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Recital series returns in 2021

Staff report The spring semester of the McDonough Honors Recital Series starts Saturday. The series is presented in partnership with the McDonough Museum of Art and the Dana School of Music. Students submitted recordings online to a faculty committee, which adjudicated the competition. ...

2 featured in poetry reading

Poets Darlene Montonaro and David Swerdlow will be the guests in Lit Youngstown’s next First Wednesday Readers Series. Montonaro’s poetry has appeared in a number of literary magazines including Calyx, Slipstream, Earth’s Daughters, Blueline and The Comstock Review. The Cleveland ...

Theater workshop starts Monday

The Oakland Center for the Arts’ Kids First Theatre Initiative will have a sign-up meeting 7 p.m. Monday for a theater workshop for students ages 4 to 18. The theme of the workshop is “Love Is All We Need.” Students will be worked with in socially distanced groups or one on one, and ...

Mental health group holds contest

Mental Health is Vital is looking for artists to participate in its Mental Health is Vital Art Contest. The contest, in partnership with The Ryan Giambattista HELMS Foundation of the Mahoning Valley’s annual fundraiser, is looking for artists 10 and older to submit work that expresses how ...

YSU gallery displays student sculptures

A student sculpture exhibition opens Monday at Youngstown State University’s Judith Rae Solomon Gallery. Organized by faculty members Lauren Baker and Anthony Armeni, the exhibition features work created by students in sculpture and ceramic courses last semesters. Participating students ...

Video recognizes Scholastic art and writing winners

The annual Northeast Ohio Scholastics Art Awards exhibition primarily will be online for 2021. Youngstown State University traditionally displays the work from area middle school and high school students and hosts the award ceremony, but COVID-19 restrictions made that impossible. This year ...

YSU’s Pipino Series goes virtual

Composer and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer will be the first of four virtual performances in the third season of the Donald P. Pipino Performing Arts Series. All events will take place online for this season, but that also means all presentations will be free and open to the public. According to ...

Rock Hall planning in-person inductions

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is making plans for an in-person ceremony in Cleveland in late October or early November for its 2021 inductees. Rock Hall President and CEO Greg Harris shared the museum’s plans during an online news conference Friday afternoon. Cleveland was supposed to ...

Society’s cookies, cocktails fundraiser presented online

Mahoning Valley Historical Society supporters will have to settle for virtual cookies in 2021. The ninth edition of its Cookie Table and Cocktails fundraiser will take place online through MVHS’s website and social media platforms. A weeklong basket raffle and silent auction will precede a ...

Jazz Alumni Spotlight program features YSU professor Lalama

YOUNGSTOWN — Jazz pianist and professor Dave Lalama will be featured in a Jazz Alumni Spotlight program presented online as part of the Youngstown State University Alumni Lecture Series. Lalama, a 1976 Dana School of Music graduate, is professor of music at Hofstra University and is a ...

Labor center unveils new website

YOUNGSTOWN —The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor has launched its new website at www.youngstownohiosteelmuseum.org. The enhanced site is a joint effort between YHCIL staff, graduate student interns in the history program at Youngstown State University and the AmeriCorps ...

Mahoning Valley music

Love and War never sold as many CDs as Bon Jovi. Maurice Moore isn’t in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside George Clinton. Poobah never headlined stadiums like Pink Floyd. But the local acts rival those more famous performers with one group — music collectors. Love and War, a ...

Stank! sets out to raise a comedic stink

Those protectors of the forest, “Wood Patrol,” now are killing trees as part of a new print publication, Stank! magazine. “Wood Patrol,” the story of a raccoon and a possum who become defenders of the Mammalites in a future where animals have equal rights with humans, originally was ...

CMA displays textiles

“Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panama” will be on display through Oct. 3 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. For the Guna women of Panama, the mola —a hand-sewn cotton blouse and a key component of traditional dress — is a powerful symbol of culture and identity. “Fashioning ...

McDonough hosts 2 shows

Two exhibitions open Friday at the McDonough Museum of Art. The 84th annual Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition is yearly tradition featuring works by students enrolled in the Youngstown State University art department. Local businesses and individuals support the exhibition by ...

Howland native to headline concert at Ford hall

YOUNGSTOWN — “Let’s Fall in Love,” a concert featuring vocalist Amanda Beagle with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra Jazz Combo, is planned Feb. 14 at Ford Family Recital Hall. It will be the first event at the DeYor Performing Arts Center in downtown Youngstown since the orchestra ...

JCC announces improv theater class for kids

YOUNGSTOWN — The new Jewish Community Center of Youngstown’s School of Theatre is offering a six-week course in comedy improv for children. “Make ’em Laugh!” meets 5 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 24 for children ages 6 to 8 and 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays from Jan. 21 through ...

2021 offers host of musical styles

In part two of a two-part series, here’s how area performers plan to fill 2021 with music and their hopes to be able to perform those new songs live. Labra Brothers The Youngstown band — Adrian Labra, guitar and vocals; Cristian Labra, bass and vocals; David Labra, guitar, saxophone and ...

Gray Areas: Submitted for your approval, Brite Winter goes virtual

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: • Outdoor music festivals traditionally are a summer thing, especially in Ohio. One notable exception is Brite Winter, a regional music festival on the west bank of The Flats in Cleveland that embraces the frigid temperatures of the ...

Colorful exhibition opens at Butler Art

The work of Bahamian artist Keith Wisdom will be featured in an exhibition opening Sunday at the Butler Institute of American Art. “Keith Wisdom: Junkanoo Inspired” includes paintings directly influenced by the creative essence, costumes, color and rhythm of the Bahamian national cultural ...