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Urban lives up to reputation

YOUNGSTOWN — Already well known among his fans for playing long and hard, bringing star-struck members of the audience and new talent to his stage and for giving away good stuff, Keith Urban lived up to his reputation here Wednesday night. In a rare mid-week tour stop, country music ...

‘I’m Still Here’ author to speak Monday in Youngstown

Author Austin Channing Brown will speak 7 p.m. Monday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Brown is the author of “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness,” and her work explores the intersections of racial justice, faith and black womanhood. ...

Audience joins ‘Rocky Horror’

There’s always the unsilenced cellphone or crinkly candy wrapper, but the only sounds actors normally expect from an audience are applause or, if it’s a comedy, laughter. There’s nothing normal about “The Rocky Horror Show,” so Millennial Theatre Company Director Joe Asente has been ...

Good Humor Radio presents a special Halloween show

The Good Humor Radio Players will serve up a couple of spooky tales, one by a Youngstown native, with “The IceScream Halloween Show.” The group recreates the experience of the old-time radio show with live actors in front of radio microphones portraying the characters and creating the ...

Stambaugh screens silent film shorts

Organist Todd Wilson will provide live accompaniment for three silent film shorts at Stambaugh Auditorium. The program will feature “One Week,” a comedy starring Buster Keaton and Sybil Seeley as newlyweds who receive a portable house as a wedding gift; “Big Business,” a Laurel and ...

Tasting event planned by group

The Facebook group The Recipes of Youngstown will host a fall tasting event in conjunction with its third cookbook. “Spooktacular: A Veteran’s Scholarship Tasting” will feature more than 30 family dishes prepared by bakers whose recipes are included in the new cookbook. A portion of ...

Staging ‘Battle for Packard’s Estate’

“The Battle for Packard’s Estate Part II: Packard Music Hall” will be the topic of a program 6 p.m. Friday at the National Packard Museum, 1899 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. Warren Packard II died in a plane crash in 1929, and his will provided for the creation of the Packard band the ...

MVHS offers cemetery tours

The Mahoning Valley Historical Society will offer tours of Oak Hill Cemetery on Saturday. Tours begin at the cemetery chapel with a brief orientation and continue through the grounds. Visitors will discover a broad cross-section of the community represented in memorial architecture, ...

Kawasaki to speak at Stambaugh

Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple, will speak 7 p.m. today at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, for the Youngstown State University Thomas Colloquium Lecture. Kawasaki, who currently works for the online graphic design tool Canva, is the author of such books as ...

‘Ravenscroft’ staged by Black Sheep

Black Sheep Players will stage the Gothic thriller / dark comedy “Ravenscroft” this weekend at First Presbyterian Church, 600 E. State St., Sharon, Pa. Don Nigro’s play features Inspector Ruffing sent to investigate the death of a man who has fallen down a staircase. The truth about ...

New tour of ‘Les Miz’ comes to Cleveland

A new touring production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Les Miserables” comes to Cleveland for a three-week run as part of the KeyBank Broadway Series. The tour is based on the 2014 revival of the Alain Boublil / Claude-Michel Schonberg musical, which ran for 2 1/2 years on Broadway. ...

Ryan Roxie rocks with Cooper and on his own

Is there a better act to see Halloween weekend than Alice Cooper? “Alice is the Santa Claus of Halloween,” joked guitar player Ryan Roxie. “Every night is Halloween for Alice, but in the month of Rocktober, it does carry on a little added energy. The stage actually changes color a ...

‘Gaslight’ shines brightly on stage

CHAMPION — No need to “gaslight” readers. “Gaslight” shines brightly at Kent State University at Trumbull. The 80-year-old play by Patrick Hamilton spawned the term “gaslighting,” which refers to psychologically manipulating someone so they begin to doubt their own memories / ...

No, you aren’t going crazy; you’re just being gaslighted

It’s not often that an 80-year-old play becomes culturally relevant again. Patrick Hamilton’s “Angel Street” ran for three years on Broadway in the early 1940s, but the name of the play when it debuted in England in 1938 and the name of its film version was “Gaslight.” The plot of ...

High school musicians join YSU ensemble at Stambaugh

Students from 20 area high schools will perform alongside the Youngstown State University Wind Ensemble during a concert tonight at Powers Auditorium The Side-by-Side Honors Wind Ensemble will be featured as part of a concert featuring the YSU Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. “This is a ...

Hopewell submits ‘Twilight Zone’ for your approval

Hopewell Theatre will take audiences to a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man, for its Halloween production. The theater and Centaur Stage Productions will present “The Twilight Zone,” four stories from the classic television show adapted for the stage. Centaur acquired ...

‘Addams Family’ opens at YSU

That creepy, kooky “Addams Family” will take up residence at Youngstown State University’s Ford Theater for the next two weekends. Matthew Mazuroski, chair of the department of theater and dance, directs the musical, which features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elise and songs ...

Mill is site for Halloween Bash

Mill Creek MetroParks will host a Family Halloween Bash from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Lanterman’s Mill, 1001 Canfield Road, Youngstown. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume and enjoy music and dancing, snacks, games, a costume competition and other activities. Admission is $5 for ...

Illuminare comes to Cortland

Illuminare will perform 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Robert’s Catholic Church, 4659 state Route 46, Cortland. The group, directed by Jon Simsic, is made of collegiate and Youngstown- area music professionals who are committed to performing sacred choral music by compositional masters. The ...

Church offers organ, brass show

The Arts on Atlantic series will feature an organ, brass and percussion concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic St. NE, Warren. Organist Jamie Shiell, newly appointed director of music at the church, will be joined by the Christ Episcopal’s resident brass and ...