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!
A Far Cry with Matt Haimovitz
March 11 at 7:30 p.m.
E.J. Thomas Hall, The University of Akron, 198 Hill St., Akron
A Far Cry, founded in 2007 by a tightly-knit collective of 17 young professional musicians, stands at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music. Matt Haimovitz is a renowned musical pioneer, and has inspired classical music lovers and countless new listeners by bringing his artistry to concert halls and clubs, outdoor festivals and intimate coffee houses.
Oboe & Piano Canton Symphony Orchestra
March 13 through March 14
Cable Recital Hall, Cultural Center for the Arts 1001 Market Ave., N Canton
The Canton Symphony Orchestra features artists Terry Orcutt, oboe, and Shuai Wang, piano in presenting Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Op. 185 and 166. Thursday, March 13 at 1 p.m., and Friday, March 14 at 7 p.m.
Sing Off Live Tour at Playhouse Square
March 14 at 8 p.m.
State Theatre, 1519 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
The Sing-Off Live Tour presents the newly crowned best a cappella group in the country, Home Free, along with season four finalists, The Filharmonic & VoicePlay, with special guests Street Corner Symphony. They'll be performing their a cappella versions of the biggest chart-topping songs from the show and the tour will include individual sets from each act, all new group numbers, ultimate sing-off’s and a few new surprises. Tickets range from $10 to $40.
Canton Ballet Presents The Wizard of Oz
March 14 through March 16
Canton Palace Theatre, 605 Market Ave., North Canton
Presenting choreography by Angelo Lemmo, the Canton Palace Theatre takes audiences back down the yellow brick road on Dorothy's journey to seek the great and powerful Wizard of Oz in this ballet performance. Friday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce
March 14 through March 15
Ohio Theatre 1511 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
From the producers of the stage hit, “The Screwtape Letters,” comes the theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis' “The Great Divorce.” Lewis draws some of the most fiercely funny characters he ever created in this witty tale. The performance includes after-show talk-back about the play with Max McLean. Tickets range from $10 - $39.50.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Akron
March 15 at noon
Downtown Akron, on Main and Exchange and end on Bowery Street
The 33rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Akron Parade kicks off with a “Salute” to Honor our Men and Women in Uniform, followed by Mayor Don Plusquellic, who is proudly celebrating forty years of public service. Irish National, State, and Local dignitaries will follow in the parade, leading to Hibernian Club, located at 2000 Brown Street behind the South Plaza for the After Parade Celebration that features live Irish Music and Dancers, and typical Irish Fare. There will be a $5 admission charge.
The Kent Stage Presents St. Patrick’s Day Special with Aliver Hall
March 15 at 8 p.m.
The Kent Stage, 175 East Main, Kent
Rooted in Akron, Ohio, Aliver Hall brings rock and roll to its happy place, getting down and dirty. Uplifting energy characterizes the group's live show, which continues to leave fans wanting more and more, thanks to a surge of progressive rock drumming, tight bass lines that weave in and out of vintage-toned guitar rhythms, and lush vocals. Tickets are $10.
Cleveland Pops: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
March 15 at 8 p.m.
Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
Celebrate the festivities of St. Patrick’s Day in the Cleveland Pops “Pot-O-Musical-Gold” program of Irish tunes played by the Cleveland Pops with conductor Carl O'Topilow. Tickets range from $29 to $60.
Beauty and the Beast
March 15 through March 16
The Akron Civic Theatre, 182 South Main St., Akron
Presented by Ballet Excel Ohio, the classic French fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast” is brought to life on stage at the World Premiere of Tom Gold’s production. Take a journey with Beauty as she encounters an enchanted castle before meeting the Beast! Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 16 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $25.
Music From The Western Reserve Marimba Masters
March 16 at 5 p.m.
Christ Church Episcopal 21 Aurora St., Hudson
Marimba Masters of Cleveland consists of five accomplished percussionists, including Donald Miller, percussionist with The Cleveland Orchestra; Bruce Golden, former percussionist with the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet; Andrew Pongracz, a member of the Cleveland Pops; and Matt Hunsaker, graduate of Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory and freelance percussionist. Created by Joseph Adato, retired Cleveland Orchestra percussionist, the purpose of Marimba Masters remains to perform music written and arranged for the marimba.