NEW YORK -- Bugs Bunny and his pals are being updated for the future -- way in the future.
The WB network will take the famed Looney Tunes characters as models for a new children's series, "Loonatics," that will air on Saturday mornings starting this fall. The characters' descendants -- Buzz Bunny and the like -- will be superhero action figures for the cartoon set in the year 2772.
The network's animators have re-imagined Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Wile E. Coyote as sleek new figures for a modern age.
Chorale performs today
Shenango Valley Chorale will perform two mid-winter concerts today featuring "Magnificat" by John Rutter and other selections of sacred music. Music will be provided by the Shenango Valley Chorale Chamber Orchestra. The first performance will be at 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, East State Street, Sharon, Pa. The second will be at 7:30 p.m. at Church of Notre Dame, Highland Road, Hermitage, Pa. Admission is free. A free-will offering will be taken to defray concert expenses.
This month's USABDA dance will be at the Youngstown Manechhoer, at 6:15 p.m. today. Foxtrot lessons will open, with general dance starting at 7 p.m.
Tsunami relief concert
KENT -- Two Indian instrumentalists will perform at Kent State University to help raise funds for tsunami victims. Sitarist Nishat Khan, accompanied by tabla master Abhiman Kaushal, will appear in an 8 p.m. March 1 in F.W. Ludwig Recital Hall, Music and Speech Building.
Both Khan and Kaushal are on the faculty of the University of California Los Angeles. They are donating their services, allowing all proceeds to be used for tsunami relief efforts in India.
The concert is sponsored by Kent State University's Center for the Study of World Music and Kent's India Music Circle. Tickets for the performance will be: $15 students, $25 regular admission, $45 Patron and $75 Sponsor.
Tickets and more information can be obtained at the Kent Chamber offices, 138 E. Main St., (330) 673-9855; at the School of Music box office, (330) 672-2172; or at the door on the day of the performance.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The University Theater at Youngstown State University will present "Anything Goes" Saturday through next Sunday and March 4-5 in Ford Theater, Bliss Hall.
With music and lyrics by Cole Porter and a new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weideman, this 1988 updated version of the 1934 classic is filled with familiar songs.
Tickets are general seating and may be reserved by calling the University Theater box office at (330) 941-3105, between 10 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays. There is no admission charge for YSU students with I.D. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for non-YSU students, senior citizens, alumni, and groups of 5 or more.
GIRARD -- Big Daddy Burl will entertain at 8:30 p.m. March 5 in the Creekside Golf Dome for the benefit of the American Cancer Society. Donation is $5 per person, which will go to the Niles Relay For Life scheduled May 6-8 at Bo Rein Stadium in Niles.
The dome is at 1300 N. State St. For more information, call (330) 841-4970. Trumbull County Relays also will be held May 13-14 in Warren, May 20-21 in Liberty, June 10-11 in Cortland and June 17-18 in Lordstown.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts has created the Hoyt Artist's Association, a guild for practicing artists in the traditional fine arts media. The organization, open to artists in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, will have two annual shows, quarterly meetings, Web site listings, a newsletter and marketing opportunities.
Membership is open to people 18 and older living within 100 miles of New Castle.
The first screening is March 5. Works may be picked up March 12. For information or to get an application, call (724) 652-2882, ext. 14.