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Thursday evening at 6 p.m., photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier delivers the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Lecture at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St. She is the recipient of the 2017 Akron Art Museum Knight Purchase Award.
Here comes... There will be a Hop Into Spring Family Event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Summit Mall to welcome the Easter Bunny. The event will include crafts, games, activities and an appearance of the Easter Bunny. For more, visit shopsummitmall.com.
The Akron Art Museum invites film buffs young and old to an afternoon of internationally acclaimed children’s films and cinema-inspired art activities. On Saturday, the museum will present the best film shorts from the 2016 New York International Children’s Film Festival, Kid Flix I (12:30-1 p.m.)
The Tramp. This week’s free Movies@Main at the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Main Library will be showing The Kid. The classic movie stars Charlie Chaplin. There will be a discussion before and after the 6:30 p.m. screening. The library is at 60 S. High St. in Akron. For more, visit akronlibrary.org.
Beer train. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is hosting a Beer Tasting Train. The Ales on Rails Beer Tasting Train – Irish Ales will let passengers sample brews and appetizers. The cost is $50 to $94 and includes a commemorative glass. You must be age 21 and older to ride. The train will depart Akron’s Northside Station on Ridge Street at 7 p.m. Saturday. To reserve a spot, call 800-468-4070 or visit cvsr.com.
Comic books and pop culture. See some of your favorites from the worlds of Marvel, DC, Disney and more when the annual Wizard World Comic Con comes to Cleveland’s Convention Center Friday through Sunday. Learn to draw your favorite fictional characters, or come dressed as one. For ticket information and a complete schedule, go to wizd.me/ClevelandPR.
Visit Tara McPherson’s one-day-only Pop-Up Shop from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., to shop prints and merchandise and meet the artist. McPherson creates paintings and drawings of women that reference nature, science and mythology in teals, pinks and black. She is also known for gig poster designs for musical artists including Beck, Modest Mouse and Death Cab for Cutie.
Parade of green. Folks will be painting the streets of Akron in a parade of green attire on Saturday. The city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off at noon along Main Street between Cedar and Bowery streets. The popular parade is organized by the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Sappy affair. The Maple Sugar Festival and Pancake Breakfast kicks off this weekend at Hale Farm. The event is Saturday and Sunday (this weekend and next). Visitors can enjoy a pancake breakfast then head off to the Sugaring Camp to learn about tree-tapping and the maple syrup process. There will be other demonstrations including glass blowing, blacksmithing, spinning and weaving. Tickets are $15 (includes breakfast) for adults, children ages 3 to 12 $10. Breakfast only is $5. To order tickets ahead of time, visit halefarm.org. You can also ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Maple Sugar Express to the event. Visit www.cvsr.com for more information.
Shoe worthy. Have an old pair of LeBron Nikes lurking in your closet? Grab them and head off to Sneaker Con Cleveland, which runs from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland on Lakeside Avenue. The show features a Trading Pit where you can barter, a Brand Alley where national brands set up shop and a Vendor Market where collectors sell and show off rare shoes. You can also have your shoes authenticated. Admission is $25. For more, visit sneakercon.com.
New Age Circus. The Cirque du Soleil production Toruk – The First Flight is coming to Quicken Loans Arena this weekend. The show is a takeoff of director James Cameron’s Avatar movie. As with other Cirque du Soleil shows, this one is known for its soaring musical score, visual effects, puppetry and acrobatics. Tickets start at $49. For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/toruk.
Western flick. This week’s Movies@Main will feature the remake of The Magnificent Seven. Seven gunmen, including Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, stand up against corruption in a mining town. The free movie will be shown at 6 p.m. Thursday at Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Main Library, 60 S. High St., in downtown Akron. For more, visit www.akronlibrary.org.
Joyful voices. The Singing Angels will be performing Sunday as part of the Parish Arts Series of Fairlawn Lutheran Church. The performance will begin at 4 p.m. The Singing Angels were founded in 1964 and have been performing around Cleveland and the world ever since. There are some 150 singers in the group. The church is at 3415 W. Market St. in Akron. For more, visit fairlawnlutheran.org.
Seasonal fare. A Mardi Gras Jazz Cafe will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. There will be jazz music and New Orleans-themed appetizers and desserts. Tickets are $20 each for the 6:30 p.m. Tuesday event. The church is at 50 N. Prospect St. in Akron. Call 330-376-5154 for more.
On your mark. There will be the roar of Indoor Motocross at the Summit County Fairgrounds this weekend. Friday racing begins at 8 p.m. and Saturday’s races begin at 7 p.m. although there will be practice runs throughout the day. Admission is $15. For more, visit summitindoormx.com.