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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!

Photographer Eartha Goodwin
Monday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.
Hudson Library & Historical Society

Meet local photographer Eartha Goodwin who happened to photograph and document Grammy-award winning Akron band The Black Keys before they were famous. Learn more about Eartha’s photography, her run-ins with the band, and pick up a few photography tips and tricks. Award-winning reporter Kabir Bhatia will moderate the discussion as part of an ongoing series of interview programs at the library featuring interesting locals.

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The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was created in 1967 to perform the larger chamber works – from quintets to octets – with players who customarily work together, instead of the usual string quartet with additional guests. Drawn from the principal players of the orchestra, the Chamber Ensemble tours as a string octet, string sextet, and in other configurations including winds

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The Kent Stage presents Aaron Neville
Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m.
The Kent Stage, Kent

Having one of the most evocative and recognizable voices in American music, Aaron Neville is an international ambassador of New Orleans R&B, though his soaring falsetto sounds at home in many styles. Coming of age in the incredibly creative 1950s Crescent City R&B scene, Neville gained national attention with the Wild Tchoupitoulas, a touring Mardi Gras celebration that led to the creation of the Neville Brothers band — an institution that would confirm Neville's iconic status. Over his multiple Grammy-winning solo career, Neville has scored a string of hits including 1966's #1 hit "Tell It Like It Is," memorable duets with Linda Ronstadt including "Don't Know Much" and a hugely popular cover of Main Ingredient's "Everybody Plays the Fool."

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Actors' Summit Theater presents 'Quilters'
Oct. 8 - Nov. 2
Actors' Summit Theater, Greystone Hall, Akron

'Quilters,' a play with music, blends a series of related scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge and abiding rewards of frontier life. The stories are based on first person oral histories. The women share the love, warmth, rich and lively humor, and the moving spectacle of simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity. (This production coincides with the Summit County Historical Society Mutton Hill Quilt Show at the John S. Knight Convention Center.)

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The Music Box presents the Del McCoury Band
Friday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m.
Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland

For fifty years, the music of Del McCoury has defined authenticity for hard core bluegrass fans as well as a growing number of fans among those only vaguely familiar with the genre. And while the box set Celebrating 50 Years of Del McCoury, like its distilled companion, By Request provides an opportunity to look back on a unique legacy, it's also one that Del McCoury's rolling past with a wave and a grin and some of the best music he’s ever made. Clear Fork Bluegrass opens.

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Magical Theatre Company presents 'The Westing Game'
Oct. 9 - Oct. 11
Barberton High School Theatre, Barberton

If you love mysteries, this is for you! More than a dozen people who are heirs to the Westing estate, but don’t know why, find themselves locked in a thrilling game to unravel the mystery of Sam Westing’s death. It’s a combination of mystery novel, jigsaw puzzle, and a game of "Clue."

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Cleveland Beer Week
Oct. 9 - Oct.18
Cleveland, various locations

The seventh annual Cleveland Beer Week features 350 keg tapping, beer sipping events throughout greater Cleveland. From special tappings, tastings and dinners to leisure activities and educational programs, there is something for everyone at Cleveland Beer Week. Established in 2009, Cleveland Beer Week is a not-for-profit celebration that raises awareness of the craft beer industry and promotes patronage at local establishments. Proceeds from all of Cleveland Beer Week's flagship events benefit the Malone Scholarship Fund.

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Akron Symphony presents The Music of John Williams
Saturday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m.
E.J. Thomas Hall, Akron

The most accomplished film composer of all time has composed for more than six decades and earned five Academy Awards and 22 Grammys. Join us for themes from Star Wars, Jaws, Harry Potter, Superman, and more. The fun begins at 7 p.m. with a pre-show costume contest! Everyone who shows up in costume from a Williams-scored film will be entered to win two tickets to Masque of the Red Death or the Halloween Charity Ball.

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Josh Groban at PlayhouseSquare
Saturday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m.
PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland

Multi-platinum recording artist and global pop star Josh Groban will make his first Playhouse Square appearance during his upcoming "Stages Tour." Unlike Groban's customary arena concerts, fans will be treated to a more unique intimate experience as the singer-songwriter-actor performs in theater settings. The tour will be in support of Groban's 7th album, Stages, released April 28. The new album's theme is decidedly Broadway including songs from such musicals as Les Misérables, Carousel, The Phantom of the Opera, Into the Woods and more.

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Celtic Woman at Akron Civic Theatre
Sunday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m.
Akron Civic Theatre, Akron

Global music sensation Celtic Woman continues its 10th Anniversary World Tour across North America. The 10th Anniversary World Tour features four sublimely gifted Irish women - three angelic vocalists and dazzling Celtic violinist accompanied by a full band, bagpipers, and Irish dancers whose talent and charisma offer a fresh fusion to centuries of musical and cultural tradition. To celebrate the occasion, Celtic Woman has invited very special guests The Celtic Tenors to join its 10th Anniversary World Tour. These warm and engaging Irish men have been wowing audiences around the globe for 15 years with their unique sound and sensational style.

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