Here are 10 things to do this weekend and into next week:
>>Dayton Bucket List: 100 things to do in Dayton in 2019
1) DAYTON BALLET
World premieres from choreographers Case Bodamer and Mariana Oliveira are just two of the highlights in Dayton Ballet’s “Perspectives.” The repertory program, at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, through Sunday, Feb. 17, also features Gerald Arpino’s “Trinity” and “Violin Concerto” by Justin Koertgen.
Like other Dayton Ballet programs, artistic director Karen Russo Burke will present “The First Step,” a pre-performance talk 45 minutes before curtain time in the Burnell Roberts Room. Dancers from the company will participate in a “Behind the Ballet” after-concert Q&A from the Victoria Theatre stage.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $15-$81. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
A new truck is shown outside the Dayton Convention Center, where the Dayton Auto Show has been held. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer
2) DAYTON AUTO SHOW
Whether you’re in the market for an SUV, sedan, sports car, minivan or motorcycle, there will be plenty of options to inspect during the Dayton Auto Show. The event, at Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton, Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 21 through 24, will feature new models from 25 different manufacturers. Show times are noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Cost: Adults $6 online, $8 at the door, $6 seniors and free children 9 and younger with paid adult. Military with ID admitted free on Thursday and Friday. Call 937-416-3667 or visit www.daytonconventioncenter.com.
Rick Springfield presents Best in Show with Greg Kihn and Tommy Tutone at Hard Rock Live November 8
3) RICK SPRINGFIELD
While his biggest commercial success was in the 1980s, Rick Springfield has been making music since before the release of his debut album, “Beginnings,” in 1972. More than 40 years later, he continues to record and tour. He is currently on the road in support of his 2018 full-length, “The Snake King.” Mix 107.7 presents Springfield’s return to the area for a concert with his touring band and local openers Stranger at Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $32-$65. Call 937-339-2911 or visit www.hobartarena.com.
4) LYRIC FIRE
The life and work of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar serves as the backdrop for the program, “Lyric Fire: Dunbar in Motion.” Victoria Theatre Association’s Discover Series and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company celebrate Black History Month with the morning program at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, on Tuesday, Feb. 19. “Dunbar in Motion” features poems by the Dayton native and choreography from Cleveland-based Dianne McIntyre. Show times are 9:30 and 11 a.m. Call 937-228-7591, ext. 3039.
5) DVAC’S “JOURNEYS”
The work of two celebrated local artists will be showcased in “Journeys: The Work of Willis ‘Bing’ Davis and Tess Little,” opening at Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St., Dayton, on Thursday, Feb. 21. DVAC hosts an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Open until 8 p.m. on First Fridays. “Journeys,” which is presented as part of R.E.A.C.H. Across Dayton, is on display through Saturday, March 23. Call 937-224-3822 or visit www.daytonvisualarts.org.
University of Dayton's ArtsLive presents New York-based Terell Stafford, director of jazz studies at Temple University and the managing and artistic director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, in concert in UD's Sears Recital Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 20. CONTRIBUTED
6) TERELL STAFFORD
Terell Stafford isn’t the first musician to have his life altered by jazz music but the impact was profound. He was studying classical music and pursuing a degree in music education when he was first introduced to jazz and he immediately altered his professional path. Today, he is a New York-based performer, director of jazz studies at Temple University and the managing and artistic director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia. University of Dayton’s ArtsLive presents Stafford in concert in UD’s Sears Recital Hall, 300 College Park, Dayton, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. Cost: $18 general admission, $15 UD alumni and seniors, $10 UD faculty, staff and employees, $5 youth and non-UD students. Visit https://udaytontickets.com.
Young corporate assistants navigating hazardous workplace waters under the thumb of a treacherous boss drives the action in “Assistance.” The Playground Theatre presents Leslye Headland’s 2008 office drama at PNC Arts Annex Theatre, 46 N. Ludlow St., Dayton, Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 21 through 24. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Cost: $20 adults, $15 students and military. This show is rated R for language and adult content. Visit https://theplaygroundtheatre.org.
Underdog Academy, which formed in Dayton in 2014, presents "Stories Within the Margin" at the PNC Arts Annex in Dayton on Saturday, Feb. 16. CONTRIBUTED
8) STORIES WITHIN THE MARGIN
Promoting the art of the spoken word has been the driving force behind Underdog Academy since the collective formed in Dayton in 2014. This mission has led the performers to facilitating workshops and presenting events in clubs, theaters and arts centers. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, Underdog Academy returns to the stage with “Stories Within the Margin” at the PNC Arts Annex, 46 N. Ludlow St., Dayton. The Broken English 101 program features spoken word and live music. Cost: $10-$15 for riser seating, $25 for table seating. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
Guitarist Max Cavalera has been a heavy metal road warrior since he and his brother Igor formed Sepultura in Brazil in the mid-1980s. He continued that blueprint with his next band, Soulfly, which has been touring and recording since 1997. Soulfly, which released its 11th studio album, “Ritual” (Nuclear Blast Records), in October, is back on the road in 2019. Cavalera and his musical cohorts return to the area for a performance at Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Kataklsym will open the show. Cost: $30. Call 937-813-4272 or visit www.oddbodys.com.
10) EMERGING CHOREOGRAPHERS
This weekend, juniors and seniors in the dance program at Wright State University will showcase what they’ve learned. An emerging choreographers’ concert will be presented in WSU’s DanceSpace 170, Creative Arts Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 15 through 17. The program, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, features world-premiere pieces. Cost: Free. Call 937-775-2500 or visit www.wright.edu/tdmp.