For a goose bump-raising good time get a load of The Monkey’s Paw and Other Unexpected Endings at the Magical Theatre Company in Barberton. Five eerie short stories — The Monkey’s Paw, The Necklace, The Lady or the Tiger, The Open Window and Ray Bradbury’s All Summer in a Day — will be brought to life in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the theater at 565 W. Tuscarawas Ave. Each classic story has its own unearthly ending, reminiscent of Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone. The one-night only play is most enjoyed by families ages 10 and up. Tickets are $9 and $11 and can be purchased online at www.magicaltheatre.org.
“Hey kid rock and roll. Rock on …” The Hard Rock Cafe in Cleveland is looking for tiny rockers for its Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star contest on Saturday. Bring your little star to the restaurant at 230 W. Huron Road dressed in his or her best costume for a chance to win a Hard Rock Cafe gift card or a 2015 birthday party for eight. One child, in costume or not, will eat free per one adult purchasing an entree. The contest celebrates the unveiling of the Hard Rock Roxtars, a band of characters that will serve as brand ambassadors for the worldwide chain. Details, call 216-830-7625 or 216-344-3859. And no, the contest does not involve David Essex, singer/writer of the 1973 hit Rock On.
Meet the author of Captain Underpants at the Buckeye Book Fair at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster) on Saturday. Kent State University alumnus Dav Pilkey, who just released the 11th book in his Captain Underpants series, will speak at 2 p.m. The event will feature about 100 authors who will sign their works from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $2. Information, www.buckeyebookfair.com.
Animation domination. Blood of the Freakishly Short Animation Festival starts at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St. Presented by Nightlight Cinema, the event is 80 minutes of animated shorts from around the planet. Sometimes funny, sometimes creepy and sometimes thought provoking. Recommended for those 13 and older. Tickets are $5.
And finally, a few treats for all. The Cuyahoga Falls Public Library is opening its doors from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and handing out a small treat to patrons of all ages who come to the library in costume. The library is at 2015 Third St. Information at 330-928-2117.