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TNT takes a swing at farce

NILES — Farce has been a theater staple for centuries, and Ken Ludwig is one of its leading contemporary practitioners. “Fox on the Fairway,” the opening production for Trumbull New Theatre’s 2019-20 season, may not be as well known as the playwright’s “Lend Me a Tenor” or ...

Butler hosts plays about artist Mark Rothko

YOUNGSTOWN —The Butler Institute of Art has a world-class art collection and regularly hosts live music and movies. As part of its centennial celebration, the Butler will add theater to its repertoire with a staged reading of “Red,” the 2010 Tony Award winner for best new play. The ...

Jones finds her inspiration for music in life

During the writing process, songwriters take inspiration from many sources and events in their lives. Country artist A.C. Jones says she’s inspired by the people she meets and the stories she hears, along with her own personal struggles and thoughts. Human stories are the kindred spirits ...

Jewish film festival features six offerings

Six films will be shown in four locations in Trumbull and Mahoning counties for the 2019 Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival. The fest aims to take participants on a cinematic, cultural journey that depicts a broad spectrum of Jewish life and features films from all over the world. This ...

Talents returning to Harding to ‘INSPIRE’

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: • Several talented area natives will perform this month at Warren G. Harding High School for “INSPIRE: An Immersive Arts Experience.” The event, present by Second Baptist Church of Warren, honors the legacy of Clifford and Lillie ...

TTH opens with Merman tribute

Klea Blackhurst opens the 2019-20 Trumbull Town Hall lecture series with her tribute to entertainer Ethel Merman. She will perform at Packard Music Hall on the same stage Merman appeared on with Kenley Players in “Call me Madam” in 1968. Blackhurst has been doing her Merman tribute, ...

Couple kills and sings in ‘Serial Monogamy’

What if the couple in Jason Robert Brown’s musical “The Last Five Years” were serial killers instead of a writer and an actress. That was part of the inspiration for “Serial Monogamy,” the latest musical by Robert Dennick Joki and Josh Taylor, which Rust Belt Theater Company will ...

Guess Who still rocking 50 years later

Garry Peterson, drummer for the The Guess Who, had a memorable stay in Warren. He doesn’t remember the name of the motel, but he remembers what happened there. “We were playing there one time in 1991 or somewhere outside of there,” he said. “My girlfriend at the time drove up from ...

Super Babes stick to duo sound on EP

For a band on a roll, what better place to have a EP release party than at a skating rink? The Super Babes, featuring Bridget Reckless on guitar and vocals and Ann Rock on drums and vocals, will celebrate its six-song debut, “We Are The Super Babes,” with a show Saturday at Youngstown ...

Occupied Warren 2.0 brings art to a new home

WARREN — With a theme of “Fairytale & Fantasy,” Occupied Warren 2.0 doesn’t have a chained live model to dramatize the dangers of sex trafficking or rows of pill bottles illustrating the scourge of opioid addiction. This year’s art project has two spaces devoted to Alice in ...