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The show times are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays until January 30. Cost: $18, $20. Season passes are available. Call 937-424-8477 or visit www.daytonplayhouse.org.

2) Living room of the house

If you’re looking to remodel your home in 2022, Greater Dayton Home Show has professionals in kitchens, heating and cooling, bathrooms and more to help you get there. The event returns for a second consecutive weekend at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 645 Infirmary Road, Dayton on Saturday and Sunday, January 15-16. Home salon hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $6. Visit montcofair.com/event.

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3) Winger

It’s been a long and winding road for Winger since the band was formed by Kip Winger (vocals, bass) in 1987. Although there have been periods of inactivity, the core of the band remains founding members Reb Beach (guitar, keyboards), Paul Taylor (keyboards, guitar) and Rob Morgenstein (drums). The hard rock band, who embark on the Monsters of Rock cruise in February, return to the area for a concert at BMI Speedway, 791 E. Main St., Versailles, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 15. Special Firehouse guests will also perform. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost: $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Premium seats available for an additional $25 or add $50 for a single group VIP package. 937-526-9547 or www.bmikarts.com.

4) ‘Charlie and Doggy and the Song at the Edge of the World’

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Artistic Director Mackensie King and Executive Director Philip Drennen of TheatreLab Dayton, formerly Dare 2 Defy Productions, opens a new season with “Charlie & Doggy: And the Song at the Edge of the World.” The original musical plays at the PNC Arts Annex in Dayton, January 19-22.

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Artistic Director Mackensie King and Executive Director Philip Drennen of TheatreLab Dayton, formerly Dare 2 Defy Productions, open a new season with
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Artistic Director Mackensie King and Executive Director Philip Drennen of TheatreLab Dayton, formerly Dare 2 Defy Productions, opens a new season with “Charlie & Doggy: And the Song at the Edge of the World.” The original musical plays at the PNC Arts Annex in Dayton, January 19-22.

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Local community theater company formerly known as Dare 2 Defy Productions opens a new season under a new name, TheaterLab Dayton. Artistic Director Mackensie King and Executive Director Philip Drennen recently announced the rebranded company’s debut show, “Charlie and Doggy and the Song at the Edge of the World.” The original musical, which features an all-local cast, plays at PNC Arts Annex, 46 W. Second St., Dayton, Wednesday through Saturday, January 19-22. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cost: $28 to $53. theatrelabdayton.org. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.daytonlive.org.

5) Michael Blackson

Michael Blackson lived in West Africa until he was 11, so the teenage immigrant to the United States never imagined he’d be a touring comedian with credits in films like ” Coming 2 America” ​​and “Next Friday”. Blackson, who was a 19-year-old assistant manager at a Domino’s in Philadelphia when he made his first open mic, is in town for three sets at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., Suite 200, The Greene, Beavercreek, the Sunday January 16. Show times are 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Single tickets are not available for this show; only tables of two and four people. It’s $96 for tables of two, $192 for tables of four. VIP packages are available. Call 937-429-5233 or visit dayton.funnybone.com.

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West African native Michael Blackson, whose film credits include “Coming 2 America” ​​and “Next Friday,” performs three shows at Funny Bone Comedy Club at The Green in Beavercreek on Sunday, January 16.

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West African native Michael Blackson whose film credits include
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West African native Michael Blackson, whose film credits include “Coming 2 America” ​​and “Next Friday,” performs three shows at Funny Bone Comedy Club at The Green in Beavercreek on Sunday, January 16.

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6) Battle of the Bands

The Dayton Battle of the Bands was scheduled to begin at Brightside, 905 E. Third St., Dayton on Thursday, January 13 with performances by Luv Locz Experiment, Intergalactic Space Force, Seth Gilliam & The Fake News and Mojo Power. However, the first show has been moved to February 24. The first week now begins on Thursday January 20 with performances by Stringus Khan, Christopher Heider and Steven Gregory & Cody Curtis. Music starts at 7 p.m. Entrants are scored on scores from a panel of judges and public votes, with each week’s winner advancing to the finals on Saturday, February 26. Call 937-410-0450 or visit www.thebrightsidedayton.com.

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7) Battle of the sexes

The age-old struggle between men and women takes center stage when Metaphorically Speaking hosts a spoken word evening. “Battle of the Sexes” premieres at the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton, at 7 p.m. Saturday, January 15. Cost: $34.97 general admission, $49.97 premium admission, and $99.97 VIP admission. Visit acemetaphor.shop.

8) “Dirty Harry”

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The historic Plaza Theater in downtown Miamisburg will perform “A Century of Cinema,” a 12-month run beginning December 1.

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The historic Plaza Theater in downtown Miamisburg will offer
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The historic Plaza Theater in downtown Miamisburg will perform “A Century of Cinema,” a 12-month run beginning December 1.

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Twice a month, Doug Sorrell hosts “A Century of Cinema” at the Plaza Theater, 33 S. Main St., Miamisburg. Each event includes a film screening as well as a session where Sorrell shares stories, photos, film clips and more. The next movie in the series is “Dirty Harry” starring Clint Eastwood at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19. Cost: $5. “A Century of Cinema,” supported by a grant from Culture Works, focuses on Katharine Hepburn next month with “Bringing Up Baby” on February 2 and “The African Queen” on February 16. Call 937-530-8013 or visit www.myplazatheatre.com.

9) Mat Alano Martin

While the Bobcat Goldthwait show on Sunday January 16 has been postponed to a later date, there will still be live comedy at Wiley’s Comedy Club, 101 Pine St., Dayton, this weekend. The club welcomes Mat Alano-Martin on Friday and Saturday January 14 and 15. The Indiana native cut his teeth playing in punk rock bands before moving into comedy in his mid-30s. He is releasing his first stand-up special in 2022 as well as his third comedy album. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and 7:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $15. Call 937-224-5653 or visit wileyscomedy.com.

10) ‘The Wizard of Oz’

On Sunday, January 16, The Brightside, 905 E. Third St., Dayton, hosts its next episode of Dayton Dinner Theater at 6 p.m. “The Wizard of Oz” is the featured film at this unique screening event which also features live jazz. music and dinner by Brock Masterson. Next in the Dayton Dinner Theater series is “The Princess Bride” on January 30. Call 937-410-0450 or visit www.thebrightsidedayton.com.

Contact this contributing writer at 937-287-6139 or email [email protected]