Today’s entertainment picks:

Today’s entertainment picks:

v ‘American Idol Live! Tour,’ 7:30 p.m.: Kree Harrison, second runner-up in the most recent American Idol, will be among the cast in a show at the Covelli Centre. Tickets at the box office.

v Spencer Saylor, 7:30 p.m.: The Canfield native opens for John Mayer at First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pa. Visit

v Hot Air Balloon Festival, 1 to 9 p.m.: Soar into the clouds at Mastropietro Winery, 14558 Ellsworth Road, Berlin Center.

v Jazz in the Park with Russell Thompson and Free Agent, 3 to 7 p.m.: Spend the afternoon relaxing and listening to music at B&O Complex, 530 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown.

v ‘Smell-the-flowers’ shows, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Mahoning Valley Dahlia Society and Men’s Garden Club sponsor shows at Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown.

LOW WINTER SUN (10 p.m., AMC): British actor Lennie James plays Detective Joe Geddes, who tricks another cop into killing a crooked colleague.

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‘Matchmaker’ opens Victorian players


Victorian Players, 702 Mahoning Ave., will open its 22nd season with the Thornton Wilder comedy “The Matchmaker” on Sept. 13.

The play will have a three- weekend run through Sept. 29. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12, and student and senior tickets are $9. Group rates are available as are special student group rates. For reservations, call 330-746-5455.

Marlene Menaldi Strollo is directing the show.

Have a howling good time at show


For the Dogs, a nonprofit organization, will sponsor a show featuring comedians of Raise the Woof and DJ services of Highly Productions on Sept. 7 at Magic Tree Pub & Eatery, 7463 South Ave.

The $20 ticket includes the show and food. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with food service at 7 and the show at 8.

Raise the Woof is a stand-up comedy event that works with animal shelters and rescue groups to raise funds. Raise the Woof was created by comedian and producer James Uloth, who has raised over $300,000 for charities.

For the Dogs Rescue is a volunteer group whose mission is to rescue, provide sanctuary and to re-home abandoned, stray and neglected dogs.

For information, call 330-310-2802 or 330-550-9148 or send email to

Dinner play set at Packard museum


“Ask the Man Who Owns One ... About Murder!” will be staged Sept. 28 at National Packard Museum, 1899 Mahoning Ave. NW.

This interactive mystery dinner theater performance revolves around the debut of a new Packard model and is set in the 1920s.

Ticket price includes museum admission, a fall harvest dinner and theater pass.

The cost is $30 a ticket plus $2.50 service fee. Call 330-394-1899.

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