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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 Music Makers Perform at Duncan Plaza
July 28 at 7:15 p.m.
Duncan Plaza 1 James Duncan Plz., Massillon

Since 1954, The Canal Fulton Community Band, Inc. has performed six summer concerts and three winter holiday concerts each year. On Monday, July 28, the Canal Fulton band, The Music Makers, will bring their musical talents to the Duncan Plaza for an unforgettable performance

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Tri-C East Summer Pops Orchestra Celebrates British Invasion
July 29 and Aug. 3 at 8 p.m.
Tri-C Eastern Campus 4250 Richmond Rd., Highland Hills

The Tri-C East summer pops orchestra presents a free concert of British pops music. Presenting songs from the Beatles, music from Harry Potter, Gilbert & Sullivan, "My Fair Lady" and the Rolling Stones, the Tri-C orchestra will perform from Tuesday, July 29 through Sunday, Aug. 3.

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WOW! Wade Oval Wednesdays Presents Son Gitano
July 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wade Oval 10820 East Blvd., Cleveland

Son Gitano is an eclectic group that combines the unique styles from Spain, South America, Puerto Rico and the U.S. to create the ultimate Latin fusion. Son Gitano was formed in the spring of 2009 in Cleveland. On July 30, the band will rock its audiences with a performance at Wade Oval as part of the summer WOW! Wade Oval Wednesdays event.

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Downtown@Dusk: JD Eicher & The Goodnights
July 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Akron Art Museum One S High St., Akron

Vocalist and guitarist JD Eicher performs alongside his alternative rock group members Ben Portz, Jim Merhaut and Dylan Kollat at Downtown@Dusk on Thursday, July 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Rooted in Northeast Ohio and Pittsburgh, the band members will perform for fans at the Akron Art Museum, playing songs including "This is Something," "Fine Line," "Easy" and "Broken Wave."

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Ohio Shakespeare Festival Presents Henry IV Part One
July 31 through Aug. 17
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, 714 N Portage Path, Akron

Ohio Shakespeare Festival presents a Shakespearean play filled with drama, action and humor (courtesy of one of his best-known characters, Sir John Falstaff). The play depicts a span of history that begins with Hotspur's battle at Homildon against the Douglas late in 1402 and ends with the defeat of the rebels at Shrewsbury in the middle of 1403.

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Cain Park Presents The Frogs
July 31 through Aug. 17
Alma Theater 14591 Superior Rd., Cleveland Heights

Stephen Sondheim and Burt Shevelove's musical retells the Aristophanes satire, The Frogs, celebrating the power of art while asking the audience to demand more from its leaders. The original 1974 production was performed in Yale University's swimming pool and was most famous for featuring Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver and Christopher Durang. The Frogs mixes Aristophanes' satire with a Sondheim score that mirrors the Greek original for the serious issue of the role of the arts in a world beset by war.

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Canton First Friday: Chalk My World
Aug. 1 at 6 p.m.
Canton First Friday Cleveland Avenue NW at 4th St NW Canton

Canton First Friday presents Chalks the Walk downtown on Aug. 1 to kick off the new month. Organizations including The Juilliard Arts Center’s Battle of the Chalk, the Palace Theatre movies, Peace, Love and Little Donuts, LoveCanton, and the Kiwanis Club of Canton will come together to create a Family Friendly 6th Street Zone for First Friday. Activities for all ages will be offered as the Chalkers create what they hope to be the winning Art pieces. Come join us for a fun-filled evening. Check out the website to learn more!

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Groundworks DanceTheater Heinz Poll Summer DanceFest
Aug. 1 and Aug. 2 at 8:45 p.m.
Glendale Cemetery 150 Glendale Ave., Akron

Bring lawn chairs or spread out along blankets and enjoy outstanding contemporary dance under the stars in the historic Glendale Cemetery on Friday and Saturday evening. Celebrating the 2014 Groundworks DanceTheater DanceFest, GroundWorks will present "Ghost Opera" and "Hindsight."

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Nature Connects: A LEGO Brick Experience
Aug. 1 through Aug. 24
Cleveland Botanical Gardens 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland

From tiny cells to vast ecosystems, nature is filled with extraordinary and delicate connections that shape our environment. The Botanical Garden invites all Clevelanders to learn more about these connections at Nature Connects: A LEGO® Brick Experience - special to the Garden offered this summer only! Explore 14 intricate LEGO brick sculptures, some weighing more than 500 pounds! Guests can even build their own LEGO creation the Buy and Build Station after strolling through the garden.

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Cedar Lee Theatre Presents Cry Baby
Aug. 2 at 9:30 p.m. and midnight
Cedar Lee Theatre 2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights

Step into 1950’s Baltimore for an evening and get swept away by the unexpected romance of the school’s notorious bad-boy, actor Johnny Depp, as he falls for a good-girl with a jealous boyfriend in the romantic musical “Cry Baby” directed by John Waters.

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2014 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational
July 31 through Aug. 3
Firestone Country Club 452 E Warner Rd., Akron

The 2014 World Golf Championships welcomes this year's golfers at the Bridgestone Invitational beginning Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 3. Gates will open for an early morning practice round July 30 at 7:30 a.m. Don't miss a chance to watch professional golfers play their way to the final championship!

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Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival
Aug. 1 through Aug. 3
2121 George Halas Dr., NW, Canton

Offering an authentic NFL experience, the 2014 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival offers exclusive Insider Extras with multi-day activities and hotel accommodations. Get a VIP pass and enjoy the Friday night reception, attend the Legends Club VIP Tailgate Party, walk down the Red Carpet on Saturday and have a bite to eat at the Gameday Roundtable luncheon! Check out the website for a complete list of events!

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