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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!

KISS and Def Leppard
Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m.
Blossom Music Center

You will be rock and rolling all night when two heavy metal favorites make their way to the Blossom stage. Earplugs recommended for pavilion seating.

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Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo
Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park

You better run, you better hide! The first couple of '80s rock come to Northeast Ohio to show the youngsters how it is done.

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The Great Geauga County Fair
Aug. 28 - Sept. 1
Geauga County Fairgrounds, Burton

The Geauga County Fair may not be the flashiest county fair in Ohio, but it is the oldest. Fun events include kiddie pedal tractor pulls, an apple pie contest and a chicken flying contest.

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Roots & Boots Tour
Thursday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m.
Stark County Fairgrounds, Canton

Three Country stars bring an acoustic show to Canton as part of this year's Stark County Fair. See Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Darryl Worley in front of the Grandstand.

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Cleveland Browns vs. Chicago Bears
Thursday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m.
FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland

The good news is that the NFL season has not officially started. The bad news is that the quarterback square-off has not resulted in a clear winner and the Brownies still don't seem to have the star they deserve. But, just maybe, this is the game that turns all of that around!

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Diana Chittester CD Release
Friday, Aug. 29 at 8:30 p.m
Beachland Tavern, Cleveland

Local singer/songwriter Diana Chittester celebrates a successful Kickstarter for her new CD with a performance at the Beachland Tavern. If you contributed, there's a party for you before the show!

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Cleveland Orchestra Family FunFest
Saturday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.
Blossom Music Center

The legendary Pat Sajak will narrate as the Orchestra plays a selection of recognizable music intended to capture the imagination of the entire family. The event also features family activities and post-show fireworks. Children under 18 can sit free on the lawn when with an adult with paid admission.

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Cleveland National Air Show
Aug. 30 - Sept. 1
Burke Lakefront Airport

After missing a year due to sequestration, the Navy Blue Angels are back - along with aerial tricks and spectacular twists, turns and dives in the sky above Lake Erie.

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Cleveland Pops
Sunday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m.
Lincoln Park, Tremont

As part of the inaugural Day & Night Music Festival, Carl Topilow and the Cleveland Pops perform as part of the line-up in historic Lincoln Park. They bring with them entertainer Billy Donato.

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Made in Ohio Arts & Craft Festival
Sunday, Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hale Farm and Village, Bath

Take advantage of a discounted admission rate to stroll the grounds of Hale Farm and visit the booths of a variety of artists and artisans who call Ohio home.

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