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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!

Kent State presents: Bonnie & Clyde in concert
Sunday, Feb. 22 - Wednesday, Feb. 25
E. Turner Stump Theatre, Kent

At the height of the Great Depression, the wild and shameless behavior of lovers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow rivets the nation. On the run from the law, they resort to murder and robbery to survive. Caught in a downward spiral, they meet their inevitable end in one of America’s most famous shootouts. Now everyone knows their criminal love story.

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Ed Kowalczyk
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7:00 p.m.
House of Blues, Cleveland

Ed Kowalczyk, founding member of the band 'Live', will be performing "Throwing Copper" in its entirety. All ages are welcome.

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F for Fake
Wednesday Feb. 25 & Friday, 27
Morley Lecture Hall, Cleveland

Directed by Orson Welles. This dazzling, dizzying discourse on fakes, forgeries, and frauds from a master of legerdemain encompasses Elmyr de Hory's masterful faux paintings, Clifford Irving’s hoax biography of Howard Hughes, and Welles’s own War of the Worlds broadcast.

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The Price is Right
Wednesday, Feb. 25, - 7:30 p.m.
EJ Thomas Hall, The University of Akron

The Price Is Right Live is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to "Come On Down" to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Play classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show, from Plinko to Cliffhangers, to The Big Wheel, and even the fabulous Showcase.

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Dial 'M' for Murder
Friday Feb. 27 - Mar. 22
Hanna Theater at PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland

Deception, passion and greed prove potent ingredients for a mystery in this darkly gripping thriller, famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock. The exciting ending of this erotic and suspenseful story will leave you at the edge of your seat.

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Cirque Ziva - featuring the Golden Dragon Acrobats
Saturday, Feb. 28, 8:00 p.m.
Akron Civic Theatre, Akron

The Golden Dragon Acrobats have been recognized as the preeminent Chinese acrobatic company in the United States. The Golden Dragon Acrobats hail from Cangzhou, Hebei province, in the People’s Republic of China and have toured the United States continuously since 1978 to international acclaim. Its members composed of athletes, actors and artists have toured through all 50 states and in over 65 countries across the world

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Lawrence Brownlee
Thursday Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m.
EJ Thomas Hall, The University of Akron

From firmly American (Ohio born) roots, Brownlee has become a star on the international scene, performing opposite the leading ladies of opera, and lauded continually for the seemingly effortless beauty of his voice. Pianist Kevin Murphy will accompany Mr. Brownlee.

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Mozart - La Clemenza di Tito (The Mercy of Emperor Titus)
Friday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Kulas Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music

Mozart’s last grand opera, written while he was also at work on The Magic Flute, shows the composer at the height of his powers.

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Thursday, Feb. 26 - Sunday, Mar. 8
Weathervane Playhouse, Akron

Shakespeare’s tragic tale has also been a popular source for movie makers. English actor and director Kenneth Branagh cast himself in the title role for his 1996 big-screen adaptation. Branagh’s version is notable for his choice to retain all of the play’s dialogue.

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Charlie Daniels Band
Saturday, Feb. 28, 8:00 p.m.
Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, Cleveland

Charlie Daniels is partly Western and partly Southern.It hasn't been so much a style of music, but more the values consistently reflected in several styles that has connected Charlie Daniels with millions of fans.

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