The Update | Student Sculpture Exhibit at YSU; Selah Theater to Present ‘Darrow’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown State University’s department of Visual & Dramatic Arts announces an exhibition of student sculpture organized by YSU art faculty Tony Armeni and Lauren Baker.

The exhibit will open Nov. 8 in the Judith Rae Solomon Gallery on Bliss Hall’s second floor, and run through Nov. 19. Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The exhibition includes work from students enrolled in sculpture courses in 2020 and 2021.

Students whose work is represented are: Alexandria Sahyoun, Alexis Best, Amanda Rumbaugh, Cassidy Swick, Connie Kolarik, Danielle Sonntag, Donelle Hicks, Emily Fetsko, Hannah Ramsey, Joshua Wilson, Lauren Jones, Megan Smith, Mia Mondora, Michael Reinhart, Michelle Davis, Samantha Marihugh, Sophia Lallo, Stephanie Randalli, and Verena Son.

Selah to Present ‘Clarence Darrow’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Selah Desert Theater will present “Clarence Darrow,” a one-man play that offers a personal look at the iconic lawyer who hailed from Trumbull County. The two-weekend run begins Nov. 11.

The play by David W. Rintel is based on the book by Irving Stone.

Darrow, memorably portrayed in the movie “Inherit the Wind,” shares stories of his famous cases, his passion, his humor and his personal life. The piece was chosen for this season because Darrow defended Leopold and Loeb, the child killers, and Selah will produce “Thrill Me,” which is based on that trial, in the spring.

Eric Kibler will portray Darrow. A practicing attorney, he brings his own law background and experience to the play.

Darrow, who was from the Kinsman area, was known for his fiery courtroom oratory. He fought for workers and unions who sought living wages and better working conditions. He also saved more than 100 defendants from the death penalty and fought against racism and prejudice.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 11, 12, 13, 19 and 20. Tickets are $19.50 and available at The price includes a coffee and dessert at intermission. Reservations are required. There will be no walk-in sales.

A Premier Night dinner package, for opening night only, can be reserved on the ticketing site. For all other dinner reservations, contact the restaurant at 330 755 2759. The theater is upstairs at Selah Restaurant, 135 S. Bridge St., and accessible by stairs only.

All attendees must show proof of full vaccination at the door. Masks are recommended.

YSU Jazz Quartet in Concert

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The YSU Jazz Quintet and Sextet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in Spotlight Theater, Bliss Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public. Youngstown State University requires masks in all buildings.

Both the Jazz Quintet and Sextet are led by faculty member David Morgan.

Millennial Sets Auditions for ‘Heathers’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Auditions will take place next week for Millennial Theatre Company’s production of “Heathers, the Musical,” at Hopewell Theatre, 702 Mahoning Ave.

Sessions will be Nov. 11 and 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.; and Nov. 13 from noon to 3 p.m.

Rehearsals will begin the week of Nov. 15. All performers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the start of rehearsals. Proof of vaccination will be required before the first rehearsal. Masks are required at all times at the auditions, except when performing.

The production will be performed Jan. 7-10 and 14-16 at The Hopewell Theatre.

Auditionees (ages 16 and up) should prepare a 30- to 60-second cut of a song in the style of the show. An accompanist and Bluetooth speaker will be provided. There will also be a cold read from the script. All roles are open.

Seger, Chicago Tribute Acts Coming to Robins

WARREN, Ohio – The Robins Theatre has announced concerts by two tribute bands.

Hollywood Nights, which pays tribute to Bob Seger, will play on Jan. 22.

Brass Transit, which plays the music of Chicago, will come to the theater May 14.

Both concerts start at 8 p.m. Tickets will range between $35 and $15 (plus applicable fee) for both shows and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 5 at and at the box office, 160 E,. Market St. (open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

There will be an online-only pre-sale beginning 10 a.m. Nov. 4, available only to Robins Theatre email list subscribers. To gain access, sign up for the theater’s email list on its website. An email with the ticket buying link and access code will be sent out Thursday morning before the pre-sale.

Lit Youngstown Poetry Reading

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Eliese Colette Goldbach of Cleveland and Carly Sachs of Youngstown will read their poetry at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 on Zoom and Facebook Live.

The online reading, sponsored by Lit Youngstown, free and open to the public. It will be co-hosted by Laurin Wolf and will be followed by an open mic. Registration for the Zoom room is available at

Goldbach’s award-winning memoir “Rust,” about working in the steel industry, was published by Macmillan Publishers.

Sachs is the author of the “Steam” sequence (Washington Writers Publishing House), “Descendants of Eve” (Blue Lyra Press), and is the editor of the anthology, “The Why and Later” (Deep Cleveland Press).

Pictured: This sculpture by Youngstown State University art major Michael Reinhart is part of an exhibition at the school.

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