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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!

Macy Gray
Sept. 30 at 8 p.m.
Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland

Award-winning and platinum-selling artist Macy Gray is coming to Cleveland. Her hit single "I Try" is just one of many she'll perform. With music that transcends many genres including experimental soul, alternative rock, retro-disco and hip-hop, it's sure to be a great night.

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Calder Quartet
Sept. 30 at 8 p.m.
Finney Chapel, Oberlin College & Conservatory

Enjoy a night of beautiful music with the Calder Quartet. This string quartet has worked with artists across a variety of genres from classical to contemporary. The quartet will perform Adès , Janáček and Schubert, making it a night you won't forget.

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St. Vincent w/ Sondre Lerche
Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.
House of Blues, Cleveland

American singer-songwriter St. Vincent has joined forces with Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche to take over the House of Blues in Cleveland. Both of these artists have experimented and worked in a variety of genres that is sure to make this a night you won't want to miss.

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Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
Oct. 1 at 8 p.m.
Happy Days Lodge, Penninsula, Ohio

From the backwoods of Louisiana, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys are bringing their unique sound to Northeast Ohio. With an accordion and a modern Cajun French sound, this is one band that is sure to be a rare event you'll want to experience.

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Ohio Mart
Oct. 2-4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, Akron, Ohio

The Stan Hywet is hosting its annual fundraiser Ohio Mart. You can enjoy a day of shopping at one of the 120 artist and exhibitor booths, or check out some of the entertainment and children's activities. With a variety of vendors, treats and activities, Ohio Mart is sure to be fun for the whole family.

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75th Anniversary of "Gone With the Wind"
Oct. 4 at 1 p.m.
Kent State University Tuscarawas Branch Performing Arts Center, New Philadelphia, Ohio

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Academy-Award winning film "Gone With the Wind" by seeing it on the big screen. Clark Gable Foundation is hosting a special event beginning with a forum at 1 p.m. with Mickey Kuhn and Patrick Curtis, who both played a young Beau Wilkes in the original film. Following the forum, there will be an auction of collectibles from the film at 2 p.m. The film presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m., making this a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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You Can't Take it With You
Oct. 3 - Oct. 12
Wright-Curtis Theatre, Kent State University

Alice Sycamore's house is full of firework making, ballet dancing, snake wrangling and xylophone playing. Add to that grandpa's tax evasion and a Russian Grand Duchess cooking in the kitchen, and it makes it pretty difficult for Alice's boyfriend to accept the crazy antics. This hilarious comedy examines what truly makes you happy and will leave you wanting more.

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Les Misérables
Oct. 3 - Nov. 9
Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

Follow wrongfully convicted Jean Valjean as he evades policeman Javert, raises an orphan named Cosette and learns to fight for his life and the lives of those he loves. Set in France during the throes of revolution, this epic tale is not to be missed.

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Harvest Festival
Oct. 4 - Oct. 5 & Oct. 11 - Oct. 12
Hale Farm & Village, Bath, Ohio

Fall is here and what better way to celebrate than to attend the Hale Farm Harvest Festival. Enjoy a day of walking through a corn maze, painting a pumpkin or riding in a hayride through the village. Add in some hot apple cider and it sounds like the perfect fall activity.

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American Mosaic
Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, Canton, Ohio

The Canton Symphony Orchestra is kicking off it's Masterworks Concert Series using only American composers to celebrate the U.S. of A. This mix of classical and pop music should make for a night of fun.

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