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ABOUT FILMS, TV, ARTS AND EVENTS IN THE VALLEY

Snow White and the Huntsman Takes Fairy Tale to a Different Level By Art Byrd For the past few months, I've been watching the TV series Once Upon A Time, based on fairytale characters living in a small town in modern times. Snow White is in the series and she is – for the most part -wholesome and kind. Hollywood is on a Snow White kick.

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Mirror Mirror, a Snow White movie that hit theaters in March, has done okay at the box office. Now another Snow White has arrived. This one has a darker side to it and is geared toward an adult audience. Snow White and the Huntsman has most of the elements of the Snow White story as we know it: an evil stepmother, dwarfs and a poison apple. The movie stars Kristen Stewart (Twilight series) as Snow White. Stewart brings an emotional honesty to the role. In other versions, Snow White is bright and clean. Stewart’s Snow White is dirty most of the time, including her fingernails. She shows a hidden strength that comes out towards the end of the movie. The movie has an interesting plot. We get a chance to meet Snow White's mother, Eleanor (Liberty Ross), who teaches her goodness. Unfortunately, Snow White's mother dies. Soon after, her father, King Magnus (Noah Huntley), finds a beautiful woman during a battle and soon marries her. This is Ravenna, played by Charlize Theron (Monster). On their wedding night, Ravenna kills the King. She imprisons Snow White at the top of the castle. Under her rule, the kingdom becomes dark. A d d u s o n y o u r T w i t t e r a t t w i t t e r. c o m / a r t b y r d v i e w

“When I'm working I don't have room to think about myself and my own issues. It's really freeing. There is no room for me, which is really nice.” Actress Charlize Theron, playing an evil stepmother/Queen in Snow White and the Huntsman, in theaters now.


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Meanwhile, Ravenna tries to maintain her beauty and power. The mirror tells her that she is the fairest of them all. Then one day, the mirror tells her that Snow White has become of age and she is now the fairest of them all. Ravenna decides she must take Snow White's heart to have immortality. She sends her brother, Finn (Sam Spruell), to get Snow White. With the help of some birds, Snow finds a huge metal nail as Finn is trying to make a move on her. Snow cuts him with the nail and escapes the castle. Snow arrives at the dark forest where she encounters some weirdness and life-threatening situations. At the castle, Ravenna commands a Huntsman played by Chris Helmsworth to go after Snow White. The Huntsman does catch up with Snow in the dark forest. Somehow, she gets inside the Huntsman’s tough exterior and he decides to help her. As in the movie “Twilight,” the love/like triangle emerges as Snow White's childhood friend, William (Sam Clafin) arrives. As I said before, there is a poison apple, but I will not say who awakens Snow White. The cast is outstanding. The breakout performance is from Charlize Theron as Ravenna. She is as evil as evil can get. She eats animals’ hearts, bathes in some milky substance and sucks the souls of young girls. She scared me and I was sitting in a theater seat. Then, there are dwarfs. They had regular names, not the Disney ones we are used to. Through the magic of CGI, well-known British actors like Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Eddie Marsan and Toby Jones are given pint-size bodies. Those actors brought something special to the movie. The fight scenes took Snow White and the Huntsman to a different level than other Snow White movies. I have to admit, Kristen Stewart looked great in armor with her hair in a sexy ponytail. Snow White and the Huntsman is a fairy tale with a darker edge. The edge makes the movie more interesting than the usual fairy tale route. Who would have thought that making Snow White a warrior princess would be so cool? The box office for this movie has been overwhelming and there is a sequel in the works, so we will see Snow White, Warrior Princess again.

The trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgfYBJoPFFw

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Disney Pixar’s Brave Entertaining for Young and Old By Michele Ristich Gatts Ever since our recent trip to Disneyworld where my kids’ first character encounter was with Merida, they’ve been talking nonstop about seeing Brave. I’m the opposite of Art -- I see maybe one movie a year in the theater, but I’m a regular at my neighborhood Family Video. Still, my hubby and I were excited at the prospect of seeing the movie, too. James, mostly because he’s so Scottish he plays the bagpipes, and me, because I appreciate the Celtic cultures. Brave tells the story of Merida, a young princess in ancient times, and her rebellion against the expected role of women in her Highland society. But more so, it delves into the relationship between a girl and her mom – both women with strong personalities but an even stronger love for each other. A national reviewer has suggested that the men in Brave were presented as comical fools. We didn’t find that to be the case, although the women in this film clearly took center stage. Vocal talents include Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Robbie Coltrane, Craig Ferguson and John Ratzenberger. If we had one complaint, it’s that there wasn’t more movie; the action/adventure was good, but there wasn’t enough. The billing says the run time is an hour and 40 minutes, but that’s counting the huge advertisement at the beginning. If you’re a fan of Disney Pixar or have little ones in your life (BTW, we saw the 2-D version), Brave is worth seeing in the theater. And I am sure Santa will leave a copy under our tree.

There’s now an Al Bright YouTube Channel World-renowned, locally-based artist Al Bright now 18 videos on YouTube, all uploaded by Chris Ross. According to Ross, there will be 5-10 more videos uploaded. Many will date back to 1978 with Pat Pace and a never-seen-before version of the great Art Blakey performance. The videos can be found be searching Al Bright or this link: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpzSqkEXHgKMtwtU-k9O_fw?feature=results_main Mr. Bright has had a distinguished career. After graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 1964, he attended Kent State University to obtain his Master’s of Art in 1965. He then returned to Youngstown State University and taught for over 40 years. He currently teaches one semester per year through his retirement at YSU.

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356th Fighter Group Revs-up Appetites By Monnie Ryan To read the full version of this review, visit http://mahoningvalleyeats.blogspot.com

A couple of years ago, my husband Jack and I discovered the wonderful Military Aviation Preservation Society Air Museum (MAPS) in North Canton, which is dedicated to educating people about the history of military aviation. We’d heard good things about the nearby 356th Fighter Group restaurant, but we had no time to spare. Recently, we got another chance when we returned to the museum with a couple of friends who’d never been there. Even without the food, it’s an impressive restaurant. Located on the south runways of the AkronCanton Airport, the surprisingly spacious interior boasts several rooms with windows overlooking the airport runways and grounds. Large stacks of real sandbags plus weathered wood, fireplaces and many more artifacts are designed to reflect the World War II era. For starters, we decided to share two appetizers: the crab-stuffed mushrooms ($9.99) and stuffed cubanelle peppers with mild Italian sausage and homemade marinara plus provolone and mozzarella cheeses ($8.99). It took a while, though, to decide on our entrees; the menu is both lengthy and impressive. Finally, I zeroed in on one of the daily specials - prime rib bordelaise for $12.99. It comes with sauteed mushrooms and house-made bordelaise and rice pilaf, and for my side, I chose chicken corn chowder. One of our friends liked the idea of prime rib, but in the sandwich version ($10.99); it's shaved thin with jack cheese, mushrooms and sauteed onions and served open face with au jus and fries. Jack and our other friend were in a fishy mood, I guess, so they finally settled on the stuffed sole filet with scallops and crabmeat stuffing, Hollandaise sauce and rice pilaf for $11.99. Both chose a tossed salad as their side. Especially at lunchtime, we could (and probably should) have stopped at the appetizers. The stuffed mushrooms were especially mouth-watering, filled with lots of crabmeat bits and almost none of the usual bread crumb mixture as they are at most other places. The peppers were wonderful as well, with delicious marinara sauce and peppers that really had a kick. I loved my corn chowder, too; the broth was on the thin side, but exceptionally flavorful - and there was no shortage of shredded chicken, chopped red peppers, and, of course, corn. The entrees couldn't have been much better, confirming that we'd done well in our choices. The sole was well cooked with a tasty stuffing; my prime rib was bigger than my two hands held side by side with my fingers extended - and this was a lunch portion, for goodness sake. The sauce was absolutely delicious, especially when mixed in with the rice pilaf. If you go: The 356th Fighter Group, 4919 Mount Pleasant Rd., North Canton, Ohio 44720; (330) 494-3500; www.356fg.com; Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Sunday brunch; Sunday dinner 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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What’s Happening Around The Valley: June 27th-July 4th Wednesday, June 27th The Wonderful World Of Comics The Arms Family Museum (648 Wick Avenue) in Youngstown will present The Wonderful World Of Comics - Session I Program running from Tuesday, June 26th through Friday, June 29th from 9:30 A.M. to noon each day in the Carriage House behind the Museum. Children will explore the world of comics, discover some examples from the Society's collection and use some local history inspiration to develop their own stories and characters. Registration and more information about this program is available at (330) 743-2589.

Thursday, June 28th Free Music in the Park Concert Featuring The Jim Frank Combo Boardman Township Park (375 Boardman-Poland Road, Route 224) will present a free Music in the Park Concert featuring The Jim Frank Combo on Thursday, June 28th at 7 P.M. at the Maag Outdoor Arts Theatre. The Jim Frank Combo will perform Big Band music, polkas and waltzes. More information about this concert is available at (330) 729-0629. Polish Youngstown Cultural Preservation St. Joseph the Provider Church, 633 Porter Ave., Campbell; 330-646-4082 or www.Polishyoungstown.com. Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle (Polish culture, crafts, dance and songs for children and opportunities for adults with the Village Folk Singers. New members welcome. Every Thursday. 6-8 p.m. Free. Thursdays at the Amphitheatre: Classic Cruisers 321 Mahoning Ave., downtown Warren; www.trumbullarts.org for more information. The Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County continues its free concert series on Thursdays at the Amphitheatre. Tonight features music from the 50s through the seventies with Classic Cruisers. 7-9 p.m. Free.

Friday. June 29th Summerfest For Children 2012 Parade Trumbull Art Gallery (196 East Market Street) in Warren will present a Summerfest For Children 2012 Parade on Friday, June 29th at 11:30 A.M. in Courthouse Park in Warren. This parade will feature the children taking part in the Trumbull Art Gallery Summerfest For Children 2012 workshops and include child-centered activities following the parade.  More information about this free event is available at (330) 395-4876. Chuck Schafer Scholarship Tournament Boardman Community Baseball will present the “9th Annual Chuck Schafer Scholarship Tournament” today. Play occurs at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, and 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 1. Field Of Dreams, 410 McClurg Road, Boardman; This is a non-sanctioned pre-district tournament under Little League rules. Visit www.boardmanbaseball.com for more information. A $3 daily fee will be charged for spectators with players and coaches admitted free. Friday Night at the Movies Amphitheater, Lake Milton State Park, Grandview Road  (north of the swim beach; Lake Milton. Features family movies every Friday. Bring a blanket. 9 p.m.

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What’s Happening Around The Valley: June 27th-July 4th (Cont’d) Saturday, June 30th Firestone Park Free Concert 347 East Park Ave. in Columbiana will present a free Concert featuring Donkey Engine performing bluegrass music, on Sunday, July 1st at 2 P.M. at the gazebo. More information about this concert is available at (330) 482-3822. Saturday Author Chat with Kathleen Fuller Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-399-8807. Author Kathleen Fuller specializes in Christian and Amish romance fiction. 2 p.m. Free.

Tuesday, July 3rd Austintown Township Park Free Concert 6000 Kirk Rd. Free Concert by the Canfield Community Concert Band performing Patriotic Music on Tuesday, July 3rd at 7 P.M. More information about this concert is available at (330) 793-0718.

Wednesday, July 4th Mill Creek MetroParks Summerfest Spectacular Youngstown Area Community Concert Band in a free concert on Wednesday, July 4th at 7 P.M. at the Judge Morley Pavilion. The Youngstown Area Community Concert Band will perform Patriotic Music. More information about this concert is available at (330) 702-3000.  

14th Year of YSU’s Summer Festival of the Arts Youngstown State University will present the 14th Annual Summer Festival of the Arts on Saturday, July 7th from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 8th from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Summer Festival will feature the artists' marketplace, family activities, food vendors, dozens of music, theater and dance performances, YSU department activities and displays, and the Festival of Nations. More information about this event is available at www.ysu.edu/sfa. As part of the Summer Festival of the Arts, Youngstown State University and the City of Youngstown will present the Youngstown Jazz Fest 2012 on Saturday, July 7th at 5 p.m at Harrison Common (Walnut Street near the M.V.R.) The Youngstown Jazz Fest 2012 features Pieces of a Dream, The John Reese Project, Alton Merrell, Laura Varcho and Soundoctrine. More information about this event is available at www.youngstownjazzfest.com.

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ON STAGE The Rust Belt Theater: The Reunion and on the Way to the Corn Roast Running from Friday, June 22 through Saturday, June 30 at 8 p.m. each night at the Rust Belt Theater (the former Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave.) in Youngstown. The Reunion and On The Way To The Corn Roast are two One-Act plays by Roger Jones. For tickets or more information, call 330-398-6659. Kent State Trumbull Campus: Princess and the Pea Performances are 7 p.m. on Friday, June 22 and 29 and 10:30 a.m. from Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29. 7 p.m. Presented in Lecture Hall A, Kent State Trumbull Campus, 4314 Mahoning Ave. NW, Champion; 330-675-8887. The play, written by Michele L. Vacca and directed by Patricia M. Fagan, follows the adventure of Princess Olivia who must undergo an unusual test to prove her royal roots. Call or email trumbullboxoffice@kent.edu for more information and reservations. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, and children.

UPCOMING New Castle Playhouse: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas The NCP presents this Broadway blockbuster of small town vice and political side stepping, recounting the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850's as one of the better "pleasure palaces" in all of Texas. The score features songs like "Hard Candy Christmas".  Performances are July 13-29; Thursdays, Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m. ;Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. For tickets, call 724-654-3437. NCP located at 202 East Long Ave., New Castle, Pa.

Get Unstuck! Move Forward! Unleash Your Higher Potential Ever hear of a Vision Board? Vision Boards are a great way to interpret your vision for your life. Vision Boards 101 is a class where people create and learn how to use a vision board. The class is said to be fun and interactive, and participants will learn powerful techniques to maximize the effectiveness of their boards. The class will be offered July 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Bella Nitesh Spiritual Arts & Wellness Center, 837 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Suite 200, in Boardman. The cost is $20. The class fee includes everything needed to create a board, such as poster board, glue, scissors, magazines, etc. But, if participants have favorite magazines or pictures, they are free to bring them. The class will be lead by NLP Success Coach and Master Hypontherapist Dena DeLuco. Reservations are required for the class. Call 330-729-2987.

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Movies Are Back in Downtown Youngstown From Monday, June 25- Monday, Aug. 27, movies will be shown on the lawn of the Covelli Center on Front Street. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy great movies beginning at dusk (about 8:35 p.m. or so)

Here is the schedule: Tower Heist Monday, July 2nd Joyful Noise Monday, July 9th Cowboys and Aliens Monday, July 16th Cars 2 Monday, July 23rd Crazy Stupid Love Monday, July 30th Ratatouille Monday, August 6th The Muppets Monday, August 13th Singin' in the Rain Monday, August 20th Thor (2011) Monday, August 27th

Youngstown Nation Store Opening in July The Youngstown Nation [YN], a nonprofit gift shop and information center whose mission is to support the local arts community as well as neighborhoods, grassroots groups, and projects in the city of Youngstown, will hold a grand opening July 7 from 10 a.m.- 2 a.m. YN is located at 8 N. Phelps St., downtown Youngstown. The store will have Youngstown-themed t-shirts, books, posters, postcards, signs, historic memorabilia, and original art. Youngstown Nation’s goal is to “keep dollars circulating back into the local community.” The store will be funded through sales of its own products, fundraising, private donations, philanthropy, and partnerships with other community organizations, such as the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative).

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Art Byrd Jr. has won awards as a filmmaker and journalist. After working many years as a videographer and director for WFMJ TV News, he retired from broadcasting to share his experience and insight with students as an instructor at Youngstown State University. Art has written and produced numerous Indie films, which have been shown at prestigious film festivals. In addition to teaching and writing/ producing A Byrd’s Eye View newsletter, Art also does freelance media work. He is based in Youngstown, Ohio. Michele Ristich Gatts began her full-time career in journalism with WKBN TV News, where she worked closely with radio news as well. After a decade in broadcasting, she branched into print, working five years for The Business Journal in various reporting and editorial capacities. Michele was fortunate to be recognized with a few prestigious journalism awards along the way, and has done a little teaching for YSU. She currently works as a freelance writer, editor and media consultant, and is based in Youngstown, Ohio. Contact her at michelegatts@yahoo.com. Monnie Ryan retired in 2003 after 14 years as managing editor of The Business Journal in Youngstown, where she continues to contribute to the print and online editions. Articles she has written have appeared in more than 20 national publications and at several travelrelated Web sites, and she has won numerous awards for photography. Contact her at mryan62692@aol.com.

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