Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’ seeks extras in Mahoning Valley

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

• Area residents will have a chance to appear on one of Nexflix’s best series.

“Mindhunter,” starring Holt McCallany and Jonathan Groff, is set in the late 1970s and loosely based on the true story of FBI’s development of criminal psychology and criminal profiling techniques to identify and capture serial killers — in the days before the term “serial killer” existed.

The first season was filmed primarily in the Pittsburgh area, but the search for paid extras for season two is bringing them into Ohio. Casting calls for extras will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown, and noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland.

James McClellan, operations manager for the Playhouse, said, “We got a cold call. Apparently they’re gearing up (to shoot) in several spots in the northeast Ohio / western Pennsylvania area and they reached out to us. They just needed a space.”

Those interested in being considered also can register online at

• The Youngstown State University Marching Pride will pay tribute to Warren native Dave Grohl with its halftime performance this year.

Brandt Payne, director of athletic bands at YSU, has created a program featuring music of the bands of Grohl, who was drummer with Nirvana and formed Foo Fighters after Kurt Cobain’s death. The program will include Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Foo Fighters’ “All My Life,” “Learn to Fly” and “The Pretender.”

The band won’t be performing the entire program this weekend, but a sneak peek is planned Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium for a “Meet the Pride” event at 7:30 p.m. The band will do drill exercises and perform portions of its first halftime show of the season. For homecoming, the band will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Dana School of Music.

Admission is free, but the band is having a canned food drive for the student pantry on campus. Among the items being sought are shampoo, conditioner, body wash, condiments, granola bars, prepackaged snacks, nuts, water, nut milks (like almond or cashew milk) and breakfast foods (cereal / oatmeal).

• For the second year in a row, there will be no Youngstown Trans-Siberian Orchestra shows.

The tour schedule was announced this week without a Mahoning Valley date. However, local fans will have several opportunities within a 90-minute drive — 3:30 and 8 p.m. Nov. 21 at Erie Insurance Arena in Erie, Pa.; 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 28 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh; and 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 30 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Fans have until Aug. 31 to register for presale access at Presales will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 5 for Erie and 10 a.m. Sept. 7 for Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Public on-sale date will be Sept. 14.

• If I’m making a list of my favorite concerts of 2017, Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park would be at or near the top of it.

The E Street Band musician and “Sopranos” co-star fronted a 14-piece band (including a five-man horn section and three female backup singers) for more than two hours of songs from his solo albums, which are seeped in the sounds of the ’60s rock and soul that influenced him growing up.

The band returns to the Rocksino on Nov. 16 and tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. I highly recommend it.

• Visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum can cause sensory overload for anyone. This week the museum announced changes to make it more accessible for individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other sensory sensitivities.

Starting Friday, guests who feel overwhelmed by the environment can check out sensory bags. The bags include noise dampening headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, weighted lap pads and other resources and are available at no cost at guest services on the lower level of the museum.

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