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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!

Comedian Russell Peters Comes to Cleveland
April 14 through April 16 at 8 p.m.
Hilarities 4th Street Theater, 2035 E 4th St., Cleveland

Russell Peters is back! After the release of his “Notorious” comedy act on Netflix, the star is making a three-day appearance in Cleveland from Monday, April 14 through Wednesday, April 16 at 8 p.m. at the Hilarities 4th Street Theater for an evening of laughs as he performs his newest set. Tickets range from $33-$38.

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Chef Rocco Whalen Speaks at Kent State
April 17 at 4 p.m.
Ritchie Hall Theater, Kent State University

Former “Fat Chef” Rocco Whalen of Cleveland’s Fahrenheit restaurant will speak on Thursday, April 17 at 4 p.m. at Kent State University. Sponsored by the Schwebel Baking Company and organized by the faculty and students in the Hospitality Management program at Kent State, the event will explore Rocco’s chemistry for cooking, and how tips from his mother’s kitchen laid out the primary ingredients to his career as a chef.

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Gavin DeGraw Performs at Rocksino Northfield
April 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Hard Rock Rocksino, 10777 Northfield Rd., Northfield

Head to the Hard Rock Rocksino Thursday, April 17 to hear DeGraw’s rich voice croon his greatest hits, including "Chariot", "I Don't Want to Be", and "Not Over You." Tickets that start at $35 for the Riser section and range all the way up to $199 for the Floor.

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Tour Perkins Stone Mansion
April 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Summit County Historical Society, 550 Copley Rd., Akron

The Perkins Stone Mansion, a Greek revival built in 1837, was home to Simon Perkins, Jr., the son of Akron's co-founder Simon Perkins. In honor of the Society’s 90th Anniversary, the mansion will feature a new exhibit focused on the 1920s era when the Summit County Historical Society was first founded. Visitors can view displays including vintage clothing and styles, and a variety of toys from the era.

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The House of Blues Presents Boys II Men
April 18 at 8:30 p.m.
The House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Four-time Grammy-winning act “Boys II Men” is a global concert attraction that has sold more than 60 million recordings that include hits “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” “Time After Time” and “When I Fall In Love.” Boys II Men will perform in Cleveland on Friday, April 18. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $39.50 to $49.50.

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Kent State Hosts “Out of the Darkness Walk”
April 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Rizman Plaza, Kent State University

The “Out of the Darkness Campus Walks” are part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) signature fundraiser, formed to engage young people in AFSP’s mission and programs with 3-5 mile walks each spring at colleges and high schools across the country. Kent State students and staff will join families and friends in the walk to support the community by bringing back the light and encouraging change and growth. Community members are invited to help the cause.

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Snow White & the Magic Mirror: A Grimm Tale
April 19 at 2 p.m.
E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St., Akron

Innocent beauty battles wicked jealousy in this modern production inspired by the beloved fairytale classic “Snow White.” Featuring exquisite costumes, skilled dancers, live music and animated visual effects, Neo's Dance Theatre and UA's Dance Program presents a must-see production. Tickets range from $13 to $28.

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Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays
April 19 at 1:05 p.m.
Progressive Field, 2401 Ontario St., Cleveland

The Cleveland Indians play the Toronto Blue Jays at Progressive Field on Saturday afternoon. Don’t miss the face-off! Come support the Indians and enjoy hot dogs, nachos and classic concession stand snacks while rooting on the tribe.

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Record Store Day at Beachland Ballroom
April 19 at 4 p.m.
Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland

Beachland Ballroom's Record Store Day features the rock band "Filmstrip," a three-piece band rooted in Cleveland. Brothers Dave Taha,guitar, vocals; and Matt Taha bass, vocals; first met Nick Riley, drums; in elementary school. They began playing in bands together in junior high and continued through high school. The group reunited in 2009 under the name "Filmstrip," and have continued to work together ever since. They will perform at 4 p.m. at the Beachland Ballroom for guests, post-punk and rock fans to enjoy.

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Daffodil Sunday at Lake View Cemetery
April 20 at 6:15 a.m.
12316 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Lake View Cemetery will celebrate Easter Sunday with a sunrise service held at the Severance Monument (Section 10). The non-denominational service has become a custom in Cleveland, and this year, Easter falls on the same day as the Lake View Cemetery’s Daffodil Sunday tradition. After the service, tour Daffodil Hill, open from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and follow the red arrows to enjoy thousands of colorful blooms.

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