The Update | Quey Percussion Duo, Art Exhibitions at YSU

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The spring semester schedule of performing and visual arts at Youngstown State University includes five new exhibitions at the McDonough Museum of Art and a performance by the innovative Quey Percussion Duo.

The exhibitions – which will open Friday, Jan. 19, and run through March 2 – will feature works by Roberley Bell, Jonathon Brewer, Lauren Semivan, Posters Without Borders and Morgan Bukovec.

An opening reception for all of the exhibitions will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the museum. Admission to the museum and the reception are free to the public. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The Pipino Performing Arts Series will present the Quey Percussion Duo on Friday, Jan. 19, in Ford Theater, inside Bliss Hall. The duo is known for its innovative performances in which basic acts of percussion become a blast of energy with a pinch of whimsy.

Tickets will be sold at the door or in advance by calling 330 941 3105 or at

Music at Noon performances will take place every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at The Butler Institute of American Art, featuring students and faculty of the Dana School of Music. All of the performances are presented by YSU’s Cliffe College of Creative Arts.

Author to Speak at Tyler History Center

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – George Beelen will discuss his book “Genius Knows No Boundaries” at noon Thursday, Jan. 18, at Tyler History Center, downtown, as part of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s lecture series. 

Beelen recalls the work of the Ohio Cultural Alliance in the book.

ABBA Tribute Show Coming to Robins 

WARREN, Ohio – Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute will come to the Robins Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

Tickets range from $18 to $35 (plus applicable fees), and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at and the box office, 160 E. Market St.

Rolling Stones Tribute Show at Robins

WARREN, Ohio – Satisfaction, the International Rolling Stones Tribute Show, will come to the Robins Theatre at 8 p.m. April 25.

Tickets range from $18 to $35 (plus applicable fees) and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at and the box office, 160 E. Market St.

New Date for Phil Collins Tribute Show

WARREN, Ohio – Face Value, a tribute to Phil Collins, has been rescheduled at the Robins Theatre and will now take place at 8 p.m. Friday, March 29.

This event was originally scheduled for Aug 11. Tickets purchased for the original show will be honored on the new date.

Tickets range from $15 to $25 (plus applicable fees) and can be purchased at and the box office, 160 E. Market St.

Program Invites Residents to Effect Change

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Local residents interested in effecting positive change in the community are invited to participate in an educational initiative being launched this month by Westminster College.

Beginning Thursday, Jan. 18, the seven-week workshop “Changing the World, One Community at a Time” will run each Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at McGill Memorial Library on Westminster’s campus. The final session will be Feb. 29.

Open to community members and Westminster students, the workshop will challenge how participants think about how small- and large-scale change happens in the world and will feature a variety of speakers, hands-on experiences and active bridge-building between Westminster’s campus and the local community. 

Participants will reflect on their perspectives on how change happens and evaluate the assets and challenges of their community, ultimately contributing to a small, collaborative project that feeds a big picture for growth.

“The goal for this workshop is to foster changemaking and to serve as a springboard for future collaborations between Westminster College and the community,” said Helen Boylan, faculty fellow for community engagement and coordinator of the program.

This pilot program is open to any Lawrence or Mercer County resident for an administrative fee of $25. The fee can be waived for those with need. For more information about the program and to enroll, contact Boylan at 724 494 4737 or

Lecture on History of Youngstown Police

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Traci Manning, curator of education for the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, will speak on the founding of the Youngstown Police Detective Department and its early cases at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, in the meeting room of Denny’s Restaurant, 4020 Belmont Ave.

The lecture is presented by the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society. Admission is $15 ($10 for members).

Reservations are suggested; call 330 726 8277.

Pictured at top: The Quey Percussion Duo will perform at Ford Theater, inside Bliss Hall, at YSU on Friday.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.