True crime author speaks at library
Author Jane Ann Turzillo will talk about her book “Wicked Women of Northeast Ohio” in a program at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren.
Turzillo utilized the Local History & Genealogy Center at the main library for some of her research into the murderous women included in the book and the heinous crimes they committed.
Admission is free. For more information, call 330-399-8807, Ext. 128.
Playhouse offers student classes
Youngstown Playhouse Youth Theatre will offer theater classes for students in grades 4-12 beginning Saturday at the theater, 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown.
Intro to Theater, for students in grades 4-7, will cover the basics of auditioning, blocking, character interpretation and preparing scenes for performance. It meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays. Advance Scene Study, for students in grades 7-12, is designed for those who are ready for the next level of character development as they select and rehearse scenes from classic theater pieces. It meets from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays.
Each class runs for six consecutive Saturdays. The cost is $65. To register or for more information, call 330-788-8739.
Carnegie curator speaks at McDonough
Dan Byers, the Richard Armstrong curator of modern and contemporary art at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, will give a lecture at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the McDonough Museum of Art, 411 Wick Ave., Youngstown.
Byers was co-curator of the 2013 Carnegie International. His recent projects at the museum include solo exhibitions by Cathy Wilkes Ragnar Kjartansson and James Lee Byars and the group exhibitions “Reanimation,” “Ordinary Madness” and the Pittsburgh Biennial. Before joining the staff at the Carnegie, Dan was curatorial fellow at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and assistant to the directors at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.
Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public.
Group seeks artists for CSA project
The Legal Creative is seeking artists of all disciplines for its inaugural Community Supported Art program this summer.
Nine artists will be selected by a jury made up of local arts professionals. The nine selected applicants will be awarded a $1,000 stipend with which to create 50 pieces of work. Fifty individuals will be able to purchase shares ($300 until May 1, $350 after that date), which will entitle them to an original, limited-run creation by each of the chosen artists. The local CSA program is modeled after the original program created by Springboard for the Arts and mnartists.org in Minnesota.
The deadline for artist submissions has been extended to March 31. The artist application can be found online at legalcreative.org or on The Legal Creative’s Facebook page. Artists should be prepared to work within a limited time frame and submit an artist’s statement, proposal and work samples.
Award-winning play opens in Cleveland
Cleveland Play House will stage Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park” at PlayhouseSquare’s Allen Theatre, 1501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.
It is the only play in history to win the “triple crown” the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play and London’s Olivier Award for Best New Play. The first act is set in 1959, where a white couple unknowingly has sold their home to a black family, causing an uproar in their all-white neighborhood. Act Two fast forwards 50 years, when a young white couple buys the same house with plans to rebuild and gentrify their piece of the predominantly black, but changing, neighborhood. Although taking place 50 years apart, both acts devolve from conversations rooted in political correctness to emotion-fueled debates hilariously highlighting the way we talk or don’t talk about hot-button subjects.
It runs through April 13. Tickets range from $45 to $72 for adults and $15 for students ages 25 and younger. Tickets are available at www.clevelandplayhouse.com and by calling 216-241-6000.
I-X Indoor Amusement Park returns
The I-X Indoor Amusement Park kicks off its 25th year on Friday.
The attraction features amusement rides, games, carnival food, a petting zoo, live entertainment and other offerings. Opening weekend will feature the North Coast Cheer Championships on Sunday along with Disney’s “On the Road to the RDMAs” Tour, featuring performances by Before You Exit, Megan Nicole and Alex Angelo.
The I-X Indoor Amusement Park will be open through April 20 at the I-X Center, One I-X Center Drive, Cleveland. General Admission is $21.99 with children less than 48” tall admitted for $18.99. Seniors citizen admission is $9.99 on Saturdays and Sundays and free on weekdays. For more information, call 800-897-3942.
Pittsburgh event showcases indie comics
The Pittsburgh Indy Comics Expo runs from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers Building, 10 S. 19th St., Pittsburgh.
The event is devoted solely to creator-owned, self-published, small-press and handmade comics, artists books and other visual works. Confirmed special guests this year include comics artist, writer and historian Trina Robbins; comics artist and illustrator Theo Ellsworth; and Pittsburgh artist/illustrator/graphic designer Jim Rugg, co-creator of “Street Angel” and “Afrodisiac.”
Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.
Murder mystery planned in Newton Falls
The Newton Falls Ladies Fire Auxiliary will host “The Irish Wake of Paddy O’Malley,” a murder mystery dinner fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday at Roby Lee’s, 425 Ridge Road, Newton Falls.
Attendees will celebrate the life of Paddy O’Malley at his favorite pub. All of his family and friends have been asked to come and share their stories and toast his life in a true Irish wake fashion. As the evening progresses, the audience will find out that Paddy may not have died of natural causes. At the end of the night, attendees will be asked to solve the mystery. Those who guess the suspect, motive and method correctly will be entered to win a 32″ LCD TV.
Tickets are $45 per person and include dinner, entertainment, a photograph, table favor, door prize ticket and a chance to win the TV. For tickets or more information, call Julie Zigler at 330-240-9268.
Seminar for arts businesses offered
Power of the Arts will offer a seminar on “The Art of Writing Business Plans” at 5:30 p.m. March 26 at the McDonough Museum of Art, 411 Wick Ave., Youngstown.
Business plans provide the structural framework around which a business can thrive. New and existing art businesses can benefit from a written business plan. Attendees will learn how to draft a proper business plan through a program moderated by Bryan DePoy and presented by lawyer Denise Glinatisis Bayer of The Legal Creative.
Admission is free. To register or for more information, call Cary Wecht at 330-941-2337.
opens at Butler
“Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection” opens Sunday at the Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown.
The exhibition tells a highly personal story of community and place through a selection of the extensive collection of costume designer and arts patron, Myrna Colley-Lee. This exhibition of 50 works includes paintings, works on paper, photographs, and fabric works and presents the lives, traditions and environments of African Americans from the 20th century to the present.
The exhibition focuses largely on the figurative and representational, presenting pieces by such noted artists as Romare Bearden, James Van Der Zee, Elizabeth Catlett Mora, Eudora Welty, and Betye Saar. The exhibition was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C., in collaboration with Myrna Colley-Lee, and will be on display through June 8.