Art all around
One of the area’s most anticipated arts and craft shows happens next weekend.
The Akron Arts Expo is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Sunday at Hardesty Park, 1615 W. Market St. The juried fine arts and crafts show boasts more than 160 artists, plus food, entertainment and children’s activities. Admission is free.
Details are on the expo’s Facebook page at http://tinyurl.com/akronexpo.
Verb Ballets will perform free shows at the park at 8:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, kicking off the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival. See http://akrondancefestival.org for details.
At 7 p.m. Monday the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque will present a free showing of 2001’s The American Astronaut.
Rotten Tomatoes calls it “Eraserhead meets Buck Rogers by way of an MGM musical.” The Cinematheque sums it up as “a loony, low-tech sci-fi Western/musical about an interplanetary trader from Earth (writer-director-singer Cory McAbee) who encounters an old nemesis while traversing the solar system — rendered here as a grubby frontier populated by tough guys and other ne’er-do-wells.”
But the screening is a loving one. Astronaut was one of the favorite films of Christina Gaston, a musician, ChamberFest Cleveland managing director and Cinematheque volunteer who died in April at the age of 34. Monday’s presentation is a tribute to her.
Get moody with Steely Dan
Steely Dan has not released a new album in a decade. But their hit-filled catalog and great backing band allows the duo of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker to hit the road whenever the mood strikes them.
At 8 p.m. Tuesday Steely Dan will be bringing their Mood Swings 2013 tour to Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, with openers the Deep Blue Organ Trio. Tickets are $38.50-$99.50 and are available at www.livenation.com.
Cast a line with a naturalist and learn about the fish that will put up a good fight Saturday at Silver Creek Metro Park. A limited number of poles will be available for use during the program. Live bait is provided. The fun runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the boathouse, 5171 S. Medina Line Road, Norton.
Go berry picking!
Blueberry picking is in full swing at local farms. You may find some blackberries are ripe too.
For a list of farms that have pick-your-own, visit www.pickyourown.org/OHcleveland.htm.
Remember, crops are sensitive to weather and availability will change from day to day. Be sure to call first before you head out to any farm to see what is available for picking.