Case Western Reserve's Thursdays in the Park has all the elements in place, from a right-before-the-weekend day and a sweet location to lots of good music and plenty of vendors selling food and drinks. The entertainment lineup jumps genres freely, so over the next few weeks there will be something here for everyone: reggae with Carlos Jones and the PLUS Band, Slap's jazz, the female-folkie thing from Anne E. DeChant, the power popper group Kiddo, country punks Hillbilly Idol, and Latin jazz by Roberto Ocasio. Singer-songwriter Cletus Black performs tonight. Thursdays in the Park takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each week through July 31 at CWRU's Turning Point Park on Bellflower Road, near East Boulevard. More information is available online at www.cwru.edu/events/thursdays.
Friday, June 13
The Antique Show & Sale, sponsored by the Woman's Club of Hudson, has been going on for 58 years, and it's earned a reputation as one of the area's best. It features more than 45 dealers -- from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Ohio -- specializing in furniture, glassware, and much more. "This is high-class," says spokesperson Kate McMahon. "There's no flea market stuff here." The Antique Show & Sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow at East Woods School (120 North Hayden Parkway in Hudson). Admission is $5.
More than 80 concerts are scheduled through Labor Day at Lock 3 Live!, the Friday/Saturday music series taking place at Lock 3 Park's open-air amphitheater all summer. Performances include oldies staples such as former Byrd Roger McGuinn; '80s and '90s refugees Survivor and 10,000 Maniacs; and a host of local acts, ranging from pop to metal to jazz to classical. Tonight's show is by the Lovin' Spoonful, which registered the hits "Do You Believe in Magic?" and "Summer in the City." (Fans, take note: John Sebastian isn't in the band anymore, but original members Steve Boone and Joe Butler are.) It starts at 6 p.m. at Lock 3 Park (off Main Street in downtown Akron). Tickets are $10. Tomorrow's free show is by the Beatles tribute band A Hard Day's Night. Call 330-253-2488 for more information.
Saturday, June 14
Today's U2 Fan Celebration at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame coincides with the unveiling of a new section in the exhibit In the Name of Love: Two Decades of U2: discarded album-cover concepts by Dublin-based graphic designers Steve Averill and the Four5One crew, who have worked with the band from the start. Cool stuff, but it's the mass of U2 collectibles and merchandise on display and for sale that has us singing "I Will Follow." There's also a video confessional booth -- your deepest, darkest secrets about the group will be shipped to Bono and the boys -- and a performance by the all-female U2 tribute band Exit. The U2 Fan Celebration takes place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (1 Key Plaza). It's free with paid admission to the Rock Hall ($11.50 to $15). Call 216-515-1930 for more information.
Sunday, June 15
The Akron Zoo celebrates its 50th anniversary today with its annual ZooBilation festival. The clock gets turned back 50 years, with live entertainment and hands-on activities centered on a '50s theme. ZooBilation also marks the grand opening of the Lehner Family Zoo Gardens -- and there's free ice cream. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Akron Zoo (500 Edgewood Avenue in Akron). Admission is $5 to $7.50; call 330-375-2550 for more info.
Monday, June 16
Freedom Schooner Amistad, a re-creation of the 19th-century Spanish cargo ship that carried once-happy Africans to America to start new lives as unhappy slaves, has been floating around the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico for the past couple of years. It's moored through June 29 in Cleveland and is open for guided tours. "This isn't just a tour or a visit," clarifies Quentin McCorvey of Key Foundation, a co-sponsor. "It's a cultural experience. It celebrates the spirit of collaboration and diversity." The functioning, nine-crew ship puts things in perspective, McCorvey says. "The Amistad's story is powerful and unique. It fosters inclusion. We hope the experience opens up conversations that live on [after] the vessel leaves." Other events -- lectures, exhibits, forums -- are planned throughout the ship's visit. It's open from 2 to 6 p.m. daily at the East Ninth Street Pier at Voinovich Park. Tickets are $3 to $5. Call 216-689-3800 for more information.
Tuesday, June 17
Gloria Feldt, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, just published her first book, Behind Every Choice Is a Story. In it, she talks about all the hot-button issues: sex education, abortion, and access to contraception. "Today's broader array of reproductive-rights and health-care issues have been polarized, politicized, and dehumanized by a strident and well-organized anti-choice movement," she says. "Complex and personal issues are reduced to sound bites in a debate, while people's real lives and struggles are ignored." Feldt will read from and sign copies of Behind Every Choice Is a Story at 7 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers (13217 Shaker Square). Admission is free. Call 216-751-3300 for more information.
Wednesday, June 18
The 16th annual AliveFest, a super-huge gathering of Christian music giants, kicks off today in rural Canal Fulton. It's four days of music, as well as camping, speakers, and food. Newsboys (Thursday), Jars of Clay (Friday), and Third Day (Saturday) lead the pack, but with more than 45 artists filling five stages, it's a Lollapalooza for God-fearing kids. It happens at Clay's Park Resort (off Route 93 in Canal Fulton) through June 21. Festivities begin at 11:15 a.m. today, 9 a.m. the remaining days. Tickets range from $12 (junior single-evening admission) to $94 (general total-event admission). Call 330-854-0011 for more information.
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