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WRITER: Andy Gray

DJ recalled by colleagues

Dr. Rock kept oldies fans dancing, both at home while listening to their radios and in downtown Warren, where the street dances the DJ hosted in the 1980s filled Courthouse Square. Ron Laskey, the man behind that radio persona, died Tuesday at age 76 at Windsor House in Champion. Laskey worked in radio in western Ohio and Michigan before arriving in the Mahoning Valley in 1971. He worked at several stations ...

Italian Festival to proceed in 2021

The Warren Italian-American Heritage Festival will be back in Courthouse Square in August, but the Wings & Wheels at the Ernie Hall Aviation Museum and SLOAS Airfield will stay grounded for another year. Italian festival President Carole Ficeti said the board continued to meet via Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic and went back and forth on whether to have the event Aug. 12-15 on Courthouse Square in ...

Garage to gallery

The work of Steve Chaszeyka and the other artists featured in “American Stripes” normally is found on wheels, not walls. For the next two months, though, it will be on display at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown “American Stripes” features pieces created by more than 30 artists who primarily are known for their customized paint jobs for vehicles. Chaszeyka, who owns an ...

Hey Paramount+, I want my (old) MTV

Paramount+ clearly understands the value of nostalgia, but it doesn’t deliver nearly enough of it. When the streaming service launched last month, one of its “new” shows was a reunion of the first cast of MTV’s “Real World.” I’m not a big fan of reality television. I love “Top Chef” and don’t have a problem with shows like “American Idol” or “The Voice,” which focus on the ...

LaMarca tosses around family, Valley history on ‘Pizza Dough’

“Indianola Pizza Dough” is like an audio journey through the history of Anthony LaMarca’s family and of the Mahoning Valley. LaMarca, who is a member of the Grammy-winning rock band The War on Drugs and releases solo albums under the name The Building, weaves his own songs around polkas — a melody written by his grandfather, “Happy Time Polka” performed with Youngstown polka legend Del Sinchak — ...

Ravine makes live debut Monday at Westside Bowl

Ravine releases its first EP today and plays its first live gig Monday. More music is in the pipeline, but this may be the only chance to see the “sad boy pop-rock” trio of Reese Maslen, Frank Toncar and Hobie Butcher before the end of the year. Monday’s show at Westside Bowl in Youngstown originally was planned for an audience of cameras, Toncar said. Westside has been recording performances there ...

Federal Frenzy to stay online

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: • Music fans will have to settle for a virtual Federal Frenzy for the second straight year. Presented by Youngstown State University’s Penguin Productions, Federal Frenzy featured free performances by local, regional and national acts and brought thousands to downtown Youngstown in April for indoor and outdoor shows. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the ...

An ode to Billy Shakes

Matthew Mazuroski, an associate professor of acting and directing at Youngstown State University, said he has “troubled history” with the works of William Shakespeare. “We put Shakespeare on this pedestal, but I think more people have been turned off to live theater by bad Shakespeare than any other thing,” he said. “The challenge is how do we bring these characters to life and this language to life ...

Youth concert band breaks up for spring performance

The 54-member Stambaugh Youth Concert Band will play everything from opera (a piece from “The Barber of Seville”) to operatic rock (Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”) at its spring concert Tuesday. About the only thing the concert won’t feature is all 54 musicians on stage at Stambaugh Auditorium the same time. That’s one of the changes necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which wiped out last ...

TAG displays student art

WARREN — The works of area school children will be featured in a monthlong exhibition at Trumbull Art Gallery. This year’s show is called “Celebrating Visual Art in Our Valley’s Schools,” and it takes a different format than in past years, according to Sue Senvissky, education chair at TAG. “Last year, we didn’t have anything at all (due to COVID-19),” Senvissky said. “This year the ...