1) DAI’S TOIL AND LEISURE
Time is running out to see the Dayton Art Institute’s exhibition, “Toil and Leisure: The Evolution of French Landscape Painting in the 18th and 19th Centuries.” The show, in DAI’s Gallery 218, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, is on view through Sunday, Jan. 10.
“Toil and Leisure” examines the evolution of 19th century works by some of Paul Cézanne’s near contemporaries such as Jean Baptiste Camille Corot, Jean François Millet and Charles François Daubigny.
Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 937-223-4ART (4278) or visit www.daytonartinstitute.org.
2) JON REEP
Jon Reep isn’t part of Jeff Foxworthy’s Blue Collar Comedy posse but the North Carolina native certainly comes from a similar creative spot. The actor-comedian, who has used in southern wit in recurring roles on television programs like “Rodney” and “Eastbound and Down,” returns to town for a run at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 7 through 10. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Sunday and 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cost: $12-$42 Thursday and Sunday, $17-$47 Friday and Saturday. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit www.daytonfunnybone.com.
3) BY LIGHT WE LOOM
It’s still a few days until By Light We Loom releases, “Caught in the Tide,” but the members of Cleveland indie duo aren’t sitting around waiting for their new EP to drop. The husband and wife team of Shanna Delaney and Eric Ling are back on the road playing new songs and cuts from its previous EP, “The Ignition.” By Light We Loom performs at Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St., Dayton, at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2. New Moons from Cincinnati and the Florals from Springfield are also on the all-Ohio bill. Cost: $5. Call 937-938-6405 or visit www.blindbobs.com.
4) NEW YEAR’S DAY SKATE
FiveRivers MetroParks is inviting people to celebrate the first day of 2016 with family and friends for a New Year’s Day Skate downtown from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1. The location is the Ice Rink at RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton. Cost: $5 admission, $2 skate rentals. All ages are welcome and no registration is required. The ice rink is open through Feb. 29. Call 937-278-2607 or visit www.metroparks.org.
5) MID-DAY ARTS CAFÉ
The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is the focus of the latest installment of the Mid-Day Arts Café. Victoria Theatre Association’s ongoing lunchtime series devoted to local arts groups returns to the Schuster Center’s Mathile Theatre, Second and Main streets, Dayton, from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5. The DPO’s Artistic Director Neal Gittleman will speak. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. Cost: $15, which includes a complete box lunch. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
The members of local death metal band Denihilist have been slowing teasing its upcoming release, the new EP, “Eulogy,” with a few streaming songs since the summer. The CD was officially released on Dec. 29 and Denihilist celebrates the occasion with a live show at Rockstar Pro Arena, 1106 E. Third St., Dayton, Saturday, Jan. 2, with special guests Eternal Void, Demolisher, Shores of Elysium, Dead Friends and Plagues. Doors open at 6 p.m. That evening Denihilist will also shoot a live music video. Cost: $10. Visit www.rockstarprowrestling.com.
7) LIVE ANIMAL PARTY
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 DeWeese Pkwy., Dayton, is ushering in 2016 with A Live Animal Celebration at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2. The afternoon program is a celebration for the 26th birthday of the museum’s 16-foot Burmese python. Cost: $10 children (3-16), $11 seniors (60 and older), $13 adults, free for children younger than 3. Call 937-275-7431 or www.boonshoftmuseum.org.
To many music fans, John Darnielle is the singer for the Mountain Ghosts, the indie rock outfit he has led since 1991. However, to a growing number of people, he is also a burgeoning novelist. His debut work of straight fiction, “Wolf in White Van,” is about a game designer living with a severe disfigurement. “Wolf in White Van,” which was nominated for the National Book Award for Fiction in 2014, is the January selection for Pub-Lit, Dayton Metro Library’s monthly adult book club. The next meeting of Pub-Lit is at Brixx Ice Company, 500 E. First St., Dayton, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5. Cost:Free. Call 937-496-8910 or visit www.daytonmetrolibrary.org.
9) MEG CAVANAUGH
London based Meg Cavanaugh, an Alter High School graduate, recently completed her second locally produced CD, “Hello Mr. Magpie.” Like her 2010 album, “The Musketeers Handbook,” she returned from England to record the material with Steve Falearos at Babblefish Recording Studio in Franklin. Falearos also released the album on his new label, ADI Records. Cavanaugh performs at Canal Public House, 308 E. First St., Dayton, at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6. For this show, she will be backed the same musicians that played on her album. Cost: $5. Visit www.canalpublichouse.com.
10) CROOKED HANDLE BREWING CO.
The craft beer scene in the area continues to grow. Crooked Handle Brewing Co., 760 N. Main St., in Springboro recently became the latest entry in the Miami Valley’s growing number of businesses producing their own specialty brews. The company opened by owner and head brewer Jason Moor and his business partner Jeff Pedro Jr. join suburban brewers like Star City in Miamisburg, Hairless Hare in Vandalia and Eudora in Centerville. Crooked Handle’s current offerings include Matchstick Amber, Your Mom’s Oatmeal Stout, the Farm Saison and Short Fuze IPA. The tasting room is open from 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday, Jan. 1. Call 937-790-3450 or visit www.chbeer.com.