Entertainment Digest | Week of Sept. 16, 2019

Salem theater presents ‘Mamma Mia!’

SALEM – Salem Community Theatre, 490 E. State St., will present “Mamma Mia!” for two consecutive weekends, beginning Sept. 20.

Show times will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20, 21, 27 and 28; and 2 p.m. Sept. 22 and 29.

The musical, based on the hits songs of ’70s pop group ABBA, is being directed by Tessa Wells and Macey Stancato.

“Mamma Mia!” tells the story of Donna, an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, as she prepares for the wedding of her daughter, Sophie. A singer, Donna receives help from her two former back-up dancers and best friends, Tonya and Rosie. 

Sophie secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in the hopes of finding her father

“Mamma Mia!” was written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, and incorporates many ABBA songs as musical numbers.

Pictured are (bottom row, from left) Haley Reynolds, Olivia Mossow, Peyton Zamarelli, Dom Mediate, Mathew Schleef, Nicholas Nguyen (top, from left) Drew Peterson, Ruth Newman, Katie Flory, Vince Siciliano, J. Rian Davis, Rob Schmidt, Pastor Kari Lankford, Linda Mckim, Tayler Reed, Michael Newman, Annabella Cusick, Katie McFarland and Dakota Sipusic.

Tickets are $15 ($11 for senior citizens, $9 for students, $5 for children). Call 330 332 9688 ext. 3. 

‘Impractical Jokers’ tour coming to Covelli

YOUNGSTOWN – The Cranjis McBasketball World Tour, starring the Tenderloins, from truTV’s “Impractical Jokers,” will come to Covelli Centre at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7.

Tickets are $54.5o and $155 and go on sale at 11 a.m. Sept. 20 at ticketmaster.com and the Covelli Centre box officew. An online-only presale will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday; use the password “PRANK.”

The Tenderloins is a New York-based comedy troupe, whose four members –Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano –are the creators, executive producers, and stars of truTV’s hit series, Impractical Jokers. Now in its eighth season, Impractical Jokers follows The Tenderloins as they compete to embarrass each other while being filmed by hidden cameras.

Paul Ching-Bor exhibition at The Butler

YOUNGSTOWN – An exhibition by contemporary painter Paul Ching-Bor will open Sept 22 at The Butler Institute of American Art and run through Nov. 3

Titled “Paul Ching-Bor: Dramatized Propositions,” the exhibition will be in the Davis Gallery on the second floor of the museum at 524 Wick Ave. Admission is free.

An artist reception will take place Sept. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served while guests view the exhibition and meet Ching-Bor in the gallery. Admission to the reception is free for Butler Museum members, and $5 for non-members. Reservations are required and the deadline is Sept. 29; call 330-743-1107;ext. 1312. 

“Dramatized Propositions “is Paul-Ching-Bor’s second solo exhibition at the Butler. His first one was in 2000.

Consisting of 10 large scale paintings, the exhibition reveals the artist’s exploration of watercolor while expressing how the contrasting dark and light spirit of life in New York City has inspired him.

 The images of buildings, bridges and tunnels are quietly intense in their bleakness

“The art of Paul Ching-Bor makes us realize that real talent is indeed a very rare gift,” said Louis A. Zona, director of the Butler. “This is an artist who observes the world around him and beautifully alters that world by pulling out and revealing the underlying substance of his subjects. No one can paint the city or capture its energy as remarkably as Paul Ching-Bor.”

Ching-Bor was born in 1963 in Guangzhou, China. He moved to Australia in 1987, where he focused on watercolors, and to New York in 1996.

Westminster kicks off College Celebrity Series

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Westminster College Celebrity Series will kick off its 2019-20 season with John Lloyd Young, the actor who played Frankie Valli in the original and Tony Award-winning production of “Jersey Boys,” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in Orr Auditorium.

Young, a film, stage and concert artist, will perform classic pop and rhythm and blues. He will be joined by Tommy Faragher, award-winning music producer, who has served as his musical director since 2012. 

Young is a Tony and Grammy Award winner, and a multi-platinum recording. 

Tickets range from $33 to $49. Call 724-946-7354 or go to Westminster.edu/celebrity.

Paw Patrol Live coming to Covelli

YOUNNGSTOWN – Paw Patrol Live will come to Covelli Center next year for three shows: 8 p.m. Feb. 18, and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 19.

Tickets range from $22 to $113 (fees may apply) and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Covelli box office and at ticketmaster.com.

Paw Patrol Live is a touring production of the Nickelodeon animated children’s television show.

Fall Fest at Scrappers stadium

NILES – Fall Fest, sponsored by the Scrappers and the Warren Rotary, will take place Oct. 12, from 2 to 7 p.m., at Eastwood Field.

It will feature merchandise, food and beverage vendors, live music, children’s activities, and fireworks.

 Admission is $5 ($3 for 12 and under; free for children 3 and under), and tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance at the Eastwood Field box office, and online at mvscrappers.com.

Parking is free.

WaterFire returns to downtown Sharon

SHARON, Pa. – The second and final WaterFire Sharon festival will take place Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. throughout the downtown area. Admission is free.

WaterFire is a celebration of arts and entertainment that attracts more than 10,000 patrons from across the region and beyond. It includes live music, a food court and children’s activities. More than 50 artisans will show and sell their wares.

For information, go to WaterFireSharonPA.org.

Family fun at Sunset at the Farm

CANFIELD – Mill Creek MetroParks will present Sunset at the Farm, a free family event, from 4:40 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana Canfield Road.

Guests will enjoy the late summer atmosphere and enjoy folk music, roast marshmallows over a campire, explore the animal barns and go through a corn maze, as the sun sets.

There will also be cider and homemade apple butter demonstrations with free samples, old-fashioned games and a hayride.

Pony rides, face painting and refreshments will be available for a small fee.

For information, go to MillCreekParks.org.

Student printmaking exhibit at YSU gallery 

YOUNGSTOWN – “Imprint,” an exhibition of art representing 10 years of prints made by students is on display in the Solomon Gallery at Youngstown State University through Oct. 4.

The gallery, on the second floor of Bliss Hall, is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Associate Professor Joseph D’Uva started the YSU Student Print Collection in 2009. “As we celebrate printmaking’s contributions to the Studio Art Program over the past decade, we aim to educate our community of the importance, influence, and power of print media.”

Program on founding and growth of Youngstown library

LIBERTY – Tim Seman, a local historian and genealogist, will present a program on the founding and development of the Youngstown and Mahoning County library system at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in the meeting room of Kravitz Deli, 3135 Belmont Av

Admission to the program, sponsored by the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society, is $6 ($5 for society members). The event includes refreshments, a raffle, and instrumental music by Dolores DePietro. Reservations are recommended; call Richard Scarsella, society president, at 330-726-8277.

Seman is the resident historian for the library system.

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County was founded in 1880 and has 15 locations. 

Air Force Heritage Band to play at Stambaugh Auditorium

YOUNGSTOWN – The U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Concert Band will come to Stambaugh Auditorium on Nov. 18 for a 7:30 p.m. concert.

While the show is free to the public, tickets are required and can be picked up at the box office weekdays between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.; by phone at 330-259-0555; and by mailing a self-addressed stamped envelope, along with name, phone number or email address and number of tickets desired (limit is four) to Stambaugh Auditlorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, OH 44504.

 For six decades, the USAF Heritage of America Concert Band has  entertained more than 1.5 million people annually. It is comprised of over 40 professional Airman-musicians and has a repertoire consisting of orchestral classics, marches, Broadway hits, jazz standards, movie music, and patriotic favorites.

 Prior to the concert there will be a dinner buffet with members of the band in the grand ballroom of Stambaugh Auditorium.

For information, call the box office or go to StambaughAuditorium.com.

Pictured: Salem Community Theatre will host productions of ‘Mamma Mia!’ beginning Sept. 20.

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