Tony Rock learned a long time ago that he cannot accept the fact that he is Chris Rock’s brother. As such, he remains a motivated and hardworking performer, whether he performs in films and television projects, in stand-up comedies, or through recurring gigs like his time as a panelist on “Lights Out With” David Spade “. He recently filmed a pilot for the potential sitcom “Roomationship”. Rock returns to town for a run at Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., Suite 200, The Greene, Beavercreek, Friday through Sunday, January 7-9. Show hours are 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday 7 a.m. and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. This special commitment is for 21 years and over. Cost: $ 22. Call 937-429-5233 or visit dayton.funnybone.com.
In its upcoming “East Meets West”, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra not only contrasts distinct musical cultures, but also different time periods. The Masterworks Series concert at the Schuster Center on Second and Main streets, Dayton, 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, January 7 and 8, features classical works by oriental composers such as Strauss and Mozart. However, the centerpiece of the upcoming Dayton Performing Arts Alliance presentation is Reena Esmail’s contemporary composition “My Sister’s Voice”. For this piece, the DPO will be joined by Hindustani singer Saili Oak and soprano Kasia Borowiec. Cost: $ 14 to $ 68. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.daytonlive.org.
4) “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Contest”
A fierce, all-around competition is recreated at the “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the Tony Award-winning musical staged by INNOVAthéâtre. Nicholas Brown is conducting a new production presented at the Sorg Opera House, 63 S. Main St., Middletown, Thursday through Sunday, January 13-16. The rest of the tech team include assistant director Christopher Koonce, choreographer Anna Rae Brown, vocal director Adelyn Rae Helms and conductor Judy Mansky. Show hours are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with mornings at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost: $ 25. Visit sorgoperahouse.org.
Bubba Sparxx is wasting no time getting back on stage in 2022, with a handful of dates on the books in the first half of the year. His debut program includes a show with DJ Domino at Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 8. Cost: $ 20 to $ 25 general admission. This show is ages 18 and up. Next stop at Oddbody’s is Blaze on Thursday, January 13th. The rescheduled Return from the Grave tour date is a show for all ages with performances by Redd, Insane E, Loc the Demigod, Capn Smoke, Ninja Newman, Lil Ceej, Saint Vengeance and Mile J. Cost: $ 15 admission general, $ 25 reserved space at the kiosk. Visit facebook.com/oddbodys.
6) Marc Chalifoux
Like all performers, Mark Chalifoux has been hit hard by the shutdowns related to the pandemic, but he has found a way to work. The Cincinnati native has adapted to do social distancing shows and outdoor performances and has contributed to Daddy’s Jokes on TheDad.com site. When the restriction eased, he hit the road and began filming the experience for the next five months. The results are her first stand-up special, which will be released in 2022. Chalifoux will perform at Wiley’s Comedy Club, 101 Pine St., Dayton, on Friday and Saturday January 7 and 8. : 3 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. Cost: $ 15. 937-224-5653 or wileyscomedy.com.
Level Up Productions has scheduled three large acoustic showcases in January at Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton. There’s A Wintry Mix with Nasty Bingo and Friends on Friday January 14th and Winterfolk Fest 2022 on Saturday January 15th. Before that, however, is An Intimate Evening of Singer Songwriters with Charlie Jackson, David Payne, Brandon Good and John Duty at 9 p.m. on Saturday, January 8. Cost: $ 7 in presale, $ 10 day of show. Visit yellowcabtavern.com.
The late 60’s and early 70’s were a time of change for performing musicals with contemporary productions like “Hair” and “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Like the latter, “Godspell,” which premiered on Off-Broadway in 1971, used the Bible as the source material for a modern update. “Godspell” is the next show from The Comedia Dinner Theater, 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro. It opens Thursday, January 13. Show hours are between 12:30 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and between 7:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Doors open two hours before show time. The buffet opens around 11:15 a.m. for mornings and 6:15 p.m. for evening performances. Cost: $ 67 to $ 78 for adults, $ 37 for children 11 and under. “Godspell” runs through Sunday February 13th. Call 1-800-677-9505 or visit lacomedia.com.
9) 90s dance party
Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton has plenty of acoustic shows booked in January, but the venue management also realizes that sometimes the best advice is just “Dance!” With that in mind, the club hosts in DJ Sexbox the first Friday of each month for Love U: A ’90s RnB Night. The next episode, at 9 p.m. on Friday, January 7, features a mix of Destiny’s Child, Usher, TLC, and other acts from the era. Cost: $ 5 in presale, $ 7 day of the show. Visit yellowcabtavern.com.
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