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Looking for something to do this week? Check out these events.​​​​​​​
Here are some of the events happening around the Mahoning Valley this week. For more events, check out our events calendar and sign up here for our Weekend Matters newsletter.

WARREN — Singer-songwriter Christopher Cross will perform at Robins Theatre at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Tickets, ranging in price from $40 to $70, can be purchased here and at the Robins Theatre Box Office, 160 E. Market St.

Cross has sold more than 10 million albums and has earned five Grammys. He also has won Oscar and Golden Globe awards, and was nominated for an Emmy.

His hits include “Sailing,” “Arthur’s Theme [Best That You Can Do],” “Never Be the Same,” “Think of Laura,” “All Right” and “Ride Like the Wind.”

University of Michigan professor to speak at JCC of Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN — Mark Tessler, a professor of political science at the University of Michigan who specializes in comparative politics and Middle East studies, will speak at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane.

The lecture at noon today is part of the Newman Levy lecture series.

Tessler’s topic will be “The Israeli Palestinian Conflict 2001-2021 and What Comes Next.”

A Youngstown native, Tessler graduated with honors from The Rayen School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Case Western University and a doctorate degree from Northwestern University.

YSU to showcase art by Debra DeGregorio, Paige Stewart

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University’s Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts will showcase an exhibition by mixed media artist Debra DeGregorio and painter Paige Stewart today through Oct. 22.

“Paige Stewart and Debra DeGregorio: New Works” will be displayed in the Judith Rae Solomon Gallery on the second floor of Bliss Hall. The gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m.  to 5 p.m.

Stewart graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in studio arts from American University in 2018. Since then she has been teaching at YSU and Westminster College. She uses the physicality of oil paint to evoke moods that portray the mystical, transcendental, absurd and grotesque aspects of humanity. 

DeGregorio's work has ranged from large, drawn and printed natural forms, to bright micro-installations, using collage, string and sequins on pins. Born in Pittsburgh, she studied printmaking and drawing at Kent State University and Ceramics and Printmaking at the University of Akron. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from SUNY, New Paltz, N.Y. She teaches at YSU.

Lit Youngstown offers 3 events

YOUNGSTOWN — Lit Youngstown is offering Teen Writers Workshops on the second Monday of each month.

The free, informal gatherings are for writing and creative expression. All experience levels are welcome. Register here once to attend any number of workshops.

Leading the workshop is Carrie George, a poet, photographer and candidate at the Northeast Ohio MFA program. She is the current graduate fellow for the Wick Poetry Center.

Enrollment is open for one online and two in-person workshops for adults and teens. More information on cost and registration deadlines is available here

Lit Youngstown also has Zoom workshops Tuesdays through Oct. 26 from 1 to 2 p.m. The theme is "Using Recipes for Revising Your Half-Baked Poems." The focus of the class will be reimagining and reworking poems that don’t seem fully realized. The teaching artist is Marion Boyer of Twinsburg, author of four poetry collections.

Thursday, Lit Youngstown's monthly book discussion will be at the Michael Kusalaba Library, 2815 Mahoning Ave., at 6 p.m. The  poetry collection "No Ruined Stone" by Shara McCallum will be discussed.

Motivational speaker Bobby Gonzalez to speak at YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — As part of Youngstown State University's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, motivational speaker Bobby Gonzalez will speak at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Kilcawley Center.

His topic is "Why Latinos Are Not Spanish: The Cultural and Racial Diversity of Hispanics." The program is free.

For more information, call the YSU Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at 330-941-3370.

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