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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ returns to Cleveland

A 50th anniversary tour of the rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” opens Tuesday at Cleveland’s Connor Palace. An additional 22 northeast Ohio string players will join the 11-piece touring ensemble for the Cleveland production, which will be presented in live theatrical surround sound. ...

YSU students present new works at creative festival

The third annual Festival of New Works will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Spotlight Theater in Youngstown State University’s Bliss Hall. The festival highlights and honors student creativity in playwriting, choreography, designing, filmmaking, directing and acting. The ...

JCC gallery will display Gary Taneri’s paintings

An exhibition featuring the work of Gary Taneri opens Wednesday at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown’s Thomases Family Endowment Art Gallery. “Efficiency” will include about nine mixed media paintings featuring acrylic, Rust-Oleum and oil paint on canvas. According to Taneri, ...

Blue Oyster Cult playing favorites, recording new music

Blue Oyster Cult has been busy going through the archives and adding to them. A 2016 concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of the band’s breakthrough album, “Agents of Fortune,” where the group played the record in its entirety will be released Friday for the first time on vinyl, CD ...

Brownlee brings talent home

Lawrence Brownlee is no stranger to performing in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls backed by renowned orchestras. That doesn’t make his debut with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra at Powers Auditorium on Saturday any less special. “I keep telling people, for me this ...

Sculpture show opens at YSU

Youngstown State University’s Department of Art will have a sculpture exhibition through March 19 at the Judith Rae Solomon Gallery on the second floor of Bliss Hall. The exhibition displays recent work created by YSU students. Selected pieces display a range of traditional and ...

‘Frozen Jr.’ opens at arts center

The Youth Theatre Production Class presents Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” for a two-weekend run starting Friday at Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W. 13th St., Ashtabula. The stage show is a version of the Broadway musical designed to be performed by a young cast. It is the animated hit ...

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Theater Local HOPEWELL THEATRE, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown: “Deathtrap,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, $15 adults and $12 for students and senior citizens. www.hopewelltheatre.org and 330-746-5455. SELAH RESTAURANT, 130 S. Bridge St., Struthers: Selah Dessert ...

GM Lordstown documentary to premier at Cleveland film fest

CLEVELAND — A feature-length documentary on the closure of the General Motors Lordstown plant will have its world premiere in March at the 44th Cleveland International Film Festival. “Bring It Home” focuses on the families affected by GM’s announcement in November 2018 to close its ...

‘Too Many Sopranos’ concert at YSU postponed

YOUNGSTOWN — The “Too Many Sopranos” concert scheduled Sunday at Youngstown State University’s Bliss Recital Hall has been canceled. One of the performers had a death in the family. The concert will be rescheduled at a date to be announced.

Mahoning Valley acts heat up Brite Winter

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: l Northeast Ohioans are a hearty bunch or they’re insane — probably a little of both. Who else would attend an outdoor music festival in downtown Cleveland in February? Brite Winter put more than 40 acts on six (mostly outdoor) ...

One Book, One Community features Kinsman author

The focus for this year’s One Book, One Community is both hyper local and out of this world. Libraries throughout Trumbull County are encouraging residents to read the 1955 science fiction novel “The Long Tomorrow” and participate in book discussions and special events throughout ...

Hopewell stages ‘Deathtrap’

The comedy thriller “Deathtrap” opens Friday at Hopewell Theatre. Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell that has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a ...

Two shows open at TAG

Anthony Angelilli covers his canvases with string, fabric and found and salvaged objects as well as paint. He still considers the final result a painting rather than a mixed media work. “I really approach them as paintings,” he said. “The materials are colors in themselves or shapes ...

YSU Dance presents student choreographers’ work

The Youngstown State University Dance Ensemble will give the first of three performances tonight at Bliss Hall’s Ford Theater. Under the artistic direction of Amy A. Wright, the ensemble of more than 20 student dancers will perform original works by 10 student choreographers and three ...

Gilbert brings ‘Fire & Brimstone’ to Youngstown

Three years after selling out the Covelli Centre, Brantley Gilbert is coming back for an encore. He expressed his love for Ohio at his 2017 concert after getting a big cheer for the lyric, “An ol’ boy pulled up with a license plate from Ohio” from his first No. 1 hit, “Country Must ...

Lit hosts reading at Soap Gallery

Lit Youngstown will host short story writer Kayla Jeswald and poet Cliff Richeal for its next First Wednesday Readers Series event. Jeswald was born and raised in Youngstown and received her master’s degree in creative writing in 2017 from Youngstown State University. Her work has been ...

‘Sylvia’ coming to Selah Dessert Theater for two weeks

Selah Dessert Theater will stage A.R. Gurney’s midlife crisis comedy “Sylvia” for a two-weekend run. The twist in Gurney’s script is the title character is a dog the main character gets as a pet, and the dog is played by a woman on stage. George (Brian Suchora) and his wife, Kate ...

Patrick mentions ‘Munsters,’ ‘Monkees’ and music

Butch Patrick can add a new skill to his resume — pizza judge. The former child star, who played Eddie Munster on the ’60s television series “The Munsters,” will be among the judges for the Sixth Slice of the Valley on Sunday at the Metroplex Expo Center. He isn’t coming in with ...

Slice serves up more than pizza

Pizza isn’t the only thing on the menu at the Rotary Club of Warren’s sixth Slice of the Valley. “There are other events around the community similar to ours, but I don’t think they make quite the effort we do,” Event Chairman Rob Berk said. “We try to pull out all the stops to ...