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High school inspires Hutchinson album

Eric Hutchinson likes to create challenges and limitations for himself as a songwriter. For his new album, “Class of ’98,” that meant putting together a playlist of alternative favorites from the ’90s and trying to return to the mindset of his high school years. “The concept was ...

The 2DE Gospel Fest shifts to hybrid event

The 2DE Gospel Fest moves to Warren this weekend after its first four years in Youngstown, but it’s not what organizers originally planned. Original plans for an outdoor concert at the Warren Community Amphitheatre became impossible due to restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Disney+ ‘Hamilton’ is better and yet no match for live

Like most people with access to a Disney + account, I spent part of my Fourth of July weekend watching Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical “Hamilton.” I’ve listened to the original cast recording many times, and I saw the touring production last summer in Cleveland with excellent seats ...

Labor museum remembers Sheet & Tube photographer

A memorial to the life and work of Percy “Perc” Kelty is on display at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor. Kelty (1923-2020) of Columbiana was best known for his skill and passion for photography, and he spent a large portion of his career as an industrial photographer ...

Lit Youngstown announces workshops and its fourth fall festival

Registration is open for two July workshops offered by Lit Youngstown and its fourth Fall Literary Festival. Putting the “I’s’ in Activism: Personal Narrative as a Form of Transformative Resistance, a workshop on writing about personal convictions and experience, will take place from ...

Buhl Park hosts outdoor music twice weekly

Outdoor concerts return Sunday to Buhl Park in Hermitage, Pa. Concerts are scheduled at 6 p.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 20 at the Performing Arts Center outdoor stage, 715 Hazen Road. The Cabin Cafe concession stand will be open during all concerts. Concertgoers are ...

Speakeasy seeks local movies for event

The Speakeasy Lounge is downtown Warren is seeking submissions from local filmmakers for an independent film night. Filmmakers interested in participating can call the bar / restaurant at 136 N. Park Ave. at 330-647-9232 or message the Speakeasy through its Facebook page.

McGuffey society lecture series returns

The William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society will resume its Memories of a Lifetime series on July 18 with historian and author Timothy Carroll. Carroll will share excerpts from his book “World War II Akron,” including information about the importance of Goodyear’s blimp technology and ...

Don’t social distance from ‘Quarantine’ the musical

The old expression goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Robert Dennick Joki makes better lemonade than any homophobic fast food chain. The founder of Rust Belt Theater Company wrote a 15-song musical revue during the COVID-19 pandemic called “Quarantine: A Socially Distant ...

McDonough offers virtual exhibitions

The McDonough Museum is hosting two new virtual exhibitions. “ARTS: Artists Reaching & Teaching Students” highlights the role of art educators in the community as they sow the seeds for future artists and art appreciators. In an effort to demonstrate the McDonough Museum’s ...