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Thursday | 31

Tribute to a Film Legend

Your Date With Kate

What better way to wrap up Women's History Month than with a screening of the 1942 classic Woman of the Year, starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy? The romantic comedy not only won that year's Oscar for best original screenplay, but, with the character of accomplished journalist Tess Harding, helped establish the self-assured Hepburn as a role model for America's professional women. The film screens at 3 and 6 p.m. in the Murphy Auditorium at the Kent State University Museum (515 Hilltop Dr.). While you're there, be sure to check out the museum's exhibit, Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen, featuring a collection of the actress' costumes. The film is free with museum admission. For more information, or call 330-672-3450. — Shanette Buford

Music Fest

Rockin' Country in Kent

While her peers were busy playing Facebook Scrabble, Kent State grad student Jodee Hammond organized a two-day country music festival that will take over the streets of downtown Kent this weekend. Hammond, a big fan of the genre, had a chance to cover the CMA Music Awards and Festival in Nashville last year, and used that as inspiration for this weekend's hoedown; she's also received assistance from classmates, faculty, and Tom Simpson, co-owner of the Kent Stage, where the fest begins at 8 p.m. with the Carter Twins and Tony Rio. Tickets for tonight's show are $10 in advance or $15 at the door; snag 'em at Woodsy's Music or online at Tomorrow night, it's time for the Walk of Fame, featuring seven live-music acts playing at Ray's Place, the Loft, Water Street Tavern, and other downtown venues. (Find a full schedule at Bring along a canned food item to donate to the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank. — Cicora

Drinking & Thinking

Cocktail Party Redux at Light Bistro

Head to Light Bistro tonight for food, fancy cocktails, and talk of big ideas, as Ingenuity Cleveland hosts a tantalizing $40 fundraiser, complete with entertainment and valet parking. Ingenuity's Cocktail Party Redux will feature four stations exploring the science and history behind beer, wine, and cocktails, along with a lineup of trendy tidbits from the bistro's chef-owner Matthew Mathlage. Meanwhile, as if to justify the ongoing assault on your brain cells, you can chat with the organizers and planners behind the 2011 IngenuityFest, which returns to the lower level of the Detroit-Superior Bridge September 16 through 18. Tonight's fun begins at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, call 216-589-9444 or order online at For more info, check out Light Bistro is at 2801 Bridge Ave. in Ohio City. — Cicora

Friday | 01

Campfire Fun

Family Night in the Meadows of Akron

If you've ever confronted an opossum in your yard, you know they don't really play dead when threatened. You can learn about other nature myths, legends, and jokes tonight at Firestone Metro Park's Tuscarawas Meadows Area with a pair of family-friendly activities. The night steps off at 6:30 p.m. with a short 1.1-mile hike led by naturalist Maureen McGinty. That's followed at 7 by tales around the campfire with "Old Fool" Dave Gates, who will tell you about all the foolish shenanigans that occur in nature. Bring your own roasting sticks (the marshmallows will be provided), and if Mother Nature pulls a fast one, the program will be held in the shelter. The park is at 2620 Harrington Rd. in Akron. For more info, call 330-865-8065. — Terry Jozwiak

Girls Night Out

Dance Dance Party Party

The organizers of Dance Dance Party Party have just a few rules: no booze, no boys, and no judgments. Part of a nationwide program of hassle-free, women-only dance parties, the Akron branch has been hosting good times for more than two years. Tonight's Funky Fresh Spring Fling invites attendees to get down to a DJ-created mix of early '90s hip-hop tunes — you know, the kind of stuff that has your booty thinking for itself. Newcomers are especially welcome: Admission is just $2, and if you bring a non-male dance buddy, she'll get in for free. Tonight's party goes from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Martell's School of Dance, 788 West Market St. in Akron. For more information, check out — Chrissy Niehaus

Arty Party

Drink and Buy Art in Akron

We're not fooling: In what may be the season's most ingenious sales concept, the Harris Stanton Gallery is hosting a combination vodka tasting and art auction tonight in their Akron digs. Featuring more than 80 pieces of fine art and crafts by a host of local and international artists, the 18th annual silent auction is a fundraiser for the Akron Art Museum. The bidding began last week and concludes tonight with what we can only imagine will be a booze-fueled spending spree that puts dollars in the museum coffers and new pieces of art on walls across the region. The party runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and admission is $10. For more information and to see select works up for auction, go to The gallery is at 2301 West Market St. in Akron. — Cicora

Saturday | 02

Funny Stuff

Something Dada Says Bye Bye

Cleveland's longest-running improvisational comedy troupe bids farewell to its current home in the Tower Press Building tonight with a blowout show, accompanied by drinks, apps, and what troupe members assure us will be "fabulous" door prizes. (Then again, these are folks who can stare at their hands and pretend it's apple pie.) Despite the occasional homeless dude staring through the windows, veteran member and general manager Russel Stich says the troupe has always enjoyed the Tower Press location. Now, though, they'll be taking their show on the road, with plans to reach out to the community with performances in various venues around town. Besides the usual 90 minutes of improvised zaniness, tonight's show is a chance for cast and fans to share 16 years' worth of funny stories and warm memories. Doors open at 8, the show starts at 9, and a post-show reception at Becky's Bar & Grill will follow. Tickets are $15 and can be snagged at the door, by phone at 216-696-4242, or at The Tower Press is at 1900 Superior Ave. — Cicora

Fringe Crafts

April Showers Bring Odd Flowers

Most years, April showers mean May flowers. But today's April Showers craft show means tons of off-the-wall gift ideas for brides and moms-to-be. Sponsored by the Cleveland Craft Coalition (best known for their edgy take on the usual craft-show trinkets), the show will feature 30 out-of-the-ordinary artists and crafters peddling their own peculiar take on the standard bibs, bonnets, and bridal accessories. No brides or babies to shop for? Then check out items like handmade purses, scented soaps, and pottery for your own deserving self. Admission is free. The show runs from 2 to 8 p.m. at Sachsenheim Hall, 7001 Denison Ave. in Cleveland. Find out more at — Niehaus

Cleveland Landmarks

Wade Chapel Reopens at Lake View Cemetery

Cleveland's most prestigious final address, Lake View Cemetery, reopens two local landmarks today after their annual winter hiatus: the 1901 Wade Memorial Chapel and the 1890 President James A. Garfield Monument. Like just about everything in this cemetery/outdoor museum, both structures have historic and architectural significance. Garfield's Monument is a Gothic-style fortress of Berea sandstone, towering 180 feet above its hilltop setting. Plus, it is Garfield's final resting place: The 20th President's flag-draped casket is on full display in the lower-level crypt, along with that of his wife. But we like the Wade Chapel better: A gleaming white example of Neo-Classical design, with one of the world's last remaining interiors entirely designed by noted glass artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, it's an awe-inspiring reminder of the days when Cleveland industrialists ruled this world and the next. Both gems will be open to the public today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; interpretive guides will be on hand to answer your questions. It's free. The cemetery's Cleveland entrance is at 12316 Euclid Ave., and the Cleveland Heights entrance is at the intersection of Mayfield and Kenilworth roads. Learn more at — Cicora

Sunday | 03

Stars on Ice

Slip Sliding Away

Smuckers Stars on Ice glides into Quicken Loans Arena today with an all-star lineup of Olympic superstars, including 2010 gold medalist Evan Lysacek and 2010 silver medal winner Sasha Cohen. The cast also includes the legendary Kurt Browning, a four-time world champ and the first skater to land a quadruple jump in competition, which he accomplished during the 1988 World Championships in Budapest. The veteran skater says Cleveland fans are in for another big treat: This is one of the few Stars on Ice stops that will include an appearance by show founder — and charismatic Olympic gold medalist — Scott Hamilton. "We're trying hard to pay homage to the 25th anniversary of Stars on Ice," says Browning, who promises an exciting show "full of big group numbers, a fantastic collection of skaters, and a great blend of talent." Tickets for the 5 p.m. show start at $25; get yours by calling 888-894-9424 or online at Find them at 1 Center Court in downtown Cleveland. — Elaine T. Cicora

Cleveland Philharmonic

Young Soloist Hits the High Notes

Since 1973, the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra has made an annual tradition of bestowing upon one young Ohio musician the honor of performing with the Orchestra as a soloist. Today, that honor goes to Michael Ferri, a 15-year-old violinist studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Originally from Treviglio, Italy, Ferri began his studies at the age of 3 and has already stacked up a slew of honors, including the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award from NPR's From the Top. (Meantime, what's your kid got going on tonight? SpongeBob marathon?) Today's performance, including works by Brahms, Ravel, and Beethoven, also features guest conductor Dr. Birch Browning from Cleveland State University. Tickets for the 3 p.m. concert are $10 for adults, with discounts for seniors and students. It's happening in the Western Campus Theater of Cuyahoga Community College, 11000 West Pleasant Valley Rd. in Parma. For more information, call 216-556-1800 or visit — Bill Delaney

Peninsula Jazz Fest

Happy Days Is Here Again

Springtime afternoon? Check. Outdoorsy setting? Check. Totally badass New Orleans-style jazz musicians laying down the tunes? Double check! That's the outline of today's happenings at Happy Days Lodge, a beauty of a live-music venue in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, as the Peninsula Jazz Fest returns for its 43rd year. Founded in 1967 by former Goodyear Tire & Rubber exec Walter "Mo" Klippert, the annual shindig has always focused on the Big Easy style of jazz; Klippert, after all, also helped found the Rubber City Retreads, a popular jazz combo that borrowed heavily from the genre. Today's edition runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Peninsula Library & Historical Society, the fest is free, although donations are happily accepted. For more information, call 330-467-7323. The Happy Days Lodge is at 500 West Streetsboro Rd. in Peninsula. — Niehaus

Monday | 04

Motivation Celebration

Ronan Tynan Drops In

If you've been yearning to actualize your personal potential, you could do far worse than picking Irishman Ronan Tynan as your role model. An internationally acclaimed tenor, holder of a PhD in medicine from Trinity College, and a double leg amputee who earned 18 gold medals as a Paralympian in the 1980s, the guy is a true Renaissance man who pretty much puts the icing on the "be all you can be" cake. He'll be stopping by the Ohio Theatre tonight at 6 p.m. with a motivational talk titled Living Life to the Fullest. Tickets are $45 and are available by calling 216-241-1919 or online at The Ohio Theatre is at 1511 Euclid Ave. in Playhouse Square. — Buford

Tuesday | 05

Fresh Air

Birder Brush-Up at Shaker Lakes

Despite the possibility of further snowfall, the spring bird migration has begun. Join naturalist Laura Gooch from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes and brush up for spring with birdwatching tips, hints, and a review of field markings and songs. The program is geared toward experienced birders, but enthusiasts of all levels are welcome. Cost is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Registration is required at 216-321-5935; go to for more information. Find them at 2600 South Park Blvd. in Cleveland. — Jozwiak

Wednesday | 06

Ancient History

Museum Curator Spills the Dirt

Think you know your Ohio history? Sure, you can rattle off Tribe stats or who killed Danny Greene. But that's nothing compared to the stuff that Brian Redmond knows. As curator and head of archeology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Dr. Redmond specializes in things that happened way before your granny was born. Tonight, Redmond will discuss the results of his recent field work in a lecture called Ancient Woodland Earthworks of Northern Ohio. The 7 p.m. talk will examine the Heckleman prehistoric Native American site in Milan, Ohio, along with some intriguing 2,000-year-old remains and artifacts that were found there. A reception and Q&A will follow. Tickets are $6 for members; $8 for non-members; college types with ID are admitted free. Register online at The museum is at 1 Wade Oval Dr. in University Circle. — Delaney

New Music

Harmonic Hues at MOCA

Immerse yourself in a world of contemporary culture this evening as the Museum of Contemporary Art teams up with the Cleveland Institute of Music to present Harmonic Hues, a program of new music and art. Drop by after work and tour the galleries, which include large-scale sculptures from Teresita Fernandez and small-scale assemblages by Lorri Ott. At 6:30, stroll over to the pre-concert reception for light snacks and a "donation" bar offering beer, wine, and soda. At 7 p.m., CIM's New Music Ensemble performs in the gallery; the program features John Cage's Credo in Us and Lucian Berio's Folk Songs, along with solo violin works from composer and ensemble director Keith Fitch. A reception with the musicians follows. It's all free, but reservations are required at 216-421-8671 ext. 70. MOCA is at 8501 Carnegie Ave.; go to — Cicora

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