DIVERSIONS

LOCAL BANDS

• At Mortals Key Brewing Company in Jamestown: Friday, Fifty Miles to Empty, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, The Side Effects, 6 to 9 p.m.

• At Peter Allen Inn: Friday, Terry Dach, 6:30 p.m.

• At the Keg in Sharon: Thursday, Tyler Jenkins Trio, 7 to 10 p.m.; Friday, Bishop Road, 7 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, Reissue, 7 to 10 p.m.

• At Farrell Croatian Home in Farrell: Saturday, Gordon James Band, 8 to 11 p.m., members and guests only.

• Soundbite, playing classic rock, has these upcoming shows scheduled (subject to change): Oct. 10, 4 to 7 p.m. – Reynolds Drive-In, 3706 N. Hermitage Road, Transfer. Special guests include Ruby Hornsby playing mountain soul music at 2 p.m. and food vendor Jerry McFarland of Clark House, cooking chickens. Admission is per car, so load up a bunch of friends and come on out.

Info: Call 724-347-2508 or 724-301-4595 or check them out on Facebook.

CONCERTS

• The next YSU Dana Alumni Recital Series, a partnership with the McDonough Museum of Art, features pianist Sean Baran in a virtual performance premiering at 7 p.m. on Saturday on the Cliff College https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQKgvdAaY_fIDEURf_p0OGA and McDonough  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_l6Dpp2mvZxZ46cAmEDT2Q YouTube channels. This is a prerecorded event. Baran will perform works for solo piano by Brahms and Persichetti.

More information is available by calling the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-727-7514.

• The Butler County Symphony Orchestra announces some changes to their season.

Due to the continued challenges and issues arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic, the first two concerts of the 2020-2021 Concert Season have been canceled. This was a difficult decision to make but a necessary one. There were a myriad of factors that went into making this decision, including crowd size, venue, orchestra size, necessary safety measures, and many more.

Concerts affected include An Evening of Serenades, Nov. 7; Holiday Traditions, Dec. 5.

In place of these concerts, the orchestra will be professionally producing two chamber ensemble concerts, free of charge. These videos will be available on the orchestra’s website, YouTube page, Facebook and elsewhere.

Online concerts include All Baroque, featuring a 12 member ensemble performing pieces by Bach, Handel, Corelli and others; A Brass Christmas, visit traditional favorites of the Holiday Season such as White Christmas, O Holy Night, Carol of the Bells and others as performed by a Brass Quintet.

The orchestra is asking attendees to consider donating their tickets for the November and December concerts to be applied toward the production costs of these two virtual concerts.

A decision about the future of the remaining concerts in the season will be made later in 2020.

To donate your tickets, or for information regarding changing your purchase into a credit on your account please reach out to them at (724)-283-1402 or butlersymphony@zoominternet.net.

THEATRE

• Clarion University Theatre will be streaming this year’s first production “Hate Mail,” a comedy by Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky on Oct. 7 to 11. The comedy follows the on-again, off-again relationship between Dahlia, a New York artist, and Preston, a snobbish Midwesterner who first began corresponding with an angry complaint letter concerning a cheaply made souvenir purchased at the shop where Dahlia works. The story is told through their letters, sticky notes and computer chat.

Tickets and a link to the on-demand stream are available at www.clarionuniversitytickets.com/events. “Hate Mail” contains adult language and situations that may not be suitable for younger viewers.

• Youngstown State University Theatre opened its first main stage performance of the fall semester at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 with Tennessee Williams’ play, “The Glass Menagerie,” directed by Matthew Mazuroski.

Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 2; and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 and 4.

The production will be available at www.showtix4u.com/events/ YoungstownStateUniversity at the above times, where tickets may also be purchased.

Ticket prices are single viewer $10; watch party $25; YSU student, faculty and staff free with inclusion of Banner ID.

PHOTO GALLERY

• During these difficult times of the coronavirus pandemic, the dramatic increase of social unrest and unprecedented political division, the members of the Photographic Arts Society of Northwestern PA (PASNWPA) are celebrating life by hosting an online show that focuses on the positive forces in our lives. This show is a small way to remain connected with each other and with the unquestionable beauty surrounding us. The photos are a celebration of life.

The virtual show, entitled “Celebration of Life” will be held online from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. All works of art are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Erie Arts and Culture.

The show features the artwork of many of Erie’s well known photographers and members of the PASNWPA. These photographers have captured unique moments in time, some with a compelling storyline and others with a whimsical creative look. The artwork featured in the online show are in final form and ready to hang with some being matted and/or framed and others printed on wood or canvas. All are ready for purchase and can be viewed at the PASNWPA website: www.pasnwpa.org/gallery.