This Week in Middletown (July 25-31)

The summer fun continues in Middletown.  If you are looking for something to do to get out of the house and be active in your community this week, take a look at these options!

The Middletown Arts Center will host an exhibition all week exploring contemporary still-life entitled, “Still Alive.” Organized by Cincinnati-based independent curator Maria Seda-Reeder, the show will feature the work of more than a dozen artists working in various disciplines. The M.A.C. will hold an opening reception for “Still Alive” on July 23rd from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and there will be gallery talks and workshops by participating artists throughout the run of the show, which closes August 18th.

In the hierarchy of academic art, still-life was once considered the lowest genre. Whereas portraiture or narrative paintings, meant that the artist likely had patronage, (and thus people willing and capable of supporting their artistic labors); paintings of mere objects were often thought of as mere practice for the real deal.
Yet the creation of object-based visual vignettes retains an eternal appeal to living artists working in various disciplines. Objects—simultaneously inanimate yet charged with meaning—have the potential to demonstrate spatial as well as conceptual concerns.
“Still Alive” aims to demonstrate some of the ways in which living artists continue to investigate the genre of still-life today.
John Auer, Amanda Bialk, Arynn Blazer, Patricia Duque Campos (Una Floral), Joe Castrucci, Sara Caswell-Pearce (Paper With a Past), Colin Klimesh, Pam Kravetz, Katie Parker & Guy Michael Davis (Future Retrieval), Brooke Shanesy, Mica Smith, Megan Strasser (Fern), and Christy Wittmer.
EXHIBITION SPONSORS: Middletown Arts Festival, First Financial Bank, Your Doctor
For additional information, contact Hilary Nauman at 513-424-2417.  Middletown Art Center is located at 130 N Verity Pkwy, Middletown OH 45042


Next Friday, July 29nd has multiple events.

Movies in the Park will be shown at Damon Park this week.  The night’s movie will be Despicable Me with Salvation Army Mercy Point  providing refreshments.

You can find general info on Movies in the Park on Facebook:

And on the CBI website:

The Takin’ it to the Streets concert series will feature Dave Thorton at 8 p.m. downtown. The concerts are located on Broad Street between Central Avenue  and Reynolds Street.

For info on Dave Thorton, see:

49th Annual Greekfest – 5:00pm – 10:00pm. Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church 2500 Grand Avenue, Middletown Ohio

Greek festival with Greek foods, pastries, spirits, live Greek music, Greek dance demonstrations, kids games, raffles and basket raffles, vendors including Greek novelty items and jewelry, natural materials jewelry, lotions and creams made with olive oil, home improvement displays, ARMCO exhibit, K-9 and Dog Club demonstrations, and free kids finger printing.  For additional information contact Niki Nestor McNeely at or 513-470-0352 or at

Disney’s Mulan, Jr. 7:00pm Middletown Performing Arts Academy 4400 Lewis Street
Middletown Ohio

The Middletown Performing Arts Academy is putting on Disney’s “Mulan, Jr.” and you’re invited! Tickets for this performance are $12 for adults and are $10 for children and seniors. The actors in this performance are grades 3-6.

“Defying the village matchmaker, Mulan takes up arms and disguises herself as a boy in order to spare her father from having to serve in the army to save the Emperor! Mulan is a heartwarming story about culture, honor, and a fighting spirit.”

For additional information contact Ninan Markel at or 513-594-1537

Midnight Basketball Youth Co-Ed League 9:00pm – 12:00am

Join the Boys and Girls Club of Dayton for night-time basketball! The July + August league will be at the downtown YMCA on Main Street.

This event will have character-building exercises, skills, clinics, and 5-5 basketball for all teens aged 13-18.  For information contact Destini Burns at


Next Saturday July 30th

Back to School Bash | 11:00am – 2:00pm at Douglass Park.

Bring out your family for the back to school bash, hosted by the Community Building Institute of Middletown!  There will be free food and refreshments, school supply and backpack giveaways, entertainment, and more!   For more information contact Verlena Stewart at
 Disney’s Mulan, Jr.will be performed again at 7:00pm Middletown Performing Arts Academy 4400 Lewis Street Middletown Ohio

The Takin’ it to the Streets concert series will feature Quiet Hollers at 8 p.m. downtown.   For info on the band, click on the link below.

Next Sunday, July 31st

 Disney’s Mulan, Jr.will be performed again at 3:00pm Middletown Performing Arts Academy 4400 Lewis Street Middletown Ohio

Have a great week!

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