Nestled in a snug turquoise storefront, the Little Art Theatre festoons its silver screen with independent flicks and films helmed by local auteurs. Cineastes can treat peepers to current and upcoming features, such as the Ewan McGregor–starring dramedy Beginners, or Buck, a moving documentary about Buck Brannaman, the inspiration for The Horse Whisperer and its sequel The Horse Whisperer 2: Whisper Harder. Crafted by an artist more than 50 years ago, six stoic houselights preside over enraptured audiences cushioned in the intimate 180-seat theater. Two cartons of buttery popcorn grease up thumbs for swift up-or-down critiquing, and curious patrons can eat while pondering the projector room’s celluloid secrets.
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.
Dixie Twin Drive-In transports moviegoers back to the 1950s with a constantly changing selection of first-run films on two outdoor screens, one 120’ x 52’ and the other 100’ x 65’. Cars pull into the drive-in’s tree-enclosed grounds and tune into a private FM radio station, which provides the audio accompaniment to movies’ car chases, star-crossed love affairs, and alien invasions wedged awkwardly in the middle of historical biopics. The theater starts the season with weekend screenings, then kicks into full swing with daily screenings during the warmest weeks of summer.
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.
For $10, you get two tickets to see Mike Lukas on Friday, August 5, at 9 p.m. (a $20 value). For $12, you get two tickets to see Mike Lukas on Saturday, August 6, at 8 p.m. (a $24 value). For $12, you get two tickets to see Mike Lukas on Saturday, August 6, at 10:30 p.m. (a $24 value).
The first Funny Bone was born more than three decades ago after a comedy show left cofounder Gerald Kubach's sides aching so bad that he knew he had to get into the standup business. Now in more than 25 cities, the clubs have played host to such luminaries as Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, and Roseanne Barr. In Dayton, while patrons practice projecting their laughter toward the stage they can quash hunger by digging into a menu of pub fare.