Watch NFL Draft Day at local bars, partake in Brown Backers tailgate

It’s NFL Draft Day at last. Go to one of the many (OK, any of the) bars in the area and watch your Cleveland Browns possibly end their two-decade streak of terrible draft decisions, and then have a memorial drink for the poor young quarterback whose nascent career the team is about to ruin. For even more immersion, Browns Backers are throwing a tailgate party beginning at noon in the Muni Lot, in the shadow of the Factory of Sadness.

Expert talks growing fruit trees

Have you always wanted to grow your own apples? Find out how to take care of fruit trees with a garden talk by Jacqueline Kowalski, OSU extension educator, at 6 p.m. in the West Hill Community Orchard, 138 S. Maple St., Akron. It’s free.

KSU presents free speech concert

Kent State presents Freedom Sings, a concert of controversial and banned songs to tell the story of free speech in America, at 7 p.m. in the Cartwright Hall auditorium. It’s free and open to the public. Read more about it in the Sound Check column in today’s Pulse magazine.

NEA Big Read keynote in Massillon

Artist Charles Vess, who has worked with Neil Gaiman, Marvel and DC, gives the NEA Big Read keynote talk at 7 p.m. at Lions Lincoln Theatre, 156 Lincoln Way E, Massillon. He created illustrations for the upcoming 50th anniversary version of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Wizard of Earthsea compilation, which are on view at the Massillon Museum. The talk is free. 330-833-4061 or