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WRITER: Andy Gray

Butler displays its Clyde Singer collection

Clyde Singer was a familiar sight in the halls of the Butler Institute of American Art. Except for three years in the Army during World War II, he served as assistant director of the Youngstown museum from 1940 until 1999. For the next three months, his work will be a familiar sight on the walls of the Butler. Opening Sunday is “Clyde Singer’s World,” featuring paintings by Singer that are a part ...

YSU theater takes new approach with ‘Glass Menagerie’

YOUNGSTOWN —Director Matthew Mazuroski called Youngstown State University Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Glass Menagerie” a hybrid of theater and film. “I’m not a big fan of the static camera in the back of the house,” he said. “It can’t capture that live performance feeling.” Instead, Mazuroski filmed the cast over two nine-hour days for a production that will premiere Friday ...

Gray Areas: Lack of product hurts movie theaters’ return

I’ve spent a good portion of my life in movie theaters. For decades I saw at least 100 movies a year or more sitting in dark theaters in close proximity to strangers. It was my job, but I was one of those people who was lucky enough or smart enough to find a job that let me do things I would do even if I wasn’t getting paid. In recent years, I’ve spent less time in theaters. The shifting priorities of ...

Hern Brothers celebrates 40 years of performing

The Hern Brothers Band will celebrate 40 years together with an outdoor concert on Saturday. The band has had several guitar and bass players over the years, but the two constants since 1980 are the Hernandez brothers of Hubbard with Dave singing and playing keyboards and Rick Hernandez singing and playing drums. “I think I’m safe in saying we may be lone ranger of rock bands in area” in terms of years ...

Dance band heats up Youngstown

Disco was as divisive as it was popular in the 1970s. “Saturday Night Fever” was a box-office hit and songs from the soundtrack dominated top 40 radio, but there were just as many cases of Disco Sucks-itis as there were Night Fevers back in the day. Disco Inferno frontman Sonny D. Lite (real name David Maffei) understands that attitude. Those who know where to look can find a photo of one of his early ...

Lazarus gets ‘Down N’ Dirty’

Lazarus is about to rise again, digitally and on CD. Demon Doll Records, which specializes in the music made by unsigned hard rock / hair metal bands of the ’80s and ’90s, will re-release the two albums the Mahoning Valley act put out during the decade or so it was together, as a compilation called “Down N’ Dirty.” These days “Miss B Haven,” released only on cassette in 1992, and “Bombz ...

Trumbull New Theatre finds temporary home at Robins

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: • Trumbull New Theatre has called Niles home since 1957, but it will return to it Warren roots, at least for its next production. TNT will stage the thriller “Wait Until Dark” at the Robins Theatre in November. “I’m pretty excited about it,” said Ron Sinesio, who is directing the show. “I haven’t worked in a theater that large for a while. ...

‘Antebellum’ film fails as a horror-thriller

For the first 40 minutes, “Antebellum” looks like a bad Civil War movie. Everything is too clean, the occasional bit of dialogue sounds too modern for the 1860s and the villains are almost cartoonish in their cruelty. Those first 40 minutes don’t feel like the 1860s because they don’t take place during the Civil War; they take place in the present. That’s the kind of plot twist that normally ...

Silly Science goes remote

YOUNGSTOWN — An institution with science in its name isn’t going to defy scientific recommendations by bringing thousands of children together outside of OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology. In place of its annual Silly Science Sunday, which would have been held Sept. 20 on West Federal Street, OH WOW! has created an at-home event where families can pick up ...

Easy Street takes ‘Miracle’ to TV

Little Grinches are regular characters in Easy Street Productions’ “Miracle on Easy Street,” but neither the holiday-hating Grinch nor the COVID-19 virus will stop the Mahoning Valley Christmas tradition. Instead of a live production at Youngstown’s Powers Auditorium this year, Easy Street will turn the musical revue into an hour-long television special that will air multiple times on WFMJ and WBCB in ...