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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!


Belcea Quartet
Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Plymouth Church, Shaker Heights

Coming from different backgrounds, the members of the Belcea Quartet create a dynamic and interpretive style. Listen to them interpret Mozart, Berg and Brahms for a night of classical music you won't want to miss.

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Evil Dead the Musical
Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Ohio Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

This musical channels Sam Raimi's cult classic films - "Evil Dead," "Evil Dead 2" and "Army of Darkness" - and combines them into one show. Watch and experience the show (if you choose to sit in the Splatter Zone) as five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods, and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them into demons.

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Main Event Speaker Series featuring John Hodgman
Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.
Akron-Summit County Public Library

Before he was an actor on television, John Hodgman was a writer and humorist. Come and learn from a man who has worked for the New York Times, written two bestselling books, and worked as a comedian and television personality. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you won't regret.

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Marc Cohn with Rachel Brown
Oct. 23 at 8 p.m.
Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland

Welcome home Cleveland native Marc Cohn as he returns home for a one night performance. Enjoy a night of listening to Cohn's folk-rock, torchy blues and resonant country-soul sound. Joined by fellow singer-songwriter Rachel Brown, this will be a night of great music.

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Bach Violin Concertos
Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 24 and Oct. 25 at 8 p.m.
Severance Hall, Cleveland Orchestra

Joined by renowned violinist and two-time GRAMMY winner Hilary Hahn, the Cleveland Orchestra performs a set of Bach Violin Concertos. Performing Bach's two violin concertos, as well as, pieces by Brahms and Mendelssohn, who were heavily influenced by Bach, Hahn will take you on a musical journey through one of classical music's most renowned composers.

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An Evening with Molly Ringwald
Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College

You've seen her on TV and in movies, such as "Pretty in Pink" and "The Breakfast Club", but now is your chance to see Molly Ringwald on stage. Performing songs from her debut jazz album "Except Sometimes", you won't want to miss this.

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Primate Conservation in a Rapidly Changing World: Perspectives from the Muriqui Monkeys of Brazil
Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m.
Murch Auditorium, Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Join Dr. Karen B. Strier, a Vilas Research Professor and Irven DeVore Professor of Anthropology at University of Wisconsin-Madison, as she explains the behavioral, ecological and demographic changes she witnessed as part of her study of this endangered species.

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TEDxClevelandStateUniversity
Oct. 24 at 1 p.m.
Waejten Auditorium, Cleveland State University

TEDx is all about sharing new and interesting ideas. Visit Cleveland State University for a chance to learn about a number of different topics and hear from professionals and leaders from a variety of fields. It's a great place to learn and experience something new.

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Hot Mikado
Oct. 24 - Nov. 2
E. Turner Stump Theatre, Kent State University

When the heir to the Japanese throne runs away to join a traveling orchestra and falls in love with an engaged woman, hilarity ensues. Add to that the fact that he is engaged himself and must avoid his father and fiancé, this musical comedy will have you roaring with laughter.

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How We Got On
Oct. 24 - Nov. 16
Outcalt Theatre, Cleveland Play House

Follow hip-hop obsessed teens Hank and Julian as they try to create the ultimate suburban rap song despite criticism from their parents and peers. Navigating friendships and self-discovery, this play is an uplifting story that will have you dancing in your seat.

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