Entertainment briefs, August 2
Dueling Pianos set for Sunday
FOSTORIA – Dueling Pianos — featuring Scott Hedden and Don Hanson, with Jay Cousins on drums — is to perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday as part of the Fostoria Community Arts Council’s Summer Concert Series at Wianright Amphitheater in Foundation Park.
In case of inclement weather, the concert would be moved to the BANKquet Hall, 125 S. Main St.
Faced with losses, MoviePass discount tix service hikes fee
LOS ANGELES (AP) — MoviePass, the discount service for movie tickets, is raising prices by 50 percent and barring viewings of most major releases during the first two weeks.
The new $15-a-month rate for up to one movie each day still won’t make MoviePass profitable. Because it typically pays theaters the full cost of tickets, a movie or two can put the service in the red. The old monthly rate was $10.
MoviePass said the rate hike will go into effect within the next 30 days.
2 teen street singers take the stage with Cyndi Lauper
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina teens went overnight from singing on a street corner to sharing a stage with Grammy Award-winning singer Cyndi Lauper.
The Charlotte Observer reported 14-year-old Mya Worley was singing on a city street last Friday with her 13-year-old brother Ronald on the keyboard, as they have done all summer under their father’s guidance. Two women stopped to listen and one suggested they had to get the teens “to play tomorrow.”
With Lauper standing nearby, manager Lisa Barbaris approached Ronald Worley Sr. and asked if his kids would sing Lauper’s 1983 hit “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” with her at a concert.
Less than 24 hours later, the siblings were at the 20,000-seat Spectrum Center. Mya sang a rearranged first verse before they launched into the upbeat version.
National Comedy Center opens in ‘I Love Lucy’ star’s town
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The National Comedy Center is open for laughs in “I Love Lucy” comedian Lucille Ball’s hometown.
The $50 million cultural institution is in the western New York city of Jamestown and tells the story of comedy from its origins to the present with a mix of interactive exhibits, a hologram theater and comedy artifacts such as the late George Carlin’s archives.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday helped cut the ribbon on the nonprofit center, which received $9 million in state funding.