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  • On the Beat: Filmed in Stark County, ‘Underdogs’ is about to be unveiled

  • “Underdogs,” the feature film about high-school football that was shot last summer all over the Canton-Massillon area, will be shown three times during the 2013 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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  • “Underdogs,” the feature film about high-school football that was shot last summer all over the Canton-Massillon area, will be shown three times during the 2013 Cleveland International Film Festival.
    Showings will be April 9 at 8:40 p.m. and April 10 at 2:15 p.m. at Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland. An additional, festival-sponsored screening will be at 6:45 p.m. April 11 at the Akron-Summit County Public Library in downtown Akron. Tickets, $14, will go on sale March 22 at 877-304-3456 and www.clevelandfilm.org.
    “Underdogs” director Doug Dearth, a Lake High School grad, said he hopes to have the film shown at Canton’s Palace Theatre after a distribution deal and official release date are secured.
    I saw the entire movie last week and was entertained and pretty impressed by this low-budget indie, which had compelling storytelling and heart. I especially enjoyed the two young leads, Logan Huffman and Maddie Hasson, and D.B. Sweeney as the inspiring football coach. WHBC sportscaster Sam Borquin does well in a prominent role.
    But the biggest treat is spotting all the familiar locations. The two football teams in “Underdogs,” after all, are the Hoover High School Vikings and the St. Thomas Aquinas Knights!
    A welcome addition to downtown Canton’s arts district this summer should be the 4th Street Flea Market, open each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in June, July and August.
    Fourth Street NW between Cleveland and Dewalt avenues — home to a row of art galleries — will be blocked off for vendors offering a wide-range of vintage clothing, handmade goods, art, toys, comics, records, jewelry, buttons, books, musical instruments and other retro collectibles. Typical garage sale junk is not welcome, said event organizer Billy Ludwig, proprietor of the Thirteenth Floor Gallery.
    A 10x10-foot vendor space rental will be $10 per day, or less if purchasing by the month. For more details, visit the 4th Street Flea Market page on Facebook or go to www.13thfloorgallery.com/fleamarket. More details will be announced as they unfold.
    Pat DeLuca and Charlotte DiFranco recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of their streaming online morning program, “The DeLuca Show,” which airs from 7 to 11 a.m. at web station dsnhits.com. The duo left the Alliance-based radio station Q92, where their morning show was popular, in February 2012 after unsuccessful contract negotiations. After securing performance licenses from ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and SoundExchange, DeLuca launched DSN Hits, on March 1, 2012.
    “We wanted to continue our relationship with our audience,” DeLuca said in a press release. “Online is the future, and the future is becoming the present.”
    Page 2 of 2 - In addition to DeLuca’s show, the 24-hour station features Irish air personality Enda Caldwell on middays, Greg Mack from 4 to 8 p.m., and Liz Custer evenings until midnight. The station’s music menu is top-40 hits.
    A restaurateur these days at Canton’s TD’s Tailgate Grill, GlenOak High School’s Scott Shapiro has dipped his toe back into radio after more than 20 years. Using his previous air name, Scott Davidson, he is hosting an all-’80s music show from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturdays on My 101.7 FM. Some may remember Scott Davidson from his days at Q92, WKDD and Hot 95.9. After relocating to South Florida, he worked at Mix 102.3 in West Palm and Y-100 in Miami.
    Liz Mazzocco, music director at The Summit 91.3 FM in Akron, spoke on a panel at the Adult Rock Music Meeting held Thursday at the South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas.

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