The Update | Dana Choral Concert at St. Columba; Smarts Students Will Display Talent

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University will present its spring choral concert, showcasing the Dana Chorale and Voices of YSU, on Monday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Columba Cathedral. 

With the theme “Songs of Peace in Time of War,” the concert will feature select movements from “The Armed Man (A Mass for Peace)” by composer Karl Jenkins.

The concert is just one of several events to be presented by YSU’s Cliffe College next week.

An exhibition by Serbian-American artist Natalija Mijatovic will open Monday in the Judith Rae Solomon Gallery on the second floor of Bliss Hall. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. An opening reception and gallery talk will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Next week’s Music at Noon concert will feature pianist Sungeun Kim, piano. It will take place at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at The Butler Institute of American Art. 

Ian Nagoski will give a lecture at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the McDonough Museum of Art. Nagoski is a music researcher and record producer in Baltimore. For more than a decade, he has produced dozens of reissues of early 20th-century recordings in languages other than English.

Students participate in last year’s Art You Can See and Art You Can Hear event, hosted by Students Motivated by the Arts.

Smarts Students to Show What They’ve Learned

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Students Motivated by the Arts will present its annual Art You Can See and Art You Can Hear events at 5:30 p.m. April 2 and 3, respectively. 

The community arts school is in the Ohio One building, corner of East Boardman and Champion streets, downtown. Admission is free.

During these two events, students will demonstrate what they learned during their classes this spring, when Smarts offered 32 classes. More than 200 students participated.

“Our Art You Can See and Hear nights are fun, family events,” said Rebecca L. Keck, Smarts president. “There are live student demonstrations and a student art gallery. This is a great way for families and the community to come and see what we’re all about.”

Smarts offers classes in visual art, music, dance, theater and creative writing.

One highlight of the event will be Smarts first collaboration with the Evolve Innovation Center, allowing students to create and develop their own 3D characters.

Clothing Swap at Penguin City

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Neighborhood and Penguin City Brewing will present the Mahoning Valley’s first Swap-A-Palooza from 3 to 9 p.m. April 6 in the brewery’s Pollock Room. 

It is free to enter and open to the public.

There will be vintage and upcycled clothing vendors. Guests can also learn about mending, embroidery and natural dyeing.

Swap-A-Palooza will have three sections: swapping, shopping and education. There will be swap sections for clothing, shoes and books.

For those who are bringing items to swap, dropoff will be from noon to 3 p.m. before the event in the Penguin City taproom. All leftover clothing will be donated to the Warren Family Mission.

Fill an Easter Basket at Gorant Chocolatier

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Gorant Chocolatier is celebrating its 75th Easter season with an Easter market and create your own Easter basket event from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at its flagship location, 400 Boardman Poland Road.

Customers are invited to bring a basket to fill with signature Gorant chocolate treats, candies, plush and toys. Once filled, the Easter baskets will be professionally wrapped and topped with a bow. Baskets will also be available at the store.

The flagship location will have extended hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Tea Party and Fashion Show at Medici

HOWLAND, Ohio – Sight for All United will present Spring Is in Sight: Mad Hatter Tea Party from 1 to 4 p.m. April 20 at the Medici Museum of Art.

The Mad Hatter Tea Party will include an afternoon of high tea, with decor inspired by “Alice in Wonderland.” It will be moderated by newscaster Lindsey Watson of WKBN. The highlight will be a fashion showcase sponsored by Macy’s, including styles for the upcoming season paired with a collection of glasses and sunglasses from Eye Care Associates. 

Vendors will include La Bella Boutique, Maison De Savon, Halo Boutique, Spruce Home Decor, Forestview Farmhouse, Macy’s, Whipped by Aubrey and Eye Care Associates.

For information, click HERE or call 330 750 1867.

Author to Discuss American Midwest

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – John Lauck will present a lecture titled “Finding the American Midwest” at noon April 4 in Zona Auditorium in The Butler Institute of American Art.

Lauck recently published “The Good Country: A History of the American Midwest, 1800-1900,” and he has served as president of the Midwestern History Association and as editor of the journal “Middle West Review.”

He will discuss how the Midwest has been neglected by historians and other scholars in comparison to other regions. The discussion will include some critical moments in Midwestern history. He will also discuss a recent poll conducted by “Middle West Review” on who considers themselves a Midwesterner. 

Pictured at top: A scene from last year’s Dana choral concert.

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