YOUNGSTOWN -- The 15th annual Dana Showcase Concert will be at 4 p.m. April 3 at Beeghly Center at Youngstown State University. The concert features all of Dana's major ensembles and several smaller ensembles. Proceeds benefit the Dana Scholarship Fund. Tickets can be bought at the door for $10; children under 12 are admitted free. Parking will be available in the M24 lot at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Spring Street. For more information, call Jim Boyce at (330) 941-3479.
Opera Italiana by students
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Several Westminster College students and faculty will sing in the "Opera Italiana" at 7:30 p.m. April 13 at Orr Auditorium.
"We are featuring scenes from operas by Donizetti, Rossini, Puccini and Verdi with English introductions," said Dr. Anne Bentz, stage director and assistant professor of music at Westminster.
Music director/conductor is Mihai Vilcu; pianist is Marie Libal-Smith.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bentz at (724) 946-6045 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dance champs visit
YOUNGSTOWN -- Bob Powers and Julia Gorchakova, 12-time undefeated U.S. Rhythm Champions and three-time world mambo champions, will conduct a dance camp from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 7 at the Orthodox Center, 1025 N. Belle Vista Ave. The pair will offer group lessons in technique, cha-cha, rumba and mambo as part of the Emerald Ball and Dance Camp sponsored by USA Dance, formerly the U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association. The Emerald dinner and dance will follow from 6 to 11:30 p.m. and will feature performances by Powers and Gorchakova.
All events are open to the public. Tickets and classes are limited. Advance sales are through April 20. For purchase or more information, visit http://usabda215.tripod.com, e-mail email@example.com, or visit any local ballroom dance studio.
Local poet reading
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Philip Terman, an award-winning poet from Barkeyville, will read his poetry at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Sebastian Mueller Theater, McKelvey Campus Center. Terman, a professor of English at Clarion University, is the author of "Book of Unbroken Days," published this year by Mammoth Press. His first book, "The House of Sages," was chosen for the Kenneth Patchen Award by Pig Iron Press. He also has received the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award for Poems on the Jewish experience. The reading is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. David Swerdlow, Westminster English professor, at (724) 946-7345 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASHTABULA -- The African basket exhibit by Venie Hinson at the Ashtabula Arts Center will close Wednesday. The exhibit includes authentic baskets from many parts of Africa including Kenya, Bayei, Zululand and Cameroon. Many are designed for practical uses such as head protection, straining and food preparation and storage. African fabrics are also on display in the gallery, 2928 W. 13th St. from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, contact the center at (440) 964-3396.
CLEVELAND -- "1964 -- The Tribute," a Beatles-authorized show, will return to Cleveland for one show at 7:30 p.m. April 8 at the Palace Theatre. The Tribute's "faux Fab Four" -- Mark Benson (John) and Gary Grimes (Paul), both of Akron; Jimmy Pou (George); and Greg George (Ringo), formerly of Akron -- re-create a 1964 Beatles concert complete with authentic period instruments and Vox amps, vintage clothing (suits and Beatle boots), hairstyles, mannerisms, accents and onstage banter. Tickets are $25 & amp; $20, and can be bought at the box office; by phone at (216) 241-6000 or (800) 766-6048; or online at www.playhousesquare.com.