If you remember the joys of the drive-in movie, would you be interested in a walk-in?
The Oscar-winning classic It Happened One Night will be shown under the stars in Akron’s Glendale Cemetery on Sept. 15. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free.
The event begins with vintage Looney Tunes cartoons at 7 p.m., followed by an open- microphone storytelling time for audience members. The theme will be First Jobs, tied to It Happened star Clark Gable’s working start in Akron’s rubber factories. Participants can talk about their own work — although the organizers ask that the stories be family-friendly.
It Happened will begin at 8:15 p.m. The black-and-white, 1934 comedy starred Claudette Colbert as an heiress on the run and Gable as a reporter she encounters along the way. Romance ensues, and for generations the phrase “wall of Jericho” had a new meaning. Undershirt sales reportedly declined when audiences saw Gable didn’t wear one, although Snopes.com has questioned that claim.
And the movie won Oscars for best picture, actor, actress, director (Frank Capra) and screenplay (Robert Riskin) — an achievement unmatched until One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest more than 30 years later. (Silence of the Lambs has since managed the feat as well.)
“Parking will be available outside the main gate on Glendale Avenue and at January Paint & Wallpaper, 394 W. Exchange St.,” said an event announcement from its sponsors, West Hill Neighborhood Organization and Akron Digital Media Center. “Trolleys provided by the City of Akron will run on a loop between the main gate and the meadow.”
You can bring your own low chairs, blankets, flashlights and picnic baskets. WHNO will also be selling popcorn, snacks and soft drinks.
The cemetery has also seen movie cameras turned on it, with the big-screen Alex Cross shooting scenes there in 2011. The movie, starring Tyler Perry, is due in theaters in October.
Berry Busy. Ernie Isley, Run-DMC’s Darryl Mc- Daniels, Joe Bonamassa, Rosie Flores, John Fullbright, David Johansen, JD McPherson, Lemmy Kilmister, Bucky Pizzarelli, Chuck Prophet, Duke Robillard, Earl Slick and M. Ward are among the musicians set for a Chuck Berry tribute concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre. Berry himself is expected at the event, to play and to receive the American Music Masters honor, which comes from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University.
More performers will be announced.
Tickets, $30-$80, go on sale to rock hall members at 10 a.m. Sept. 17, online only at www.playhousesquare.org. Tickets to the public go on sale at 11 a.m. Sept. 19 via www.playhousesquare.org, calling 216-241-6000 and the PlayhouseSquare ticket office.
The concert is part of a weeklong celebration of Berry, the first musician inducted into the rock hall.
Documentary Arrives. The film Death by China begins a weeklong run at the Regal Independence today. It’s a hard-hitting (in fact, gut-punching) look at the impact of U.S. economic trade with China — an impact that may yield lower prices for consumers but, according to the film, charges high in terms of lost jobs in America, brutalization of Chinese workers, environmental damage and other problems. Martin Sheen narrates.
The movie will also be at Cleveland’s Cedar Lee, where Death by China director Peter Navarro will take part in a Q&A following the showing at 7:35 p.m. Saturday.
And Keep in Mind … The annual Stand Up to Cancer special airs at 8 tonight on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and a bunch of cable networks. According to the Associated Press, celebrities taking part include Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Justin Timberlake, Sofia Vergara, Ray Romano, Felicity Huffman, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Jessica Biel, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Seth Rogen, Emma Stone, Gwyneth Paltrow, Taylor Swift and Alicia Keys.
Rich Heldenfels writes about popular culture for the Beacon Journal and Ohio.com, including the HeldenFiles Online blog, www.ohio.com/blogs/heldenfiles. He is also on Twitter and Facebook. You can reach him at 330-996-3582 and firstname.lastname@example.org.