Calendar – Theater, stage & major events for February 2014

lton John. Covelli Centre. 229 E. Front St., Youngstown; 330-746-5600. http://www.covellicentre.com. Multiple Grammy-winning legend Elton John comes to Youngstown a second time.  8 p.m., Saturday,  Feb. 1. $26, $76, $136.

Life Could Be a Dream. Salem Community Theatre. 490 E. State, Salem; 330-332-9688. http://www.salemcommunitytheatre.com. Take another trip to Springfield and meet the Crooning Crabcakes. The ’60s doo-wop songs say it all: “Fools Fall in Love,” “Tears on My Pillow,” “Runaround Sue,” “Earth Angel,” “Stay,” “Unchained Melody,” “Lonely Teardrops,” and “The Glory of Love.” Book by Roger Bean. Through Feb. 2.

Other Desert Cities. New Castle Playhouse. 212 E. Long, New Castle; 724-654-3437. http://www.newcastleplayhouse.org. Politics, lies, and regrets collide in this biting, sharp, and fiercely funny show. The events occur in Palm Springs when the Wyeth family gathers together at Christmas 2004.  Daughter Brooke returns home after six years to announce that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history. Directed by Lester Malizia, Feb. 7-9, 13-16. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances occur at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee takes place at 2 p.m. $13.

Silent Film Metropolis (with Organ Accompaniment). Stambaugh Audiorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; 330-259-0555. Organist Peter Richard Conte will accompany the classic silent film “Metropolis” in a special screening at Stambaugh Auditorium. Conte will perform on Stambaugh’s E.M. Skinner Pipe Organ, which recently underwent a full restoration. Conte is the Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Organ in Macy’s located at City Center, Philadelphia. “Metropolis” is a 1927 film produced in Germany during the Weimar Period and is set in a futuristic, urban dystopia. It follows the attempts of Freder, the wealthy son of the city’s ruler, and Maria, who has an unexplained background, to overcome the vast gulf that separates the classes of their city. “Metropolis” was filmed at a cost of approximately 5 million Reichsmarks, which made it the most expensive film ever released to that point. SilentEra.com rated it second on their list of the top 100 silent films of all time. Tickets for “Metropolis accompanied by Peter Richard Conte are available by visiting stambaughauditorium.com or calling the box office at 330-259-0555. 4 p.m., Feb. 9.

Music at Noon. Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-941-3636, Youngstown State University Dana School of Music, in collaboration with the Butler Institute of American Art, presents “Music at Noon” performances.  Performances are held on Wednesdays at 12:15  p.m. at the Butler Institute of American Art.  The concerts are free and open to the public and parking is free at the Butler. This month’s performances include: Feb.  5, “Clarinet Studio Recital,” Feb. 12, “Tuba/Euphonium Recital,” Feb. 19, “Flute Studio Recital,” and Feb.  26, “Choral Music.” Free.

Cirque Du Soleil: Varekai. Covelli Centre. 229 E. Front St., Youngstown; 330-746-5600. http://www.covellicentre.com.  7:30 p.m., Feb. 12-14; 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Feb. 15; and 1:30 and 5 p.m., Feb. 16. $140, $90, $65, $45, $35 (Feb. 14 and 15 shows $5 more per show). Children: $122, $72 $52, $36, $28 (Feb, 14 and 15 shows $5 more per show).

Angelo Babbaro, “The Voice of Sinatra,” in Concert/Valentine’s Day Dinner. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; for tickets, visit stambaughauditorium.com or call the Stambaugh Auditorium Box Office at 330-259-0555. Considered “The Voice of Sinatra,” Angelo Babbaro will be performing with the Rick Brunetto Big Band from Caesar’s Palace. Babbaro and the band will perform songs made famous by Frank Sinatra including “Come Fly with Me,” “Let’s Fall in Love,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” and other Sinatra-era classics. Babbaro and his production team are gathering footage of local folks “sharing the love” on Angelo’s website (angelobabbaro.com) for a “Share the Love” video tribute. This video will be shown during his performance on Feb. 14. For more information or to submit a video, go to angelobabbaro.com/only-you-video-submission/. Also in keeping with Sinatra theme and Valentine’s Day, Chef Jeff Chrystal of Overture has created a Rat Pack Valentine’s Day menu. Make reservations for dinner before or after the show. Babbaro will be stopping by Overture after the show and may even sing a few requests. For dinner reservations, call 330-744-9900. Babbaro is also looking to honor one extraordinary couple at the show. This couple can be young or old, as long as they have a compelling love story that is deserving of special recognition. To submit a couple for nomination, go to angelobabbaro.com/love-story-submission-form/ and complete the nomination form. One deserving couple will receive two free tickets to the show and dinner for two at Overture. For tickets visit stambaughauditorium.com or call the Stambaugh Auditorium Box Office at 330-259-0555. 8 p.m., Feb. 14.

Rachell Joy. Selah Retaurant, 130 S. Bridge St., Struthers; 330-755-2759. Joy will perform love songs and romantic melodies from 6-9 p.m. (during dinner hours) on Saturday Feb. 15 in celebration of Valentine’s week. Call for more information or reservations.

Sandbag, Stage Left. Victorian Players. 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-746-5455. http://www.victorianplayers.org “Sandbag, Stage Left” is a parody of serious courtroom dramas such as “Witness for the Prosecution,” “Twelve Angry Men” and “Night of January 16th.” Performance times: 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Feb. 14-March 2.

Ragtime. Top Hat/Fairview Arts and Outreach Center. 4220 Youngstown-Poland Road, Struthers; 330-750-0513. tophatproductions.org Based on the novel, “Ragtime,” by E.L. Doctorow, this turn- of-the-century musical intertwines the stories of three extraordinary families, as they confront the timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America. 7:30 p.m., Feb. 21-March 8.

Broadway In Love. De Yor Center/Symphony Center/Ford Theater. 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-0264.  A compilation of the obvious – and not so obvious – love songs from the Great White Way. Featuring guest artists Stephen R. Buntrock and Melissa Errico. 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15.

Darius Rucker and Eli Young Band. Covelli Centre. 229 E. Front St., Youngstown; 330-746-5600. http://www.covellicentre.com. The True Believers Tour comes to Youngstown for one show. David Nail opens. 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28. $36.50, $46.50, $56.50.

Strange Snow. Youngstown Playhouse. 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown; 330-788-8739. http://www.theyoungstownplayhouse.com. Play by Stephen Metcalfe. Directed by Christopher Fidram. Feb. 28-March 9.

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