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Music options abound this weekend

There is an abundance of great live music options this week. Some of them are free. All of them cost less than a lawn ticket at Blossom Music Center or KeyBank Pavilion. • River Rock at the Amp is expanding beyond its classic rock forte on Saturday with Uptown Funk, a tribute to current ...

Here we go again — ‘Mamma Mia!’ returns

“Mamma Mia!” returns for an encore at Youngstown Playhouse. The musical, built around the music of ABBA, sold out all eight performances when the Playhouse was the first area theater company to stage the long-running Broadway hit last fall. Talk of bringing back the show started before ...

Art on Park displays black and white images Saturday

The Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County will offer an art hop and open house “Black & White on Park” on Saturday at the Art on Park building, 180 N. Park Ave., Warren. Area artists will display black-and-white works in the gallery, and James Shuttic will do a live art performance ...

‘War of the Worlds’ radio drama staged by TNT

NILES — An alien invasion is underway at Trumbull New Theatre as the community theater presents Orson Welles’ radio adaptation of “War of the Worlds.” Lisa J. Bennett, who is directing the two performances with Kerrie Lane, said they’ve been talking about staging the show since last ...

Rust Belt’s ‘Godiva’ bares it again

Rust Belt Theater Company is bringing back “Godiva: A Burlesque Musical” for a three-weekend run starting Friday. Written by Robert Dennick Joki and Josh Taylor, “Godiva” tells the story of a group of women in a small town who band together to stage a burlesque show. It was inspired ...

The Straw Hat Theatre shows ‘Freaky Friday’

A musical version of “Freaky Friday” is the next attraction in Ashtabula’s Straw Hat Theatre summer season. It features songs by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning duo responsible for “Next to Normal,” and a book by Bridget Carpenter, who has worked on ...

Summer fest features arts and more

Youngstown State University’s Summer Festival of the Arts puts the Mahoning Valley’s cultural talent on full display. Lori A. Factor, director of community engagement and events at YSU, said 25 arts and cultural groups will be set up at the event, which runs Saturday and Sunday on the ...

Funk-N-Flow fest serves up Lettuce

Lettuce got more than one salad from its last recording session. The band released “Elevate,” its sixth studio album, last month, but drummer and songwriter Adam Deitch said they recorded 30 songs — enough for two more albums — during the sessions with engineer Russ Elevado, who’s ...

Photography show chronicles superstars and local stars

It helps to have talented friends. I get the title of guest curator, but it’s the work of some of the area’s best and most experienced concert photographers that will be the lure when “First Three Songs, No Flash: From Hometown Heroes to Hall of Famers” opens Saturday at Trumbull Art ...

Youngstown amp hosts jazz, gospel events

Tribune Chronicle Two events previously held on Central Square in downtown Youngstown move to the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre this weekend. Grammy winner Norman Brown will perform at the Youngstown Wine and Jazz Festival on Saturday and Grammy nominee James Fortune will headline the ...

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• ON SALE THIS WEEK • Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Covelli Centre box office and through Ticketmaster for the third Y Live concert, featuring Blake Shelton, Justin Moore and Tyler Farr at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Stambaugh Stadium. Tickets range from $45 to $139.50 with gold ...

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Special Events Local BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown: “On America” lecture series — William Underwood Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art on “Reading American Pictures: Meaning in Paintings from the Georgia Museum,” 7 p.m. Wednesday, free. ...

Bailey gets steady diet of solo work and EWF

YOUNGSTOWN — Earth, Wind & Fire is the reason Philip Bailey is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and it’s the group with which he’s recorded many of his biggest hits, but it’s seldom been his only gig. Bailey has released 12 solo albums since 1983 (EWF, by comparison, has ...

Chen is Comic Con guest and customer

These days Ming Chen gets paid to go to comic book shows. It wasn’t that long ago that he was the one paying admission to meet comic book artists and actors from his favorite movies and television shows. “I’ve met a couple actors — I’m not naming names — who clearly didn’t ...

‘Come From Away’ focuses on kindness after 9/11

There are many tragic stories about what happened in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. “Come From Away” tells a story of compassion and kindness. Written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, it’s based on the true story of 7,000 air passengers that day whose flights were re-routed ...

Idora Park Experience holds open house

CANFIELD — An open house is scheduled this weekend at the Idora Park Experience, a private museum dedicated to the Youngstown amusement park that closed after a fire 35 years ago. The museum, which opened in 2014, features the collection of artifacts gathered by Jim and Toni Amey from the ...

Packard bands play two holiday weekend concerts

The W.D. Packard Concert Band will celebrate Independence Day tonight with a bang and Saturday with a dance. The band will mix patriotic fare with pop for the holiday show, conducted by Stephen L. Gage. Frequent guest vocalist Helen Welch will perform “This Could Be the Start,” ...

Soap Gallery show explores nostalgia

YOUNGSTOWN — An exhibition by Cleveland artist Byron Miller opens Friday at the Soap Gallery. In “How We Used to Be,” Miller is exploring the interconnectedness of memory, realized and forgotten, and what nostalgia might mean to each of us. The artist describes the exhibition as ...

Party on Plaza continues

The city of Youngstown and Christian Rinehart’s Justice League Restaurant Group will partner on this summer’s Party in the Plaza concert series. The series had its unofficial kick off last month as part of the Friday night preview for the Simply Slavic festival. Three of the four ...

Kent-Trumbull tours a tale of acceptance

CHAMPION — Kent-Trumbull Summer Stock hits the road with “Monsters Can Be Princesses Too.” The touring production will performs eight shows in the next month. The play is a story about acceptance, both accepting who you are and accepting others. Though a monster is not usually ...