Drug war documentary screens at YWCA
The documentary “The House I Live In,” which won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, will be shown at 1 p.m. Saturday at the YWCA, 375 N. Park Ave., Warren.
The film examines the “War on Drugs” and the effects of institutionalized racism and mass incarceration on families and communities. A panel discussion and refreshments will follow the film.
Admission is free. For more information, call the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative at 330-743-1196.
‘Pump Boys’ tickets go on sale Friday
Tickets go on sale Friday for Easy Street’s 25th anniversary production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.”
The musical ran for two years and more than 200 performances in the late ’80s, first at the Oakland Center for the Arts and then at its long-time home at the Uptown Theatre. The performances will feature all six of the original cast members: Rick Blackson, Maureen Collins, Don Creque, Todd Hancock, Robyn McCamy and Jeff Sanders.
Show times are 8 p.m. May 3-4 and 10-11 and 2:30 p.m. May 5 and 12 at Ford Family Recital Hall at DeYor Performing Arts Center, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. Tickets are $28 for adults, $23 for students and senior citizens and $15 for children ages 12 and younger. Tickets will be available starting at 9 a.m. Friday by calling the Easy Street box office at 330-743-8555.
Circus tickets available with equipment donation
Sports equipment donations can turn into tickets to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus when it returns to the Covelli Centre April 5-7.
The Youngstown Police Athletic League will collect donations of recreation and sports equipment from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the arena, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown. The first 200 individuals to donate new or gently used balls, gloves, racquets or other sports equipment will receive a ticket voucher redeemable for the circus’ “Built to Amaze!” production, which will be presented for eight performances in April.
Youngstown PAL also is looking for donations of flag football equipment, skiing equipment, snowboards, golfing equipment, video game consoles, video games and accessories.
Air Force groups play Stambaugh
The United States Air Force Concert Band and the Singing Sergeants will perform at 7 p.m. April 3 at Stambaugh Auditorium.
The concert is free, but tickets are required for admission. They can be picked up between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Stambaugh box office. Tickets also can be requested by mail by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Air Force Band Tickets, c/o Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, OH 44504.
The concert is part of a 10-day tour of Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
Artists sought for Mill Creek Art Walk
Mill Creek MetroParks is planning to incorporate an Art Walk into its summer concert series at the Wick Recreation Area’s Judge Morley Pavilion, and it currently is accepting applications from artists.
Artists must submit slides or photographs, which will be reviewed by a jury, which will accept artists based on technical skill, creativity and other requirements.
The art walk will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays from June 12 through Aug. 28, and there will be a fee of $50 per show. For more information, call April Stanislaw at 330-702-3000, Ext. 30 or email email@example.com.
Church screens documentary on livestock slaughtering
The documentary short “Glass Walls” will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday at Evergreen Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7668 Glenwood Ave., Boardman.
The movie, narrated by Paul McCartney, focuses on modern-day slaughtering practices of livestock. It will be followed by a discussion and refreshments.
Admission is free.
Teens needed for comedy showcase
Teen comedians are needed for an “All-Teen Comedy Revue” presented by the Youngstown Comedy Syndicate at 6 p.m. March 24 at the Funny Farm Comedy Club, located inside Mojo’s Bar & Restaurant, 6292 Mahoning Ave., Austintown.
The event is open to anybody ages 13 to 19 looking to get stage time and comedy club experience. There is no fee for stage time. Tickets for the revue will be $5.
Comedians interested in participating can contact Shane Herman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hippodrome hosts bridal show
A Celebration of Elegance Bridal Showcase is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Hippodrome, 150 High St. N.E., Warren.
More than 30 wedding vendors will be in attendance, and a fashion show featuring Stephanie Leigh Bridal and Rondinelli Tuxedo will begin at 2 pm. Brides are eligible to win door prizes such as 3/4 carat diamond earrings provided by Gene’s Jewelers and a designer wedding gown.
Admission is free. Brides can pre-register for the event at www.warrenweddingbliss.com. For more information, call 330-392-3020.
Howland, Canfield student featured at mall gallery
Receptions are scheduled this weekend for exhibitions featuring the work of students from Howland Middle School and Canfield High School at the Art Outreach Gallery inside Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles.
A reception for more than 100 Howland students exhibiting their work is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. The Canfield reception, which also will feature a performance by pianist Alyssa Titi, is set from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Both shows will remain on display through March 3. Gallery hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Musicologist speaks on warrior women at YSU
Musicologist Kendra Preston Leonard will give a lecture on “Music for Warrior Women” at 4 p.m. Friday at Youngstown State University’s Bliss Recital Hall.
Leonard, the author ”Shakespeare, Madness, and Music: Scoring Insanity in Cinematic Adaptations,” will talk about the music used for women in leadership roles, focusing on Queen Elizabeth I as portrayed in two films by Shakur Kapur and on Zoe Washburne from the Joss Whedon television series ”Firefly.”
The event is free. The Musicology Guest Lectures are sponsored by the Dana Research Society, a student organization devoted to the promotion of student research in music. In addition to hosting guest lectures by distinguished musicologists, the group meets regularly for film screenings and music discussions. For more information about the program, please email Ewelina Boczkowska at email@example.com.
Crown Theater adds a trip to ‘Oz’
After sell-out performances opening weekend, Crown Theater Productions has added a performance to its run of ”The Wizard of Oz” at Main Street Theater, 5 N. Main St., Columbiana.
A 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday has been added to the regularly scheduled performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for children ages 10 and younger. For tickets or more information, call 330-482-9915.
‘Blithe Spirit’ opens at Hanna
Great Lakes Theater will stage the Noel Coward comedy ”Blithe Spirit” beginning Friday at the Hanna Theatre, 2014 14th St., Cleveland.
Directed by GLT Artistic Director Charles Fee, the comedy tells the story of a seance that goes wrong, leaving a novelist haunted by the ghost of his deceased wife, angering his current spouse. Things only get worse for the writer when his current wife accidentally is killed and joins his first wife on the ”other side” to haunt him.
It runs through March 10. Tickets range from $15 to $70 and are available at www.playhousesquare.org and by calling 216-241-6000. In conjunction with the play, paranormal expert Mary Ann Winkowski will talk about the Hanna Theatre’s haunted history at 6:15 p.m. March 2 before the 7:30 p.m. performance. Tickets for that event range from $25 to $60.
State fair seeks teen singers, musicians
The Ohio State Fair is looking for talented young musicians for membership in the prestigious All-Ohio State Fair Band and the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir, traditions that date back to 1925 and 1963, respectively.
Dedicated high school musicians in grades 9 through 12 are encouraged to apply for membership, which is granted based on a number of factors, including student ability and recommendation from choral or band directors. Participating students gain a unique musical and educational experience, as well as an opportunity to build many lasting friendships during a two-week stay at the Ohio State Fair.
Interested high school students may obtain an application from their local school band or choir directors, or download them from ohiostatefair.com. Application deadline for the choir is March 20, and the deadline for the band is March 31.
Sutliff celebrates Valentine’s Day with open house
The Sutliff Museum, located on the second floor of the main branch of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, will have a Valentine Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The public is invited to have some punch and cookies along with a visit to the Victorian parlor featured in the museum that was created with furniture, paintings and memorabilia from the home where Levi and Phebe Sutliff lived from 1850 through 1914. Their daughter then maintained the home in authentic Victorian style until her death in 1955.
Throughout the month of February, the Sutliff is showing Victorian valentines. The cards, from a private collection, include silk greeting cards and three-dimensional honeycomb tissue creations. Lovely art work and sweet messages are prominent. For more information, call 330-399-8807, Ext. 121.
TNP offers rain barrel/garden program
Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership will host a free program on rain barrels and rain gardens at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Western Reserve Room at the Raymond John Wean Foundation, 147 W. Market St., Warren.
Amy Reeher, watershed coordinator with Trumbull Soil & Water Conservation, will speak on the topics of rain barrels and rain gardens. The presentation will provide information on what rain gardens and rain barrels are, the benefits they provide, the ideal location to install one, and the costs associated with construction and maintenance.
Following the presentation, a demonstration will be conducted. For more information, call George Piscsalko at 330-469-6828.
Polish Arts Club celebrates Chopin
The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown will have its 77th Scholarship Art, Music & Tea Reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Butler Institute of American Art, Butler North, 530 Wick Ave., Youngstown.
This year’s program is entitled a “Celebration of Mazurkas” and will feature the work of Polish-born composer Fryderyk Chopin. Chopin was inspired to focus on seriously composing his own unique mazurkas in 1830, the year of the November Uprising, a Polish rebellion against the Russian government. Chopin’s work will be analyzed by Ewelina Boczkowska, assistant professor of musicology at Youngstown State University, and performed by pianist Cicilia Yudha, assistant professor of keyboard musicianship at the Dana School of Music.
The program will be followed by a traditional high tea with homemade cookies and treats. Admission is free on open to the public.
Method 8 presents Black History Month programs
Method 8 will present two programs this weekend in conjunction with Black History Month at its offices, 4800 Market St., Boardman.
A program from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday will focus on Henry Garden’s book ”The Slave Ship Atlantic” and will try to give the audience a sense of what it was like to travel aboard an actual slave ship. A second program from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday will imagine what it would be like for a slave to come back from the dead and observe the present state of black culture.
Admission is $5 in advance and $7 at the door. For more information, call 330-781-7110.
Dinner theater benefits Rescue Mission
34west Theater Company will stage its production ”Andrew and Peter: A Play Called Fish Eyes” at Antone’s Banquet Centre, 8578 Market St., Boardman on March 15 as a benefit for Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley.
This live theater production featuring 34west founders, Jeff Querin and Stephen Baldwin, is a light-hearted story about two disciples and their journey with Jesus, and it includes their “calling,” the Beatitudes, the feeding of the five-hundred and other memorable moments.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and a dinner buffet will be available starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the dinner-theater production are $50 and must be purchased in advance. For more information, call 330-744-5485 or download an order form at www.RescueMissionMV.org.
Columbiana theater stages ‘Wizard of Oz’
Crown Theater Productions will stage the musical ”The Wizard of Oz” for a two weekend run at the Main Street Theater, 5 N. Main St., Columbiana
The show is based on the 1939 film classic and features music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Erich Offenberg directs a cast of more than 80 performers with Jackie Stevens as Dorothy, Roger Gaskins as Scarecrow, Wayne Morlock as the Tin Man and Offenberg as the Cowardly Lion.
Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Feb. 22-23 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 24. Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for children ages 10 and younger. For tickets or more information, call 330-482-9915.
Winter art market event set for Sharon
More than 70 artists from Trumbull and Mahoning counties and western Pennsylvania will sell and display their work at Art’s Alive in the Dead of Winter, a fine art market at the James E. Winner Jr. Arts & Culture Center, 98 East State St., Sharon, Pa.
Paintings, jewelry, pottery and salvage art creations will be among the items available at the event, which will utilize all three floors of the ACC. Entertainment will be provided by Max Schang and area eateries will be selling food and refreshments.
The event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and admission is $5. For more information, call 724-813-6938.
Cleveland Zoo offers frog event
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will offer its fourth annual Fairytales & Frogs event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday in its climate-controlled RainForest, where the temperature always is 80 degrees.
Visitors will learn all about the environmental importance of frogs and the unique role they play in fairytales and stories throughout history. Guests can meet the zoo’s larger-than-life frog mascots and even a princess or two. Children can get nose-to-nose with real frogs during Get Close encounters, have the chance to separate amphibian fact from fiction with the animal keepers, listen to fairytales, play games and make a frog craft.
All children ages 11 and younger receive free admission to the Zoo and The RainForest with a paid adult admission, and everyone is encouraged to come dressed as a princess, prince or frog. For more information, call 216-661-6500.
TAG seeks entries for photo show
Trumbull Art Gallery will accept entries for ”Photo 2013,” a juried photography show, from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at the gallery, 198 E. Market St., Warren.
Juror for the show will be Richard ”Mitch” Mitchell, a retired photography professor at Youngstown State University. The entry fee is $20 ($15 for TAG members) for up to three pieces. There is no size limit, and digital images are eligible. Entries must be framed, wired and ready for hanging.
”Photo 2013” will be on display Feb. 24 through April 6 with monetary awards announced during an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 24. Entry forms are available at TAG or can be downloaded at www.trumbullartgallery.com.
Trio plays YSU recital
New Amici Trio members Hristo Popov and Michael Gelfand will perform with guest artist Cicilia Yudha at 3 p.m. Sunday at Youngstown State University’s Bliss Recital Hall.
Yudha began teaching piano last fall at YSU’s Dana School of Music. She will join Popov, violin, and Gelfand, cello, for a program featuring works by Haydn, Schumann and Arensky.
Admission is free. For more information, call 330-941-3636.
Stambaugh hosts fundraiser
The Stambaugh Chorus and Youngstown Area Community Concert Band will host a collaborative fundraiser on Saturday to benefit both organizations called ”Dance for the Music” at the ballroom of Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.
The event will feature a catered dinner and a one-hour dance lesson presented by Judy Conti. The lesson will cover both basic ballroom steps and popular line dances and will be followed by open dancing from 8:30 to 10 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at the door and in advance by calling 330-727-4502.
Organist plays Sundays at Stambaugh concert
Organist Vic Marsilio will perform for the next Sundays at Stambaugh luncheon/concert.
Marsilio is the owner of Victor Organ LLC of Austintown and is the organist at Holy Family church in Lowellville. He also restored the former Palace Theater Wurlitzer organ that once graced downtown Youngstown’s Palace Theater.
Lunch prepared by the Fifth Season will be served at 12:15 p.m. Sunday on the concert hall stage at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, followed by a concert of Valentine’s Day songs. Tickets for the luncheon/concert are $25. Reservations are required in advance and can be made by calling 330-259-0555.
Artists sought for YSU Summer Festival
Artist applications are available now for the juried fine art show that is part of Youngstown State University’s Summer Festival of the Arts, which will have its 15th edition on July 13 and 14.
The deadline for applications is April 5, and applications much be accompanied by a $20 jury fee. If accepted the booth fee is $100. Last year more than 80 artists participated in the two-day event, which also includes an ethnic festival, jazz concert and multiple family activities.
Polish Youngstown celebrates Ostaki
Polish Youngstown will celebrate Ostaki: A Polish Carnival Celebration on Saturday at Magic Tree Pub & Eatery, 7463 South Ave., Boardman.
The Slavic-inspired pre-Lenten celebration includes samples of Polish vodkas and beers, a Polish gourmet buffet, music, dancing, trivia and a paczki parade and prizes.
Festivities start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 with non-drinkers admitted for $35. For more information, call 330-719-0415.
Ashtabula offers audition workshop
Ashtabula Arts Center will have an audition workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 16 to aid those interested in auditioning for the Straw Hat Theatre summer season.
Kimberly Godfrey, the center’s theater and music coordinator, will work with participants to help them find the best monologue and song to suit their skills. The cost for the workshop is $15, and reservations can be made by calling 440-964-3396.
Auditions for the Straw Hat Theatre summer season will be March 23 and 24, and audition appointments can be reserved starting March 4. The Straw Hat schedule will be announced on Friday at the opening night performance of ”Crimes of the Heart.”