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WEEKEND MATTERS | Frankie Avalon to perform at Powers Auditorium tonight

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Frankie Avalon will perform at Edward W. Powers Auditorium at the DeYor Performing Arts Center in Youngstown tonight. (Contributed photo)

Here are some of the events happening around the Mahoning Valley this weekend. For more events, check out our events calendar and sign up here for our Weekend Matters newsletter.

YOUNGSTOWN — Surf's up! Singer and actor Frankie Avalon, who starred alongside actress Annette Funicello as the romantic leads in the “Beach Party” movies in the 1960s, will take the Edward W. Powers Auditorium stage tonight.

Avalon will perform at 8 p.m. at the DeYor Performing Arts Center, 260 W. Federal St.

Tickets, ranging in price from $54 to $84 (plus fees) are available online at and For telephone purchases, call 330-259-9651 or 330-259-0555. Tickets also will be available at the DeYor box office.

The former teen idol had dozens of popular songs in the 1950s and 1960s, including No. 1 hits "Venus" and "Why." His string of Gold Record singles and albums included 31 charted hits. In 1959 he had six hits that were in the top 40. 

Felder set to take Robins Theatre stage

WARREN — Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder, who co-wrote the hit song "Hotel California," will perform at 8 p.m. tonight at Robins Theatre, 160 E. Market St.

Tickets, ranging in price from $30 to $75, can be purchased here and at the Robins Theatre Box Office.

Felder joined The Eagles in 1974 and was a member until 2001. His autobiography, "Heaven and Hell: My Life in The Eagles," was a New York Times bestseller.

He was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville in 2016, and the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2017. His most recent solo album, "American Rock 'N' Roll," ws released in 2019.

Lit Youngstown's Fall Literary Festival continues

YOUNGSTOWN — Lit Youngstown's fifth annual Fall Literary Festival continues with events today 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 are more than 70 presenters from nearly 20 states. 

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

Click here for the event schedule.

Dustin Grella exhibition to go on display at McDonough Museum

YOUNGSTOWN — Dustin Grella’s “Animation Hotline Shorts” will be on display in the John J. McDonough Museum of Art, 525 Wick Ave., beginning Saturday.  

Grella is an animation artist who works in the pastel on slate technique, also known as chalkboard animation. This exhibition, which runs through Oct. 30, features his Animation Hotline, “an ongoing series of short animations allowing anonymous callers to leave voicemail messages that are then animated.” 

His Dusty Studios work has won international awards and has been screened at Cannes and the Sundance film festivals, the Museum of Modern Art and the New York Times. 

Grella, who teaches at Queens College in New York, received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts and was honored with the Paula H. Rhodes Award for Excellence in Computer Art. 

Grella will give a lecture about his work at 3 p.m. Oct. 20 in the McDonough Museum auditorium.

Ursuline to host 'Girls Gone Shopping' pre-auction party

YOUNGSTOWN — The Ursuline High School Auction Committee is hosting “Girls Gone Shopping” on Sunday.

The event from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Ursuline cafeteria is a sip, shop and socialize event to benefit the 19th annual Auction Gala. 

Vendors include Coral Rose Boutique, Rosebuds Children’s Boutique, Captain McFinn, Bella Amica, Damsel In Distress, Dineens, Gray Barn Baking, Ivory & Birch, Jeffrey Chrystal Catering, Magnolia’s on the Green, Spruce Home Décor, Studio Oxygen and Villa Maria Farm.

The cost to attend is a gift card ($20 or more) of your choosing. The gift cards will be used to make a gift card tree or purchase a gift for the auction on Nov. 6.

Swag bags will be presented to the first 50 guests. Door prize drawings include a $500 Ursuline tuition grant or a $300 gift card tree.

To register, click here

MetroParks offers Pumpkin Walk, carving

YOUNGSTOWN — Mill Creek MetroParks will host Pumpkin Walk at Twilight from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave.

Pumpkin-lined paths will be toured as the day turns to night. Starting at 5:30 p.m., families can enjoy live entertainment presented by The John Reese Trio. Refreshments will be available for purchase during the evening at the Garden Café.

Pumpkin carving sessions will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The carved pumpkins will be displayed for the tour. The carving area is located in the outdoor Service Building at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

This event is also free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-740-7116 or click here.

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