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!
Sacrum Mysterium: A Celtic Christmas
Dec. 3 through Dec. 8
Olmsted Falls, UCC, Cleveland, Shaker Hts. & Willoughby Hills
Apollo’s Fire presents Sacrum Mysterium: A Celtic Christmas. This musical mix of Gregorian chants, renaissance choral, Celtic tradition and ancient pagan carols, sprinkled with some folk and fiddle, takes a current best-selling CD and brings it to life. Tickets range from $10 - $68, depending on location. For more information, please visit the website provided.
Dec. 4 through Jan. 5
1519 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44115
Grab a friend, make a friend, take a loved one, take the family, it doesn’t matter. This holiday season come on down to The Cleveland Theatre District to see the musical phenomenon that everyone is falling in love with. PlayhouseSquare proudly presents Wicked. The endearingly wicked tale of how, long before Dorothy’s arrival, two young girls become to be the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Tickets range from $30-$95. For more information, please visit the website provided.
Peninsula Candlelight Walk
Dec. 5 from 5-9 p.m.
Take a candlelit walk through the Downtown Peninsula Village. Take a gander at the opening exhibit from the International Gingerbread Society, enjoy refreshments, take in the angelic voices of the Woodridge High School choir and do a little holiday shopping. Admission is free. For more information, please visit the website provided.
Beethoven, Uchida and Fleisher
Dec. 5 through Dec. 7
11001 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44106
The Cleveland Orchestra presents Beethoven, Biss and Fleisher. All the way from the Big Apple, the American pianist will perform during this concert featuring Beethoven’s piano concertos Nos. 2 & 3. The concert will be held at Severance Hall. Tickets range from $49-$149. For more information, please visit the website provided.
Christmas My Way: A Sinatra Holiday Bash
Dec. 5 through Dec. 21
1303 Weathervane Lane, Akron
This swinging musical features the beloved Sinatra classics, such as “New York, New York,” “I Get A Kick Out of You,” “Silver Bells,” and many more. Christmas My Way: A Sinatra Holiday Bash invites all to reel in the holidays, and to have yourself a merry little Christmas now. The show will take place at the Weathervane Playhouse. Tickets range from $19-$25. For more information, please visit the website provided.
MythBusters: Behind the Myths
Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
198 Hill St., Akron
The infamous MythBusters take on the open road with the Behind the Myths Tour. Enjoy the new live show as the MythBusters crew brings you face-to-face with curious and the unknown, as they confront myths of all kinds. The Tickets range from $35-$126.50. For more information, please see the website provided.
Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
Dec. 6 through Dec. 8
198 Hill St., Akron
The nearly 30 year tradition of the Holiday Arts & Crafts Show is still going strong. The beautiful handcrafted show has returned this holiday season to the E.J. Thomas Hall of the University of Akron. Tickets range from $4-$4.50 --children 12 & under are free. For more information, please visit the website provided.
Light Up Lakewood
Dec. 7 from 4-8 p.m.
Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
1615 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
Beachland Tavern | Womack Family Band
Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.
15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland