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Too many choices, too little time

I’ve been a fan of the Coen brothers’ movies since “Blood Simple,” their 1984 feature debut. Most of their movies have ended up on my top 10 lists over the years. I’m even an ordained Dudeist Priest. But their latest film, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” has been on Netflix ...

CMA acquired Baroque sculpture

The Cleveland Museum of Art has acquired Filippo Parodi’s “Sleeping Christ Child,” an outstanding example of monumental Italian Baroque narrative sculpture. Parodi (1630-1702) worked in the studio of Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680), the leading sculptor of the Italian Baroque, and also ...

‘Tuna’ characters return to Playhouse in Christmas

“Tuna” is on the Christmas menu at the Youngstown Playhouse. “A Tuna Christmas” is the sequel to “Greater Tuna,” which the Playhouse staged in the Moyer Room to close its 2016-17 season. Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard have written four “Tuna” comedies, and the ...

High school hosts band, choir

Lakeview Outreach and Fellowship will sponsor a concert featuring the Lakeview Community Band and Concert Choir at 7 p.m. Monday at Lakeview High School, 300 Hillman Drive, Cortland. Admission to the concert is free but donations will be accepted for the Lakeview High School Band uniform ...

Artists plan Last Minute Market

Artists of the Rust Belt will have a Last Minute Market from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the B&O Station, 530 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Vendors / artists will be offering products ranging from photographs, jewelry, furniture, crochet work, paintings and pottery as well as ...

Youngstown’s yearly ‘Miracle’

When something happens 30 years in a row, it quits being a “Miracle.” It’s a tradition. That’s how long Easy Street Productions has been staging its holiday show “Miracle on Easy Street,” dating back to its days at the Uptown Theater on Youngstown’s South Side. “At certain ...

Brice returns tonight for Packard show

Lee Brice will be near his second home tonight. The singer, who will appear at Packard Music Hall, didn’t grow up in the Mahoning Valley, but his wife, Sara, is a Poland native. When Brice headlined a 2016 concert at the Covelli Centre, he told the crowd, “My wife is from right here ...

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Theater Local CALVIN CENTER, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown: Rust Belt Theater Company — “How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas,” 8 p.m. Friday and Sunday and 8 p.m. and midnight Saturday, $15. 330-507-2358. HOPEWELL THEATRE, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown: “Snoopy the Musical,” 7:30 ...

‘Living Modern’ shows O’Keeffe’s life

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: • If the category on “Family Feud” was, “Name a 20th century American artist” Georgia O’Keeffe definitely would be on the board. Best known for her large-scale paintings of flowers, O’Keeffe is an icon in the art world, a ...

Sobieska returns for New Music concerts

Violinist / Violist Wanda Sobieska will play two New Music Guild concerts this weekend. She will be accompanied by pianist Anthony Ruggiero and clarinetist Marissa Lyerly for concerts that will include Henryk Wieniawski’s Polonaise in D Major, Bela Bartok’s Duet No. 21 Greeting for the ...

TAG offers free holiday card class

A free class will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Trumbull Art Gallery, 158 N. Park Ave., Warren. Summerfest Director Jacki Mountan will help children of all ages create a personal Christmas card. Students also will be able to paint and take home a figurine from TAG’s ceramic ...

Christmas show performed at mall

The Trumbull Senior Production Co. will present a Christmas show 1 p.m. Saturday at the center court of Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles. The troupe of singers and dancers will perform holiday favorites with a finale that features 30 dancers doing “The Parade of the ...

Decoration history told at museum

A program called “Why in the World is THAT on the Christmas Tree?” is planned at noon Saturday in the Carriage House behind the Arms Family Museum, 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown. George Johnson will discuss unusual decorations and the stories or legends that caused them to be incorporated ...

Award-winning show on sale Friday

Individual tickets for the national tour of “Dear Evan Hansen” go on sale 11 a.m. Friday for its June 2019 run in Cleveland. The show won six Tony Awards in 2017, including Best Musical. Written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the story centers on an awkward teenager raised by a single ...

‘Frozen’ arrives on ice

With her father and brothers playing hockey and her mother an instructor, the decision to start skating came naturally to a 2-year-old Emma Astrup. Soon, she discovered the most desirable aspect of moving along a sheet of ice on a hollowed-out blade of steel less than an inch wide was the ...

Let’s jazz it up a bit

YOUNGSTOWN — Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn replace Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as Ballet Western Reserve adds a Jazz Age twist to a holiday favorite. The dance company and the Youngstown State University Jazz Ensemble are collaborating on a production of “The Nutcracker,” which will ...

A new season of peace

With millions of records sold, songwriting credits on bestselling singles, multiple Grammy wins and a built-in audience who attend his regular schedule of concerts each year, Michael McDonald has earned the freedom to pursue any creative direction he wants. “Music was always that search ...

Holiday concerts showcase area talent

Area musicians will be featured in two holiday concerts this weekend at Ford Family Recital Hall. Howard Howell and the Point Five Band will headline the Joy of Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Friday. The band has a loyal following in the Mahoning Valley and opened for Yo-Yo Ma for his free ...

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• ON SALE THIS WEEK • Darius Rucker is reuniting with his Hootie & the Blowfish bandmates for a 2019 tour that includes shows July 21 at KeyBank Pavilion and July 26 at Blossom Music Center. Barenaked Ladies will open. Both shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Live Nation. ...

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Theater Local CALVIN CENTER, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown: Rust Belt Theater Company — “How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas,” 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Dec. 14-16 and midnight Dec. 15, $15. 330-507-2358. FAIRVIEW ARTS & OUTREACH CENTER, 4220 Youngstown Poland Road, Youngstown: ...