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The best virus and isolation songs listed by decades

Working from home means many things. Every day can be casual Friday if you want it to be. If the coffee pot is empty, you finished it. Best of all, you can play your music as loud as you want without disturbing your co-workers. When staying at home because of a looming virus under ...

Being quarantined is frustrating, maddening

---Working from home didn’t seem so bad at first. However, what started as a strong suggestion quickly became a sentence. The Grays are quarantined. My older daughter had a sore throat Friday night. After looking at her tonsils, my wife thought she had strep, not the coronavirus, so I took ...

Unc D crafts ‘drop jazz’

Jazz bassist Dante Basista surrounds himself with Mahoning Valley talent for a new EP released under the name Unc D. “Patrenessy,” which will be released online Wednesday, is inspired by a lot of electronic producers who have been making jazz fusion albums — Kamaal Williams from London, ...

Record Store Day moves

The importance of Record Store Day can’t be overstated for many independent retailers. “If it’s a slow summer and Record Store Day was good, there’s enough profit from that day to carry us through those slow months,” said Jeff Burke, owner of the Record Connection in McKinley ...

Groups plan for the next season

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended current seasons for theaters and arts organizations, forcing cancellations and postponements of many shows. It’s also affecting plans for next season. Subscription series traditionally start in September-October, and spring is when those 2020-21 seasons ...

Westminster reschedules tribute acts

NEW WILMINGTON, PA — Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., has rescheduled two shows in its Celebrity Series. “I Am, He Said” — A Celebration of the Music of Neil Diamond starring Matt Vee, has been moved from April 4 until June 13 at Orr Auditorium. Michael Bolton’s Symphony ...

Davis Family YMCA postpones shows

BOARDMAN —The Davis Family YMCA in Boardman is canceling or postponing all art shows through June. “Speak Your Peace, life from a teen’s perspective,” originally scheduled to open May 3, will be rescheduled in the fall. “Centered: slightly off-center, featuring art from senior ...

Lit Youngstown gets program grant

YOUNGSTOWN — Lit Youngstown received a $5,615 grant from the The Youngstown Foundation Charles W. Darling Family Endowment Fund. The money will support programs in 2020-21, including the First Wednesday Readers Series, monthly Teen Writers Workshops, adult-teen creative writing classes and ...

RESCHEDULED / CANCELED SHOWS

Tickets already purchased will be honored for the new dates unless otherwise specified: • Jamey Johnson’s April 9 concert at Packard Music Hall has been rescheduled for June 26. Caitlin Canty still is scheduled to open. • Robins Theatre has rescheduled Christopher Cross for 8 p.m. Aug. ...

YSO announces 2020-21 season

Youngstown Symphony Orchestra will play four platinum classic and three pops concerts for its 94th season at the DeYor Performing Arts Center. Led by Conductor and Music Director Randall Craig Fleischer, the orchestra will open its 2020-21 classic season on Sept. 26 with “First and ...

Millennial Theatre Company’s ‘Shrek’ rescheduled for May at Robins

WARREN — “Shrek the Musical” still will be the Millennial Theatre Company’s debut at the Robins Theatre, but the show now will open in May. The musical will be staged May 29-31, the dates occupied by “Heathers the Musical,” the second production in its inaugural season at the ...

WonderStruck moves to Sept. 12-13

KIRTLAND — WonderStuck, a music and arts festival originally scheduled June 6-7 at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, has been moved to Sept. 12-13. The Elevation Group, promoters of the event formerly known as LaureLive and previously held on the grounds of the Laurel School in ...

What to cover with no entertainment?

One thing has been a part of the every weekly entertainment section in the 30-plus years I’ve been doing Ticket (and Weekend Plus before that) — an entertainment calendar. This week there is no calendar. We’re in uncharted territory, folks. Maybe one of the smaller museums listed in ...

Rock Hall offers free online educational resources

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is encouraging parents and teachers working to create plans for distance learning to use its free online resources. Rock Hall EDU (edu.rockhall.com), the Rock Hall’s new digital learning platform, contains professionally developed lesson plans, ...

Rust Belt drag queen show must go on online

YOUNGSTOWN — Because the Rust Belt Theater Company can’t have an audience for “Miss Tuesday Night,” it’s taking the show to social media. The Youngstown theater group will livestream a performance of the musical at 8 p.m. Friday on its Facebook page. “We’re in a unique ...

CMA gets art valued at $100 million

The Cleveland Museum of Art will receive more than 100 works of art valued at more than $100 million, making it the large bequest to the museum in more than 60 years. The donation from the collection of Clevelanders Joseph P. and Nancy F. Keithley includes 100 Impressionist, ...

Making Rockwells look their best for Howland exhibition

HOWLAND — Between his years as gallery director at Trumbull Art Gallery and curating shows in other spaces, William Mullane estimates that he’s hung about 300 exhibitions. “The Rockwell American Scouting Art Collection” is unlike any of them. Some of it is the prestige of the work. ...

Musicians among the victims with bar, restaurant shutdowns

Local singers and guitar players could break out their best renditions of Don McLean’s “American Pie” and sing about last Sunday as, “the day the music died.” Only problem is, they have no place to sing it now. Directives last week from Gov. Mike DeWine shut down most concert ...

Virus won’t delay Eicher’s ‘Court Street’

JD Eicher had it all planned out. Two singles already have been released for his next EP, “Court Street,” with a third scheduled for March 26. Tickets were on sale for a hometown release show on April 10 at Ford Family Recital Hall, followed by a two-week European tour to Germany, Denmark ...

Shutdown follows tornado in Nashville

“I lost $2,500 in gigs in one day.” Dennis Drummond expects that number to climb as he and all musicians wait until they can get back to playing in public. “As a musician, what do we love more than playing for crowds of 100 or more?” the Warren native said. Efforts to limit the ...