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  • On the Beat: ‘Dancing with Stars’ returns to Palace Theatre

  • Considering the big success of the first “Dancing with the Canton Stars” benefit — which raised more than  $14,000 for the Palace Theatre — it’s no surprise that a second edition is on the way.

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  • Considering the big success of the first “Dancing with the Canton Stars” benefit — which raised more than $14,000 for the Palace Theatre — it’s no surprise that a second edition is on the way.
    The second Canton “Dancing,” set for Nov. 17 at the Palace, will feature 13 prominent community members, paired with skilled local dancers for a local version of the hit TV series. The winning couple is determined by cash votes from audience members.
    The “stars” are: Allen Schulman (Canton Councilman, Schulman Zimmerman & Associates), Kathy Catazaro Perry (Massillon mayor), Nancy Reinbold (Stark County Clerk of Courts), Dr. Albert Domingo (OB/GYN), Norma Capocci (MRDD), Lisa Grubbs (Phoenix Rising); Kim Labriola (Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health); Shaina Luntz (Spectrum Orthopedics); Don Milbrodt (Milbrodt Family Restaurant); Maria Rees (Fulton Drive Barber Shop); Jay Spencer (Canton/Stark County Crime Lab); Jane Vignos (former Stark County Commissioner); and Todd Walburn (Second April Galerie).
    Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday the Palace box office and online at www.cantonpalacetheatre.org. Reserved tickets are $10, VIP tickets (which include a pre-show wine and cheese reception) are $40 each. All proceeds will benefit the Palace.
    Local rapper Raydyant will celebrate his new album, “Now That I’ve Got Your Attention,” with a CD release party at 10 p.m. Saturday at The Auricle at 601 Cleveland Ave. NW (entrance on Sixth Street) in downtown Canton. Admission is $8. The show also will feature performances by Mr. Sparatik, G.R.I.P. Squad, Dez the Reason and Mycal Dane. Admission is $8.
    “I started writing poetry in elementary school, which eventually turned into music. My sophomore year (at Washington High School) I began reading the dictionary daily. I came across the word ‘radiant’ and the word defined me as a person,” says Raydyant, whose real name is Akeem (Markees) Watkins. “Music is my passion. I have hundreds of songs. I am into music because I love it, not for fame and fortune. This (album) is an introduction of a man whose story has no end.”
    Congratulations to popular local entertainer Ryan Parkinson, who tonight is celebrating his fifth year of performing his oldies and doo-wop show on Friday nights at Jimmy’s Restaurant and Lounge at 4262 Portage St. NW in Jackson Township.
    Parkinson appears every Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. at Jimmy’s, and in warm weather the show is outside on the large patio. The dance floor is lively during such uptempo oldies as “Mustang Sally,” “Soul Man” and “Runaround Sue,” but Parkinson’s favorites are the ballads he croons. “Unchained Melody is definitely ‘the’ song,” he says. “It doesn’t matter what time of night it is, the whole place stops and starts dancing. It’s always a fun moment.”
    Page 2 of 2 - “It’s been a great five years,” says Parkinson, a 1996 Central Catholic High School grad, who notes that he and his wife Joy have had two children during his time at Jimmy’s. “Jimmy’s is definitely my home away from home, they’re so great to me there.”
    COMING IN 2013
    A large sign at the Akron Zoo promises a major outdoor habitat opening in 2013. Titled “Grizzly Ridge,” it will be home to grizzly bears, otters, wolves and eagles.
    I was more than a little surprised when I reached page 6 of “This is a Call,” the new biography of Foo Fighters frontman (and Nirvana drummer) Dave Grohl, and discovered that his Slovakian great-grandfather, John Grohol, moved with his family to Canton in 1917, and lived at 116 Rowland Ave. NE. By the mid-’20s, Canton’s rampant crime and the murder of crusading newspaperman Don Mellett caused the family to flee to Warren, author Paul Brannigan writers.

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