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Easy Street prepares a televised ‘Miracle’

Todd Hancock has directed more than 100 shows for Easy Street Productions, including more than 30 editions of “Miracle on Easy Street.” But the fact that this year’s holiday show is happening makes it a little more miraculous than most. Instead of performing in front of thousands ...

Green Day’s Armstrong covers Secich-Bators song

One particular Monday during the COVID-19 quarantine turned out to be a lot of fun for Frank Secich. Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong passed the time during the lockdown by releasing a different cover song every Monday. His pick on May 11 was “Not That Way Anymore,” recorded by Girard ...

Black Sheep Players serving audience ‘Christmas Pudding’

Black Sheep Players is serving up the post-Thanksgiving dessert for free. The Sharon, Pa., community theater will present David Birney’s “A Christmas Pudding” for free online, but the production only will be available from 7 p.m. Friday until midnight Sunday. Director Maria Petrella ...

Dana composers premiere

Dana School of Music student composers will premiere their new works in an online concert debuting Saturday. The concert, “If We Could Turn Back: An Evening of New Music by the YSU Composition Studio” is part of the Dana at McDonough Series. It features original compositions by 11 ...

Entertainment calendar

Art BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown: “Fred Staloff: Major works from the Collection” and “Clyde Singer’s World,” both through Jan. 3; “Tazim Jaffer: Organic Artistry,” through Jan. 31. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 ...

Cleveland museum offers a rockin’ education

Education has been a component of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission since it opened in Cleveland 25 years ago. In a year with virtual classrooms, students learning from home and teachers and parents scrambling to find ways to educate children under those conditions, ...

Canton opens American Impressionism exhibition

“Dancing in the Light: Masterworks from the Age of American Impressionism” opens Saturday at the Canton Museum of Art. The exhibition focuses on Ohio and regional American Impressionism works and includes major pieces from private collections seldom, if ever, exhibited publicly. ...

Lit Youngstown presents poets for reading

Poets Heather Dobbins of Arkansas and Barbara Sabol of Akron will be featured at Lit Youngstown’s next First Wednesday Readers Series event. Dobbins, a Memphis native, is the author of two poetry collections, “In the Low Houses” (2014) and “River Mouth” (2017), both from Kelsay ...

TNT’s ‘Dark’ brightens Robins stage

WARREN — It’s ironic that the play to end eight months of darkness at area theaters is called “Wait Until Dark.” Seeing actors on an indoor stage — and a live audience watching them — hasn’t happened locally since March, when COVID-19 wiped out the remainder of 2019-20 ...

Graduating art students exhibit at McDonough

Art majors who graduated from Youngstown State University in May didn’t get their exhibition at the McDonough Museum of Art, one of the multitude of events canceled due to COVID-19. The fall 2020 graduates will get their exhibition ... with a few changes. The Fall Graduating Bachelor of ...

Spirit of the Bear tries different release plan

Spirit of the Bear is making its new album available digitally for the cost of an email address. Those folks also will have exclusive access, since the indie pop band that started in Youngstown but now has members living around the state doesn’t plan to make the full album available on the ...

‘La Traviata,’ ‘Elegies’ prove show can go on despite virus

Area arts organizations continue to make some tasty lemonade from these COVID-19 lemons. Both Opera Western Reserve and Youngstown State University Theatre premiered alternatives to their normal programming on Friday. Now a man needs to know his limitations, and I’ll be the first to ...

McGuffey series features Mill Creek park director

Staff report Justin Rogers, Mill Creek MetroParks’ planning and operations director, will be the next speaker in the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society lecture series. Rogers is responsible for planning, design, budgeting and implementation of capital improvement projects. He ...

Eastwood Mall seeks performers

Eastwood Mall is looking for musicians and vocalists to entertain holiday shoppers. Musicians and vocalists who exude a holiday vibe will be able to showcase their talents and entertain shoppers in the center court of the mall, 5555 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles. Performances will be ...

Trombone student performs recital

Trombonist Zak Rahal will be the next student featured in the McDonough Museum Honors Recital Series and will premiere at 7 p.m. Saturday. Rahal will perform music by Hidas, Brahms and Bach. The series is a collaboration between the McDonough Museum of Art and the Dana School of Music, and ...

Exhibit features functional goods

“Locally Sourced” opens Friday at the Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh. The exhibition highlights new work by some of the Pittsburgh region’s most talented artists and makers of functional goods and furnishings, bringing together tradition and innovation. More ...

Dante, Inferno light up DeWine on new song

John Dante has a message for Gov. Mike DeWine. John Dante and the Inferno will debut a new song called “Hello Gov’ner” on a live EP set for release on Friday. “That one is pretty much about all the restrictions and lockdowns people are dealing with and the frustration bands and fans ...

Science center improvements

Carnegie Science Center unveiled a multi-million-dollar renovation project this week. Changes include enhanced technological capabilities and increased visual clarity in Buhl Planetarium, making its programming more immersive and realistic. The upgrade, as well as an additional operational ...

Find joy with light display

A drive-thru holiday lights display is an event that seems tailor-made for a social-distancing world. But even Joy of Christmas at Harvey S. Firestone Park in Columbiana had to make some changes for 2020. One casualty is the gingerbread house display, according to Tricia Offenburg, ...

Calendar

Art BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown: “American Everglades: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher,” through Sunday; “Fred Staloff: Major works from the Collection” and “Clyde Singer’s World,” both through Jan. 3; “Tazim Jaffer: Organic Artistry,” ...