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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!

Bob Mould and Cymbals Eat Guitars
Sept. 15 at 8 p.m.
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland

Formerly of the 80's band Husker Du, Bob Mould is bringing his singer-songwriter, electronic and rock sound to the Beachland Ballroom. Along with indie rock band Cymbals Eat Guitars, this concert is sure to be a high energy performance that makes you nostalgic while introducing you to some new sounds.

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Ronnie Spector: Beyond the Beehive
Sept. 17 at 8 p.m.
The Kent Stage, Kent

Take a look at the life and career of 1960's rock and roll queen Ronnie Spector. This production includes photos, videos and projections ranging from her early career in her teens through her inauguration into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Learn all about one of your favorite artists; you definitely don't want to miss it.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Sept. 18 - Oct. 12
Huntington Playhouse, Bay Village

This classic musical comedy will have you rolling with laughter. Follow six misfits and their families as they compete in the Putnam County Spelling Bee and navigate the struggles of puberty.

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Iris DeMent w/ Pieta Brown
Sept. 19 at 8 p.m.
Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland

Iris DeMent's music has appeared in TV shows and movies including "True Grit," but that hasn't changed the way she uses her unique voice to cut through the emotion of her songs. Follow her along with Pieta Brown for a night filled with traditional, rural and sentimental folk music that will leave you wanting more.

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Kent's Round Town Music Festival
Sept. 19
Kent, Ohio

Do you like free concerts? Then make sure you check out the Kent Round Town Music Festival. With more than 60 acts at more than 40 venues, you're bound to find the right place for you.

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Phillip Phillips
Sept. 19 at 8 p.m.
State Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is bringing his rootsy sound to the area for one night. Don't miss his popular hits such as "Home" and "Gone, Gone, Gone," as well as, some of his newest songs. This is a concert you won't want to miss.

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Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival
Sept. 20 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Nautica Entertainment Complex, Cleveland

Take the time to learn about Asian culture as you watch boats race down the Cuyahoga River at the Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival. You can also help others because proceeds from the festival go to benefit The Gathering Place, which educates and empowers those affected by cancer.

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Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival
Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sept. 21 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Lincoln Park in Tremont, Cleveland

Celebrate the cultural and artistic diversity of the greater Cleveland area at the Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival. With music, food, art and children's activities, this festival is sure to be fun for the whole family.

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Pine Leaf Boys
Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland

Grammy nominated band the Pine Leaf Boys draws on the Creole, Cajun and Zycedo music sounds of its Louisiana roots. Bring your dancing shoes and experience a night full of a mixture of rock & roll verve and bar-band boogie.

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Gabriel-Pope-Sakurai Trio [GPS Trio]
Sept. 21 at 5 p.m.

It's opening night for the Music From the Western Reserve concert series. Enjoy the first concert with the GPS Trio, made up of musicians from the University of Akron, Baldwin Wallace University and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. It should be a great start to the season.

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Hal Walker and Matt Watroba
Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.
Unitarian-Universalist Church of Kent, Kent

The combination of Matt Watroba's original songs and Hal Walker's ability to make music with just about anything is sure to make for an unforgettable night of music.

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