Today’s entertainment picks:

Today’s entertainment picks:

v Summer Festival of the Arts, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The weather will be perfect for this unique festival that centers on a village of artists who will show and sell their work. It’s at Youngstown State University (free parking in the Wick Avenue and Lincoln Avenue decks). While you’re in the neighborhood, stroll over to St. Nicholas Greek Summerfest, 220 N. Walnut St., and check out the displays at the museums and churches on Wick Avenue.

v Youngstown Comic Con, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The floor of Covelli Centre will be full of vendors, cosplayers and special guests from the comic book industry, including Jim Steranko and Jim Shooter ($15, free for children 6 and under).

v Forecast, 3 p.m.: The forecast is fine for this Cleveland-based band who will kick off the free annual Jazz in the Park series at B&O Station, 530 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown.

v Packard Band, 1 p.m.: A free concert outdoors on the South Lawn band shell at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave., Warren.

v Greg Allan Trio, 6 p.m.: Wind down the weekend with a free concert at Harding Park, 249 Roosevelt Drive, Hubbard.

“The 2000s: THE PLATINUM AGE OF TELEVISION” (9 P.M., CNN): The premiere of this seven-part mini-series that explores the cultural and political milestones of the decade, including technological triumphs such as the iPhone and social media, President George W. Bush’s war on terror and response to Hurricane Katrina, Barack Obama’s presidential election and the financial crisis, hip-hop’s rise to dominance and a creative renaissance in television.

“Sharp Objects” (9 p.m., HBO): Based on the book of the same name, this eight-episode series (premieres tonight) tells the story of a reporter who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely. Amy Adams stars.

TV listings, C5


Performers sought for competition


Arts and Education at the Hoyt is seeking entrants for its People’s Choice Performing Arts Competition that will take place at the Arts on the Riverwalk Festival, downtown, on Sept. 8.

The competition is open to individual or group performers of all kinds, including dancers, musicians, actors, comedians or any other talent that can be displayed on stage. The winner will be determined by popular vote, or the act receiving the most votes at the Arts on Riverwalk Festival. The grand prize is $1,000.

Registration is required and can be completed at (deadline is Aug. 1). Work samples (video, recordings, web links, etc.) are required. Those selected to compete will be notified by Aug. 15. Performances will be scheduled on one of three stages throughout the day.

Arts & Education at the Hoyt is a subsidiary of the Hoyt Center for the Arts, a regional arts center and museum. Go to

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