Artists’ talk, demo
set for TAG
Artists Christopher Leeper and Hoda Rouweyha will give a free talk and demonstration at 1 p.m. Sunday at Trumbull Art Gallery, 196-198 E. Market St., Warren.
Rouweyha will talk about her process and show a short video of the bronze casting for her sculptures. Leeper will talk about his process and give a painting demonstration.
The work of both artists is on display at TAG through Feb. 16. For more information, call 330-395-4876.
Program on black soldiers of Civil War
The program “Fighting For Freedom: The Story of the United States Colored Troops During the Civil War” will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren.
Nearly 200,000 black soldiers fought for the Union during the Civil War. Presenter Anthony Gibbs, unit manager of community programs at the Ohio Historical Society, discusses events significant to these men that led up to the Civil War, and what made these men different from the other thousands who fought and died in the War Between the States.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-399-8807, Ext. 128.
African choir returns to Warren
The African Children’s Choir will return to Warren for a performance at 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at First Presbyterian Church, 256 Mahoning Ave. N.W.
Admission is free, but due to the response for the choir’s appearance at the church in 2010, tickets will be required for admission to the concert. A free-will offering will be collected to help support the Music for Life Institute, which has educated more than 52,000 children in several African countries.
Ticket order forms can be downloaded at fpcwarren.org. Tickets are limited and requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets will be available at the door, and everyone attending the concert, including children and infants, must have a ticket for admission. There is a limit of four tickets per family
Dana delivers symphony bowl battle
The Dana Chamber Orchestra will present “The Super Bowl of Classical Symphonies” at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Ford Family Recital Hall at DeYor Performing Arts Center, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown.
John Wilcox will lead the orchestra in a program featuring Mozart’s 39th Symphony and Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, and the audience will decide with one is best. The concert will conclude around 5 p.m., giving concertgoers a chance to get home before the kick off for Super Bowl XLVII.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and free for those with a valid YSU ID. Tickets are available at the DeYor box office by calling 330-744-0264.
Relationship comedy opens in Cleveland
The comedy “You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!” opens Tuesday for a two-week run at the 14th Street Theatre, 2037 E. 14th St., Cleveland.
Written by husband-and-wife team of Jeff Kahn (“The Ben Stiller Show”) and Annabelle Gurwitch (co-host of “Dinner and a Movie” on TBS), the play looks at the trials and tribulations of a relationship and the couple deals with such issues as romance, money and children. The script was developed through sold-out performances at The Comedy Central Theatre and at Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, and the show made its New York premiere at The New York Comedy Festival 2009.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $20 to $35 and are available online at www.playhousesquare.org and by calling 216-241-6000.
Library looks at Packard legacy
Dan Mathey will present a timeline of the notable Packard family at 11 a.m. Jan. 31 at the Cortland Branch of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 578 Lakeview Drive.
The illustrated presentation will focus on the Warren family’s lasting influence and what their contributions have meant to the community. Mathey is a historian, artist and member of the Trumbull County Historical Society.
The program is free and open to the public, and no reservations are required. For more information, call the Cortland Branch Library at 330-299-8120.
Orchid paintings displayed at Weller Gallery
“Jewels of the Jungle,” a collection of orchid paintings on silk, opens Friday at the Weller Gallery, located at Mill Creek MetroParks’ Fellows Riverside Gardens.
Gunter Schwegler’s work features three dimensional objects as well as paintings, and his pieces can be found in galleries across the country and in private collections.
The show runs through March 10. For more information, call 330-702-3000.
Opera company receives grants
Opera Western Reserve announced three grants this week to help fund its programming.
The Warren P. Williamson Jr. Fund of The Youngstown Foundation awarded OWR $1,000 for general operating expenses. Dominion Resources Services Inc. and the Aimee and Lulu Seidel Foundation each awarded the opera company $1,000 for its educational outreach program “Fun With Opera.” OWR takes the program to area schools free of charge.
For information regarding OWR, go to www.operawesternreserve.org or call 330-480-0693.
Philly artist featured at Butler
Philadelphia artist Anthony Latess will attend a reception for his exhibition “iRemember – Moments and Details in Personal Icons, 1950 to the Present,” which opens Sunday at the Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown.
The work features personal family photographs taken from the 1950s to the present and details how images have changed or stayed the same since originally created. The photographs, painted with gouache and written on in colored pencil and painted over with watercolor, include the artist’s reflections and memories.
The exhibition runs through March 10, and the opening reception will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 330-743-1107.
Artists sought for juried show
The Hoyt Center for the Arts and Jameson Health System are presenting “The Art of Healing,” a juried exhibition exploring the healing potential of art in medicine.
To celebrate the opening of the new emergency/ surgical wing at Jameson North Campus, the Hoyt Center for the Arts in New Castle, Pa., is seeking work by artists with healing as the theme. Healing can mean recovery, treatment or providing care. It can appear in the form of a portrait, an abstract painting, a vessel or a found object sculpture. Healing could be the very process of creating the work itself.
Artists are asked to include a brief description of the work submitted and how it relates to the theme. The deadline for hand delivered entries is March 9 at the Hoyt Center, 124 E. Leasure Ave. More than $1,500.in cash prizes and purchase awards will be given. The exhibit will be installed on the second floor of the new emergency/surgical wing and run from March 23 to June 29. For information and a prospectus, call 724-652-2882 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cupcake competition seeks amateur bakers
Amateur bakers are sought for the Sweet Life Cupcake Competition, which will benefit the Friends of the Mahoning Valley Birth Center.
Bakers can compete in five cupcake categories: classic, health nut, savory, theme and freestyle. A separate competition will be held for professional bakers.
The competition will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at the B&O Station Banquet Hall, 530 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Deadline for registration is Feb. 1. Tickets prices are $7 in advance and $10 at the door for adults and $4 in advance and $5 at the door for children ages 4-10. For more information, call 330-519-5772.
MetroParks receive grant
The Mill Creek Park Foundation was awarded a $6,439 grant from the Thomases Family Endowment, a component of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, to purchase play equipment for the new Children’s Play Area at the James L. Wick Recreation Area.
The grant will be used to acquire the Peak Natural Climbing Rock for the Tot Play Area. The Mill Creek Park Foundation supports the mission of Mill Creek MetroParks through the purchase or improvement of land or facilities.
The first portion of the new play area should be open this spring.
Montessori school plans gala
Tickets are on sale now for the Montessori School of the Mahoning Valley’s annual gala on Feb. 2 at the Georgetown, 5945 South Ave., Boardman.
Festivities start at 6:30 p.m., and the event includes dinner and a murder mystery theater production.
Tickets are $45 and can be purchased by calling the school at 330-788-4622 or online at www.montessori-youngstown.com. The gala is for adults, and children ages 17 and younger will not be admitted.
Frostbite Footrace returns to Sharon
The 25th Frostbite Foodtaste Footrace will be tonight in downtown Sharon, Pa.
Participants trek to participating locations on foot for free food tastings and drink specials. Registration is from 4 to 6 p.m. at Quaker Steak & Lube, and stops this year include The A.C.T. Inc., The Russian Club, Billy’s Black & Gold, Our Gang’s Lounge, Side Pocket Cafe, The Marigold, The Other Side, Quaker Steak & Lube, Tailgate Party at the Sugar Shack and Tully’s.
The entry fee is $12 and proceeds benefit The Prince of Peace Center’s Help Heat Homes Program. The first 600 people to sign up get a free souvenir hat and t-shirt. For more information, call 724-981-WING.
’50 Shades’ spoof opens in Cleveland
”Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” opens today for a two-week run at the Hanna Theatre, 2014 14th St., Cleveland.
The show is described as a re-imagining of the characters from E.L. James’ best-selling novels and features comedy, musical numbers and sexy and fun performances from the hunky leading man.
The show runs through Jan. 27. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $10 to $45 and are available at www.playhousesquare.org and by calling 216-241-6000
Model train flea market comes to McMenamy’s
The Youngstown Model Railroad Association presents a Toy Train and Model Railroad Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at McMenamy’s Banquet Hall, 325 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles.
The event will feature 185 dealer tables with merchandise and equipment for all model railroad scales and interests. Also on display will be an operating three-rail O-gauge layout courtesy of the Western Reserve Modular Railroad Club.
Admission is $5 for adults with children ages 11 and younger admitted free.
MetroMutts get fit with Doga
January’s MetroMutts event at Mill Creek MetroParks is ”Doga,” a yoga class for dogs and their human companions.
Maureen Lauer-Gatta, owner of the Yoga Room in Warren, will lead the class at 11 a.m. Sunday at Pioneer Pavilion. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat and water for themselves and treats for their dogs.
The cost is $5 for MetroMutts members and $10 for nonmembers. Call 330-702-3000 to register.
Ashtabula gets ‘All Shook Up’
G.B. Community Theatre stages the musical ”All Shook Up” for a three-weekend run at the Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W. 13th St., Ashtabula.
The musical borrows from William Shakeseare’s ”Twelfth Night” and is built around such popular Elvis Presley hits as ”Heartbreak Hotel,” ”Jailhouse Rock,” ”Love Me Tender” and ”Don’t Be Cruel.”
Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Jan. 18-19 and 25-26 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 20. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens with a $2 discount by purchasing tickets in advance at 440-964-3396.
Comics legend makes ToonSeum appearance
Comic book artist, editor and publisher Jim Shooter will be featured at a special event Jan. 19 at the ToonSeum, 945 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh.
Shooter began writing for “Superboy,” “The Legion of Super-Heroes,” “Superman” and other DC Comics at age 13 in 1965. In 1976 he became editor of Marvel’s color comics and later founded founded Valiant, Defiant and Broadway Comics. He currently is the editor in chief of Illustrated Media, a custom comics company.
”An Evening with Jim Shooter” runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 19 and includes a VIP reception at 6 p.m., an on-stage interview at 7:30 p.m. and a Q&A session. VIP tickets are $40 for ToonSeum members and $50 for non-members. Interview/Q&A tickets are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. For more information, call 412-232-0199.