GroundWorks ready to connect

GroundWorks DanceTheater’s spring program is all about connection and change, says artistic director David Shimotakahara. It includes a new work called Against Night that uses lighting in creative ways. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St., University of Akron. Tickets are $25, $10 students. 330-253-2488 or http://groundworksdance.org/tickets/.

Here’s chance to see ‘Hamlet’

To see or not to see? No question: Everyone should see Hamlet at least once in their life, and Great Lakes Theatre is an excellent option. Its production opens at 7:30 p.m., continuing through April 15 at Playhouse Square’s Hanna Theatre. Tickets are $15-$80 at 216-241-6000, www.playhousesquare.org.

Peyroux to play Kent Stage

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Madeleine Peyroux plays the Kent Stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40-$50. The Kent Stage is at 175 E. Main St.; 330-677-5005, www.thekentstage.com.

Devils Backbone Brewing is here

The award-winning Devils Backbone Brewing Co., known for its Vienna Lager and Eight Point IPA, has arrived in Ohio and is hosting a kickoff event at 7:30 p.m. at the Barley House, 222 S. Main St., Akron. For more, visit dbbrewingcompany.com.