‘Give thanks’ at November’s First Friday

And just like that, 2018 winds its way into the fourth quarter. But before a new calendar graces the wall, there are still two First Fridays left in the year. 

On Nov. 2, dozens of downtown businesses will offer food and drink specials, sales activities, and host other events as part of the monthly attraction. 

Art galleries will feature new works on display, and in the case of K12 Gallery & TEJAS, it’ll be a teaser for the annual Art Off fundraiser, which takes place the next day, Nov. 3, at their distinctive building at Patterson and Jefferson streets. 

Elsewhere, live music and theatrical performances round out the evening’s entertainment. First Fridays are a great time to give thanks for the small business owners who comprise most of downtown’s entrepreneurial landscape, and Nov. 2’s First Friday lineup is no exception.

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A fusion of design and color illuminates the K12 Gallery & TEJAS building, 341 S. Jefferson St., in Dayton. LISA POWELL / STAFF (Staff Writer)

The Dayton Society of Arts, 48 High St.: “Come Together at the DSA” brings multiple female artists together in a wide representation of media: screen-print, installation, painting, and photography. The juror this year is Emily Sheehan - an accomplished artist and professor at Indiana University Southeast. Opening reception is during November First Friday from 6-9 p.m. Call (937) 228-4532. 

Dutoit Gallery, 1001 E. Second St.: Check out the next exhibit, Ashley Jonas, Opening reception will be on Nov. 2, 6-9 p.m. Call (201) 752-6362. 

The Front Street Building Co., 1001 E. Second St.: Explore dozens of local artists who open their doors to the public during First Fridays. Check out an eclectic group of artists, including painters, sculptors, jewelers, mixed-media artists, glass makers, woodworkers, and many more. Admission is free and open to all-ages. These are opportunities for the public to view the exhibition, meet the artists, and shop for local art while enjoying refreshments & music. Visit from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every First Friday. The new "AUSRA Art Studio" is located on the Third floor of the 200 building. Enjoy creations with music, from the "Symphony of Lines" series, and few new paintings from upcoming series. "Dans l'Assiette" (In The Plate) presents the local restaurants in Dayton area. Don't forget to stop by Mythic Silver and The Glass Station on the 3rd floor, too. Call (937) 461-5149. 

K12 Gallery & TEJAS, 341 S. Jefferson St.: Don’t miss “Behind the Scenes,” featuring works from 50 artists alongside photographs of the artist working in their studio, created by Bill Franz. This new exhibition debuts in conjunction with the 8th Annual Art Off Fundraiser. Artist reception will be part of the Art Off Fundraiser, Saturday, Nov. 3, 6-9 p.m. Call (937) 461-5149.

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April's First Friday events included the opening of Beaute Box and re-opening of Spice Paradise, A Kentucky-Derby themed fashion show put on by BRIM and Clash, and a 35th anniversary party for Omega Music. Yellow Cab Tavern hosted its annual Crafty Con featuring over 30 artisans, while the Dayton Visual Arts Center previewed its annual Art Auction. Another local artist, photographer Laura James, held an opening reception for her space at Crane Studios Market. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY (Tom Gilliam)

Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St.: Live music from Seth Canan & The Carriers, Fashion Week, and The Heisey Glass Company. Band starts at 9:30 p.m.- 12:30 a.m. Call 937-938-6405. 

Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave: The Dulahan boys are back at the Dublin Pub for another blowout First Friday show. Always a rockin’ time, the Friday night fun at the Dub Pub is an end-of-the-week blast with the best selection of brews and sprits in town and great pub food in an authentic Irish Pub atmosphere. Music starts at 8:30 p.m. Call 937-224-7822. 

Hannah’s, 121 N. Ludlow St.: This First Friday, Hannah’s will host another edition of the Musician’s Co-Op with Adam Elfers, featuring Dayton's best singer/songwriters, starting at 9 p.m. Anyone interested in performing can sign up for the following month at each Co-Op (depending on availability). Call 937-640-1335. 

Omega Music, 318 E 5th St.: Metallica's ...And Justice For All album is getting remastered and reissued on Nov. 2, and Omega Music is throwing a listening party featuring Metallica-themed prize giveaways while supplies last! The tracks will roll from 7- 8:30 p.m. Call 937-275-9949. 

Oregon Express Bar and Restaurant, 336 E. Fifth St.: Come on down to the Oregon District for a night of ’80s music with the band The Times, from 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Call 937-223-9205. 

Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St.: Boaku 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Details TBA) Call 937-461-1101. 

Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. 4th St.: It’s back! Not Much More Than Really Awesome Again Fest returns, featuring The 1984 Draft celebrates Making Good Choices with Extra Arms (MI), Yellow Paper Planes, XL427, The New Old Fashioned, Me and Mountains, Place Position, Sadbox. Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at 6 p.m. Call 937-424-3870.

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"An Act of God" presented by the Human Race Theatre Company will be on stage at the Loft Theatre Nov. 1-18. CONTRIBUTED

The Black Box Improv Theater, 518 E. Third St.: Call 937-369-0747. This First Friday features the latest cast, “Up Late.” They'll get inspiration from a one-word suggestion and build scenes one after another in this fun and refreshing show. After intermission, it's the “Local News Show” – part scripted, part improvised, this cast will comically highlight the local and national news stories. Call 937-369-0747. 

Club Masque, 34 N. Jefferson St.: From VH1’s Emmy award winning reality show Ru Paul’s Drag Race season 10, Club Masque welcomes The Bodybuilding Barbie herself, Kameron Michaels. Dubbed the “Lip Sync Assassin” by media outlets and fellow contestants, Michaels is the current runner-up and will be performing at Club Masque on November’s First Friday. Cover $15. Doors 8 p.m.; show 11 p.m. Call 937-228-2582. 

The Dayton Board of Elections, 451 W. Third St.: Early voting has started! The polls are open until 7 p.m. at the Dayton Board of Elections, located inside the Montgomery County Administration Building. Call 225-5656. 

Dayton Chess Club, 18 W. 5th St.: The Dayton Chess Society can be your sanctuary from the world as you focus on 64 squares, your opponent, and your plans. Every Friday evening 6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (with a few exceptions for weekend tournaments with the first round on Friday evening), there’s a quick USCF rated tournament ($20 for DCC members /$25 for non-members, $10 for U1250 DCC members/ $15 for U1250 DCC members) and there are usually a few players who opt to play casual chess. Call 937-270-4016. 

Dayton Convention Center, 215 E. 3rd St.: Friends of the Dayton Metro Library annual book sale takes place from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 2. All items are $1 — except items in the special collection, which will be priced as marked. The sale continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, as well. Call 937-333-4700. 

Levitt Pavilion, 134 S. Main St.: Monster Energy Up & Up Festival presents Two Friends in Dayton. The students here won first place our national student challenge to bring Two Friends to their college town. Now the world is invited. Friday, 6-9:30 p.m. Nov. 2. Call 937-281-2144. 

Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St.: Don’t miss The Human Race Theatre Co.’s production of “An Act of God.” God is here — in human form — and She wants to set the record straight with a new set of Commandments. Joined by Her faithful angels, Michael and Gabriel, She’s ready to clear up a few misconceptions, share a few secrets and answer the big questions that have baffled mankind since Creation itself. Call: 937-228-3630, 937-461-3823. 

Picture Perfect Paint Parties, 123 N. Ludlow St.: Paint any selected images from the directory on an 11x14” canvas during Open Studio class on First Friday. Picture Perfect Paint Parties is the perfect place to unwind after a long day. Relax and enjoy the music as we explore the colorful world of painting. Step-by-step instruction offered means no experience is necessary to have a good time painting. Starting at $24.99 per adult and $19.99 per child 15 and younger. Call 937-265-0691. 

Proto BuildBar, 534 E. First St.: Celebrate four years of fun-fueled creativity and maker spirit at Proto BuildBar's anniversary party, 4 p.m.-12 a.m.. Activities go all weekend long. Take advantage of special deals, including 25 percent off all Proto merchandise, 70 percent off 3D printing, 80 percent off soldering bench time, plus board games, draft specials from Rhinegeist, and food trucks vending on site. Call 937-222-6253. 

Schuster Performing Arts Center, 1 W. Second St.: Catch the Dayton Philharmonic as they team up with Jefferson Starship for a special concert from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. on First Friday. The evening’s performance will include such fan favorites as “White Rabbit,” “Jane,” “Somebody to Love,” the lovely instrumental “Embryonic Journey,” and even songs from the band’s brief time as Starship, such as “We Built This City.” For tickets, call 937-228-3630 or visit

Spaghetti Warehouse Dayton, 36 W. 5th St.: Mayhem & Mystery returns this fall with a new show filled with mystery, laughs and interactive fun. The Phantom of the Festival is haunting the Italian Autumn Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Can the festival organizers save their events? Or will the Phantom succeed at destroying the fun? Show runs from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; dinner and the show is $29.95. For reservations, call 937-461-3913. 

Wiley’s Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St.: Comedian Ryan Niemiller takes the stage at 8 p.m. Two-item minimum purchase; tickets online or call 937-224-5653.

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Thia 1 On, a food truck from Springfield, offers traditional Thai dishes, including pad thai. Save room for dessert; the Mango and Coconut Sticky Rice is OMG so good. (Connie Post)

Basil’s on Market, 312 N. Patterson Blvd.: Basil’s is bringing new happy hour specials! Fridays, hit Basil’s from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. for a $5 bar menu and $5 house wine and craft beer. Patrons must be seated in the bar area for the specials. Call 937-818-4390. 

Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St.: Featuring happy hour from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., $1 off well drinks. Check the boards for the special menu item of the day. Call 937-938-6405. 

Deaf Monty’s Wine, 22 Brown St.: Enjoy $2-$3 tastings of select wines. Small plates available for purchase. Call 937-225-9463. 

Oregon Express Bar and Restaurant, 336 E. Fifth St.: New Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. includes $10 Pitchers of Stella, Fat Tire, and Lagunitas IP. Call 937-223-9205. 

The Barrel House, 417 E. Third St.: Visit The Barrel House for First Friday with Shantz Express. Every Friday at The Barrel House is Food Truck Friday. Join us on Friday, Nov. 2 for First Friday with the Shantz Express food truck 5-10 p.m. We'll also be featuring new artwork from our November Artist of the Month, Michelle Carr. Call 937-222-4795. 

Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St.: Half-price happy hour including appetizers and well drinks from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call 937-461-1101.

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Anthophobia, or the fear of flowers, depicted by last year's winner Tiffany Clark.  "Last year I picked fear of silence, and I had the girl sewing headphones to her ears.  It was kind of morbid but kind of sweet because hooked up to the headphones were all these records that were overwhelming her that said, 'his voice', and so it wasn't just silence that was her phobia but it was the fear of the silence of that one particular thing.  I wanted to find a way to encapsulate that again this year," said Clark. "I wanted it to be not just the fear of flowers but fear of the funeral flowers and them just totally engulfing you, be it your own or someone elses." For more by this artist visit her Facebook and Instagram.  (ALLEGRA CZERWINSKI / STAFF)


Clash Dayton, 521 E. Fifth St.: The annual Phobia Art Show is back again! Vote for a favorite piece in the show. This year will be $1 per ballot to vote. Each dollar will be split in half between the winning artist and Dana Feisty to help with her medical bills. The opening reception is from 5-10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2. Call 937-259-8986.


What: First Friday November

Where: Downtown Dayton

When: Friday, Nov. 2

Cost: Varies by location

More info: Website: |  First Friday Facebook page

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