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Society’s cookies, cocktails fundraiser presented online

Mahoning Valley Historical Society supporters will have to settle for virtual cookies in 2021. The ninth edition of its Cookie Table and Cocktails fundraiser will take place online through MVHS’s website and social media platforms. A weeklong basket raffle and silent auction will precede a ...

Jazz Alumni Spotlight program features YSU professor Lalama

YOUNGSTOWN — Jazz pianist and professor Dave Lalama will be featured in a Jazz Alumni Spotlight program presented online as part of the Youngstown State University Alumni Lecture Series. Lalama, a 1976 Dana School of Music graduate, is professor of music at Hofstra University and is a ...

Labor center unveils new website

YOUNGSTOWN —The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor has launched its new website at www.youngstownohiosteelmuseum.org. The enhanced site is a joint effort between YHCIL staff, graduate student interns in the history program at Youngstown State University and the AmeriCorps ...

Mahoning Valley music

Love and War never sold as many CDs as Bon Jovi. Maurice Moore isn’t in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside George Clinton. Poobah never headlined stadiums like Pink Floyd. But the local acts rival those more famous performers with one group — music collectors. Love and War, a ...

Stank! sets out to raise a comedic stink

Those protectors of the forest, “Wood Patrol,” now are killing trees as part of a new print publication, Stank! magazine. “Wood Patrol,” the story of a raccoon and a possum who become defenders of the Mammalites in a future where animals have equal rights with humans, originally was ...

CMA displays textiles

“Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panama” will be on display through Oct. 3 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. For the Guna women of Panama, the mola —a hand-sewn cotton blouse and a key component of traditional dress — is a powerful symbol of culture and identity. “Fashioning ...

McDonough hosts 2 shows

Two exhibitions open Friday at the McDonough Museum of Art. The 84th annual Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition is yearly tradition featuring works by students enrolled in the Youngstown State University art department. Local businesses and individuals support the exhibition by ...

Howland native to headline concert at Ford hall

YOUNGSTOWN — “Let’s Fall in Love,” a concert featuring vocalist Amanda Beagle with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra Jazz Combo, is planned Feb. 14 at Ford Family Recital Hall. It will be the first event at the DeYor Performing Arts Center in downtown Youngstown since the orchestra ...

JCC announces improv theater class for kids

YOUNGSTOWN — The new Jewish Community Center of Youngstown’s School of Theatre is offering a six-week course in comedy improv for children. “Make ’em Laugh!” meets 5 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 24 for children ages 6 to 8 and 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays from Jan. 21 through ...

2021 offers host of musical styles

In part two of a two-part series, here’s how area performers plan to fill 2021 with music and their hopes to be able to perform those new songs live. Labra Brothers The Youngstown band — Adrian Labra, guitar and vocals; Cristian Labra, bass and vocals; David Labra, guitar, saxophone and ...

Gray Areas: Submitted for your approval, Brite Winter goes virtual

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: • Outdoor music festivals traditionally are a summer thing, especially in Ohio. One notable exception is Brite Winter, a regional music festival on the west bank of The Flats in Cleveland that embraces the frigid temperatures of the ...

Colorful exhibition opens at Butler Art

The work of Bahamian artist Keith Wisdom will be featured in an exhibition opening Sunday at the Butler Institute of American Art. “Keith Wisdom: Junkanoo Inspired” includes paintings directly influenced by the creative essence, costumes, color and rhythm of the Bahamian national cultural ...

Papadimas plans trio of releases

Demos Papadimas, a Howland native whose music blends singer-songwriter rock with Greek folk influences, has a busy 2021 planned with three new releases. There will be a studio album of original material, a live album culled from shows at Cedars West End in Youngstown between 2017 and 2019 ...

MVHS program looks at Valentine’s traditions

“Tokens of Affection: Historic Valentine Greetings” will be the topic of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s first Bites and Bits of History online video presentation of the new year. Jessica Trickett, MVHS collections manager, will demonstrate various greetings and traditions ...

Canton Museum expands hours during weekends

The Canton Museum of Art will be open until 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through February in conjunction with the Illumination Canton Light Festival. Winter exhibitions, all on display through March 7, are “Dancing in the Light: Masterworks from the Age of American Impressionism,” ...

Mill Creek Park presents program on bugs’ activity

Mill Creek MetroParks will offer a Zoom program on “Weird Things Bugs Do” at 6 p.m. Wednesday. OSU Extension Educator Ashley Kulhanek will discuss the ways bugs survive in the winter and the cool things insects do in the environment. To register and receive log-in information for the ...

After 2020 turmoil, new music will flow from local acts

Plans have a way of changing even in the best of years. No one would call 2020 the best of years, and few people had their plans disrupted as much as musicians, whose profession includes all sorts of behaviors that are discouraged — and banned — during a global viral pandemic. But acts ...

Airplay afterlife

I can hear it now. “I wanna eat a big Cinnabon roll / I could be happy the rest of my life with a Cinnabon roll ...” “Hey hey, my my / Buy a Big Mac, get a free large fry ...” “Old man, look at your life, don’t you need Viagra ...” The Hipgnosis Songs Fund, a British ...

Ravine prepares to show its ‘scars’

While most musicians spent 2020 at home, Cortland native Frank Toncar called it “a very productive and inspiring year.” “I was very lucky to be doing live shows from June to November in various groups almost every day at Cedar Point in Sandusky and then transitioned to another Cedar Fair ...

‘Voice’ singer books local gigs

A television show gave Julia Cooper a nationwide “Voice.” She now is ready to use that springboard to showcase her voice as a songwriter as well as a singer. Cooper, who grew up in Poland, will play two shows next week at Birdfish Brewing Co. in Columbiana that will focus on her ...