The top 10 things to do this week


J.M. Barrie’s creation of “Peter Pan” never grows old, in the tale and as an arts attraction. The Dayton Ballet knows that.

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra joins Dayton Ballet for a production featuring a score by Carmen DeLeone and choreography by Septime Webre. The shows are presented at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, Friday through Sunday, March 20-22. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with 3 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday.

Cost: $23-$78. Discounts are available for seniors 60 and older, students, military and educators. Call 937-228-3630 or visit


For 30 years, the Artemis Center has provided support to area victims of domestic abuse. During that time, the organization has assisted more than 70,000 abuse victims and their children. To help maintain that ongoing battle, the Artemis Center is hosting its 25th anniversary Mardi Gras Gala in Sinclair Community College, Ponitz Center, 444 W. Third St., Dayton, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21. Cost: $150-$5,000. Call 937-222-7233 or visit


During his vast career, Leon Russell has done a bit of everything. As a musician, arranger, producer, singer, songwriter, label head and bandleader, he collaborated with musical superstars as diverse as Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Glen Campbell, B.B. King and Barbra Streisand. The music legend and inductee into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame performs in concert at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24. Cost: $30-$50. Group, military and student discounts are available. Call 937-228-3630 or visit


“In the Garden: Works on Paper From the Permanent Collection,” a new exhibition at Dayton Art Institute, draws from works focused on outdoor spaces. The show, in DAI’s North & South Galleries, 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton, opens on Saturday, March 21. 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. Cost: free for museum members and children 6 and younger. $14 adults and $11 seniors (60+), students (18+ with ID) and active military, $6 youth (7-17). The exhibition is on display through May 31. Call 937-223-4ART (4278) or visit


March 20 is the first day of spring and plenty of folks are just waiting for a chance to get out and work in the yard. It’s fitting that is also the first day of the Dayton Home and Garden Show. The massive event, at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton, continues through Sunday, March 22. There will be plenty of landscape and gardening experts on hand but it’s not all about the great outdoors. The expo, which runs from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, also features home improvement companies, audio-visual specialists, contractors and more. Cost: $6 in advance at Kroger, $8 at the door. Free for children 12 and younger and active military personnel with proper ID. Visit


It’s been nearly a year since Joseph Huber’s album “The Hanging Road” was released by Muddy Roots Recordings. However, the hard-touring Milwaukee-based country-folk artist continues to log mileage supporting the release in the United States and Europe. Huber performs with the Tillers from Cincinnati at Canal Public House, 308 E. First St., Dayton, at 9 p.m. Friday, March 20. Cost: $8 advance, $10 door. Doors open at 7 p.m. Visit


Voodoo Taco, Harvest Mobile Cuisine and Ramen Rickshaw are among the mobile food purveyors participating in the first Food Truck Rally of the season. This installment of the monthly, warm-weather event returns to The Yellow Cab, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton, from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 20. Cost: free. The beer menu includes selections from Warped Wing Brewing Company, Toxic Brew Company and Yellow Springs Brewery. A free screening of “Chef” begins at 7:30 p.m. Food Truck Rallies are held the third Friday of the month. Call 937-203-8175 or visit


Last year, former Cityfolk volunteer Sunni Russo organized a free concert downtown to pay tribute to the now defunct organization’s annual music festival. The experience was so much fun she’s doing it again. In advance of this year’s Cityfolk Celebration concert at Courthouse Square on June 27, Russo is hosting a fundraiser to help pay the performers at BD’s Mongolian Grill, 4488 Glengarry Dr., The Greene, Beavercreek, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25. The fundraiser will feature guest grillers such as WYSO’s Jim “Rev Cool” Carter. Cost: $25 adults, $7 children 2-10, which includes stir fry bowl, soup, salad and fountain drink. Call 937-609-4957 or visit e-mail


Take a musical trip back in time at Gilly’s, 132 S. Jefferson St., Dayton, on Saturday, March 21. The 8 p.m. show features three bands paying tribute to the catalogs of classic-rock icons Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Santana. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call 937-228-8414 or visit


Timber Bob Twit and his hard-partying cousins are having a blast at the Big Bob Buffoonery Trailer Park until an unfortunate mystery derails the fun. That’s a basic setup for “Trailer Park Peril,” the new original whodunit by Mayhem & Mystery Dinner Theatre. The show — which opened at Spaghetti Warehouse, 36 W. Fifth St., Dayton, on March 16 — is presented at 7 p.m. Mondays through April 25. Special Friday shows will be presented on March 27 and April 27. Cost: $25.95 per person for the dinner and show. Tax and gratuity not included. Reservations are required. Call 937-461-3913 and visit