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Rust Belt presents greatest hits

YOUNGSTOWN — Rust Belt Theater Company spoofs theater culture with “Forbidden Youngstown,” which returns Friday for a three-weekend run. The bawdy musical revue is in the vein of the long-running “Forbidden Broadway,” which pokes fun at current New York favorites, although the ...

Kusama’s work takes CMA to ‘Infinity’ and beyond

CLEVELAND — Picture yourself floating in the cosmos like the Star Child of “2001: A Space Odyssey” or immersed in a psychedelic fantasia. Instead of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” it’s Yayoi in a Patch of Polka-Dotted Pumpkins. That’s the sensation created by the mirrored ...

Arms museum displays portraits

YOUNGSTOWN — “Threads of the Past: Woven Portraits of Local Citizens” opens Friday at the Arm Family Museum. The collection is on loan from artist William D. Walker, who learned the art of weaving as a student at Youngstown State University and continued at Kent State University. ...

Activities come together under shared umbrella

The 20th edition of the Youngstown State University Summer Festival of the Arts has a sun-like logo, and its light has attacted a variety of other activities over the weekend. SFA includes a juried artists market, multiple live performances and festival of nations celebrating different ...

Summerfest, Mokoomba make for busy Friday

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: • Friday was one of those days where I want to smack upside the head those who regularly whine, “There’s nothing to do around here.” In the morning I had the challenging pleasure of judging an art exhibition in Courthouse Square ...

Lorber ready to make an ‘Impact’ at Youngstown Jazz & Wine

As a bandleader, session player and performer, Jeff Lorber has focused on composing music and then doing what’s right for the song in the studio and in concert. In a career that’s spanned four decades, he has released 28 albums as a solo artist, as a member of jazz super group Jazz Funk ...

Comics show back at Covelli

Greg Bartholomew refers to Youngstown Comic Con as “an old-school comic book show.” The emphasis is put on comic book creators and comic book vendors instead of the movies and television series the industry has spawned. But the show has managed to grow like the Hulk in less than a ...

Movies: Started Wednesday

THE FIRST PURGE: C See review on page 6D. (Rated R for strong disturbing violence throughout, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use) Starts Friday ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: See review on page 8D. (Rated PG-13 for some sci-fi violence) Currently playing ADRIFT: B- Woman vs. ...

TAG now registering for summer art classes

Registrations are being accepted for three upcoming art classes at Trumbull Art Gallery. “Anyone Can Paint” is a three-day class with Susan Jacobs designed for those with little or no art experience. Students will learn to unravel the complexities of a finished artwork by simplifying ...

Theater group offers youth workshop

YOUNGSTOWN — Top Hat Productions is accepting applications for its Summer Youth Workshop, which starts July 12 at the Fairview Arts & Outreach Center, 4220 Youngstown Poland Road, Youngstown. The workshop is open to children ages 6 to 12 (6-year-olds must be entering first grade). The ...

Warren native debuts on ‘The Young and the Restless’

Brooks Darnell’s mother now can tell people her son is a doctor. Darnell, who was known as Darnell Rodgers when he graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 2000, makes his debut today as Dr. Nathan Hastings on the long-running soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” which airs ...

Pan-African sounds come to Warren

An ensemble called one of the most exciting bands to come out of Africa in the 21st century will play a free concert on Friday in Warren. Mokoomba is a six-member group from northern Zimbabwe that has performed in more than 40 countries on five continents since winning the Music Crossroads ...

Candlebox lead singer sings Grohl’s praises

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: l There’s no shortage of stories about what a nice guy Warren native Dave Grohl is. Don’t look for Candlebox lead singer Kevin Martin to contradict them. Martin, who brings Candlebox to the area on Friday to play the Rib-N-Rock ...

Paleface brings lo-fi sound to the Valley

It’s safe to say that singer-songwriter Paleface is a creative renaissance man. The student of Daniel Johnston, influence on Beck and collaborator with the Avett Brothers and Kimya Dawson has been touring, writing and recording music since 1991 and released 17 albums. Paleface also is a ...

Packard Band celebrates 4th with free music

Patriotic favorites will be followed by a bang at the W.D. Packard Concert Band’s annual Fourth of July concert. Stephen L. Gage will lead the band for the performance, which traditionally draws one of the largest crowds of the year. Returning for the concert will be vocalist Helen ...

Straw Hat stages children’s version of ‘Into the Woods’

“Into the Woods Jr.,” a youth theater production of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical, is the next production in the Straw Hat Theatre’s summer season. Directed by Mary Ann Kline, the show features an array of familiar fairy tale characters, including Rapunzel (Katie Stouffer), ...

Hopewell mixes musicals, classics in 2018-19 season

Two musicals and a show built around episodes of “The Twilight Zone” will be part of the Hopewell Theatre’s 2018-19 season. The community theater changed its name from the Victorian Players last year and changed its mission statement to “present high-quality, family-friendly theater, ...

Sutliff Museum hosts an open house

A summer open house is scheduled 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Sutliff Museum on the second floor of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. Children can learn about camping with a storytime at 2 p.m. and take home a craft. Currently on display at the museum ...

Matinee

Starts Friday SICARIO 2: DAY OF THE SOLDADO: B- See review on page 2A. (Rated R for strong violence, bloody images and language) (AP) UNCLE DREW: C See review on page 13D. (Rated PG-13 for suggestive material, language and brief nudity) (AP) Currently playing ADRIFT: B- Woman vs. ...

Clarks still ‘Madly in Love’ after 30+ years

The band The Clarks is a true rock music anomaly, a group whose lineup has remained intact for more than 30 years. There are a few who stayed together longer — U2, Rush, ZZ Top — but only a few. Look at the other headliners on the Ribs-N-Rock Festival in Boardman for comparison. The lead ...