Inspiring Minds' 1st Annual Black Tie Affair in Youngstown is scheduled for Saturday, May 9 at 6:00 pm, at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown. The evening will feature keynote speaker Jim Tressel; appearances by Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini and YSU football coach Bo Pelini; dinner and dancing; and the opportunity to learn more about Inspiring Minds. Since 2006, over 2,000 students have participated in the program's Education, Health & Wellness, College & Career Readiness and Personal Development activities.
The YSU Office of Student Diversity Programs, the Latino Student Organization, and the Mexican Mutual Society is holding a Cinco de Mayo celebration on Friday, May 1, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, in the Ohio Room of Kilcawley Center at Youngstown State University. The event will present live music, traditional dances and ethnic food. RSVP by April 27th to the YSU Office of Student Diversity Programs at 330 941-2086.
The Mahoning Valley Chorale, under the direction of Kris Harper, will present a concert, “From Italy With Love” at the Brier Hill Cultural Center, 145 Jefferson St., in Youngstown on Sunday, April 26th at 3:00 pm. The concert will feature Italian opera, love songs and folk songs. Tickets can be reserved by calling 330-707-2144 and will also be available at the door.
Fallen City Writers will present a reading from their recently published anthology on Sunday, April 19th at 2:00 pm, at the Oak Hill Collaborative, 507 Oak Hill, in Youngstown. Parking available in lot on lower level. Please use entrance at lower level door. This is a celebration of the new anthology and National Poetry Month.
The YWCA of Youngstown is presenting their 3rd annual Stand Against Racism!, at the First Presbyterian Church on Wick Avenue, on Thursday, April 23rd, at 9:30AM. The program will include a performance of Ragtime by Chaney High School students, a group discussion and an essay reading. More information can be found at 330-746-6361.
The Ursuline Center is presenting "From Sarajevo to Syria- the Horror & Hope for Refugees", a free lecture about oppression in war-torn areas, on Saturday, May 2nd, at 10:00 AM, at The Ursuline Center in Canfield. The lecture is free and open to the public but a ticket is required. More information is available at 330-799-4941.
James Randi, magician, escape artist and the world’s most tireless investigator and demystifier of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims, visits Youngstown State University on Monday, March 30, at 7:00 pm, in Room B112 of Cushwa Hall. An Honest Liar, a documentary of Randi’s life, will be screened, followed by a question-and-answer session.
The graduate chapters of Delta Sigma Theta and Kappa Alpha Psi are presenting an evening with tenor and Youngstown native Lawrence Brownlee. Brownlee, accompanied by pianist Damien Sneed, will perform his “Spiritual Sketches” recital, at The DeYor Performing Arts Centre in downtown Youngstown on Sunday, April 19, at 6:00 pm. More information is available at Youngstown-symphony-dot-com or 330-744-0264.
Vincent, the play written by Leonard Nimoy chronicling the life of artist Vincent van Gogh, will be performed at Madison, on Elm Street in Youngstown, on Saturday, March 28th at 8:00 pm and Sunday, March 29th at 2:00 pm. Rodd Coonce is reviving his dual roles as Theo, van Gogh’s brother, as well as the tormented artist himself. The actor shares the stage with a projection of over 200 images of van Gogh’s work. Reservations can be made at Dorian Books at 330-743-2665.
The Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival is presenting a feature film, Run Boy Run, as the final film in the spring festival on Tuesday, May 12th at 7:00 PM at Cinemark Tinseltown in Boardman. Run Boy Run tells the extraordinary true story of a Polish boy who seeks the kindness of others in his solitary struggle to outlast the Nazi occupation and keep alive his Jewish faith.