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!
Stark County Fair
Sept. 1 - 7
Stark County Fair Grounds, Canton
Country stars Lonestar on the grandstand along with pig races, a high school band competition, truck and tractor pulls, rodeo, demolition derby, food entertainment and lots of Fair winners in agricultural and domestic categories!
Fall Hiking Spree
Sept. 1 - Nov. 30
Summit Metro Parks
Hike eight of the designated Summit Metro Parks and area trails before the end of November and earn a walking stick shield! Hikes vary in difficulty and are appropriate for the entire family!
John Hiatt & The Combo and The Taj Mahal Trio
Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
House of Blues, Cleveland
Blues-based, 20th century rock icon, singer-songwriter John Hiatt and his talented, tight-knit unit The Combo will perform alongside the soulful blue's group The Taj Mahal Trio at Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park on Sept. 2. Hiatt is known for his witty, gritty self-written lyrics that he threads into different genres, creating a unique musical experience in every song. The Taj Mahal trio create a global blues experience in their performance that will compliment Hiatt's acoustic blues album "Terms Of My Surrender," released on July 15, 2014, which will be performed at the concert.
Weathervane presents 'Hair'
Sept. 3 - 20
Weathervane Playhouse, Akron
Featuring such phenomenal musical numbers as “Aquarius,” “Good Morning Starshine,” “Easy to Be Hard” and “Let the Sun Shine In,” this landmark musical tells the story of the “Tribe,” a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the “Age of Aquarius” living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against being drafted into the Vietnam War.
Players Guild presents 'Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical'
Sept. 4 - 20
Players Guild, Cultural Center for the Arts, Canton
The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life on stage in this musical phenomenon. Dr. Henry Jekyll is driven to find a chemical breakthrough that can solve some of mankind’s most challenging medical dilemmas and decides to make himself the subject of his own experimental treatments, accidentally unleashing the man the world would come to know as Mr. Hyde.
Dobama presents 'Or,'
Sept. 4 - Oct. 4
Cleveland Heights/University Heights Library Annex
Based loosely on true events, OR, takes place (mostly) during one night in the life of Aphra Behn, real life poetess, spy, and soon to be the world’s first professional female playwright. Sprung from debtors’ prison after a disastrous overseas mission, Aphra is desperate to get out of the spy trade. Can Aphra resist the charms of her new love - actress Nell Gwynne, save King Charles II’s life, win a double agent his pardon, and finish her latest play all in one night? Find out in this funny, sexy, and inventive neo-Restoration comedy.
Todd Rundgren with the Akron Symphony Orchestra
Sept. 5 at 8 p.m.
Akron Civic Theatre, Akron
This will be Rundgren's fourth symphonic concert in North America. The set lists will feature some of the songs Todd has performed with orchestras in the past as well as new songs for the concert. Special guest performers include Kevin Ellman (drums), Jesse Gress (guitar), Greg Hawkes (keyboards), Kasim Sulton (bass and background vocals), and Mary Lou Arnold (background vocals). The orchestra conductor will be Jacob Sustaita.
'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' - 25th Anniversary
Sept. 5 at 9:30 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.
Cedar Lee Theatre, Cleveland Heights
A group of mutated turtle warriors must emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from an uprising criminal gang of ninjas. 108 minutes, 1990.
The Music of John Williams
Sept. 5 & 6
Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls
A blockbuster tribute to Hollywood’s most legendary composer. He needs no introduction — John Williams’s film scores are instantly recognizable, and beloved across the world. Join The Cleveland Orchestra this Labor Day Weekend as they perform music from his movie classics, including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T., Harry Potter, Superman, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, and many more!
Cleveland National Air Show
Sept. 5 - 7
Burke Lakefront Airport
The U.S. Airforce Thunderbirds, Shockwave - the world's fastest truck, meet a hero, drone demonstrations, kids zone, NASA Glenn, display aircraft, USA Golden Knights, historic aircraft, Harrier jets, pyrotechnics - and more.