Pendleton does play in Columbus

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

Local audiences are used to seeing Warren native Austin Pendleton in movies and on television, but we seldom get a chance to see him on stage, which is his first love.

He’ll still be a few hours away, but Pendleton at least will be on an Ohio stage this weekend.

Pendleton appears in the world premiere of Young Jean Lee’s play “Straight White Men,” which runs tonight through Sunday at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus.

According to the Wexner Center’s website, “‘Straight White Men’ uses the form of the conventional play as a jumping-off point to examine a group that, until recently, has enjoyed the privilege of being the default voice of Western society. Set in a family room brimming with Christmas family cheer, a father and his three middle-aged sons are forced to confront a deceptively simple question: What can a privileged straight white man do to fight the perpetuation of an unjust system? Using straight white male identity as a starting point, the play shows its characters confronting a pivotal cultural moment where the desire to do the ‘right thing’ and align with new standards for social justice rubs up against an obsessive sense of self-actualization and self-fulfillment.”

Pendleton plays the patriarch of the family.

Show times are 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tonight and Friday’s performances are sold out, but tickets still are available for Saturday and Sunday and can be purchased online at

The entertainment lineup is set for the 23rd Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-Off & Music Festival on Memorial Day Weekend at the Nautica Entertainment Complex on the west bank of the Flats in downtown Cleveland.

Two dance cover bands, Disco Inferno and The Spazmatics, will headline the main stage on the opening day, May 23.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, who played a sold out show in December to open the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, will return to northeast Ohio to perform on May 24. Taking Back Sunday – which released its latest album, “Happiness Is,” last month – will play on May 25.

The final day of the festival will focus on regional country acts leading up to southern rock headliner Blackberry Smoke.

Admission to the concerts is included with admission to the rib cook-off ($1 on May 23 and $8 on May 24-26 with $2 off discount coupons available through Marc’s). Reserved seats for Jett are available for $45, and front-of-the-stage general admission tickets for Taking Back Sunday are $35. Those tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Live Nation.

The Legal Creative will announce the artists selected for its first Community Supported Art Program on April 24 at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts in downtown Youngstown.

Nine artists will be selected from more than 30 applications. Each chosen artist will receive a stipend of $1,000 to create 50 original art works.

Fifty shares at $300 each will be sold on a first-come basis, and each shareholder will receive one original artwork from each of the nine selected artists. Shares will be available for purchase at the event, which starts at 7 p.m. The share price increases to $350 on May 1.

Additional information on the program is available at

For those who like to plan ahead, the dates for the 39th Cleveland International Film Festival are set for March 18-29, 2015, at Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland.