1) Sinbad, 7 and 9 p.m. Friday and 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Tangier, 532 W. Market St., Akron. $35-$85. 330-376-7171.
The veteran comedian and actor (he and Rob Thomas were hilarious as angry rehab patients on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” a few years ago) brings his unique brand of stand-up to Akron.
2) ETC School of Musical Arts 35th annual Fall Premier, 2 p.m. Sunday at Copley High School, 2807 Ridgewood Road, Copley Township. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 330-923-2000.
This show will feature groups of youngsters in full “Glee” mode. Performing will be the All Americans, the Main Street Singers and the New Generation. As many of the young performers are not even of high school age, I respectfully request all in attendance to resist the urge to throw things at the stage if one of these groups starts singing “Don’t Stop Believin.’ ”
3) Canton Magicrafters Annual Magic Banquet and Show, 5:15-10 p.m. Saturday at North Canton Church of Christ, 1301 E. Maple St. $20. For tickets and information, call Rany Weidenhamer at 330-933-8787 or Mike Salvino at 330-875-9254.
It’s a magic banquet and a show; what more could you ask? Wondering who will be blowing your mind with their sleight of hand? Performers include Tom Duplain, Jeff Conley, Ned Wenger, Tom Craven, Tim Deremer, Bob Illusion (cool name, Bob), Mike Oddo, Brent Schneider and Ken Groves.
4) Beachland Halloween VI: The Nightmare Before Xmas (Ale), 8 p.m. Friday, Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, $5, $2 with costume, 216-383-1124.
That’s right, beer lovers. Great Lakes Christmas Ale is just about ready to hit the market and local beer taps to get you deliciously silly drunk and the Beachland wants to get you primed with what should be a fun evening of one-off tribute bands … and beer. Here’s the slate of tributees and tributers: Motley Crue (The Hot Rails), Oasis (Members: Hot Rails, Afternoon Naps, Volta Sound, New Planet Trampoline), The Cure (Members: B-Side Mantra), The Bangles (Village Bicycle), Waylon Jennings (Not So Good Ol Boys), The Pixies (Josh Jesty & Friends) and David Bowie (Chad Hill playing solo).
5) When You’ve Been Called, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St., $21.50, $26.50, ticketmaster.com.
This is a gospel play featuring 18 local actors in a production that features the story of “a near-perfect God-serving couple whose lives are instantly shattered by sudden tragedy. What follows is the stuff of high drama: harsh realities of inner-city life, forbidden romance, plot twists and edge-of-your-seat confrontations between characters.” Oooh, forbidden romance.