Brown will speak at Kent-Trumbull

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

• Actor Dwier Brown will speak Monday at Kent State University at Trumbull in Champion as part of this year’s One Book One Community programming.

Brown played a pivotal role in the 1989 film “Field of Dreams,” which is based on W.P Kinsella’s “Shoeless Joe,” the book area libraries were encouraging its patrons to read this month. It’s a great book, one of my favorites. Those who didn’t get it read in time to participate with this month’s activities still should give it a chance.

The Tribune Chronicle published at the beginning of the month an interview I did with Brown, but one thing I didn’t include in the story was what Brown had to say about one of the film’s most memorable lines.

Brown plays the father of Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) and is one of the deceased ballplayers who shows up to play on the magical field Ray has carved out of his Iowa cornfield. The son gets a chance to mend the rift with his father by asking him, “Hey, dad. You wanna have a catch?”

That phrasing always rang as odd to these Midwestern ears, and Brown — who grew up near Medina — agreed. In fact it was one of the only lines of dialogue he and Costner questioned with writer-director Phil Alden Robinson.

“Phil is not someone you would think of as an athlete,” Brown said. “We thought he could have put it down wrong.”

But the director was adamant that where he grew up in Long Island, N.Y., folks said “Have a catch,” not “Play catch,” and he wanted the line to be said as written. Brown believes the unique phrasing may be one of the reasons it’s so memorable.

“That’s part of the genius of Phil. We stuck to it the way he wanted it said, and it has this poetic feel that makes it a little more recognizable and the better for it.”

Brown will talk about his experiences making the movie and his encounters with its many fans at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Kent-Trumbull auditorium. Admission is free, but tickets are required and can be reserved by calling the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library at 330-399-8807, Ext. 128.

• Classic rock, country and comedy will be part of the concert lineup in the WCOL Celeste Center during the 2019 Ohio State Fair.

KIDZ BOP, a live version of the popular CD series featuring children singing sanitized versions of current pop hits, will perform in the indoor, air-conditioned venue at 6:30 p.m. July 24, opening day of the fair. All tickets are $20.

Other attractions will include: Chris Young, 7 p.m. July 25 ($50 and $35); Lyfe Jennings, Chante Moore and Carl Thomas, 7:30 p.m. July 26 ($25); Hank Williams Jr., 7 p.m. July 27 ($50 and $35); All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir, 1 p.m. July 28 (free); Gabriel Iglesias, 7:30 p.m. July 28 ($40 and $30); Toby Keith and Jimmie Allen, 7 p.m. July 29 ($65 and $55); John Denver tribute featuring Ted Vigil, 1 p.m. July 30 (free); Matthew West and Matt Maher, 7:30 p.m. July 30 ($25); REO Speedwagon and Night Ranger, 7 p.m. July 31 ($38 and $28); S.O.S. Band and Midnight Star, 7 p.m. Aug. 1 ($25); Bad Company and Foghat, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 ($55 and $40); Happy Together Tour with The Turtles, Chuck Negron, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, the Buckinghams, The Classics IV and The Cowsills, 7 p.m. Aug. 3 ($25); Sale of Champions Livestock Auction, 2 p.m. Aug. 4 (free).

Tickets for Iglesias, Keith, West, S.O.S. Band and Bad Company go on sale at 10 a.m. April 5 through Ticketmaster. The other shows go on sale at 10 a.m. March 29 through Ticketmaster.

• Drummer Questlove will be serving up vegetarian sandwiches in addition to laying down beats this summer.

Questlove’s Cheesesteaks will be on the menu at 40 Live Nation owned-and-operated venues nationwide, including Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls. Questlove is a Philadelphia native and his version of the city’s signature sandwich is made with Impossible, the plant-based meat substitute, instead of steak.

The musician also will spread the gospel of sustainable food sources at the home of the cheesesteak with a stand at the Philadelphia Phillies’ Citizens Bank Park.

Andy Gray is the entertainment writer for the Tribune Chronicle. Write to him at agray@tribtoday .com