1. Nils Lofgren in Kent: Guitarist Nils Lofgren, on a break from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, is touring behind his solo CD “Blue with Lou,” featuring six songs he wrote with Lou Reed. He plays the Kent Stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35-$50 at thekentstage.com.
2. Go downtown: It’s 3rd Thursday in downtown Akron, with specials, music and activities at restaurants, bars and galleries, and free trolley service to help you get from place to place. Akron Yoga and Wellness will hold a one-hour yoga class at Lock Next, on Main Street by Lock 3 Park, from 6 to 7 p.m. Admission is $10 and includes a drink after the class. facebook.com/3rdThursdayAkron.
3. We double dare you: The Akron Civic Theatre will host Double Dare Live! at 8 p.m. It is a stage version of the popular Nickelodeon game show. Host Marc Summers and sidekick Robin Russo are back, too. Tickets range from $44.50 to $59.50 at ticketmaster.com.
4. Gardening tips: Good gardens begin with good soil. Learn more about successful practices from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park, Goodyear Lodge, 2077 Newton St., Akron. 330-865-8065.
5. Ballet in Cleveland: Verb Ballets presents “Fresh Inventions” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at the Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland. Tickets are $15 Thursday, $25 Friday and Saturday at cptonline.org.