 N. Ludlow St., Dayton, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18. The program features world premiere choreography from some of the participating dancers. Cost: $20. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
8) THE OAK RIDGE BOYS
The Oak Ridge Boys were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015 but that hasn’t slowed down the award-winning group, which formed in the late 1940s. In addition to a steady stream of live dates, the quartet is currently working on two different musical projects with in-demand producer David Cobb, who produced the group’s 2018 album, “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.
9) BRET HART
Turnbuckles & Brews, 638 Watervliet Ave., Dayton, the new venue for Rockstar Pro Wrestling, hosts regular live wrestling matches. However, it will host a very different wrestling show featuring an appearance by “Hitman” Bret Hart at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17. The now-retired WWE Hall of Famer, one of the most popular professional wrestlers of the 1980s and 1990s, was a WrestleMania headliner on multiple occasions and won numerous heavyweight championships. 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.
10) DAVE BENNETT
The Miami Valley Community Concert Association closes its 2018-19 season with “Dave Bennett: Rockin’ the ’50s.” The Michigan-based twentysomething musician presents a night of oldies popularized by Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and other rock ’n’ rollers of the era 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.
Contact contributing arts and music writer Don Thrasher at email@example.com.