1. GroundWorks DanceTheater, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St., Akron. $25 preferred seating, $20 general admission, $10 students. 216-751-0088 or www.groundworksdance.org.
The local dance troupe will perform “Brubeck,” a tribute to recently departed jazz icon Dave Brubeck, choreographed by artistic director David Shimotakahara, along with other pieces “Inamorata” and “LUNA.” Read more on Page E15.
2. Underground Railroad Tour, 6 p.m.-8.20 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26-27, 2686 Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath Township. 330-666-3711, ext. 1720, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hale Farm will take folks on a journey offering insights on what life was like for escaped slaves on the Underground Railroad … you know, minus the pervasive fear and paranoia of being captured and punished, or the pain of leaving loved ones behind. Tours depart every 20 minutes.
3. Sixth annual Seek the Light Expo — Psychic Fair, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St., Akron. $10, www.johnsknightcenter.org.
If you are a believer in psychics, mediums and astrologists, this will be the place for you. There will be all of the aforementioned folks along with a pet psychic, palmists, clairvoyants and tarot readers. Plus, there will be holistic medical folks, lectures and “Spirit Messages.” Oh, and of course you can buy stuff, including crystals, gemstones, books, candles, cards, angel items, and jewelry to help find your chi, soothe your spirit or find out whatever is making your aura that ugly color.
4. University of Akron JazzFest Big Band Concert, 8 p.m. Friday, Stage Door at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, 198 Hill St., Akron. $12, free for UA students. 330-972-7570.
The University of Akron’s annual big-band celebration features a mix of seasoned (and perhaps a few hardened) professionals along with a gaggle of talented students. The headliner will be swingin’ clarinetist Ken Peplowski, of whom the late Mel Torme once said, “The man is magic. There have been too few clarinetists to fill the void that Benny Goodman left. Ken Peplowski is most certainly one of those few.” Peplowski will be playing with the UA Faculty Jazz Ensemble led by Jack Schantz.
5. The Cleveland Beard-Off, 8:30 tonight, Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland. $8, www.beachlandballroom.com, 216-383-1124.
This sport(?) has been gaining popularity among hillbillies, hipsters and any folks who appreciate a full face of hair. For this irreverent Beard-Off, which proudly proclaims it’s not a hipster happening, ladies with fake beards (or real ones, I would imagine) are welcome and there will be a freestyle category that encourages folks to create their most imaginative beard, real or fake.