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Butler Institute of Art hosts plays about artist Mark Rothko

YOUNGSTOWN —The Butler Institute of Art has a world-class art collection and regularly hosts live music and movies. As part of its centennial celebration, the Butler will add theater to its repertoire with a staged reading of “Red,” the 2010 Tony Award winner for best new play. The ...

Talents returning to Harding to ‘INSPIRE’

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: • Several talented area natives will perform this month at Warren G. Harding High School for “INSPIRE: An Immersive Arts Experience.” The event, present by Second Baptist Church of Warren, honors the legacy of Clifford and Lillie ...

TTH opens with Merman tribute

Klea Blackhurst opens the 2019-20 Trumbull Town Hall lecture series with her tribute to entertainer Ethel Merman. She will perform at Packard Music Hall on the same stage Merman appeared on with Kenley Players in “Call me Madam” in 1968. Blackhurst has been doing her Merman tribute, ...

Couple kills and sings in ‘Serial Monogamy’

What if the couple in Jason Robert Brown’s musical “The Last Five Years” were serial killers instead of a writer and an actress. That was part of the inspiration for “Serial Monogamy,” the latest musical by Robert Dennick Joki and Josh Taylor, which Rust Belt Theater Company will ...

Guess Who still rocking 50 years later

Garry Peterson, drummer for the The Guess Who, had a memorable stay in Warren. He doesn’t remember the name of the motel, but he remembers what happened there. “We were playing there one time in 1991 or somewhere outside of there,” he said. “My girlfriend at the time drove up from ...

Super Babes stick to duo sound on EP

For a band on a roll, what better place to have a EP release party than at a skating rink? The Super Babes, featuring Bridget Reckless on guitar and vocals and Ann Rock on drums and vocals, will celebrate its six-song debut, “We Are The Super Babes,” with a show Saturday at Youngstown ...

Jones finds musical inspiration in life

During the writing process, songwriters take inspiration from many sources and events in their lives. Country artist A.C. Jones says she's inspired by the people she meets and the stories she hears, along with her own personal struggles and thoughts. Human stories are the kindred spirits of ...

Occupied Warren 2.0 brings art to a new home

WARREN — With a theme of “Fairytale & Fantasy,” Occupied Warren 2.0 doesn’t have a chained live model to dramatize the dangers of sex trafficking or rows of pill bottles illustrating the scourge of opioid addiction. This year’s art project has two spaces devoted to Alice in ...

Trick or Treat tickets available starting Monday

NILES — Tickets will be available starting Monday for the 21st Trick or Treat at Eastwood Field in Niles. The annual event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23 and is billed as a safe way to celebrate Halloween for children ages 12 and younger. New this year is a a “Fast Pass” for $10 ...

McGuffey Society presents library founding program

LIBERTY — Local historian and genealogist Tim Seman will be the next speaker in the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society’s lecture series. Seman will discuss the founding and development of the Youngstown and Mahoning County Library System. The library system was founded in 1880 ...

YSU gallery shows 10 years of student prints in gallery

YOUNGSTOWN — Ten years of prints created by Youngstown State University students are on display in Bliss Hall’s Judith Rae Solomon Gallery. Associate Professor Joseph D’Uva started the YSU Student Print Collection in August 2009. The goal was to compile a collection of student ...

Calendar

Theater Local BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown: Staged reading of “Red,” 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, free. 330-743-1107. CALVIN CENTER, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown: Rust Belt Theater Company — “Serial Monogamy,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday ...

Ticket Window

• ON SALE THIS WEEK • Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to the Covelli Centre for two performances at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Tickets range from $49.50 to $79.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through the arena’s Southwoods Health box office and Ticketmaster. That won’t be the ...

‘Dreamgirls’ dazzles on opening night

YOUNGSTOWN — Director Trevail Maurice assembles an all-star team of Mahoning Valley talent to get Youngstown Playhouse’s 96th season off to a magnificent start with “Dreamgirls.” Youngstown native Joshua William Green came home from New York to play Curtis Taylor Jr., the Berry ...

Music provides comfort, even in the rain

At Pentatonix’s concert Sunday at the Canfield Fairgrounds, I talked to a woman who drove eight hours from Chicago to be at the show. She told me, “They literally saved my life. A lot of their fans have anxiety, depression. We wouldn’t be around if it wasn’t for their music. They’ve ...

NY Tenors bring ‘Big Apple’ music sounds to Packard

Andy Cooney is bringing a couple of friends with him for his third Warren Civic Music Association appearance. The tenor, who first played Packard Music Hall in 2009 and brought his Irish Christmas show to the venue last year, will open the WCMA’s 2019-20 season Sept. 12 with the New York ...

MVHS plans open house

Mahoning Valley Historical Society will have its 144th Founders Day Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday with many free activities and a focus on the Mahoning River. According to MVHS Executive Director Bill Lawson, “This annual event gives the community a chance to look back on its deep ...

TAG opens 55th annual

Trumbull Art Gallery will celebrate its 55th TAG Annual and its first accessible lift with an open house Saturday. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the lift, which will make the downstairs classrooms and the gallery space fully accessible, was added to the traditional festivities for TAG’s ...

Rust Belt delays ‘Serial Monogamy’

The premiere of the Robert Dennick Joki-Josh Taylor musical “Serial Monogamy” by Rust Belt Theater Company has been delayed one week due to multiple cast illnesses. The show now will run 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday from Sept. 13 until Sept. 28 at the Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., ...

Erbe’s ‘Transcendence’ opens

The Butler Institute of American Art will display the first major solo exhibition by Chantell Van Erbe, but the artist’s last name should be familiar to regular visitors to the museum. She is the daughter of New Jersey artist Gary Erbe, whose realist paintings are part of the Butler’s ...