• The work of Youngstown State University Art students is featured in two new exhibits at the McDonough Museum of Art on campus. The Fall Graduating BFA Exhibition and the MFA First Year and Collaborative Project Exhibition are on view in the McDonough galleries through Dec. 14.
Local students featured include:
« Mallory Goldner of Hubbard, undergraduate student majoring in graphic and interactive design.
« Kayla Haywood of Brookfield, undergraduate student majoring in art, graphic and interactive design track.
The Fall Graduating BFA Exhibition celebrates the work of a dozen students in the areas of photography, graphic and interactive design and interdisciplinary studio. The MFA First Year and Collaborative Project Exhibition features the work of first- and second-year students in the YSU Department of Art’s MFA Interdisciplinary Visual Arts program.
The McDonough Museum of Art is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free.
Info: Call 330-941-1400 or visit http://mcdonoughmuseum.ysu.edu
CALLS FOR TALENT
• Black Sheep Players will hold auditions for “The Cocktail Hour” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday on the stage at First Presbyterian Church, 600 E. State St. Sharon.
Actors will be asked to read from the script. Roles to be filled: Bradley and Anne; ages late 50s to 70 and John and Nina; ages 25 to 35.
Rehearsals begin Jan. 2, and production dates are Feb., 13, 14, 15, 16.
• Newsboys United will perform at Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown, on March 12 with guests Mandisa and Adam Agee.
Tickets: 330-259-0555, go to stambaughauditorium.com, or visit the Florence and Ward Beecher Box Office at Stambaugh Auditorium in person. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• The Mercer County chapter of Compassionate Friends is holding a worldwide candle lighting service at 2 p.m. Sunday at Corner House Christian Church, 6954 Chestnut Ridge Road, Hubbard, for those grieving from the loss of a child.
• Cana’s Corner, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Sharon, will host a Christmas concert with Terry Leonard 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13.
• Opera Westminster presents “The Shepherds’ Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Wallace Memorial Chapel on Westminster College’s campus.
The tale by William Russo, late composer and leader of the jazz repertory movement, presents a unique twist on the story of the nativity. It portrays a very threatening thief and his nasty wife as they cook up a sinister plan to steal three oblivious shepherds’ fattest sheep.
The opera is free.
Information: 724-946-6045 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• The Grove City College Concert Choir will perform in the college’s upcoming Christmas Gala at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Ketler Auditorium, and the Touring Choir sings in the annual candlelight services at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday in Harbison Chapel.
Info: Call 724-458-2088, or visit www.gcc.edu/music
• Thiel College Department of Music and Theatre presents its 67th Annual Thiel Christmas Festival Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in the William A. Passavant Memorial Center, Greenville.
The event is free and open to the public. All attendees are invited to a post-event reception in the William A. Robinson Theater next door to the Passavant Center.
• Dance every Sunday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6233, Route 18, West Middlesex, with country music by John Henry and Friends. Doors open at 5 p.m. Music from 6 to 9 p.m. Coffee, water and soft drinks available.
• The Niles Friendly Squares have begun a new year of weekly square dance lessons. Sessions will run through April 14. There is a nominal fee of $6 per lesson. All lessons and monthly dances are held at the Niles (Ohio) SCOPE Center, 14 E. State St.
Info: (330) 506-3370.
• Dance night with DJ Platter 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday at Rolling Mills Bar and Grille, Girard. $5 cover.
• Twin City Elks, 301 Staunton St., Farrell, entertainment includes: DJ Richard Hughes 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and Sundays is Jazz with Chuckie Austin from 5 to 9 p.m. Twin City Elks is closed on Mondays.
• Oldies Country and Motown with DJ Platter 7 to 11 p.m. Dec. 21, at Hartford Hill Winery.
• Holiday Jam Party with DJ Platter 7:30 p.m. to midnight Dec. 20 at The Oasis, New Castle.
• St. John’s Orthodox Church, 3180 Morefield Road, Hermitage, holds its third annual Christmas Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the church. The market includes homemade cookies, pirohi and halushki, Christmas candy and snack mixes, holiday dip mixes, holiday and decorator items, religious items, European folk crafts, last minute “pickup gifts,” a gift wrapping station and more.
• The Ballet Western Reserve will present a 1920s rendition of the classic holiday ballet, “The Nutcracker,” with live musical accompaniment performed by the Youngstown State University Jazz Ensemble. The family-friendly and affordable event will feature the dancers of Ballet Western Reserve and students of YSU’s Dana School of Music. Youngstown State University’s Dana Jazz Ensemble will perform the updated score featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Glenn Miller, and more.
Performances will be at the Stambaugh Auditorium at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are on sale at the Florence and Ward Beecher Box office at Stambaugh, by phone at 330-259-0555, online at stambaughauditorium.com, or in person at the box office.
• The Sharpsville Historical Society will present a Christmas concert by the Lakeview High School Chamber Choir at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the society headquarters, 131 N. Mercer Ave., Sharpsville.
The show will feature beloved hymns and carols as well as a sing-a-long accompanied by the Pomplitz Pipe Organ. Refreshments will be served following the performance. A free-will offering will be accepted at the door.
• The Mercer Community Band will perform its Christmas concert at 3 p.m Sunday at Mercer High School Auditorium.
Warm-up entertainment will be by Johnny Oakes at 2 p.m. Featured soloists will be Nicole Tascarella, soprano, and Abigail Lannen, euphonium. Santa Claus will make a guest appearance.
Admission is a donation of two non-perishable food items or $2, with all proceeds to be donated to several Mercer County food pantries.
Info: Call Hendley D. Hoge at 724-699-9124.
• Grove City College’s lunchtime Carnegie Christmas Concerts at the Carnegie Alumni Center feature student ensembles performing holiday music and more. This year’s schedule features:
« Today – Harp Studio, Flute Trio
« Friday – String Quartet, Touring Choir
Shows begin at noon daily and are free and open to the public with refreshments provided by the Advancement offices.
• The Youngstown State University Horn Studio will host Horns A’ Caroling at 1 p.m. Dec. 14 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown. French horn players of all ages are welcome to join the horn studio for an afternoon of music and refreshments. Registration is at ysu.edu/music/horns-a-caroling. The event is free and open to the public.
• A first ever Koledy Night will feature area musicians playing traditional Polish and American Christmas carol sing-a-longs. Lyrics in both Polish and English will be provided for those attending.
Koledy Night takes place at Polish Falcons, 105 W. Miller St., New Castle. The event is from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday and admission is $5 (with children 16 and under free). Special surprise guests will also make an appearance.
This event is sponsored by the Polish Americans of Lawrence County.
Info: Contact Jean Calvert at 724-654-6337 or Gary Fray at 724-752-9988.
• The annual holiday handbell concert will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Tower Presbyterian Church, 248 S. Broad St. Grove City.
The concert will feature the Celebration Ringers (a community handbell choir), the Revelation Ringers (the Grove City College choir), the Glenn Memorial Ringers of Tower Church and nationally acclaimed handbell soloist Sue Garton. There will be a variety of Christmas tunes both secular and sacred with vocal soloists and various instrumentalists featured.
The admission is free, but a goodwill offering will be collected to help with the expenses of music and bell repair.
• The Area Community Theatre of Sharpsville will present “The Many Moods of Christmas,” a musical variety show featuring song and dance and holiday favorites.
Performances will be held from Dec. 20 through 22 at the Buhl Park Casino, 715 Hazen Road, Hermitage. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday show is at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students.
Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 724-815-4388. Tickets may also be purchased at Muscarella’s Cafe in Sharpsville, Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Buhl Park Casino, or online at www.actsharpsville.org
Wednesday: 7 to 10 p.m. at Apollo Maennerchor Club, Sharon.
• Dave Iglar Band will play songs from its newly released album at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Maennerchor Club, Sharon.
• Muddy Cadillac will be at the Farrell Croatian Home at 9 p.m. Saturday.
• The Keg in Sharon hosts: Mike Peterson Band 7 to 10 p.m. today; Double Shot 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday; Reissue 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 12; and Max Schang and Charlie Barath 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 15.
• Steve Vuich hosts HoneyBoy’s Open Mic Nite at 8 p.m. today at Vintage Estate Wine and Beer, Youngstown. At 8 p.m. Friday he and Jim Behmer play at Russ’s Tavern, Belle Vernon. At 7 p.m. Saturday he performs at The Homestead Kitchen and Cocktails, Columbiana. At 6 p.m. Tuesday he hosts HoneyBoy’s Open Mic at Quaker Steak and Lube in Sharon.
• Mike Adams and Common Ground play Saturday at Nick’s Inn 62, Hermitage.
• The Tyler Jenkins Trio performs 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Hartford Hill Winery, Fowler.
• Soundbite plays 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 14 at Jacks R Wild, Mercer.
• Jesse James Weston plays 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Mortals Key Brewing Co., Jamestown. Take Solo plays there 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
• J. Hicks on the Square, Mercer, presents: Jazz with Dave Callaghan 7 to 10 p.m. today; KGB 8 to 11 p.m. Friday; and FX Trio 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.
• Apollo Maennerchor Club presents: On the Rocks 7 to 9 p.m. today; Pink Moon 7 to 10 p.m. Friday; and Bill Wharton - The Sauce Boss (members only show, no guests) 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
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