The Update | Museum Exhibits Works by Hispanic Artists; Oktoberfest at Boardman Park

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – An exhibition titled “American Art: An Hispanic Perspective from the Collection” is on display at The Butler Institute of American Art through Nov. 26.

The exhibition, which is part of the museum’s celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, is a sampling of some of the Butler’s collection of artworks by Hispanic American artists.

“The contribution of Hispanic artists from around the world can be said to be monumental,” said Louis A. Zona, director of the museum. “The Butler has, over the years, acquired wonderful examples of works by artists with Hispanic roots. So it is that we can pull from our collection an exhibition such as this with so many highlights.”

The exhibition is in the Mesaros Gallery on the museum’s lower level.

Oktoberfest Arts Sale at Boardman Park

BOARDMAN, Ohio – The Boardman Rotary’s annual Oktoberfest, an outdoor arts and crafts event, will take place Sunday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Boardman Park.

The event, which draws more than 5,000 people each year, will feature more than 150 vendors offering arts and crafts, jewelry, baked goods, custom products and clothing. There will also be a food court, children’s activities and live music acts, including the Boardman Spartan marching band.

All proceeds will support local schools, organizations and nonprofits such as the Boy Scouts, Easter Seals, Beatitude House, Salvation Army and the YWCA.

There will be limited parking onsite, as well as offsite parking with shuttle buses at Southwoods Commons on Southern Boulevard.

Admission is $5 (free for children under 12).

Dave Banks Big Band Holiday Show at Robins

WARREN, Ohio – “Pop Goes Christmas,” the Dave Banks Big Band Holiday Bash, will come to the Robins Theatre on Friday, Dec. 8, for an 8 p.m. concert.

Vocalists Stanley Davis, Walt Sanders and Sandra Montevideo will ring in the holiday season with songs by Mariah Carey, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, Chicago, Chris Brown, Kylie Minogue, Lou Rawls, Liza Minelli and more.

Tickets range from $15 to $35 (plus applicable fees) and will go on sale Friday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. at and at the box office, 160 E. Market St.

A presale for members of Friends of the Robins Theatre will start at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Barzak Interview for Banned Books Week

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – To mark Banned Books Week, a public interview with Youngstown State University professor and novelist Christopher Barzak will take place at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, in the third-floor auditorium of Maag Library, on the YSU campus.

Barzak experienced a book ban on one of his own books, “Wonders of the Invisible World,” in Texas two years ago.

Woodwind Day at Westminster College

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Westminster College School of Music will host Woodwind Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, in Orr Auditorium. The event is open to woodwind musicians of all ages and skill levels.

Victoria Luperi, associate principal clarinet and principal E-flat clarinet of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, will be the featured guest artist for the day and will offer a morning master class and morning recital at 11 a.m. in Orr Auditorium.

An afternoon recital will be held at 3 p.m. in Orr Auditorium and will feature Westminster College woodwind faculty members Dan Parasky (flute), Kim Winfield (oboe), Daniel Heasley (clarinet), Daniel Perttu (bassoon) and James Flowers (saxophone).

To participate in Woodwind Day, register at

The morning and afternoon recitals are free and open to the public.

Pictured at top: Francis Luis Mora’s “The Fortune Teller” (1905), oil on canvas, is part of the exhibition on Hispanic art at The Butler Institute of American Art.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.