Folks shave heads to fight cancer

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

Area bands will be giving their time and area residents will be giving their hair Saturday to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

O’Donolds in Austintown has turned its pre-St. Patrick’s festivities into a day-long fundraiser for the charity. Last year’s event raised $23,000 as supporters collected donations in exchange for shaving their heads to show solidarity with pediatric cancer patients. St. Baldrick’s awarded more than $23 million in grants to fight pediatric cancer in 2012 and has funded $100 million in cancer research grants since 2005.

Supporters will be getting their heads shaved Saturday in the parking lot at O’Donolds with festivities starting at 1 p.m.

Music starts at 3:30 p.m. on the outdoor stage with Two Days Until Tomorrow, Particle 17, Super Cheef, Ryan Ross & The Youngstown Syndicate, 5 Elements and Phoenix Rising scheduled to perform. The inside stage gets going at 4:15 p.m. with The Rivers Own, Idle Shades, Tufnel, Pop Rox, Fresh Butter, Asleep and the Robbie Jay Band.

Donations will be collected at the event, and pledges also can be made to those getting their heads shaved.

Opening Friday in the Cleveland area (Cinemark Valley View) is the documentary “Greedy Lying Bastards.” Craig Scott Rosebraugh’s film makes a convincing argument for the shaky scientific credentials of the anti-global warming spokespeople and how the gas and coal industries are engaging in many of the same tactics the tobacco industry used for decades to try to refute the overwhelming scientific evidence about tobacco’s deadly and addictive qualities.

It’s well made, but it also raises questions about who is the documentary’s intended audience. As polarized as things are politically and with news sources available to cater to the preconceived notions of voters on all sides, it’s hard to imagine the movie doing anything more than preaching to the choir. A Romney-voting, free-market capitalist is as likely to spend $10 to see this movie as a Move On Democrat was to make a trip to the theater last fall for “2016: Obama’s America.”

So, if a movie isn’t going to change minds, it at least needs to fire up the base. Rosebraugh clearly has studied Michael Moore’s work, but his doesn’t spin outrage with the same vigor. There’s a bit of a “Roger and Me” arc to the story as Rosebraugh tries to get Exxon’s chief on camera, and frankly that’s the weakest element of the movie.

“Greedy Lying Bastards” plays like a well-researched Mother Jones article. But it’s only going to reach subscribers.

Sunday’s episode of “The Walking Dead” easily was the best of this season and one of the best ever of the highly rated AMC series (I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t gotten around to watching it yet).

If Sunday’s greatness makes it impossible to wait until this Sunday for another dose of “Dead,” fans can watch the show’s PaleyFest panel discussion tonight. It will be shown at 8 p.m. in select theaters, including Cinemark Tinseltown in Boardman.

Taped on Friday in Los Angeles, the event featured “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick serving as moderator on a panel that included stars Andrew Lincoln, David Morrissey, Danai Gurira, Laurie Holden, Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Scott Wilson and Chandler Riggs as well as executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert and Greg Nicotero.

Tickets are $15.

The PaleyFest panel featuring the “Big Bang Theory” cast and creators will be broadcast live to theaters, including Cinemark Tinseltown, at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Andy Gray is the entertainment writer of the Tribune Chronicle. Write to him at