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‘Tangled Up in Blues’ show finds new home

Blues fans have a reason to smile. “Tangled Up in Blues” returns to the airwaves Sunday, although local music fans will have to listen online. Cornel Bogdan, who hosted the Sunday night blues show for 20 years on WNCD-FM and WKBN-AM, was furloughed as a senior account manager in March ...

Garage to gallery

The work of Steve Chaszeyka and the other artists featured in “American Stripes” normally is found on wheels, not walls. For the next two months, though, it will be on display at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown “American Stripes” features pieces created by more than ...

Hey Paramount+, I want my (old) MTV

Paramount+ clearly understands the value of nostalgia, but it doesn’t deliver nearly enough of it. When the streaming service launched last month, one of its “new” shows was a reunion of the first cast of MTV’s “Real World.” I’m not a big fan of reality television. I love “Top ...

LaMarca tosses around family, Valley history on ‘Pizza Dough’

“Indianola Pizza Dough” is like an audio journey through the history of Anthony LaMarca’s family and of the Mahoning Valley. LaMarca, who is a member of the Grammy-winning rock band The War on Drugs and releases solo albums under the name The Building, weaves his own songs around ...

Columbiana Uncorked scheduled for Sept. 25

Tickets are on sale online for Columbiana Uncorked 2021, which is scheduled from 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25 at Firestone Farms. Wristbands are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate and include a commemorative glass, tasting booklet and 10 tasting tickets. Additional sample tickets, wine by the glass ...

Westminster will stream tribute to ‘Who’s Next’

The second streamed event in Westminster College’s Celebrity Series at Home will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Who’s legendary album “Who’s Next” starting 8 p.m. April 30. “Reflections of Who’s Next,” presented by The Rock Project, will feature some of the greatest ...

Civil War is subject of historical society lecture

A look at the events leading up to the Civil War will be the topic of the next Bites and Bits of History online video presentation by the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. “April 1861, 160 Years Later” will feature Traci Manning, who oversees educational programming for MVHS, looking at ...

Photographer’s work flies over NYC landmark

Many photographers have seen their work framed and in a gallery. Annah Trunick can say her work has been turned into a flag. The 33-year-old Hartford native is one of 83 photographers whose images can be seen as 5-foot-by-8-foot flags hanging at Rockefeller Center in New York City. “I ...

Butler, Kim Novak collaborate on book

The Butler Institute of American Art is publishing a book with actor / artist Kim Novak. “Kim Novak: Her Art and Life” is not a tell-all autobiography; it’s a 156-paged softcover retrospective of her poetry and artwork. Novak, best known for her roles in such films as “Vertigo,” ...

Youngstown native wins literary award

Youngstown-born poet Ross Gay won the 2021 Jean Stein Book Award and its $75,000 cash prize. Gay, who moved to the Philadelphia area at a young age, won the award for “Be Holding, A Poem,” which was published in 2020 by the University of Pittsburgh Press. It is described as a book-length ...

Entertainment calendar

Art ASHTABULA ARTS CENTER, 2928 W. 13th St., Ashtabula: Julie Cook exhibit, through April. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. ashtabulaartscen ter.org and 440-964-3396. BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown: “Dorothy ...

YSU will present art lecture

Youngstown State University’s art department will present an online lecture at 1 p.m. Monday by Robyn O’Neil. O’Neil is known for her large-scale graphite on paper drawings. Her work was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including ...

Playhouse hires new staff

Youngstown Playhouse announced the hiring of three new staff members, all with local ties. It also will delay the start of its upcoming season until September. Joshua William Green is the new artistic director, Kayla Boye is new executive director and Tyler Moliterno is the new associate ...

Beatles tribute booked at Packard

WARREN — “Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles” will play Packard Music Hall on Oct. 28. The production incorporates live music with high-definition LED screens and multimedia content in a concert that will focus on the album “Abbey Road” and include other hits by the Fab Four. ...

Ravine makes live debut Monday at Westside Bowl

Ravine releases its first EP today and plays its first live gig Monday. More music is in the pipeline, but this may be the only chance to see the “sad boy pop-rock” trio of Reese Maslen, Frank Toncar and Hobie Butcher before the end of the year. Monday’s show at Westside Bowl in ...

Federal Frenzy to stay online

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: • Music fans will have to settle for a virtual Federal Frenzy for the second straight year. Presented by Youngstown State University’s Penguin Productions, Federal Frenzy featured free performances by local, regional and national acts ...

An ode to Billy Shakes

Matthew Mazuroski, an associate professor of acting and directing at Youngstown State University, said he has “troubled history” with the works of William Shakespeare. “We put Shakespeare on this pedestal, but I think more people have been turned off to live theater by bad Shakespeare ...

Youth concert band breaks up for spring performance

The 54-member Stambaugh Youth Concert Band will play everything from opera (a piece from “The Barber of Seville”) to operatic rock (Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”) at its spring concert Tuesday. About the only thing the concert won’t feature is all 54 musicians on stage at Stambaugh ...

TAG displays student art

WARREN — The works of area school children will be featured in a monthlong exhibition at Trumbull Art Gallery. This year’s show is called “Celebrating Visual Art in Our Valley’s Schools,” and it takes a different format than in past years, according to Sue Senvissky, education chair ...

McDonough recital series features tubist

Tuba player Bruce Deal will perform a virtual recital for the next concert in the McDonough Museum Honors Recital Series. Deal, a junior music education major from Bethel Park, Pa., has played the tuba since he was 11. He performed with the Youngstown State University Wind Ensemble, Dana ...