Top 10 things to do: Visiting ‘Neverland’ and spending the evening with John Oates

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

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When struggling writer J.M. Barrie met a widow with four rambunctious sons, he was struck with the inspiration to create the enduring world of Peter Pan. That is the real-life story that inspired “Finding Neverland,” the 2004 Academy Award-winning film starring Johnny Depp. 

In 2014, this story was adapted for the stage with book by James Graham and music and lyrics by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie. Victoria Theatre Association’s Premier Health Broadway Series presents “Finding Neverland” at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 15 through 20. 

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Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Cost: Tickets start at $26. Call 937-228-3630 or visit

John Oates, one half of top-selling American singing duo Hall & Oates, brings his roots rock act, the Good Road Band, to Victoria Theatre in Dayton on Tuesday, Jan. 15 for a Universal 1 Credit Union Vic150 Music Series concert. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)

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John Oates is best known as the mustachioed half of Hall & Oates, the best-selling American duo of all time. However, that’s only part of the story. The New York City native, now based in Nashville, continues to pursue other interests outside of his chart-topping group. His latest project is his 2018 Americana album, “Arkansas.” The Universal 1 Credit Union Vic150 Music Series presents Oates with his roots rock act, the Good Road Band, at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. Cost: $30-$65. Call 937-228-3630 or visit


D.L. Hughley started his career as a stand-up comic, but he quickly established himself as a multi-hyphenate figure. His resume now includes actor, author, television host and political commentator. The Los Angeles native’s second book, “Black Man, White House: An Oral History of the Obama Years,” was published in 2016. His acting credits include television programs like “Heartbeat” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” Hughley returns to town for a run at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, Friday through Sunday, Jan. 11 through 13. Show times are 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $35-$60. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit


Andrea Griminelli is one of the most acclaimed flautists in the world and he has the accolades to prove it. The musician from Correggio, Italy is a Grammy Award-winner, the recipient of the Prix de Paris and was honored with an Italian Knighthood. He joins the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for “Griminelli: Flautista Italiano” at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11 and 12. The program features Gioachino Rossini’s “La Gazza Ladra Overture,” “Flute Concerto No. 1” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Béla Bartók’s “Concerto for Orchestra.” Cost: $9-$65. Call 937-228-3630 or visit

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Curator-in-residence Jeffrey Cortland Jones was the man given the task off reviewing and selecting the submissions for “Emerging: The Biennial Art & Design Student Show.” The exhibition, opening at Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St., Dayton, on Friday, Jan. 11, is a showcase of art work by students from Antioch, Central State, Modern College of Design, Wittenberg and other area universities. DVAC hosts an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and a Curator & Artists Talk from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. Cost: Free. “Emerging” is on display through February 9. Gallery Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Open until 8 p.m. the first Friday of each month. Call 937-224-3822 or visit

The Dayton Theatre Guild presents Michael Cristofer’s 1977 Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “The Shadow Box,” an examination of family, friends and death inside the hospice cottage of a California hospital, through Jan. 27. CONTRIBUTED


Michael Cristofer was best known as an actor when he wrote “The Shadow Box.” He went on to win a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for the powerful 1977 drama set in the cottage of three terminal cancer patients on the grounds of a large hospital. David Shough directs Dayton Theatre Guild’s production of “The Shadow Box,” which opens in the Caryl D. Philips TheatreScape, 430 Wayne Ave., Dayton, on Friday, Jan. 11. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday opening weekend, and 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday the following weekends. This play is presented weekends through January 27. Cost: $20 adults, $18 seniors and $13 students. Call 937-278-5993 or visit

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra will play the music of composer Lowell Liebermann at two events this weekend. CONTRIBUTED/JOSEPH MORAN


Springfield Symphony Orchestra is marking a major milestone and it has invited some acclaimed performers to join the celebration. Internationally renowned composer Lowell Liebermann and cellist Julian Schwarz will join the orchestra for its 75th anniversary concert at Kuss Auditorium, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. The program features Liebermann’s introduction of a new piece co-commissioned by the SSO and compositions by Gioachino Rossini and Georges Bizet. Cost: $27-$53. Visit


The 29th annual “Dayton-Area Works on Paper” is a juried exhibition comprised of works from artists living within a 40-mile radius of Dayton. The show opens at Rosewood Arts Centre Gallery, 2655 Olson Drive, Kettering, on Monday, Jan. 14. Cost: Free. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. “Dayton Area Works on Paper” in on display through Feb. 22. Call 937-296-0294 or visit


Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton is hosting a new monthly event, Roadside Attraction, which returns at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. The program mixes music from performers like Sharon Lane, Matt Byanski and Rich Reuter with spoken word from Scott Millsop and Paula Unrau. The next installment of Roadside Attraction is Feb. 10. Call 937-424-3870 or visit


It has been more than 20 years since John Denver passed away but his timeless songs remain popular. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presented a concert of his music in late December. On Thursday, Jan. 17, La Comedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro, hosts the opening of “Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver.” The show, which features more than two dozen fan favorites from the late musician, is presented through Feb. 17. Show times are 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. For the buffet, arrive 90 minutes to two hours before show time. Cost: $61-$75 adults, $30 children 11 and younger. Call 937-746-4554 or visit

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