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Labra Brothers deliver ‘Spring’ before summer

After the “Colder Weather,” Labra Brothers are offering a dose of spring. The Youngstown band led by brothers Adrian (guitar and vocals), Cristian (bass and vocals) and David (guitar, saxophone and vocals) Labra will release “Spring (Without You),” its first new song since its 2019 ...

‘Note’

In the last 40 years, only five women 40 or older have had a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100. Only one of them was African-American. Most music fans might not know those bits of trivia, but Grace Davis, one of the main characters in “The High Note,” is all too aware of those ...

Music starting to return to bars, restaurants

Stop! Children, what’s that sound? It’s local musicians starting to play for real live audiences instead of virtual ones. Bars and indoor dining at restaurants resumed in Ohio last week, and venues are allowed to have live music, as long as they could adhere to the social distancing ...

People share tales of love for theater

Here is the final installment of local theater veterans sharing their stories about the shows and experiences that made them fall in love with live theater: J.E. Ballantyne Jr. of Austintown I vividly remember my parents taking my sister and me to first-run movies in Pittsburgh. I ...

Easy Street plans some ‘Road Trip’ workshops

For kids stuck at home, Easy Street Productions is offering two “Road Trip”-themed workshops. The classes are designed as a virtual vacation. Easy Street co-founder Maureen Collins will takes students to different locales across the country and around the world with a little help from ...

McDonough shows work of teachers, students

The McDonough Museum of Art wants to display virtually the work of Mahoning and Trumbull county art educators and their students “ARTS: Artists Reaching and Teaching Students” is being created to demonstrate the McDonough’s commitment to art educations in northeast Ohio. The museum ...

Kent Stage announces four concerts

Four new shows go on sale Friday at The Kent Stage. Bluegrass legend Del McCoury and his band will perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 7. Tickets are $45 and $35. Mandolin master Sam Bush is booked at 8 p.m. Sept. 2. All tickets are $35. Rusted Root frontman Michael Glabicki brings his solo project, ...

Warren native imagined the future

John Zabrucky made a career out of imagining the future and bringing it to life on screen. The pieces the Warren native designed as the founder and president of Modern Props Inc. helped the crew of the Starship Enterprise communicate, kept RoboCop fully charged and helped the Ghostbusters ...

Warren native helped Devo get record deal

In addition to his contributions to film and television as founder and president of Modern Props Inc., John Zabrucky has another claim to fame in pop culture — he helped Devo get a record deal. The Warren native has been best friends with Gerry Casale of Devo since 1966, when both were ...

Warren Civic Music Association delays 2020-21 announcement

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: • Warren Civic Music Association has its 2020-21 lineup set, but the announcement won’t come this weekend as planned. The organization said in a statement released Wednesday, “We had hoped to announce our 2020-2021 season by the end of ...

Community Foundation offers grants for arts groups in the Valley

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley announced this week a new Arts and Culture Challenge Grants program. It is intended to support the limited capacity of smaller arts and culture organizations, and eligible applicants must have an operating budget of $250,000 or less. Those ...

Carnegie Museum of Art features video collection online for the first time

For the first time in its history, Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art launched a new, online exhibition series dedicated to the museum’s film and video collection. The program offers a new channel for local and global audiences to experience works previously only accessible in ...

‘Dynasty’ star, musical troupe part of Town Hall’s new season

WARREN — A “Dynasty” star and a musical troupe known for political satire will be part of Trumbull Town Hall’s 2020-21 season. Two lectures from the past season postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic also have been rescheduled, which means TTH has six programs scheduled in the ...

East 9th covers other local acts for web concert

The members of East 9th can’t play shows with other area bands right now, so they’ll settle for playing area bands’ songs. Lead singer and guitar player Ryan Racketa and bassist Jarrett Walters will livestream a concert at 8 p.m. Friday on the band’s Facebook and Instagram pages, and ...

Youngstown Playhouse sets its sights on 2021

Youngstown Playhouse board President John Cox doesn’t envision the 97-year-old theater being open for full-scale productions until 2021. But despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted the economy and all live entertainment, he said the Playhouse is in better shape financially than at ...

Luke Bryan’s Y-Live concert pushed to 2021

YOUNGSTOWN — The June 13 Y Live concert at Stambaugh Stadium featuring Luke Bryan won’t happen until 2021. JAC Live announced Friday morning it is moving the concert to Memorial Day weekend on Sunday, May 30, 2021. According to JAC President Eric Ryan, “Due to the COVID-19 situation ...

Local theater veterans share tales of first love

Here is the fourth round of a continuing series of local theater veterans sharing their stories about the shows and experiences that made them fall in love with live theater: Josh Fleming, Canfield My love of theater has been something I’ve shared with my family. We lived about an hour ...

‘Vast’ haunts with mood, atmosphere

The drive-in might be the perfect place to see “The Vast of Night.” Andrew Patterson’s debut film is inspired by the low-budget sci-fi stories of alien invasion that filled outdoor screens in the late ’50s. Amazon purchased the distribution rights to the movie after it won the ...

McDonough creates online catalog for YSU BFA show

An online catalog now is available for the Spring Graduating BFA Exhibition, which normally would have been displayed at the McDonough Museum of Art. The exhibition features the work of 21 students who graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Youngstown State University’s ...

Little Richard embodied rock’s boundary-pushing

Assorted ramblings from world of entertainment: l I was sad to hear about the death of Little Richard over the weekend at age 87. I give Chuck Berry the edge over Little Richard as the true king of rock ‘n’ roll, mainly because rock ‘n’ roll was born holding an electric guitar, not ...