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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!

The Piano Guys
Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m.

Everyone's favorite crossover sensation, the Piano Guys add a classical edge to rock music and take classical in a new direction. Viral video faves who have become big on PBS, the Piano Guys have equal appeal to fans from 8 to 80.

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Ed Sheeran
Thursday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Wolstein Center, Cleveland State University

A few years ago, singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran was riding the folk fest circuit with an acoustic guitar. How times have changed! Touring behind his mega-hit 'X,' famous ginger Sheeran has a top 10 album that can't be budged from the UK charts.

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Flat Granny and Me: A Procession in My Mind
Sept. 4 - 11
The Sculpture Center

A procession in my mind is part of an ongoing series of performances with "Flat Granny" created by storyteller Jenny Fine that take place within theatrical, constructed environments. "Flat Granny" was inspired by the "Flat Daddies" project of military families, life-sized photos of deployed military personnel that their families keep with them at all times and during all activities to help them cope with the absence.

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The Roar of the Greasepaint: The Smell of the Crowd
Sept. 4 - 21
Weathervane Playhouse, Akron

With book, music, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, the musical is a comical, allegorical satire on the British class system of the 1960s related through a series of sketches and songs served up in a style reminiscent of vaudeville. Many of the songs have become musical standards: "Who Can I Turn To?," "The Joker," "The Beautiful Land," "A Wonderful Day Like Today" and "Feeling Good."

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Sept. 5 - 21
Players Guild Theatre, Canton

Stephen Sondheim's musical masterpiece, Sweeney Todd returns from prison determined to right the wrongs done to his family through wicked and violent revenge. He is aided in his quest by Mrs. Lovett, who is not above putting unexpected ingredients in her meat pies.

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The Black Keys with Cage the Elephant
Saturday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m.
Quicken Loans Arena

Sons of Akron become almost unbelievably top rockers, the Black Keys return to Northeast Ohio to rule over the Q. Dan Auerbach and Pat Carney used to hang out at Angel Falls, now they command center stage with their latest rave release, 'Turn Blue.'

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Air Supply
Saturday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m.
Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park

One of the biggest hitmakers of the '80s, Australian duo Air Supply is best known for rising to the top of the charts. "Lost in Love", "All Out of Love", "The One That You Love", "Sweet Dreams", and "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" have each achieved multi-million plays on the radio.

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Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin & Bones, 20 Years of Drawing
Sept. 6, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015
Akron Art Museum

the first in-depth examination of Trent Doyle Hancock's extensive body of drawings, collages and works on paper. The exhibition features more than 70 works of art as well as a collection of the artist's notebooks, sketchbooks and models. This survey also provides a glimpse into the genesis of the artist's mythology and how his work has evolved.

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Cleveland Garlic Festival
Sept. 6 from noon to 9 p.m., Sept. 7 from noon to 6 p.m.
Shaker Square, Shaker Heights

Celebrate garlic with grill offs, cooking demonstrations and, of course, crowning of Miss Garlic. Free music and vendors selling food, treats and - garlic!

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Art in the Park
Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fred Fuller Park

The entire family can explore the work of professional artists, see demonstrations, and enjoy music on two stages by performers including the Stingers, JD Eicher and the Goodnights, Zach, Caty Petersilge, Bryan and Tina, Halim El-Dahb, Brad and Peggy, Flash in the Pan and Ashley-Brooke Toussant.

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