It’s summer, so here’s some breezy reading to keep you up to date on local entertainment news.
Clark’s back in Bridgewater
The Clarks announced their annual concert at The Tavern Thursday in Bridgewater for August 19.
Printed tickets are available now on Thursdays for $20 and will be available soon on eventbrite.com, which will add a $2 service fee.
In other news from Clarks, the Pittsburgh rockers have packaged new songs “Sugarcane,” “Stay,” and “Crush” into an EP called Tracks, which is streaming on YouTube Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, and other top streaming sites can be.
The Giada Jamsbenefit show on Thursdays August 6th features a great mix of 10 new and established musical performances.
Showtime is from 3pm to 11pm with a lineup featuring Billy The Kid, Dan Bubien, Ill Willis, 65 Rats, Concrete Soul, Roadside Attractions, Lys Scott Deluxe, Dalton, Corey Bates and Blind Colours. Food trucks parked in front of the Bridgewater Tavern will be Divine Swine and Los Gingos Tacos.
Giada Jams is raising money for the family of local 12-year-old Giada Montini, who is suffering from a rare form of cancer.
Advance ticket price is $25 and can be purchased by contacting PUSH Beaver County, Amy Amadio, or Sharon Speerhas on Facebook. Tickets at the box office are $30.
The Tull issues the “Nope” challenge
In a first-ever challenge, the Tull Family Theater in Sewickley is providing a voucher to another summer film for anyone who leaves within the first 30 minutes of the new film Nope.
Nope, which opens this weekend, has been described by its director Jordan Peele as the thriller/horror movie “for the person who thinks they don’t like horror movies.”
“We want to encourage audiences to expand their cinematic taste buds,” said Tull CEO Carolina Pais-Barreto Thor of the 30-minute challenge. “We hope they take on the challenge and — at the very least — enjoy the thrill of trying something new.”
Described by The Wrap as “more thoughtful and purposeful than one might expect,” Peele’s film is about the healing of a sibling relationship, he said, offset by “the toxic nature of attention and the insidiousness of our human addiction to spectacle. ”
To purchase “Nope” tickets, visit thetullfamilytheater.org. It also opened Thursday at the Cinemark in Center Township.
Adults & good music
DJ Kode Wred will be DJing 90’s and early 2000’s hip-hop and R&B at a summer party on July 30th at Frank’s Original Grill 1111 Seventh Ave., Beaver Falls.
Doors at 9 p.m., with a $10 lid.
“It’s mid-summer and I think we need something for the old-school crowd,” said Antwan Carter of show promoter Hittemhard Music. “We are dedicating the event to Corey Mabin who passed away a year ago. He was also a beloved DJ and good friend of DJ Kode Wred and DJ Fudge; together they had their DJ Coalition.
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“It’s always a pleasure to host an event in my hometown,” Carter said. “I also want to thank Beaver Falls for hugging me the last few times we were there.”
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South Park sounds
July 15th was one of those perfect evenings for listening to live music outside.
With plenty to choose from, I settled on folk rocker Brett Dennen to headline the South Park Amphitheater.
He’s a skilled wordsmith, although in the end I wish Dennen had injected more energy and banter into his performance. I wanted more of the charm I saw eight years ago when he was a musical guest on Live at Darryl’s.
Opening up, the Pete Kilpatrick Band from the Maine coast was a treat, bringing a bit of Jack Johnson-esque chill vibes and some entertaining tales along the way of locating the “Home Alone” house in their suburban Stop the Chicago tour. Any band that can mix The Band’s “Up on Cripple Creek” with Aerosmith’s “Love in an Elevator” and get it going gets a hat from me.
But here’s my big takeaway for you: Allegheny County did a great job preparing the South Park Township concert site for this summer. Across the street is a spacious, newly renovated parking lot with upgraded sidewalks and lighting for the post-concert stroll. A slightly new funnel configuration at the Grassy Hill Concert Venue has also improved sightlines.
Be sure to catch a free South Park Show this year. Maybe the BoDeans on July 29th; Tyler Farr on August 5th, Soul Asylum on August 19th or Kathleen Edwards on August 26th.
I know some of you also attend Allegheny County’s free concerts at Hartwood Acres Park, which is just minutes closer to Beaver County. Although South Park has at least two advantages: It has a restroom (no portable potties like Hartwood’s) and South Park shows are on Friday nights, not Sunday nights.
“Family ties” in PGH
This is the only weekend that former Family Ties co-stars Meredith Baxter and Michael Grosson are appearing together at the O’Reilly Theater in the Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of Love Letters brings me back to a great work, but with a boyfriend I’ve known for more than half my life,” said Gross, who played the father on the ’80s sitcom, directed by Michael J. Fox, in a press release. “Our friendship affects work and work affects our friendship. Both grow over time.”
Baxter, the mother of “Family Ties” and star of many CBS, Lifetime and Hallmark Channel films, said she and Gross bring tenderness to this classic piece about love and friendship told through a lifetime of letters.
“I was immediately drawn to ‘Love Letters’; I loved the writing, the relationships, and the humor,” she said. “Michael was one of the first actors I did it with, and fortunately I also discovered the depths of the play with him – Michael’s artistry, his insights, his timing and his kindness. I’m ready for another 30.”
A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, limited tickets remain for “Love Letters” on ppt.org
Scott Tady is Entertainment Editor at The Times and is easy to reach at [email protected].