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Tuesday Musical announces five Akron concerts

Tuesday Musical is bringing back its Akron Concert Series with stringent safety protocols, flexible attendance options and concert cancellation protection for subscribers. The five-concert season — shifted to begin in the spring and reimagined in light of the ongoing pandemic — will ...

JCC hosts art workshops

The Paul and Yetta Gluck School of Visual Arts at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown is offering two expressive art therapy workshops in January. For “Embracing the Feminine” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, participants will experience different types of creative art exercises that ...

Westminster reschedules Celebrity Series

Two shows that were supposed to be part of the 2019-20 Westminster College Celebrity Series have been rescheduled. “I Am, He Said” — a celebration of the music of Neil Diamond starring Matt Vee, has been moved to Sept. 18. Vee, the nephew of 1960s pop star Bobby Vee, will perform such ...

Arts, entertainment show resilience during pandemic

When 2020 started, I was thinking, “How am I going to cover everything?” The Robins Theatre in downtown Warren was ready to start the year with an ambitious slate of concerts, stage productions and other attractions. The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre would have its first full ...

Moritz helps bring ‘Ratatousical’ to life

Youngstown native Michael J. Moritz Jr. has worked on his share of Broadway musicals. Now, he’s working on an imaginary one, or at least a musical that is following a very nontraditional path to its existence. Moritz is producing the music mixes for a concert version of “Ratatouille: ...

Reading starts Lit Youngstown’s 2021 schedule

Lee Chilcote of Cleveland and David Hassler of Kent will be featured at the first Lit Youngstown reading of 2021. Chilcote is a journalist, poet and author whose writing has been published by Vanity Fair, Next City, Belt and many literary journals as well as in “The Cleveland Neighborhood ...

Playlist provides seasonal soundtrack with local flair

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: l The “An Ohio Christmas” Spotify playlist continues to grow. There are now 33 songs and close to two hours of music on a playlist featuring holiday songs by acts with Ohio ties, and the overwhelming majority are from the Mahoning ...

‘Woman’ is vicious, wickedly funny

Cassandra Thomas wanted to be a doctor. Instead, she becomes a teacher, re-educating "nice guys" one uncomfortable encounter at a time. Writer-Director Emerald Fennell's "Promising Young Woman" is equal parts vicious and wickedly funny, using its humor like a blunt object to hammer home a ...

‘Soul’ proves second-tier Pixar is pretty good

For a movie that spends a lot of time creating a unique plane of existence, “Soul” is at its best when it’s earthbound. The story starts in New York City, and the animators’ work creating the hustle and bustle of city life merits the visual storytelling acclaim Pixar has received for ...

Ballet Western Reserve creates a drive-in ‘Nutcracker’

Most ballet companies perform “The Nutcracker” in December, and many of them have experimented with different ways to present the holiday classic — changing the setting or altering Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s score. A different kind of experimentation became a must in 2020. Masked ...

Ryes provide a warm feeling during Ohio winter

More than once I’ve been told I have the greatest job in the world. Those who say it aren’t picturing the days when I’m hunched over a computer typing an entertainment calendar, sorting through at least a couple hundred emails daily and trying to fit all of the entertainment happening ...

CPB gives birth to twin … CDs

No one can blame Chardon Polka Band’s Jake Kouwe for thinking in pairs. Kouwe and his wife, Emily, who also is in the band, had twin boys who will celebrate their first birthday on Dec. 27. They followed that 2019 release with a pair of CDs released last month. “A Very Polka ...

Humbert’s show raises funds for venues

For more than a decade, Ryan Humbert’s Holiday Extravaganza brought some seasonal cheer to the Akron Civic Theatre and raised money for a worthy cause. This year, he’s taking the extravaganza to 17 locations — or at least their Facebook pages — and the cause couldn’t be more ...

Americana radio station launches

After three years of hosting “Americana Roundup” on Sunday morning on The Summit, Ryan Humbert has expanded the show into a full-time online radio station. The new station playing the wide variety of music that falls under the Americana umbrella can be heard online at ...

Merrell makes music look right in Netflix film

If the music scenes in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” look realistic, Alton Merrell is one of the reasons why. The 1994 Howland High School graduate, who now lives in Pittsburgh, coached Emmy-winning actor Glynn Turman on how to be believable as a piano player in the movie, which debuts ...

Dana Opera Ensemble debuts

“Opera Scenes” by the Dana Opera Ensemble will premiere tonight online. Selections include songs from “Le Nozze di Figaro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Suor Angelica” by Giacomo Puccini, “Dido and Aeneas” by Henry Purcell, “Manon” by Jules Massenet; “Lakme” by Leo ...

Theater groups partner for holidays

Performers from Youngstown Playhouse are among five area theater groups participating in an online Christmas celebration that debuts Friday. The Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania & Eastern Ohio is partnering with the Playhouse, New Castle Playhouse, Area Community Theatre of ...

McGuffey program set for Saturday

The William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society program featuring Bigfoot / UFO researcher Fred Saluga will go on as scheduled at the Kravitz Deli Meeting Room, 3135 Belmont Ave., Liberty. Kravitz Deli announced last week it was closing for indoor dining due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, ...

Cheech & Chong will light up Packard

Comedy duo Cheech & Chong will perform at Packard Music Hall on Oct. 1, 2021. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong released several top-selling comedy albums in the ’70s that spawned such radio hits as “Santa Claus and His Old Lady,” “Basketball Jones featuring Tyrone Shoelaces,” ...

Canceling live ‘Queen’ is drag on Rust Belt

No Christmas miracle rescued Rust Belt Theater Company’s live production of “How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas” in 2020. Now founder Robert Dennick Joki is hoping for a little intervention — from the theater’s patrons, if not the divine kind — to keep the Youngstown theater ...