Hating hypocricy while having an opinion

Hating hypocricy while having an opinion

I hate hypocrisy.

I am a hypocrite.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot as I watch various debates play out on Facebook, from assorted political atrocities to whether a registered sex offender should be allowed to participate in collegiate athletics.

Most of us believe we have a rigid understanding of what’s right and wrong. And in how we conduct our own lives, maybe we do. But that line seems to be drawn into ever-shifting sand when it comes to who we let entertain us — and lead us. And the more we like them, the more we’re willing to overlook.

There are people in the entertainment world for whom I have no forgiveness. I refuse to spend money on any film directed by Roman Polanski. The 13-year-old girl he raped may have forgiven him, but he pleaded guilty and then fled the country. I haven’t forgiven. I had the same policy toward convicted pedophile Victor Salva, who got to make some major studio films in the ’90s. Whenever I wrote about him, he wasn’t “Director Victor Salva,” he was “Convicted pedophile Victor Salva.”

I’m appalled that anyone still listens to R. Kelly. Yes, I know he was acquitted in the case involving the sex tape with the underaged girl, but I believe in his innocence as much as I believe O.J. Simpson is continuing his search for the real killer now that he’s paroled.

Then again, it’s easy for me to be appalled, because I wasn’t spinning a lot of R. Kelly before the allegations.

It gets fuzzier with others. Supporting the fatwa against author Salman Rushie for writing “The Satanic Verses” is enough to keep me from ever spending a penny on Yusuf Islam’s music. But I still have the greatest hits recorded under his stage name, Cat Stevens, on my iPod. There’s some Michael Jackson on there too.

Regular readers of this column know I’m a huge fan of Chuck Berry and believe he’s the true king of rock ‘n’ roll. Berry spend 20 months in federal prison in the early ’60s for transporting a 14-year-old girl across state lines for “immoral purposes.” As a successful black man in the South with a habit for interracial liaisons, I think Berry had a target on his back and can rationalize away his Mann Act conviction. But a class action lawsuit decades later charging Berry with putting cameras in the women’s bathroom of the restaurant he owned is harder to ignore.

But I do. The most expensive piece of art I ever bought is a print of Chuck Berry by Rolling Stone guitarist and artist Ron Wood. I’ve paid to see Berry live. I’ll eventually get around to buying the album of new material released after his death.

I can listen to “Johnny B. Goode” without thinking Chuck B. Disgusting. I can’t justify it, but I let the artistry block out the “complicated” personal life.

To a lesser extent, I do the same thing with Woody Allen. I loved Allen’s movies in the ’70s and ’80s. Most guys my age will tell you the 1977 movie that changed their life is “Star Wars.” For me, the ’77 film that mattered most is “Annie Hall.” Ask me to list my 20 favorite movies, and it’s definitely on there.

I’m skeptical of some of the harshest allegations lobbed at Allen by Mia Farrow after their breakup. However, marrying Farrow’s stepdaughter, Soon-Yi Previn, who was 10 when he started dating Farrow, is creepy and disturbing, even if you believe that relationship didn’t start until Previn was an adult (and I don’t know that I do).

I still love “Annie Hall,” but I now find “Manhattan” (where Allen’s 40-something character has a relationship with a 17-year-old girl) unwatchable.

I can’t believe I’m alone in giving a pass to some performers or athletes while condemning others for similar or even lesser infractions.

Those Facebook arguments play out with absolute moral certainty on both sides. More often than not, I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut and not just because an argument on Facebook is like global thermonuclear war. As the WOPR computer said in “War Games”“The only winning move is not to play.”

Brier Hill Fest returns for 26th year

Dominic Moderelli describes the Brier Hill Italian Fest as more of a reunion than a traditional ethnic festival.

“People come back to the neighborhood,” Moderelli said. “It’s like a big family reunion. They come from all over the country back to Brier Hill to see friends and family and pay tribute to their Italian heritage.”

The 26th edition of the festival starts today on Calvin and Victorian streets in the neighborhood on the north side of Youngstown. It’s a a tradition started by Moderelli’s father.

“He started the festival 26 years ago, and we’re just keeping his dream alive,” he said. “That’s where he was from.”

Attendees will find some of the fair foods available at any summer festival, but the emphasis is on Italian favorites.

“You can get anything from cavatelli to braciole sandwiches to chicken and greens to hot sausage, calamari and pepper-and-egg sandwiches,” Moderelli said.

And, of course, there is Brier Hill-style pizza.

The entertainment schedule for the free festival includes the Jim Frank Combo, John Gabriele and Rocco Monaco Band today; Frank Gallo Band, Butch Nichols Band and Dom Tocco & Brotherhood on Friday; Rex Taneri Band, Jim Frank Combo, Butch Nichols Band and Rex Taneri Band on Saturday; and John Gabriele, Jim Frank Combo, Rocco Monaco Band, Frank Gallo Band and Dom Tocco and Brotherhood on Sunday.

Other attractions include a morra tournament at 7:30 p.m. Friday, a hot pepper contest at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and a homemade wine contest at 4 p.m. Sunday. A Mass is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at St. Anthony’s Church in conjunction with the festival and featuring the Lowellville Marching Band.

Band concert showcases the percussion section

The W.D. Packard Concert Band will spotlight its percussion section at the final outdoor concert of the summer season.

Percussionists Ken Alexander, Robert Barnett, Carla Dean, Tyler Husosky and Steve Ley will be the featured soloists on Norman Leyden’s “Serenade for a Picket Fence” and the traditional “Downfall of Paris.

Alexander, principal percussionist in the band, is a retired music educator with Austintown Local Schools and also performs with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra. He performs on the mallet instruments and various additional percussion instruments.

Barnett is the assistant principal percussionist and is retired as director of bands at West Branch High School. He is the music director of the Salem Quaker City Band and performs with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. Barnett performs on the timpani, snare drum and additional percussion instruments.

Dean is retired as director of bands at Niles McKinley High School and currently works for Motter’s Music in Canfield as a music education specialist. She plays bass drum, cymbals and additional percussion instruments.

Husosky is the director of bands in the Champion Local Schools, where he directs the band program in grades 5 to 12. He also is an associate conductor and percussion instructor with the Henry H. Stambaugh Youth Concert Band.

Ley is a music educator in the Campbell Memorial City Schools and performs on the drum set with various area musical groups.

Other selections on the program, conducted by Stephen L. Gage, include Matthew Vansuch’s “Fanfare on the Red and White,” Robert Shelton’s “Metroplex (Three Postcards from Manhattan),” Frank Erickson’s “Air for Band,” a Hollywood medley, an arrangement of “Scarborough Fair” and works by Leroy Anderson.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. Sunday at the south lawn band shell of Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. Admission is free and funding is provided by the W.D. Packard trust.

Rust Belt opens burlesque mystery

Rust Belt Theater Company’s latest original production mixes burlesque and murder.

“Death of a Showgirl” is the story of a group of bawdy burlesque performers who get together on the one-year anniversary of the mysterious death of a fellow performer. The production blends the expected elements of a ghostly murder mystery with a variety of burlesque performances, from classic strip tease to more modern performance art.

Playwright Robert Dennick Joki directs a cast featuring Bernadette Lim, Lynn Sabeh, Marisa Zamary, Celena Coven, Heather Powell, Jessica Patoray, Amanda Rudnytsky and Rick Morrow.

“Death of a Showgirl” will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. and midnight Saturday at the Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and can be reserved by calling 330-507-2358.

Pulitzer winner opens Playhouse’s 93rd season

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Youngstown Playhouse will open its 2017-18 season with the award-winning drama “August: Osage County.”

Tracy Letts’ play is a throwback — a three-act, nearly three-hour-long family drama with a large cast filled with meaty roles. After premiering at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, the play ran for nearly 19 months on Broadway. It won five 2008 Tony Awards, including Best Play, three Drama Desk Awards and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

The play is set in Oklahoma, where the Weston family members return home after learning about the disappearance of the family’s patriarch. But during the hot Oklahoma summer, old wounds are opened and new conflicts are revealed.

“August: Osage County” contains adult language and themes, and the play will be performed at the Playhouse without cuts or changes to the script.

Matthew Mazuroski directs a cast featuring J.E. Ballantyne, Jr., Stephanie Cambro, Candace DiLullo, David El’Hatton, Molly Galano, Johnny Pecano, Laura J. Phillips, Selena Phillips, Terry Shears, Brian Suchora, Rachel Katz, Nick Mulichak and Maria Petrella-Ackley. Rosalyn Blystone serves as stage manager.

“August: Osage County” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Aug. 25-26 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 27 as part of the 93rd season at the Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane. Tickets are $17 for adults and $14 for students, senior citizens and military and are available online at www.theyoungstownplayhouse.com and by calling 330-788-8739.

YSU professor exhibits at Butler

The work of a Youngstown State University art professor will be featured in an exhibition opening Sunday at the Butler Institute of American Art.

“Dragana Crnjak: As If Staying” features work created by the Yugoslavia-born artist. To create the pieces, Crnjak gathered images of patterns found in Serbian embroidery, architecture and various works of art while visiting Serbian Orthodox medieval monasteries in 2015.

Through the process of manipulation and enlargement, she takes these images and enlarges them on to a landscape-like field to create abstract art. The shifting and drifting geometries, dissolving and interrupted patterns, take a pattern and make it into something abstract, while also weaving together traditional with contemporary visual elements. Crnjak’s art transforms familiar images into something unknown, new and even peculiar.

Crnjak, an associate professor of art at YSU, received her master’s degree in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. She received the individual excellence award in visual arts from the Ohio Arts Council in 2008, 2011 and 2015. She also has taught at the University of Virginia and The Cleveland Institute of Art.

The exhibition will be on display through Nov. 5 at the Butler, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown. A meet-the-artist reception is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, and admission is free. For more information, call 330-743-1107.

TNT celebrates 60 years in Niles

NILES — In its early days, Trumbull New Theatre staged shows in living rooms, schools, churches and even above an Italian market, where the smells of the meats and cheeses sometimes would waft into the performance space.

But for 60 of its nearly 70 years, TNT’s home has been on Youngstown Warren Road in Niles, and the community theater will celebrate that anniversary with a reception and performance Saturday.

“We thought it would be good to offer something to our membership and the community to celebrate some of the things we’ve done in the last 60 years in that building,” said Ronald Sinesio, a TNT board member and director of Saturday’s revue.

The show will feature songs from past musicals staged at the theater, including “Camelot,” “The Fantasticks,” “Damn Yankees,” “Godspell,” “Pippin,” “Red, Hot & Cole” and “Side by Side by Sondheim.” The performers will include a mix of current TNT actors and some who haven’t been on the local stage in years.

The community theater was started by Dorothy Gmucs and Frances M. Pendleton in 1948 and had a nomadic existence for its first decade. According to a history of its first 20 years written by Ted Kromer, the group used $3,750 raised from ticket proceeds to purchase the land in Niles. Architect Tom Schroth, a TNT member, figured out a way to adapt a quonset-hut-style steel building, originally designed as a storage or utility unit, and added the insulation to make it work acoustically as a performance space. Schroth’s innovations led to the manufacturer providing the building to TNT for half-price.

Ground was broken in September 1956 with most of the labor done by volunteers, both women and men.

Brett Bunker, current president of the TNT board, said, “Some of the women had more muscles than the men when they were done,” according to his research.

The theater opened in March 1957. A Tribune Chronicle story published at the time pegged the cost of the project at $26,000, and the comedy “Seven Year Itch” was the opening production.

Numerous improvements and expansions have been made over the years.

Terri Gilbert, who has been active with TNT since 1972, said, “When I started at TNT, the workshop didn’t exist. Instead, there were two one-car garages: one in which the set materials were stored (lumber, doors, flats, etc.) and the other housed both the dressing room and costumes. Both were separate from the theatre itself, so where the building ended, there were separate doors outside through which the cast would enter / exit the theater.

“Also no ‘comfort’ facilities were in either building — but we did have a coffee can for emergencies when one didn’t have time to go around the building to use the restroom. So the addition of the workshop was a godsend in more ways than one.”

According to a history of the theater on TNT’s website, a wheelchair accessibility project finished in 2005 cost $35,000, more than the original building cost less than 50 years before, and TNT has invested more than $250,000 in the site since it opened.

TNT veterans share memories of theater

With Trumbull New Theatre celebrating on Saturday the 60th anniversary of the opening of its theater in Niles, we asked some of the people who have been involved over the years to share some of their favorite memories of the community theater:

l Actor / director / playwright Austin Pendleton, whose mother, Frances Pendleton, was one of the founders of TNT:

“I think of the year of — I think it was — 1954. In the spring. I was in junior high school. TNT was over a cheese shop on Main Street, sort of across the street from the Second National Bank. Right in succession they did ‘Hotel Universe’ (by Phillip Barry, directed by my mother) and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ (directed by Dorothy Gmucs). I realized with a shuddering shock that I had to have a life in the theater. That there was no other choice. I saw a lot of great stuff at TNT before and after that, but those two shows exerted a power over me that still holds. I did not know you could care so much about characters in plays. That spring I learned that you could.”

l Emily Webster Love, who has been involved at TNT for more than 50 years:

“The year was 1964, more than 40 shows ago (I’ve lost count), when I walked into TNT to audition for a role with which I was familiar, in ‘The Devil’s Disciple.’ I was 26 years old, so I was surprised to be cast not as the young ingenue but as the Disciple’s mother. My luck: Frances Pendleton was the director, and I learned more about acting in those six weeks of rehearsal than ever before or since.”

l Peg McGinnis, a TNT volunteer for 50 years:

“In 1967 a friend of mine asked me to help her with costumes for a show. I have been active there ever since. The people are like family and you are always welcome. We work hard, but we also have a lot of fun.”

l Terri Gilbert, a performer and director at TNT since 1972:

“I have been involved in two productions where a female member of the cast was unaware they were ‘with child’ but discovered it during the run when their costumes no longer fit as they did when the show opened. Our costumer had to make several adjustments for the gals each week due to accommodate the additional ‘cast member.'”

l Ronald Sinesio, who joined TNT in the mid-’70s and is directing the 60th anniversary revue:

“I personally started at TNT in the mid-1970s when Frances Pendleton was still there. She was a grand force, an innovator and we all learned from her. It really helped me formulate my theatre experience. I did many shows there until I left for Rochester, N.Y., where I had my own theater, and then went on to New York City for work, but my fondness of TNT always remained strong and I’m happy to be back there … I loved working with Frances. Strong joys were acting in ‘Bell, Book, and Candle’ along with portraying Edward Rutledge in ‘1776’ and Edvard Grieg in ‘The Song of Norway’ and directing ‘Othello,’ ‘Pippin’ and ‘The Fantasticks.’ I have great memories of working with Bach and Carolyn Brown and many others.”

l Jay Stevenson, a TNT veteran who now lives in Missouri:

“In the 1987 production of ‘Something’s Afoot,’ where all the actors eventually get killed, we had an adventure in the second week of production. During dress rehearsals (and the first week), the good doctor gets killed by a bomb as he walks down the stairs. The bomb is accompanied with smoke, created by shorting an old-fashioned screw-in fuse filled with smoke powder. But our tech person ran out of powder from the old, open smoke powder bottle and set up the smoke pot with the powder from a new bottle. Oh, the “bomb” went off, along with a loud boom and lots of smoke. In fact, it blew the vertical cardboard fascia off of a half dozen steps. So as the cast gathered around the dead doctor singing ‘The Doctor Didn’t Do It!,’ several of us actors were repairing the steps. The next production used about half of the amount the smoke powder.”

l James Penn, who started working with TNT in the early 1980s:

“After 35 years of involvement at TNT doing just about everything except directing and more than 20 appearances on stage, I think that what I remember most, other than meeting my wife there, is the friends made and the talent that walks in the door. It always amazes me that there are so many talented people in this area. We are lucky to have such a vibrant theatrical community.”

l Brent Bunker, president of the TNT board of trustees:

“While I’m not a long-time member of TNT (only being involved since 2007), my favorite story comes from a book detailing TNT’s first 20 years as written by founding member Ted Kromer. Without him much of our history would be lost: ‘An interesting sidelight during the winter construction: several truckloads of slag, the big, rock-like kind, were delivered to the site as fill for the parking lot. They were dumped in front of the building and before they could be spread around (the slag) froze! Solid! This meant the workers had to jam their cars in off the road as best they could and then, not unlike Hannibal, had to struggle across the Alps to get in to work. Conditions weren’t primitive enough — you had to prove yourself on the obstacle course before being “allowed” to work. All this, mind you, was a spare time thing. Everyone was holding down a regular, full-time job as well.'”

l Maria Wright Ceraolo, who has appeared in 14 shows since 2005:

“Every show has left me grateful for having had an invaluable experience that I will forever treasure, having had the worthwhile opportunity to work with some very talented actors, directors and crew members — many of whom I’m so happy to say have become good friends over these 12 years. It’s impossible to choose a favorite show, as every acting opportunity has helped me grow as a performer and has enlightened me to new revelations about the art of performing. And every director has helped me challenge myself and each show has helped me learn more about myself as a person.”

∫ Benjamin Gavitt, who did 27 shows at TNT between 2002-16 and ran 24 Hour Theatre there for 12 years:

“My favorite shows that I acted in were ‘Dearly Departed,’ ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ and ‘Love, Sex and the IRS.’ Favorite shows that I directed were ‘The Nerd,’ ‘The Dining Room’ and ‘Here on the Flightpath.’ Special memory was being a part of Paul Kimpel’s last show ‘The Curious Savage.'”

l Emma Wason, who has done more than 20 shows at TNT since 1999:

“The casts and crews I have worked with through the years have been some of the best in the theater community, and I am grateful for the lifelong friendships that have evolved from my experiences at TNT. Of the shows I have done, ‘Annie’ (2004) was the show that sold out the quickest, and people loved ‘How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying’ (2002), but my favorite experience was ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ (2014). The cast and crew were a joy to direct and the show itself was the most well-received show I’ve ever seen. Audiences loved it, and we loved performing it.”

l Patience Miles, whose been active at TNT for 10 years and currently serves as first vice president on its board:

“I have so many fond memories of TNT, but my all time favorite would be from ‘Guys and Dolls.’ During a number called ‘Take Back Your Mink,’ we dolls are giving back items we have received from our guys, and there is a part where we pull off strands of pearls. Well, one doll’s pearls broke and all you hear is, ‘Clink, clink, clink,’ and the look on all of our faces was hilarious. We had to dance a whole number in heels with pearls all over the stage. We managed to make it through the dance without falling, but we were laughing the whole time.”

Yes inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

About 20 musicians have been a member of Yes in its 49-year history.

Alan White wasn’t the original drummer. He replaced Bill Bruford in 1972. But for the last 45 years, he’s been the one constant in the progressive rock act.

“I’m the only person who hasn’t been in another band,” White said during a telephone interview last week. “I consider myself carrying on (the tradition). That’s what we do. We go out as Yes.”

This year that dedication was rewarded as Yes was inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame. Progressive rock fans thought the move was long overdue.

“I think certain members of the band kind of gave up a little bit, but when it happens it happens,” White said. “It’s too bad Chris Squire passed away before he got in there (Squire, a founding member of the band, died in 2015). But he was one of the members that really didn’t care whether we got in or not. At the same time, he would have been very happy to get in there.”

The Rock Hall has been showing Yes concert films and offering other programs this week leading up to the Yestival on Sunday at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, which features Yes, Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy. The band originally was scheduled to make an appearance at the Rock Hall before Sunday’s concert and donate artifacts, but the Rock Hall announced that won’t happen now.

Last week, White said, “I have some things I could put in there. A couple of them are kind of big. I’ll have to talk to them while I’m there.”

On this tour, Yes — Steve Howe, guitar; Geoff Downes, keyboards; Jon Davison, lead vocals; Billy Sherwood, bass and vocals; and White — is playing at least one song from each of its first 10 albums, from 1969’s “Yes” until 1980’s “Drama.” White credited Howe (who joined Yes in 1970) for coming up with the concept of the tour. Setlists have included such longtime favorites as “Going for the One,” “Don’t Kill the Whale,” “Yours Is No Disgrace” and, of course, “Roundabout.”

Joining the band this summer is Howe’s son, Dylan, who also will be playing drums.

“We had a second drummer last time,” White said. “I had a back problem and had an operation, last July actually. Found out it didn’t really work and had to do it again. (This way) I can take breaks in the show and ease the stress on my back. But in the future, once my back is back to normal, I’ll do the whole show.”

They don’t play together much on the current tour, but White is no stranger to sharing the stage with a second drummer. Before joining Yes in 1972, White and Jim Keltner were the dual drummers for the European version of Joe Cocker’s “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” tour.

“I got used to playing with two drummers very well,” he said.

This year audiences can pick between two versions of Yes. The version featuring Howe and White (and Squire until his death) officially controls the name. But original lead singer and co-founder Jon Anderson, keyboard player Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin are touring as Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman. Members of both groups shared the stage at the induction ceremony and performed together. White doesn’t expect another reunion anytime soon.

“I’m not going to say it won’t happen, but I don’t see it in the near future. But somewhere down the line, you never know what’s going to happen.”

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• The Glenn Miller Orchestra brings its Christmas show to Stambaugh Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Tickets range from $15 to $30 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Stambaugh.

• Evanescence will be backed by an orchestra for its fall tour, which includes an Oct. 30 concert at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Live Nation.

• Two shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster for Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park: Kip Moore, Drake White and the Big Fire, Jordan Davis, 8 p.m. Dec. 1, $49.50, $45 and $39.50; 98 Degrees at Christmas, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, $75, $50 and $36.50.

• Four shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Live Nation and Ticketmaster for House of Blues: Alice Glass, 8 p.m. Saturday, Cambridge Room, $15; Umphrey’s McGee, 8:30 p.m. Nov. 2, $32; Daley, 8 p.m. Nov. 4, Cambridge Room, $20; Welshly Arms, 8 p.m. Nov. 22, $17.

• Apparently not quite as many people love the ’90s as expected. The “I Love the ’90s — The Party Continues” tour with TLC, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, Blackstreet, Biz Markie, C+C Music Factory with Freedom Williams and SNAP! has been moved from Quicken Loans Arena to an outdoor stage that will be set up in Cleveland’s Warehouse District at 1212 W. Sixth St. Previously purchased tickets will be honored. Refunds are available at the point of purchase and must be requested by 5 p.m. Sept. 8.


BEACHLAND BALLROOM AND TAVERN, 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland: Hank & Cupcakes, Key to the Mint, Prithee, 8:30 p.m. today, tavern; Into the Blue, 9 p.m. Saturday; Danielle Nicole, 8 p.m. Sunday, tavern; The Yahoos, The Jack Fords, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, tavern; Joe Marcinek Band, Wild Adriatic, 9 p.m. Aug. 24, tavern; The Moxies, Uptowne Buddah, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 25; Beachland Summerfest, 3 p.m. Aug. 26; Kaki King, Uno Lady, 8 p.m. Aug. 27. www.ticketweb.com or call 866-468-3401.

BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER, 1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls: Chris Stapleton, Margo Price, Brent Cobb, 7 p.m. Friday; Green Day, Catfish and the Bottlemen, 7 p.m. Monday.

CARNEGIE LIBRARY MUSIC HALL, 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall, Pa.: Gavin DeGraw, 8 p.m. today. www.carnegieconcerts.com or call 412-368-5225.

GROG SHOP, 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights: The High Definitions, Leafborbie & the Family Tree, The Natives, The Crooked Spines, 8:30 p.m. today; Greta Van Fleet, Glorious Sons, Hamilton Handshake, 9 p.m. Friday; Michelle Branch, Haerts, 9 p.m. Saturday; Ought, Bummed Out, Forager, 8:30 p.m. Sunday; Lillie Mae, Swap Meet, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday; Call Your Shot, Surrounding Cities, An Ongoing Story, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25; Cuddo 216, Buddy Vaughn, T-Fonz, 4:30 p.m. Aug. 26; Esther Fitz, B. Jones, Alex Kent, 9:30 p.m. Aug. 26; The Werkhouse Live, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 27. www.ticketfly.com and 888-718-4253.

HARD ROCK ROCKSINO NORTHFIELD PARK, 10777 Northfield Road, Northfield: Tim Allen, 8 p.m. Saturday; Donald Fagen & the Nightflyers, 8 p.m. Aug. 25; Donny and Marie Osmond, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27.

HOUSE OF BLUES, 308 Euclid Ave., Cleveland: Saved by the ’90s, 9 p.m. Friday; ZOSO, 9 p.m. Saturday; Atlas Genius, The Sleeping Sounds, 8 p.m. Sunday, Cambridge Room; Anathema, Silver Snakes, 7 p.m. Aug. 24, Cambridge Room; Rusted Root, 8 p.m. Aug. 25; Midnight Oil, 8 p.m. Aug. 27.

JACOBS PAVILION AT NAUTICA, 2014 Sycamore St., Cleveland: Yes, Todd Rundgren, Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, 7 p.m. Sunday; Logic, Joey Bada$$, Big Lenbo, 8 p.m. Wednesday.

KENT STAGE, 175 E. Main St., Kent: The Steppin’ Stones, 8 p.m. Aug. 25. www.ticketfly.com and 888-718-4253.

KEYBANK PAVILION, Pennsylvania State Route 18, Burgettstown, Pa.: Kings of Leon, Nathan Rateliff and the Night Sweats, 7 p.m. Friday; Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Chris Lane, 7 p.m. Saturday.

MR. SMALLS THEATRE, 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale, Pa.: The Telephone Line, Nightly Standard, The Buckle Downs, Blue Clutch, 8 p.m. Friday; Neal Morse Band, 8 p.m. Sunday; Chris Robinson Brotherhood, 8 p.m. Tuesday. www.ticketweb.com or call 866-468-3401.

MUSIC BOX SUPPER CLUB, 1148 Main Ave., Cleveland: Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely, 7 p.m. Tuesday; Dervish, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24; The Alarm, 8 p.m. Aug. 27. 216-242-1251 or www.musicboxcle.com

PPG PAINTS ARENA, 1001 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh: Shawn Mendes, 7:30 p.m. Sunday; Bruno Mars, 8 p.m. Tuesday.

PACKARD MUSIC HALL, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren: Ted Nugent, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

QUICKEN LOANS ARENA, 1 Center Court, Cleveland: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, 7:30 p.m. today; Coldplay, 7 p.m. Saturday; Lady Gaga, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. www.theQarena.com and by calling 888-894-9424.

STAMBAUGH STADIUM, 577 Fifth Ave., Youngstown: Y Live — Zac Brown Band, 7 p.m. Aug. 24.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000 unless specified otherwise. Area Ticketmaster outlets are Giant Eagle in Austintown and Howland. Live Nation tickets can be purchased online at www.livenation.com and by calling 877-468-4946.




CALVIN CENTER, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown: Rust Belt Theater Company – “Death of a Showgirl,” 8 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. and midnight Saturday, $15 adults and $10 students and senior citizens. 330-507-2358.

DAS DUTCH VILLAGE INN, 150 state Route 14, Columbiana: “The Jesus Stories: Faith, Forks and Fettuccini,” noon today and 7 p.m. Friday, $49.50 and $44.50 for dinner-theater package. 866-482-5050.

TRUMBULL NEW THEATRE, 5883 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles: “Remembering When: 60th Anniversary Celebration,” 6 p.m. Saturday, free but reservations are required by calling 330-652-1103 between 7 and 9 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN PLAYHOUSE, 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown: “August: Osage County,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 27, $17 adults and $14 students and senior citizens. 330-788-8739.


AKRON CIVIC THEATRE, 182 S. Main St., Akron: “The Rocky Horror Show,” 8 p.m. today and Friday, $20. Ticketmaster or call 330-253-2488.

ASHTABULA ARTS CENTER, 2928 W. 13th St., Ashtabula: Straw Hat Theatre — “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $13 adults and $11 students and senior citizens and $9 children 12 and younger in advance and $15, $13 and $11 at the door. 440-964-3396.

THE CABARET AT THEATRE SQUARE, 655 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh: ”Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage,” through Sept. 17. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, $42.75-$59.75. 412-456-6666 or www.CLOcabaret.com

CHAGRIN VALLEY LITTLE THEATRE, 40 River St., Chagrin Falls: “Avenue Q,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $20; “Eleemosynary,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Aug. 25 and 2 p.m. Sunday, River Street Playhouse, $12. 440-247-8955.

GEAUGA LYRIC THEATER GUILD, 101 Water St., Chardon: “In the Heights,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, $14 adults, $12 students and senior citizens, and $10 children 12 and younger. 440-286-2255.

HELEN ROSENFELD LEWIS BIALOSKY LAB THEATRE, 1407 Euclid Ave., Cleveland: Mamai Theatre Company — “A Doll’s House,” through Aug. 27, $18-$32. www.playhousesquare.org or call 216-241-6000.

NEW CASTLE PLAYHOUSE, 202 E. Long Ave., New Castle, Pa.: “The Cemetery Club,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Aug. 24-26 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 27, Annex Theater, $16 adults, $13 students and senior citizens and $11 children. 724-654-3437.

STATE THEATRE, Playhouse Square, 1515 Euclid Ave., Cleveland: ”Motown: The Musical,” 8 p.m. today and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, $10-$95. www.playhousesquare.org or call 216-241-6000.

Special Events


ANTIQUE TRACTOR CLUB OF TRUMBULL COUNTY GROUNDS, 1653 Ridge Road, Vienna: 23rd Summer Antique Tractor Show, noon to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $3 on Friday and $5 on Saturday and Sunday for adults with children ages 12 and younger admitted free. 330-442-2430.

CALVIN AND VICTORIA STREETS, Youngstown: Brier Hill Festival, 4 p.m. to midnight today and Friday and noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday, free.

COURTHOUSE SQUARE, West Market Street and North Park Avenue, Warren: Warren Farmers Market, 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

DOWNTOWN SHARON, Pa.: WaterFire Sharon: “Celebrate America — United We Stand,” 1 to 11:15 p.m. Saturday, free.

KRAVITZ DELI MEETING ROOM, 3135 Belmont Ave., Liberty: Memories of a Lifetime – former State Sen. Harry Meshel, 10 a.m. Saturday, $5. Call 330-726-8277 for reservations.

MASTROPIETRO WINERY, 14558 Ellsworth Road, Berlin Center: Hot Air Balloon Festival, 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday. $5. 330-547-2151.

METROPARKS FARM, 7574 Columbiana Canfield Road, Canfield: Family Farm Tours, 10 to 11:30 a.m. today; Tractor-Wagon Rides, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. 330-533-7572.

MILL CREEK METROPARKS, Youngstown: Family Fun Fridays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 25; Birding the Sanctuary, 8 a.m. Saturday, call 330-740-7107 to register; Hike with a Naturalist, 2 p.m. Sunday, meet at Scholl Recreation Area; Recreational Hike, 9 a.m. Wednesday, meet at MetroParks Bikeway trailhead at MetroParks Farm. 330-702-3000.

RICHARD ORWIG PARK, East Market Street, Howland: Howland Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. 330-856-2340.

SHAKER WOODS GROUNDS, 44337 County Line Road, Columbiana: 35th Shaker Woods Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Aug. 27. 330-482-0214.

TYLER MAHONING VALLEY HISTORY CENTER, 325 W. Federal St., Youngstown: Bites and Bits of History — program on William Holmes McGuffey by Richard Scarsella of the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society, noon today. 330-743-2589.


AKRON CIVIC THEATRE, 182 S. Main St., Akron: LGBT Akron Arts Festival — Sam Jay, 8 p.m. Saturday, $20. Ticketmaster or call 800-745-3000.

CRAWFORD COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, 13291 Dickson Road, Meadville, Pa.: Crawford County Fair, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday through Aug. 26, $8. 814-333-7400.

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM, 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland: Panel discussion on “The Word Is Yes!: Progressive Rock and the Music of Yes,” 7 p.m. Friday, free but tickets are recommended and available at tickets.rockhall.com or by calling 216-515-8426.

SOCCER SPORTSPLEX, 31515 Lorain Road, North Olmsted: NEO Comic Con, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, $7.

Family Fun


OH WOW! ROGER & GLORIA JONES CHILDREN’S CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 11 W. Federal St., Youngstown: Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, $8 adults and children ages 2 and older, $7 senior citizens, educators and veterans, and free for children younger than 2. 330-744-5914.


CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER, One Allegheny Ave., Pittsburgh: Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $19.95 for adults and $11.95 for children ages 3 to 12. 412-237-3400.

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PITTSBURGH, Allegheny Center, Pittsburgh: “Hands-On Harley-Davidson,” through Sept. 10. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. $16 adults and $14 senior citizens and children ages 2 to 18. 412-322-5058.

COSI COLUMBUS, 2400 Olentangy Road, Columbus: Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, $20 adults and $15 children ages 2 to 12. 614-228-COSI.

GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER, 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland: Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 adults and $12 children ages 2 to 12. 216-694-2000.

GREATER CLEVELAND AQUARIUM, 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland: Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $19.95 adults, $17.95 senior citizens, $13.95 children ages 2 to 12. 216-862-8803.



CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF ART CINEMATHEQUE, 11610 Euclid Ave.: The films “Hermia & Helena” (2016), 6:45 p.m. today and 8:40 p.m. Sunday; “The Big Store” (1941), 8:35 p.m. today and 5 p.m. Saturday; “El Topo” (1970), 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 p.m. Saturday; “I Am the Blues” (2015), 9:30 p.m. Friday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; “Maurice” (1987), 6:45 p. m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Most films are $9. 216-421-7450.

CONNOR PALACE, Playhouse Square, 1519 Euclid Ave., Cleveland: “The Blues Brothers” (1980), 7:30 p.m. Friday; “Casablanca” (1942), 2 p.m. Saturday; “The Shining” (1980), 7:30 p.m. Saturday; “Sabrina” (1954), 2 p.m. Sunday. $5 adults and $4 senior citizens and children ages 11 and younger. 216-241-6000 and playhousesquare.org/cinema



PUBLIC LIBRARY OF YOUNGSTOWN & MAHONING COUNTY CANFIELD BRANCH, 43 W. Main St., Canfield: Monday Night Writers Meeting, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. 330-793-3675.



ARMS FAMILY MUSEUM, 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown: Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, $7 adults, $6 senior citizens and college students and $5 children. 330-743-2589.

BARNHISEL HOUSE, 1011 N. State St., Girard: Current exhibition — “Here Comes the Bride,” a collection of vintage wedding gowns. Open from 1 to 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Sunday of the month through December and by request. 330-545-6162 or 330-545-6559.

BUTTS HOUSE MUSEUM, 3364 Youngstown Kingsville Road, Fowler: Hours are 1 to 3 p.m. the fourth Sunday of the month through October and by appointment. 330-360-7796 or 330-507-9078.

CLARENCE R. SMITH MINERAL MUSEUM, Moser Hall, Youngstown State University: Open by appointment by calling 330-941-3612.

ERNIE HALL AVIATION MUSEUM, 4033 N. River Road NE, Howland: Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday and by appointment, $5 adults, $2 for children ages 5 to 10 and free for children ages 4 and younger. 330-219-6143.

HARRIET TAYLOR UPTON HOUSE, 380 Monroe St. NW, Warren: Tours of home by appointment by calling 330-395-1840.

JOHN STARK EDWARDS HOUSE & MUSEUM, 303 Monroe St. NW, Warren: Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 330-394-4653.

LEAVITTSBURG HERITAGE MUSEUM, 4901 W. Market St., Leavittsburg: Open from 2 to 4 p.m. the third Sunday of the month or by appointment. 330-898-5341 or 330-399-1448.

MCKINLEY BIRTHPLACE HOME, 40 S. Main St., Niles: Tours hourly at 10 and 11 a.m. and 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and by appointment. 330-652-1774, Ext. 7217.

NATIONAL PACKARD MUSEUM, 1899 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren: Museum hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, $8 adults and $5 senior citizens and children ages 7-12. 330-394-1899.

SALEM HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 208 S. Broadway Ave., Salem: Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. 330-337-8514.

SUTLIFF MUSEUM, second floor Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren: “Mother’s Aprons,” through September. Museum hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 330-399-8807, Ext. 121.

TYLER MAHONING VALLEY HISTORY CENTER, 325 W. Federal St., Youngstown: Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, $4 adults, $3 senior citizens and college students and $2 children. 330-743-2589.

WARD-THOMAS HOUSE, 503 Brown St., Niles: Open house from 2 to 5 p.m. the first Sunday of each month and by appointment. 330-544-2143.

WARREN HERITAGE CENTER, Kinsman House, 303 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren: Open to 2 to 5 p.m. the first Sunday of the month and by appointment. 330-372-0237.

YOUNGSTOWN HISTORICAL CENTER OF INDUSTRY AND LABOR, 151 Wood St., Youngstown: Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, $7 adults and $3 students. 330-941-1314.

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TAG offers plein air class

Trumbull Art Gallery will offer a plein air class with artist Gary Taneri.

Plein air refers to painting outdoors in nature, and the class will meet from 8 to 11 a.m. Aug. 26 in Courthouse Square, North Park Avenue and West Market Street, Warren.

The cost is $15. To register or for more information, call 330-395-4876.

Butler-Trumbull hosts event

The Butler Young Collectors Group will host an event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Butler Institute of American Art Trumbull Branch, 9350 E. Market St., Howland.

The group provides young professionals the opportunity to cultivate an appreciation for the arts, build new relationships, support the Butler’s mission for quality arts programming, and create future sustainability through philanthropy. It will include light refreshments, a featured wine tasting and a program by Butler Director Louis Zona on the work of artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.

Admission is free but reservations are requested by contacting Rebecca Davis at 234-228-8370 or rebeccadavis@butlerart.com.

10th Evening Under the Stars

The Avamar Foundation’s 10th Evening Under the Stars will be Aug. 25 and 26 at CADOBAZ (Culture, Arts and Dining of Bazetta), 2747 Cadwallader Sonk Road, Bazetta.

Each night will feature dinner prepared by restaurateur Michael Alberini, an appearance by award-winning artist Viktorija Bulava and entertainment by Shadows of the ’60s, a 12-member group that performs a tribute to such Motown acts as The Four Tops, The Temptations and The Supremes. Proceeds will go to Avamar, which helps purchase medication for the needy.

Tickets are $300 ($225 is tax deductible) and $200 ($125 is tax deductible) and can be reserved by calling 330-539-9999 or online at www.avamarfoundation.org.

Meshel booked lecture series

Former State Sen. Harry Meshel will speak for the next “Memories of a Lifetime” lecture at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Kravitz Deli Meeting Room, 3135 Belmont Ave., Liberty.

Meshel is a former Ohio Democratic Party chair and former board of trustee member for both Youngstown State University and Mill Creek MetroParks. He was instrumental in the funding and building of the Northeastern Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, the Youngstown Center of History and Labor and YSU’s Veterans Center and Meshel Hall.

The program is presented by the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society. Admission is $5 and includes light refreshments and entertainment by Delores DePietro. For reservations or more information, call 330-726-8277.

‘Sound of Music’ comes to Powers

Tickets go on sale Friday for a national tour of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music,” which will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown.

The story of Maria and the von Trapp family includes the songs “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title track. The original production ran for three-and-a-half years on Broadway and spawned an Oscar-winning film version in 1965 and live television production in 2013.

Tickets are $89, $69, $49 and $29 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the DeYor Performing Center box office, online at www.youngstownsymphony.com and by calling 330-744-0264.

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WaterFire celebrates America

“Celebrate America — United We Stand” is the theme for the second WaterFire event of 2017 in downtown Sharon, Pa.

Entertainment at the free art, music, food and performance festival will include Groove Clinic, New Silver Eagle Band, Dixon’s Violin, Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons, Billy Payne, Diane & Terry McCabe, the Gordon James Blues Band and Hubbard Music’s Rockstar University. The lighting of braziers on the Shenango River will take place at dusk.

WaterFire starts at 1 p.m. Saturday and runs until 11:15 p.m. The final 2017 WaterFire event will be Sept. 23. Additional information is available at www.waterfiresharonpa.org.