The Update | Cuban Painter’s Art at The Butler; A Macabre Symphony at Robins Theatre

YOUNGSTOWN – An exhibition of paintings by Cuban artist Reynier Llanes will open Sept. 4 at The Butler Institute of Amercan Art and run through Oct. 9.

The paintings are in the Cuban tradition of narrative symbolism. In his exhibition, titled “What Is Essential Is Invisible to the Eye,” Llanes transmutes raw emotion into visual imagery that beckons the viewer to look deeper.

The paintings embody the idea of childlike adventures while touching on serious social issues.

Llanes was born in Cuba in 1985 and emigrated to the United States in 2007. He lives in Miami.

He will attend a public reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 18 at the museum, 524 Wick Ave. He will give an art talk at 2 p.m. Sept. 20.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, on the morning of September 20, the museum will host a private workshop for children from predominantly Hispanic-speaking schools on Sept. 20.

The Butler is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

‘Symphony of the Macabre’ Coming to Robins

WARREN, Ohio – Neil Zaza’s “A Rock Symphony of the Macabre” will come to The Robins Theatre at 8 p.m. Oct. 29.

The Halloween-season show is based on Zaza’s orchestral rock album “One Dark Night” and explores the more evil-sounding works of the world’s greatest composers.

Zaza, an Akron native, is a guitar virtuoso known for his dramatic rock interpretations of classical music.

Tickets range from $25 to $45, plus applicable fees. A VIP package, which includes a meet and greet before the show and autographed tour merchandise, is $75.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at robinstheatre.com and at the box office, 160 E. Market St.

A presale will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, accessible only to Friends of the Robins Theatre; for membership information, go to the website or the box office.

Opera Western Reserve Receives $8K Grant

YOUNGSTOWN – Opera Western Reserve has received a $8,338 donation from the annual Ohio Arts Council Fund.

The Youngstown-based opera company will present “La Boheme” on Nov. 11 at Stambaugh Auditorium.  Click HERE for tickets.

This oil on canvas painting titled “Stay” is part of an exhibition by Reynier Llanes coming to the Butler Institute of American Art.

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