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Southern Park offers free outdoor features

Southern Park Mall will turn its north-end parking lot into a drive-in movie theater this weekend for Free Cinema Under the Stars. Movies are planned Thursday through Sunday at dusk at the JCPenney parking lot as part of a partnership between Washington Prime Group, the mall’s owner / ...

KISS lead guitarist coming to Warren

Original KISS lead guitar player Ace Frehley will play Warren’s Robins Theatre on Aug. 7. Since policies for concerts and crowd size still are in flux, tickets for the show will be general admission — $45 on the floor and $35 in the balcony. Frehley was a founding member of the ...

Davidson mines tragic past for laughs in ‘King’

From Amy Schumer to Lena Dunham to Pete Holmes, director-producer Judd Apatow throughout his career has helped performers adapt their comedic sensibilities to film and television. Working with Pete Davidson on “The King of Staten Island” may be Apatow’s biggest challenge because so much ...

Boardman graduate competes on ‘Jeopardy!’

Boardman native Kelly Lake has been trying to compete on “Jeopardy!” for more than a decade. She started taking the online test in 2008, the year after she graduated from Boardman High School, and she landed her first in-person audition in 2015, four years after graduating from ...

Liberty native featured in Country Hall of Fame

Bob DiPiero didn’t come home in April for his annual American Made Country Music Songwriter Series benefit show at Youngstown’s Ford Family Recital Hall. That and every other gig that month was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For those who had tickets and for those who’ve never ...

Robins Theatre returns with classic movies

WARREN — With the concert industry still shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Robins Theatre will reopen as a movie theater, starting with a couple of classics that may have played there in its heyday. The 1942 film “Casablanca,” winner of three Academy Awards including best picture, ...

Youngstown Playhouse names development director

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: l Youngstown Playhouse turned to one of the many talents who got their starts there as its new development director. Kayla Boye was named to the part-time position, which was created to help the 97-year-old community theater with grant ...

CMA announces reopening plan

Admission will be free, but visitors will need a ticket when Cleveland Museum of Art reopens June 30. To limit crowd size in order to follow guidelines from state and local officials and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a maximum of 500 free, reservation-only timed tickets will ...

MVHS program delves into African-American migration

Local historian and genealogist Stacey Adger will be the speaker for an online version June 18 of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s Bites and Bits of History lunchtime lecture series. Adger will present a program on “What Brought Them Here: African-American Migrations into the ...

‘Infamous’ not quite smart enough or trashy enough

“Infamous” is sure to draw plenty of comparisons to movies like “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Natural Born Killers,” tales of outlaw couples that become media celebrities. The truth is, it’s closer to the low-budget anti-hero flicks that filled drive-ins post-“Bonnie and Clyde,” ...

JCC offers Peace Garden art workshops this month

The Paul & Yetta Gluck School of Visual Arts will hold Peace Garden Art Party Workshops from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday and June 25 at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown. This community project is open to all ages. Participants will paint rocks for a vibrant addition ...

Summer concerts on hold … except Austintown

In a normal year, concertgoers sitting in lawn chairs or on blankets and watching live music in a local park is a familiar sight in the Mahoning Valley. There’s nothing normal about 2020, but Austintown Township Park offered a glimpse of the familiar on Tuesday by starting its Summer ...

Kinsman artist featured at the Newbury gallery

Rebecca Nieminen’s friends ask her, “Do you ever sleep?” The Kinsman photographer is more than willing to sacrifice a few extra hours of rest for the perfect photograph. And when some of the most dramatic images are available at sunrise and during extreme weather events, that means ...

Live music should see the sunlight

I wear a mask when I leave the house. Instead of running into the grocery store nearly every day to pick up something, I’m shopping once or twice a week. Even though restaurants are starting to open for indoor dining, I’m content to stick with the occasional carryout order for the time ...

Three Rivers Arts Fest goes virtual

Instead of bringing hundreds of thousands of visitors to Point State Park and downtown Pittsburgh over the next 10 days, Three Rivers Arts Festival is offering a virtual event that will include some of the same elements. According to organizers, the goal is to shine a light on 500 artists and ...

Cleveland band playing drive-in concert Thursday

After Trop-ing the Block a year ago, Tropidelic will Trop the drive-in. The Cleveland band with a large regional following — it played to about 1,000 people last year headlining Trop the Block in downtown Youngstown — will play a concert Thursday at Skyway Drive-In in Warren Township. ...

Lit Youngstown hosts reading on internet

Lit Youngstown is moving its regular First Wednesday event to Zoom and Facebook Live. Featured poets will be Nicole Robinson and Terry Provost. Robinson is a member of the Lit Youngstown board and her poems have appeared in Great River Review, The Columbia Journal and CALYX. She received ...

YSU starts Sketchbook Challenge

The Department of Art at Youngstown State University is starting a new weekly activity to engage artists of all skill levels. The YSU DepARTment Sketchbook Challenge will offer weekly prompts encouraging participants to create a sketch inspired by a particular artist or genre. Challenges ...

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 ...