Saturday, August 31, 2019
Today’s entertainment picks:
v Canfield Fair, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.: One can always count on enjoying fair traditions, along with some fresh surprises, at one of the biggest county fairs in the country ($8, $3 for age 7-12); canfieldfair.com.
v Who’s Bad, 5:30 p.m.: The crowd-pleasing Michael Jackson tribute act ($10, free for children 12 and under with adult) returns to the Warren Community Amphitheater, with opening act Back Traxx; riverrockattheamp.com.
v “The Man with the Plastic Sandwich,” 7:30 p.m.: Hopewell Theatre opens its season with this comic play. The theater is at 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; call 330-746-5455 for reservations.
v Total Package, 7 p.m.: Live music on the sandy Paradise Patio of Trax Lounge, 4250 New Road, Austintown.
v Northern Whale, 7 p.m.: Rock show at West Side Bowl, 2617 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown.
Premier Boxing Champions Special (8 p.m., Fox): Former world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (25-3-3, 14 KOs) looks to get one step closer to returning to the world championship ranks when he battles Ramon Alvarez (28-7-3, 16 KOs) in a 12-round bout for the Interim WBA Super Welterweight title in the main event.
LOCAL TOPICS ON TV
“Community Connection” (Sunday at 6:30 a.m. on 21 WFMJ-TV, and 11 a.m. on WBCB-TV): Trumbull County Historical Society has a new executive director. Meghan Reed, executive director, and Josh Nativio, historian, will join host Madonna Chism Pinkard to discuss their book, “Warren” a pictorial overview of the city’s history.
Next, Steve Burbrink and Samantha Rivalsky of Mercy Health Man Up will discuss the Fuel the Fight Mega Car Show to raise money for prostate cancer awareness.
“A Conversation with Dee” (Sunday at 7:30 a.m. on WYTV-TV): Host Dee Crawford will talk about the upcoming Mad About the Arts gala event at the McDonough Museum of Art.
Marvel to celebrate its 80th anniversary
Marvel Comics is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a massive issue that pays tribute to its history and introduces a new object with implications for the superhero universe going forward.
The issue, available Wednesday, pays homage to many of Marvel’s most recognizable characters, including Iron Man, the Hulk, Spider-Man, and also spotlights some lesser-known ones. The issue, called Marvel 1000, devotes one page to each year of Marvel’s history with a mix of serious and humorous stories, like Dr. Strange’s struggle has to keep his magic cape smelling fresh.
It also introduces a black mask that allows its wearer to have a fighting chance against even the strongest superheroes.
There are several pages by guest writers, including authors Neiwl Gaiman and Brad Meltzer, basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabar and film directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.