Entertainment Digest: Week of Sept. 30, 2019

Michelangelo Exhibition at Cleveland Museum of Art

CLEVELAND – A selection of some of the finest and most celebrated drawings by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564) is now on display in the  exhibition, “Michelangelo: Mind of the Master,” at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The exhibition will run through Jan. 5.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is a group of drawings with an illustrious provenance from Queen Christina of Sweden (1626–1689), on loan from the Teylers Museum. The museum is the oldest in the Netherlands, having opened in 1784, and its holdings are unique in the world. 

This collection of Michelangelo drawings has been in the museum since 1790, and many of them have never been shown outside Europe. This marks the first time the drawings have left the Teylers Museum as a group in nearly 15 years and the first time the group of drawings has come to the United States. 

The exhibition comprises 51 drawings by the master, including those drawn on the reverse of other works on view in the show. Go to ClevelandArt.com for information.

Corn Roast, Sale and Festival Along Elm Street

YOUNGSTOWN – The fourth annual Northside Corn Roast will take place Oct. 5 from 2-6 p.m. on Elm Street, between Madison Avenue and Wick Park.

The street party’s goal is to celebrate the harvest season and showcase the foodmakers along Elm Street. The event will include vintage items, food and drinks and hand-crafted goods.

Elm Street eateries, including Cultivate Cafe, Culturehouse Coffee and the Elm Street Diner, will participate, as will A Fresh Wind Catering, Rev’s Ribs and the Gelato Bar. Sweet corn from Huffman Fruit Farm and beer from Noble Creature Cask House and Penguin City Brewing will be available.

Live music will be performed by the Superbabes and the Conkle Brothers.

There will also be activities for children, including crafts, pumpkin painting, scarecrow dressing  and more.

Photography Exhibit Opening at YSU Gallery

YOUNGSTOWN – Elusive Memory, a photography exhibition by Deborah Orloff, will open Oct. 7 in the Solomon Gallery, inside Bliss Hall on the Youngstown State University campus, and run through Nov. 1.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Orloff is an art professor at the University of Toledo and a professional artist. Although her primary medium is photography, she has also worked in video and installation. Her artwork has been included in numerous exhibitions at national and international venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Dana Vocal Students to Present a Recital

YOUNGSTOWN – The Dana Vocal Society will present a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in Bliss Recital Hall, on the lower level of Bliss Hall, on the Youngstown State University campus.

Fifteen vocal students in the Dana School of Music will perform a repertoire including works by Handel, Bizet, Verdi and Schumann.

YSU Jazz Ensembles to Kick Off Season

YOUNGSTOWN –  The Youngstown State University Jazz Ensembles, directed by Kent Engelhardt and Dave Kana, will give their first concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in Kilcawley Center’s Chestnut Room. Admission is free to the public.

The program will feature music by Thad Jones, Oliver Nelson and YSU alumnus Mike Kamuf. It will also showcase several soloists including two jazz vocalists: Haley Tura of Canfield and Kate Landry of Poland. 

Globetrotters Coming to Covelli Centre

YOUNGSTOWN – The Harlem Globetrotters will return to Covelli Centre on Jan. 4 for shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $28, $38, $48, $58, $68 and $88 and go on sale Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. at the box office and at Ticketmaster.com (fees apply). An online-only presale will take place from 10 a.m. Oct. 9 to 10 a.m. Oct.  16; use the password AMAZING.

The Harlem Globetrotters, comic wizards of the basketball court, will be touring their new show, Pushing the Limits. The roster includes fan favorites Big Easy Lofton, Hi-Lite Bruton and women stars TNT Lister, Swish Sutton and Torch George.

Fall Festival at Lamppost Farm

COLUMBIANA – Lamppost Farm, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using agriculture to reach and teach others, will present its 12th annual Fall Festival on Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The family-friendly event is free. The farm is on state Route 7, about a mile north of state Route 14.    

“Our intention at our event this year is to explore the imaginative, awe-inspiring and eye-opening discoveries that occur when people get up close and personal with life on a farm,” says Steve Montgomery, director of Lamppost Farm. “After working to make the festival accessible to more people, and consequently more profitable for the farm, we are coming home to our core values of education, health and hospitality.”

Launched in 2007 as a conference for about 40 people, the first Fall Festival saw participants helping to process chickens, stir apple butter, press apple cider, bake bread and harvest vegetables while discovering and discussing how agriculture opened their eyes to a new understanding of the world. Almost all of the educational workshops produced food that was consumed as a feast to end the day.

“Since the original Fall Festival, we’ve witnessed some drastic changes to the nature and outcomes of the event,” says Montgomery. “Most recently, a shift from participation and engagement to consuming and observation. Although the number of people who attend the Fall Festival has grown, the intimate encounters have decreased and we hope to shift that with this year’s engaging ‘Into the Wardrobe: Step Inside the World of Lamppost Farm’-themed event.”

Fall Festival will feature the following interactive workshops:

  • Sourdough Bread Baking
  • Press Your Own Apple Cider
  • The Benefits of Making and Cooking with Lard
  • Grass-Fed Meats on A Budget (Parting a Chicken to Save $)
  • Micro-Greens for Year-Round Health
  • A Farmer’s Tour of the Farm (hayrides with Steve
  • An interactive children’s show with local musical artist Chip Richter from noon to 2 p.m.

Additionally, there will be live music throughout the day and access to the Farm Store, featuring Lamppost’s high-quality grass-fed/pastured meat and poultry products, signature T-shirts and works by local artisans. 

Piano-saxophone Recital at St. John’s

YOUNGSTOWN – A free recital by Jeffrey Heisler, saxophone, and I-Chen Yeh, piano, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave.

The performance, dubbed No Strings Attached, will include works from the repertoire of Rachmaninov, Ravel, Piazzolla and Zwilich.

The recital is presented by the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University.

Ceramic Art Exhibition Opening at TAG Shortcut Gallery

WARREN – An exhibition of works by ceramic artist Elizabeth Given of Warren will open Oct. 4 at Trumbull Art Gallery’s Shortcut Gallery at Beautiful Whirl’d, 141 W. Market St. An opening reception will take place that day from 5 to 7 p.m.

Planetarium Shows at Westminster College  

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Westminster College has announced its fall planetarium show schedule.

All full-dome shows are located in the planetarium in Hoyt Science Center and will begin with a tour of the night sky.

All shows are free and open to the public. Reservations are necessary due to limited seating and can be made by completing the online form at Westminster.edu/planetarium

For more information or to book a private showing, contact Katie Miller in the School of Life and Health Sciences at 724 946 7404 or millerke@westminster.edu

Here is the schedule, weather permitting:  

“Beyond the Sun”: Oct. 26 from 5-6 p.m., and Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. This is the story of a little girl who receives an unexpected visit from a glowing mote of light named Moon while she is fighting off sleep by reading a book about astronomy. Together, they enjoy a journey through the universe to discover what exoplanets are and how they can be detected.

“Halloween: Celestial Origins”: Oct. 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m.: This story will explain the history of Halloween and how it fits into the seasons as a “cross-quarter day.” It will explore the night sky and describe what planets, constellations and stars will be out on Halloween evening. 

“Tales of the Maya Sky”: Oct. 26, 8 to 9 p.m. Transporting viewers back to the ancient jungles of Mexico, the show will uncover Maya science, art and mythology. Additionally, it will describe the astronomical events they observed and documented with great accuracy that allowed them to develop a precise calendar system. 

“Mystery of the Christmas Star”: Dec. 7, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This program will journey back 2,000 years to Bethlehem as it seeks to discover a scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find baby Jesus. It will investigate possible dates for the birth of Christ and look at recorded sightings of significant astronomical events. 

“Let it Snow: A Holiday Music Journey”: Dec. 7, 8-9 p.m. This show features a variety of festive Christmas songs visually enhanced with theatrical animation and scenery. Viewers will hear holiday classics while nutcrackers, snowmen, reindeer and candy canes dance overhead. 

The Music of Cream Coming to Kent Stage

KENT – The pedigree of ’60s rock trio Cream – Ginger Baker’s son Kofi Baker, Jack Bruce’s son Malcolm Bruce and Eric Clapton’s nephew Will Johns – are returning to the United States this fall for a bonus run of The Music of Cream tour, which will come to Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., on Oct. 27.

The Music of Cream celebrates the extraordinary music and legacy their family members created on the heels of the 50th anniversary since the original lineup’s farewell U.S. tour of 1968

First launched in 2017 to rave reviews in Australia and New Zealand, The Music of Cream has performed over 70 shows across North America and the United Kingdom throughout 2018 and 2019.  

During its short lifespan, Cream was an explosive act that provided the super-group blueprint for others to follow.

For tickets, go to TheKentStage.com.

Bitonte Takes Over as Butler Board President

YOUNGSTOWN – The Butler Institute of American Art has announced the election of its new board of trustees officers and members.

The new board took office this month for the September bi-monthly meeting with Thomas J. Cavalier relinquishing the board presidency to A. Gary Bitonte, M.D. 

Dr. Bitonte practiced urologic surgery for over 21 years and is a professor at Northeast Ohio Medical University. He is former chairman of the board of Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley and currently serves as a trustee of the Youngstown State University Foundation. 

Dr. Bitonte has been a member of the Butler board of trustees since 2014

Other elected officers of taking office this month are Dr. Michael Shultz as vice president and Atty. Franklin S. Bennett Jr. as treasurer. Board secretary Vincent Bacon will remain in office for another term. Newly elected board members include Judge Benita Y. Pearson, Atty. Carl James and Chris Muransky. 

Auto Museum Exhibit Compares Mustang and Camaro

WARREN — An exhibit that highlights two longtime muscle car rivals opens Oct. 1 and runs through April 15 at the National Packard Museum.

Titled “Battle for Supremacy,” the exhibit compares and contrasts three Ford Mustangs and three Chevrolet Camaros of the same generations. The vehicles are displayed alongside interpretive materials describing their more than 50-year battle. 

When the Ford Mustang was introduced in 1964, it was unlike any other car built before: compact, sporty, affordable, and marketed directly to the baby-boom generation.

The wildly successful Mustang caught General Motors off guard, and it scrambled to build a worthy competitor. In June of 1966, GM announced the arrival of its new Camaro.

When asked, “what is a Camaro?,” a GM executive famously replied: “A small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs,” and thus the gauntlet was thrown down.

Each brand has seen its ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies, but after 50 years, the “Battle for Supremacy” rages on.

The National Packard Museum, 1899 Mahoning Ave. NW, is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m Sunday. Admission is $8 ($5 for senior citizens and children age 7-12). For information, go to PackardMuseum.org

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