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Musical shows life in ‘Quarantine’

What did you do while quarantined by the COVID-19 pandemic? Robert Dennick Joki made more than a thousands masks and wrote a musical. Those face masks kept the bills paid for Rust Belt Theater Company as it was forced to cancel several productions, and “Quarantine: A Socially Distant ...

‘Irresistible’ looks for laughs in a political morass

It seems appropriate that “Irresistible” ends with writer-director Jon Stewart interviewing a former Federal Elections Commission official over the closing credits. It’s like a “Daily Show” desk interview after an extra-long field piece. The second film written and directed by the ...

Songwriters join forces for charity on ‘Write’

Rock by the Sea has been using music to raise money for various causes for nearly 15 years. In addition to concerts at St. George Island, Fla., since the mid-2000s, the organization started inviting musicians to stay at an island beach house, collaborate with other songwriters and write and ...

Free summer concerts at Harding Park return

Free summer concerts start Sunday at Hubbard Township’s Harding Park. The start of the series was delayed due to restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerts start at 6 p.m. at Harding Park’s Bandstand, 249 Roosevelt Drive, and Frank Capri will be this Sunday’s ...

Lit Youngstown features poets in an online event

Poets Diane Kendig and Hannah Rodabaugh will be featured at Lit Youngstown event at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Zoom and Facebook Live. Kendig’s recent collections include “Prison Terms” and the anthology “In the Company of Russell Atkins.” A recipient of Ohio Arts Council Fellowships and ...

YSU professor, grads play UNICEF concert

Dana School of Music Professor Caroline Oltmanns and two Youngstown State University alumni will be part of a worldwide concert to raise money for UNICEF. UNICEF’s Concert for Children will debut at 8 p.m. Thursday at www.facebook.com/musicforourchildren/ and will be available to watch on ...

Packard Museum receives $10K state grant

Ohio Humanities awarded the National Packard Museum a $9,959 immediate emergency grant. The organization supports cultural and heritage nonprofit institutions in the state. During this time of pandemic and economic crisis, Ohio Humanities is using CARES Act funds provided by Congress and the ...

This Dracula wants your blood … for hospitals

Low-budget horror movies and gimmicks — both were drive-in staples when outdoor screens numbered in the thousands, not the few hundred that remain today. Skyway Drive-In in Warren Township brings back both as the next stop for Sam Sherman’s Retro Road Show “Camp Classics” Tour, which ...

Workload same for online Slavic festival

The 10th anniversary of Simply Slavic will be less than two hours online instead of two days in downtown Youngstown. That doesn’t mean it was any easier to put together. “We work hard to host a real event and what is the payoff? Getting to see everyone’s faces and see everyone ...

Gray Areas: ‘Ink’ mixes art and food at Soap Gallery

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: • Art and food will be linked by “Ink” in the first event at Youngstown’s Soap Gallery since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the state to issue stay-at-home orders. “Ink” on June 27 is a collaboration between Pittsburgh tattoo ...

TAG reopens today

WARREN — Trumbull Art Gallery will display some of its treasures when it reopens today for the first time in three months, and those treasures will help keep its doors open for years to come. Treasures for TAG includes art and other items that have been donated to the gallery as well as ...

Lit Youngstown offers workshops

Lit Youngstown will offer summer workshops via Zoom in playwriting and and writing an effective graduate school application. Writing a Strong Humanities Graduate School Application will focus on learning to craft effective personal statements and other documents for applying to graduate ...

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 ...