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Little Richard embodied rock’s boundary-pushing

Assorted ramblings from world of entertainment: l I was sad to hear about the death of Little Richard over the weekend at age 87. I give Chuck Berry the edge over Little Richard as the true king of rock ‘n’ roll, mainly because rock ‘n’ roll was born holding an electric guitar, not ...

OH WOW! celebrates 9 years online

OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology will celebrate its ninth birthday on Saturday. According to Ralf Urbach, director of edutainment, “Essentially, OH WOW!’s greatest gift is our community. In celebration of that — our ninth birthday ...

Stambaugh Chorus reschedules Carnegie date

Like most people, the members of the Stambaugh Chorus are limiting travel and sheltering in place due to COVID-19. Unlike most people, they were supposed to perform at Carnegie Hall this month. Chorus conductor Hae-Jong Lee was scheduled to conduct a performance of John Rutter’s ...

Mill Creek parks extends closures through August

Mill Creek MetroParks extended its closures and cancellations through August in accordance with recommendations from the governor’s office, the Ohio Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the potential spread of COVID-19. The closure applies ...

Stambaugh posts past shows on YouTube

Stambaugh Auditorium wants to give people a place to go digitally at a time when they can’t go physically to the Youngstown theater. A digital series featuring past performances at Stambaugh started Friday with Opera Western Reserve’s 2016 performance of Georges Bizet’s “Carmen.” A ...

Theater veterans share tales of first love

Here is another edition of a continuing series of local theater veterans sharing their stories about the shows and experiences that made them fall in love with live theater: Colleen Chance, McDonald — I first fell in love with theater as a little girl watching “Pump Boys and Dinettes” ...

Summer concert series in jeopardy

While businesses are opening back up, summer concert series are shutting down. Free outdoor concerts are offered in many communities in June, July and August. Mill Creek MetroParks and the Niles-McKinley Memorial Library already have canceled their concert series while others are waiting ...

Bocelli tests interest of concertgoers to return to venues

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: l Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday to see renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Dec. 5. So, to paraphrase Dirty Harry, “Do (you) feel lucky? Well, do you, Paisan?” Many concertgoers have cash in limbo ...

Millennial Theatre Company scraps 2020 season

The Millennial Theatre Company will wait until 2021 to make its Robins Theatre debut. The troupe announced this week it is canceling its 2020 season because of the uncertainty surrounding public gatherings in the wake of the COVID-19 virus. MTC was a day away from opening “Shrek the ...

sci-fi video journey

Warren musician Dustin Wray is traveling 20 years into the future to promote his upcoming album. Wray stars in a science fiction-themed music video — complete with space-age costumes, props and visual effects — for the song “I Got You,” the lead single from his upcoming album ...