Have some laughs in Akron: Comedian Lewis Black will certainly have a lot of material to work with when he appears at 8 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St. Tickets are $37-$67 at 330-253-2488 or akroncivic.com.
Watch Kevin Hart perform: It’s a busy day for comedy in Northeast Ohio: Kevin Hart plays Quicken Loans Arena at 7 p.m. Tickets are $59 and up at theqarena.com.
Listen to prize-winning poetry: The annual Poetry Prize Reading at Kent State’s Wick Poetry Center features winner Michael McKee Green and judge Khaled Mattawa at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and will be held in Room 120 of the Center for Architecture and Environmental Design, 132 S. Lincoln St. in Kent. www.kent.edu
Shop for Ohio-made goods: Ohio Mart at Stan Hywet Hall runs Thursday through Sunday, featuring Ohio-made artisan goods and the Stitchery Showcase. There is limited parking at the estate for $5 and free shuttle parking at Todaro's Party Center. Admission $10, $4 kids. (A $16 ticket for adults includes admission to the home and the “Inspiration in Bloom” floral show.) The estate is at 714 N. Portage Path in Akron. stanhywet.org