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Rage, Hope & Empowerment

CLEVELAND — “Shut up and sing” never has been a philosophy followed by contemporary music’s most powerful voices. As singer-songwriter Nina Simone said, “An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.” Simone’s words are prominently featured in ...

Poets scheduled for First Wednesday event

Writers Ted Lardner and Kathleen Strafford will be featured at Lit Youngstown’s online First Wednesday Series event. Lardner’s poetry and nonfiction has recently appeared or is forthcoming from Missouri Review’s “Poem of the Week,” Pleiades, Knell, Gone Lawn, Blue Fifth Review, ...

Scholarships offered for AAC virtual classes

KeyBank of Ashtabula is sponsoring a $5,000 scholarship for virtual learning at the Ashtabula Arts Center. This includes the center’s current virtual class offerings and those that will be coming in the fall schedule. Anyone registering for virtual classes can take advantage of the ...

Wine festival canceled; contest to be held

The Vintage Ohio Wine Festival in Kirtland is canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Ohio Wine Producers Association is offering a contest in its place. Past attendees are invited to take a glass with a Vintage Ohio logo on it to any Ohio winery and take a picture showing ...

JCC offers new class Wednesdays in August

The Paul & Yetta Gluck School of Visual Arts at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane, will offer a printmaking class from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays in August. Participants will learn to create bold, graphic images using traditional and nontraditional print processes ...

Online production of ‘Lear’ bumped to Sept.

In “King Lear,” William Shakespeare wrote, “The weight of this sad time we must obey.” The weight of technological challenges in these sad times also must be obeyed. After announcing the online production of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” would premiere this weekend, director ...

MVHS announces officers, board staff

Mahoning Valley Historical Society selected its officers and board of directors for its 2020-21 fiscal year. Ten directors were elected by the society’s members at its annual meeting in June. The board voted on officers at its July 21 meeting. This year’s officers are Scott M. ...

Car caravan to raise funds for museum

WARREN — July traditionally is one of the National Packard Museum’s busiest months with its annual car show. More importantly, that car show makes it one of the museum’s most lucrative months. With the COVID-19 pandemic making mass gatherings of that size impossible, a caravan is ...

ACRONYM releases 10th CD

ACRONYM, a baroque string band founded by Dana School of Music faculty member Kivie Cahn-Lipman, will release its new CD on Friday. “Cantica Obsoleta,” the bands 10th release, features music from the Duben collection, which consists of approximately 2,300 music manuscripts, assembled by ...

Gray Areas: ‘King Lear’ will be presented as online miniseries

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: • In the age of binge watching, director Michael Dempsey is turning “King Lear” into a five-week miniseries. Act I of the William Shakespeare tragedy will debut Aug. 1 on Facebook and YouTube with the other four acts following each ...

Trumbull New Theatre announces 2020-21 season

NILES — Trumbull New Theatre has a plan in a place for a 2020-21 season. Now its board has to wait to see whether that plan is feasible. “We had a meeting in June, before things started to pick back up again, and felt we needed to have a rough idea of how to proceed,” board President ...

CARES grants available for cultural nonprofits

Ohio Humanities announced the availability of additional OH CARES funding to help cultural nonprofit organizations affected by COVID-19 health crisis. Up to $60,000 is available to assist nonprofit organizations that serve the public by offering programs in history, literature, philosophy ...

JAC sets refund policy for Covelli and amphitheater

YOUNGSTOWN — JAC Management announced refund procedures Wednesday for customers who purchased tickets in person at the Covelli Centre box office for events at the downtown arena and Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre. Those who purchased tickets through Ticketmaster.com for events at either ...

Inn hosts artisan expo on Sunday

An artisan expo runs from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Peter Allen Inn, 8581 State St., Kinsman. Area artists will be selling such handmade items as jewelry, rugs, woodworks, photography and bath and body essentials. A wine tasting also is planned. For more information, call 330-355-2100.

Easy Street offers second workshop

The second session in Easy Street Productions online summer “Road Trip” workshop for children starts Saturday. Easy Street co-founder Maureen Collins will teach her classes in front of a variety of different virtual backgrounds featuring songs and dances chosen specifically for each ...

WYSU-FM returns to western PA

WYSU (88.5 FM) is back on the air in New Wilmington, Pa., with a new frequency and call letters — 89.7 MHz W209CQ Due to a clerical error that occurred in 1997, WYSU discovered that it would have to cease broadcast on its 97.5 MHz W248AD translator effective December 2019. Upon that ...

Longtime YSU faculty member named McDonough director

YOUNGSTOWN — Claudia Berlinski now is director of the McDonough Museum of Art. Berlinski previously served as coordinator of the Wick Avenue museum in addition to being a faculty member in the art department at Youngstown State University. Starting July 1, she shifted from her faculty ...

RAA members show work at TAG

“Random Thinking” isn’t the exhibition Terry Polonsky imagined when it was first scheduled at Trumbull Art Gallery. The president of Random Acts of Artists said there won’t be a juror or any awards, and the gallery won’t be filled with people attending an opening reception. ...

Making waves in Nashville

By ANDY GRAY Staff writer Bobby Ocean is counting on the talents of several Nashville veterans to rise his tide in the country music world. The 1992 Warren G. Harding High School graduate, whose real name is Bobby Schell, will release “All My Life,” the third song from his upcoming ...

‘Palm Springs’ is entertaining riff on ‘Groundhog Day’

Certain filmmakers are recognized for their influence. Just about every dsytopian science fiction film since 1982 draws inspiration from the look of Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner.” Every teen-driven rom-com / rom-dram on Netflix uses John Hughes’ creative output as its blueprint. ...