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?

Freakshow Deluxe show poster

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.



Aren’t you the guy who wore the mask?

Yep, that was me last night at Masquerage.

David Esrati at Masquerage

David Esrati at Masquerage

David Esrati with Manish Aqarwal at Masquerage 09

David Esrati with Manish Aqarwal at Masquerage 09

Thanks to my friend Betty Lemke for going into her secret vault of the Mad Hatter costume shop to help me out. Thanks to my amazing gf for all her hard work on the event- both with the PR and social media strategy, but the countless meetings, and the last minute signs for the silent auction.

Thanks to everyone who came and partied with ARC Ohio for the cause. And especially thanks to Tommy Nealeigh and the Freakshow Deluxe for thrills, chills and never seen before acts of derring-do and never-want-to-do entertainment.

And, I can’t forget to mention my friends and neighbors, Josh Stucky and Brent Johnson for their part in the Rubi Girls, who’ve been a part of Masquerage from the start. Not only is it a blast watching you- it’s been a blast watching you grow your Square One Salon into one of the classic examples of a Dayton Original. Never mind that Brent looks better in a dress than 95% of the women that were there last night :-)

When Dayton wants to throw a party, and make you think you aren’t in Dayton- we can party with the best of them.

For at least a few hours, I wasn’t thinking about the loss of NCR, GM, Iams- being outspent by the political machine, or having my integrity or intelligence questioned by the Dayton Daily News. For that, ARC Ohio, I’m deeply thankful. And- for your work to combat AIDS in our community, I am in awe. To the hundreds of volunteers who worked so hard to pull this one fantastic event off, you did it with amazing style and grace.

It’s your kind of spirit of community giving that makes Dayton better than NYC, Chicago or LA- any day, because it’s from the heart, not just the wallet.

I understand I’m a long shot to win this election, but, win or lose, I’m still just David- a resident of South Park, a citizen of Dayton and a human being on the planet earth. I wish that I could cure AIDS, bring peace to the Middle East and clean water to everyone- but, I, like you- am only human. Last night, I wore a mask, and helped a cause. It’s not my first time- but at least last night, I had at least 700 people doing it with me.

ARC Ohio- great job.

ARC Ohio needs you to have a good time: Masquerage

Do you have your Masquerage Tickets yet

Do you have your Masquerage Tickets yet?

There will be a party this Saturday at the Roundhouse on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds held by The Aids Resource Center (ARC). They are celebrating their 25th anniversary as a non-profit, community-based organization whose mission is to provide services to those infected, affected and at risk of HIV/AIDS.  To this end, they provide comprehensive support services, HIV testing & counseling, prevention education, linkage to care, and advocacy.

This Saturday is ARC’s largest yearly fundraiser, Masquerage, that is responsible for a large percentage of their yearly goal needed to continue the education in our communities.

Masquerage is an over the top costume party/ball, where there is plenty of food, liquor and entertainment. This year’s theme was decided on by a meeting between friends at my annual party. If you haven’t heard of The Freakshow Deluxe– and their burlesque style carnival sideshow- this will be an opportunity to experience them full throttle. From ARC’s press release:

Masquerage is Dayton’s hottest “nothing-like-you-have-ever-seen-before” event, and this annual masked party is fast becoming THE event of the season. For the first time this year, Masquerage will feature a circus theme complete with performers, games, magic and even a circus “animal” or two. Guests will mingle with sideshow “freaks,” play midway games, have their fortunes told and be amazed by high wire acts. The non-stop entertainment features aerialists, sword swallowers, dancers, whip artistry, and other scintillating side show stunts provided by Freakshow Deluxe. And again this year, the Rubi Girls will perform a set we are not soon likely to forget!

The promo video from past events (and yes, the aerialist in the video fell to his death since last year’s event):

I’ll be there- but, you won’t be able to tell- because, I’ll have a mask on (and not that one).

Get your tickets now, they are literally, the hottest tickets in town (you’ll understand once you get there).