The Bookfair leaves Planned Parenthood

Dayton bookfair poster 2015There are some things that run on autopilot in Dayton- like our inability to separate ourselves from the Wright Brothers and our propensity for passing Sinclair levies- despite the fact that they have no debt and have campuses in three other counties that pay no tax.
The Planned Parenthood bookfair was another Dayton institution- one that for 44 years raised a bunch of money from PP. But, apparently, as Planned Parenthood came under attack- they also stopped being grateful for the work and sweat volunteers, mostly blue haired folks, put into selling books to raise money for their cause. Apparently, it wasn’t enough money to make a difference anymore- and so, lo and behold, the people who ran the fair decided to continue the tradition to support some other worthwhile charities.
So the sign in my garage that simply says “Bookfair, 2nd weekend in November” is still true- but the names of the beneficiaries are now different. (full disclosure- my firm, The Next Wave, did some printing for the Bookfair)
Each year, 4 local charities will get a piece of the revenue- this year it’s The Human Race Theatre Co, House of Bread Community Kitchen, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, and Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm.
For those of you who don’t know about the Bookfair it is the largest in Ohio. 50 tons of books, or around 100,000 titles, sorted into 50 separate categories, plus collectibles.
They also have an amazing selection of recorded music and movies and three pallets full of puzzles and games.
The collectibles this year, a bird book from the collection of John H. Patterson (with his signature), a book signed by President Lyndon Johnson, the autographed autobiography of aviator Douglas “wrong-way” Corrigan, a great collection of titles from the London Folio Society, bird field guides from all over the world, a collection of film books from a retired WSU film professor, a whole set of first editions by Arthur Ransome, an extensive collection of metaphysical religious books from the 1930s through the 1970s, and a wonderful collection of military history from the estate of Gil Unger, Dayton native and veteran from the World War II’s 90th Infantry Division.
Regular titles include a huge selection of books on cooking, writing, gardening, mysteries, the holidays, homeschooling, children’s books, vintage books, art and theater and anything else you can imagine.
It started today Friday, November 13 at 9 a.m. (Friday only there is an admission charge of $10).
The silent auction runs between Friday morning and Saturday evening at 6 p.m.
Sunday is “Bag Day” where you can fill a grocery bags with books for $7.50, tax included.
This is the first time it will continue for  a fourth day with the “Monday Morning Clean Sweep”  8 a.m. to noon on Monday, November 16, pay $1 and take all the books you want!
The bookfair is going on now at the Coliseum Building at Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Parking is free and they have shopping carts, and accept cash, check, plastic and Apple Pay.
They will choose new recipients for the 2016 Fair over the winter, if an organization would like to be considered for next year, they may write the bookfair  a letter telling them about their group and how the funds would be used, no later than December 31, 2015. Letters can be sent to The Book Fair Foundation, 2181 Embury Park Rd, Dayton, OH 45414.  More information at
They are also looking for new volunteers to join this non-profit organization, so if you love to read- and want to help local charities, consider joining the Foundation.

This Thursday- The Zen of the Solo Ride prezo at Brixx

David Esrati, 6800 mile solo motorcycle rideThose of you who read this site regularly know I’ve cut down my posting frequency. Part of it was because I was gearing up for, then taking, then returning from an epic 6,837 mile solo motorcycle trip out west.

I’ll be presenting at the October Meeting of the Gem City Rollers Scooter Club this Thursday, Oct. 15, at Brixx, 500 E 1st St., Dayton, OH 45402, at 7 p.m.

The prezo is loosely called “The Zen of the Solo Ride”- or what to pack, what not to do, and what you learn about yourself on a 6,800-mile solo ride in 20 days across the American West- down the Pacific Coast Highway, and back.

For those of you who’ve never met me- good chance to come out and meet me in a non-political setting. For those of you who have- come get some food and beer- and enjoy.

For those of you contemplating a long ride sometime- come and learn from my mistakes.


The Wiz is the shiz

No, don’t vote yes on the tax hike for Sinclair Community College- vote no on 13. They can tax Warren County before they come back to us. But, to get a great return on being the second highest taxed county in Ohio- I highly recommend beat feeting over to Blair hall, building 2 for one of the remaining performances of “The Wiz.”

Great show- great cast- and very entertaining. I went last night.

Sure you can spend a lot more for the Schuster professional performances- but, oh wait- you have been paying for Sinclair for 49 years- so go- laugh, and have a great time.

Sunday, Oct. 11 – 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 14 – 10 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 15 – 7 p.m. Throwback Thursday All Tickets $10

Friday, Oct. 16 – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 17 – 8 p.m.

Reserved seating $18/$15 at

Source: Sinclair Theatre Presents The Wiz

And, btw- I’m no theater critic, nor am I a lover of musicals- but, my housemate is a serious thespian and lover of musicals and he gave it two thumbs up.

Also- there are quite a few Stivers students in the performance- hat tip to DPS for doing amazing things with our local youth.

Is it still Pecha Kucha night without free beer?

PK Dayton vol 24 poster

Click on image to download a larger PDF suitable for printing

Well, you can find out. PK Dayton is hosting Volume 24, Thursday, Aug. 20th at 7:30 p.m. at the Engineers Club on Monument in Downtown Dayton. Parking is free. Admission is free. But, unfortunately, since the Engineers have their own liquor license, it’s a cash bar.

But don’t worry- you’ll still have a chance to listen to people see what they can say in 400 seconds with 20 slides- shuffled along exactly every 20 seconds.

These events are always fun, interesting and unpredictable. I know at least half the presenters (as is almost always the case) and you’ll find them absolutely fascinating.

And what’s best, unlike a trip to the City Commission- the event is interactive and heckling, cheering, applause and laughing is encouraged.

The art for this poster is by South Park resident artist Cathy Mong, who will paint your pet for a ridiculously low price (by appointment, not at the event).

This fun event is run by three residents of South Park, Matt Sauer, Jill Davis and Shayna McConville, proving once again that all the cool kids live near me.

Hope to see you there.

Free Shakespeare in South Park- v7

The Tempest-- Free Shakespeare in South ParkSeventh season starts tonight, Aug. 7, and runs through Sunday Aug 9. Who would have thought that a neighborhood could start a Free Shakespeare program and keep it going for that long?

Welcome to my neighborhood. Historic South Park is a neighborhood that works together to make living in Dayton a unique and wonderful experience. We have progressive Porch, Patio and Deck Parties that progress from house to house in the summer, we play social soccer on Sundays, we have doggie flash mobs, food truck Shindigs, our own urban gardens where people plant their crops in raised beds, hot toddy parties, a Halloween weenie roast and a pre-trick or treat parade complete with a marching band, an Easter egg hunt, and I’m probably only half done.

For Shakespeare they take Willy’s work, and usually modernize the setting- yet keep the original words. At least half the cast lives in the ‘hood, and neighbors build the sets, do the costumes, run the sound and lights and ask for donations at the end (so the show can go on).

It starts at 8 p.m. each night- bring a blanket or lawn chair. Park in Hope Lutheran Church’s parking lot at 500 Hickory or at Emerson School just a smidgen farther down Hickory. The show is on “South Park Green” at 601 Hickory- or there about.

If you like theater, this is a good time. Come on out and see how South Park does things differently.

For those of you who need the Cliffs notes on the play (like me)

The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1610–11, and thought by many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone. It is set on a remote island, where Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skilful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, his machinations bring  about the revelation of Antonio’s lowly nature, the redemption of the king, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso’s son, Ferdinand.

Source: The Tempest – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

File this under have cheap fun in Dayton.

Event: The cost of gold- child labor and mining presentation

An older miner and a younger boy are chin deep in frigid water 150-meters below the surface as they work a gold mine near Syndicate on the island of Masbate. Image by Larry C. Price. Philippines, 2012.

An older miner and a younger boy are chin deep in frigid water 150-meters below the surface as they work a gold mine near Syndicate on the island of Masbate. Image by Larry C. Price. Philippines, 2012.

This Friday night, June 19, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Wilkinson St., Dayton, OH 45402 at 7 p.m., you can hear my friend Larry C. Price talk and share his amazing photographs that catalog  horrendous mining practices that bring gold to you. The event is FREE!

He’s been on assignment for the last two years in Africa, Indonesia and the Philippines, taking  photos for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. This is the write-up for another talk on the same subject:

Larry will show work from the Philippines, Burkina Faso and Indonesia where children, some as young as four, smash boulders, haul 60-pound bags of ore, handle mercury and other toxic materials, and dive underwater into deep pits.

Although large foreign countries had mined Burkina Faso gold for almost half a century, it wasn’t until the famines of the 1980s forced families off their farms that artisanal or small-scale mining took root. Now, to maximize profits, entire families work the mines—this means putting children to work as child laborers. Gold fever shows no sign of ending.

The Philippines produced more than 1 million troy ounces of gold in 2011, ranking 18th in world production. More than half of that gold came from small-scale mines. In these mines, many of them illegal, entire families, including very young children, dig, pan, crush and haul rock. Children risk injury and death and face long-term health problems caused by back-breaking labor, exposure to dust and chemicals and, worst of all, mercury poisoning. Indonesia and the Philippines officially ban child labor, the burning of mercury and most small-scale gold mining. But in both countries, pervasive corruption, payoffs to local officials and weak central governments make it difficult to curb these practices, especially in remote areas.

Source: Talks @ Pulitzer with Larry C. Price | Pulitzer Center

The photographs are some of the most powerful you’ll ever witness. This is nothing new for Price, who has won the Pulitzer Prize twice for his reporting in war zones. To get the photos, Price crawled into dangerous mine shafts, was often submerged in water, was exposed to mercury that the miners use to identify the gold, and risked his life, to bring the story to the rest of the world.

Hope to see you there.


Saturday night: PechaKucha 20×20 – Dayton – Vol. 23 @ A World A’Fair but FREE

I feel bad that I still haven’t put together the video for YouTube of my infamous “how to piss people off” presentation at PK night 22 back in March- but- here we are in May- with something new: PK on a Saturday night!

We’ll be at the Dayton Convention Center Saturday, May 16th, 7:30 p.m. with a PK as part of Dayton’s vibrant annual A World A’Fair celebration! We’ve got our own meeting room and will be serving beer + peanuts. There is a separate entrance to our space on the main floor, so no need to pay for PK. Look for our posters. The festival will have plenty of food and beverage for hungry people, and admission is $8 at the door, right next to us.

Source: PechaKucha 20×20 – Dayton – Vol. 23 – A World A’Fair

So- come on down- ride Dayton Link to the Convention Center, and enjoy an evening of presentations that will hopefully make you laugh, think, drink, or…

The Convention Center is in the block between S. Main and Jefferson, on E. Fifth Street across the street from the Crowne Plaza. You can park in the Transportation Center garage- or on the street for free.

PK 22 is sponsored and organized by the  AIA (the local architects) so we’ll hear architects do their thing. Since PK was invented by a couple of Canadian architects in Japan, they somehow think they are better at it than the rest of us. PK has spread across the globe to over 800 cities, so this isn’t just a Dayton thing.

This is where the cool cats will be hanging Saturday, and me. Hope to see you there.

PechaKucha 20×20 – Dayton – Vol. 22 – Rambunctious!

Dayton Oh Pecha Kucha 22 poster by Andrew Dailey

Click on image to download full size, 11×17 pdf

If you live in Dayton and say there is nothing to do- it’s on you.
Here’s a cheap date night event that will probably overdeliver on entertainment value- based on the speakers.

Of course when an event is free (donations really keep this going)- and only held 4x a year- you should be out of excuses to attend. PK is held in over 800 cities all over the world.

I’ve told you about PK nights before- and this is no different. 20 slides, 20 seconds each- any subject. Tomorrow night- I’m in the line-up with “How to piss people off”- a subject I’m told I’m eminently qualified to speak about.

Also- my friend Bryan Suddith is sharing “Confessions of an Uber Driver.”

Connie Post who is second in command of the Dayton Daily news editorial page (yes the lower case “d” is always intentional here) and one of the best photographers I know is presenting “Designing a Positive and Blissfully Rambunctious Community Outlook” (which takes almost 20 seconds to say.)

Shelly “Glad Girl” Hulce- is presenting. She used to work for Mayor Leitzell and is well known in local music circles.

Omar Peters who is the “official face” of Dayton’s new bike share and a planner with MVRPC is presenting.

Riley Driver, the king of the Dayton Chess Club will pwn us all with his deck.

Cassie Guard is doing “Teach Her to Twirl Her Tassels and Watch Her Conquer the World!” and I’m sure there will be others just as fascinating.

Wright-Dunbar Conference Center
1100 W. 3rd St.
Dayton OH 45402

March 19, 2015
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Free, donations

via PechaKucha 20×20 – Dayton – Vol. 22 – Rambunctious!.

PechaKucha tonight!

Pecha Kucha pronounced various ways- to keep yourself out of trouble “PK Night” is fine, comes to South Park tonight.
It’s FREE! and fun.

To answer the pronunciation question, it literally means “chit chat” in Japanese, I used to turn to the world-renowned experts on pronunciation from Sesame Street with this fun video:

But there is another video that claims this is wrong- I skipped the beginning – where he nails the video above- and says it’s PE-CHA KUCH HA. All evenly accented.

Here is from the PK official site-

PK Dayton stays home. We’ve got one more volume before the year is out, and we’re holding it at our place, Historic South Park. That’s where Matt, Shayna and Jill live.

Thursday, Dec. 18th, 7:30pm relax with us between the parties, hangovers, cracked nuts, shopping frenzies and general holi-daze. And yes, you are welcome to lounge in your silk jammies, like this South Park Lady.

Volume 21 has 8 great 20×20 visions–imaginative artists, provocative thinkers, inspiring outsiders and creative stuff that’s impossible to categorize. We’ll be at Hope Lutheran Church, 500 Hickory St., Dayton. (Careful not to spill beer in the sanctuary). Enter at Hickory & Perrine–park east of the church or in the Emerson Academy lots on Hickory.

Special beer break treat! Dayton’s Original Pizza Factory is bringing us a tasting of their specialty pies. You will love!

Thank you to PKDayton Vol 21 sponsors Dragonfly Editorial and Pizza Factory.

via PechaKucha 20×20 – Dayton – Vol. 21 – We Entertain at Home!.

Donations accepted- and food items are being collected as well.

So far- the only announced speakers are my neighbor Bridget Bogel who is a phenomenal artist who teaches at Sinclair, and Amelia “smart mouth” Robinson from the DDN.

Parking is available in the big lots of Emerson Academy if the church lot fills.

These are always a lot of fun- see you there tonight!

The ultimate gift for the holidays – your doppelganger!

There is a reason hasn’t been posting as often over the last month- it’s a new kiosk in the Dayton Mall, and they are my client.

On Oct. 15th, a local entrepreneur contacted my firm, The Next Wave, looking for help to open the first of its kind business in North America. The business makes scale sculptures of you- by taking thousands of photographs of you in a 12-second span. The photos are interpolated to build a 3D model, that can be printed in a 3D printer- and delivered to you in about a week.

Great idea- huge success in an ASADA store in Manchester England (ASADA is the name Walmart uses in the U.K.)- where they did gobs of them in the first month they were open. Only thing was, he was to have the machine delivered and installed on November 1st.

Photo of the booth for Doppelganger Labs

Designed and built in a week by The Next Wave for Doppelganger Labs at the Dayton Mall

Normally- naming, branding and marketing plans take months to prepare- but we worked a crazy number of hours- and “Doppelganger Laboratories” was born. Unfortunately, shipping the scanning booth took a bit longer, and while we had the booth ready to go on the 2nd, the scanner didn’t make it here until the 8th (last Saturday). The assembly took 3 people almost 2 days- and at 9 p.m. last night the first scans were completed.

Here is what a scan of Howard from the Big Bang looks like online in the preview, note, the software prefers Firefox or Chrome for the full webGL experience:

And here is Dayton’s finest miniature painter, in full reenactor garb:

The figurines are pretty cool- even though they are made of a melted plastic powder (laser-sintered polyamide to be exact) – that’s colored to match the scan. It comes out feeling like sandstone, and must be handled much like a porcelain figurine would be. Oddly, the statues aren’t waterproof- if they get wet, the colors may bleed.

The actual sculpting/printing takes around 9 hours and isn’t done locally at this point. Turnaround is about a week.

Photo of a graduate with his doppelganger

Memorialize a special event in your doppelganger

As always, people ask how much they cost, and they start at $149 for a 1:12 scale model going up to $249 for a larger 1:8 scale one. How big they are – depends on how big you are. My old friend, RIP, Dan Obravac who was a bit over 7′ would be 7″ for the “small” 1:12 scale and  10.5: for the large 1:8 scale. Vern Troyer- the original MiniMe – who tops out at 2’8″ would make a real small model of about 2.6 inches for a 1:12 scale. The prices for all the versions are here: DoppelgangerLabs shop

The first 150 people to order a Doppelganger will also get one of our cool shirts- which say “Say hello to my little friend”

What I find most interesting is the what is old is new again. Before photography, people had basically three choices to be “memorialized” for others- a drawing, painting or sculpture of themselves. The little sculptures Doppelganger Labs produces are a return of the sculpture as a way of sharing your likeness.

Some of the coolest things we’ve seen are some of the double scans- there is a large model of a guy with his girl getting a piggy-back ride that’s just awesome. Of course, the pregnant sculpture is a way forever to remember the nine-month miracle of birth and share it later with your progeny. Wedding cake toppers are also popular- although big, poofy gowns with lots of lace and super long trains aren’t the best for scanning.

A few things to avoid when heading to the Dayton Mall to get scanned:

Wear big prints or solids. It doesn’t like shiny shoes, shiny belt buckles or earrings. Glasses are a no-no. Fingers do best when held clenched or touching a flat object like the side of your leg, or crossed arms, especially on the smallest scale builds. And remember, the output is more like an artist’s rendering- not a 3d model avatar to play you in Hollywood. Check out the selection of samples at the booth.

There are photos of people holding their statues on the site- I think the ones where the people are wearing the outfit they were scanned in are the coolest. We’re encouraging people to come back in the clothes they wore to be scanned so we can take a photo with you and your Doppelganger. Happy scanning people!