YOUNGSTOWN -- A round-table discussion about the new "Sleight of Hand" exhibit at Youngstown State University McDonough Museum of Art will be from 5-6 p.m. Thursday in the museum's installation gallery. Panelists will include artists in the show as well as essayist Dan Tranberg and museum director Leslie A. Brothers.
The inspiration for the metaphoric "Sleight of Hand" show was the late Italian artist Piero Fornasetti, whose used ordinary objects to reflect his wit and interests in history, nostalgia and illusion. Participating artists are David Hawthorne, Linda Laino, Michael T. Moseley, Catherine Roseberry, Rob Womack and Renee Zettle-Sterling.
Also being displayed at McDonough is "Diario [Diary]," which consists of digital photographs by Cuban artist Elsa Mora. Both shows officially open Friday night during the "Mad About the Arts" fund raiser for WYSU radio and the museum. The exhibits will close March 26.
Les Paul to perform
CLEVELAND -- Tickets will go on sale Friday for a performance by innovative guitarist Les Paul and his band at 8 p.m. March 5 at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. March 5 also is the opening of "The New Sound: Les Paul and the Electric Guitar," which will be part of a permanent exhibit. Paul, a 1988 Hall of Fame inductee, is known for building electric guitars and refining sound technology since the 1940s. Concert tickets are $20. Museum members may purchase them beginning Monday, before the general sale begins. Call (216) 781-7625 for information.
'Make It Myself Expo'
AKRON -- Learn techniques of one-stroke painting, decoupage, scrapbooking, stamp art, bead art, quilting, stained glass, piano playing and more at the "Make It Myself Expo," which PBS Channels 45 & amp; 49 will offer in conjunction with the 10th annual Akron/Canton Home & amp; Flower Show. Both events will be from Friday through next Sunday. The show will be at John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St. Admission is $7 for adults and free for children ages 11 and under. Classes will be in nearby Crowne Plaza Quaker Square. Class prices are from $35 to $125, including materials and a pass to the home show. See the Web site www.pbs4549.org/expo to see the complete list of classes, times and instructors' names, or call (800) 554-4549.
Kids' artwork for sale
AKRON -- Artwork by Vietnamese children will be displayed at Carousel Dinner Theater during its production of "Miss Saigon," a love story that takes place at the tumultuous end of the Vietnam War. "Miss Saigon" will be performed from March 4 to May 2 at the theater, 1275 E. Waterloo Road. The children's drawings were entered in a contest that was sponsored by Project RENEW, a Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund program that raises awareness about land mines and explosives that remain a threat in Vietnam. Artwork sales will benefit Project RENEW.
One-man play scheduled
WARREN -- Tom Burd of Warren will be featured in a free performance of "Clarence Darrow: A One-Man Play" by David W. Rintels to be presented at 6:30 p.m. March 13 in the courtroom of Judge Andrew Logan at Trumbull County Courthouse.
Sponsored by the Backdoor Theatre and the public libraries of Trumbull and Ashtabula counties, the play runs two hours with light refreshments during the intermission. Before the opening act, there will be music by the John Toula jazz trio, JT3.
Reservations are not required but seating is limited to 150.
NILES -- Trumbull New Theatre is accepting applications for its annual scholarship awards. Scholarships of $250 to $500 are awarded to high school seniors and full-time college students from Trumbull County who will participate in an aspect of community theater after graduation. Children of TNT members and those who have already participated in a TNT production also are eligible. Application forms are available at the theater, 5883 Youngstown-Warren Road. Call Mary Ann Marton at (330) 856-2129 for details.
"David had really thrown the show right up into the air as high as he could throw it, and really didn't know how it was gonna land. I liked that." -- James Spader, explaining his reaction when David E. Kelley, creator of "The Practice," invited him to join the ABC legal drama.