Take a chance and join opera chorus

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

l Neil Young sang, “You were born to rock / You will never be an opera star …”

Trust me, I will never be an opera star, but Opera Western Reserve will give area residents a chance to at least be an opera chorus member. (Yes, I realize I am the only person who would lead an opera chorus announcement with a Neil Young reference, but it’s my column, my rules.)

OWR is seeking “all voices, all ages, all types” to fill the chorus for its upcoming production of Giacomo Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.”

Warren Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Susan Davenny Wyner will conduct the production in the original Italian with English supertitles on Nov. 16 at Stambaugh Auditorium. David Vosburgh will be the stage director and John Simsic is the chorus master.

Interested singers should attend the first chorus rehearsal at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Stambaugh ballroom, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. Those looking for more information can email Lynn Sabeh at admasst@operawesternreserve.org or call the opera office at 330-480-0693.

l Yo-ICE returns to Youngstown this weekend.

Yo-ICE is the Youngstown Independent Creators Exposition, which started four years ago as a showcase for local comic book artists and writers. The event has expanded beyond comic books to also include prints of art work, photography, T-shirts, patches and other items.

Participants this year will include Bob Corby, publisher of Back Porch Comics; Craig Latchaw, creator of the comic book character Galactic Man; Kelci Crawford, creator of “The Case of The Wendigo”; Elise Petras, co-writer and artist of the weekly comic strip Makeshift Comics; Chris Yambar, creator of Mr. Beat and other characters; and Vesenia Lindsey, creator of Celeste Pulse.

The show runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Admission is free.

• While attending YO-Ice, artists can drop off their submissions for “Comedy and Art,” an upcoming exhibition organized by the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County.

The show, open to artists 18 and older, is open to art of all mediums and styles that deals with the theme of what is comedy and humor in this day of outrage. Artists can submit a maximum of three pieces, and work must be ready to hang or display. There is no entry fee.

Work can be dropped off between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday at Art on Park, 180 N. Park Ave., Warren, or at Yo-ICE on Saturday .

“Comedy and Art” will open Sept. 14 with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m., including a comedy show featuring local standups at 8 p.m. The art show is free. Admission for the comedy performance is $5.

The show also will be open Sept. 22 during the art hop in conjunction with Warren Homecoming.

l I spent Labor Day evening watching “RBG,” the documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, that aired on HBO (great movie, seek it out).

During one of the many commercial breaks, they aired the trailer for “On the Basis of Sex,” a Christmas Day release with Felicity Jones (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “The Theory of Everything”) playing Ginsburg in a movie focusing on her legal career as a crusader for equal rights.

The movie business has a long history of casting better-looking actors to play real-life figures (something I’ve been reminded of this week with Bob Woodward’s “Fear” dominating cable news coverage and Robert Redford playing him in “All the President’s Men”).

“RBG” frequently focused on her supportive husband, Martin, a gregarious, outgoing guy with a self-deprecating sense of humor. In “On the Basis of Sex,” Ginsburg’s balding, average-looking husband is played by Armie Hammer, who is no one’s idea of balding and average-looking.

If Martin Ginsburg (who died in 2010) were alive, I’m sure he’d have something funny to say about his on-screen incarnation.

Andy Gray is the entertainment writer for the Tribune Chronicle. Write to him at agray@tribtoday.com

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