The update | Wall ideas exhibited; symphony in concert; Pinball Fest at the MetroPlex – Business Journal Daily

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — An exhibit of murals and site-specific artwork created by students from Youngstown State University will open April 11 at the Solomon Gallery and run through April 22.

The gallery, in Bliss Hall, is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Twenty posters showcasing the design ideas of students (some now former) from Professor Dragana Crnjak’s Fall 2020 and 2021 Wall Painting and Site-Specific Painting courses will be on display. The posters present hypothetical proposals that the students developed based on their individual site choices.

“While our hope is to see more of the proposed ideas come to fruition, the main purpose of the exhibition is to share the exciting range of student ideas for public art that can play a crucial role in visual transformation and enrichment of the city of Youngstown,” says Crnjak.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra will perform a brass and percussion concert at Ford Family Recital Hall at the DeYor Performing Arts Center at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 10.

The program will include Fanfare for the Common Man by Copland, Symphony for Brass and Timpani by Haufrecht, Irish Tune from County Derry by Grainger and Allen, and more.

Single tickets range from $42 to $62 including all fees. Discounts are available for seniors and students. Tickets are available Monday through Friday by calling 330 259 9651, the Performing Arts Center box office on weekdays, and at

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The second annual PinBrew, a local pinball and craft beer festival, will take place Thursday through Saturday, April 7-9, at the Metroplex Expo Center on Belmont Avenue.

The family-friendly event will feature over 100 free pinball machines and arcade games with paid admission as well as local food vendors and offerings from six local microbreweries. Proceeds from beer sales will be donated to the MKC project. Tickets are available online at or at the door.

Project MKC serves 10 area counties with programs that include Best Foot Forward, an initiative to distribute new boots to children, as well as Hope Totes, which provides packages to children undergoing chemotherapy at the Children’s Hospital in Washington. ‘Akron from the Mahoning Valley.

The first coin-operated pinball machine, “Whiffle”, was designed and created by Arthur Paulin and Automatic Industries Inc. of Youngstown in the 1930s.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Internationally acclaimed guitarist, songwriter, and entertainer Mimi Fox will give a masterclass Friday, April 8, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Bliss Hall, room 2222, on the campus of Youngstown State University. The event, presented by the Dana School of Music, is free and open to the public.

Fox has been named the winner in six consecutive DownBeat Magazine international critics’ polls and has been recognized by writers and colleagues as one of the most eloquent guitarists on the scene today.

SALEM, Ohio — Auditions for Salem Community Theater’s production of “The Little Mermaid Jr.”, a youth production directed by Justin Steele, will be held June 5 from 4-6 p.m. and June 6 from 6-8 p.m. h.

The show will be presented from August 4 to 7.

The director is looking for a wide cast of actors ranging in age from sophomores through high school.

The auditionees will have to prepare a one-minute section of a song. No attendant will be provided. These auditionees can sing a cappella or with a voiceless phone or CD, and will also be asked to read the script.

BOARDMAN, Ohio — The Davis Family YMCA, 45 McClurg Road, will host an open house on Sunday, April 10, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to kick off its fundraiser, Sunflowers for Ukraine. More than four dozen paintings and photographs, donated by local artists, will be auctioned to raise funds for YMCA Ukraine.

Art donations, labeled with name and title on the back, can be dropped off at Davis Y anytime before or after April 10. The public is welcome to purchase art anytime during regular Y hours.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A fan session with pop art creator and illustrator Jim Steranko will begin at 8:30 p.m. on April 9 at the Doubletree Hotel downtown.

Free entry. Steranko will sell and sign memorabilia. An exhibition of paintings by the artist is currently on view at the Butler Institute of American Art.

Steranko will be attending a reception at the museum at 6 p.m. on April 9. Tickets are available at

Pictured: YSU student Mia Mondora created this concept mural with the intention of painting it on the Gallagher building, home to the original Cedars Lounge, in downtown Youngstown. This is part of an exhibition at the Judith Rae Solomon Gallery which will open on April 11.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.

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