Today’s entertainment picks:

Today’s entertainment picks:

v Dana Chamber Orchestra, 4 p.m.: Works from the opera “The Barber of Seville” and Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings are on the program ($7, $6 for seniors and students; free for YSU students). It’s at Ford Family Recital Hall, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown.

v African-American art lecture, 2 p.m.: Louis Zona, director of the Butler Institute of American Art, will discuss prominent pieces by African-American artists that are in the museum’s collection. The museum is at 524 Wick Ave.; 330-743-1107.

v “Images: Remembrances of the Holocaust – the Eva Schloss Story,” 2:30 p.m.: This one-woman show about the famed Holocaust survivor ($15) has been performed in several states. It’s at the Youngstown Playhouse, off Glenwood Avenue; 330-788-8739.

v “The Hobbit, A Classroom Parody,” 2:30 p.m.: Last chance to take the kids to see this original play by the Oakland Center for the Arts Kids First theater project ($12, $8 for students of any age). It’s at Trinity Fellowship Church, 4749 South Ave., Boardman; 330-406-0606.

v Five Squared art show, 1 p.m.: Opening reception of this annual show and sale featuring 5-inch by 5-inch works by anonymous artists, each available for $25. It’s at the Davis Family YMCA, 45 McClurg Road, Boardman; 330-480-5656.

“Puppy Bowl XIV” (3 p.m., Animal Planet): The Pup-triots will take on the B-eagles in a raging war of cuteness. The Puppy Bowl will culminate a full day of canine hype on Animal Planet that begins at 8 a.m.

The Super Bowl (6 p.m., NBC): The big game is finally here. Will the New England Patriots win a sixth championship? Or will the Philadelphia Eagles win their first one?

“Victoria” (9 p.m., pbs): Finally learning of the famine in Ireland, the queen wants to help but meets surprising opposition.

TV listings, C4


YSU students will read their essays


Youngstown State University student essayists and Stacy Graber, YSU professor of English, will be the guest readers at Lit Youngstown’s First Wednesday Readers Series event at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St., downtown. There will not be an open mic at this reading.

The students will read essays that have been published in CROW, the College Review of Writing, a journal edited by YSU Writing Center Director Angela Messenger and NEOMFA candidate and Writing Center graduate assistant Amanda Miller.

Featured essayists will include Emily Null, Madison Metheny, Lauren Laws, Tricia Miller, Lindsay Hicks and Beverly Nelson.

Graber’s research interests include popular culture, pedagogy, critical theory and semiotics. Her work has appeared in The ALAN Review, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, Gravel Literary Magazine, Hamilton Stone Review, Storm Cellar, Modern Times Magazine, and YA Wednesday.

Lit Youngstown is a nonprofit dedicated to the literary arts. For information, go to

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