From comedy shows to classic films, here are noteworthy events to consider across the Miami Valley this weekend and into next week.
1) Dayton Skyscrapers
Dayton Live has once again partnered with Shango: Center for the Study of African American Art and Culture and local artist and exhibition curator Willis “Bing” Davis of EbonNia Gallery for “Visual Voices 2022: Dayton Skyscrapers.” The exhibition is currently on display inside the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton.
Participating artists include Clifford Darrett, Frances Turner, Abner Cope, Yvette-Walker Dalton and Gregg DeGroat. The show, which opened on Wednesday, Jan. 26, is on display through March 31.
The work is available to view from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Cost: Free, no tickets required.
On February 10, Earthquake will be in Los Angeles for the All Star Comedy Jam, where he’ll share the stage with Shaquille O’Neal, Mo’Nique, Bill Bellamy and others. Before that, the product of Washington, D.C. will be back in town for performances at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., Suite 200, The Green, Beavercreek, on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 28 and 29. Show times are 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday. This special engagement is 21 and older. Cost: $37 to $47.
3) Dead of Winter
The music of the Grateful Dead is receiving two nights of love during Dead of Winter at Mother Stewart’s Brewing, 102 W. Columbia St., Springfield, on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 28 and 29. The music festival has Arrows of Neon and Great Northern String Band on Friday and I Dig Pig and Terrapin Moon on Saturday. Music starts around 7 p.m. each night. Cover starts at 6 p.m. Cost: $10 per day in advance, $15 for a two-day pass. Admission is $13 at the door each night.
4) Night of 1000 Harlee’s
It has been a decade since Hamilton native Harlee Rainz started making a name as a drag performer. Now, it’s time to celebrate that staying power with Night of 1000 Harlee’s at Sorg Opera House, 63 S. Main St., Middletown, on Saturday, Jan. 29. Rainz cohosts the evening with Armani Divine. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their favorite Harlee Rainz looks. Cost: Reserved seats are $15 and $20. Doors open at 6 p.m. Roast from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. followed by a 9 p.m. show.
8) A Century of Cinema
The 1938 comedy “Bringing Up Baby” was originally planned for the first of two Katharine Hepburn-themed installments of A Century of Cinema, a new series at Plaza Theatre, 33 S. Main St., Miamisburg. “Bringing up Baby” is unavailable so the featured film at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 is now 1940′s “The Philadelphia Story.” The film stars Hepburn with Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart, who won his only Academy Award for this role. Host Doug Sorrell shares stories, photographs, film clips and more before each screening. Cost: $5. A Century of Cinema, which is supported by a grant from Culture Works, presents “The African Queen” on February 16.
Tribute bands are a big draw in venues throughout the United States. JD Legends, 65 Millard Dr., Franklin, is one local venue leaning into that audience. With four such shows booked in February, it’s only fitting JD Legends should close out January with a tribute show dedicated to one of the architects of heavy metal. Sabbath: Black Sabbath Tribute performs on Friday, Jan. 28. Cost: Tickets start at $10. Hollow: A Tribute to Alice In Chains will also perform. Doors open at 6 p.m. Music begins at 7 p.m.
10) Greg Hahn
Greg Hahn has a unique approach to comedy, which isn’t surprising considering his past. He grew up in Florida and, after playing college basketball, did three years of active duty in the United States Marine Corps followed by one year of reserve. He has appeared on late night network television and “Star Search” and has been a regular on the syndicated radio program, “The Bob & Tom Show.” Hahn returns to Wiley’s Comedy Club, 101 Pine St., Dayton, on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 28 and 29. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday.