Enjoy art, beer and shopping specials at downtown Dayton’s ‘First Friday’ event

Now that the spooky season has come to an end, businesses across downtown Dayton are gearing up to ring in the holiday season with new art, dining and entertainment options.



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To showcase these new offerings, the Downtown Dayton Partnership will present its First Friday event, beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6. A highlight of November’s First Friday event will be the local art, with several exhibit openings at local galleries.

Throughout the event, customers at all downtown Dayton businesses are asked to continue to socially distance and wear face coverings.

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These are the places to enjoy art, dance, music, and film in downtown Dayton during November’s First Friday event:

  • The Contemporary Dayton, 120 N. Jefferson St.: The Contemporary Dayton presents the world of Nari Ward’s in “We The People.” With this nearly 60-foot-wide wall installation, Ward recreates the words that start the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution and seeks to explore how this living document remains vital as Americans reflect upon one of the most spirited elections of recent times. The gallery will be open until 8 p.m.
  • Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N.: Start your First Friday at the museum with its most recent exhibit, “From Picasso to Hockney: Modern Art on Stage,” open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. A traveling exhibition drawn from the McNay Art Museum’s renowned Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, Picasso to Hockney features more than 120 objects of set and costume design.
  • Dutoit Gallery, 1001 E. Second St. (Front Street Galleries): An opening reception is planned for an exhibition featuring drawings by Sam Kelly made during a two-week Drawing Marathon through the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 6, from 5-9 p.m.
  • Dayton Society of Artists, 48 High St. Dayton: The gallery will debut its latest exhibition, “Emergence.” This is a juried exhibition showcasing works from area college students, or recently graduated students, who live, work or attend school within the Dayton area. Book an Appointment to see the Exhibition online or call 937-228-4532.
  • Dana L. Wiley Gallery, 1001 E. Second St. (Front Street Galleries): “Into the Woods” features the artwork of international artist Annika Lindfors and regional artist Barbara Martin.
  • Edward A. Dixon Gallery, lobby of 131 N. Ludlow St.: In the gallery’s new location in the lobby of the Talbott Tower, visitors will find a collection of curated art from gallerist Edward A. Dixon, including discounted pieces. The gallery will be open by appointment only. Call the gallery at (937) 985-2115.
  • First Friday at Front Street, 1001 E. Second St.: First Friday at Front Street provides Dayton with an evening rich in art, food trucks, community and live entertainment by Scott Lindberg. Artists, curators and craftsmen invite you to tour art studios, workshops and gallery exhibitions. Rolling Oasis food truck will
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Pitcher Jon Lester’s farewell gift to Chicago Cubs fans: $43,000 in beer

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2016, file photo, Chicago Cubs starter Jon Lester throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago. Kris Bryant is back. Same for Anthony Rizzo and Jon Lester, too. Even 1908 is back in the picture. That was the last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series before Bryant and company ended the drought last November. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
Pitcher Jon Lester’s contract expired, so he gave Chicago Cubs fans a farewell gift: suds galore. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)

The modern athlete bids farewell on social media, with a few kind thoughts on Twitter or Instagram. That wouldn’t quite do for pitcher Jon Lester.

The Chicago Cubs signed Lester as one of the final pieces to a championship puzzle. In 2016, the second year of his $155-million contract, Lester helped lead the Cubs to their first World Series championship in 108 years.

That contract now has expired. On Friday, Lester toasted the Cubs fans: Enjoy a beer on me.

Lester listed four Chicago bars and said the first Miller Lite over the weekend would be on him. Each morning, he posted the previous night’s receipts.

He picked up the tab for 4,838 beers — and, in a nod to his uniform number, he tipped 34%.

The grand total was more than $43,000.

A Chicago bar Lester did not include in his offer got in on the celebration anyway, selling Miller Lite to raise funds for Lester’s favorite charity.

On Halloween weekend, Lester put Chicago in a good holiday mood.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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Pitcher Jon Lester’s farewell gift to Chicago Cubs fans: $15,000 in beer

The modern athlete bids farewell on social media, with a few kind thoughts on Twitter or Instagram. That wouldn’t quite do for pitcher Jon Lester.



a close up of a man in a baseball uniform throwing a ball: Pitcher Jon Lester's contract expired, so he gave Chicago Cubs fans a farewell gift: suds galore. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)


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Pitcher Jon Lester’s contract expired, so he gave Chicago Cubs fans a farewell gift: suds galore. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)

The Chicago Cubs signed Lester as one of the final pieces to a championship puzzle. In 2016, the second year of his $155-million contract, Lester helped lead the Cubs to their first World Series championship in 108 years.

That contract now has expired. On Friday, Lester toasted the Cubs fans: Enjoy a beer on me.

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Lester listed four Chicago bars and said the first Miller Lite over the weekend would be on him. On Monday morning, he posted the receipts.

He picked up the tab for 4,838 beers — and, in a nod to his uniform number, he tipped 34%.

The grand total: $14,504.92.

A Chicago bar Lester did not include in his offer got in on the celebration anyway, selling Miller Lites to raise funds for Lester’s favorite charity.

On Halloween weekend, Lester put Chicago in a good holiday mood.

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This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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Luke Combs’ Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Featured a ‘Very Delicious’ Beer Can-Shaped Cake

Luke Combs Delivers Acoustic Performance of “Better Together”

Luke Combs Delivers Acoustic Performance of “Better Together”

Luke Combs and acoustic performances go hand in hand.

The country star, 30, is performing his hit song “Better Together” as part of iHeartMedia’s week-long celebration of various artists and the release of their new albums. The festivities are in partnership with LiveXLive.com.

During the segment, host Bobby Bones will ask Combs some fun questions — like about his “super badass” beer can-shaped rehearsal dinner cake and how “very delicious” it was to enjoy on the night before his wedding.

The virtual iHeartCountry Album Listening Party with Luke Combs will broadcast Wednesday at 7 p.m. local time across iHeartRadio’s mainstream country radio stations and on LiveXLive.com. It will also air digitally on iHeartCountry Radio at 7 p.m. EST.

PEOPLE has the exclusive first look at the country singer’s intimate showcase.

Luke Combs and Nicole Hocking

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Combs released What You See Ain’t Always What You Get — the deluxe edition of his 2019 album featuring five new songs — on Friday.

That same day, he dropped his latest tune “Forever After All” – dedicated to his wife Nicole Hocking – and featured a beautiful wedding photo from their August ceremony.

Luke Combs Discusses His “Very Delicious” Wedding Rehearsal Cake

Luke Combs Discusses His “Very Delicious” Wedding Rehearsal Cake

He harmonizes to Hocking on the tune, singing,”They say nothing lasts forever / But they ain’t seen us together / Or the way the moonlight dances in your eyes / Just a T-shirt in the kitchen / With no makeup and a million / Other things that I could look at my whole life / A love like that makes a man have second thoughts / Maybe some things last forever after all.”

Catch the iHeartCountry Album Listening Party with Luke Combs on Wednesday at 7 p.m. local time across iHeartRadio’s mainstream country radio stations.

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