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Memories of a theater veteran

J.E. Ballantyne Jr. shares memories and tons of backstage stories in his new book, “Why I Did It!


Drink it all in, Vindys fans

The Vindicator really packs a wallop. I’m talking about The Vindicator Double IPA, which is a


Long live Cedars, the legacy of the late Tommy Simon

It would be hard to find a bar owner who has touched as many lives as Tommy Simon. He took over


Local theater, music scene loses a stalwart in Sanders

The sudden passing of Jeff Sanders on Monday has dealt an emotional blow to all who knew him,


Stephen Stills, Judy Collins concert had shining moments

Sunday night’s Stephen Stills-Judy Collins concert at Powers Auditorium was one of those hushed


Photographer uses bullet holes in timely exhibition at YSU

It’s impossible to make sense of Sunday’s mass killing by a gunman in Las Vegas. Stephen Paddock


Book unveils rare photos of Dead Boys, Stiv Bators

In 1976, Dave Treat got an apartment in the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood while studying photography.


Broadway heavyweights boost chances for Valley native's play

Rob Zellers has struck a chord with his play “Something to Live For.” The Pittsburgh-based


Concerts at the Canfield Fair brought memorable moments

Chris Young was happier than usual during his concert Monday at the Canfield Fair. That’s because it


The Playhouse raised the bar with 'August: Osage County'

Theater season typically begins at most local houses with a big, crowd-pleasing musical. But there


Ted Nugent, David Crosby are locked in a stranglehold

Ted Nugent and David Crosby are about as far apart as you can get in terms of music – and socio-


A new downtown bar will tap in to the pour-your-own concept

When the whistle blows, it will be time to wet your whistle at a new drinking establishment coming


Pitbull gave folks time of their lives

Pitbull and Kesha had a huge hit with their 2013 collaboration on “Timber,” and I have the dubious


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Heading to WaterFire? These youngsters will Rock U

“School of Rock” (2003) is in my top 10 list of all-time favorite movies. It’s about a ne’er do-


Busy weekend for film group

With its efforts beginning to bear fruit, the Youngstown Regional Film Commission is stepping up its