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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!


A Killing Game by Dog & Pony DC
April 10 through April 26
Cleveland Public Theatre 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland

Directed by Colin K. Bills, A Killing Game is a theatre-meets-party-game in an evening of laugh-out-loud fun! The Actors work with the audience to battle a mysterious plague that is slowly killing all the citizens. Inspired by game shows and fashion from the 1960s, A Killing Game comes to Cleveland through dog & pony dc, a rising collaborative known for its quirky productions and audience interaction. Tickets range from $12 - $28.

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Kent State University Presents Pride and Prejudice
April 18 through April 27
Wright-Curtis Theatre Corner of Horning & E. Main Street Music & Speech Center, Kent

Adapted from the beloved novel by Jane Austen, Kent State University presents this witty comedy of manners, telling the story of five Bennet daughters in need of husbands. When the wealthy Mr. Bingley arrives, his best friend Mr. Darcy begins to stir romance among the sisters and the matchmaking begins. Adults: $16. Seniors: $12.

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Ken Burns Presents "sharing the American Experience" at Kent State
April 22 at 7:30 p.m.
The MAC Center, Kent State University

Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns comes to Kent State University as part of the Presidential Speaker Series to present "Sharing the American Experience." Burns has worked on several top-rated PBS series, including "The Civil War, "Baseball," "The Dust Bowl" and "The Central Park Five."

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Cleveland Orchestra Presents ‘Psycho’
April 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Composer Bernard Herrmann combines director Alfred Hitchcock’s production to create one of the most terrifying and powerful movie scores of all time! As Marion Crane spends the night at the Bates Motel, don’t miss the suspense of this 1960 classic as you’ve never seen or heard it before!

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Wooster Scarlet Gray & Green Fair
April 22 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Ohio State University Wooster Campus Fisher Auditorium 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster

Wooster presents "the green way to celebrate the Earth Day" at the Scarlet Gray & Green Fair on Tuesday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium. Solar Project Manager Brandon Miller will promote "energy independence for Wayne County residents." The fair will feature student projects and green exhibits as well as recycling and food vendors.

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2014 Symposium on Democracy
April 22 through April 24
Kent State University

Kent State University presents a three-day speaker series hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences. Speakers such as Symposium Scholar Dr. Shannon E. French and Symposium poet Martín Espada will present key political issues for students and community members to consider. Please visit the website for individual event locations.

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Wooster Wine & Beer Festival
April 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Greenbriar Conference and Party Centre 50 Riffel Rd., Wooster

Fresh vegetables with ranch dipping sauce, - Assorted cheese, crackers, bread sticks, crab cakes and more will be featured on the menu at the Wooster Wine & Beer Festival on Saturday. Come enjoy live music by Good Vibes, explore art demonstrations and a silent auction to benefit the Wayne Center for the Arts. Admission: $45.

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Summit Choral Society ‘Spanning the Spectrum: A Unique Musical Journey”
April 26 at 7:30 p.m. Akron Civic Theatre, Akron
Akron Civic Theatre 182 S Main St., Akron

Join the Summit Choral Society in celebrating a unique musical odyssey spanning a wide musical spectrum. Featuring Karl Jenkins' musical masterpiece, “A Mass for Peace,” commemorate the events of May 4, 1970 with special speaker, KSU Professor Emeritus Jerry Lewis. Bluegrass band Honeytown performs with the chorus in the concert's second half.

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Hall of Fame Annual Spring Marathon
April 27 at 7 a.m.
201 Market Ave., North, Canton

The spring 2014 Canton Pro Hall of Fame Marathon will take place on Sunday, April 27 beginning at 7 a.m. Volunteers and runners needed! Registration closes on Wednesday, April 23, so sign up quickly! For more information, visit the website provided.

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Beachland Ballroom Presents Leon Russell
April 27 at 8 p.m.
Beachland Ballroom 15711 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland

American musician Leon Russell brings his singing and songwriting talents to Beachland Ballroom on Sunday evening. Born in Lawton, Oklahoma, he began playing piano at the age of four. Russell has recorded as a session musician, sideman, and maintained a solo career in music. His performance at Beachland includes an appearance from producer Tommy LiPuma. The two stars will discuss their projects and long-standing friendship. Tickets are $35.

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