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Hot Picks

Northeast Ohio produces more events each week than it would be possible to attend, even if you had a full-time maid, chef, and/or babysitter. Hot Picks: This Week’s Smart Stuff sorts through the lists of concerts, festivals, exhibits, plays, readings and all sorts of other events and pulls out a few that seem out-of-the-ordinary. There will be new things each week, with the list updating each Monday.

Even though we like to think of ourselves as “in the know,” there will always be things that escape our notice. Please feel free to make suggestions to (be aware, we make no promises and the final decision rests with us). Enjoy!

Rhythm of The Dance - National Dance Company of Ireland
Monday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.
Canton Palace Theatre, Canton

Breathtaking! Inspiring! Dazzling Step Dance! Not since Riverdance has there been an incredible live show celebrating both the rich history of Ireland as well as the art of Irish Dance. Featuring 30 dancers, traditional live Irish band and the dashing and handsome Young Irish Tenors.

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Dirty Dancing
Tuesday, Mar. 3 - 22
Connor Palace Theater, Cleveland

The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sen-sationally sexy dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash-hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage contains adult language and themes.

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CIFF Akron Preview Party
Wednesday, March 4, 5:30 p.m.
Akron Civic Center, Akron

WKSU joins with the Cleveland International Film Festival to give Akron movie lovers an exclusive preview of this year's collection of outstanding American and independent cinema offered during the 39th CIFF (March 18-19).

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British Invasion 50th Anniversary Tour
Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 p.m.
Kent Stage, Kent

This tour commemorates the Beatles’ momentous arrival on these shores. They called it 'THE BRITISH INVASION', and in the wake of massive mop top pop hysteria, all of the participants in this incredible concert experience dominated the music world and scored more than forty worldwide Top 40 hits. Their sound and look changed popular culture forever and now they are back to celebrate and honor some of the greatest songs of the twentieth century.

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Becky Shaw
Friday, March 6 - March 29
Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Heights

When a couple of newlyweds set up their abrasive and confident friend with a sexy and strange new co-worker, it’s the blind date from hell. Crisis and comedy crackle throughout this firecracker of a play (and a Pulitzer Prize finalist) by Obie Award winning playwright Gina Gionfriddo. This wickedly funny dark comedy sheds light on the unpredictable and dangerous world of modern dating.

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Rubbercity BeatleFest
Friday, March 6, 6:30 p.m.
Akron Civic Theatre, Akron

Featuring Joey Molland of Badfinger, Hard Days Night, The ReBeats Joey Molland will be performing: "Come and Get It", "Day After Day", "Baby Blue", "No Matter What", "Without You", along with a few of his favorite Beatles songs!

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Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays
Friday, March 6 - March 21
Gordon Square Theater, Cleveland

CPT opens the season with a bold new work of theatre by 8 of the nation’s best playwrights. “Standing On Ceremony” is a confluence of activism and great theatre, staged to promote gay marriage rights and explore our ever evolving (and sometimes not) society. Directed by CPT favorite Craig George (M4M, The Aperture). REGIONAL PREMIERE.

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The Romantic Sounds of Germany
Saturday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.
Hugo Young Theatre, Ashland

Warm up your late winter, early spring evening with the Romantic Sounds of Germany! This ASO concert will open with the ever popular Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner. Following this piece, Pianist Roman Rabinovich will take the stage and perform the Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15, by Ludwig von Beethoven in the second year of our Elizabeth M. Pastor Piano Series. The final selection of this evening will be Symphony No. 104 by Franz Joseph Haydn.

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Dave + Phil Alvin & The Guilty Ones
Saturday, March 07, 8:30 p.m.
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland

The Alvin brothers, who founded seminal early LA punk roots band The Blasters in 1979, have shared a fascination with Bill Broonzy since childhood. After an illness nearly took Phil’s life in 2012, they resolved to return to the studio and pay tribute to the blues legend. The Alvins’ interpretations of Big Bill range from faithful to loose and Dave and Phil both play guitar and sing. They are joined on some tracks by Dave’s band members

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Steven Isserlis and Robert Levin
Tuesday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.
Plymouth Church, Shaker Heights

Steven Isserlis, cellist, takes a strong interest in authentic performance and has played with many of the foremost period instrument orchestras. Robert Levin, forte-pianist, is renowned for his restoration of the Classical period practice of improvised embellishments and cadenzas.

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