Changing of the guard at Oakland

After one year in the post, Denise Bayer will step down as president of the Oakland Center for the Arts.

A long-time actress and lawyer, Bayer took over the reins of the downtown theater last August. She will relinquish the post at the end of this month, when Oakland veteran Chris Fidram will take over.

With a new baby, Bayer said she could no longer find the time to handle the job. She plans to stay involved with other arts organizations while devoting time to the entertainment industry segment of her law practice.

In her short time in office, Bayer accomplished quite a bit. Under her tenure, the Oakland finally got its website updated and running, and the theater soon will be ready to handle ticket sales online.

Also, the Oakland’s financial position improved to the point where it will once again hire a part-time office manager (theater veteran Michael Dempsey will take over that job this summer). The Oakland also reworked its children’s theater in the past year and is very close to creating the area’s first Queer Youth Theater, which will be similar to Pittsburgh’s Dreams of Hope theater. Bayer said the Oakland has laid the groundwork for what she calls a very ambitious 2012-13 season, which will include “Spring Awakening” and “Hair.”


Jonesfest V, the annual jam-music festival by Jones for Revival and friends, has revealed its lineup. The daylong event is returning to downtown Youngstown this year after moving to Nelson Ledges Quarry Park. It will be Sept. 30 on West Federal Street.

Jones for Revival will do two sets. The rest of the bill (so far) includes Moser Woods, Tropidelic, Winslow, 5 Elements, Aliver Hall, Lethal FX, the Bee’s Trees, Dr. Fresh Butter, The Classic Cruisers and Demos Papadimos.

Visual artists will include Trey Berry, Tom Reed and Justin Roberts.

Expect more bands and artists to be announced. Go to for updates.


The inaugural Bunbury Music Festival, from July 13-15 in Cincinnati, will include headliners Jane’s Addiction, Weezer and Death Cab for Cutie, plus dozens of other acts on six stages, including Guided by Voices, O.A.R., Motion City Soundtrack, Neon Trees and Ra Ra Riot.

Go to for information.

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