The Update | Black Violin Coming to Powers; Art Exhibitions at McDonugh

YOUNGSTOWN – Black Violin, a classically trained string duo that produces eccentric string melodies and hard-hitting beats, will come to Powers Auditorium on Nov. 17 for a 7:30 p.m. concert.

The act will perform songs from its Grammy nominated album “Take the Stairs” and holiday favorites from their “Give Thanks” album.

Black Violin is led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin). Joining them onstage are DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at at the DeYor box office; by phone at 330 744 0264; and at Prices range from $35 to $65.

Art Exhibitions at the McDonough

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The work of five diverse artists will open the fall exhibition schedule at the McDonough Museum of Art on Sept. 6. An opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the museum. The exhibitions will run through Oct. 9.

The exhibitions and reception are free and open to the public. The McDonough Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Alisa Henriquez, Gavin Benjamin, Eva Kwong, Scott Goss and the late Kirk Mangus are the featured artists whose work will be installed in the McDonough galleries.

Henriquez, a native of Jamaica, combines digital images drawn from popular media culture, art history and autobiographical sources with a host of materials including paint, resin, glitter, and synthetic hair and fur.

The artist will give a talk on Sept. 8 at 5:10 p.m. in the McDonough lecture hall.

Benjamin, a native of Guyana, combines original analog photography and appropriated images with collage, paint, and varnish to create rich and luxurious works that call back to baroque traditions while incorporating elements of current culture to provoke, critique, and explore.

The current work of Kwong, a native of Hong Kong, features hand-built and 3D printed forms, Her lifelong interest in the intersection of the art and science of the natural world provides the conceptual framework and visual vocabulary for her compelling, colorful organic forms in sculpture, installations and vessels. Kwong will give a talk on Sept. 28 at 5:10 p.m. in the McDonough lecture hall.

Kwong is also providing watercolor paintings by her late husband, Kirk Mangus (1952–2013). Mangus was an internationally renowned ceramic artist and sculptor.

Goss of Cleveland is an interdisciplinary artist. His current project explores themes of urban design, architecture and entropy, to create a narrative of how cities rise and fall over time.

Visual artist Caraballo is the McDonough Emerging Artist this fall. His exhibition in the Judith Rae Solomon Gallery, titled Capicú, explores the effects love, death, grief, and time have had on his place in his family’s legacy. The artist will give a talk on Sept.14 at 4 p.m. A reception will be held at the gallery, while a talk by the artist will be given at 5 p.m.

Doo Wop Project Coming to Robins

WARREN, Ohio – The Doo Wop Project, a unique musical act that pays tribute to the doo wop and Motown music of the 20th century, will come to the Robins Theatre at 8 p.m. Aug. 19.

For tickets, go to the Robins box office and at

The performance includes some of the greatest hits from The Temptations and The Four Seasons, along with “DooWopified” versions of modern classics from Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, and more.

The Doo-Wop project features stars from the Broadway hits “Jersey Boys,” “Motown: The Musical” and “A Bronx Tale.”

The Doo Wop Project recently gained national attention with the PBS special, “The Doo Wop Project.”

Auditions for ‘Rocky Horror Show’

SALEM, Ohio – Auditions for Salem Community Theatre’s production of “The Rocky Horror Show” will take place Aug. 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. Auditionees should be prepared with a short song of their choice from the show; an accompanist will be provided. Show dates are October 27, 28 and 29. The theater is at 490 E. State St.

Sutliff Museum to Reopen on Saturday

WARREN – The Sutliff Museum will reopen on Saturday, Aug. 20, with a celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is on the second floor of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave.

Events will include make your own handkerchief doll and thaumatrope, a scavenger hunt around the museum, and Hands on History, where participants can touch and interact with items from the 19th century.

The Sutliff Museum closed in September 2021 to accommodate the construction and renovation project of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library. Regular hours will resume on Aug. 24; hours are Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. for information on tours, go to

Genealogist to Speak at The Tyler

YOUNGSTOWN – Local historian and genealogist Stacey Adger will give a lecture titled “Introduction to Genealogy” at noon Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Tyler History Center.

The lecture is part of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s Bites and Bits of History series.

Adger’s lecture will focus on the importance of old-fashioned leg work, such as using census directories, property and court documents, and other types of documentation. She also stresses the value of talking to the ancestors in your family; and discuss why family reunions are important and the pros and cons of DNA testing.

Adger is a trustee for the Ohio Genealogical Society, a past president of the Mahoning County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, and has given public speeches regarding her family, which has been in the Youngstown area for more than 140 years.

Art Gallery Accepting Entries

WARREN, Ohio – The 56th annual Trumbull Art Gallery juried exhibition will take place Sept. 3 to Oct. 21, with an opening day reception slated for 6 p.m.

The juror is Robyn Maas, who has been an art museum professional for more than 20 years and a working artist.

Entries will be accepted Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or by appointment. Online notification of acceptance will be posted August 23.

The TAG Annual is a juried exhibition for regional artists. All work must be original, current (completed within the last three years), and never have been exhibited at the Trumbull Art Gallery. It is open to regional artists living within a 100-mile radius of Trumbull County who are at least 18 years of age. Work in any medium will be considered. Up to three artworks may be entered. Cash awards will be given.

To enter, fill out and sign entry form and labels. Attach label(s) to back upper-left corner of artworks (or underside, if 3D) and hand deliver entries to the Trumbull Art Gallery, 158-162 N. Park Ave., Warren, on Saturday. Early drop off is available by appointment. Call 330 395 4876)

Artists whose pieces are not accepted into the TAG show still have the opportunity to have the artwork displayed at the Nissen Gallery at Trumbull Memorial Hospital. Artists must agree on the entry form to have their unselected works exhibited; TAG will take care of transporting the artwork.

To download and print the entry form, click here.

Pictured at top: This piece by Gavin Benjamin, titled “Heads of State,” will be included in his exhibition at the McDonough Museum of Art.

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