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WEEKEND MATTERS | ‘Max Mason: Painting the Game’ on deck at the Butler

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

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

YOUNGSTOWN — Play ball! The Butler Institute of American Art is getting ready to celebrate America's favorite pastime.

The museum at 524 Wick Avenue will open the baseball exhibit "Max Mason: Painting the Game" on Sunday.

Opening day ceremonies will begin at noon in the Giffuni Gallery on the second floor, where the artist will present a gallery talk at 2 p.m. 

The exhibition will be on view through Sept. 5.

Admission to the Butler and Max Mason’s gallery talk are free.

The exhibit presents a virtual clinic on composition and color usage to bring to life the nostalgia surrounding baseball.

Lou Zona, executive director and chief curator of the Butler, describes the artworks of Mason as “impressive on a variety of levels.”

In a news release, Zona describes Mason as “a masterful draughtsman who can lay down paint in the manner of the old masters.

“In a museum filled with exquisite paintings, the works of Max Mason more than hold their own," Zona said. "The Butler is delighted to present this outstanding exhibition of the work of Max Mason.”

The Butler's permanent collection contains works by Mason, including a quadriptych of paintings ("Spring Training Batter," "Spring Training Catcher," "Spring Training Fielder" and "Spring Training Pitcher"). One of the four is usually displayed in the museum's Donnell Sports Gallery.

Opera Western Reserve offers performances today

YOUNGSTOWN — Opera Western Reserve is returning to live performances today with back-to-back events at the DeYor Performing Arts Center, 260 W. Federal St.

First up are two free performances of "The Three Little Pigs" children's opera at 4:30 and 6 p.m. in the outdoor garden. Families can bring blankets or chairs and a picnic. Each performance can accommodate up to 125 people and will last 40 minutes. Tickets are required to ensure social distancing. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors, without the picnic.  

At 8 p.m., the Big, Baaad Cabaret will feature soprano Randa Rouweyha and tenor Jesus Daniel.

Veterans of OWR performances, this will be their first time performing duets together for an OWR audience. The evening will feature songs ranging from opera arias to Broadway favorites.

Tickets for the cabaret are $35. VIP tickets are $55. After the performance, VIP ticket holders will be treated to a dessert buffet and a flute of prosecco for a celebratory toast.    

Masks are required, except when eating. To order tickets, click here or call 330-259-0555 or 330-259-9651.

McDonough exhibit celebrates work, memory of YSU professors

YOUNGSTOWN — Through July 24, the John J. McDonough Museum of Art will feature "In Memoriam," which celebrates the work and memory of three professors from Youngstown State University’s Department of Art.

The exhibition will include paintings by Al Bright and a print show and sale of work by Jack Carlton and Michael J. Walusis.

Also on display will be the Pittsburgh-based exhibition "Anthropology of Motherhood."

There will be an opening for the exhibitions from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Bright was known for his painting performances where he created abstract images to live jazz music. The show includes a work that was created in one of his most noteworthy painting performances with Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers with 19-year-old Wynton Marsalis on trumpet.

The print sale will take place from 2 to 4 p.m July 24.

Central YMCA sets 12 rounds of fundraising

YOUNGSTOWN — The Central YMCA of Youngstown will host its 12 Rounds fundraising event today and Saturday.  

All proceeds will go to the Y’s annual fundraising campaign for programs for children and families.

Hours are 5 to 7 p.m. for today's Junior 12 Rounds and 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday for the 12 Rounds Main Event at the  Central YMCA member parking lot at the corner of East Commerce Street and North Walnut Streets.

The high-energy dynamic circuit training event will strive to engage people from all walks of life to promote healthier habits through exercise and a positive mindset, a news release states. 

Participants will complete 12 exercise stations. They have been fundraising leading up to the events in an effort to raise $20,000 for children, teens and families in the community.

For more information, contact Meri Fetkovich, senior director of health and wellness, at or 330-742-4788. 

Sasse Sisters to perform jazz benefit 

YOUNGSTOWN — Sasse Sisters will have a benefit presentation titled “A Musical Journey Thru Jazz" on Saturday and Sunday.

The benefit presentation will support The Ladies and Gentleman’s Club, a free arts program for the youth of the city.

The show will be held in the IMANI Building, 3300 Hudson Ave. Show times are 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, call Martha at 330-333-8337.

The benefit is part of the weeklong Juneteenth celebration.

Diocese sets Mass to honor longtime married couples

YOUNGSTOWN — The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has scheduled a service Sunday to honor 135 couples whose total years of marriage is 6,565 years.

The Most Rev. David J. Bonnar, bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, will celebrate a special Mass at 2 p.m. at St. Columba Cathedral to celebrate those married from 25 to 70 years.

John and Marion Anderson, parishioners of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Cortland, and John and Mary Theresa Gabriele of Christ Our Savior Parish in Struthers are celebrating 70 years of marriage this year.

Other couples celebrating will be: 38 couples married 51 to 68 years; 60 couples wedded 50 years; 21 couples observing 40 years; and 13 couples marking 25 years.

The event will include a renewal of marriage vows and a personalized certificate.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the couples will not be attending the celebration in person but will participate remotely via livestreaming through the Diocese of Youngstown's website.