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Niles native directs opera

YOUNGSTOWN — Niles native Gary Lehman directs Dana Opera Ensemble’s production of “Hansel and Gretel.” Lehman is a Youngstown State University alumnus who made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2008 and has performed with prestigious opera companies throughout the United States and ...

McDonough displays YSU art students’ exhibition

YOUNGSTOWN — Two exhibitions featuring the work of Youngstown State University art students open Friday at the McDonough Museum of Art. The Spring Graduating BFA Exhibition features the work of students who will receive their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree next month from YSU. It will ...

Pipino season comes to end

YOUNGSTOWN — David Krakauer and Ancestral Groove will be the final offering in the 2018-19 Donald P. Pipino Performing Arts Series. For more than two decades, the world-renowned clarinet player has been reinventing and remixing the Jewish music of his ancestry with the sensibility of a ...

‘Susanna’s Secret’ is revealed

The New Music Guild will present two performances this weekend of Cleveland Opera’s “Susanna’s Secret.” The Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari / Enrico Golisciani one-act opera is a chamber comedy about Count Gil, a jealous husband who suspects his wife, Susanna, of flirting with another man. ...

Prima band is no tribute

WARREN — Louis Prima Jr. will play some of his father’s music when he performs next week, but his band, the Witnesses, isn’t a tribute act. “I didn’t want to just do the Louis Prima catalog,” Prima said during a phone interview from his tour bus as the band was en route to a gig in ...

Federal Frenzy festival grows its fifth year

YOUNGSTOWN — Nearly two dozen local and regional acts will join headliner Robert DeLong at Federal Frenzy. The downtown Youngstown music and arts festival — presented by Youngstown State University Penguin Productions, the city of Youngstown and The Summit FM public radio station — ...

Eastwood Mall hosts ‘King of the Wings’ Saturday

NILES — Area restaurants will compete for the title of “King of the Wings” 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Eastwood Mall center court, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles. Scheduled participants include Applebee’s Grill & Bar, Big D’s Newton Grill, Buena Vista Cafe, Buffalo Wild ...

Shootouts target traditional country sounds

YOUNGSTOWN — If there’s an act on this year’s Federal Frenzy lineup that falls into the category of “One of these things is not like the others,” The Shootouts is the band that hits that target. It’s fitting since the band’s retro country vibe also is out of step with what gets ...

Big Tap-In festival serves up craft brews in Liberty

LIBERTY — The Big Tap-In, billed as the biggest craft beer festival between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, runs from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Metroplex Expo Center, 1620 Motor Inn Drive, Liberty. Brews from nearly 50 companies, including many northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania ...

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• ON SALE THIS WEEK • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steely Dan will play the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre on Aug. 27. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show range from $52.50 to $175 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster. • The Guess Who will play Stambaugh Auditorium ...

MVHS offers workshop on research, collections care

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning Valley Historical Society is launching a new workshop series with staff members discussing the tools and techniques they use in archival research and collections care. The first workshop, “Exploring your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy” is geared for the ...

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Theater Local CALVIN CENTER, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown: Rust Belt Theater Company — “Jesus vs. Zombies,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $15 adults and $10 students and senior citizens. 330-507-2358. TRUMBULL NEW THEATRE, 5883 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles: Ken Barnett as Red Skelton ...

Tyler History Center opens exhibit on Holocaust

YOUNGSTOWN — “The Tragedy of Slovak Jews,” an exhibit on the Holocaust in Slovakia curated by the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, opens Tuesday at the Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., Youngstown. Rebekah Klein-Pejsova, an expert on Slovak and ...

Ashtabula ballet dancers stage ‘Fly On’ for spring

ASHTABULA — Ballet Theatre Ashtabula will stage its spring dance concert for two weekends starting Friday. “Fly On” features a variety of dance styles — including classical ballet, contemporary dance and musical theater — set to music ranging from classical to rock and ...

Knapp renovates ‘Decay’ for new CD

• “Decay in Our Cities” has gotten a renovation. Warren blues rocker Damian Knapp originally released the album in 2010 with his five originals joined by covers of songs by Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Big Jack Johnson and Roosevelt Sykes. Working on his 2018 album “Maui in the ...

Elliot Engel returns to TTH for da Vinci talk

Trumbull Town Hall will end its 2018-19 season with one of its most frequent speakers. Elliot Engel will speak on Leonardo da Vinci, considered one of the greatest artistic geniuses in the history of Western Civilization. Engel probes the breadth and depth of Leonardo’s extraordinary mind ...

Trumbull Art Gallery starts registration for May classes

Registration is underway for May classes at Trumbull Art Gallery. The schedule includes: • Acrylic Pour Painting — Meets 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. May 8 ($30 TAG member, $35 non-member) • Anyone Can Paint — Meets 1 to 3:30 p.m. May 28, 30 and 31 ($50 TAG member, $55 non-member) • One ...

Dana celebrates 150 years

A concert Wednesday at Stambaugh Auditorium will be the culmination of a year-long celebration of the Dana School of Music’s 150th anniversary. Randall Goldberg, director of the Dana School of Music, said, “We wanted to do something to get a lot of our students involved, some things ...

Broadway’s Moritz will conduct musical ‘Matilda’

Easy Street Productions will have a Broadway veteran in its pit when it becomes the first theater in Ohio to stage “Matilda the Musical.” Youngstown native Michael J. Moritz Jr. will come home from New York to play piano and conduct the Easy Street Little Big Band when the show plays ...

Audience can’t take eyes off ‘Jersey Boys’

At 31 years old, Eric Chambliss wasn’t alive when Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons battled the Beatles on the pop charts in the 1960s, but he knew the music well. “One of the cool things about this music is people are more familiar with it than they realize. Either they grew up with it ...