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Virus doesn’t kill haunted attractions

Hasn’t 2020 been scary enough already? A global pandemic and more than 200,000 deaths in the U.S. seem pretty frightening, but it won’t keep Mahoning Valley’s haunted attractions from scaring visitors in October. Not everyone is coming back this year. The Hartford Optimist Club ...

Spooky fun that’s open in the Valley

Here are some of the haunted attractions that will be open in the area: Fear Forest WHERE: 6878 Tod Ave. SW, Lordstown (next to Dollar General) HOURS: 7 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 31 and 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 25 HOW MUCH: $30 for the quad combo (good ...

MTC, Rust Belt announce online production dates

Actual theaters remain empty locally, but it’s getting crowded on the virtual stages. Both Millennial Theatre Company and Rust Belt Theater Company announced premiere dates this week for online productions in October. Millennial’s production of “Songs for a New World” will be ...

LVRBOY longs for ‘Ohio Girls’

Jordan DePaul must miss Ohio. Earlier this year, the Poland native, who now lives in Nashville, released a song called "Homesick." Today, he releases "Ohio Girls," and he came home last weekend to shoot a video for the song that will be released Oct. 8. Those songs and others are released ...

Lit Youngstown adds Sunday reading series

A series of Sunday readings will join Lit Youngstown’s regular First Wednesday Reading Series event in October. Up first is a First Wednesday program featuring Youngstown poet, playwright and essayist Kelly Bancroft and Kent poet Jessica Jewell at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Bancroft’s poems and ...

Pianist plays Dana alumni recital

Pianist Sean Baran will be the next performer in the Dana Alumni Recital Series. Baran earned his bachelor’s degree from Dana in 2011 and his master’s degree there in 2014. He studied piano with Caroline Oltmanns and organ with Daniel Laginya. In 2014, he attended the Zodiac Festival in ...

Entertainment calendar

Art BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown: “Mark Lysowski: Transitions,” through Nov. 1; “American Everglades: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher,” through Nov. 22; “Clyde Singer’s World,” through Jan. 3. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday ...

Theater-film hybrid works for YSU’s ‘Glass Menagerie’

What used to be normal felt so strange. Getting a ticket for a live theatrical production. Having to be in my seat at a specific time. Not being able to hit pause if nature called or if I wanted to check the Cleveland Indians score. A 15-minute intermission I couldn’t fast-forward ...

YSU theater takes new approach with ‘Glass Menagerie’

YOUNGSTOWN —Director Matthew Mazuroski called Youngstown State University Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Glass Menagerie” a hybrid of theater and film. “I’m not a big fan of the static camera in the back of the house,” he said. “It can’t capture that live performance ...

Butler displays its Clyde Singer collection

Clyde Singer was a familiar sight in the halls of the Butler Institute of American Art. Except for three years in the Army during World War II, he served as assistant director of the Youngstown museum from 1940 until 1999. For the next three months, his work will be a familiar sight on the ...

Gray Areas: Lack of product hurts movie theaters’ return

I’ve spent a good portion of my life in movie theaters. For decades I saw at least 100 movies a year or more sitting in dark theaters in close proximity to strangers. It was my job, but I was one of those people who was lucky enough or smart enough to find a job that let me do things I ...

Hern Brothers celebrates 40 years of performing

The Hern Brothers Band will celebrate 40 years together with an outdoor concert on Saturday. The band has had several guitar and bass players over the years, but the two constants since 1980 are the Hernandez brothers of Hubbard with Dave singing and playing keyboards and Rick Hernandez ...

Salem announces carriage house tours

Tickets are on sale now for a walking tour of the carriage houses along Salem’s South Lincoln Avenue on Oct. 10. The carriage houses are open to the public only once every 10 years. There are more than 70 single-family homes and with little or no commercial intrusions, and all of South ...

Trio slated for YSU Alumni Recital

YOUNGSTOWN — Vocalist Rosie Bresson will perform in the next concert in Youngstown State University’s Alumni Recital Series. Bresson, who graduated in the spring with a bachelor’s degree in musical theater, appeared in several University Theatre productions, including “Cabaret,” ...

Hopewell Theatre sale starts Friday

YOUNGSTOWN — Hopewell Theatre is streamlining its collection of furniture and other items. An open house sale is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the theater, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Furniture, vintage clothing, costumes, holiday decorations and other ...

Calendar

Art BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown: “Mark Lysowski: Transitions,” through Nov. 1; “American Everglades: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher,” through Nov. 22; “Clyde Singer’s World,” Sunday through Jan. 3. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through ...

Robins to show classic horror films for Halloween

WARREN — The Robins Theatre will be showing horror classics during the month of October. The series starts Oct. 2-3 with “The Shining,” a 1980 film directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel about a writer (Jack Nicholson) who goes crazy while secluded ...

Take II marks 25 years with performance Friday

GREENE — The duo Take II will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a performance Friday. Ellie Kovell, vocals, and Bob Walton, guitar and vocals, met at a karaoke night and after months of rehearsals played a first gig in the fall of 1995. They started out as an acoustic duo but now use ...

Austintown park extends concert series into October

AUSTINTOWN — The outdoor concert series at Austintown Township Park, 6000 Kirk Road, is adding three October performances. October shows are planned from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays, and admission is free. The lineup will include Cin City & the Saints on Oct. 4, Leather and Lace on Oct. ...

Dance band heats up Youngstown

Disco was as divisive as it was popular in the 1970s. “Saturday Night Fever” was a box-office hit and songs from the soundtrack dominated top 40 radio, but there were just as many cases of Disco Sucks-itis as there were Night Fevers back in the day. Disco Inferno frontman Sonny D. Lite ...