Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:
Author / humorist David Sedaris is coming to Youngstown.
The program is part of Youngstown State University's Skeggs Lecture Series, but it will take place at Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown, at 7 p.m. Oct. 30.
Sedaris will read from his latest book, "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls."
He is the author of such books as "Naked," "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and "Holidays on Ice." His work has been translated into 25 languages, and he has more than 7 million books in print. One of his essays was adapted by Joe Mantello into the one-act, one-man play "The Santaland Diaries," which is performed by many theaters during the Christmas season.
The local appearance is quite a deal. The day before Sedaris appears in Youngstown, he will be speaking at the Palace Theatre in Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare. Tickets for that show range from $10-$47.50.
Tickets for his Youngstown appearance are free; however, folks may have to stand in line to them.
Tickets will be distributed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the Information and PC Lab at YSU's Kilcawley Center. There is a limit of four tickets per person, and tickets are mandatory for admission. For more information, call the YSU office of alumni and events at 330-941-3497.
While talking with Michael Stanley this week for the feature on his longtime sound man, Warren native Dan Montecalvo (see page 10D), I asked about his support of Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and gregg's garden in the Tom's of Maine "50 States for Good" community giving program.
The company picked one project from each state, and people are encouraged to vote for their favorite projects through Facebook. The top 15 vote getters each will receive $10,000.
Last week Stanley issued a statement in support of the Warren project saying, "I love what TNP and gregg's gardens are doing to create a Garden District in Warren. It could be a very cool neighborhood - Warren's version of Ohio City or Tremont. So get out and vote for TNP and bring home the money."
Stanley said he was recruited to lend his name to the cause by Dennis Blank, one of the driving forces behind gregg's gardens. Stanley and Blank were friends at Hiram College.
"The last time we spent any time together we were crazy college kids in a dorm," Stanley said. "To see what he's done with his life and career is great. If it's something he's involved in, it's going to be great."
Warren has been one of the top voter getters since the contest started, but this is no time to get complacent. Voting ends at 8 p.m. Tuesday, and people can vote once daily on Facebook by clicking the link on the Tom's of Maine page.
The winners will be notified by Nov. 30, according to the contest rules.
The Deadbeat Poets - Frank Secich, Terry Hartman, Pete Drivere and John Koury - have a new video out for its song "Johnny Sincere."
With its driving beat and distorted vocal, it sounds like it could have been recorded live at the Cavern Club 50 years ago. And the video, directed by Chris Rutushin, has a vintage television look with its use of split-screen-style multiple images.
The video can be found on YouTube (search "Deadbeat Poets Johnny Sincere").
Andy Gray is the entertainment writer for the Tribune Chronicle. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org