It’s been an eventful few days for Dayton-raised comedian Katt Williams.
Williams won his first Emmy Sept. 8 at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards for being a guest actor on Donald Glover's acclaimed show “Atlanta.”
He also told police he had a gun drawn on him and apparently made up with one of the nation’s hottest comedians.
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Williams was on hand at Monday night’s primetime Emmy Awards ceremony and apparently dropped his beef with fellow comedian Tiffany Haddish after criticizing her on a radio station Friday.
He kneeled at Haddish’s feet in photos she posted to social media.
In the photo, Haddish carries the Emmy she won at the Creative Arts Emmy Award ceremony.
The comedian on Saturday told Gwinnett County Georgia police that V-103’s Wanda Smith’s husband pointed a gun at him outside the Atlanta Comedy Theater in Norcross, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Smith’s husband LaMorris Sellers told police his gun had merely fallen out, the newspaper reports.
The incident was reportedly related to a fierce back and forth between Smith and Williams on V-103 radio station.
During the interview, Williams also slammed Haddish in support of more established black female comedians, referred to being from Ohio and talked about the hard work he has put into the industry.
A video of the radio interview has been seen by more than two million people.
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Williams was born in Cincinnati and raised in Dayton.
One of Wright State’s most purr-fect former students is expected to return to her old stomping grounds.
A lot has changed for former Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger since her days playing Julie LaVerne in Wright State’s 1998 production of “Show Boat” opposite Michael Mueller as Pete. She also played Velma in “Chicago.”
Scherzinger, who studied musical theater and dance at the Fairborn university from 1996 to 1999, will receive the 2017 Alumna of the Year Award from the Wright State Alumni Association on Monday Aug. 27. She was unable to attend last year’s ceremony.
“The awards committee, made up of Nicole’s fellow degreed and non-degreed alumni, selected her because of her international acclaim, multiple award nominations, including Grammy and Olivier, and platinum-selling albums combined with her frequent acknowledgement of Wright State University as an important influence in her growth and success,” Greg Scharer, executive director of alumni relations, said as part of a post on Wright State’s website.
None of the programs are open to the general public.
Scherzinger will participate in several private events and classes in Wright State’s Creative Arts Center including a question-and-answer session with students, faculty and university supporters facilitated by Joe Deer, chair of the Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Picture.
“Her obvious talent and, almost as striking, her kindness were undeniable,” Deer, Scherzinger’s professor during her time at the school, said in a Wright State post. “I have had students with either great talent or incredible drive and focus. But Nicole is the rare student with both.”
During her time with the Pussycat Dolls, the group was nominated for a Grammy for the 2007’s "Stickwitu.”
The group lost to “My Humps" by The Black Eyed Peas for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
Scherzinger has sold 37 million singles worldwide as an solo artist and with the Pussycat Dolls.
Born in Hawaii and raised in Louisville, Scherzinger has starred in the acclaimed musical “Rent” at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for playing “Grizabella” in “Cats.”
She has hosted “The X Factor” in the U.S. and UK and been a judge and actress on a number of other TV shows.
Schnitzel, kibbee and muffaletta , oh yum.
Cultures from around the world will be celebrated now through fall.
There will be music, culture and soooo much delicious food.
Below are some of our favorite upcoming ethnic festivals to help you prepare your tum-tum for culinary adventures right here at home.
1) Germanfest Picnic
Dayton’s Liederkranz-Turner club has all the bier, schnitzel and Oompa-pa bands one can take.
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Why go: Entertainment includes Triad of Comedy, The Band 5, Nothing But Treble, Last Call Trio, Full Throttle, Ludlow and Hey There Morgan.
There will be a kids zone with games and rides, craft vendors, a genealogy area, a raffle for a trip to Germany for two, a Bavarian fashion show, a race/walk and cultural displays.
The RTA will offer free shuttles to parking areas.
The polka mass takes place at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12.
Where: RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton
When: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12
Cost: Free admission
2) Dayton African American Cultural Festival
Why go: The celebration of African and African American culture includes food, African drumming, dance and gospel, jazz, blues, hip-hop and R&B music on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Island MetroPark.
There will be performances by Lenny Williams; Chay Buddah; Mississippi Red; 565 Nation; Rachel Shaw and Renee Pate.
The festival’s gospel explosion will be held Sunday, Aug. 19, at Courthouse Square.
Locations: Island MetroPark, 101 E. Helena St., Dayton (Saturday) and Courthouse Square near the corner of Third and Main Streets in downtown Dayton (Sunday)
When: Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19
Cost: Free admission
3) Greater Dayton Lebanese Festival
Why go: Dive into kibbee, kafta, baklawa, shawarma and other handmade Lebanese foods at this beloved festival. There will be dance, cultural displays and amusement park rides. There will be a Catholic Mass at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26.
When: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25; 11 to 6 p.m. Sunday Aug. 26
Where: St. Ignatius Maronite Catholic Church, 5915 Springboro Pike, West Carrollton
Cost: Free admission
4) Dayton Greek Festival
Why go: You will find opa for days at the 60th annual festival.
Meal options include pastitsio, moussaka, Greek pizza, tsoureki, dolmades, gyro sandwiches and so many delicious desserts.
Saganaki, flamed Greek cheese, will be served for a second year and there will be tours of the church’s Byzantine-style sanctuary, as well as shopping in the Grecian Boutique, music and dance.
Free parking shuttle bus will take festival-goers to and from the Grandview employee lot on Shaw Avenue.
Where: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 500 Belmonte Park N., Dayton
When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept 8; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9.
Cost: Free admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Admission for the remainder of the festival is $2 per adult for the entire weekend. Entry is free for children 12 and younger.
5) Italian Fall Festa
Gelato, spaghetti and all the meatballs, muffaletta sandwiches and homemade calzones are among the delicious treats that will be found at the 41st annual festival.
In 2014, the festival required about 600 gallons of sauce, 20,000 meatballs and 9,400 sausages and about 900 volunteers to put on.
There will be a Meatball Madness 5K, children’s games, bocce, live music, a spaghetti eating contest, beer, wine, Italian drinks, dancing and daily featured dinners at the event sponsored by the John Pirelli Lodge #1633.
A pre-Festa lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, by calling 937-258-3600
Where: Bella Villa Hall, 2625 County Line Road, Kettering
When: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8; noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9.
Cost: Free admission and parking
6) Hispanic Heritage Festival
Why go: The vibrant festival starts with a parade at noon.
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Entertainment includes URBachata; Rika Swing; Al Son Del lya, Rondalla Puerto Rico, Hot Enchiladas; The Amador Sisters; Orgullo Mexicana; dance lessons by Salsannati and Que Lindo Es Panama.
Organized by Puerto Rican, American and Caribbean Organization (PACO) Latino, the celebration partners with URS Rubber Duck Regetta and includes a children area, food vendors, a Latin karaoke competition, zumba and games.
When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15
Where: RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton
Cost: Free admission
7) Oktoberfest at Dayton Art Institute
Why go: Art, beer, bands, brats and Bavarian roasted nuts. There is a reason so many people collect Oktoberfest beer steins and T-shirts each year. So many great memories are created at Oktoberfest, a fundraiser for the DAI that has attracted 875,000 and has raised more than $5 million since its inception in 1972.
Where: The Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N, Dayton
When: Oktoberfest Lederhosen Lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Oktoberfest Preview Party, 7-11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21.
Oktoberfest hours: noon to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23.
How much will it cost you? Admission to the lunch is free. Advance tickets to the preview party are $55 for members and $75 for non-members. Gate admission is $95. Ticket sales begin later this month.
Advance Oktoberfest general admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors ages 60 and older and youth ages 7 to 18. Gate admission is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and youth.
Children 6 and younger admitted free of charge.
Being hot and bothered has landed a Chaminade Julienne High School graduate a big award.
Leah Byrd just won Favorite Youth Film for ages 19 to 22 at the BlackStar Film Festival for her highly praised webseries “Hot and Bothered.”
The show, the Wright State University grad’s first film project of its size, discusses what it is like to be “black and queer in Midwestern America.”
The series’ first two shows opened for the Emmy-nominated webseries “Brown Girls” at last year’s Citizen Jane Film Festival in Columbia, Mo.
Dayton is part of a living legend’s swan song.
Scenes for the “Old Man and The Gun,” reportedly actor Robert Redford’s last film, were filmed in the Gem City, Hamilton and Cincinnati in May of 2017.
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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Redford said he is ending his six-decade career.
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Redford told the magazine:“Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and [I’ll] move towards retirement after this ’cause I’ve been doing it since I was 21. I thought, Well, that’s enough. And why not go out with something that’s very upbeat and positive?”
Redford plays Forrest Tucker, a real-life bank robber in “Old Man and the Gun.”
Fox Searchlight is set to release the film also starring Danny Glover, Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek, on Oct. 5.
The former Liberty Savings Bank section of Liberty Tower — an art deco high-rise at 120 W. Second St. — was also used for the film.
Parts of downtown Hamilton were also used.
A gas station and the Midway Theater in Bethel (southeast of Cincinnati) were also used in the movie.
The Dayton skyline and Liberty Tower are among the scenes seen in the trailer.
In the battle for your plant, most gardeners can agree that the only good Japanese beetles are no Japanese beetles.
Betty Hoevel, the charismatic adult education supervisor at Five River MetroParks’ Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, said the people are often on the losing side of the battle.
“They are a constant worry because they just eat and eat and eat,” she said of bug with the copper-brown colored wing covers. Accidentally imported from Japan in the 1900s via New Jersey (thanks a lot!?!), Japanese beetles can wreck farm crops and are a nuisance to home gardeners.
The pests are particularly fond of roses (especially the ones you really, really love), but can prey on 300 species of plants, according to the University of Kentucky’s college of agriculture, food and environment.
“We don’t have enough predators to eat them,” she said.
Small birds cannot eat their hard metallic, blue-green bodies.
Natural predators like those found in Japan have not been able to be acquired in large enough numbers to control them here, Hoevel said.
“Sometimes it looks like the Wegerzyn rose bushes are glowing (due to a feeding frenzy),” she added.
The vein in your forehead might be twitching due to frustration, but Hoevel said the beetles are having a banner year.
“They are as bad as they have ever been,” she said. “It is not a light year.”
The good news is they will be gone in a few weeks, as they live 30 to 50 days, she said.
The bad news is that they aren’t gone yet and the females have been laying eggs — about 50 each — that will grow into grubs that eat root systems in the spring.
“Literally, they just eat all the roots and the organic material they can find,” she said.
They start emerging in June and devouring as much as they can.
The females are the worst.
Besides producing new beetles, Hoevel says they are big eaters and send out pheromones that can be left on your prized plants.
The dinner bell in the form of pheromones explains why you often find Japanese beetles clustered together and chomping one flower.
“They eat until they are done. Screaming doesn’t help. I’ve tried that, Hoevel said, only half joking. “Threatening them with a dog does not help.”
Neem oil and other sprays can be effective, but only go so far.
“It is only going to effect the beetle that it (the spray) hits,” she said.
Drowning beetles you come across in a bucket or container containing soapy water is often the only defense a rose lover has, but Hoevel said there are other options like using your feet.
“I am a firm believer that if you don’t have your soapy water, you can step on them,” she said.
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UPDATED 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 20: The Friday, July 20, Dave Koz concert at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering has been postponed until Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, Fraze Pavilion announced.
“We apologize for any inconvenience and THANK YOU for your patience as we worked with the Koz team to reschedule this date for you. Tickets for tonight's show will be honored on September 9, 2018 or if you are unable to attend, refunds will be issued at the original point of purchase through September 8, 2018. The safety of our guests, the artists, and our team are very important to us,” the Fraze just announced.
When Dave Koz & Friends’ Summer Horns Tour hits Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Friday, July 20, it’ll be much different than the last two outings.
Koz and his saxophone-playing collaborators Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot and Mindi Abair had great success with the Grammy-nominated “Summer Horns” (2013). When Abair was unable to participate in the follow-up album, it allowed Koz, Albright and Elliot to expand their sound by enlisting trombonist Aubrey Logan and trumpeter Rick Braun.
Koz recently discussed “Summer Horns II: From A to Z,” which was released on June 22.
“We had the opportunity to bring in trumpet and trombone, the heavy hitters, to create that classic horn section sound with sax. We all love that sound. It’s been a part of all genres of popular music for generations. That’s the sound we really took on for this project, which is very different from the last time we got together. We really wanted to celebrate that classic horn section sound in all the different genres and eras it’s been popular.”
“We all have successful solo careers. We travel the world playing our own music, but we all really began as ensemble players. When we get together as the ensemble Summer Horns it accesses a different part of our musical DNA. It’s in there as a blueprint. Playing next to somebody and creating sounds much bigger than your own sounds is a big part of who we are as musicians and that’s what this project is to all of us.”
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“The other big stars of this project are the three amazing horn arrangers. These are the guys that created the pop sound of the horn section. Greg Adams was one of the founding members and principal horn arrangers for Tower of Power. Tom Scott has arranged horns for everyone from Michael Jackson to Steely Dan and everyone in between. Gordon Goodwin, with his Big Fat Band, is one of the greatest horn arrangers of all time. We could be the greatest players in the world but without the right notes to play we’d sound like crap. It would be chaos.”
“Not to make it too self-involved or self-important, but the society we’re living in just isn’t very nice. I like being part of something people can look at on the stage and say, ‘Look at them, they could each be doing their own show, but they chose to be together to support each other and to create something larger than their own interests, even if it’s just for this one summer.’ I love what that says.”
HOW TO GO
What: Dave Koz & Friends’ Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and Aubrey Logan
Where: Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 20
Cost: $46.50 law & terrace, $56.50 side orchestra, $66.50 center orchestra in advance. All ticket prices increase $5 day of show
More info: 937-296-3300 or www.fraze.com
Artist info: https://davekoz.com
Challenge accepted and mic dropped.
One of our favorite moments of 2018 was when Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies jumped lip first into the police lip sync challenge started over the summer by Alexander Mena, a deputy from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office in Texas.
Officers from around the nation have taken the challenge, lip syncing to songs ranging from Diana Ross’ “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Montgomery County deputies Nicholas DeVore and Craig Eaton took on “Whatever it Takes” by Imagine Dragons. DeVore handles the bulk of the lip syncing, but Eaton holds his own in the head bopping department.
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