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Dana offers vocal clinic

Applications are being accepted for the 16th Dana Vocal Performance Clinic, which will run July 22 to 27 at Youngstown State University.

Dana Vocal Performance Clinic is an award-winning program that offers gifted performers an opportunity to develop their performance abilities and gain further knowledge in their pursuit of singing. Daily activities include warm-up techniques, vocal literature, foreign language diction, acting principles, music theory and history, stage presence and movement, vocal instruction and master classes. The faculty of the program consists of professors from the Dana School of Music and advanced voice students. It is open to all singers who will be in high school during the 2013-14 school year, as well as incoming YSU voice majors.

Tuition is $220 if paid by June 28 and $240 after that date. On campus room and board is available for students who need it for an addition $230, based on double occupancy. Limited talent-based and need-based scholarships are available for those students participating on a resident basis. Scholarship materials must be postmarked by May 3. For more information about the clinic or to request an application, call 330-941-3636.

Lecture takes listeners to ‘Hell’

”Listening in Hell” will be the topic of a lecture by musicologist Francesca Brittan at 4 p.m. Friday at Youngstown State University’s Bliss Recital Hall.

Brittan is an assistant professor of music at Case Western Reserve University. She holds a PhD from Cornell University and was a Research Fellow at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge. She works on 19th century music (particularly Berlioz) and American popular music (especially blues traditions).

Her talk is sponsored by the Dana Research Society, a student organization devoted to the promotion of student research in music. Admission is free.

Autism group starts book club

The Autism Society of Ohio is offering a new program called the Autism Family Book Club.

Participants can read reviews of the latest books about Autism Spectrum Disorders and the families who share their diagnosis as well as offer their own commentary. The group will communicate online and are invited monthly to participate in one-hour discussions about autism-themed books, films and issues in the news-particularly those with personal stories of those living and loving someone on the autism disorder spectrum.

The inaugural selection is “There’s a Boy in Here” by local author Judy Barron and her son, Sean Barron. Participants are invited to discuss the book at 7 p.m. April 9, May 14 and June 4 at the Autism Society Family Resource Center in the Ohio One Building, 25 E. Boardman St., Suite 230, Youngstown. Light refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is requested. For more information, call 330-743-9184 or go to www.autismohio.org/mv

Great Lakes stage Shakespeare comedy

Great Lakes Theater will stage the William Shakespeare comedy ”Much Ado About Nothing” at the Hanna Theatre, 2014 14th St., Cleveland.

Sharon Ott, former artistic director of the Berkeley Repertory Theater and the Seattle Repertory Theater, will make her Great Lakes debut directing the production, a battle of wit and wills between Beatrice and Benedick as they must team up to salvage true love between Hero and Claudio.

It runs Friday through April 14 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $15 to $70 and are available at www.playhousesquare.org and by calling 216-241-6000.

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Lordstown offers free Irish concert

Lordstown Village is planning a post-St. Patrick’s celebration with a concert Saturday at the village Administration Building, 1455 Salt Springs Road.

The concert runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and will feature music by the Irish folk act County Mayo and a performance by students from the Burke School of Irish Dance. Admission to the concert is free.

It will be preceded by a dinner sponsored by the Lordstown Apple Cider Festival featuring stuffed pork chops, mashed potatoes, green beans, pie and beverage. The dinner runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and the cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and younger.

Woodward speaks at Stambaugh

Tickets will be available beginning Monday for an appearance by Washington Post editor Bob Woodward at 7:30 p.m. April 4 at Stambaugh Auditorium as part of the Skeggs Lecture Series.

Woodward rose to prominence along with Carl Bernstein for exposing the Watergate break-in and cover up that led to President Nixon’s resignation in 1974. Bernstein spoke at YSU in 1999. Woodward has authored or co-authored 17 books, including ”All The President’s Men,” ”The Bretheren” and ”The Price of Politics.”

The lecture is free, but tickets are required for admission. Tickets will be available beginning at 8 a.m. Monday at the Information and PC Lab at Youngstown State University’s Kilcawley Center. There is a limit four tickets per person. Tickets will be distributed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday or until they run out. For more information, call 330-941-3497.

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Songwriting workshop taught at library

A free songwriting workshop is planned at 6 p.m. Monday at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren.

This workshop is designed for the beginning songwriter as well as those who are a bit more advanced. Marc Black will use techniques that build confidence and keep a personal touch in songwriting. Attendees will be encouraged to perform songs they’ve written or present ideas of things they’d like to write about. Black was named Folk Artist of the Year on ABC Radio’s Fame Games and was a finalist in the prestigious Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition for emerging songwriters.

The workshop is free and open to the public and is being held in conjunction with the film series “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music From Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway,” which will run April 2 to May 18 at the library. For more information, call 330-399-8807, Ext. 128.

Cortland library offers nature program

A program will offer tips on how to attract birds and other wildlife into the backyard at 11 a.m. Friday at the Cortland Branch of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 578 Lakeview Drive.

Amy Reeher, watershed coordinator for the Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District, will discuss how to bring visitors to a backyard habitat or feeder.

The program is free and open to the public; no reservations are required. For more information, call 330-299-8120.

YSU guitarists plays JCC

Youngstown State University’s Guitar Studio will play a lunch-time concert on March 21 at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown’s J Cafe, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown.

Classical music and jazz standards will be performed by students of the Dana School of Music from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jazz guitar duos and classical guitar quartets will be featured.

Tickets are $8 for JCC members and $10 for non-members, and the price includes lunch. For reservations or more information, call Darlene Muller at 330-746-3251 ext. 106

‘Lion King’ returns to Cleveland

Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday for the return of ”The Lion King” to Cleveland’s PlayhouseSquare.

The musical, which has been seen by more than 66 million people worldwide through 20 global productions, continues to run on Broadway in its 16th year. It won six Tony Award in 1998, including Best Musical.

It will run July 9 through Aug. 4 with show times at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $20 to $130 and will be available at www.playhousesquare.org and by calling 216-241-6000.

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Kids Fest returns at LaBrae

The fourth annual Kids Fest runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the LaBrae High School Cafeteria, 1001 N. Leavitt Road, Leavittsburg.

Activities include games, a bounce house, food, candy and a Chinese auction and basket raffle, including a chance to win an overnight stay for six at Kalahari in Sandusky. Jungle Terry will present an animal show at 10 a.m. (admission is $1), and a free magic show is scheduled at noon.

The cost is $1 per ticket or $25 for unlimited play for the entire family. Proceeds will go to River of Hope International, which provides educational support for the children of Ethiopia. The event also will include an Ethiopian coffee tasting and the sale of jewelry and artifacts from Ethiopia.

Animal Welfare League plans wine, chocolate event

”An Evening of Wine and Chocolates” will raise money for the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County.

The evening will include wine and chocolate tastings, hearty hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment by Doug and Pam DiPreta. All attendees will receive a souvenir wine glass.

The fundraiser runs from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday at Tiffany’s Banquet Center, 601 Bedford Road S.E., Brookfield. Tickets are $35 per person and $60 per couple in advance, and $40 per person and $65 per couple at the door. For reservations or more information, call 330-394-3512.

YSU recital canceled

A guest recital tonight at Youngstown State University has been canceled.

Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin, and Sophie van der Westhuizen, piano, were scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. at Bliss Recital Hall.

The show was canceled due to a health issue with one of the performers, and there is a possibility it will be rescheduled later this year.

Pierogi making class offered

Polish Youngstown will offer a pierogi-making class from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the church kitchen of St. Stephens of Hungary, 854 Wilson Ave., Youngstown.

Tad Siembida will share the secrets of making the dumplings and fillings learned from her mother and grandmother. Students should bring a take-home container and an apron and be prepared to get their hands in the dough. Each participant will take home recipes, tips and at least one dozen ready-to-serve pierogis.

The cost is $25 and class size is limited. Call 330-427-2752 to register.

Food network host speaks at PlayhouseSquare

Cookbook author and television host Ina Garten will speak Tuesday at the State Theatre, PlayhouseSquare, 1515 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

Garten has written eight cookbooks and is seen on the Food Network. She will be interviewed on stage by Cleveland-based food writer Michael Ruhlman.

Tickets for ”A Conversation with Ina Garten” are $75, $65, $45 and $10 and are available at www.playhousesquare.org and by calling 216-241-6000.

Beatles celebration set for Akron

The Rubber City Beatlesfest is scheduled Saturday at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., Akron.

Festivities start at 6:45 p.m. with vendors selling photos, vinyl albums, Beatles memorabilia and ’60s memorabilia. A concert starting at 8 p.m. will feature the tribute bands The ReBeats, Hard Days Night and Revolution Pie.

Tickets are $25 reserved and $15 general admission and are available through Ticketmaster.