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‘Addams Family’ fills Kent-Trumbull

CHAMPION — “The Addams Family” clearly was a popular choice for this year’s Summer Stock musical at Kent State University at Trumbull. Folding chairs were set up at the back of the theater to accommodate the demand for tickets at Friday’s sold-out performance. It should remain ...

Grohl shows salesman skills with Foo Fighters

PITTSBURGH — Esquire magazine did a profile of Wayne Newton in the early ‘80s that dissected the popularity of his Las Vegas act. Newton would talk to the audience between songs about throwing out the setlist, scrapping the rules and playing all night, creating the impression that this ...

‘Hamilton’ is as good as advertised

CLEVELAND — After the multiple Tonys, a Pulitzer and the near universal acclaim by everyone from history buffs to hip hop fans, it’s hard not to go into “Hamilton” without a chip on one’s shoulder. It can’t be that good, can it? Or maybe it was in its original Broadway ...

‘Addams Family’

It had one of the catchiest theme songs among ‘60s television series. Now it’s a full-length musical. “The Addams Family” opens tonight as part of Kent State University at Trumbull’s Summer Stock 2018 season. Melanie Lucas, who said she “grew up as a Summer Stocker,” will ...

Bluegrass fest at fairgrounds

Mitch Meadors and Cindy Matheson are no strangers to bluegrass festivals, so they decided to put on one of their own. “Mitch and I have been playing bluegrass music and been around festivals our whole lives,” Matheson said. “We thought it would be neat to have a festival in our area ...

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• ON SALE THIS WEEK •Twenty One Pilots will play Quicken Loans Arena at 7 p.m. Oct. 23. The duo from Columbus released two songs last week from its upcoming album “Trench.” Tickets range from $39.50 to $79.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through the Q’s outlets. • Grammy ...

Grohl’s nod gives band something to Strut

It helps to have a high profile fan. The Struts have one in Dave Grohl. The Warren native and Foo Fighters frontman has called the British band the best opening act the Foos ever have had, and they will open for the band tonight at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh and Wednesday at Blossom ...

Art Hop offers B&W show

“Black & White on Park” will be one of the attractions for the next Warren Art Hop. Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County Director James Shuttic, who is usually seen wearing a brightly colored tie-dyed shirt, said a show focusing on black and white art is something he’s wanted to ...

George Clinton brings P-Funk to Packard

George Clinton is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Parliament-Funkadelic mother ship — his most famous prop (outside of the multi-colored braids he wore for decades) — is on permanent display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. That ...

WaterFire Sharon returns

SHARON, Pa. — WaterFire Sharon returns Saturday for the first of three events in 2018. This is the sixth season for the art and music festival, where the centerpiece is the lighting of more than 50 blazing bonfires on the Shenango River at dusk. “Magical Moments” is the theme for ...

Kent State profs, Packard Band in concert

A couple of Golden Flashes will join the W.D. Packard Concert Band for its next performance. Returning as guest conductor will be Jesse Leyva, an associate professor of music at Kent State University and conductor of the KSU Wind Ensemble. He previously served in the U.S. Air Force Band ...

Show casts brighter ‘GLOW’ in 2nd season

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: • High-concept television shows, at least the ones that don’t become classics, tend to start out strong and fade away. It’s as if the creators never thought about how to sustain the idea beyond the first season. Netflix’s “GLOW” ...

Mauss leaves psychedelics behind for Youngstown gig

YOUNGSTOWN — Comedian Shane Mauss will make the trip to Youngstown tonight, but it won’t be “A Good Trip.” “A Good Trip” is his one-man show that focuses on psychedelics (mushrooms, LSD, etc.). It’s a recurring topic on his science-centered podcast “Here We Are” and the ...

Straw Hat stages ‘Dreamcoat’ as part of summer season

Straw Hat Theatre’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” opens Friday at Ashtabula Arts Center. The third show in the summer season, “Joseph” is an early collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who went on to create “Jesus Christ Superstar” together. ...

TAG opens two shows

Two exhibitions open Friday at Trumbull Art Gallery. Youngstown artist Bill Barron will show his own work as well as the work of other area artists in an exhibition called “Colleagues.” According to TAG Gallery Director William Mullane, “Starting three years ago, each exhibition year ...

Car, bike show moves to mall

Preserving Lives’ Car & Bike Show moves to Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles, for 2018. Vehicles will be judged in such categories as: Best Paint, Best Wheels, Best Interior, Best Sounds, Best Foreign, Best Old School, Best Old School Classic, Best Overall Bike, Best ...

Motor show set for Metroplex

The first Metroplex Motor Show runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Metroplex Expo Center, 1620 Motor Inn Drive, Liberty. The event is expected to attract more than 200 vehicles and will include indoor and outdoor exhibits. The cost to enter is $10 per vehicle (which includes show T-shirts ...

Ballpark books ‘Jedi’ movie

Eastwood Field in Niles will host its first movie night on Friday with 2017’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Fans will be able to take a blanket onto the outfield to watch the movie on the scoreboard. Fans will not be allowed to take chairs, bug spray or spray sunscreen onto the field. ...

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• ON SALE THIS WEEK • Michael McDonald brings his Season of Peace, Holiday & Hits tour to Stambaugh Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Tickets range from $25 to $75 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Stambaugh. • Rapper NF will headline Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica for a rare ...

Local bands plays at winery

The Canfield Community Concert Band hosts the third annual Winds at the Winery noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at Mastropietro Winery, 14558 Ellsworth Road, Berlin Center. The event also will feature performances by the Ashtabula Brass Band, Gem City Brass, Take 5 Brass Quintet, Cortland Community ...