Hear ‘Folk Meets Symphony’
Singer/songwriter Gretchen Pleuss will be accompanied by an ensemble of flute, viola, cello and upright bass for “Folk Meets the Symphony,” latest in the Divergent Sounds mashup series by the Canton Symphony Orchestra. It’s at 7 p.m. in Foundation Hall, Zimmermann Symphony Center, 2331 17th St. NW, Canton. Tickets are just $5. 330-452-2094 or http://www.cantonsymphony.org.
See ‘High School Musical’
Troy, Gabriella and all the rest of the East High students come alive in North Canton Playhouse’s production of Disney’s High School Musical, which opens at 7:30 p.m. and continues through June 10. Tickets are $15 at 330-494-1613, http://www.northcantonplayhouse.com).
Tour homes, garden in Bath
The 41st annual Bath Volunteers for Service Home Tour, featuring five homes and a garden, runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be picked up at the Bath United Church of Christ, 3980 W. Bath Road. http://bathvolunteersforservice.com/home-tour.
View ‘The Post’ at library
This week’s [email protected] at the Akron-Summit County Public Library in downtown Akron is The Post. The movie tells the tale of the Washington Post publishing the top secret Pentagon Papers. The movie starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. For more, visit akronlibrary.org.
Raptor center features live birds at Audubon meeting
Jackie Mahland of the Medina Raptor Center will present “Day in the Life of a Rehabilitator,” featuring some of the center’s live birds, at the 7 p.m. meeting of the Greater Akron Audubon Society at Sand Run Metro Park, Mingo Shelter, 1501 Sand Run Parkway, Akron. The meeting is open to the public. 330-645-0953 or http://www.akronaudubon.org.
Hall & Oates, Train perform at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans
It’s a double bill of power pop at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, as Hall & Oates and Train will trade sets and even perform a few songs together beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $49.50-$129.50 at theqarena.com.
Warren native Jerry Douglas, band play at the Kent Stage
Dobro and lap steel player (and Warren native) Jerry Douglas brings his band to the Kent Stage at 8 p.m. He mixes jazz, blues, country and lots of other genres. Tickets are $35 at http://www.thekentstage.com.
Akron-born Kate Birdsall discusses debut mystery novel
Author and Akron native Kate Birdsall discusses her debut novel The Flats at 6:30 p.m. at the Highland Square branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 807 W. Market St. It’s the first in a new mystery series set in Cleveland. Register at 330-376-2927.
Metro Parks Ensemble performs at Goodyear Lodge
The Metro Parks Ensemble will perform a Random Act of Music from 7-8 p.m. at the Goodyear Lodge, Goodyear Heights Metro Park, 2077 Newton St., Akron. 330-865-8065.
Fill up at food trucks
More than 25 trucks are on board for the Tallmadge Food Truck Festival, one of the area’s biggest single-day rallies. It will run from noon to 6 p.m. in the Tallmadge Recreation Center parking lot at 46 N. Munroe Road. Parking will be available at Tallmadge High School (140 N. Munroe Road) and Munroe Elementary School (230 N. Munroe Road) with a shuttle provided. For more information, go to https://tallmadge-ohio.org/320/Food-Truck-Festival.
Listen to musical winners
Hear the classical music stars of the future as the winners of Tuesday Musical’s Scholarship Competition show off their talents at 2:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 2726 W. Market St., Akron. Caleb Stabaugh; Brianna Bragg; Wei-An Hung; Henry Spencer; Li Wang; J Bennett; Preston Light; Nadia Marshall; Peter Loferski; Aram Man; and Ju-eun Lee will perform. It’s free, and a reception will follow. http://www.tuesdaymusical.org.
Have some family fun for free
The free YMCA Family Fun Day at Camp Y-Noah in Green is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. There will be pony rides, archery, face painting, climbing and other activities. This is a chance for families to explore the 250-acre property at 815 Mount Pleasant Road. For more, visit akronymca.org/CampYNoah/.
Take a ride with Thomas
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Day Out with Thomas train rides continue Sunday and May 25-27. There will also be magicians, bounce houses and balloon artists. The festivities are at the Brandywine Ski Resort at 7100 Riverview Road in Boston Township. Tickets are $18 to $22. cvsr.com/day-out-with-thomas/.
Hear some Singing Angels
The Singing Angels youth choral organization presents its spring concert at 2 p.m. at the Connor Palace Theatre in Playhouse Square. Tickets are $18-$43 at http://www.playhousesquare.org.
Marc Lee Shannon album release party
Marc Lee Shannon, longtime sideman for Michael Stanley, holds a release party for his solo album, Walk This Road, at 8 p.m. at Tangier, 532 W. Market St., Akron. (Read Malcolm X Abram’s interview with Shannon at https://bit.ly/2IUEgUZ.) Tickets are $12-$15 at thetangier.com, 330-376-7171.
Attend Senior Summit Expo
The Senior Summit Expo, with food, prizes and services for seniors, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Firestone Community Learning Center, 470 Castle Blvd., Akron. Free Metro service to the summit is available from all routes through 5 p.m. http://summitohioprobate.com/senior-summit-2018/.
Celebrate Interbelt’s 30th
The Interbelt Nite Club is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a party beginning at 9:30 p.m., with entertainment including Alejandra J-Love, who recently won the Miss Akron Pride title. The club is at 70 N. Howard St.; interbelt.com.
Happy Tails Thrift Shop opens
The Humane Society of Summit County holds an opening party for its Happy Tails Thrift Shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1770 Merriman Road, Akron, with refreshments, activities, promotions and a Mobile Adoption Center. http://www.summithumane.org.
Enjoy Royal Wedding Tea
Tea goodies, croquet and a replay of the nuptials on a big screen will be available at the Royal Wedding Tea fundraiser at Christ Episcopal Church in Kent. Seatings are at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. Cost is $20, $10 for children ages 12 or younger. For reservations, call 330-322-1236. The church is at 118 S. Mantua St. (state Route 43). A portion of the proceeds will go to Freedom House in Portage County and CANAPI (Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative) in Akron.
Weathervane Playhouse stages ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’
It’s your last weekend to catch Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the tale of sex and revenge in 16th century France (with fabulous costumes) at Weathervane Playhouse. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, and tickets are $10-$22 at 330-836-2626, http://www.weathervaneplayhouse.com. Read Kerry Clawson’s review at https://bit.ly/2I88PTg if you need more incentive to go.
Line up at Moe’s for burritos
Want free burritos for a year? Be among the first 50 people in line on Thursday outside the new Moe’s Southwest Grill on West Market Street in Akron, and you’ll win one burrito per week. It will open at 11 a.m. and also offer $5 burritos and a prize wheel.
Verb Ballets to debut new works
Verb Ballets presents new works in Fresh Inventions at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland. It’s the first in DanceWorks, a five-week series of presentations by local companies. Thursday’s performance is just $12; tickets are $30 for Friday and Saturday at 216-631-2727, ext. 501, http://www.cptonline.org.
Chico is headliner at Rialto
Chico headlines a 6:30 p.m. show at the Rialto Theatre in Kenmore. Also on the bill are Northeast Ohio bands Relaxer, Goldleaf and Soleo. Tickets are $10 at http://www.therialtotheatre.com.
Gardening talk at Nature Realm
Learn new ways to garden around the house and swap seeds or plants from 6-7:30 p.m. at the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065.
‘Ride of Silence’ for bicycle club
The Akron Bicycle Club will hold a “Ride of Silence” to honor cyclists who have been injured or killed on the road, part of an annual national observance. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Botzum parking lot, 2928 Riverview Road, Akron, where the procession will form for a 7-mile ride. See http://akronbike.org/ for more information.
The Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Taphouse, 587 Grant St., Akron, is hosting a special barrel-aged extravaganza starting at 4 p.m. with 12 barrel-aged beers on draft. Samples will go for $4, snifters will be $8. Find a list of beers in Rick Armon’s Beer Notes column in the Food section, or at ohio.com/beer.
Mammoths, mastodons and humans
Dr. Brian Redmond, curator and chair of archaeology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, will discuss evidence of mammoths and mastodons in North America and their interactions with humans at 7 p.m. at the Hudson Library & Historical Society, 96 Library St. Mastodon bones have been found in Fairlawn and very close by in Hudson. Register at 330-653-6658, ext. 1010, or http://www.hudsonlibrary.org.
There are so many places to take your mother
It’s Mother’s Day, so be sure to thank your mom or the mother figure in your life. Here are a few ways to treat her:
■ You can take her to the Akron Zoo or Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, where moms get in free all day. Great Lakes Science Center is offering half off admission for mothers.
■ The Akron Art Museum has an open house with brunch, a craft project and more ($50, $35 members).
■ Lots of restaurants are hosting special brunches and buffets; call first, since it’s one of the busiest days of the year for eateries.
■ See a movie with your mom at any Cleveland Cinemas theater and she’ll get a free popcorn.
■ Take a history walk around Massillon at 1 p.m. on historic Fourth Street, beginning in front of Five Oaks at Fourth and North Avenue ($7).
‘Sunset Boulevard’ movie returns to big screen
“It’s the pictures that got small …” If Mom is a classic-film buff, TCM Big Screen Classics presents Sunset Boulevard (1950), starring Gloria Swanson, at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday at cinemas including Cinemark Cuyahoga Falls; Hudson Cinema 10; Montrose Movies 12; Tinseltown USA, Jackson Township; Cinemark Macedonia; Valley View 24; Movies 10 Wooster; and Cedar Lee, Cleveland Heights. http://www.fathomevents.com.
Scot Symphonic Band to play at Wooster concert
The College of Wooster Scot Symphonic Band plays its Commencement Concert at 8:15 p.m. in McGaw Chapel, complete with Scottish pipers, dancers and drummers. It’s free. 330-263-2419.
Open garden tours in Kent
It’s plant sale season! Check out our list in the Saturday Life section. You’ll also find details on open garden hours at the Wolcott Lilac Gardens in Kent, a perfect place to take Mom this weekend.
Mother’s Day cake decorating
Children ages 12 and under can decorate a free heart-shaped Mother’s Day cake at all Acme Fresh Market locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seating is limited; check with at the customer service counter at your Acme location. Cake decorators will be on hand to help with icing, sprinkles and other toppings.
Bark in the Park at Lock 3
The Humane Society of Summit County hosts Bark in the Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lock 3 in downtown Akron, with vendors, food trucks, beer garden, children’s activities, mobile adoption center, dog grooming, games and activities, and lots more. http://www.summithumane.org/bitp.
Castle Noel hosts Santa Day
Castle Noel in Medina will play host to Santa Day and members of the MidWest USA Santa Community on Saturday. Dozens of jolly ol’ Santas will parade around Medina’s Historic Square starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Christmas Museum will be open for tours with special activities. At 11:30 a.m. the Santas will participate in the Lemons for Leukemia Challenge and try to set the record for the most Santas sucking on lemons at once. https://castlenoel.com/sd513/.
Annual county health event
Let’s Move Summit County takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Buchtel Community Learning Center, 1040 Copley Road in West Akron. This year’s event focuses on healthy moms and babies, and reducing infant mortality. There will be activities, lunch and a panel discussion. Register on-site beginning at 9:30 a.m. https://bit.ly/2rALbbY.
Take in a musical on the ’60s
Great Lakes Theater is presenting Beehive: The ’60s Musical through May 20, a retro revue that ranges from the Supremes to Janis Joplin to Aretha Franklin and everything in between. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday, and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hanna Theatre in Playhouse Square. Tickets are $15-$80 at 216-241-6000, greatlakestheater.org.
Girl Scout cookies and wine
Do you want a merlot or a zinfandel with those Thin Mints? Mr. Zub’s in the Highland Square neighborhood of Akron is offering a Girl Scout Cookie Wine Pairing event at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and a portion of sales will benefit Troop #90377. Reserve at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3416872.
Hear Cuba expert speak
Vicki Huddleston, who served as Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana under presidents Clinton and George W. Bush, discusses U.S.-Cuba relations and her book Our Woman in Havana at 7 p.m. at the Hudson Library & Historical Society. Register at 330-653-6658 or hudsonlibrary.org.
Help Miller South celebrate
Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts is celebrating its 25th anniversary with Homecoming concerts at 1 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The school is at 1055 East Ave. in Akron. Cost is $12 for adults, $7 for students and senior citizens at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3382196. Read more on Page E17 of today’s Pulse magazine.
Carol Burnett comes to Playhouse
(Insert Tarzan yell here …) Comic legend Carol Burnett comes to the Connor Palace in Playhouse Square at 7 p.m. For this “Evening of Laughter and Reflection” she’ll tell stories, show clips from her shows and even take questions from the audience. Tickets are $58-$178 at 216-241-6000 or http://www.playhousesquare.org.
ArtyPartyAkron art show, auction
ArtyPartyAkron takes place from 6-9 p.m. at Summit Artspace in Akron. This art show and auction features work from area students, and proceeds benefit Summit County CASA/GAL, which provides volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children in courts and the community. Tickets are $50 at http://www.summitcasagal.org.
Hive Mind hosts yoga session
Always wanted to try yoga? Hive Mind, a community space at 375 W. Exchange St., Akron, will offer a session at 8 p.m. with instructors from Yoga Squared. Bring a mat (a few will be available). Admission is donation-based. You can park at January Paints across the street. facebook.com/events/390137454786881/.
High Bridge Glens history talk
In the late 1800s, High Bridge Glens in Cuyahoga Falls was home to an amusement park with a roller coaster that drew thousands of people every day. Learn more about the old park with a presentation by Mary McClure at a meeting of the Cuyahoga Falls Historical Society at 7 p.m. at the Falls Public Library, 2015 Third St. It’s free. 234-817-0132.
Brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, Cleveland natives, won’t rule out continuing to play a role in making films based Marvel comics characters. The brothers were in their hometown recently for an event at the Cleveland Cinematheque.
CLEVELAND: Pssst. Stop reading this story about Cleveland’s filmmaker brothers Anthony and Joe Russo if you’re one of the four or five people out there who has not seen their latest movie, Avengers: Infinity War.
Spoilers lie ahead.
The rest of you, however, are still asking “WTH?” about that ending when more than half of the Avengers, a superhero force based on the Marvel comic books, disintegrate into black ash. It’s a common question, the brothers said in a recent interview at a Cleveland-area hotel.
“Well, we believe in a commitment to real stakes and we love this storytelling,” said Joe Russo, the younger of the siblings at 46. “We like being surprised in movies, and experienced as a kid when I watched Empire Strikes Back five times in a row at a theater one day that that film had incredible emotional resonance.”
Emotional resonance certainly, but a certain level of shock value exists because the unexpected happens in the closing moments of Infinity War.
“It’s because it didn’t pull any punches, and I think it’s really valued in a movie and a story reflecting the world in which we live, and in this world there’s no easy answers,” Joe Russo said. “Sometimes villains win.”
Thanos (Josh Brolin), the film’s imposing bad guy, kills off many of the Avengers with the snap of his fingers after collecting a group of mysterious stones. That’s power, but the Russos go one better, by finding a use for almost every character — fans won’t find Hawkeye or Ant-Man and Wasp here — in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, giving each a significant role.
While the original lineup and films that fed into the first and second Avengers movies possessed a consistent tone and look, Infinity War incorporates the Guardians of the Galaxy and Black Panther, characters from two films that had their own distinctive looks.
The Russos pay homage to those distinctions in some instances. For example: it’s not likely the Spinners’ Rubberband Man would ever show up in an Iron Man flick. However, it doesn’t feel out of place in Infinity War when the Guardians are listening to it as they make their first appearance.
Even with that, however, it’s the characters fans love, and the Russos used a process to choose which characters would do what.
“Joe and I are big fans of ensemble storytelling. You look at our work starting from Welcome to Collinwood, we work with ensemble almost exclusively, and especially our television work, a lot of ensemble work, so I think we’re well suited to it,” said Anthony, 48.
“We like stories like that. We grew up in a big Italian-American family. We’re used to having a lot of people around, a lot of points of view.”
Joe said they understood there had been few films of this scope with so many points of view, as some of the Avengers are on Earth and others are scattered to different parts of the galaxy and beyond.
They brainstormed with the film’s screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, their collaborators on Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, to work their way through the characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“And we basically sat in a room, we put every character in the MCU, a picture of every character in the MCU up on the wall, and we spent a few weeks and months just starting to talk about who we wanted to play with, who we could draw forward,” Anthony Russo said. “What kind of a narrative we could come up with that could involve a portion of them or all of them.”
And many of them get erased because of their tinkering. In the interim, next March Marvel Studios will release Captain Marvel (played by Oscar-winner Brie Larson), which will feature the popular character who allegedly will have a significant role in the next Avengers film.
In that regard, Infinity War becomes the ultimate setup film for the epic conclusion. (Avengers: Infinity War — Part Two, with a yet-to-be-announced new title, is slated to hit theaters on May 3, 2019.)
Despite criticism that the Russos have bitten off a lot, the film accomplishes the one thing they wanted: that Empire Strikes Back vibe.
As for the scope of the film, “For Joe and I, we have to keep very, very focused on telling the story and so we don’t necessarily think in terms of outdoing, we just think in terms of commitment to story, character and stakes,” Anthony said. “We’re thinking about these two movies collectively as a culmination and a climax to the Marvel cinematic universe.”
Significant work remains to be done on the conclusion, and information about how the various story lines are resolved won’t escape their lips.
“Right now, we’re just really going through the process of experiencing how audiences are receiving this movie and letting that help inform us in terms of how we push the story forward,” Anthony Russo said.
“We worked really vigilantly to protect the secrets on Infinity War,” he said. “We’re going to work twice as hard to protect the secrets on Avengers 4.”
George M. Thomas can be reached at [email protected].
Akron Youth Symphony at Mount Union concert
The Akron Youth Symphony will feature its three concerto winners — Meredith Gallagher, Miriam Koby and Jason Zhang — in its 3 p.m. performance at the Giese Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Mount Union in Alliance. Also on the program are Bernstein’s Overture to Candide and selections from West Side Story, and Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 1. Tickets are $10 (ages 10 or younger free) at akronsymphony.org, 330-535-8131, or at the door.
‘Choral Trifecta’ at Faith Lutheran Church
More classical music is on offer at the “Choral Trifecta” concert, featuring the Crooked River Chorale, St. Cecilia Choral Society and 722, at 4 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church at 3415 W. Market St., Fairlawn. Each ensemble will perform individually and then all three groups will come together for the finale. It’s free.
Comedian Bill Maher to do routine at Rocksino
A few seats remained at press time for comedian, talk show host and provocateur Bill Maher at 7:30 p.m. at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. Tickets are $65-$99.50 at 800-745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com.
Miranda Sings at Connor Palace Theatre
Miranda Sings, aka comedian and Netflix/social media star Colleen Ballinger, brings her live show to the Connor Palace Theatre in Playhouse Square at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and $75 at 216-241-6000 or http://www.playhousesquare.org.
‘Little Mermaid’ ballet at Civic Theatre
Ballet Theatre of Ohio marks its 25th anniversary with a new production of The Little Mermaid this weekend, with shows at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Akron Civic Theatre, including sea-themed activities and treats for kids. Tickets are $32-$42 at 330-253-2488 or akroncivic.com.
Bam! Pow! Enjoy a free comic book
It’s Free Comic Book Day, with a number of local stores participating, including Kenmore Komics and Rubber City Comics in Akron, JC Comics & Cards in Cuyahoga Falls, Stuff Genie Emporium in Barberton, Off the Wagon in Kent, The Toys Time Forgot in Canal Fulton, Hazel’s Heroes in North Canton and Comics, Cards & Collectables in Canton. Find out more at http://www.freecomicbookday.com.
Akron Symphony presents ‘Requiem’
The Akron Symphony presents Verdi’s Requiem, which Brahms termed “a work of genius,” at 8 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall. The orchestra will be joined by the Akron Symphony Chorus, the Summit Choral Society Masterworks Chorale and soloists Dina Kuznetsova, Nancy Maultsby, John Pickle and Adam Cioffari. The Preview from the Podium with Maestro Christopher Wilkins begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and up at 330-535-8131 or akronsymphony.org.
North Akron Market open on North Hill
The first North Akron Market featuring fresh produce, crafts and artwork, hot food and music will be from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Exchange House at 760 Elma St. in Akron. Exchange House, a refurbished home, is designed to be a cultural and civic hub in the North Hill neighborhood. northakroncdc.org/northakronmarket.
Blue herons at homecoming festivities
The Blue Heron Homecoming environmental festival is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the city of Akron Water Reclamation Facility, 2460 Akron-Peninsula Road. It features exhibits, tours, heron spotting, food and other activities. Shuttle service will be available from several Akron schools; check akronwaterwaysrenewed.com for more information.
Free prom dresses to be given
The “Rose Project” will give away free prom dresses and accessories from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riedinger Middle School, 77 W. Thornton St. Enter through Door No. 1 and follow the signs. The project is an effort of the Andrea Rose Teodosio Foundation. 330-671-2791.
‘Curious George’ musical at Magical Theatre
Magical Theatre Company in Barberton opens Curious George: The Golden Meatball at 7:30 p.m., continuing through May 12. In the kid-friendly musical, recommended for ages 4 and up, the inquisitive monkey helps Chef Pisghetti enter his meatball recipe in a contest in Rome. Tickets are $14-$16 at 330-848-3708, http://www.magicaltheatre.org.
Hail to the Chefs previews Taste of Hudson
Hail to the Chefs runs from 7 to 11 p.m. at Lake Forest Country Club in Hudson. The preview party for the annual Taste of Hudson event brings together chefs to showcase small plates and cocktails, with a silent auction to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital. Tickets are $100 at http://www.tasteofhudson.com, http://www.facebook.com/TasteOfHudson or at the door.
Inaugural First Friday Art Walk in Kent
Kent holds its inaugural First Friday Art Walk beginning at 5 p.m. Downtown galleries and businesses will stay open until at least 8 p.m. offering refreshments, drawings, artist demonstrations and other activities. http://www.mainstreetkent.org/events/art-walk/. Afterward, you can check out folk singer Tom Rush, who’ll play at 8 p.m. at the Kent Stage. Tickets are $30-$35 at http://www.thekentstage.com.
Canton’s Fitness Frenzy runs downtown
Canton’s First Friday has a “Fitness Frenzy” theme for May, running from 6-10 p.m. in the downtown Arts District with music, performances, visual arts events and more. http://cantonartsdistrict.com/firstfriday/.
Comedy show featured at None Too Fragile
The 4th Strikes Back Comedy Show will feature Jason Scoop, Katharyn Henson, Chris “The Bitter Dude” Ketler and Al Mothersbaugh at 8 p.m. at None Too Fragile Theater, Pub Bricco, 1841 Merriman Road, Akron. Tickets are $8 at https://bit.ly/2righom.
Kent State commemorates May 4, 1970
Kent State University marks the anniversary of May 4, 1970, events with a 3:30 p.m. dedication ceremony for the plaque recognizing the site as a National Historic Landmark. It’s free and open to the public; register at https://bit.ly/2HEBNy3. Journalist Dan Rather speaks at 7:30 p.m.
Canton Symphony kicks off ‘Divergent Sounds’ mash-up series
The Canton Symphony launches its “Divergent Sounds” series, melding classical and other genres of music, with Hip-Hop Meets Symphony at 7 p.m. Local hip-hop artist A-Minus will perform with an ensemble of Canton Symphony musicians for the 7 p.m. concert in Foundation Hall, Zimmermann Symphony Center, 2331 17th St. NW, Canton. Tickets are $5 at 330-452-2094 or http://www.cantonsymphony.org.
Kent State May 4 remembrance
This year’s May 4 commemoration at Kent State kicks off with an event hosted by the May 4 Task Force at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Student Center Kiva. Several authors, including Thomas Grace, David Hassler, Susie Erenrich and Miriam Jackson, will discuss their books about the Kent State shootings and their aftermath. A candlelight vigil will take place at the site at 11 p.m.
Local Pulitzer Prize author talk
Mansfield native Edward J. Larson, whose Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for History, discusses To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration, at 7 p.m. at the Hudson Library & Historical Society. Registration is required at 330-653-6658 or hudsonlibrary.org.
French classic play adaptation
Weathervane Playhouse opens its production of that much-adapted play about sex and revenge, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons), at 7:30 p.m., continuing through May 20. Tickets are $10-$22 at 330-836-2626, http://www.weathervaneplayhouse.com.
Disc Dogs out to play
After a long winter, even our pets are stir-crazy. Bring your pooch to check out the K9 Frisbee Toss & Fetch Spring League from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Van Cise Park, 2961 Kent Road, Silver Lake. (Read our story about the league at https://bit.ly/2KvyJlk.) Cost is $10 per dog/human team. http://www.facebook.com/OhioDiscDogs.
Last week for ‘Spelling Bee’
It’s the last week for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Cleveland Play House, a musical about the various misfits and oddballs competing in the contest (you might even get a chance to spell on stage). Shows run through Sunday at the Allen Theatre in Playhouse Square, and tickets are $25-$110 at 216-241-6000, http://www.clevelandplayhouse.com.
The latest film in Cleveland Cinemas’ “Reel Science” series is Starship Troopers at the Cedar Lee in Cleveland Heights. A 7 p.m. showing of the film about giant alien bugs will be followed by a Q&A with Dr. Nicole Gunter, Invertebrate Zoology Collections manager at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Tickets are $8 at clevelandcinemas.com.
Taste of North Canton
The 10th annual Taste of North Canton, featuring samples from local restaurants, runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Arrowhead Golf and Banquet Center, 1500 Rogwin Circle SW. It benefits the New Work City Foundation, which helps create “micro-jobs” in Stark County. Tickets are $15, $5 ages 6-17 at https://newworkcityfoundation.org.
‘Jersey Boys’ brings Four Seasons hits to E.J.
The musical Jersey Boys strings together the many hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons — including Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like a Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and December, 1963 (Oh What a Night) — to tell the story of the group’s career. It plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at E.J. Thomas Hall to close out this year’s Broadway in Akron season. Tickets are $40-$102 at http://www.uakron.edu/ej.
Salute bands at RubberDucks game
The Akron RubberDucks salute the bands of the Akron Public Schools at Tuesday’s 6:35 p.m. game. Buy through https://groupmatics.events/group/APSBandNight and you can choose which band will get your $3-per-ticket donation. Also, you’ll probably get to see Tim Tebow play too.
Sample ‘Brews and Prose’ at Market Garden
Market Garden Brewery’s “Brews and Prose” literary series focuses on the new essay collection Voices from the Rust Belt, with Editor Anne Trubek and contributors Kathryn Flinn, Ben Gwin and Greg Donley. Market Garden is at 1947 W. 25th St., Cleveland. http://www.brewsandprose.com.
UA hosts jazz ensemble event
The University of Akron School of Music presents its “Back to the Ballroom Big Band Dance” at 3 p.m. You’ll be able to dance (or just listen) right on the stage of E.J. Thomas Hall. Student Jazz Ensemble will play music by Duke Ellington, Billy Byers, Tommy Dorsey and more. Tickets are $12, $6 for non-UA students, and free for UA students with Zip Cards. http://www.uaevents.com.
Vintage Day at Stan Hywet
It will be Vintage Day Sunday at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron. There will be actors at the estate to talk about life in the 1920s. There will also be a vintage base ball game at 1 p.m. on the lawn. Regular admission applies. For more, visit stanhywet.org.
Gemboree show continues
The Gemboree Rock, Mineral, Gem and Jewelry Show continues at Emidio & Sons Expo Center, 48 E. Bath Road, Cuyahoga Falls. The event will feature vendors, children’s activities, specimen showcases, gemstone identification, door prizes and a silent auction. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students and $ 1 for children age 6 or younger. gemboree.org.
Shoe fanatics convention
Got some vintage LeBrons you want to sell? SneakerCon, a convention for shoe fanatics, continues from noon to 7 p.m. at Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, 300 Lakeside Ave. Admission is $25. https://sneakercon.com/.
Kayak races on rapids in Cuyahoga Falls
Watch kayakers shoot the rapids in the middle of downtown Cuyahoga Falls beginning at noon. The Cuyahoga Falls Kayak Races will run until about 5 p.m. on a half-mile course starting at the Portage Trail bridge and passing the Sheraton Suites. http://www.cfkayakrace.com.
Grapes on the Lake benefit at Tadmor Shrine
Grapes on the Lake, featuring local wineries, runs from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Tadmor Shrine Center, 3000 Krebs Drive, Coventry Township. A portion of the proceeds goes to Lake Anna Park in Barberton, Special Olympics and Barberton Masonic Temple. Tickets are $25 at the door. http://www.facebook.com/events/339357116188049.
Theater companies to perform at Black Box
The Center for Applied Drama and Autism and the adult and youth companies of Theatre on the Spectrum present There’s No Business Like Show Business and scenes from Along the Graveyard Path at 1 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre, 2207 Romig Road, Akron. Tickets are $10 or pay what you can; 234-678-7830, https://cada.brownpapertickets.com.
Peninsula ramps up for downtown festival
The Ramp Up Peninsula festival, celebrating the wild leek, runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the village’s downtown, where vendors will set up off state Route 303, and at Heritage Farms, 6050 Riverview Road. It will feature ramps in all kinds of preparations, including candies (really). http://www.explorepeninsula.com. Information also is available at the Ramp Up Peninsula Facebook page.
Believeland Beer Fest at center in Cleveland
If beer is more your speed, the inaugural sports-themed Believeland Beer Fest is Saturday at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, 300 W. Lakeside Ave., Cleveland. There are two tasting sessions from 2 to 5 p.m. and 8 to 11 p.m. It’s $50 at the door. http://believelandbeerfest.com.
Troll Mania scavenger hunt in Alliance
Look for trolls in 14 downtown Alliance shops during the Troll Mania on Main scavenger hunt, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pick up a map at the Troll House Museum, 228 E. Main St., then visit shops to find trolls and earn prizes. 330-596-1157 or http://www.trollholemuseum.com.