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JCC hosts art workshops

The Paul and Yetta Gluck School of Visual Arts at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown is offering two expressive art therapy workshops in January. For “Embracing the Feminine” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, participants will experience different types of creative art exercises that ...

Westminster reschedules Celebrity Series

Two shows that were supposed to be part of the 2019-20 Westminster College Celebrity Series have been rescheduled. “I Am, He Said” — a celebration of the music of Neil Diamond starring Matt Vee, has been moved to Sept. 18. Vee, the nephew of 1960s pop star Bobby Vee, will perform such ...

Howland native to headline concert at Ford hall

YOUNGSTOWN — “Let’s Fall in Love,” a concert featuring vocalist Amanda Beagle with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra Jazz Combo, is planned Feb. 14 at Ford Family Recital Hall. It will be the first event at the DeYor Performing Arts Center in downtown Youngstown since the orchestra ...

Gray Areas: Arts, entertainment show resilience during pandemic

When 2020 started, I was thinking, “How am I going to cover everything?” The Robins Theatre in downtown Warren was ready to start the year with an ambitious slate of concerts, stage productions and other attractions. The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre would have its first full season ...

Moritz helps bring ‘Ratatousical’ to life

Youngstown native Michael J. Moritz Jr. has worked on his share of Broadway musicals. Now, he’s working on an imaginary one, or at least a musical that is following a very nontraditional path to its existence. Moritz is producing the music mixes for a concert version of “Ratatouille: The ...

Reading starts Lit Youngstown’s 2021 schedule

Lee Chilcote of Cleveland and David Hassler of Kent will be featured at the first Lit Youngstown reading of 2021. Chilcote is a journalist, poet and author whose writing has been published by Vanity Fair, Next City, Belt and many literary journals as well as in “The Cleveland Neighborhood ...

Playlist provides seasonal soundtrack with local flair

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: l The “An Ohio Christmas” Spotify playlist continues to grow. There are now 33 songs and close to two hours of music on a playlist featuring holiday songs by acts with Ohio ties, and the overwhelming majority are from the Mahoning ...

‘Woman’ is vicious, wickedly funny

Cassandra Thomas wanted to be a doctor. Instead, she becomes a teacher, re-educating "nice guys" one uncomfortable encounter at a time. Writer-Director Emerald Fennell's "Promising Young Woman" is equal parts vicious and wickedly funny, using its humor like a blunt object to hammer home a ...

‘Soul’ proves second-tier Pixar is pretty good

For a movie that spends a lot of time creating a unique plane of existence, “Soul” is at its best when it’s earthbound. The story starts in New York City, and the animators’ work creating the hustle and bustle of city life merits the visual storytelling acclaim Pixar has received for ...

Ballet Western Reserve creates a drive-in ‘Nutcracker’

Most ballet companies perform “The Nutcracker” in December, and many of them have experimented with different ways to present the holiday classic — changing the setting or altering Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s score. A different kind of experimentation became a must in 2020. Masked ...