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Today’s entertainment picks:

Friday, August 18, 2017

Today’s entertainment picks:

v Brier Hill Italian Fest, 4-11 p.m.: The old neighborhood will be lively at this annual festival, centered on Calvin and Victoria streets, in the Brier Hill section of the North Side.

v “August: Osage County,” 7:30 p.m.: A riveting piece of theater, and the 2008 Tony Award winner for Best Play, makes its Mahoning Valley premiere ($15) at Youngstown Playhouse; 330-788-8739.

v Howard and the Point Five Band, 7 p.m.: Another party on the plaza in the water department parking lot, 111 W. Federal St., downtown Youngstown.

v “Steel Magnolias,” 8 p.m.: Opening night ($16) for this popular play at Main Street Theater, 5 N. Main St., Columbiana; 800-838-3006.

v “Death of a Showgirl,” 8 p.m.: This original burlesque murder-mystery ($15) can only be done by Rust Belt Theater, at Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-507-2358.

“Tiffany Haddish — She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood” (9 p.m., Showtime): A stand-up comedy special featuring the breakout star from “Girls Trip.”

TV listings, C3


Cedar Point plans new roller coaster


Cedar Point’s FrontierTown will be transformed when Steel Vengeance – the tallest, fastest and longest hybrid roller coaster in the world – opens in the spring.

The design combines a steel running track on a massive wooden structure that provides a very smooth ride while enabling the coaster’s trains to perform maneuvers previously unheard of on a wooden roller coaster.

Riders will climb 205 feet and then find themselves staring straight down a 90-degree initial drop and a 200-foot fall to earth. The ride lasts about 2 minutes, 30 seconds.

Cabaret features Neil Diamond songs


Music at Madison cabaret will present “The Songs of Neil Diamond” Saturday in the gardens of Madison Moore, a Victorian century home, across from Youngstown State University’s Lyden House dormitory.

The show stars Rodd Coonce and features Colleen Chance, Jason McCoy and Patsy Sullivan, with musical accompaniment by Jack Ciarniello and Nico Ruggieri. A potluck dinner (potluck dish welcome, not required) starts at 7 p.m., with the show at 8 p.m. The audience is encouraged to sing along. The admission is $20. The event is BYOB; stemware will be provided.

Reservations are required. Call Jack Peterson at Dorian Books, 330-743-2665. All major credit cards accepted.

Packard Band


The Packard Band will present “Summer Reflections” at 7 p.m. Sunday at the South Lawn band shell of Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW. The free concert is the final one of the summer series.

Soloists will include the Packard percussion section: Ken Alexander, Robert Barnett, Carla Dean, Tyler Husosky and Steve Ley. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be performed indoors.