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WEEKDAY MATTERS: Butler to rock with 'Front Row Center' exhibit

Looking for something to do this week? Here are some of the events happening around the Mahoning Valley.

Here are some of the events happening around the Mahoning Valley this week. For more events, check out our Events calendar.

YOUNGSTOWN —The Butler Institute of American Art will open its new musical exhibit, "Front Row Center: Icons of Rock, Blues and Soul," on Tuesday.

The iconic photographs of Larry Hulst feature some of rock’s greatest performers. From Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix to David Bowie and Lauryn Hill, "Front Row Center: Icons of Rock, Blues and Soul" brings together more than 70 images of legendary musicians and singers across three genres and generations.

The exhibit will be displayed until June 27.

Lou Zona, executive director and chief curator of The Butler, describes the exhibit as “a wonderful reminder of the extraordinary contribution made to our culture by rock, blues and soul music.

"It also reveals much about the colorful nature of the performers who created this musical magic," he said.

Photographic prints from the exhibition will be available for purchase in The Butler Museum Store, located at the back of Beecher Court in the Andrews Pavilion section of the museum near the rear exit doors. Part of the proceeds will help fund museum programming.

‘Spanning the Need’ teams up with ACTION on ‘State of the Valley’

YOUNGSTOWN — The “Spanning the Need” podcast and the Alliance for Congregational Transformation Influencing Our Neighborhoods will present a panel discussion, “State of the Valley,” at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The discussion, moderated by Anthony Spano, will be available live on Spano’s Facebook page and later on his YouTube channel.

Topics will include curbing violence, the importance of communication with community leaders and successful initiatives and best practices. The panel will answer questions submitted by viewers, if time permits.

Panel participants will include:

  • Rose Carter, executive director of ACTION;
  • Richard Kidd, pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church in Boardman;
  • Vicki Vicars, pastoral minister of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Youngstown;
  • Michelle Burton, administrator of Women’s Ministry Leader at Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church.

JCRC to host 2021 Yom Hashoah virtual programs

YOUNGSTOWN — The Jewish Community Relations Council will hold its annual Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance) commemoration programs virtually Thursday and April 11.  

The 27th Annual Community Holocaust Commemoration event will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, and the annual Shoah Memorial Ceremony will be at 4 p.m. April 11.

The Annual Community Holocaust Commemoration event will include remarks by Federation Holocaust Educational Specialist Jesse McClain; the recognition of the winners of the JCRC’s student Holocaust writing, art and multimedia contest; and the presentation of a proclamation by Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown, as well as memorial prayers and a candlelighting ceremony to honor the 6 million who perished.

The Shoah Memorial Ceremony will feature a keynote presentation by Jacob Ari Labendz, the Youngstown State University Clayman assistant professor of Judaic and Holocaust Studies and the director of the YSU Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies. The program will also include special video presentations, a candlelighting ceremony and participation by children and grandchildren of Survivors.

Both virtual programs are free. To register, click here.

Emily Goering's paintings receive Bliss Hall exhibition

YOUNGSTOWN — An exhibition of paintings by Youngstown State University alumna Emily Goerig will be displayed today through Friday in the Judith Rae Solomon Gallery on Bliss Hall’s second floor.

Called "A Visual Exploration of Adolescence: Growth, Identity, & Resilience," the exhibition was a part of her graduate show.

The exhibition is available to view through the gallery windows from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Goerig, of Leetonia, received her Master of Arts degree in art education in 2020. She has been teaching art for seven years and is a visual arts educator at Crestview Local Schools.

JCC offers Broadway dance workshops with Makayla McIntosh 

YOUNGSTOWN — The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown's School of Theatre is offering two Broadway dance workshops with national touring artist Makayla McIntosh at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane.
 
The first workshop will be “A Chorus Line Workshop” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Participants age 14 and older with intermediate/advanced dance experience will learn original Broadway choreography from the renowned musical classic "A Chorus Line."
 
On April 21, “Chicago Workshop” will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Participants age 14 and older with intermediate/advanced dance experience will learn Bob Fosse techniques and how to “cell block tango.”
 
Both workshops will include age-appropriate choreography.

The cost for each is $30 for JCC members and $40 for nonmembers. To register, click here.

McIntosh is a Vancouver, British Columbia, and New York City-based personal trainer and performer. She was born and raised in Newton Falls.

Grace Curtis, Laura Grace Weldon will read for Lit Youngstown program

YOUNGSTOWN — Grace Curtis and Laura Grace Weldon will read from their work for Lit Youngstown's next First Wednesday Readers Series program.

The program, co-hosted by Barbara Sabol, will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday and will be available on Lit Youngstown's Facebook page. Click here to attend on Zoom and/or read during the open mic.

Curtis is the author of three collections of poetry: "Everything Gets Old," "The Shape of a Box" and "The Surly Bonds of Earth." Her prose and poetry can be found in numerous journals.

Weldon has two poetry collections, "Blackbird" and "Tending."

Puppeteer, improv workshops on deck at JCC of Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN — The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown's School of Theatre is offering two four-week workshops in April at the JCC, 505 Gypsy Lane.
 
On Tuesdays, “Puppeteer Workshop” will be held from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. through April 27. Participants will create a puppet and learn how to bring it to life. This workshop is open to all ages, but children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
 
On Thursdays, “Mission Improvable,” an improv class for children age 9 to 14, will be held from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. through April 29. Participants will learn the secrets behind improv comedy.
 
The cost for each workshop is $100 for members and $125 for nonmembers. To register, click here.

TNP offers community garden information session

WARREN — Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership will have an information session Wednesday about the resources it offers through the GROW program. 

During this information session from 7 to 8 p.m., community garden volunteers and people interested in community gardens throughout Trumbull County can come together and learn more about the resources offered in the community for community gardens and urban agriculture. 

Gardens that have received support from TNP's GROW program in the past are encouraged to have at least one representative from the garden group attend the Zoom meeting. 

To register, click here.