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Sammy’s, Tap House get fresh start with new owners

New owners are injecting new life into two well-known area nightspots: Sammy’s in Austintown and the

E. Palestine theater still isn’t open, but the show (‘Hamlet’) goes on

It was about this time last year that East Palestine Community Theater was supposed to make an

TNT goes sci-fi ‘Skies’ soars high

By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com Which are cooler: zombies or aliens? “Falling Skies,” the

The Kellys look to a new direction

By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com With the release of their new album, “Opus,” Warren rockers

‘Youngstown’ singer in hometown debut

Youngstowners are familiar with budding country singer Sarah Turner, thanks to the airplay her song

Irish festival canceled

By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN The Mahoning Valley’s Irish festival will not

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Back to rock roots

By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com SALEM Even though Salem Community Theatre’s production of

Ballroom dancer takes shot at Fox competition show

As a matter of fact, Kristin Dobson of Howland does think she can dance — and apparently, so do a

Jones for Revival plans extended set at festival

Those who go to Jonesfest on Saturday will get an extra-large helping of Jones for Revival.

YSU student writers launch online magazine

Feedback is what a budding writer wants most, and it’s also the literary lifeblood of Jenny online magazine.

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In an unflattering way, Youngstown gets the credit for Alex Stulock’s new-found interest in photography.

Chaney’s final curtain call

Chaney High School students Janaia Spearman, left, as the Fairy Godmother, and Kaitlyn Cook as Cinderella rehearse a scene from “Cinderella” Wednesday at the school. Friday evening’s performance will be the final traditional theatrical production at the school.

Food Network keeps alive the memory of a young chef

Matthew Finkel had overcome the odds by going to culinary school and becoming a bakery-pastry chef.


Penguin Productions was started five years ago, with a goal of staging large-scale entertainment for the campus and greater community.

Easy Street Productions brings back ‘Forever Plaid’

Easy Street Productions is bringing back “Forever Plaid,” the quirky little musical about a ’60s vocal group that reunites in the afterlife.

Valley native’s book examines the mark left by Nine Inch Nails

For her first book as an author, Daphne Carr chose a topic that had made an impression in her life:

Funhouse enthusiast likes the frights

Rick Davis is refurbishing a coffin in his workshop when a reporter arrives.

An opera of grand proportions

“The Phantom of the Opera” By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com When West Branch High theater

JD Eicher: ‘Shifting’ direction on new album

With the release of their sophomore album, “Shifting,” JD Eicher and the Goodnights take their place among the elite of Northeast Ohio-Western Pennsylvania bands.

DaBoondox unleashes storm on second album

By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com DaBoondox keeps coming up with new material faster than they

Basile adds Greek spice to his comedy routine

By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com Basile always has split his comedy career, crafting separate

Holocaust play gets fall premiere

J.E. Ballantyne Jr. will take another shot at a topic that has been a source of inspiration for him:

Long live HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’

By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com Although its time and place are open questions, HBO’s “Game

YSU Theater to present ‘La Perichole’

A comic operetta By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN It’s been a while since

More than 300 voices will come together in choral event Singing for Peace

Hae-Jong Lee is plunking keys on a piano in his office at Youngstown State University.

Cirque de la Symphonie Acrobats, jugglers, more combine with symphony

Bill Allen had a notion that the artistry of cirque performance would merge well with a symphony orchestra.

YSU Theater offers cabaret-style revue

Youngstown State University Theater is trying something new.

Angelo Babbaro’s musical breakout

Angelo Babbaro aims to build his career the same way he sings — the old-school way.

Warren Philharmonic will spring into action

The sounds of nature will spring to life at Warren Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert Sunday.

Red Wanting Blue’s magnificent miles on film

You’d think that when somebody finally got around to making a film about Red Wanting Blue, the Columbus-based band that has been touring nonstop for 13 years, it would be another Buckeye Stater.

What does the future hold for Red Wanting Blue?

Red Wanting Blue’s March 12 show at Kent Stage might one day prove to be a turning point in the band’s career.

Swog’s Jam Session returns to West Side

Swog’s Jam Session, which once sparked the local music scene, will return this Sunday. The

Kent-Trumbull Theatre stages ‘The Tempest’

Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” takes place on a magical island, one that no one has ever seen.

Local singer heads to NY’s Apollo Theater

By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN Karla Seldon of Youngstown will head to New

Canfield man wins Vindy-sponsored Oscar contest

By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN The winner of The Vindicator’s annual pick-

‘Lord of the Dance’ After 15 years, excitement is still running high

The passing of time seems to only solidify the reign of “Lord of the Dance.”

Pa. teen is already an ‘Idol’

Last month, Kenzie Palmer became the youngest contestant to advance to the Hollywood round of “American Idol.”

Youngstown online radio station instant hit with agency’s clients

Online radio station is an instant hit with agency’s clients By GUY D’ASTOLFO

HBO’s ‘Marjah’: Afghan futility

Early in the battle for Marjah,” U.S. Marines Capt. Ryan Sparks makes a confident prediction.

RAP ATTACK!SFlbVienna’s Dave Rappach is a monster on the truck circuit

Dave Rappach will roll into Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena this weekend behind the wheel of his monster truck Rap Attack.

New comedy club to open in Liberty

The Mahoning Valley will suddenly go from no comedy clubs to two.

Alumni revue to raise cash for theater

By GUY D’ASTOLFO dastolfo@vindy.com BOARDMAN Alumni of Boardman High’s theater department will

Rocky Chirchiglia, Valley vocalist of Italian pop music, dies at age 79

Rocky Chirchiglia, whose band played at countless outdoor festivals, weddings, concerts and other events in the Mahoning Valley over the past six decades, died unexpectedly Monday morning at his home.

‘Egad’ will get the audience involved

The Victorian Players will return to its roots with “Egad — The Woman In White.” But with a twist.

Poland's Brian Zins takes aim at History Channel show's $100,000 prize

One man from Poland is taking aim at a $100,000 prize package on the History Channel’s “Top Shot.”

A song to sing and nothing to lose

The lyrics to Sarah Turner’s single “Youngstown” neatly summarize where the young singer is now — and where she’s heading.

Film to spread word about statewide effort

Dr. Chrisanne Gordon is using a film to spread the word about the effort to help war veterans in Ohio.

Funny Farm reopens with new location and familiar laughter

Dave Robich is relaunching The Funny Farm comedy club at the Radisson Hotel in West Middlesex, Pa.

Theater legend Bob Gray dies at 79

Robert F. Gray, a theater professional who touched many lives in the Mahoning Valley through his work at the Youngstown Playhouse, died Jan. 14 in Grand Rapids, Mich., of pulmonary fibrosis at age 79.

You can bet on Stan, the lottery man

Stanley Simon is in his seat behind the counter of his shop, flanked by a cash register and his all-


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