Nominees for the documentary film prize in the Directors Guild of America Awards were announced Monday. The winner will be announced Feb. 2. Here are the nominees:
v “How to Survive a Plague”: An AIDS chronicle directed by David France.
v “The Invisible War”: A military rape study directed by Kirby Dick.
v “Searching for Sugar Man”: A portrait of 1970s singer-songwriter Rodriguez directed by Malik Bendjelloul.
v “The Queen of Versailles”: The story of a wealthy family’s downturn amid recession directed by Lauren Greenfield.
v “Ai Weiwei — Never Sorry”: An examination of the dissident Chinese artist by director Alison Klayman.
“pioneers of television” (8 p.m., pbs): “Pioneers of Television” opens its third season with a fond look back at some of the medium’s funniest women. Included: The final interview with Phyllis Diller.
“chopped champions” (10 p.m., food network): What’s bigger than “Chopped”? “Chopped Champions,” of course. Four top winners return to vie for a $500,000 prize, starting with an appetizer round that challenges them to make something tasty with haggis.
Organist recording a CD at Stambaugh
Concert organist Colin Daniel Lynch is recording an album this week on the pipe organ at Stambaugh Auditorium. Lynch has studied at the Oberlin Conservatory and holds a master’s degree from Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music. He is the associate director of music and organist at Trinity Church in Boston. Stambaugh’s massive pipe organ was custom-built in the 1920s and rehabilitated a couple of years ago.
High-school rockers will battle at event
RockaPalooza will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Boardman High School Performing Arts Center, 7777 Glenwood Ave. Ten rock bands comprised mostly of high-school students from the region will perform 30-minute segments. They include Big Ginge and the Nobodies, Colorblind, Engage, In Legions, No Clue, Resisting Reason, Sleeping Under Fire, The Face Cards, The Knickers and Two Days Until Tomorrow. Two Days Until Tomorrow performed last weekend at the Tri-C Rock Off in Cleveland and advanced to the final round.
At RockaPalooza, the top three bands will be decided by fan voting and will share a prize package of $350 in cash and $300 in gift cards. Each band is selling tickets to the event, and each ticket sold counts for two votes for that band. Those who buy a ticket at the door will get one vote.
Admission is $7. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Party to pay tribute to the late MLK Jr.
A Keeping the Dream Alive party, which will pay tribute to the late Martin Luther King Jr., will begin at 9 p.m. Saturday at B&O Banquet Hall, 530 Mahoning Ave., featuring Youngstown’s Total Package Band. Admission is $6 ($5 with the donation of canned goods). The event will include the filming of a line-dance video and a best-dressed contest.