Everybody PK Thursday night

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PK Dayton 33 poster by Matt Kish

TEDx 5 happend last Friday. After 4 years of listening to highly produced, filter on, politically correct drivel for $50 a head, I didn’t buy a ticket. Friends tell me it was better this time. I couldn’t stand another day off work to listen to people start their presentation with “I”- and go on for 10-18 minutes talking about themselves.

On the flipside, this Thursday, you can go to an event about stories and ideas that costs NOTHING to get in, allows and encourages audience participation, and sometimes has free beer (depending on if the venue has a liquor license or not- this time, the venue does- so you have to pay).

Pecha Kucha is structured. 20 slides, 20 seconds each. The slides advance, even if the speaker doesn’t. The best presentations run like clockwork, with images supporting the narrative, and can be on any subject. Sometimes, the organizers try to plan a theme- as they will with this one, here’s their invite:

7:30pm, Thursday, October 26.
Let’s celebrate this hallowed time of year with our 33rd set of intense but transient 20x20s. Top of the Market, 32 Webster Street. There will be beer. Free to attend. Kind donations and spirits welcome.

Ancient rituals to celebrate the dead have meaning today. We love to dress, parade, feast, prank, remember past loves and tell stories in the dark. Like life, a 20×20 is fleeting, lasting a mere 400 seconds. Emcee Juliet Fromholt will be with us in the flesh to introduce these presenters:
Mary Sanders – Observing Halloween
Carolyn Bohner – Every Recipe in the Book
Angelina Hoschouer – Dayton’s Notorious Dead
Casey Moninghoff – Fermentation is our Friend
Tim Waggoner – The Art of the Horror Story
Justin Risner – The Late Great Dayton Triangles
Joy Levett – Festivals that Honor the Spirits
Tony Kroeger – Haunted Dayton
…others may walk among us…

The team that has brought you this exchange of ideas for the last 32 quarterly events was 100% South Park peeps- but, alas, two, Jill Davis and Matt Sauer are handing off their duties after this event. One of the new organizers, Katy Kelly used to live in South Park, so it sort of is still a SP thing.

If you still haven’t been to a PK night, what’s holding you back?

Why pay to hear ideas worth sharing, when you can get them for free?


Educational entertainment tonight and tomorrow in Dayton

Tonight, at about 6:30 PM at the Oakwood Wright Memorial Library in the community room, I’ll be giving an off the cuff version of the banned in Dayton TedX talk about why our elections system is broken and how we could fix it.

Wright Memorial Library is at 1776 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, OH 45419.

The group I’m speaking to is organized by Jason Liff- a friend and former client (MotoScooto- RIP). It’s a gathering of older intellectuals who still take an interest in learning. The talk is free and open to the public.

Tomorrow night, Aug 17, at 7:30 pm at the UD Roesch Library- the tallest building on campus, Pecha Kucha Dayton will have volume 32.

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Poster for Pecha Kucha Dayton Vol 32. PDF- click to download

Ten presenters talk about collecting:

Kayla Harris – Apparition Collections
Jacobee Rose Buchanan – Fantasy Costume Design
Rob Degenhart – Stories from the Self Storage Files
Teri Schoch – Collection Habits of an Artist
Christina Pereyma – Interpreting a Life from its Objects
Guustie Alvarado – Collecting Experiences for a Memoir
James Luckett – The View Behind the Cafe
Jason Harrison – The Beauty of Minimalism
Jason Antonick – A Classic Butterfly Collection
Sandy Mendelson – Life in the Liquidation Business

The event is free- Cash bar. Free parking (no passes required) in lots A, B and P.

Pecha Kucha- or PK- is 20 slides, 20 seconds each- on any subject. It’s usually family friendly, and interactive. I’ve seen the rough cut of one of the presentations and it should be awesome.

PK is produced by three South Parkians – Jill Davis, Matt Sauer and Shayna McConville It’s a program that’s global- happening in over 900 cities around the globe. Typically between 300 and 400 people show up at these 4x a year events. The location moves to expose people to different parts of the city. If you haven’t been to one, vol 32 should be a fun way to break your virginity.

After work fun in Dayton Ohio today and tomorrow and Friday

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Pecha Kucha Dayton Vol 31 poster

Actually, I lied. Tomorrow night, Thursday May 18th,  is the fun as Pecha Kucha Dayton hosts volume 31 at the Dakota Center- 33 Barnett St. at 7:30 PM. It’s a “Hack your city” edition with at least 8 or 9 interesting PK presentations, from bright, talented people. For those of you who are still living in the dark ages- PK is 20 slides, 2o seconds each- on any subject. Add in that’s it’s free, and has beer, it’s a lot of fun and brings an interesting group out.

Tonight, at 5:30, Dayton Public Schools Rookie Superintendent Rhonda Corr will be having a town hall at Belmont High School, 2615 Wayne Ave, Dayton, OH 45420. It’s free- needs beer, and will feature one hapless superintendent trying to explain the fine mess she’s gotten the district in since her arrival last July.

Feel free to ask her about how we were broke, needing a RIF in Oct- but flush enough in February to buy out David Lawrence, or buy 115 buses. Ask her why she gave District Athletic Director Mark Baker a 2 year contract, when the dust still hadn’t settled on the Dunbar/Belmont thrown game fiasco- but, can’t and won’t give any coach anything but a last minute 1 year supplemental contract?

Or, why the district and the DEA can’t seem to make any progress on contract negotiations this year?

Or, about the real estate deals?

Or how she has an ineligible Board Member?

Or the new busing plan- which pretty much will seal the fate of the remaining specialty schools- Boys Prep, Charity Early, Rivers Edge? And how the new zones won’t guarantee a return to segregation?

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Freakshow Deluxe show Friday Night

And Friday night- if you want to be entertained yet again- check out the Freakshow Deluxe at Therapy Cafe- the “Family show” featuring the DPS student who throws knives at his sister with his parents approval.

We like to keep things fresh in Dayton.



Fun for Funds for Fisher House: Dec 11

jeff-allenFisher House is the military equivalent of the Ronald McDonald house- a place for families to stay while their loved ones are in a hospital.

A group from out of town is bringing Jeff Allen to the Victoria for a fundraiser for the Fisher House. Tickets are $10- but, if you can’t go, you can also donate directly to Fisher House here.

From their eventbrite link:

Lots of Laughs for a Great Cause! Purchase your tickets today for an evening of fun and laughter with one of the funniest and most inspiring comedians in the business, Jeff Allen! Your ticket purchase will also support Military Families receiving medical treatment at Wright Patterson Medical Center as 100% of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Fisher House Foundation.  The Fisher House provides safe and comfortable housing, free of charge, to those in need while they undergo medical procedures. To learn more about the Fisher House click here. Besides a great night of laughs there will also be a drawing for some fantastic prizes that you could win! You have two ways to qualify for prizes: Complete a Holiday Scavenger Hunt Watch a series of short, relationship skill videos. Don’t miss this night of laughs with comedian Jeff Allen, plus your chance to support Military Families and win some great prizes! Get your tickets today! If you are unable to attend Comedy Night at The Victoria, but would still like to make a donation to the Fisher House Foundation, you can do so by clicking here.

Source: Comedy Night at The Victoria

I don’t know Jeff Allen from Steve Allen- but, if it’s to benefit veterans, military members or their families- I generally try to let my readers know.

$10 for anything at the Victoria is worth it.

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 daytonbookfair.com
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 www.sinclair.edu/tickets.

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

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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.