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!
The Cleveland Orchestra Presents 'Daphne'
May 27 and 30
Severance Hall, University Circle, Cleveland
Franz Welser-Möst leads The Cleveland Orchestra in Richard Strauss's captivating opera about Daphne, a young woman who must choose between the love of men and her love for nature. In the spirit of last season's innovative and critically-acclaimed production of 'The Cunning Little Vixen,' director James Darrah will transform the concert hall into a tableau of nature with staging and costumes inspired by ancient Greek theater, and the cast of internationally-renowned singers will be joined by a dancer and men's chorus.
New Riders of the Purple Sage with Syrup
Thursday, May 28 at 8 p.m.
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland
New Riders of the Purple Sage is an American country rock band. The group emerged from the psychedelic rock scene in San Francisco, California in 1969. Its original lineup included Jerry Garcia, founder and motive force of the Grateful Dead, on pedal steel guitar. The Riders' best known song is "Panama Red", written by Peter Rowan. The band is sometimes referred to as the New Riders, or as NRPS.
An Evening with Gordon Lightfoot
Thursday, May 28 at 8 p.m.
Akron Civic Theatre, Akron
This Canadian singer-songwriter has achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music, and has been credited for helping define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He has been referred to as Canada's greatest songwriter and internationally as a folk-rock legend. Lightfoot's recordings then made an impact on the international music charts as well in the 1970s, with songs such as "If You Could Read My Mind" (1970) (#5 on the US chart), "Sundown" (1974), "Carefree Highway" (1974), "Rainy Day People" (1975), all reaching #1, and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" (1976) (#2).
'Always... Patsy Cline'
May 28 - June 21
Actors' Summit Theatre, Greystone Hall, Akron
'Always...Patsy Cline' is based on the true story of Patsy Cline's friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. In 1961 when Cline went to Houston for a show, Seger and her buddies arrived about an hour-and-a-half early and, by coincidence, met Cline who was traveling alone. The two women struck up a friendship that was to culminate in Cline spending the night at Seger's house--a friendship that lasted until Cline's untimely death in a plane crash in 1963. Filled with the tunes that made her famous--'Anytime,' 'Walkin' After Midnight,' 'She's Got You,' 'Sweet Dreams,' and 'Crazy'--to name a few.
'The Young Man from Atlanta'
May 29 - June 28
Studio Theatre, Beck Center for the Arts, Lakewood
This 1995 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama comes from Horton Foote, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' and 'Tender Mercies.' 'The Young Man from Atlanta' is the story about a Texas couple's attempt to make sense of the death of their son, which becomes more complicated when the man he had been "rooming with" in Atlanta arrives. Called a "beautifully wrought and very moving play" by Variety, this profound story explores grief, faith, sexual orientation, race relations, and the American dream.
Del McCoury Band with Clear Fork Bluegrass Quartet
Friday, May 29 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 Del's "back-up" band is equally as talented, including sons Ronnie and Rob, along with Alan Bartram and Jason Carter.
Third Eye Blind with Dashboard Confessional and Augustana
Friday, May 29 at 7 p.m.
Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland
San Francisco rock band Third Eye Blind became the sound of the '90s with songs including "Semi-Charmed Life," "Jumper," and "How's It Going to Be," all reaching the Top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100, and "Never Let You Go" reaching the Top 20. Third Eye Blind has sold around 12 million records worldwide.
Proof: Photographs from the Collection
May 30 - October 25
Akron Art Museum, Akron
'Proof' features photographs from the Civil War to the present. The exhibition highlights familiar favorites from the collection, including classic documentary photographs by Walker Evans, Lewis Hine and Weegee, as well as major series commissioned by the museum from Lee Friedlander and Robert Glenn Ketchum. Contemporary artists who have filtered these documentary styles to question photographic truth are represented by recent acquisitions by Jennifer Williams, Josh Azzarella and Barbara Probst.
'Beyond Rubik's Cube'
May 30 - September 7
Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland
Play, solve and invent in this new multi-sensory experience that celebrates the world’s bestselling puzzle toy. Build a giant mosaic, create art with the flick of a finger and engineer your own musical masterpiece. Challenge a cube-solving robot, explore the geometry behind Rubik’s Cube and create stunning patterns on a digital screen. It’s fun for all ages!
Monotypes: Painterly Prints
May 31 - October 11
Cleveland Museum of Art, University Circle, Cleveland
Monotypes were first made in the 17th century and later revived in the 1870s by Edgar Degas, a master of the technique. Introduced to America in 1880, the monotype was taken up by John Sloan and Maurice Prendergast. Works by these artists, as well as a 17th-century monotype by Anthonis Sallaert, will serve as highlights in this exhibition of the finest monotypes from the Cleveland Museum of Art's collection.