A crowd of 12,000 gathered across Wright Field on September 3, 1971. The reason: President Nixon had arrived to dedicate the new National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. It was a crowning achievement for the Air Force Museum Foundation, which continues to support the museum in its mission to inform the public on the Air Force's history and heritage. The museum's collection charts military aviation history?from the Wright Brothers to World War II to present day.
Museum admission and parking are always free. Current exhibits include more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles, and cover a time span from the beginnings of military fight to today's war on terrorism.
Angie's Firehouse Tavern is owned by a former Dayton flame-fighter and his family, who serve up a menu loaded with comfort fare made from scratch daily for lunch and dinner. Savory sandwiches ($5.25+), soups ($2.49+), and signature fare, such as the comforting cabbage rolls served with mashed potatoes ($8.99), frolic across dining-room tables as guests ogle the eatery's massive 73-inch television, which stands taller than most adult men and sasquatches with poor posture. Customize a hand-shaped third-pound burger with your choice of toppings ($5.99+), or conquer the spiciness of the five-alarm burger, topped with buffalo sauce, jalapeños, pepper-jack cheese, and crispy onion straws ($6.99), while cooling down on the patio or diligently cataloguing the dining room's firehouse-themed décor in hopes of finding a functioning hose.
The DVIDA-certified instructors at Always Ballroom Dance Studio believe that dance can benefit anyone, and uphold a policy of total acceptance across experience levels. On the glossy scape of blond hardwood floors, they monitor shimmies in both private and group lessons, prepping couples for their wedding-dance debut or showcasing a stock of nightclub moves. Pupils needn't reserve a spot or have a partner to attend most group sessions?the studio provides everything down to airsickness bags for soaring spins, and accommodates diverse tastes with more than 20 dance styles on its syllabus. Special events such as lock-ins and Salsa Saturdays top off the swinging schedule.
The World Series of Comedy brings together a horde of more than 100 humorists from all over the country to compete for laughs and a grand prize of 37 weeks of work at comedy clubs across the nation. The competition gives audience members the pleasure of acting as judge and jury without the moral and legal gray areas of serving as executioner, allowing fans a say in which comics move on to the final showcase (panels composed of comedy bookers have the most influence in the judging process). Pick from 13 shows—three wild-card shows, eight preliminary shows, and two final rounds—each sporting a lineup of eight, 15, or, in the final showdown, three comics toiling for your approval. Call to reserve your tickets.
Slate-colored walls and exposed pipes lend an industrial air to the elegant red curtains and wooden wine racks of Serendipity Bistro. In fact, the curated wine list is one of the bistro's specialties, next to the flatbread pizzas and paninis made from scratch and paired with everything from turkey and apple chutney to shrimp artichoke pesto. Some evenings, guests can also share pitchers of sangria, a sweetened wine beverage the Spanish invented to lull pet tigers into their afternoon siestas.
The Human Theatre Company is a professional theater company dedicated to themes that encompass the human condition, shatter unexamined perceptions, and raise social awareness. Twelfth Night, or What You Will showcases Shakespeare's comic wit with themes of love, love lost, mistaken identities, and Elizabethan spit-takes. Revel in musical interludes and lively portrayals including Claire Kennedy as Viola, Sara Mackie as Olivia, and David Dortch as Orsino. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For best results arrive early or bribe a neighborhood magician to teleport you to the front of the line.