What’s going on this summer? Here are a few things we think are cool. For an expanded list of events, see the calendar on our home page.
OUR TOP FIVE
The Phantom of the Opera, June 15-July 10 at Playhouse Square’s State Theatre, 1501 Euclid Ave., Suite 200, Cleveland 44115, showtimes vary. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical stops in Cleveland on a new North American tour, featuring new special effects, scenic and lighting designs, staging and choreography. $10-$105. 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
Ray LaMontagne: The Ouroboros Tour, 7 p.m. June 30 at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, 2014 Sycamore St., Cleveland 44113. The folk rocker is on tour in support of his latest album. $29.50-$69.50. 216-861-4080, www.nauticaflats.com.
Comedian Kevin James, 7 p.m. June 19 at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., Akron 44308. The former King of Queens is now a king of comedy and will bring his stand-up act to Akron. $39.50-$75. 330-253-2488, www.akroncivic.com.
Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour, 8 p.m. June 11 at Playhouse Square’s State Theatre, 1501 Euclid Ave., Suite 200, Cleveland 44115. Grammy Award-winning folk comedy duo Flight of the Conchords (aka Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie) returns to the U.S., kicking off their national tour in Cleveland with new material. $35-$55. 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org
37th annual Akron Arts Expo, July 23-24 at Hardesty Park, 1615 W. Market St., Akron 44313. The weekend kicks off with the Taste of Akron food sampling from area restaurants from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday. Tickets for food samples $2 each. The Wine Tasting and Silent Auction fundraiser is from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets $40, $75 for two. Check out the wares at the Arts Expo on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 330-375-2835, www.akronartsexpo.org.
MAY 21-AUG. 21 — Steel Magnolias, showtimes vary at Playhouse Square’s Allen Theatre, 1501 Euclid Ave., Suite 200, Cleveland 44115. In 1980s Louisiana, six southern spitfires gather each week at Truvy’s beauty shop to gossip and support each other through thick and thin. But those bonds are about to be tested when M’Lynn and her daughter Shelby face a life-changing event. Produced by Cleveland Play House. $10-$80. 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
MAY 28-AUG. 28 —Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia
Akron: Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries, Akron Art Museum
Cleveland: Mueller Family Gallery and Rosalie and Morton Cohen Family Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art. Myopia is the first retrospective of the work of Mark Mothersbaugh, spanning the beginning of his career in the early 1970s through the present. Born in Akron and co-founder of the New Wave band DEVO, Mothersbaugh has been making art for more than 40 years. Also in Akron, Snack through Sept. 3 and Pulp through July 31. Animal as Muse through Aug. 14.
JUNE 4 — Crafty Mart Pop-Up Shop, 5-10 p.m. at Summit Artspace, third floor, 140 E. Market St., Akron 44308. Indie handmade marketplace runs every first Saturday of the month and includes vendors, food and beer. Visit craftymart.org.
JUNE 4 — Bill Maher, 7:30 p.m. at Playhouse Square’s Connor Palace, 1501 Euclid Ave., Suite 200, Cleveland 44115. The Real Time host brings his mix of comedy and politics to the stage. $25-$95. 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
JUNE 4 — Florence + the Machine: How Beautiful Tour, 7:30 p.m. at Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls, 44223. $26-$115. 330-920-8040.
JUNE 7 — Death Cab for Cutie, 7 p.m. at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, 2014 Sycamore St., Cleveland 44113. With Chvrches and Pure Bathing Culture. $25-$49.50. 216-861-4080, www.nauticaflats.com.
JUNE 8 — Akron Racers vs. PA Rebellion, 7:05 p.m. at Firestone Stadium, 1575 Firestone Parkway, Akron 44301. The Akron Racers are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch league and are celebrating its 15th season of play this year. Also catch the Racers at home June 9-11, 13-15, 25-26 and 28-29; July 8-9, 15-20, and 27-29; and Aug. 8, 9 and 12. For times and ticket prices, see akronracers.org.
JUNE 10 — Making a Murderer: A Conversation on Justice, 8 p.m. at Playhouse Square’s State Theatre, 1501 Euclid Ave., Suite 200, Cleveland 44115. You binge-watched the show, now see the lawyers who represented murder defendant Steven Avery participate in a moderated discussion on the operations of the criminal justice system and the broader implications of the case. $39.50-$49.50, $95 VIP. 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
JUNE 12 — Akron Farm and Flea Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Musica complex at 51 E. Market St. the second Sunday of the month through September. Take a stroll and take in vendors and food. Visit craftymart.org or Akron Farm and Flea Market on Facebook.
JUNE 17-18 — All-City Musical Beauty and the Beast, 7:30 June 17; 2:30 and 7:30 June 18 at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., Akron 44308. Students from public and private Summit County schools perform in Akron’s fifth annual musical in Disney’s tale as old as time. $25, $20, $10. 330-253-2488, www.akroncivic.com.
JUNE 25 — Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile, 10 a.m., InfoCision Stadium, 361 S. Union St., Akron 44304. $55 for 8k, $25 for 1m. 877-375-2786, akronmarathon.org.
JUNE 25 — Jackson Brown, 8 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., Akron 44308. $44.50-$77.50. 330-253-2488, www.akroncivic.com.
JUNE 24 — Zac Brown Band: Black Out the Sun Tour, 7 p.m. at Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls 44223. With Drake White and the Big Fire. $35.50-$71.50. 330-920-8040.
JUNE 26 — One Hell of a Night with Joe Walsh and Bad Company, 7 p.m. at Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls 44223. With North Canton’s Joe Vitale on drums, and Steve Rodgers. $27-$132. 330-920-8040.
JUNE 29 — Journey and the Doobie Brothers, 7 p.m. at Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls 44223. With Dave Mason. $37-$152. 330-920-8040.
JUNE 29 — World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, Firestone Country Club, 452 E. Warner Road, Akron, 44319. Through July 3. Daily and practice round ticket offers to this year’s Bridgestone Invitational are available at www.worldgolfchampionships.com or call 844-868-7465.
JULY 1 — Crafty Mart Canton, 4-8 p.m. Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Ave. N., Canton, 44702. Indie handmade marketplace Crafty Mart travels south. Visit craftymart.org; cantonart.org; 330-453-7666.
JULY 2 — Blossom Music Festival season opens, 8 p.m. at Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls, 44223. Hear the Cleveland Orchestra under the stars in its summer home. Program: Johannes Debus, conductor. Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade; Shostakovich, Suite for Variety Orchestra, No. 1; Tchaikovsky, “1812” Overture. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn and stay for the fireworks after the concert. Through Sept. 4. $19.40-$89. Under 18 free (two per regular-priced adult paid admission). 216-231-1111; www.clevelandorchestra.com.
JULY 6 — Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson, 7 p.m. at Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, 10777 Northfield Road, Northfield 44067. With A Great Big World. $47.50-$68. 330-908-7625, www.hardrock.com.
JULY 8-10 — Tall Ships Fairport Harbor, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fairport Harbor, one of only a handful of ports for the 2016 Tall Ships America fleet’s visit to the Great Lakes. www.tallshipsfairportharbor.com.
JULY 17 — Cleveland Orchestra celebrates the National Park Service Centennial, 7 p.m. at Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls, 44223. Bramwell Tovey, conductor; Javier Perianes, piano. Ravel, Rapsodie espagnole; Copland, Suite from Appalachian Spring; Ravel, Piano Concerto in G major; Gershwin, An American in Paris. $19.40-$89. Under 18 free (two per regular-priced adult paid admission). 216-231-1111; www.clevelandorchestra.com.
JULY 23 — Jane’s Addiction: Sterling Spoon Anniversary Tour, 7:30 p.m. at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, 2014 Sycamore St., Cleveland 44113. Iconic band celebrates the 25th anniversary of the release of its Ritual de lo Habitual album and the first Lollapalooza music festival. With Dinosaur Jr. and Living Colour. $37.50-$64.50. 216-861-4080, www.nauticaflats.com.
JULY 27 — An Evening with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, 7:30 p.m. at Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, 10777 Northfield Road, Northfield 44067. $47.50-$68. 330-908-7625, www.hardrock.com.
AUG. 13 — Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k, 6:30 a.m., Goodyear World Headquarters, 200 Innovation Way, Akron 44306. $80 for half, $50 for 10k. 877-375-2786, akronmarathon.org.
AUG. 14 — Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa: The High Road Tour, 7 p.m. at Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls, 44223. With Kevin Gates, Jhene Aiko, Casey Veggies and DJ Drama. $25-$70.75. 330-920-8040.