Weekend Entertainment | Think Spring… and Pizza!

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The HBA Home and Garden Show – that harbinger of spring – returns this weekend, and in a new location.

It’s the perfect way to shake off the winter blahs and get ideas for home improvements.

The show has moved to the new Canfield Fairgrounds Event Center this year. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5.

Few if any bands have had a career like Jefferson Starship. Formed as Jefferson Airplane in the 1960s by Paul Kantner and Grace Slick, the San Francisco rockers cemented their status with counterculture songs “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love” before shifting gears in the 1970s. That’s when the act changed its name to Jefferson Starship and became a power pop hit machine.

One band with two phases, and both great. These days, Starship is led by original member David Freiberg. Check them out tonight at the Robins Theatre in Warren at 8 p.m. Click HERE.

The YSU Jazz Sextet and Septet will give a free concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Spotlight Theater, which is on the lower level of Bliss Hall on the YSU campus. The groups will perform original musica, arrangements and lyrics by Dana School of Music students.

The Youngstown Phantoms hockey team is at home this weekend for 7:05 p.m. games Friday and Saturday at Covelli Centre against the Madison (Wisconsin) Capitols. Go to YoungstownPhantoms.com.

Continuing through Friday is a unique exhibition at Solomon Gallery inside Bliss Hall. “The Various Stages of Audrey II” demonstrates the puppetry process that created and brought to life Audrey II in YSU Theater’s recent production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Audrey II, of course, is the gigantic man-eating plant in the shlocky horror-comedy musical. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click HERE.

Mahoning Valley artist, administrator, educator and community leader William Mullane will present his first art show in decades. It opens Friday at Soap Gallery in downtown Youngstown. Click HERE.

Another harbinger of spring is the Slice of the Valley pizza and craft beer challenge. The annual event will take place Sunday afternoon at the Eastwood Event Center in Niles. Learn more HERE.

The Robins Theatre will be open again Saturday night for what promises to be an outstanding concert featuring the Devon Allman Project with Luther Dickinson and opener Samantha Fish. Show starts at 8 p.m. Click HERE.

Pictured: Student puppeteers Milenna Dischert, Meredith Pallo and Mallory Ehrhart with the Audrey II puppet. An exhibition at YSU will demonstrate the making of the prop used in “Little Shop of Horrors.”

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