Today’s entertainment picks:
v St. Patrick’s weekend: Parties abound on the eve of the big day, including one at McMenamy’s featuring Irish bands County Mayo and Tara’s Fire. Doors open at noon. McMenamy’s is at 325 Youngstown- Warren Road, Niles; 330-544-1732.
v “Willy Wonka Jr.,” 8 p.m.: Kids will enjoy this fun production by the youth theater of Salem Community Theater, 490 E. State St., Salem; 330-332-9688.
v Erik Griffin, 8 and 10 p.m.: Actor from Comedy Central’s “Work-aholics” at the Funny Farm, inside Mojo’s Pub and Grill, 6292 Mahoning Ave., Austintown; 330-759-4242.
v LoCash Cowboys, 10 p.m.: Country duo rolls into the Dusty Armadillo, 3147 state Route 44, Rootstown; 330-325-0647.
v Midlife Chryslers, 9:30 p.m.: Michael Stanley’s alter-ego bar band at the Lemon Grove, 110 W. Federal St.; 330-744-7683.
“Too cute!” (8 p.m., animal planet): Season 2 of “Too Cute!” continues as Puck, a keeshond pup, befriends a flock of ducks on the farm. And you thought you had to go to YouTube for this mushy critter stuff.
For complete listings, see TV Week magazine, included in today’s paper.
local topics on tv
“Community Connection” (7 a.m. Sunday on 21 WFMJ-TV; and 7 p.m. Saturday on Time Warner Cable community access channel): New Middletown Police Chief Vince D’Egidio and Susan Viars of Mahoning Safe Communities will join host Madonna Chism Pinkard to discuss safety for drivers on the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, traditionally a day of heavy drinking.
Next, Jane Evans, manager of Catherine’s retail shop at Great East Plaza in Niles, will show spring fashions for women and announce the “Beautifully You” fashion show for the community.
“Increase the Peace” (6:30 p.m. Saturday on MyYTV): Show host Andrea Mahone will be joined by Sheila Hayes and Kim Hamilton to discuss the Jade Egg, an old Eastern method to help women strengthen pelvic muscles.
“Sunday Morning with Dee” (8 a.m. Sunday on WKBN-TV 27): Host Dee Crawford’s guests will be Michele Merkel, president of Junior Achievement Mahoning Valley, and Jacob Powell, a JA volunteer.
Junior Achievement introduces children to economics and shows them how to make and manage money.
Carole King musical eyes Broadway
A musical based on the woman behind such pop standards as “It’s Too Late,” “You’ve Got a Friend” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” hopes to make it to Broadway.
Producers on Friday announced plans to take “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” to the Great White Way by spring 2014.
King composed dozens of 1960s hits with then-husband Gerry Goffin before emerging as a recording artist in her own right.
Her 25 million-selling “Tapestry” launched the singer-songwriter era in 1971 and became the first real blockbuster album.
The musical will chart King’s rise set to the music that made her an icon.