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JCC offers series of virtual classes

The Paul & Yetta Gluck School of Visual Arts at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown is offering eight-week virtual classes. Curtis Smith will walk participants through an interactive online art class each week. Supplies will be delivered to each student the first week of class. A ...

Virus creates problems and inspiration for local artists

Art generally is a solitary pursuit, which makes social distancing and stay-at-home directives the perfect time to create, and art is a welcome emotional outlet. But health and financial fears are influencing what some local artists are creating. And those who depend on it as their primary or ...

Prince tribute shows how much fun live music is

Tuesday’s “Let’s Go Crazy: A Grammy Salute to Prince” was a welcome escape. Airing on the fourth anniversary of Prince’s death, the two-hour CBS special featured a stellar lineup of R&B (Earth Wind & Fire, John Legend, Usher, H.E.R.), rock (Foo Fighters, Gary Clark Jr.) ...

Theater vets share tales of first love

Here is the third round of a continuing series of local theater veterans sharing their stories about the shows and experiences that made them fall in love with live theater: Rosie Bresson, Canfield One of the experiences that made me fall in love with live theater was going to see Canfield ...

OWR cancels cabaret fundraiser

Opera Western Reserve is canceling its “Opera Ohh-La-La: A Summer Cabaret,” which was scheduled June 26 at Stambaugh Auditorium’s Tyler Grand Ballroom. OWR said in a statement released Friday, “The decision was made with a heavy heart, but with optimism for this year’s fall ...

Dead & Co. scraps summer tour

Dead & Company canceled its summer tour, which included a July 27 concert at Blossom Music Center. A statement released by the band’s publicist on Tuesday said, “Because of the global coronavirus outbreak and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have no choice but to cancel Dead ...

MOCA Cleveland moves online

The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland is starting a new online program while closed due to the COVID-19 virus. “15 Minutes of ...” will feature Cleveland-area creators making a brand-new piece of art live in 15 minutes. They will talk viewers through their process as the audience ...

Federal Frenzy goes virtual for 2020 edition

Youngstown State University’s Penguin Productions is moving Federal Frenzy from Federal Street to Facebook. Saturday’s daylong music and arts festival, which drew 6,000 people last year, was one of the many casualties of the COVID-19 virus and YSU’s decision to close the campus and move ...

YSU art students exhibit works online

Two virtual art exhibitions featuring the work of Youngstown State University students will be available online. The McDonough Museum of Art will offer a sneak preview of the Spring 2020 Graduating BFA Virtual Exhibition at 5 p.m. Friday on its Facebook page. The show featuring the work of ...

Looking forward to 2020 season

Few songs are more optimistic than Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop Thinkin’ About Tomorrow.” In that case, it’s appropriate that a Fleetwood Mac tribute act will open the 2020 River Rock at the Amp concert series, which is being announced this week, even though many aren’t sure when ...

Wishing to perform again

Wish You Were Here’s last gig was a sold-out show Feb. 29 at downtown Warren’s Robins Theatre. Eroc Sosinski, bass player and vocalist for the band, hopes he doesn’t have to wait until Aug. 29, when the Pink Floyd tribune act is scheduled to close the 2020 River Rock at the Amp concert ...

‘Music Man’ is the show that started a love of theater

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: l Last week when I launched the theater stories series — local performers sharing stories about what made them fall in love with the theater — I planned to share my own here. The deaths of John Prine and Adam Schlesinger changed those ...

2020 Summer Stock canceled due to virus

Kent State University at Trumbull is canceling its 2020 Summer Stock season. According to program Director Eric S. Kildow, “This decision was made in consultation with university administration and is strongly informed by the health and safety measures currently in place from the ...

‘ProdCast’ back for season two

The second season of the local podcast series “The ProdCast” premieres today. Hosted by Jim Fogarty of 2 Ticks & the Dog Productions, the podcast features fellow filmmakers, artists, activists, entrepreneurs, politicos and beyond, and is co-hosted by Brandon Giovannone of MDI ...

WCMA moves Gatlins, Divas

The Warren Civic Music Association has rescheduled its final two offerings for the current season and will delay the announcement of its 2020-21 season. The Gatlin Brothers, originally scheduled to end the season April 28, will perform 7 p.m. June 23 at Packard Music Hall. Divas 3 will close ...

Theater veterans share tales of first love

Here is the second round of a continuing series of local theater veterans sharing their stories about the shows and experiences that made them fall in love with live theater: Maureen Collins of Youngstown, co-founder of Easy Street Productions — I am a child of the Valley. My grandmother ...

Whitacre goes it alone on ‘Unexpect.’

Fred Whitacre Jr. can’t live by death metal alone. Since 1998, Whitacre has been the drummer for Kitchen Knife Conspiracy, which bills itself as “Y-Town’s stompcore pimp daddies.” His second solo album, “Unexpect.,” takes a different approach. There are some heavy guitars, but ...

Arts, children’s fests canceled in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival and the EQT Children’s Theater Festival are the latest casualties of the COVID-19 virus. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced it is extending its moratorium on events through June 14. A statement released Tuesday said, “We are ...

Ky’Lyntae creates digital ‘Fest’

When his festival gigs disappeared, rapper Ky’Lyntae decided to bring the festival online. The EP “Ky’Ly Fest” debuted Friday on Spotify, iTunes and other music streaming sites. “I started the process on this one as soon as I realized I wouldn’t be able to do shows for the ...

Pittsburgh cabaret series features award-winning Broadway stars

Three-time Tony winner Chita Rivera will be part of the 2020-21 Trust Cabaret series. The five-concert season takes place at the Greer Cabaret Theater, an intimate, 260-seat venue at 655 Penn Ave. in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Rivera, backed by her trio, will open the season at 7 ...