1. National Hamburger Festival, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Lock 3 Park, 187 S. Main St., Akron. $5, kids under 48 inches tall are free. www.lock3live.com.
Dude, it’s a festival dedicated to hamburgers. Big burgers, small burgers, round burgers, square burgers, fancy burgers with highfalutin stuff like brie and corn-salsa stuffed jalapenos and simple ones with just meat and cheese and bacon (naturally.) Oh, and there will be some live music, a hamburger-eating contest and children’s activities that aren't loaded with the potential for gluttony.
2. Tom Arnold, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Hilarities 4th Street Theatre, 2035 E. Fourth St., Cleveland, $28-$30, 216-241-7425, www.pickwickandfrolic.com.
That's right, Tom Arnold is back to his stand-up comedy roots, minus the sweaty, beady-eyed, coked-up aura that used to ooze from his every pore in his days as Roseanne’s husband. I'm sure there will be some Roseanne and marriage/divorce-related material. Apparently Arnold, who is married (who are these women?) and lives in L.A., is on the road free-styling his sets with his tales of Hollywood and his Midwestern roots as a native Iowan.
3. Downtown@Dusk presents Robin Stone, 6:30 tonight, Akron Art Museum 1 S. High St.; Free, 330-376-9185; www.AkronArtMuseum.org.
Soulful local singer/songwriter and Downtown@Dusk regular Stone plus her melodic lightly funky trade at the museum.
4. En Vogue, 7 tonight, House of Blues Cleveland, 308 Euclid Ave. $32 and $37.50, 800-598-8703, www.livenation.com.
Sure, there's only two of the original five ladies left — Terry Ellis (the short one) and Cindy Herron (the tall one) — but my Oakland homegirls still look and sound pretty good and they have a solid set list worth of hits, including “Never Gonna Get It,” “Hold On” and their take on the Aretha Franklin classic “Giving Him Something He Can Feel.”
5. Buckcherry, 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Rock Factory, 271 S. Main St., Akron, $30 in advance, $40 day of show 330-376-3663.
This long-running L.A. hard-rock band has managed to survive (save for a hiatus in the early 2000s) not on its hit records of which it has a few, but because it unrepentantly and unashamedly raises the banner for the classic-rock sound and its live shows are legendary.