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Entertainment Digest | Salem Theatre Presents ‘Aladdin Jr.’; Rolling Stones Coming to Region

By Guy D’Astolfo

‘Aladdin Jr.’ at Salem Community Theatre

SALEM, Ohio – Salem Community Theatre will present a youth production of “Aladdin Jr.” with six performances beginning Feb. 14.

Directed by Justin Steele, the musical is based on the 1992 film and the 2014 Broadway show. Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. 

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 15, 21 and 22; and 2 p.m. Feb. 16 and 23. The theater is at 490 E. State St. For tickets, call 330 332 9688 or go to SalemCommunityTheatre.org.

The cast, pictured above, includes (bottom row, from left) Dashaun Hardy, Kendall Erb, Issabelle Ratner, Ava Livesay, Kailyn Galchick, Amelia Livesay, Victoria Jones, Amanda Monk, Lance Steele, Savannah Ruthrauff, Derrion Hardy, Nadeen Hoopes; (standing, from left) Laura Furlong, Layla Steele, Remington Jones, Aiden Sheets, Anthony Carmelo, Gianna Oliver, Megan Shaffer, Darian Sharp, Drew Peterson, Kurt Howell, Lena Sophia Dill, Seth Levine, Ryan Lamb, Annabella Cusick, Sally Tausch, Alexa McCaughtry, Ashley Graczyk, Lilly Hill, Amelia Cusick and Lilly Ratner.  

Rolling Stones Coming to Pittsburgh, Cleveland Stadiums

The Rolling Stones have announced their No Filter 2020 tour, which will include concerts at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on June 19, and Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on June 23.

A special fan presale will start at 10 a.m. Feb. 12 and run through 10 p.m. Feb. 13 via rollingstones.com for those on the mailing list (deadline to register for the list is 9 a.m. Feb. 11).

Tickets go on general sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 14.

The legendary rock band’s lineup includes Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood.

Artists of the Rust Belt Host Winter Market

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Artists of the Rust Belt’s annual Winter Market will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 9 at the B&O Station, 530 Mahoning Ave.

Admission is $1.

Works by about 40 local artists will be on display and for sale, including woodwork pieces, décor, jewelry, artwork, sweet treats, crochet items, body scrubs and more.

The event will include a cash bar and the kitchen will be open.

Justin Hayward, Tab Benoit Coming to Kent Stage

KENT, Ohio – The Kent Stage has added two concerts to its  schedule: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Justin Hayward on April 25 and blues guitar great Tab Benoit  on June 2.

Hayward is best known as the guitarist, vocalist and a songwriter for The Moody Blues

Tickets are $75, $65 and $55 for Heyward, and $40 and $30 for Benoit. Tickets for both shows, which start at 8 p.m., go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at TheKentStage.com and by phone at 330 677 5005.

Earth Fest Student Upcycled Art Contest Seeks Entries

SHARON, Pa.—Preparations are underway at Penn State Shenango for the annual Upcycled Art Contest.

The contest jumpstarts the campus’ yearly Earth Fest celebration, held April 4. It encourages elementary and middle school students to find creative uses for trash.

“Last year’s turnout was phenomenal, and the submissions were amazing,” says Tiffany Petricini, lecturer in communications and chair of the contest subcommittee at the campus.

The contest is for children in kindergarten through sixth grade and has two categories: Reflection on Reuse and Small Group Project.

Both require students to create a two-dimensional or three-dimensional piece of artwork using only material that has been previously used and/or potentially destined for recycling or the landfill.

The first category is for individual projects. The second is for  teachers, Girl Scout leaders, or others who want to put together a small group to participate.

All artwork will be displayed at the Penn State Shenango Earth Fest in the campus Atrium, located between Sharon Hall and Lecture Hall.

All submissions must include a completed entry form and dropped off with the students’ art project the week of March 16, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., in Lecture Hall room 225 located at 147 Shenango Ave. Local school pickup can be arranged upon request. All artwork must be picked back up on April 4, between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.

For details or an entry form, go to the Earth Fest Facebook page or contact Tiffany Petricini at tzr106@psu.edu.

Auditions Set for ‘Lion, Witch, Wardrobe’

SALEM, Ohio – Auditions for Salem Community Theatre’s production of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” will take place Feb. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Feb. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Director Jake Kinser seeks to fill a large cast with a variety of ages ranging from 8 to adult. The theater is at 490 E. State St.

Show dates are May 15-17 and 22-24. 

Auditionees will read from the script. For information, call 330 332 9688.

Civil Rights History at the Tyler

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Joanne Bland, co-founder and former national director of the National Civil Rights Museum in Selma, Ala., will be the featured speaker at a community event about the American civil rights movement that will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St.

“Selma: 55 Years Later” will include a screening of the documentary film “After Selma,” which focuses on the civil rights marches  from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., Bloody Sunday, voting rights history and voter repression.

The documentary features Carol Anderson, author of the book “White Rage,” and Bland, who in 1965 at age 11 walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday in Selma.

After the film, Bland will speak about her experiences and what has happened concerning voting rights since the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. The program will end with a discussion of voting rights and the purging of voters from rolls in Ohio.

The evening is sponsored by the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Sojourn To The Past and the Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee.

Admission is free. Parking is available in the adjacent public lot on the west side of the building and nearby street parking. For information, call 330 743 2589 or go to MahoningHistory.org/events

Comedian Jim Gaffigan Coming to Covelli Centre

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Jim Gaffigan, the actor, writer, producer, author and four-time Grammy nominated comedian, will bring his The Pale Tourist tour to Covelli Centre at 7:30 p.m Aug. 21.

Jim Gaffigan

Last year was Gaffigan’s biggest, with eight films opening, including “Them That Follow,” which was shot in Columbiana County.

Also in 2019, Gaffigan released his seventh standup special, “Quality Time,” via Amazon. 

Tickets for his Covelli show will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at Ticketmaster.com and at the box office. Tickets are $59.75 and $49.75 (fees may apply). An online only presale will take place Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; use the password “COMEDY.”

Justin Hayward and Back to the 70s at Robins

WARREN, Ohio – Justin Hayward and the Back to the 70s Tour are coming to the Robins Theatre.

Hayward, who was the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for the Moody Blues, will appear on April 23, while the Back to the ’70s Tour will perform June 19. Both concerts start at 8 p.m.

Hayward was the group’s principal lead guitarist and vocalist from 1967 to 1974 and wrote several hit singles for the band including “Nights in White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Question” and “Your Wildest Dreams.”

The Back to the 70s Tour features several bands that had hit songs in that era, including Blue Suede (“Hooked On a Feeling”), The Trammps (“Disco Inferno”), Norman Greenbaum (“Spirit in the Sk”), Looking Glass Featuring Elliot Lurie (“Brand”), Maxine Nightengale (“Right Back Where We Started From”), Walter Egan (“Magnet and Steel”), Jonathan Edwards (“Sunshine”) and Bo Donaldson & the Hewoods (“Billy Don’t Be a Hero”).

Tickets for both concerts go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at RobinsTheatre.com or by phone at 234 430 0005. Tickets are also available at the Robins box office, 160 E. Market St., weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

A 24-hour online-only pre-sale will begin 10 a.m. Feb 6, available only to Robins Theatre email list subscribers. To gain access, sign up at Robinstheatre.com. An email with the ticket buying link and access code will be sent out before the presale.

Music at Noon Concerts Resume at The Butler

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University has announced its Music at Noon concert series dates for February. All shows begin at 12:15 p.m. at the Butler Institute of American Art, and are free to the public. Here is the lineup:

  • Feb. 5: Mark Valenti, pianist.
  • Feb. 12: A Piano Valentines.
  • Feb. 19: Flute studio recital.

‘Dating Sucks’ Returns to Rust Belt Theater

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Rust Belt Theater Co. will bring back its original show “Dating Sucks: The Musical” for six performances.

The musical revue, written by Robert Dennick Joki with orchestration by Josh Taylor, explores the peaks and pitfalls of modern dating, with cringeworthy, real-life dating stories and original songs.

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. Feb. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and  22 at the Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave. 

The show, which includes dialog taken directly from online dating profiles and mobile dating app conversations, is a raunchy multimedia musical that leaves little to the imagination.

Its scenes and music are updated annually to reflect the current dating climate. 

The cast includes Kage Coven, Janelle Yohman, Jude Mikulich, Brooke Nobbs, Lisa Torrence, Abigail Kremm, Celena Coven, Josh Yohman, Heather Powell, Keith Stepanic, Sarah Whitlatch, Connor Bezeredi, Dean LaSalandra, Rachel Clifford and Sam Gregory.  This year’s production is directed by Celena Coven. 

Tickets are $15 ($10 for students and seniors). For reservations, call 330 507 2358.

Adopt a Dog at Southern Park Mall

BOARDMAN – The Adopt a Dog Project will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 8 at Southern Park Mall.

Puppies will be available to visit with and adopt at the event, which is sponsored by Tri-Healthy CBD and Every Dog Matters.

Artists to Give Presentations at McDonough Museum

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Guest artists Amber Ford and Antwoine Washington will give presentations from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 the McDonough Museum of Art on the Youngstown State University campus.

Amber Ford and Antwoine Washington

An opening will take place after the presentations at Judith Rae Solomon Gallery in the adjacent Bliss Hall, where both artists’ work will be on exhibition until Feb. 28. The exhibitions are part of YSU’s African-American History Month programming.

Ford is a photographer/artist based in Cleveland who is best known for her work in portraiture.

Washington, a Michigan native, continues the legacy of Harlem Renaissance artists like Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett and Jacob Lawrence, telling the stories of the black experience in America through art.

The Judith Rae Solomon Gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is on the second floor, street level, of Bliss Hall.

Black History Lecture Focuses on Music

WARREN – The Sutliff Museum’s third annual Nurturing Pathways to Freedom lecture series will begin Feb. 8, with “Understanding Black History through Black Music” by William McDaniel, retired professor of African-American Music at Ohio State University.

Black music has often served as a barometer of the times and lives of black people. This program, utilizing recorded music, explores various aspects and periods of black history by examining its music. It ranges from the worksongs and spirituals of slavery through the rap of modern urban times.

This is the first of three free programs in the series and will be presented in the Thomas Meeting Room on the second floor of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 2 p.m.

For information, go to SutliffMuseum.org or call 330 395 6575.

Friendly Squares Schedule Monthly Dance

NILES – The Friendly Squares monthly square dance will take place Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Scope Center, 14 E. State St.

Gene Hammond will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will cue the line dances. This will be a high/low dance with alternating tips for new dancers currently taking lessons and tips for more experienced dancers. Dress is casual. Admission is $6. For information call Gene Hammond at 330 506 3370.


Story posted Feb. 6, 2020.

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