Best Bets

Best Bets
U Band students from Canfield High School will be among those onstage with River City Brass Band in a performance at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 in the newly restored Civic Theatre in downtown Akron. River City Brass Band is a professional concert band from Pittsburgh that performs folk songs, ballads, Broadway tunes and military marches. The Canfield students, as well as those from Barberton, Firestone and Kent-Roosevelt high schools, will perform "Stars and Stripes Forever" and "76 Trombones" with River City Brass Band during the finale. Tickets are $22 to $35. Call (330) 972-7570 or (330) 253-2488 for details.
Hot Tickets
U "Sarah, Plain and Tall," a book that was turned into a revered made-for-TV movie, is being revived as a children's play by TheatreworksUSA. Pittsburgh International Children's Theater will present the production at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in Byham Theatre, downtown Pittsburgh. The title character is a mail-order bride from Maine whose mannerisms and personality seem to clash with members of her new, Midwestern family. The show is recommended for children ages 8 to 14. Tickets are $9. Call (412) 321-5520 for details.
U Contemporary gospel music star Andrae Crouch will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at E.J. Thomas Hall, University of Akron. Crouch has collected eight Grammy awards in his career for recordings, performances, arrangements and production work. He has collaborated with Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and Madonna, among others. Tickets are $20; call the E.J. Thomas box office at (888) 226-6948 or Ticketmaster.
The Sources
Ticketmaster: Kaufmann's in Eastwood, Southern Park and Shenango Valley malls; and Giant Eagle stores in Austintown, Calcutta and New Castle. Call (330) 747-1212, (724) 323-1919 or (800) 366-1212. Web address is Call (800) 766-6048. Outlet in Tops supermarkets on U.S. Route 422, Niles, and at 2425 N. River Road, Warren.
Tickets Unlimited: Premium-seats agency at Hilltop Plaza, U.S. Route 224, Canfield. (330) 533-4611. Web address is
All Star Ticket Service: Premium-seats agency at 5208 Mahoning Ave., #229, Austintown. (330) 793-TIXX.
Ticket World: Premium-seats agency at U.S. Route 224 and Tiffany South, Boardman. (330) 726-SEAT.
DJ Collaboration, 10, Rudy's Cafe, 200 Cleveland St. W., Warren; (330) 847-2233.
Pete George, 9:30, Funny Farm Comedy Club, 1620 Motor Inn Drive, Girard; (330) 759-4242.
The House Band, 10:30, Hot Rod Cafe, 101 Chestnut St., Sharon; (724) 981-3123.
DJ, 10, Rudy's Cafe; (330) 847-2233.
Karaoke, 10-2, Ollie's Pub & amp; Grub, 2716 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; (330) 793-5030.
Fiesta Bowl Party, 5, Irish Bob's Pub, 3602 South Ave., Youngstown; (330) 788-0011.
Fiesta Bowl Party with 82 West, Nyki's Bar and Grill, 2426 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; (330) 793-1598.
Nite Owl, 10, Down the Hatch, 3101 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; (330) 799-3449.
Ohio State Buckeyes with 570-WKBN, 7, The Fireplace, 2075 E. Western Reserve Road, Poland; (330) 757-4043.
"This Ain't the Nutcracker," 7:30, Attack Theatre (formerly Pittsburgh Public Theater), 417 Rebecca Ave., Pittsburgh; (412) 371-1624.
Pete George, 8 and 10, Funny Farm Comedy Club; (330) 759-4242.
Bluegrass Reunion and Covered Dish Jam, 6, Johnson Community Center, 800 Gillmer Road, Leavittsburg; (330) 898-6891.
Champagne, 9-midnight, Hubbard VFW 3767, 710 W. Liberty St., Hubbard; (330) 534-9775.
Sugar Fuzz Orchestra, 10:30, Quaker Steak & amp; Lube, 101 Chestnut St., Sharon; (724) 961-3123.
Blind Lemon, 10-2, Coconut Grove, 3229 South Ave., Youngstown; (330) 788-0140.
JP Country, 9, Dusty Armadillo, 3147 state Route 44, Rootstown; (330) 325-0647.
Manhattan, 9:30-1:30, Buzzy's, 3825 E. State St., Hermitage, Pa.; (724) 981-5510.
Karaoke, 10-2, Ollie's Pub & amp; Grub; (330) 793-5030.
North Coast, 9:30-1:30, Johnny's; (330) 788-6459.
Night Owl, 10, Down the Hatch; (330) 799-3449.
Dom Tocco & amp; Brotherhood, 9:30, The Fireplace; (330) 757-4043.
"This Ain't the Nutcracker," 2 and 7:30, Attack Theatre (formerly Pittsburgh Public Theater); (412) 371-1624.
U.S. Hot Rod Monster Jam, 2 and 8, Gund Arena, downtown Cleveland; Ticketmaster.
High School Rock Off bands semifinals, 5, Odeon Concert Club, 1295 Old River Road, Cleveland; Ticketmaster.
Bob Matasy, 2-6 Bessemer Croation Club, 601 E. Poland Ave., Bessemer, Pa.; (724) 667-8997.
Organist Karel Paukert, 2:30, Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland; (216) 421-7350.
Elvis Birthday Tribute, 7, Palace Theatre, 1519 Euclid Ave., Cleveland;
B2K Holiday Tour featuring IMX and TG4, 7:30, Benedum Center, downtown Pittsburgh; (412) 456-6666.
42nd annual Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival with Shenango Valley Chorale Madrigal Singers and YSU Ensemble Tetonbeau, faculty and student musicians, 2:30 and 4:30, St. John's Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown; (330) 743-3175.
U.S. Hot Rod Monster Jam, 2, Gund Arena; Ticketmaster.
High School Rock Off bands semifinals, 2, Odeon Concert Club; Ticketmaster.
Blues music by Colin Dussault, 9-1, Johnny's, 876 E. Midlothian Blvd., Youngstown; (330) 788-6459.
"The Full Monty," 8, Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh; (412) 392-4900.
"The Full Monty," 8, Heinz Hall; (412) 392-4900.
Dance music by Eddie Vallus, 7, Yellow Creek Park Lodge, Struthers; (330) 755-7275.
Great Lakes Recreational Vehicle Association's Ohio RV Supershow, 1-10, International Exposition Center, 6200 Riverside Drive, Brook Park; (216) 676-6000.
Disney On Ice presents "Princess Classics", 7, Gund Arena, downtown Cleveland; Ticketmaster.
Akron Art Museum, 70 E. Market St., Akron: "Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession, Sculpture from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. 11-5 everyday except major holidays, Jan. 25-May 18, 2003. (330) 376-9185.
Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown: New Age art by Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, through Feb. 23; paintings and drawings by Pat Vaccaro, through Sunday. Hours are 11-4 Tuesdays and Thursdays through Saturdays; 11-8 Wednesdays; noon-4 Sundays. (330) 743-1711.
Butler Institute of Art Trumbull Branch, 9350 E. Market St., Howland: "Large Scale Contemporary Sculpture: Art Walk," through Jan. 31; "Frajndlich & amp; Frajndlich: Landscape Photographs," through Sunday. Hours are 11-4 Wednesdays through Sundays. (330) 609-9900.
Frick Art and Historical Center, 7227 Reynolds St., Pittsburgh: "Drawn Toward the Avant-Garde: Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century French Drawings from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Copenhagen," through Sunday. (412) 371-0600.
Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, 124 E. Leasure Ave., New Castle, Pa.: Hours are 10-8 Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-5 Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. (724) 652-2882.
Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh: "Gestures" exhibition by Pittsburgh-based artists of various disciplines, through Jan. 26.
Mill Creek MetroParks Weller Gallery, inside D.D. and Velma Davis Education and Visitor Center, Fellows Riverside Gardens, McKinley Avenue, Youngstown: "Joining Together," Mill Creek Park Employees Exhibit, through Sunday; BioPosters of Ohio wildlife by Charley Harper, Jan. 10-Feb. 23. Hours are 10-5 Tuesdays through Sundays. (330) 740-7116.
Newton Falls Public Library, 204 S. Canal St., Newton Falls: "Arts of the Wild" and Reflections of the Holiday Season, through Monday. Hours are 9-8 Mondays through Thursdays, 9-5 Fridays and Saturdays and noon-5 Sundays.
Roberta's Gallery of Fine Arts, 10 N. Main St., Columbiana: Stained glass designs by Payne-Spiers Studios of Paterson, N.J., through Jan. 15. Hours: 10-4 Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10-7 Fridays and 10-4 Saturdays. (330) 482-4522.
Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, 1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh: "Folk Art of Pittsburgh," through Jan. 30. (412) 454-6000.
Three Rivers Arts Festival Gallery, 707 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh: "Angels and Other Creatures" large scale sculptures, through Feb. 14. Hours are 10-5 weekdays. (412) 281-8723, Ext. 27.
Trumbull Art Gallery, 720 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren: Hours are noon-4 Wednesdays through Fridays and 1-4 Sundays.Andy Warhol Museum, General Robinson and Sandusky streets, Pittsburgh: "Strange Messenger: The Art of Patti Smith," through Sunday; "Robert Lepper, Artist & amp; Teacher," through Jan. 12; "Worshiping the Ancestors" Chinese Commemorative Portraits, Feb. 2-April 27; "Americanisms: Shaping Art and Culture in the 50s," through July. Hours are 10-5 Tuesdays through Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10-10 Fridays. (412) 237-8300.
Youngstown State University Gallery, Bliss Hall, second floor, Wick and Spring: "Earth in Precarious Balance" by art professor Jack Carlton of Girard, through Jan. 15. Hours are 8-5 weekdays. (330) 941-3625.
Youngstown State University Rose Marie Smith Gallery, Tod Hall, Youngstown: Watercolors by Mary Kay D'Isa, through April.
Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh: "Forum: Mel Bochner Photographs, 1966-69," through Jan. 12; "Out of the Ordinary: The Architecture and Design of Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Associates," through Feb. 2; "Neapolitan Presepio," through Sunday; "Holidays at Carnegie," through Jan. 12; "It's Not Just Mud! Centuries of Ceramics," through summer; "You Me/Him Her/Us Them: Portraits in Film & amp; Video, 1940-1990," January-June. Hours are 10-5 Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-5 Sundays. (412) 622-3131.
Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland: "Elizabeth Catlett: Prints and Sculptures" and "Magna Grecia: Greek Art from South Italy and Sicily," through Sunday; "A City Seen: Photographs from The George Gund Foundation Collection," through Jan. 26; "Land in Light: John Szarkowski Photographs," through Feb. 12; "Challenging Structure: Frank Gehry's Peter B. Lewis Building," through Feb. 24; "Gifts from the CMA Friends of Photography," through April 23; "Zwelethu Mthethwa Photographs: Portraits," Feb. 15-April 23; "The Gilded Age: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum" Feb. 23-May 18, 2003. Hours are 10-5 Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and 10-9 Wednesdays and Fridays.(216) 421-7340.
Society for Contemporary Craft, 2100 Smallman St., Pittsburgh: Solo exhibit and installation by Mr. Imagination, through March 1. Hours are 10-5 Tuesdays through Fridays and 9-5 Saturdays. (412) 261-7003.
Pittsburgh Children's Museum, 10 Children's Way: Hours are noon-5 Sundays, 10-8 Fridays and 10-5 other days. (412) 322-5058.
Cleveland Playhouse Brooks Theater, 8500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland: "Cinderella Confidential," 1 and 3 p.m. weekends Feb. 1-23. (216) 795-7000.
Second City Cleveland, 2037 E. 14th St.: "Rivercan't, or The Traficanterbury Tales," 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Blarney Stone Restaurant, 30 Grant Ave., Etna, Pa.: Swing dancing, 9 p.m. Fridays (lessons, 8 p.m.). (412) 781-1666.
Crowne Plaza Hotel Ballroom (formerly Royce Parkway West), 1160 Thorn Run Road, Coraopolis, Pa.: Singles dances, 9-1 Fridays. (412) 276-4132.
Howland Community Church, 196 Howland-Cortland Road, Howland: International folk-dancing lessons, 7-9 Thursdays. (330) 856-5856.
Hubbard VFW, 710 W. Liberty St., Hubbard: Basic swing-dance classes, 6 p.m. Mondays; lessons in intermediate and advanced swing, Lindy hop, salsa, Latin, hustle and smooth, 7-9:30 p.m. Mondays. (330) 534-5579.
Maples, 3147 state Route 44, Rootstown: Country line-dancing, 7-1 Fridays. (330) 325-0647.
Brookfield Flea Market, Valley View Mall, 7281 Warren-Sharon Road, Brookfield: Open 9-5 Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. (330) 448-6866.
Champion Super Flea Market, state Route 45, Champion: Open 8-4 Saturdays and Sundays. (330) 392-7434.
Four Seasons Flea and Farm Market Inc., 3000 McCartney Road, Youngstown: Open 9-5 Wednesdays and Sundays. (330) 744-5050.
Rogers Community Auction and Open Air Market, 45625 state Route 154, Rogers: Open at 7:30 a.m. Fridays. (330) 227-3236.
Sharon Farmers' Market, Reyers' parking lot, South Water Street, Sharon: Open at 7 a.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays. (724) 981-5880.
Skyway Indoor/Outdoor Flea Market, 1805 N. Leavitt Road, Warren: Open 8-4 Saturdays and Sundays. (330) 898-1938.
Theron's Country Antique and Flea Market, 1641 Columbiana-Lisbon Road, Columbiana: Open 9-4 Sundays. (330) 482-0204.
Warren Flea Market, 428 Main St. S.W., Warren: Open 8-5 Tuesdays and Saturdays. (330) 399-8298.
Akron Zoo, 500 Edgewood Ave., Akron: Hours are 11-4 daily through April 30. (330) 375-2550.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Wildlife Way (off Fulton Parkway): Hours are 10-5 daily. (216) 661-6500.
National Aviary, West Park, Pittsburgh: Open 9-5 daily. (412) 323-7235.
Pittsburgh Zoo & amp; PPG Aquarium, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh: Hours are 10-6 daily. (412) 665-3639.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh: Garden Railroad, through Feb. 23; Winter Flower Show: Flower Fairies, through Jan. 12. Hours are 9-9 Fridays, 9-5 other days (closed Mondays). (412) 622-6914.
Bill's Place, 4771 Mahoning Ave., Austintown: Karaoke, 9-1 Wednesdays; DJ Fridays and Saturdays. (330) 270-1703.
Bloomingdale's Point Restaurant & amp; Lounge, 9835 South Ave. Ext., Poland: DJ, 9-1 Saturdays; Karaoke first Saturday of each month. (330) 549-5445.
Bonanza Bar, 1698 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown: Cindi Lu Who, 10 Tuesdays. (330) 792-8685.
Bullseye Pub and Grub, 6965 McCartney Road, Lowellville: Karaoke, 8-midnight Thursdays; DJ dance party and Karaoke, Fridays and Saturdays. (330) 536-9288.
Cedar Lounge, 23 N. Hazel St., Youngstown: DJs, Sundays and Mondays; jazz by Teddy Pantelas, Tuesdays; swing dancing, Thursdays. (330) 743-6560.
Cipriano's Restaurant and Lounge, 6544 state Route 14, Ravenna: Jim Frank Trio, 8 p.m. Saturdays, (330) 726-9535.
Club Blue Note, 2810 Market St., Youngstown: Karaoke with Cindi Lu Who, 10:30-2 Mondays.
Davidson's Restaurant and Bar, 3636 Canfield Road, Canfield: Karaoke and dance DJ, 9 p.m. Wednesdays; dance DJ, 9 p.m. Fridays. (330) 793-0033.
Down the Hatch, 3101 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown: Karaoke, 9:30-1:30 Wednesdays.
East Side Civics, 2929 South Ave., Youngstown: Karaoke, 9-1 Fridays.
Faces Lounge, 13 Broad St., Newton Falls: Karaoke, 10-2 Wednesdays. (330) 872-5856.
The Fireplace, 2075 E. Western Reserve Road, Poland: Karaoke, 9-1 Tuesdays. (330) 757-4043.
Grist Mill, Wedgewood Lanes, 1741 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown: DJ, 9:30-1 Wednesdays and Thursdays. (330) 792-1949.
Guess Who Lounge, 1804 Wilson Ave. (at Center Street bridge), Youngstown: Dance music and Spanish music Karaoke, 9-1 Fridays. (330) 746-9909.
Hot Rod Cafe, Three By the River, Sharon, Pa.: Jam night, 8:30-midnight Thursdays. (724) 981-3123.
Irish Bob's Pub, 3602 South Ave., Youngstown: Karaoke with Simply Ed, 9-2 Mondays; DJ George, 8-2 Tuesdays; Open mike with LeAnn and Rhama, 9 Wednesdays. (330) 788-0011.
Jillian's Entertainment, Southern Park Mall, Boardman: Dance DJ, 9-1 Thursdays. (330) 629-8556.
Johnny's, 876 E. Midlothian Blvd., Youngstown: North Coast Band, 9:30-1:30 Saturdays. (330) 788-6459.
Jolly Joe's Sports Bar, 3718 Sheridan Road, Youngstown: Karaoke, 8-midnight Tuesdays.
Little Gail's Tavern, 1544 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown: Karaoke, 10-2 Saturdays. (330) 799-0002.
The Mill, Wedgewood Plaza, New and Raccoon roads, Austintown: DJ, 9-2:30 Thursdays and Fridays; dance DJ, 9 p.m. Saturdays. (330) 797-8990.
Nyabinghi, 1229 Salt Springs Road, Youngstown: Crapaoke, 10 Wednesdays. (330) 799-9750.
Nyki's, 2426 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown: Karaoke, 10-2 Tuesdays and Saturdays; jam night and open mic with Tongue and Groove, 10-2 Wednesdays. (330) 793-1598.
Ollie's Pub & amp; Grub, 2716 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown: Karaoke, 9-midnight Wednesdays. (330) 793-5030.
Opus Twenty One, 1 American Way (off East Market Street), Warren: Joe Augustine, 5-10 Tuesdays through Saturdays. (330) 856-2121.
Plaza Cafe, 21 Federal Plaza West, Youngstown: Open mike night, 10 Tuesdays; Mystic WIP Hustler, 10 Wednesdays; DJ, 10 Thursdays. (330) 743-3180.
Red Horse Saloon, 3501 South Ave., Youngstown: Karaoke, 9:30-1:30 Tuesdays. (330) 788-2158.
Rudy's Cafe, 200 Cleveland Street West, Warren: DJ Collaboration, 9-1 Thursdays. (330) 847-CAFE.
Salty Grog, 1203 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman: DJ, 10 p.m. Sundays. (330) 726-6690.
Sammy Maxx Lounge, 1722 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown: Karaoke, 10-2, Wednesdays; dance DJ, 10-2 Thursdays and Saturdays. (330) 792-5585.
Sippers Bar and Grill, 3012 Wilson Ave., Campbell: Karaoke, 9-2 Fridays. (330) 750-9990.
The Sons, 2702 Dearborn, Youngstown: Karaoke with Cindi Lu Who, 10-2 Fridays.
Timberlanes Restaurant and Hotel, Pershing Street, Salem: Electric pianist Denny Gallo, 6-10 Fridays and Saturdays, noon-3:30 Sundays. (330) 337-9572.
Toey's Tavern, 958 E. Midlothian Blvd., Youngstown: Karaoke, 10-2 Saturdays. (330) 782-5708.
Youngstown Crab Company, 3917 Belmont Ave., Liberty: DJ, 8:30-11 p.m. Fridays; blues music by Straight Note Chaser, Mondays. (330) 759-5480.
Avalon Inn & amp; Resort, 9519 E. Market St., Warren: "That Ain't Shakespeare" murder-mystery dinner theater by Main Course-Murder, 7 p.m. Fridays through February. (330) 856-1900.
Carousel Dinner Theatre, 1275 E. Waterloo Road, Akron: "WOW: A Holiday Follies Spectacular," through Jan. 12; "Always, Patsy Cline," Jan. 15-March 2. Shows are at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays, 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays and 8 p.m. other days; meals served two hours before curtain time. (800) 362-4100.
Cleveland Playhouse Baxter Theater, 8500 Euclid Ave.: "Proof", Tuesday-Feb. 2.(216) 795-7000.
Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave.: "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," through Saturday. (216) 631-2727.
O'Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh: "All the Great Books" and "The Complete History of America [abridged]" by Reduced Shakespeare Co., through Sunday. Theater, 1615 Euclid Ave., Cleveland: "Stones In His Pocket," Tuesday-Jan19; "42nd Street," Feb. 18-March 2. Performances are at 7:30 Tuesdays-Fridays, 1:30 and 7:30 Saturdays and Sundays. (216) 241-6000.
Boardman Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Road: Lighted Christmas figures on display from dusk to 10:30 p.m. nightly through Sunday. (330) 726-8107.
Mill Creek MetroParks Davis Center, Fellows Riverside Gardens, McKinley Avenue, Youngstown: "Winter Celebration -- A Taste of the Holidays" on display 10-5 through Sunday; Nature Photography Show, March 1-April 6. (330) 740-7116.
Mill Creek MetroParks Wick Recreation Area, off McCollum Road, Youngstown: Sledding and cross country skiing from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. (330) 702-3000.
Cleveland Cinematheque, inside Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Blvd.: "In the Realm of the Sensei: Akira Kurosawa & amp; Toshiro Mifune" film series, Jan. 10-Feb. 22. (216) 421-7450.
Gund Arena, downtown Cleveland: "Disney On Ice" presents "Princess Classics," Wednesday through Jan. 20. Ticketmaster.
Yellow Duck Park, state Route 46, Canfield: "Wonders of the World" holiday light show, 5:30-10 nightly through Sunday, then weekends only in January. (330) 533-3773.

More like this from

Subscribe Today

Sign up for our email newsletter to receive daily news.

Want more? Click here to subscribe to either the Print or Digital Editions.