Visit Canton museum for free

The Canton Museum of Art is giving free admission for the Presidents Day holiday. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free art activities for all ages in the lobby. Elijah Pierce: An American Journey and African American Masterpieces are particularly relevant exhibitions for Black History Month. cantonart.org.

Go to science center carnival

Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland is having a Curiosity Carnival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with activities and demonstrations, including a Boat Float Engineering Challenge, a Strange Science Show, a water workshop and the last chance to see the Science of Trains exhibition. http://greatscience.com/

Have fun at McKinley library

The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum in Canton offers Presidents Day activities including special tours, animal and science shows, planetarium shorts, the Street of Shops and other exhibits. http://www.mckinleymuseum.org, 330-455-7043

Get into the Akron Zoo free

The Akron Zoo will mark the holiday with free admission. (You will still have to pay $3 for parking.) The zoo is at 500 Edgewood Ave. The zoo will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more, visit akronzoo.org.

Have cookout at Liberty Park

The Liberty Park Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg, will hold a School’s Out Cookout from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring your own hot dogs and buns to cook over an open fire, and enjoy the Nature Play area after eating lunch. 330-865-8065.

Classic movie ‘The Philadelphia Story’ returns to big screen

Tracy Lord has a choice to make: Her rich but stuffy fiance? Her roguishly charming ex-husband? Or the reporter sent to cover her wedding who sees the fires within her? (We personally think she should pick the reporter.) But you’ll have to see how it all turns out as TCM Big Screen Classics brings The Philadelphia Story to theaters at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday. The Katharine Hepburn/Cary Grant/Jimmy Stewart classic will be shown locally at Cinemark Portage Crossing, Cuyahoga Falls; Hudson Cinemas 10; Montrose Movies 12, Akron; Tinseltown USA, Jackson Township; Cinemark Macedonia; Cedar Lee, Cleveland Heights; Movies 10, Wooster; and Valley View 24. http://www.fathomevents.com.

Buddy Holly tribute at Rocksino

It’s been nearly 60 years since “the day the music died,” but the music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper lives on. John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party pays tribute to them at 7:30 p.m. at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. Tickets are $23-$38 at http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Classical music recitals planned

Enjoy some classical music on campus today:

• UA Kulas Concert Series presents Chamberosity at 3 p.m. at Guzzetta Recital Hall, 157 University Ave., Akron. $12, $6 non-UA students and Free for UA students. 330-253-2488 or http://www.uaevents.com.

• Kent State’s Wind Ensemble performs at 3 p.m. Sunday, Cartwright Hall, 650 Hilltop Drive, featuring the music of Latino composers with a focus on Mexico. It’s free. 330-672-8595.

• Also at Kent State, its Faculty Recital series presents pianist Jerry Wong and vocalist Melissa Davis at 5 p.m. at Ludwig Recital Hall, Kent State University, 1325 Theatre Drive. The program includes music on biblical themes. It’s free.

Lock 3 winter activities to end

This is the final weekend for the ice rink, miniature golf and sledding at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron. All the fun winter activities will close for the season after Monday. There will be a special Main Street Chili Throwdown featuring chili from downtown restaurants from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit lock3live.com.

Three Dog Night at Civic

Three Dog Night brings more than four decades of music-making to the Akron Civic Theatre at 7:30 p.m. The group’s hits include Mama Told Me (Not to Come), An Old Fashioned Love Song, Never Been to Spain and Joy to the World. Tickets are $39-$77 at http://www.akroncivic.com.

Monster Jam in Cleveland

Isn’t it romantic? Somehow the Monster Jam always roars into Cleveland right around Valentine’s Day. This year’s Triple Threat show will feature Grave Digger, Max D, El Toro Loco, Wonder Woman, Zombie, Megalodon, Blue Thunder and MM Rottweiler. Showtimes are 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena. Tickets are $15-$75 at http://www.theQarena.com.

Gardening events take root

Spring is coming, and garden seminars are sprouting.

• Hanna Rhodes will discuss how you can use plants’ natural tendencies to grow upward to make the most of your garden at 11 a.m. at Dayton Nurseries, 3459 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton. It’s $8. 330-825-3320 or email [email protected].

• Donzell’s Flower and Garden Center will get you growing with “Starting Seeds Indoors” by Lee Paulsen, Master Gardener, at 11 a.m. Donzell’s is at 937 E. Waterloo Road, Akron. It’s free. To register, call 330-724-0505.

Check our list in the Saturday Life section for more chances to play in the dirt.

Great bird count this weekend

The Great Backyard Bird Count runs Friday-Monday. Individuals, families or groups are encouraged to spend at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count to track the number and kinds of birds you see from any location, even your own backyard. To learn more, visit http://gbbc.birdcount.org.

Ice festival on Medina square

The Medina Ice Festival will take over Medina’s Historic Square Friday night through Monday. The event kicks off with a speed carving competition Friday night followed by the burning of the ice tower. There will be individual competitions Saturday and Sunday. Dozens of ice sculptures will fill the square by Monday. For details, visit mainstreetmedina.com.

Weathervane offers cabaret

Weathervane Playhouse’s Valentine’s Cabaret and 2018-2019 season announcement will be held Friday at the theater. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., followed by a cabaret with 17 vocalists and the unveiling of the shows for the 2018-2019 season will be revealed. The cabaret is free, but is seating limited to 240, first-come, first-served. Drink specials will be offered for $5, and subscriptions will be sold at special rates. 330-836-2626, http://www.weathervaneplayhouse.com.

Golf and travel show at I-X

Golfers should head to the I-X Center for the North Coast Golf and Travel Show that runs Friday-Sunday. Check out the latest clubs and participate in challenges from the longest putt to the longest drive. Admission is $12 and free for kids ages 12 or younger. http://clevelandgolfandtravelshow.com/

‘Girls Night’ at Canton Palace

The Canton Palace Theatre hosts Girls Night: The Musical at 7:30 p.m. Five women celebrate friendship on a night out, punctuated by sing-along hits like Lady Marmalade, It’s Raining Men, Man I Feel Like A Woman, I Will Survive and We Are Family. Tickets are $30-$40 at 330-454-8172, http://www.cantonpalacetheatre.org.

Poets to speak at Akron gallery

Poets who contributed to Traveling Stanzas: Writing Across Borders at Summit Artspace will hold a panel discussion at 7 p.m. in the gallery. This weekend is your last chance to check out the poems written by refugees and immigrants in our community and try your hand at writing your own; it closes Saturday before heading out on the road to inspire others. Reserve your seat at http://bit.ly/2sr3frW; read more about the exhibit at http://bit.ly/2ED8fhZ.

Go out and see ‘Get Out’

The Oscar-nominated Get Out, which wraps pointed social commentary in a white-knuckle horror film, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Canton Palace Theatre. Tickets are just $5. 330-454-8172, http://www.cantonpalacetheatre.org.

Collective Soul at Rocksino

Collective Soul, still making music after 25 years, comes to the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $37.50-$65 at ticketmaster.com.

Ensembles to sing at BLU Jazz+

BLU Jazz+ continues its showcase of Student All-Stars with ensembles from Firestone High School at 7 p.m. and Kent State University at 8:30. Tickets are $15, free with student ID, and proceeds are split between the schools and the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation. 330-252-1190 or http://blujazzakron.com/shows.

Chef to give free demonstrations

Chef Mark Copthorne will divulge the secrets behind his sugar cookie and dark chocolate ganache tarts at a free baking demonstration from 6 to 8 p.m. at National Design Mart, 2255 Medina Road (Route 18), Medina. Attendees can also enter to win a $250 gift certificate from National Design Mart. RSVP is required through Eventbrite at https://tinyurl.com/215dm18 .

Orchid Mania at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than strolling among exotic orchids? The Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Orchid Mania continues through March 11, and is open late on Wednesdays, until 9 p.m. The Garden Cafe will offer specials for lovebirds such as chocolate-covered strawberries with prosecco. Admission is $12, $8 for ages 3-12. http://www.cbgarden.org.

Birds and bees nature hike

Learn about the birds and the bees — literally — with a Valentine’s Day nature hike at 3:30 p.m. at O’Neil Woods Metro Park, 2550 Martin Road, Akron. A naturalist will discuss ways animals show their affection as you hike along Deer Run Trail, which the park service notes “is challenging and has ups and downs, like any relationship.” summitmetroparks.org, 330-865-8065.

Decompression Chamber music

Tuesday Musical’s “Decompression Chamber” initiative brings the Escher String Quartet to the Summit County Courthouse atrium, 209 S. High St., from noon to 1 p.m. Whether you’re picking up a marriage license or just passing through, you can enjoy the music of the famed quartet for free. While you’re downtown, go sigh over the couples being married at the Akron Civic Theatre from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

Helen Welch at Bricco Prime

Songstress Helen Welch performs “Love is the Answer” at 7 p.m. at Bricco Prime Portage Lakes, 4315 Manchester Road, Akron. Tickets are $15 at the door. 330-644-2239.

Pictured (left to right): Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham; James Frain as Ambassador Sarek in “Star Trek: Discovery.”

It took more than half a day to digest the events of Sunday’s Star Trek: Discovery, an episode entitled “Will You Take My Hand?”

From the questionable beginning to the “holy schnikes” ending, it was thoroughly enjoyable.

Spoilers?

I ain’t even going to worry about them.  But I will say this: I do admire that not everything in this episode was tied up with a neat, bright bow and a valentine.

In fact, the show’s creators leave plenty of questions to tempt those who have remained skeptical of what has without a doubt been a series that successfully circumvented the first season curse of Star Trek shows.  It built toward something – courtesy of a continuing story arc – which only aided the storytelling, making it the most effective series out of the gate.

What do we learn?

The Federation meets the enemy and it is themselves.  Or maybe not.

Without a doubt desperate situations breed desperate measures and with the Federation on the brink of collapse under unyielding attacks from the 24 houses of the Klingon Empire in their war with them. Federation leaders are certainly desperate.

In the second to last episode they were willing to free the Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh), the emperor from the Mirror Universe, in order to gain her expertise in beating the Klingons.

Let’s see:  a savage emperor from an alternate universe where bloody death is sport. Yes, let’s trust her.  She’s been given command of the Discovery and license to do as she pleases.  Her solution:  sending a landing party to the surface of the Klingon home world of Qo’Nos to map its volcanic system.  Joining her: Specialist Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), Cadet Tilly (Mary Wiseman) and former Klingon Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif).

Of course, Burnham and crew don’t trust her and with good reason.  Her real plan involves blowing the planet to space dust.

It should be easy enough to do, right?  Wrong, at least morally.

It shows that people can and do learn their lesson, at least in the Star Trek universe. It’s in a moment when Burnham and crew take a stand against those plans that Discovery evolves completely into what Gene Roddenberry meant Star Trek to be. Hope exists on multiple levels.

In the process, the episode which was written by executive producers Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg and directed by sci-fi genre vet Akiva Goldsman gives fans something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.

The old?  If you’re into tributes to previous incarnations of Star Trek there’s no disappointment here as fans get a visit from Clint Howard (best known for Balok “The Corbomite Maneuver” in TOS), who has now appeared in five Trek series in total.

Additionally, remember the creepy crawly creatures that went in Chekov’s (William Koenig) ear in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan?  Apparently, they make for good eating.

The new and blue?  To my knowledge this was the first instance in Trek where we get to see bare butts in all their hairless glory.  And ditto for having a character – Georgiou in this case – basking in the afterglow of a threesome.  No, this isn’t your parents’ Star Trek.

What’s borrowed? The age-old theme of redemption; in this case, Burnham’s, comes to light.  She, in essence, saves the Mirror Universe Georgiou.  That, in an odd way, cleanses her conscience of the wrong she committed way back at the beginning of the season.

And what’s borrowed?  Well that appearance of the NCC 1701, led by Capt. Christopher Pike, certainly has made appearances in three episodes of TOS.

And much of provides a foundation for what could be a more intriguing second season as Discovery can go in a number of directions.

Georgiou, given a new lease on life in the Prime Universe, immediately becomes a new nemesis and fodder for future episodes.  Yeoh’s work in the final episodes has been brilliant in the process.

Secondly, the Mirror Universe Lorca is dead, so Discovery remains without a captain.  Who, pray tell, will that be?

The question sure to have tongues wagging: what about the cast of the Enterprise?  Who portrays Pike? More importantly, will we see another actor take the role of young Spock, who was a science officer on that ship?

The show’s runners left themselves with plenty with which to work and have fun in what is sure to be a busy few months.

Tony Award-winning actress Betty Buckley has been tapped to lead the national tour of the latest exuberant Broadway production of “Hello, Dolly!” a gig she calls “such a gift.”

The tour kicks off Oct. 2 at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. It will have lengthy stops in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Full tour dates and cities will be announced shortly, as will the rest of the cast.

“I’m just so happy to take such a happy show all around America. It’s like ‘Make America Happy Again,’ ” Buckley told The Associated Press on Monday. “It’s like an antidote.”

“The stars have once again aligned for the KeyBank Broadway Series,” said Playhouse Square Executive Producer Gina Vernaci in a statement. “Our audiences will literally receive the royal treatment when the legendary Queen of Broadway comes to the Connor Palace to launch the national tour of this beloved revival. What an honor to work with the renowned Broadway veteran Scott Rudin to launch this Tony Award-winning musical for the road.”

Buckley will star as matchmaker and schemer Dolly Levi in the production that won four Tony Awards last year, including best revival on Broadway and best actress in a musical for Bette Midler, who also played Levi. Bernadette Peters has inherited the Broadway role of Levi.

Buckley saw the show with Midler this winter and “was in rapture,” sitting in the second row and weeping. The production was “one of the most joyous pieces of musical theater I have ever experienced.”

“Bette Midler was absolutely like an ice cream sundae. You just wanted to scoop her up,” Buckley said. Producer Scott Rudin reached out and she didn’t need much persuading, citing the cast, production values and costume designs. “I’m such a fan of this production and I’m such a fan of Bette’s that it never occurred to me that it was something I would be invited to do.”

The show is a musical version of Thornton Wilder’s play “The Matchmaker” with the songs “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” ‘’Before the Parade Passes By” and “So Long Dearie.”

She spoke while on the way to New Orleans to shoot the third season of the AMC series “Preacher,” playing Dominic Cooper’s grandmother.

Buckley won a Tony as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” in the 1982 original Broadway production and received her second Tony nomination for best actress in a musical for her performance as Hesione in “Triumph of Love.” She also starred in “Eight Is Enough” on TV.

Buckley won an Olivier Award nomination in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard.” Her other Broadway credits include “1776,” “Pippin,” “Song and Dance” and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” in which she died onstage eight times a week.

Now she’ll step into the role previously performed by Ethel Merman, Ginger Rogers, Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, Phyllis Diller, Betty Grable, Mary Martin, Midler, Donna Murphy and Bernadette Peters.

See ‘Boy’ at None Too Fragile

None Too Fragile’s production of the thought-provoking Boy continues through Saturday, including a show at 8 p.m. Monday. Based on a true story, the play follows Adam, who was raised as a girl after enduring a botched circumcision and is now trying to find his way as a young man. Tickets are $25 at 330-962-5547, http://www.nonetoofragile.com.

Meet ‘Beatles’ writer Schwensen

The Beatles played twice in Cleveland, at Public Hall and later at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Dave Schwensen signs his book The Beatles in Cleveland: The Notorious 1964 & 1966 Concerts at the Norton branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library from 6 to 7 p.m. http://akronlibrary.org.

Learn about clarinet concerto

Dan Cavalancia, marketing manager of Canton Symphony Orchestra, will discuss Benny Goodman and the clarinet concerto he commissioned from Aaron Copland at a ConverZations talk at the Zimmermann Symphony Center, 2331 17th Street NW, Canton. It begins at noon; bring your lunch. http://www.cantonsymphony.org.

NEW YORK: Emmy-winning actor Reg E. Cathey, best known for House of Cards and The Wire, has died.

Cathey died at age 59, according to a statement from Netflix published in numerous reports. No other details were given.

The Wire creator David Simon, announcing his death in a tweet on Friday, called him a “fine, masterful actor” and “delightful” person. Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock also tweeted tributes.

The Huntsville, Ala., native was known for his deep voice and down to earth characters.

Cathey’s portrayal of barbecue joint owner Freddy Hayes in House of Cards brought him three Emmy nominations and one win, in 2015.

His other credits included Inside Amy Schumer and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

See alpacas at 14th annual charity show

The Buckeye Alpaca Show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Arena Complex, Summit County Fairgrounds, 229 E. Howe Road, Tallmadge. Alpacas will be featured in the show ring and artisans will display alpaca fiber and examples of felting, fiber arts and more. Admission is free. http://www.buckeyealpacashow.com.

Go wild for kid-friendly dog fun at Lock 3 Park

It is Gone to the Dogs Weekend at Lock 3 Park in Akron. The festivities that include appearances by the Paw Patrol, Clifford and other famous dogs run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $15 for children and $10 for adults. Participants can pick from a pancake breakfast or a hot dog or mac and cheese lunch. Tickets include the Akron Children’s Museum, ice skating, the Reindeer Run sled run and Polar Putt-Putt. 330-375-2877.

Have cultural experience at Canton Museum

The Canton Museum of Art’s World Fair runs from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Organized in conjunction with the Elijah Pierce: An American Journey exhibition, it features performances by international talent in the lobby, courtyard, and galleries while guests are encouraged to create souvenirs using traditional folk-art techniques. Other activities include a Mail Art exhibit, bachata lessons, sumi-e ink painting, hula and Irish step dancing, a virtual-reality tour of Israel, Bhutanese culture and more. http://www.cantonart.org.

See Shakespeare, drink spirits at ShakesBEER

Ohio Shakespeare Festival’s ShakesBEER will present some of the Bard’s famous love scenes, from the tragic (Romeo and Juliet) to the wittily bickering (Beatrice and Benedick) to “bro love, sisterly love, silly love, and real-messed-up love.” Performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 17, and tickets are $15 (ages 21 and over only). OSF performs at Greystone Hall, 103 S. High St., Akron; http://www.showclix.com/event/shakesbeer-wills-loveish-scenes.

‘Watch Full House’ dad perform stand-up

You may think of Bob Saget as the sweet dad from Full House, but he’s got a wicked and not-so-squeaky-clean side. Catch his standup show at 8 p.m. at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, 10777 Northfield Road, Northfield. Tickets are $28-$48 at 800-745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com.

‘Petrushka’ to premiere

Neos Dance Theatre, the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the University of Akron Dance Institute team up for a new production of the ballet Petrushka, premiering at 8 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall. Robert Wesner of Neos remakes the tale of a love triangle among three puppets, set to Stravinsky’s music. Christopher Wilkins will talk about the program beginning at 7, and the symphony will host an after-party at Jilly’s Music Room. Tickets start at $25 at 330-535-8131 or https://tinyurl.com/y8wrnxcp.

PechaKucha in Akron

Volume 10 of PechaKucha Akron will feature such local notables as Tess Burgler, Dave Lieberth, David Giffels and Ace Epps at Tangier. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the program begins at 8. Refreshments and a cash bar are available. Admission is $5. http://www.pechakucha.org/cities/akron.

Mardi Crawl in Kent

Kent’s first Mardi Crawl begins at 5 p.m., with participants checking in at the Venice Cafe, 163 W. Erie St., between 5 and 8 p.m. to pick up bar crawl lanyards, passes and T-shirts, and they can participate in a costume contest and a drawing. Cost is $15, with proceeds benefiting Main Street Kent and Freedom House, a transitional housing facility for homeless veterans. To purchase tickets, go to mainstreetkent.org.

Scotty McCreery at Civic

Scotty McCreery, along with special guest Drew Baldrige, will appear at 8 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre. Tickets range from $34 to $58. McCreery won Season 10 of American Idol. For more, visit akroncivic.com.

Flannel Fest in Kenmore

The Art Bomb Brigade Flannel Fest will be at 8 p.m. Friday at the Rialto Theatre (1000 Kenmore Blvd. in Akron). The fundraiser for the Art Bomb Brigade had to be postponed last month because of a winter storm. There will be music by the Rubber City Ukes, the David Mayfield Parade and the Cave Twins. Contests include best beard and mustache and flannel attire. Tickets are $22: http://www.therialtotheatre.com/tickets/flannel-fest-1122018.

Should you stay or should you go to Kent for International Clash Day?

Kent is participating for the first time in International Clash Day, which celebrates the spirit of the socially conscious punk band from the U.K. around the world. Kent’s events include workshops, speakers, a zine fair, a pop-up radio station playing bootlegs from the band’s Kent State appearances, and live music (of course). Find a schedule at http://www.facebook.com/KentClashDay/.

Roll into Riviera Lanes for PBA

The PBA is back in Akron this week, so come out to watch the world’s best bowlers at Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn. Tickets for Sunday’s televised finals are sold out, but you can watch preliminary rounds starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday; find a schedule and admission prices at http://www.amf.com/events/pba-tournament.

Show off your collection at library

People collect the darndest things. Bring some of your own collectibles and be part of a “Pop-up Museum” beginning at 6 p.m. at the Cuyahoga Falls Public Library, 2015 Third St. Or just show up to enjoy others. 330-928-2117.

See progress on Ravenna cinema

An old home improvement center in downtown Ravenna is being transformed into a seven-screen movie theater. Come check out the progress at an open house from 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Wear clothing and shoes appropriate for a work site.) http://www.facebook.com/ravenna7movies/.

Pictured (left to right): Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham; Jayne Brook as Admiral Cornwell; Michelle Yeoh as Philippa Georgiou; James Frain as Ambassador Sarek.

Apologies.  Because I’m primarily a sports writer, there was an itty-bitty football game on last night that I was obligated to watch.  Here’s this week’s recap of Star Trek: Discovery.

After several weeks of near relentless action, Star Trek: Discovery returned to some semblance of balance with “The War Without, the War Within,” the second to last episode of the season.

There’s more emphasis on characters this week and we find that Discovery’s crew still have many aspects of their respective personalities to reveal.  In that respect, pay attention to Cadet Tilly (Mary Wiseman), who arguably has her best outing yet.

Looking for a character that’s grown into her role? Tilly’s gone from crew member of reticent with a touch of mousiness, to calm, beyond capable member of the crew.

Then there’s the case of the return of Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh), who was transported from her dying ship and beamed aboard Discovery.  Yeoh does tremendous work here.  She’s Georgiou, but she’s not Georgiou, showing the character’s initial strengths fans saw in the first couple of episodes only to add a heaping helping of malevolence.

How the character, who wants to go back to the Mirror Universe from where she came, plays her hand will likely be the focal point of the season finale.

What we know/what we learn: for better for worse, Georgiou, who is a “guest” of Starfleet, is a de facto member of the crew.  Why? With the Federation and Starfleet nearly defeated in the war against the Klingons, she has the most valuable capital on the ship: information.

In her universe, the Terrans defeated the Klingons, leaving them groveling.   She has tactical information that could prove key to the Federation’s survival.  And all she wants is her freedom.

That seems like a fair trade until it’s revealed what her deal involves, which include serving as Capt. Georgiou in the Discovery universe.  Yes, that moment will induce an audible gasp or “WTH” …whatever your preference.

And what about loose ties?

Welp, the primary one involves Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) and Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green).  Things tend to get a bit complicated when one lover attempts (Tyler) attempts to kill the other and in the process reveals he’s a human-Klingon hybrid.  Add to the mix that Klingons killed Burnham’s birth parents and it’s not difficult to see why she might have issues. Even more importantly, there’s no way she can return to what they had.  Sucks to be them.  What didn’t suck, however, were the performances Latif and Martin-Green gave.  Their chemistry always came through, which makes these scenes all that more powerful.

Observations: A single basic question as Discovery warps toward the season’s conclusion. What the hell makes the powers that be in this scenario – namely Adm. Cornwell (Jayne Brook) and Ambassador Sarek (James Frain), yes, he returns, believe they can trust Emperor Georgiou, a woman whose life has been dedicated to the pursuit of power?

One of the more fascinating scenes in the episode: Georgiou and Sarek discussing their primary commonality – Burnham. One served as a surrogate parent in the Mirror Universe and the other in the Prime Universe, watching them come to an uneasy understanding of the situation offers one of the show’s best moments.

NEW YORK: The first footage of the “Star Wars” spinoff “Solo” has finally arrived in a 45-second Super Bowl spot that was followed Monday by a 90-second teaser trailer.

The “Solo: A Star Wars Story” trailer premiered Monday on “Good Morning America,” showcasing a gritty prequel starring Alden Ehrenreich as young Han Solo. He’s seen as a brash flyboy who drops out of the fight academy and enlists with a rogue band led by Woody Harrelson’s Tobias Beckett.

The two clips of footage came relatively late for a major summer release due in theaters May 25. But the making of “Solo” was plagued by troubles, culminating with the removal of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller six months into production. Ron Howard replaced them in July and wrapped shooting in October.

DETROIT: Dennis Edwards, a Grammy-winning former member of the famed Motown group the Temptations, has died. He was 74.

Edwards died Thursday in Chicago after a long illness, said Rosiland Triche Roberts, his longtime booking agent.

Edwards replaced founding member David Ruffin in 1968, and his soulful, passionate voice defined the group for years. A member on and off for about two decades, he was part of the lineup that released hits Ball of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today), Cloud Nine and the chart-topping Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone.

He possessed a “voice for the ages,” with great range, energy and artistry, Paul Riser, a Motown arranger and musician who worked with Edwards during the label’s Detroit heyday and on subsequent projects, told the Associated Press. “That voice was just flat-out outstanding — very well-defined.”

Edwards was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Temptations in 1989.

In the 1990s, a federal judge barred him from performing under his former band’s name. Otis Williams, the band’s lone original member, sued Edwards for trademark infringement after he had used variations that included “The New Temptations.”

He was allowed to use “The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards,” and performed under that name for nearly two decades, according to Roberts.

“He is now at peace, and our love and prayers go out to his family,” Williams said in a prepared statement. “At this moment and always, we acknowledge his extra­ordinary contribution to The Temptations legacy, which lives on in the music.”

Motown star Smokey Robinson said in a prepared statement that he was saddened “that another Motown soldier is gone.”

“Rest in Peace my brother,” he said. “You were a great talent.”

Born in Birmingham, Ala., Edwards lived near St. Louis with his wife, Brenda. He would have turned 75 on Saturday.

Get ready for the big game

You may be watching for the ads, for the entertainment (Justin Timberlake at halftime), for possible controversy (will any players kneel?), for the sheer crazy spectacle of it all, or maybe even for the football, but odds are you will be watching the Super Bowl on this unofficial national holiday. If you really are watching for the football and want to miss the hours of pregame hype and yammering, kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on NBC.

Watch ‘This Is Us’ or set DVR

If you’re setting your DVR for the highly anticipated episode of This Is Us that will air after the game, be sure to program lots of extra time, since you never know whether overtime or a random blackout will make the festivities run long.

Skip game, enjoy TV marathons

As always, there’s counterprogramming for those who can wrestle a TV away from the football fans, including marathons of The Walking Dead (AMC), Star Trek: The Next Generation (BBC America), Golden Girls and Everybody Loves Raymond (TV Land) and Cops (Spike). There’s also the drop-dead-cute Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet, and Kitten Bowl on Hallmark.

Visit new Marketplace spots

The opening weekend celebration concludes for three new places in Northside Marketplace at 21 Furnace St.: Local Brew, Belle Vie wine and champagne bar and Akron Creamery, which specializes in Thai rolled ice cream. The Marketplace will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the party continuing through the Super Bowl at the bars with a tailgate buffet available. northsidemarketplace.com.

Led Zeppelin tribute band at Civic

The popular Led Zeppelin tribute band Zoso returns to the Akron Civic Theatre at 8 p.m. Ravenwood is the opener. Tickets are $25 at akroncivic.com.

Shen Yun to perform at State Theatre

Shen Yun brings Chinese classical music and dance to the State Theatre in Cleveland for three shows, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $80-$150 at 216-241-6000 or http://www.playhousesquare.org.

‘Magic Flute’ preview in Cuyahoga Falls

Ballet Excel Ohio offers a preview of its production of The Magic Flute at 11 a.m. at the Cuyahoga Falls Public Library, 2015 Third St. It’s free. 330-928-2117.

Akron Roller Derby to begin season

The Akron Roller Derby team opens its season Saturday at the John S. Knight Center. There will be two matches with a 5 p.m. start. Tickets are $12, $7 children, ages 4 or younger are free. For more information, visit akronrollerderby.net.

Sports broadcaster to speak in Green

Sports broadcaster and Akron native Andre Knott will talk with fans at 11 a.m. at the Akron-Summit Country Public Library’s Green branch at 4046 Massillon Road. 330-896-9074.

‘Vagina Monologues’ at E.J. Thomas

A reading of The Vagina Monologues will be at 8 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall. Proceeds will go to the Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties. Admission is $10. http://www.uakron.edu/ej.

Katharine Hepburn exhibit at Kent State University Museum

The Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen exhibition returns to the Kent State University Museum after seven years traveling the country. It runs through Sept. 2 and displays costumes from Hepburn’s movie and theater roles, personal clothing items (those beige trousers) and memorabilia from her career. An opening reception will be held from 2-4 p.m.; tickets are $15 at 330-672-3450.

Activities in Wadsworth, Canton

Two area First Friday celebrations are tied to favorite February events:

• Wadsworth’s theme is “Soup-er” Bowl, and it runs from 5-9 p.m. Friday in the downtown area. Sample soups and vote for your favorite. A guide to the evening’s activities is available at http://www.facebook.com/MainStreetWadsworth and http://www.mainstreetwadsworth.org.

• Canton will be celebrating Mardi Gras at the cultural institutions, shops, restaurants and galleries of its downtown arts district from 5:30-10 p.m. Find a map and lineup at http://cantonartsdistrict.com/firstfriday/.

Murder has never been this fun

“Murderinos” will flock to the Connor Palace Theatre in Playhouse Square as Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark of the hit true-crime podcast My Favorite Murder make a live (ahem) appearance. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $29.50-$49.50 at 216-241-6000 or http://www.playhousesquare.org

Sexes battle onstage in Cleveland

Nearby at the Hanna Theatre, you can get in the mood for Valentine’s Day with the stage version of Men Are From Mars — Women Are From Venus, which illustrates the John Gray bestseller on the battle of the sexes through a series of vignettes. It plays at 8 p.m. Friday and 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday; tickets are $59 at 216-241-6000, http://www.playhousesquare.org.

Serendipitous play about Sister Rosetta

When scheduling its 2017-18 season, Cleveland Play House had no way of knowing Sister Rosetta Tharpe would be a Rock Hall honoree when the ceremony comes to town in April. The serendipitous selection of Marie and Rosetta, depicting Tharpe and young protege Marie Knight, plays through Feb. 11 at the Allen Theatre in Playhouse Square. Tickets are $25-$110 at 216-241-6000, http://www.clevelandplayhouse.com.

Third ‘My North Hill Story’

North Hill residents share personal experiences at the third “My North Hill Story” at 5:30 p.m. at Exchange House, 760 Elma St., Akron. These story circles are “designed to create conversation through sharing stories of personal experience in order to more effectively manage racial tension and celebrate ethnic diversity,” and are presented by Gum-Dip Theatre, the International Institute and Exchange House. It’s free. http://www.facebook.com/gumdiptheatre.

Student talk on ‘Creative Mind’

Walsh University students will talk about the exhibit The Creative Mind from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Birk Center for the Arts Atrium Gallery. The exhibit runs through March 11 and features the careers and achievements of African-American scientists, engineers, mathematicians and medical professionals. http://www.walsh.edu.

Met Live in HD presents ‘Tosca’

The Metropolitan Opera’s popular Live in HD series presents Tosca at 1 and 6:30 p.m. at cinemas including Cinemark Portage Crossing, Cuyahoga Falls; Hudson Cinemas 10; Montrose Movies 12, Akron; Tinseltown USA, Jackson Township; Cinemark Macedonia 15; Valley View 24; Cedar Lee, Cleveland Heights. http://www.fathomevents.com.

Swing dancing at Kenmore’s Rialto Theatre

Bust some old-school moves with swing dancing night at Kenmore’s Rialto Theatre. For just $5 you can participate in a lesson from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a free open dance session. No partner required. The Rialto is at 1000 Kenmore Blvd., Akron. 234-525-1956 or http://www.therialtotheatre.com.