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WEEKEND MATTERS | Judas Priest will deliver the goods at Covelli Centre

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out these events.

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 — Judas Priest is celebrating 50 years of heavy metal and will bring its current tour to the Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., at 7:30 tonight.

Tickets, ranging in price from $48.75 to $102.75 plus fees, can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and the Southwoods Health Box Office inside the Covelli Centre.

The heavy metal band formed in 1969. It has sold more than 50 million albums and won a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2010.

Judas Priest has produced 18 studio albums. It’s latest, “Firepower,” was released in 2018. The band is known for songs such as “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” “Breaking the Law,” “Turbo Lover,” “Heading Out to the Highway,” “Delivering the Goods” and “Living After Midnight.”

Lotus Art Center to celebrate grand opening, first exhibition 

WARREN — Lotus Art Center, 2033 Elm Road NE, is celebrating its grand opening and its first official art exhibition with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. today.

The exhibition is a variety of works by artists in the community and will be on display until Nov. 18.

The community art center offers classes taught by artists in the community for varying skill levels, from someone who has never drawn before to the accomplished artist.

The team at Lotus hopes to make art more accessible to the community, a news release states.

“At Lotus Art Center, we want to build a safe and inclusive environment where people of all ages, races, cultures, and economic status can come together, and community improvement and enrichment can flourish through creation and appreciation of art,” the center’s website states.

For more information, email lotusartwarren@gmail.com or call 719-298-2187.

Justin Hayward to perform at Robins Theatre

WARREN — Musician Justin Hayward will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Robins Theatre, 160 E. Market St.

Tickets, ranging in price from $20 to $75, can be purchased here and at the Robins Theatre Box Office.

Hayward will perform solo hits as well as a collection of his songs with The Moody Blues.

Hayward was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 as a member of The Moody Blues.

Allstar Legends of Hip Hop coming to Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN — Allstar Legends of Hip Hop, featuring Juvenile, Mystikal, 8Ball & MJGTwista and Trina, will perform at the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre, 201 S. Phelps St., at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets, ranging in price from $58 to $102, can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and at the Southwoods Health Box Office inside Covelli Centre.

The Butler to display artwork from late artist Joy White

YOUNGSTOWN — The Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., will show two series of works by the late local artist Joy White. 

The artwork, completed in her final months of life, provides a visual expression of White’s experience with the diagnosis and management of terminal ovarian cancer, a news release states. 

The exhibition, titled “Joy White: The Small Hours,” will open Sunday and will be on view through Oct. 17 in The Butler’s Davis Gallery on the second floor.

Besides the 19 works that compose “The Small Hours” series, the exhibition also includes a 22-piece series composed of White’s mixed-media artwork titled “The Containment Series.”

The entire body of work that makes up the exhibition was inspired by White’s path through stage 3c ovarian cancer. Each piece represents a step or thought, emotion, action or reaction through a phase of management of her life with a terminal illness, the release states.

The Butler is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.

Silly Science Sunday to take over Youngstown streets

YOUNGSTOWN — OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology will host its 11th annual Silly Science Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The center will spill out onto Central Square and a portion of West Federal Street on Sunday to provide a variety of hands-on activities, exhibitors and stage shows all related to science, technology, reading, engineering, art and mathematics. 

The event is free and open to the public.  A full list of exhibitors can be found on the center's website.

"It is going to be great to be able to gather together in downtown again this year," Colleen Ruby, director of Visitor Services at OH WOW!, said in a news release. "Last year we did a remote version of the festival, and that was a WOWtastic alternative. 

"But the WOW! Pals missed the excitement and enthusiasm of seeing everyone come down for a day of STREAM activities right here on Central Square.”

YSO performance to feature guest conductor Burns, cellist Smith

YOUNGSTOWN — Principal guest conductor Miriam Burns will conduct the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra with guest artist Miriam K. Smith at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Edward W. Powers Auditorium at the DeYor Performing Arts Center, 260 W. Federal St. 

The concert will feature the classical works of Tchaikovski, Mendelssohn, Berloiz and Ginastera.

Tickets are available at the DeYor Performing Arts Center Box Office by calling 330-259-9651 and the Florence and Ward Beecher Box Office at Stambaugh Auditorium by calling 330-259-0555. Tickets also are available here.

A former assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Burns is currently serving as artistic director and conductor of the Paragon Philharmonia in Northern Virginia, visiting professor and director of the orchestras at The Ohio State University and continues as music director of The Orchestra of the Redeemer in New York City.

Smith, a cellist, has performed concertos with symphony orchestras around the country starting at 8 years old. She has performed with ensembles including the Cincinnati Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.

Northeast Ohio Century bicycling tour set for Sunday

CORTLAND — Bicyclists from across Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania will converge on Trumbull County on Sunday for the 48th Northeast Ohio Century tour. 

The event, sponsored by the Out-Spokin' Wheelmen bicycling club, will be based at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds’ Banquet Center, 899 Everett Hull Road. 

Cyclists will choose among six routes, ranging from 12 to 27 miles and featuring color-coded road markings. 

Lunch at the banquet center and all-you-can-eat homemade cookies are included in the $30 ride fee. 

In-person registration and check-in will be from 7 to 11 a.m. at the banquet center. 

Support vehicles will be available to assist riders until 4 p.m. Helmets are required. Participants can register online here.

Science Ficta to perform, participate in lecture at YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Science Ficta will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Bliss Recital Hall on the campus of Youngstown State University

Members of the group will also participate in a Dana Lecture Series at 2:30 p.m. Monday in Bliss Hall, Room 3136. Both events are free and open to the public. 

Comprised of viola da gamba virtuosi Loren Ludwig, Doug Balliett and Dana faculty cellist Kivie Cahn-Lipman, the ensemble's performance will include eclectic early English music for viol consort and a set of bizarre canons by galant-era composer Christoph Graupner.

Some quick hits …

  • Dave and Ed's Super Swap Meet returns to the Canfield Fairgrounds, 7265 Columbiana-Canfield Road, this weekend. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $7 per person per day or $10 per person for a weekend pass. Children under 12 are admitted free.
  • Nite Breeze will perform at noon today at the Courthouse Square gazebo in downtown Warren.
  • The Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies at Youngstown State University will host Party in the Hut in celebration of Sukkot from noon to 2 p.m. today outside DeBartolo Hall on the plaza facing campus. 
  • The Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens will have a Bulbs and Perennials Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown.
  • The Cars are the Stars Benefit Classic Car Show will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Girard Multi-Generational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave.
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