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WEEKDAY MATTERS | Lit Youngstown's Fall Literary Festival to get underway Thursday

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Fall Literary Festival 2021

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.

YOUNGSTOWN — Lit Youngstown's fifth annual Fall Literary Festival kicks off Thursday with a cookie table and an open mic.

The free event is open to the public. It will begin at 7 p.m. at Concept Studio, 217 W. Federal St.

More events are scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

This year’s theme is “Our Shared Story.” Guests include poet Teri Ellen Cross Davis, memoirist and poet Jan Beatty, children's author Matt Forrest Esenwine, novelist Bonnie Proudfoot and playwright Mike Geither.

Also on the program will be more than 70 presenters from nearly 20 states. 

The conference is $45, with discounts for contingent faculty and graduate students, and need-based sponsorships. Undergraduate and high school student registration is free.

Click here for more information and to register. After Tuesday, attendees must register in person.

Simeon Booker Award for Courage to be presented

YOUNGSTOWN — As part of Ohio Nonviolence Week, the Simeon Booker Award for Courage will be presented at the Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., on Monday. 

Former U.S. Rep. John Lewis will be honored posthumously. The local recipient is the Rev. James Ray.

The program at 7 p.m. is free and open to the public. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $25. To register, click here.

According to a news release, the Simeon Booker Award for Courage is given to a person “who exhibits the courage and tenacity of Simeon Booker. Growing up in Youngstown, Booker graduated from South High School and became the first Black reporter for the Washington Post before moving to Jet Magazine. As a civil rights reporter, he broke the story of the murder of Emmett Till.”

Rudy to speak at Robins Theatre on Thursday

WARREN — Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, the inspiration for the 1993 movie "Rudy," will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at Robins Theatre, 160 E. Market St.

Ruettiger, a motivational speaker, will share stories about his time at Notre Dame, including his infamous quarterback sack in his only college football game.

Tickets, which are $20 and $30 plus fees, can be purchased here and at the Robins Theatre Box Office. A VIP ticket is $65 and includes an autographed book plus a meet and greet after the show.

Jewish Film Festival opens Thursday

YOUNGSTOWN — The 2021 Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday with the movie “Miracle of Miracles” shown virtually and at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane.
Other films to be shown are “Shared Legacies,” Sunday; “The Last Suit,” Oct. 11; “Those Who Remained,” Oct. 14; “Jews & Baseball,” Oct. 19; “Syndrome K,” Nov. 3; and “Broken Mirrors,” Nov. 7.
The annual film festival takes participants on a cinematic, cultural journey that depicts a broad spectrum of Jewish life. The films shown come from all over the world, providing audiences with a glimpse into the Jewish experience, a news release states.
“Shared Legacies” will be shown at The Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave. “The Last Suit” will be shown at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, 151 W. Wood St. All others will be shown at the JCC. All will be available virtually.

Admission to “The Last Suit” is free and includes a discussion with Stephanie Pridgeon from Bates College. Individual movies are $7. A festival pass is $30, and a couples pass is $45.  For more information and tickets, click here.

YSU's 2021-22 Visual Arts Lecture Series to begin

YOUNGSTOWN — Ceramic artist Craig Clifford and sculptor Debbie Kupinsky will open Youngstown State University's 2021-22 Visual Arts Lecture Series.

They will speak at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Bliss Hall room 2200. They also will offer workshops from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:50 p.m. Wednesday in the Bliss ceramics lab, room 1059.

The lecture and workshops are free and open to the public.

Clifford is the head of the ceramics program at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Kupinsky is an associate professor in sculpture at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisc., and maintains an art studio in Appleton, Wisc. 

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