Entertainment Digest: Week of Oct. 21

Red Wanting Blue Announces Holiday Concert

AKRON – Red Wanting Blue will present its 2019 Holiday Bash concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Goodyear Theater, 1201 E. Market St.

Tickets for the rock concert range from $35 to $49.50 and are available at GoodyearTheater.com. VIP packages are also available.

Smarts Presents Art Auction at Fundraiser Event

YOUNGSTOWN – Students Motivated by the Arts, or Smarts, community art school, located in the Ohio One Building, downtown, will present its fourth annual Art for SMARTS event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Admission for VIP guests begins at 5:30 p.m., so they may get early access to view the more than 100 pieces of artwork donated to SMARTS by regional artists that are up for auction. The collection includes framed and unframed works from all media, including oil and canvas, photography, 3D pieces, jewelry and a few surprises.

In addition to the auction, other opportunities to raise money for the school’s programming include direct donations, an on-site bourbon tasting, an event photo booth, Blackout Poetry, and various items created by local artisans for purchase from the SMARTS Store.

Eric Alleman, SMARTS artist-in-residence, will give an art demonstration. Alleman creates dramatic mixed media art works that unify human interaction and personal portraiture in order to express modern feelings of isolation, tension, and absurdity.

Entertainment will be provided by the SMARTS House Band, led by Vinny Vivacqua. There will be a light cheese board and cookies and a cash bar. 

Admission is $15 at the door. VIP admission is $30. 

South African Musician Kumalo Coming to Westminster

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Bakithi Kumalo and the South African All-Stars will give a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Wallace Memorial Chapel at Westminster College.

A Grammy Award-winning bassist, Kumalo is also a singer, songwriter, speaker and empowerment facilitator. He uses his work to advocate for South African heritage and cultural awareness. 

Born and raised in Soweto, Kumalo was introduced to Paul Simon in 1985 and played a major role in Simon’s “Graceland” album. He has toured regularly with Simon over the years and in addition to his solo work, he has recorded or toured with Joan Baez, Cyndi Lauper, Herbie Hancock, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Josh Groban, Randy Brecker, Grover Washington Jr., Mickey Hart and Chris Botti.

Morris Goldberg, David Bravo, Rodney Harris and Tshila round out the All-Star Band. With the exception of Harris, all band members were born and raised in Africa. 

Kumalo and company will also speak with various Westminster classes about African American history and music throughout the day on Oct. 28.

For information, contact Diane Gabriel in the office of faith and spirituality at 724 946 7117.

Salem Community Theatre Presents ‘The Addams Family’

The cast of “The Addams Family” includes (seated, from left) Emily Scott and Megan Shaffer, (middle, from left) Ryan Stewart, Sarah Kinser, Dakotah Sommers and Meg Wack, and (rear) Dom Mediate.

SALEM – Salem Community Theatre will present “The Addams Family” as its Halloween offering.

The musical comedy will open Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m., the first of six performances over two consecutive weekends. Other shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 1 and 2; and 2 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3.

Tickets are $15 ($11 for senior citizens, $9 for age 6-17, and $5 for age 5 and under) and can be purchased in advance at TicketLeap.com (fees apply).

The theater is at 490 E. State St. 

Based on the television sitcom, “The Addams Family” tells the story of Wednesday Addams, who has has grown up and fallen in love. She begs her father, Gomez, not to tell her mother, Morticia, but everything changes when she hosts a dinner  for her “normal” boyfriend and his family.

The show is directed by Justin Steele.

Galleries Team up for Halloween Art Hop

WARREN – A Halloween Art Hop will take place Oct. 26. Admission is free at all three locations.

“Dark on Park” and “One Chance Out Between Two Worlds” art shows will take place at Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County, 180 N. Park Ave., Warren, 7-9:30 p.m.

James Holko’s “Dark Art” art show will take place at Beautiful Whirl’d, 141 W. Market St., Warren, 7-9:30 p.m. The café will be open for dining.

Halloween party and opening of Josh Kronauer horror art show | Curated Vintage Goods, 310 Elm Road NE, Warren, 8-10:30 p.m.

Dana Faculty to Give Recital at Bliss Hall

YOUNGSTOWN – An ensemble of Dana School of Music faculty members will give a free chamber recital Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. in the Bliss Recital Hall on the lower level of Bliss Hall.

Misook Yun, soprano; Sean Yancer, horn; Marcellene Hawk, piano; and Alice Wang, clarinet are the featured performers.

The program will feature works by Schubert, Donizetti, Strauss, Berlioz and Walwyn.

Trick or Treating at Huntington Place Plaza

BOARDMAN – Trick or treating will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at Huntington Place Plaza, between Blue Wolf Tavern and Hot Head Burritos. The event will include a dog costume party at 3:30 p.m. at One Hot Cookie, and a kids costume party at 5 p.m. at Suzie’s Dogs and Drafts. Both contests will feature treats for children and prizes for the top three winners.

Participating businesses are Blue Wolf Tavern, Ohio Donut Company, Spruce Home Décor and Gifts, One Hot Cookie, GiaAngelo’s, Suzie’s Dogs and Drafts, Mission Taco, Branch Street Coffee Roasters, Gorant Candies, Grey Boutique, the Simple Greek, the Orange Avocado and Hot Head Burritos.

Symphony in Concert at St. Patrick’s Church

YOUNGSTOWN – The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, with Music Director Randall Craig Fleischer conducting, will perform Aaron Copeland’s “Appalachian Spring” on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 1420 Oakhill Ave.

In addition, music from the Harry Potter movies and the opera “Porgy and Bess” will round out the hour-long program.

Tickets are $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Symphony Society’s Youth Orchestra and Young Peoples Concert Initiatives. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling the parish office, 330 743 1109. 

Following the performance, a reception will be held in the social hall for all in attendance.

New Castle YMCA to Host 5K Run on Thanksgiving

NEW CASTLE, Pa – The New Castle Community YMCA will host the annual T-Day 5K Run/Walk on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. This year’s race features a new race addition, the Fun K, for those wanting to participate but may not want to run/walk an entire 5K.

Runners and walkers, along with their families and friends, are invited to gather at the Y for a fun walk/run before gathering together at the table to give thanks. 

Proceeds from the event, now in its 11th year, provide financial assistance to those in need and allows the Y to offer free programs to the community. Nonperishable food items will be acceptd for local food pantries. 

Early registration for the 5K is $25 per person over the age of 6; early registration for the Fun K is $15/person; children 6 and under can compete for free.

Participants can register online at NCYMCA.org. Everyone who pre-registers by Nov. 10 will receive a free tTshirt. Same-day registration and packet pick-up begins at 7:30 a.m. inside the downtown YMCA the morning of the race. 

The Fun K begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 9 a.m. both start in front of the Downtown YMCA and the course winds through downtown New Castle. Registration forms and course maps are available on the website.

Pictured above: Red Wanting Blue performs at JD’s Summer Songfest in August in downtown Youngstown.

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