A new service called Hoopla is being introduced by The Dayton Metro Library for patrons who enjoy digital movies, television shows and music.
According to Jean Gaffney, manager of acquisition and collection development, holiday time seemed the perfect time to introduce the new service because staffers are anticipating that many library patrons will be receiving gifts of e-readers, tablets and smart phones for the holidays.
“We already offer audio books and ebooks through Overdrive, and digital magazines with Zinio,” Gaffney said. “Now Hoopla provides thousands of movie titles, television episodes and CDs for downloading or streaming to computers and portable devices.”
Hoopla offers thousands of titles from major Hollywood studios and record companies for downloading or instant streaming on smart phones, tablets and computers, free of charge. Only a Dayton Metro Library card is needed to access the service from the library’s website.
Gaffney says Hoopla offers more than 3,000 movies, 9,000 television episodes and 300,000 full-length music CDs, with new releases scheduled each week.
“Hoopla fills a need for our patrons who want to take their entertainment with them wherever they go,” she said. “You don’t have to wait to borrow anything, and the automatic return means there are no late fees. The service is completely free.”
To access Hoopla, visit the library’s website at DaytonMetroLibrary.org. Users must have a Dayton Metro Library card and PIN number to register. Library cards are free to anyone residing in the state of Ohio. Cards must be issued in person at any Dayton Metro Library location. For more information, call the library at (937) 496-8904.
Miami Valley Symphony to present holiday concert today
Members of Muse Machine and the Gem City Ballet will join the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra for a 3 p.m. holiday concert today at The Masonic Center. A crowd of 1,500 is expected for this first Christmas Spectacular.
According to Tom Jacobs, a founding member of the orchestra, the hope is that the holiday concert will become an annual tradition.
Tim Olt, music director for Muse Machine, is conducting and Saul Caplan — who played Lazar Wolf in the recent Human Race production of “Fiddler on the Roof” — is serving as host and storyteller for the performance.
At the performance, a new podium and conductor’s stand will be dedicated. Created by woodworkers Harold Prigozen and Burt Saidel, the new stand honors conductor Charles Wendelken Wilson, who served both the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the MVSO for many years. It is also being dedicated to the memory of Hank Cates of WDPR-Radio.
A limited number of free tickets for today’s concert are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Masonic Center is located at 525 W. Riverview Ave., across from the Dayton Art Institute. Parking is free.
The Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker comes to movie theaters
On Tuesday evening, Dec. 17, audiences across the United States will be able to see Peter Wright’s classic production of The Nutcracker, first seen at Covent Garden in 1984 and performed by The Royal Ballet.
Among the theaters that will be showing the live ballet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, are Dayton South 16, Huber Heights 16, Hollywood Stadium at Fairfield Commons and Deerfield Towne Center in Mason.
Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.fathomevents.com
Mid-Day Arts Cafe to feature Muse Machine
The Mid-Day Arts Café. the popular luncheon series that spotlights our area’s arts organizations, will feature Muse Machine at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17.
Mary Carr, the organization’s executive director, will discuss their upcoming production of “Seussical The Musical” and members of the cast — ranging from 11 to 18 years old — will perform songs and dances from the show.
Muse Machine, an arts education organization, annually serving 70,000 students and their teachers in 10 counties in southwestern Ohio. Since its inception in 1982, Muse Machine has produced 25 annual musicals and 13 summer concerts, and engaged thousands of students through arts-integrated classroom instruction, interactive workshops and professional development for teachers.
The Cafe begins at 11:30 a.m., with the presentation at noon. Tickets are $12 and include lunch and a $3 parking ticket at the Arts Garage. Order online at www.TicketCenterStage.com or call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630.
Dayton native to premiere new film today
Dayton-native Toni Dixon will premiere her new short film “From Hidden Pain to Freedom” at 7:30 p.m. tonight at The Neon movie theater in downtown Dayton.
The film tells the story of a little girl who survives physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
Tickets are $10 each.
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Artistic Director to speak at the Fitton Center in Hamilton
Blake Robison, the artistic director of the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, will discuss his theater’s current and future programming at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 in the Carruthers Signature Ballroom at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton.
Robison, who will be in his second year at the Playhouse, was most recently Producing Artistic Director of the Round House Theatre outside Washington, D.C.
This presentation is part of the Celebrating Self Luncheon Series, a casual and informative event featuring regional speakers, a variety of topics and food catered by Coach House Catering. The Carruthers Signature Ballroom opens at 11:30 a.m. with a buffet lunch and musical entertainment by Treva Boardman.
The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. For tickets, call ( 513) 863-8873 ext. 110 or visit the website, www.fittoncenter.org. The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S. Monument Ave. on the Riverfront in Downtown Hamilton.
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