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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!


An Evening With Geri Jewell
Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
KIVA, Kent State University

Comedienne, motivational speaker, best-selling author, actress and advocate Geri Jewell was the first person with a disability to have a regular role in a prime-time series. Listen as she discusses her journey with cerebral palsy, her struggles with her sexual identity and how she overcame the harsh realities of Hollywood, discrimination and abuse to reach her dreams.

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Phantom of the Opera
Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Severance Hall, Cleveland Orchestra

Enjoy the classic 1925 "Phantom of the Opera" with improvised accompaniment by organist Todd Wilson. In this horror film, a love-obsessed Phantom schemes and murders, trying to win the heart of Christine. Don't miss this new spin on a classic tale.

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Mary Black
Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland

Irish vocalist Mary Black has spent years perfecting her unique style of traditional Celtic music by blending traditional tunes with mainstream folk, rock and pop compositions. Joined by Dublin-born Róisín O, an up-and-comer in the Irish music scene, this is sure to be one concert you won't want to miss.

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Chris Smither
Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland

Drawing from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers, Chris Smither has created his own unique sound for more than 50 years. Joined by singer-songwriter Milton, this is sure to be a night full of great music.

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks
Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

Come and show your Northeast Ohio pride by cheering on the Cavaliers as they face off against the Knicks. It's sure to be a great game and a great activity for the whole family.

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Rockit! Herbie Goes Electric
Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. & Nov. 1 at 8 p.m.
Kennedy's Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

Join the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra to celebrate Herbie Hancock’s electric side. A mix of jazz, blues, rhythm and funk, this concert will highlight the origins of the jazz-funk movement. Jazz lovers will not be disappointed.

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The Monkey's Paw and Other Unexpected Endings
Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Magical Theatre Company, Barberton

These short stories by some of the world's greatest authors have now been adapted for the stage. Sit back and experience "The Monkey’s Paw", "The Necklace", "The Open Window", "The Ransom of Red Chief", and the modern classic "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury, like you never have before. This is fun the whole family can enjoy.

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Bones, Bugs & Dead Animals Adult Halloween Party
Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Enjoy a night of costume contests, flashlight tours, live music and drinks. Weather permitting, you may get to view the night sky through the Mueller Observatory telescope. It's sure to be a night full of Halloween fun.

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27th Annual Buckeye Book Fair
Nov. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fisher Auditorium, Wooster

Celebrate reading and Ohio's influence in literature at this day-long event. With nearly 100 Ohio authors and illustrators to meet with readers and autograph copies of their latest works, this is a great way to meet some of your favorite authors and illustrators.

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Talich Quartet
Nov. 2 at 3 p.m.
Gault Recital Hall, Wooster

Considered to be one of the world's best string quartets, this will be the Talich's appearance in Wooster. With a wide-ranging repertoire, including all traditional classical composers, right through to Berg, Schoenberg, Bartok and Shostakovich, this is sure to be a night of beautiful music.

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