'I Hate Hamlet'
SALEM -- Salem Community Theatre will stage "I Hate Hamlet," the story of a young, successful TV actor who has relocated to New York City where he retains a gothic apartment once owned by John Barrymore. When his series is canceled, he is asked to play Hamlet -- but he hates Hamlet. Directed by Dick & amp; Kathy Fawcett, the play opens Friday for a two-weekend run. The show will play at 8 p.m. Saturday and May 6-7, and at 2 p.m. May 8; special ticket pricing is available for the matinee as part of a Mother's Day special. For ticket information, call (330) 332-9688 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or up to one hour before shows.
Butler art comes to life
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Butler Institute of American Art's best-known treasures will make an appearance at the Youngstown Playhouse when it presents "Arts Alive II" at 8 p.m. Saturday. Local political figures, business leaders and entertainers will portray well-known paintings such as "Snap the Whip," and set them to music with song, dance and comedy. "Arts Alive I" was presented in 1995. Proceeds will benefit the Playhouse. For reservations and information, call (330) 788-8739.
Steinway piano recital
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Caroline Oltmanns, an international Steinway artist and Fulbright scholar, will give a piano recital of classical music at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Orr Auditorium on Westminster's model "D" concert grand Steinway, the largest Steinway. The event is free. For information, call (724) 946-7270.
Local artist's display
CLEVELAND -- A showing of Youngstown native William Chill's work will open Saturday with a wine and cheese reception from noon to 9 p.m., and run through June 1 at the Studio of 5 Rings, 2400 Superior Ave. (2nd Floor of the Futon Factory). Chill specializes in urban "realism" landscapes. For more information, call (216) 771-0830.
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Westminster College presents saxophonist James Flowers and pianist Dr. Nancy Zipay DeSalvo in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Orr Auditorium.
Flowers, a native of Hermitage, is a free-lance artist and teacher. DeSalvo is an assistant professor of music at Westminster College. The event is free. For more information, call (724) 946-7023 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juried Cup Show
Kent -- The Kent State University School of Art Gallery Downtown presents the fifth national Juried Cup Show Wednesday through June 11, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The show is in the KSU Museum's Tarter/Miller Gallery. For directions, visit www.kent.edu/museum.
The show features the work of artists from all over the United States. Museum hours are, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4:45 p.m. Sunday.
The Writers Room of Bucks County, Pa. -- a nonprofit writers' center providing writing workshops, publishing and editorial services -- is sponsoring the Stephen Susco Screenwriting Mentorship Competition. Three budding screenwriters will receive one year of personal mentoring by Susco, acclaimed screenwriter of the recent box office hit, "The Grudge." Deadline is Saturday; apply online at www.writersroom.net by submitting a brief treatment, writing sample, resume, short essay (optional) and $45 application fee. Winners will be announced in June. Susco encourages writers of all ages and backgrounds to apply.