Arlo Guthrie, 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St., $6-$10, http://uaevents.com, 330-972-7570.
Hey, boomers, wanna feel old? OK, I’ll give you a moment to break out your bifocals and put in your teeth. Ready? Singer/songwriter Arlo Guthrie is in town this weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his 18-minute, musical-monologue, magnum opus “Alice’s Restaurant” with two shows on consecutive nights. I generally only hear the song around Thanksgiving, and at nearly 20 minutes, I don’t think Guthrie expects (or wants) people to monologue along with him, but, hey, remember we can all sing the chorus! Guthrie will also perform at least one song from each of his subsequent albums. … Seriously.
Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild LIVE!, 7 p.m. Thursday, UA’s E.J. Thomas Hall, $6-$10, http://uaevents.com, 330-972-7570.
David Letterman is winding down his time as late-night host, and one of the things I’ll miss about ol’ cranky Dave is his visits from Hanna, who often seems slightly undereducated on the animals he’s holding. For readers old enough to recall Marlin Perkins of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom or frequent Carson-era “Tonight Show” guest Joan Embery, Hanna is the modern-day equivalent minus Perkins’ smoothness and Embery’s added zoology babe factor.
Grateful Dead movie, 7 p.m. Monday, Cinemark Tinseltown, 4720 Mega St. NW, Jackson Township, $10.50-$12.50, www.?cinemark.com.
The fifth annual “Grateful Dead Meet-up at the Movies” (yeah, my first time hearing of it, too) will feature a “previously unreleased last-ever Grateful Dead show at Alpine Valley July 19, 1989. The set list for the professionally filmed, two-hour, 20-minute show includes favorites such as “Sugaree,” “Box of Rain,” “Terrapin Station” and, of course, “Drums.”
WZAK (93.1-FM) presents Stone Soul Concert, 8 p.m. Friday, Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center, 2000 Prospect Ave., $49.50-$99.50, www.wolsteincenter.com, 877-468-4946.
It seems to me that it’s just about time for a New Jack Swing revival, which perhaps we’ll call “Neo Jack Swing.” But until that glorious day, at least you’ve got this hit-making collection of artists: Al B. Sure, Guy, Blackstreet, SWV and Dru Hill, who are all definitely old-school New Jack swingers. The current iteration of Guy features original members Aaron Hall and New Jack Swing creator/producer Teddy Riley, who made a generation declare “Groove Me,” while Al B. Sure wanted to make sure we all knew how he felt about us “Night and Day,” and SWV is still “Right Here” and Dru Hill will surely be taking more than “5 Steps” to entertain the audience. Yes, that was corny, shall we move on?
Oddmall Emporium of the Weird, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday, John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St., Akron, free, http://oddmall.info/ohio.
This twice-a-year event is described by organizers as being “part art fair, part craft show, part comic con, part gaming festival, part cosplay extravaganza, part toy show …” You get the idea. Are you a ‘Brony’ who has been looking for an opportunity to show your true My Little Pony colors in a safe environment? Are you looking for a place where your cat hair sculptures depicting scenes from “The Hobbit” will be appreciated? Basically, if you want to come downtown and see some cool and probably weird stuff to buy and/or experience, or if you’re looking to participate in some of the aforementioned cool weirdness, Oddmall is probably the place for you.
— Malcolm Abram