Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:
Eastwood Mall will be crowded with more than back-to-school shoppers on Sunday.
Nathan Kress, who played Freddie Benson on the popular Nickelodeon television series "iCarly," will make a personal appearance at the Niles mall from noon to 3 p.m.
The 21-year-old actor appeared on 96 episodes the series, which ran from 2007 to 2012, on the network. He also made guest appearances on several other Nickelodeon/Disney Channel series, did voice work on some animated films and television series and will appear in the upcoming film "Black Sky."
Kress will sign autographs and take pictures with fans. It's a free event, but those attending are asked to limit themselves to one autograph per person.
Stars from projects targeted to young audiences have drawn big crowds to the mall in the past, including Bella Thorne from Disney Channel's "Shake It Up" in 2011 and Peter Facinelli ("Twilight") in 2010.
Warren filmmaker Jim Fogarty is turning to web-funding site Indiegogo to help raise money for his documentary project "This Is Title Town."
The movie will focus on the five world boxing champions produced by the city of Youngstown - Ray Mancini, Harry Arroyo, Jeff Lampkin, Greg Richardson and Kelly Pavlik - telling their stories as well as the story of the city that made them.
The fundraising campaign runs through Oct. 11, and incentives for contributors include everything from T-shirts, DVD copies of the film and autographed movie posters up to an associate producer credit and a chance to be interviewed on camera for the film.
Those who are interested in contributing can go to www.indiegogo.com and type the film's title into its search engine.
For those who like to eat locally (a topic I've done both a column and a food page on in recent weeks), Mill Creek MetroParks is giving folks a taste of Fellows Riverside Gardens.
For sale at the Gardens' shop is Family Garden Honey, produced by bees extracting nectar from the local flowers.
The cost is $3 for a 2-ounce bottle, $12 for an 8-ounce bottle and $15 for a 12-ounce bottle and will be available while supplies last.
I relived a bit of my childhood Saturday at the Warren Community Amphitheatre when KISS tribute band Mr. Speed played for the River Rock at the Amp concert series. I was a loyal KISS Army member from about ages 13 to 15 (I bailed around the time the four solo albums came out in '78) and I suspect the remains of the sticker that came in the "Rock and Roll Over" album still can be found on the door of the house where I grew up (that was impossible to get off when we moved).
Mr. Speed did a great job recreating the look of the band and the sound of its music. But most impressive of all was the way Rich Kosak perfectly mimicked Paul Stanley's between-song patter. I listened to "KISS Alive" enough as a kid (and reviewed the band a couple time in the mid-'90s when they returned to the makeup) to recognize that high-pitched voice anywhere, and the way Kosak nailed it was uncanny.
The band also drew one of the biggest crowds of the summer at the amp on what was a perfect summer night weather-wise. Here's hoping for the same this Saturday for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.
Andy Gray is the entertainment writer for the Tribune Chronicle. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org