Starset, Warren

The Update | Starset Coming to Packard; Tickets on Sale for Illusionist Rick Thomas

WARREN, Ohio – Starset will come to Packard Music Hall on Friday, July 8, with special guests Red and Oni.

Tickets are $28 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 15, at and at the Packard box office.

Starset recently released its fourth album, “Horizons.” The band spins a captivating science fiction-tinged return with their 4th studio album. It’s a continued voyage through a captivating science fiction narrative that blends power riffs and synthetic sounds.

Illusionist Rick Thomas Coming to Packard

WARREN, Ohio – Illusionist Rick Thomas will come to Packard Music Hall at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27.

Thomas is an award-winning artist who has performed extensively in Las Vegas and around the world. Tickets range from $105 to $40. Go to

The show is the final one of the Warren Civic Music Association’s 2021-season.

Playwright Sets Events at Theaters

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Lit Youngstown will host award-winning playwright Mike Geither April 29-May 1 as a writer-in-residence, the second of three writers who will visit this spring. The residencies are funded by an Ohio Arts Council Arts Resiliency Initiative Community Project Award.

Mike Geither’s plays and solo performances have been staged in San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, New York and London. He is a four-time Ohio Arts Council fellow and has served as a resident artist at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito and as playwright-in-residence at Cleveland Public Theatre. Recent works include “The Body is the Best” (Zuppa Theatre, Halifax, 2022), “Heirloom” (convergence-continuum, 2019), and “The Events of the Warren County Fair as Observed by a Young Astronaut” (2016-19). He currently teaches at Cleveland State University. Here is a list of his events:

April 29: Geither will lead a talkback after the performance of “People Along the Way” at the Youngstown Playhouse (tickets sold separately). The play, written by Terry Shears and directed by Maria Petrella-Ackley, explores the ways people change us for better or for worse.

April 30: Geither will lead an actors masterclass on song performance from 1:30-3 p.m. and a theater roundtable discussion from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Youngstown Playhouse. The roundtable, for community members involved in theater production and administration, will give stakeholders an opportunity to discuss the vitality of the Valley theater landscape. To register for these events, go to

April 30: Geither will perform “The Body Is the Best,” a solo performance that explores the intersection of grief and laughter, how our hardest laughs are often created by our darkest experiences, at 7 p.m. at the Hopewell Theatre. Reservations for the free performance are available at

May 1: Geither will lead a workshop on writing and performing solo works at the Hopewell Theatre from 11: a.m. to 2 p.m. and a playwriting workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. To register, go to At 1 p.m., he will guide a roundtable discussion on producing an original works festival. No registration is required for the roundtable.

Events at the Youngstown Playhouse and Hopewell Theatre are free and open to the public.

Butler Museum Offers Art Classes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Butler Institute of American Art is offering art classes for ages 14 and up at the Butler North building.

The cost is $60 per class. To enroll, call 330 743 1107 ext. 1155. Here is the schedule:

Open Studio/Realism, Saturdays, 9-11:30 a.m., April 23-May 21. Students will use media from a photographic source, including oils, pastels, or acrylic paint. 

Pen and Ink Drawing, Mondays, 5:30-8 p.m.,  April 25-May 23. Learn various techniques to complete pen and ink drawings. 

Mixed Media, Tuesdays, 5:30-8 p.m., April 26-May 24. Explore the world of mixed media art, which combines the basic skills of watercolor paintings and the detail of colored pencils or markers.

Watercolor, Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m., April 27-May 25. This class encompasses all skill levels, as students paint along with the instructor. 

Painting from the Butler Permanent Collection, Thursdays, 5:307:30 p.m., April 28-Ma6 26. Students will learn how to paint from various sculptures from the Butler’s permanent collection. 

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