‘Restaurant: Impossible’ coming soon

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

l The Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible” is coming to Garrettsville later this month and looking for volunteers and customers.

The show hosted by Robert Irvine will visit Garrett’s Mill Brewing Company as part of its 16th season on the cable channel. Irvine is brought in to help struggling businesses, and he has two days and a $10,000 budget to make that transformation.

To do it that quickly and that cheaply, it takes a lot of volunteers, and the show is looking for people willing to help the design and construction teams make that transformation.

According to a release sent out by Lando Entertainment, which produces the show, the team always is looking for skilled contractors, electricians, plumbers, upholsterers and painters, but all skill sets and skill levels are welcomed.

Volunteer shifts are available from noon to 7 p.m. Oct. 23, 7 p.m. Oct. 23 to 2 a.m. Oct. 24 and 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 24. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and must sign an appearance release and volunteer agreement. Those participating should wear sneakers or work boots and clothing with no logos.

Anyone who replies to volunteer is guaranteed a spot. Confirmation emails will be sent the day before the volunteer shift requested.

Volunteers can apply by sending their full name, email address, cellphone number and skill set / related profession to volunteer@restaurantim possiblevolunteers.com by 3 p.m. Oct. 18. Use the subject line “1607 GM Volunteer.”

Once the renovation is complete, the show also is looking for customers for the grand reopening at 7 p.m. Oct. 24.

Those interested in being one of the first patrons can email their reservation requests to the same address by the same deadline with the subject line “1607 GM Reservations.” The email should include contact information (full name, email address, cell number), number of people dining and their names. All guests must be at least 8 years old, and guests will be responsible for paying for their meals.

Reservations are first-come, first serve. Those who are selected will receive a confirmation email close to the date of the dinner.

l The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is looking for teen acts for its 24th Tri-C High School Rock Off.

The annual “battle of the bands” is open to performers in grade 12 or younger at the time of the performance. Semi-final rounds will be held the first four Saturdays in February at the Rock Hall with the top three finishers each week moving to the Final Exam on Feb. 29. Many Trumbull and Mahoning county bands have competed in the event over the years.

The winning act will receive $1,000 in cash as well as a $250 donation for their high school’s music program, and will get the chance to open for a national act at a concert promoted by Live Nation. Other perks will be available to the winning acts, and participants who are seniors in high school will have a chance to apply for three scholarships funded by PNC for up to $2,000 toward studying music in Cuyahoga Community College’s creative arts program.

The deadline for entry is Dec. 9, and the entry fee is $60. Entry forms and the complete set of rules can be downloaded at www .rockhall.com/rockoff.

l Warren Philharmonic Orchestra opened its 2019-20 season on Sunday at First Presbyterian Church.

The concert started with a touching tribute to one of its strongest supporters, Frank Boder, who died Sept. 20 at age 88. During my years as entertainment writer, I haven’t met a more passionate advocate for the importance of classical music, and the orchestra’s performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Air in D was a fitting way to honor his legacy.

An attentive crowd filled most of the pews in the sanctuary for a program that mixed classical staples familiar to those who’ve never set foot in a concert hall (Paul Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” Modest Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain”) as well as contemporary pieces like Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s “Upbeat!” Concertmaster Joseph Kromholz’s rendition of the Bach solo violin piece that inspired “Upbeat” was one of the afternoon’s most impressive moments.

Conductor Susan Davenny Wyner also included a sneak peak of Opera Western Reserve’s upcoming production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Macbeth” with a snippet featuring Erika Walker Duderstadt, Sierra McCorvey and Rebecca Enlow, who will play the Witches.

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


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