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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!

Edward Albee's Occupant
Sept 19 - Oct 25
Kennedy's Down Under, PlayhouseSquare

A tribute to American sculptor Louise Nevelson, this biographical drama examines perseverance and self-determination to the point of accomplishment. It's unique Q & A format will provide a whole new theater experience you're sure to enjoy.

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Helen Wagner Memorial Concert: Han-Setzer-Finckel Trio
Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Plymouth Church, Shaker Heights

Enjoy a night filled with classical music as the Han-Setzer-Finckel Trio performs Beethoven,Shostakovich and Mendelssohn. This world-renowned group is sure to provide a great musical experience.

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Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Jacobs Pavilion at Nuatica, Cleveland

This New Zealand teen blasted the music scene with her hit "Royals" and now she is coming to Cleveland. Along with Majical Cloudz, the night will be filled with indie-pop music you won't want to miss.

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Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival
Sept. 25 - 28
Shaker Square Cinema, Cleveland

Enjoy four days of documentaries, shorts and feature films designed to celebrate African American cinematic legacy. The third annual Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival has a full schedule of films and discussions that will provide a weekend full of cinematic art and insight.

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Sept. 26 - 28
Dock 32, Downtown Cleveland

It is time again for Cleveland's IngenuityFest, a festival designed to celebrate art and technology. See how the two combine with performances and demonstrations that are sure to make this a unique and entertaining experience for the entire family.

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Great Lakes Theater Presents the Merry Wives of Windsor
Sept. 26 - Nov. 2
Hanna Theater, PlayhouseSquare

Follow Sir John Falstaff as he tries to woo two of the town's wealthiest ladies, but what he doesn't know is that these two ladies have plans of their own. William Shakespeare's battle of the sexes comedy will provide a night full of laughter that will leave you wanting more.

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Human Plus: Real Lives & Real Engineering
Sept. 27 - Jan. 4, 2015
Fawick Gallery, Cleveland Museum of Natural History

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is opening a new exhibit celebrating innovators and the humans who use the technology to achieve their dreams. Learn about real people and their stories and the engineering process. Make sure you see this interesting and informative exhibit before it's gone.

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Peninsula's Music on the Porches
Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Peninsula, Ohio

Travel to the Village of Peninsula for a day full of music, art and culture at the annual Music on the Porches. Musicians will be set up on porches throughout the village to spread their sound. With a variety of performers and four free workshops, there is sure to be something for everyone.

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Barberton Mum Festival
Sept. 27 & 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lake Anna Park, Barberton

With 20,000 chrysanthemums, canoe races, water ski shows, ice carving and other activities, the Barberton Mum Festival has a little something for everyone. Enjoy a weekend in the park of food, music, and arts and crafts that is sure to be full of fun.

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Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.
EJ Thomas Hall , The University of Akron

Season three winners of the NBC's vocal competition show "The Sing-Off," Pentatonix are known for their unique vocal arrangements of some of today's biggest hits. Watch them perform some of their original hits, as well as some favorites for a night full of pure vocal music.

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