Lit Youngstown presents a reading by novelists Mary Beth Earnheardt and Randi Barlow Pappa, on Wednesday August 3, at 7:00 pm, at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts on N. Phelps St. in downtown Youngstown. An open mic emceed by Colleen Clayton will follow the reading. The event is free and open to the public. More information at LitYoungstown.wordpress.com.
The Southside Fine Arts Academy will hold their summer sessions in the fine arts Tuesday, July 19th through Tuesday, August 23rd, 4:00 - 7:00 pm at the Fairview Arts and Outreach Center, 4220 Youngstown-Poland Road. The classes are open to all children in the Youngstown area, free of charge. Classes include dance and movement, visual arts, creative writing/poetry, creative listening activities and drum circles. More information on facebook or by contacting Executive Director Kris Harper at 330-707-2144.
O.C.C.H.A. Inc., the Hispanic American Civic and Cultural Organization will host its Fifth International Latino Food Festival from noon to 8:00 pm, on Saturday, July 23. The annual festival takes place at the O.C.C.H.A. Social Hall, 3660 Shirley Road, in Youngstown. Experience a taste of Hispanic cuisine through authentic handmade food delicacies, desserts, and beverages. Festival goers will be treated to traditional dances, musical performances, and a DJ throughout the day. A piñata, children’s activities, and raffles will also be featured. Admission and parking are free.
The African American Heritage Weekend kicks off with the African American Male Wellness Walk - Mahoning Valley's 5K Run/Walk/Bicycle -- on Saturday, August 20th, beginning at 7:00 am, at the Covelli Center Parking Lot, 229 East Front Street, in Youngstown . No registration is required, and the event is free. There's more information at aawalk.org.
The Soap Gallery presents the exhibition "Politics Love or Hate," running through Saturday, July 23rd. The show features artwork by local artists Jeff Piper, Suzanne Grey, James Pernotto, and many other artists. The Soap Gallery is located at 117 S. Champion Street, in Youngstown.
Wendell August presents an evening of "Wendell, Women and Wine," on Thursday, July 14. at 7:00 pm, showcasing hundreds of one-of-a-kind jewelry designs from Wendell August jewelry designer, Emily Hendrie. Reservations can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 18th-annual YSU Summer Festival of the Arts is on Saturday,July 9th & Sunday, July 10th at and around YSU. There is a juried arts fest that features the work of over 75 artists. There will also be dozens of performances, and participation from arts, culture and creative groups. The Festival is part of a larger weekend of events including the Youngstown Wine and Jazz event, St. Nicholas Greek Summerfest, and the 2k16 gospel fest. More information at ysu.edu/sfa or 330-941-2307.
The summer Art Crawl in downtown Youngstown takes place on Thursday, July 14, 4:00 - 7:00 pm. Participating venues include the Butler Museum of Art, the John J McDonough Museum of Art, The M Gallery, The Soap Gallery and the YWCA of Youngstown.
The Youngstown Playhouse presents David Mamet's play "American Buffalo", directed by Pat Foltz. Evening performances are Thursday through Saturday, at 7:30 pm. ["American Buffalo" deals with three small-time crooks of great ambition and low morals who plan to heist a valuable coin collection. When their con goes awry, it's every man for himself.] Information and tickets at 330-788-8739 or theyoungstownplayhouse.com.
Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership welcomes The New School, a progressive university in New York City, back to Warren to present “DESIGNING NEW LIVE-WORK SPACES: Redesigning the housing of the Garden District Neighborhood in Warren, Ohio,” on Monday, June 6th, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm, at Trumbull Art Gallery's “The Short Cut Gallery”, at 141 West Market Street. The event is free and open to the public. The work applies the tools of community development finance, grassroots development, and art and design strategies to revitalize abandoned housing in Warren.