Polish group celebrates Wigilia
The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown will have its annual Wigilia, a traditional Christmas Eve vigil supper, on Dec. 8 at the Brier Hill Cultural Center(formerly St. Casimir’s Church), 145 Jefferson St. Youngstown.
A social hour with appetizers starts at noon with traditional Polish food, entertainment, Christmas carols and raffles from 1 to 4 p.m.
Tickets are $25 with children ages 5 to 12 admitted for $10 and children ages 4 and younger admitted free. Paid reservations are due by Monday. For more information, call Mary Ann Mlynarski at 330-647-9634.
Butler seeks entries for area artists show
The Butler Institute of American Art is accepting entries for its 76th Area Artists Annual exhibition.
Painter and retired Youngstown State University professor Al Bright will be the juror for the show, which is open to artists living in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties in Ohio and Mercer and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania.
The entry fee is $30 ($20 for Butler members) and entry forms must be received by Dec. 13. For more information call curator Jean Shreffler at 330-743-1107 ext. 210.
‘Christmas Story’ returns to Play House
Cleveland Play House will mark the 30th anniversary of the film “A Christmas Story” with a stage version of the holiday classic that opens tonight at PlayhouseSquare’s Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.
Like the movie, the play written by Phil Grecian is based on Jean Shepherd’s story of 9-year-old Ralphie and his Christmas wish for a BB gun. The stage version features many of the elements that will be familiar to the movie’s fans, from the leg lamp to the frozen lamp post.
It runs through Dec. 22. Tickets range from $15 to $72 and are available at www.playhousesquare.org and by calling 216-241-6000.
Great Lakes celebrates 25th ‘Christmas Carol’
Great Lakes Theater’s 25th anniversary production of “A Christmas Carol” opens Saturday at the Ohio Theatre, 1511 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.
Longtime GLT artistic company member Sara Bruner, will stage former Artistic Director Gerald Freedman’s heartwarming adaptation of A Christmas Carol. The production features a multi-generational cast of actors, singers and dancers led by actor Aled Davies, returning for his sixth season in the role of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. GLT’s production has been seen by more than 625,000 people.
It runs through Dec. 22. Tickets range from $28 to $60 and are available at www.playhousesquare.org and by calling 216-241-6000.
Hospital displays local art
More than 100 pieces of original art will be available for sale in an exhibition currently on display in the Nissen Gallery at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren.
The 2013 Trumbull Area Artists Holiday Show includes pieces by 27 local artists, all priced at $100 or less.
The work will be on display through Jan. 2. Purchases should be made through Peg Krozier in the hospital’s administration office or by calling 330-841-1900.
YSU groups play Stambaugh concert
Youngstown State University’s Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. Monday at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.
The concert, titled “Portraits & Tributes,” will feature music written to commemorate a significant event or as a musical portrait, including Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “Folk Song Suite,” LoPresti’s “Elegy for a Young American,” Copland’s “A Lincoln Portrait” and Maslanka’s Symphony No. 1 – “A Child’s Garden of Dreams.” The Copland and Maslanka pieces will be narrated by Jeffrey L Tyus, an associate professor of communication at YSU.
Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for senior citizens. For more information, call 330-941-3636.
Kaplan plays pre-Chanukah concert
Singer-songwriter Jordan Kaplan will perform a pre-Chanukah concert in memory of Dr. Zeev Rabinowitz at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Children of Israel, 3970 Logan Way, Liberty.
As a producer and studio musician, Kaplan has worked with such artists as Judy Collins, Richie Havens, Art Garfunkel, Bette Midler, Phoebe Snow and Carol Bayer Sager.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 330-759-2167 today.
Christmas light show opens Friday
The drive-through “Joy of Christmas” light display opens Friday at Firestone Park, 338 E. Park Ave., Columbiana.
The display features more than 60 holiday light scenes, Santa’s Ice Castle, a Gingerbread House and miniature train rides.
It will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday through Dec. 17 and nightly from Dec. 19 to 29. Admission is $8 per carload. For more information, call 330-482-2282.
Good Life Singers celebrate Christmas
The Good Life Singers will present their annual holiday concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W. 13th St., Ashtabula.
“The Stories of Christmas” will feature many familiar and favorite carols, including “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” “Santa Lucia,” “O, Tannenbaum,” “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells.” The non-profit group made up of volunteer singers began in 1976.
Tickets are $9 and are available at the center’s box office and by calling 440-964-3396.
Sutliff offers Civil War glass program
A program on Civil War-era pattern glass is scheduled Tuesday as part of the Sutliff Museum’s Victorian Collections and Coffee series.
Ellen King an appraiser, historian, dealer and writer will focus on antique glass tableware of the 1860s, how it was made, how it reflected the styles of the times and what its value is today. Audience members are invited to bring in one or two pieces from their own collections for King to identify and appraise informally.
The morning will begin with coffee and pastries at 9 a.m. followed by the program at 9:45 a.m. in the Thomas Meeting Room of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren. Admission is free. For more information, call 330-395-6575.
Snowflake Ball tickets available
Tickets are on sale now for the Snowflake Ball sponsored by USA Dance, the Youngstown-Warren Ballroom Dancers Association.
The ball will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8 at Avon Oaks Ballroom, 1401 N. State St., Girard, and will feature a buffet dinner and dancing, including smooth ballroom, Latin, swing and hustle.
Tickets are $40 for adults and $30 for students and advance purchase is required. For tickets or more information, call 330-502-5492 or go to www.usadance2015.com.
Sax player joins youth band
The Stambaugh Youth Concert Band will be joined by guest artist Joseph Murphy for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.
Murphy, a saxophone professor at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, has premiered more than 40 new works and is a clinician for the Selmer Corporation. The performance will include Gustav Holtz’ “Second Suite in F,” “Chorale and Shaker Dance” by John Zdechlik, “Fusion” by Brian Balmages and Dennis Sichner’s “Fantasy and Chorale” featuring Murphy. The concert also will feature the Stambaugh Youth Concert Band Percussion Ensemble directed by Tyler Husosky. The band is under the direction of John Veneskey, Brandt Payne, Husosky and Eric Bable.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens and will be available at the door.
Guitarist plays recital
Canadian guitarist Jeffrey McFadden, a lecturer at the University of Toronto, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Youngstown State University’s Bliss Recital Hall.
He has been a featured performer at several international music festivals. In 1992 McFadden was awarded a Silver Medal in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Competition and was also a prize winner in the 1993 Great Lakes Guitar Competition. His debut recording was the first in the “Laureate Series” on the Naxos label and was released worldwide. His classical repertoire includes works by J.S. Bach, A. Barrios, R.R. Bennett, L. Berio, and A.C. Jobim.
Admission is free. For more information, call the Dana School of Music at 330-941-3636.
Pride seeks new marchers
High School seniors interested in being a member of the Youngstown State University Marching Pride can attend Senior Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Some of the activities include watching the MP game day rehearsal; attending the pre-game Ice Breaker performance; watching pre-game and halftime performance, and staying for the YSU vs. North Dakota State game. Questions will be answered about participating in the Marching Pride, and students will perform with the Marching Pride in the stands during the game.
Students can sign up at www.ysubands.org.
Former YSU president signs novel at Butler
Former Youngstown State University President Les Cochran will sign copies of his novel “Signature Affair” on Sunday at the Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown.
The novel looks at sex, politics and backroom machinations on a midwestern college campus, and the protagonist is a university president juggling affairs with five women when his wife finds out.
Cochran will sign books from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m .and give a presentation at 2:15 p.m. The book will be for sale in the Butler gift shop.
HBA show comes to Eastwood
The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of the Valley will present a Home & Holiday Show this weekend at the Eastwood Expo Center, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles.
The event will focus on the latest trends in home improvements, remodeling and decorating. Vendors will be featuring products for interior design, kitchen remodeling, bathtub/bathroom updates, senior living retrofitting, lighting, garage doors, roofing, flooring, hardwood and more.
It runs from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call 330-965-9779.
Yoga Room has open house
An open house is planned today at The Yoga Room to benefit Inspiring Minds, a nonprofit organization that offers after-school programs to help under-represented youth.
A sample of the classes taught at The Yoga Room, now located at Niles Park Plaza, 815 Youngstown Warren Road, Suite #13, will be offered from 5:30 to 8 p.m. , including Yoga, Tai Chi and Dancing Mindfulness. A donation of $5 is suggested for each session.
A Chinese auction of gift baskets donated by local businesses also is planned with proceeds benefiting Inspiring Minds. For more information, call 330-637-7171.
Cirque du Soleil returns to Covelli Centre
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster for Cirque du Soleil’s “Varekai” at the Covelli Centre.
According to the Cirque website, the word Varekai means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. The production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition and to the infinite passion of those whose quest takes them along the path that leads to Varekai. Cirque’s “Dralion” played the Youngstown venue in 2010.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12-14, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and 1:30 and 5 p.m. Feb. 16. Tickets range from $35 to $145.