Seasonal Special Happenings

The Sandlot

When: Fri., July 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m. 2013

“As a writer, there is no better gig than traveling around and meeting people,” says director David Mickey Evans. He’s currently on tour with his 1993 sports comedy The Sandlot. Evans has hosted a handful of screenings at major- and minor-league baseball stadiums around the country, and tonight at 8 at Classic Park in Eastlake, he’ll introduce the film and host a trivia contest after it screens. After 20 years, the film about a group of young kids who come of age in the summer of 1962 remains a cult classic. “It’s this multi-generational thing,” says Evans. “I met a man in Arkansas who bought 12 copies of the DVD. He bought them for himself, for his kids and for his grandkids. It will never be anachronistic. It took place in 1962. It’s this piece of nostalgic history. You either identify with what it was like to be one of those kids or you actually were one of the kids. It’s not a baseball movie. It’s a movie about friendship. There aren’t a whole lot of movies like it.” Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and Evans will be on the stadium’s main concourse to sign autographs until hosting the trivia contest at 7:40 and then introducing the film at 8. Advance tickets are $7 but $20 family passes are also available in advance. Admission the day of the event is $10 and no family passes will be available. (Jeff Niesel)

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