Every Friday, Scene calendar editor Cris Glaser provides a random but reliable sampling of things to do this weekend. For more options, log onto entertainment.clevescene.com. And check back Monday for C-Notes' Picks of the Week.
A fusion of denim and dinner jackets rules the dress code at tonight’s Black & Blue Ball in the Flats. The benefit for the Northern Ohio Hemophilia Foundation www.nohf.org sports a “comfy-chic” fashion statement as revelers chow down on a buffet of apps, from chicken teriyaki to bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. And the open bar will burst with an overflow of beer, wine, and mixed drinks. An $80 ticket gets you in the door between 7 p.m. and midnight at Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore Street on the West Bank of the Flats. Call 216-834-0051.
Classic-pop powerhouses Kim Carnes and Scandal’s Patty Smyth help headline tonight’s It’s Only Rock and Roll concert at Public Hall. The fund-raiser for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum www.rockhall.com also spotlights an auction of high-end bidding for trips to Europe, dinner with LeBron James, and a college internship at Rolling Stone magazine. The concert starts at 7 p.m. at Public Hall, 500 Lakeside Avenue. Call 216-515-1930 for your $15 ticket.
The beer is flowing again in Akron today for the grand re-opening of the Ohio Brewing Company. After a brief shutdown, director Chris Verich and brewmaster Dennis Holland are showing off their plant’s new 15,000-square-foot pub with its 90-foot bar. More impressive is the retooled line of microbrews from the ruby-colored Cardinal Ale to their Buckeye State tribute, the Ohioppy Ale. Take a tour between 11 a.m. and 2 a.m. at the Ohio Brewing Company, 222 South Main Street in Akron. Call 330-376-3008 for the 411.