The Update | Michael Jackson, Heart Tributes at The Robins; Joe Augustine to Play at The Butler

WARREN, Ohio – Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience will come to the Robins Theatre on Feb. 10.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert range from $35 to $15 (plus fees) and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 24, at the box office, 160 E. Market St., and at robinstheatre.com.

An online-only presale will start at 10 a.m. Thursday, accessible only to Friends of the Robins Theatre members. To join, go to the box office or the website.

Straight On Coming to the Robins

WARREN, Ohio – Straight On, a tribute to Heart, will come to the Robins Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Tickets are $20 (plus fees) for the 8 p.m. concert (all seats general admission), and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 24, at the box office, 160 E. Market St., and online at robinstheatre.com.

An online-only presale will start at 10 a.m. Thursday, accessible only to Friends of the Robins Theatre members. To join, go to the box office or the website.

Joe Augustine in Concert at The Butler

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., will present the Joe Augustine Trio in concert at 3:30 p.m. June 26.

The concert, titled A Sentimental Journey, will take place in the museum’s Beecher court, surrounded by The Butler’s permanent collection of art.

Seating is limited, so reservations are required. Call 234 228 8555 or email [email protected]. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated to benefit The Butler’s free programming.

The concert will be a musical celebration from the Great American Songbook, contemporary classics, and original compositions from The Joe Augustine Trio, consisting of Steinway and jazz pianist Augustine, with Dave Morgan on bass and Glenn Schaft on drums.

Lecture on Industrial Preservation Efforts

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Tom Leary will give a presentation on industrial preservation efforts across the nation at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor (the steel museum), 151 W. Wood St. Admission is free. The presentation will also be streamed on the center’s Youtube page, which can be found at youngstownsteelmuseum.org.

Leary, a former Youngstown State University professor, and his firm, Industrial Research Associates, consulted on many of preservation projects in New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania. From this experience, Leary has learned just how difficult preserving this history can be and how significant Youngstown’s steel museum is for American historical memory.

His lecture will be the second in the museum’s 30th anniversary series.

Winners of National Midyear Exhibition

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The National Midyear Exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art opened Sunday and will run through Aug. 14. Now in its 86th year, the  exhibition features 76 works by 63 artists from 11 states.

Juror for this year’s exhibition is William Underwood Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia.

Here are the winners:

  • Best in Show: Margaret Morrison, Bogart, Georgia; “Menagerie,” oil on canvas
  • First Place: John Jude Palencar, Medina, Ohio; “The Far Field,” acrylic on ragboard.        
  • Second Place: Sam Knecht, Hillsdale, Michigan; “Blue Door,” egg tempera.
  • Third Place: Suzan Kraus, Newbury, Ohio; “Circles of Sensation,” mixed media.
  • Phil Desind Award: Tony Reinemann, Sarasota, Fla., “Long Island City,” oil on canvas.
  • Fred Staloff Award: John P. Smolko, Kent, Ohio, “Hands Up Don’t Shoot!,” colored pencil/oil pastel.
  • Allied Artist Award: Beth Pedersen, East Amherst, New York; “Five Eyes,” oil on paper.
  • Directors Choice: Diane Beatty, Campbell, Ohio; “Red, Light and Blue,” photograph.
  • Honorable Mentions: William Daniel Simon, Mercer, Pa., “Cadmium Orange on the Landscape’; Robert Raack, Cleveland, Heights, Ohio, “Prince and Princess”; Sharon Dundee, Lyndhurst, Ohio, “Mecca”;
  • David Dingwell, Massillon, Ohio, “5th Street Noir”; Ken Coon, Fairport Harbor, Ohio, “Ashtabula Harbor Industrial”; Kevin Kautenburger, Berea, Ohio, “Bark/Shale.”

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