Author's perspective: The Hudson Library & Historical Society, 96 Library St., will present Nathaniel Philbrick, winner of the 2000 National Book Award for “In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex,” who will talk about his work “In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown” at 7 p.m.

Musical night: The University of Akron's School of Music will present its ninth "Collage" performance. The show is described as a musical and theatrical thrill ride. The performance will start at 7:30 p.m. The musical kaleidoscope features the Concert Choir, Marching Band Drum Line, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Steel Drum Band, Jazz Ensemble and more. Admission is $12, $6 for non-UA students and free for UA students. Call 330-253-2488 or see www.uaevents.com.

Happy Birthday: A Joni Mitchell 75th Birthday Tribute will be at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature Gretchen Pleuss & Friends at the Music Box Supper Club and Concert Hall. For more, visit www.musicboxcle.com.

A natural performance: "National Geographic Live – On the Trail of Big Cats" will be put on at 7:30 p.m. at Playhouse Square's Ohio Theatre, 1515 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Tickets range from $25 to $45. For more, call 216-241-6000 or visit www.playhousesquare.org.