The Youngstown State Penguins ignite the crowd with intense athletic prowess and orange orb-slinging action. With the two-ticket package, dunk-hungry duos will witness the Penguins as they strive to overcome the Bowling Green Falcons as part of ESPN's BracketBusters weekend, which generally features non-conference matchups of teams looking to clinch the NCAA Championship and claim the spoils of basketbattle. Groups of four can maintain the hoop-hammering adrenaline rush with a second basketball viewing, as the Youngstown State men's team finishes its 2010–11 regular season against the feisty felines of the Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers in what will be the senior Penguins' final home game at Beeghly Center.
The Youngstown University Theater treats spectacle-seeking audiences to scholarly thespians bringing musicals, tragedies, and dramedies to the kind of vibrant life that will have most mad scientists cackling with glee. The 2011–2012 season's two centerpieces are A Streetcar Named Desire and Medea, both timeless explorations of human nature, disintegrating familial bonds, and quirky names. But the company also raises the profile on lesser-known works such as Neil LaBute's Reasons to be Pretty—a paradoxical love story about the impossible expectations of love—and Lawrence Fishburne's intense, gritty Riff Raff. At the other end of the emotional spectrum is The 1940s Radio Hour, a delightful all-ages affair that hearkens back to a bygone era of big bands, live radio broadcasts from the Algonquin, and FDR's famous fireside raves. The schedule also includes two one-act operas and a performance by the YSU Dance Ensemble.
Though Wilford and Olive Arms haven't lived in their house for decades, the sprawling Arts and Crafts-style stone building still holds their story. Today, the original period rooms house the Arms Family Museum of Local History, where permanent and temporary exhibits interpret different facets of the estate's?and the surrounding area's? history. One explores the home's conception and construction with original photographs, sketches, and Lego models, while another unveils the history of radio-broadcasting in Mahoning Valley. The Valley Experience exhibit, meanwhile, showcases the Mahoning River region's cultural past, focusing on the daily lives of those who lived there, from the first Native Americans to European immigrants to African-American freemen.
Renters of the Vault Lounge saunter past Imbibe Martini Bar's open-to-the-public service area, through a fortified door, and into the converted 100-year-old First Federal Bank saferoom, where they can kick off the most exclusive of festivities. Pop a bottle of bubbly surrounded by classic woodwork and wine racks, toasting to both the classy confines and the newfound knowledge of how it feels to be a million bucks.
The Lemon Grove is a multi-purpose meeting spot that combines food, coffee, brews, and entertainment. Open until 4 a.m., the kitchen serves a medley of mouth inspiration, including veggie quesadillas ($6.50), Italian beef sandwiches ($8.25), bacon cheeseburgers ($7.50), and pancakes ($4.50), which, along with other breakfast items, are served all day. The menu incorporates fresh, local produce, and meats from Catullo and Boar's Head, purveyors of prime proteins. Meanwhile, the coffee bar serves caffeinated elixirs made from organic, Fair Trade beans that are roasted weekly in Cleveland, and the bar serves a rotating tap of local, import, and craft beers.