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Entertainment Digest | Week of Oct. 7

Cirque Mei Coming to Westminster College

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Cirque Mei, a traditional and contemporary circus from China, will come to Westminster College at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9.

Tickets for the performance, which will be in Orr Auditorium, are available in advance at Westminster.edu and by calling 724 946 7354.  

The family-friendly show features a company of more than 30 circus artists and acrobats. It includes the most popular Chinese circus routines, including hoops diving, lion dance, bicycle skills, flying meteors, foot juggling with umbrellas, a contortionist and ladder balancing.

Second Performance of ‘Pinocchio’ Puppet Theater Added

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A second performance of the National Marionette Theatre’s “Pinocchio” has been added to the troupe’s visit to Youngstown State University. It will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 12 in Ford Theater, lower level of Bliss Hall, on the YSU campus. 

The theater specializes in adaptations of popular stories using marionette puppets. It travels with a self-contained theater complete with its own lighting and sound systems. 

Tickets for the 11 a.m. and the 2 p.m. performances are $12. Children up to age 18 are $5 for children up to age 18. Thos presenting a valid YSU student ID are free. A discount is available for groups of 10 or more. Go to YSU.tix.com or call 330 941 3105.

Documentary about Carpathian Highlanders

BOARDMAN, Ohio – “The Goral: The Last Highlanders of Carpathia” will be screened at 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at Movies 8, Boardman-Poland Road. Tickets are $10 at the box office and in advance at BoardmanMovies8.com.

The documentary screening is sponsored by Polish Youngstown and the Carpatho-Rusyn Society.

The Goral have lived a traditional life for centuries in the high peaks of the Carpathian Mountains, in an area that straddles Poland, Slovakia, the western Ukraine and northeast Romania.

The documentary looks at their way of life and ponders how long it can continue.

Following the screening, a reception with the film distributor, which will include a question-and-answer session, will take place at The Casual Pint, which is in the adjacent Shoppes at Boardman Park.

Pierogi Competition at Tyler History Center

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Pierogi of the Valley 2019 Cook-off will take place Oct. 13 from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., downtown.

It will feature entries in this judged competition to determine the best pierogi in the Valley, across four categories: Best Professional, Best Amateur, Best Dessert and People’s Choice. 

Tickets are $8 in advance for six, tasting-size pierogies or $10 at the door. Additionally, sausage sandwiches will be available to purchase. Soft drinks, coffee and iced tea will be included with admission. 

There will also be a pierogi auction; tickets are $5. A dozen pierogies from each participant will be frozen and placed in a cooler for the lucky winner to take home. A 50/50 raffle will also take place.

Call Mahoning Valley Historical Society at 330 743 2589 to purchase tickets or go to MahoningHistory.org.

Proceeds will benefit Recipes of Youngstown Veterans Scholarship at the YSU Foundation, as well as the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. 

Ridgeview Farm Offers Fall Fun Weekends

MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio – Ridgeview Farm, 5488 Kinsman Road, is presenting Fall Fun weekends every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Nestled in the nation’s fourth-largest Amish community, the farm will be open to explore. There is no admission charge but there is a nominal fee for hayrides, the six-acre the corn maze and pumpkin picking.

With advanced reservations, the farm welcomes groups of 25 or more to visit during weekdays.

For more information, go to RidgeviewFarm.com.

Christmas Madrigal Dinner to be Presented Twice

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Tapestries of Ohio will present its Christmas Madrigal Dinner two times on Dec. 7 at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Tickets for the 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. performances are $40 and on sale now at the Stambaugh box office, by phone at 330 259 0555 and online at stambaughauditorium.com.

Dinner will be served in Christman Hall, featuring roast pork, herb-crusted chicken, potato medley, wild rice blend and strawberry rhubarb pie. 

Beverages will be provided and their will be a cash bar.

Characters will tell the story of the first Christmas, and sing songs from the 15th through 17th centuries in an authentic Madrigal celebration atmosphere.

Auditions for ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Salem Theater

SALEM, Ohio – Salem Community Theatre, 490 E. State St., has extended auditions  for its production of “A Christmas Carol.”

The next round of auditions will take Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. at the theater at 490 E. State St. All roles are open. Auditionees will be asked to read from the script.

Performances will be Dec. 6-15. The show is being directed Tim Gottschling. 

“A Christmas Carol” recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kind and generous man. 

Opera Western Reserve Receives Financial Gifts

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Opera Western Reserve has received two financial gifts in support of its upcoming prodution of Verdi’s “Macbeth.”

The Monday Musical Club Fund of The Youngstown Foundation has donated $7,000, and the Thomases Familh Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Foundation has donated $500.

“Macbeth” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov 15 at Stambaugh Auditorium. Tickets range from $25 to $75 and can be purchased in advance at the Stambaugh box office, by phone at 330 259 0555 and at OperaWesternReserve.org

Pictured: Cirque Mei will bring more than 30 performers to Westminster College Oct. 9.

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