The Update | Whitney Houston Tribute at Robins; Dinner Shows at Columbiana Hotel

WARREN, Ohio – A Whitney Houston tribute and a jazz show are coming soon to Robins Theatre.

Tickets for each event will range between $22.50 and $42.50 (plus applicable fees) and will go on sale Friday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. at and at the box office, 160 E. Market St.

An online-only presale will start at 10 a.m. Thursday exclusively for members of Friends of the Robins Theatre. For information, go to the website or the box office.

“Love, Whitney: A Tribute to the Music of Whitney Houston” will take place at 8 p.m. April 1.

“Legends: A Journey through Jazz” will take place at 8 p.m. April 15.

Das Dutch Haus Inn Unveils Dinner Shows

COLUMBIANA, Ohio – The Best Western Plus hotel event center has announced its 2023 season of dinner/luncheon shows and concert performances.

For tickets and information, call 866 482 5050 or go to The hotel is at 150 E. state Route 14.

Here is the schedule:

  • “Memories of Elvis” tribute performance, noon and 7 p.m. March 10.
  • “The Ultimate Doors” tribute concert, 2 p.m. April 30.
  • “The King of Cool … A Tribute to Dean Martin” tribute performance, noon June 16.
  • “Night Fever … The Music of the BeeGees” tribute concert, noon and 7 p.m. July 14.
  • Tuika’s Island Magic, a Hawaiian musical show, noon Aug. 23.
  • “Monster Mash Murder” mystery show, noon and 7 p.m. Oct. 27.
  • “America the Beautiful” big band show and military salute, noon Nov. 11.
  • “Las Vegas Live … Frank, Dean and Elvis Celebrate Christmas” variety show, 7 p.m. Nov. 18 and 2 p.m. Nov. 19.
  • “The Christmas Spirit with Johnny Cash” tribute concert, noon and 7 p.m. Dec. 8.

Theater Classes at Youngstown Playhouse

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Playhouse is offering theater classes for children and adults every Saturday from March 18 to April 8 (except April 8).

For information on prices and registration, go to or call 330 788 8739. Here are the classes:

  • Tiny Talents: Early Childhood Arts Education, for children ages 3 and 4 interested in music, dance and acting. Parent or guardian must be present.
  • Signing & Song for Kids, for children age 5 to 8. Students will learn how to sign as they sing nursery rhymes.
  • Beginner/Intermediate Stage Performance, for age 9 to 12. Students new to theater will learn stage movement, improvisation, pantomiming, audition techniques, theater tech and more.
  • Advanced Scene Work, for age 9 through 12. For students who have experience in performing. Instruction will focus on working with other actors and props.
  • Acting for the Camera, for age 18 and up. Filmmaker Adam Michael will teach the difference between acting for the stage and acting for the camera.
  • Actor’s Tool Box: Acting Auditions, for age 18 and up. Instructor Nate Beagle will teach how to select the best monologue fine-tune delivery, and ace an audition.

Black History Month Events at Westminster

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Westminster College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion will present a series of events in observance of Black History Month with the theme “Honoring the Legacy and Contributions of Black People in STEM.”

Here is the lineup:

  • “Community Trivia Night: Black Pioneers in STEM” will kick off the events for the month at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Cultural Center, located in McKelvey Campus Center room 248.
  • A showing of “Wakanda Forever” will play at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in Mueller Theater, located in McKelvey Campus Center, Room 219.
  • On Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m., “Black Professionals in STEM: Titan Alumni Panel” will be held in the Cultural Center. An RSVP is requested to attend this event by Friday, Feb. 10, to Chad Serfass at
  • The fifth annual Ebony Ball will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Witherspoon Rooms, with the theme “Wakanda Forever.”
  • A student chemistry symposium, “Presentations on the Contributions of Black Chemists,” will be held at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Cultural Center.
  • Guest lecturer Carmen Thomas-Browne, a consultant at Mass Insight Education and Research Inc., will give a virtual presentation titled “Equitable Mathematics Teaching Practices” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. 
  • A STEM drop-in tutoring session will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Cultural Center and is sponsored by the Academic Success Center.

Grammy Viewership Rises, But Still Low

NEW YORK – An estimated 12.4 million people tuned in to watch stars Harry Styles, Lizzo and Bad Bunny perform at the Grammy Awards, along with a tribute to 50 years of rap history.

That’s up from the pandemic-affected broadcasts of the past two years, the Nielsen company said Monday. Live viewership was 8.8 million in 2021 and 8.9 million in 2022.

While the Grammys bounced back, it didn’t reach the viewership levels of pre-COVID days. Music’s showcase night was seen by 18.7 million people in 2020.

Live television viewership has declined across-the-board over the past few years, with pro football one of the few events to buck the trend.

There was no immediate estimate of how viewing broke down between CBS and its sister streaming service, Paramount+, which also covered the awards. The number is likely to increase slightly when delayed viewing is counted later.

Photo Exhibit ‘Redlining’ at Shenango Campus

SHARON, Pa. – Penn State Shenango adjunct faculty member Venise Abell will showcase her photography series “Redlining” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Lecture Hall Art Gallery on the Shenango campus.

Redlining is the discriminatory practice of denying services to potential customers, or deliberately raising prices for residents based on the racial or ethnic makeup of the area in which they live. Areas with larger racial or ethnic minority populations are the most affected by this practice, causing neighborhoods to decline and systemic generational poverty to flourish.

Abell hopes that her exhibition showcases the consequences of redlining in her native Youngstown, Ohio. The exhibit is intended to educate viewers about how the practice has shaped our view of modern urban areas.

The photography display on Feb. 9 also includes a reception where viewers can discuss the artwork with Abell. The event is free and open to the public.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.