Grand Entrance: Inaugural Pomp & Couture
This is a celebratory exhibition of our country’s inauguration festivities featuring first ladies’ inaugural gowns and fashions throughout history. All tours are guided and include both the changing exhibits at the Education & Research Center and the Saxton McKinley House of the National First Ladies’ Library. Tours are Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 330-452-0876.
Multiplatinum-selling and Grammy-winning group Casting Crowns will hit the road again this spring for the second leg of “The Very Next Thing” Tour, featuring K-LOVE Radio’s Male Artist of the Year Danny Gokey and special guest Unspoken. With more than 10 million records sold, Casting Crowns has held the position of Billboard’s top-selling act in Christian music since 2007. See the band at 7 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre. Tickets start at $21.
Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias—FluffyMania
Gabriel Iglesias has been described as a witty, electrifying and talented performer who has the ability to consistently deliver a uniquely hilarious comedy experience. His high-octane show is a sure-fire hit: a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring all his personal experiences to life. Gabriel’s unique and animated comedy style has made him popular among fans of all ages. See him at 8 p.m. at State Theatre at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland. Tickets start at $35.
First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District in Canton featuring themed music, performance and visual arts events. It begins with a First Stop at the Canton Museum of Art at 5:30 p.m., followed by the event downtown from 6 to 10 p.m. The theme for March is Luck of the Irish.
Cirque du Soleil: Toruk
Inspired by James Cameron’s “Avatar,” see Cirque du Soleil in a stunning new light. Transport yourself to the world of Pandora with this show. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. March 3, 4 and 8 p.m. March 4 and 1 and 5 p.m. March 5. Tickets start at $49, with an additional $3 facility fee.
March 3-5, 10-12
Come see “Sister Act” at the Players Guild Theatre. Show times are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. For more information, including ticket prices, visit the site.
Friends of the Library Book Sale
The Friends of the Stark County District Library is having a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the north end of the main library parking lot and in the McKinley Room in the main library. Hardback books, CDs, DVDs and videos are $1, paperbacks and children’s books are 50 cents, and magazines are 25 cents.
Do the Mu!
Do the Mu! is the first Saturday of every month. Drop in to the Massillon Museum anytime between noon and 2 p.m. for a different art and history workshop. No registration required, and it’s free for all ages. The theme for March is Tactile Sculptures with David McDowell. Celebrate the Blind Spot: A Matter of Perception exhibit by creating your own tactile sculptures based on MassMu’s abstract painting collection.
Touchdowns & Tutus
Canton Ballet’s new fundraiser will bring the gridiron to the dance floor. A performance event will pair local high school talents with Canton Ballet dancers before a panel of celebrity judges. It will be at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at 6 p.m. There will be a VIP tailgate party at 7:30 p.m. with a celebrity meet and greet at the Pro Football Hall of Fame event center. Admission for the performance is $25 for adults, $15 for students and $35 for preferred gold seating. The VIP tailgate party admission is $25 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets are available online or by calling 330-455-7220.
Dave & Ed’s Super Auto Events Pro-formance Swap Meet
This is Ohio’s largest indoor/outdoor performance meet. Vendors will be selling circle track, drag, sprint and street wares. Two indoor heated buildings will be open rain or shine. This event is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 4 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 5. General admission is $7 per day or $10 for a weekend pass, and kids 11 and younger get in free. Parking is free. EDITOR’S PICK
March 4, 5, 11, 12, 14, 18
Watch as the Canton Charge takes on the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Westchester Knicks, Austin Spurs, Rio Grand Valley Vipers, Erie Bayhawks and Windy City Bulls. All games are at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Check the site for tip-off times and ticket prices.
Maple sugaring workshop
Take a crash course in making maple syrup in your backyard before sugaring season begins. Tree ID, tapping demonstration and information on how to collect and boil sap will be included. This program will take place rain or shine from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center in Minerva. Portions of the program will be indoors and outdoors. Register by March 3 by calling program manager Adam Zorn at 330-823-7487.
Just Zoo It
Come to the Akron Civic Theatre at 2:30 p.m. to be entertained by the animals. Enter the lobby before the show to encounter some of the animal stars, and after the show, meet the animals in the upper mezzanine and the grand lobby. Guests will see some of the Akron Zoo’s animal ambassadors and also experience how the animals have top quality care each and every day through a model called “HELPR.” Each “Just Zoo it” challenge will demonstrate how Akron Zoo’s animals are taken care of with enriched lives through learning, play and their important roles in education and conservation. Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults. Zoo members get in for free.
Bernstein & Bluegrass
Join VOCI for a celebration of American music at Bernstein & Bluegrass. The music of quintessential American composers, including Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Moses Hogan, will be topped off with The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass. Guest artists, Honeytown, a progressive bluegrass band from Kidron, Ohio, will be featured. The performance is at 3 p.m. at the Timken Auditorium, McKinley downtown campus. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
March 6, 14, 16, 25, 31
In the month of February, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be playing Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers. Check the site for ticket prices and tip-off times.
2017 St. Patrick’s Party at Fieldcrest
Green beer, Irish food, lots of plaid and a darn good reason to kick up your heels! Erin Go Bragh! Head to Fieldcrest Estate for all that and more. More information is on the site.
March 11, 12, 18, 19
Hale Farm & Village Maple Sugar Express
Climb aboard and take the train to Hale Farm and Village and explore the Maple Sugar festival. You will have the chance to help the staff with sap collection during this fun, family event that blends history and agriculture with science. The train departs at 9 a.m. out of Rockside station and at 10 a.m. out of Akron Northside station. The ticket price includes a pancake breakfast. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children (ages 3 to 12).
Come to the Louisville Library to learn little and big ways to save money and spend wisely. This event is for adults. It is from 6 to 7 p.m. EDITOR’S PICK
Bring your lunch and join the ConverZation on various topics related to the world of music. This series is free. This month’s topic is the “Emergence of the Trombone in Classical Music” with guest speaker Tom Pylinski. The CSO provides coffee and light desserts. This event starts at noon at the Zimmermann Symphony Center.
Green Guerillas: Sustainable Living Book Discussion Group
This book discussion group is in partnership with StarkFresh, and the group meets off-site at The Barrel Room Wine Bar. Each month, the selected title for the book discussion group will be available behind the library’s main desk. A light sustainably produced dinner, such as pizza or sandwiches, will be provided to attendees. The book for March is “Paradise Lot—Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City.” The event is from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
CMA Uncorked: Dine Pop Heart
Come enjoy wine, music and friends while creating a personal masterpiece. You’ll be instructed step-by-step through recreating this featured painting. The cost is $35 and includes materials, wine and refreshments. You must be 21 or older to register. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Canton Museum of Art.
Vintner’s Dinners are culinary adventures that pair handcrafted Maize Valley wines with a five-course homegrown meal. New this year is the Vintner’s Dinner Passport Series that takes you on a culinary tour of the world. Each month focuses on a different region of the world. Each dinner guest will receive a passport–collect a stamp at each dinner you attend. As you collect stamps, Maize Valley will give you gifts designed to enhance your travels. The theme for March is New Zealand. The dinner is from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Murder Mystery Train—“Shamrocks in Old Chicago!”
The Blarney twins are at it again! The Windy City “newspaper war” is old news, but why now, in 1917, was a reporter shot dead on the street? The Irish mob leader Grady Finnegan also was shot dead in his home. Why isn’t City Hall putting the brakes on this crime wave? Climb aboard and figure out who done it! Guests role-play as suspects and detectives, discovering clues left at the crime scene and interrogate each other. Everyone will get a chance to solve the crime and interact with professional actors, and each guest who correctly solves the mystery will be awarded the Super Sleuth Certificate. The train departs at 7 p.m. out of Akron Northside Station. Tickets are $50 per person. Advanced registration is required. Your ticket includes a boxed dinner, train ride and performance.
March 17, 18, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
The Cleveland Monsters are at Quicken Loans Arena to play against the Texas Stars, Chicago Wolves, Iowa Wild and Charlotte Checkers. Check the site for ticket prices and start times.
Pathway Caring for Children “Design Their Future” Annual Auction Event
Pathway invites you to its 12th annual auction event, “Design Their Future.” Food Network Cake Wars Champion chef Stephan C. Baity will entertain and wow guests with his beautiful food carvings. Held at Congress Lake Club with cocktail hour beginning at 5:30 p.m., there will be live auction items and raffle baskets. Tickets are $100 per person. Purchase tickets online or by calling 330-493-0083.
Men Are From Mars/Women Are From Venus
When Mars and Venus collide, the adventures are earth-shatteringly hysterical. This hilarious show, based on the No. 1 best-selling book from acclaimed author John Gray has been entertaining thousands of people and letting them see themselves in their own relationships. See the performance at Kent State University at Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $52.
March 18, 19
Canton Ballet will present its full-length production of “Snow White” in two matinee performances at 2 p.m. at Canton’s Palace Theatre. Premiered by the ballet’s choreographer in residence Angelo Lemmo in 2013, Snow White is a children’s narrative full-length classical ballet in two acts that loosely follows the Brothers Grimm fairy tale and promises to appeal to every member of the family. Admission is $21 to $25 for adults and $15 to $17 for children. There is a discount for groups of 20 or more. Tickets may be purchased online, in person or by telephone at 330-455-7220.
Shibori is the traditional Japanese art of tying, folding or pleating fabric, then dying it to produce a unique color and texture on the fabric. In this one-day workshop, you will explore some techniques and then have the opportunity to create a silk scarf using the technique of your choice. The cost is $70 for nonmembers and $56 for members. All materials are included in the cost. The class is from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Canton Museum of Art.
See Bon Jovi at Quicken Loans Arena at 7:30 p.m. as part of the This House Is Not For Sale Tour. Tickets start at $19.75, with an additional $3 facility fee.
Rhythm In The Night, The Irish Dance Spectacular
Experience the new Irish dance phenomenon that is sweeping the country, Rhythm in the Night, The Irish Dance Spectacular. It is what critics are calling “a new kind of Irish,” and the Slate Online describes it as “Mesmerizing!” See the show at 7:30 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre. Tickets start at $25.
Head to Gervasi Vineyard for the fifth annual “Celebrate Chocolate!” weekend, a delectable weekend of chocolate indulgence. Kick off the weekend with the Chocolate Stroll from 5 to 8 p.m. March 24. Try treats along the way, including a specialty cocktail. Enjoy luscious chocolate desserts on March 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Keep the chocolate flowing with a wine tasting and chocolate pairing, starting at 12:30 p.m. March 25. Enjoy Chocolate For Dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 26. End the weekend with the Chocolate Truffle Party, starting at 2:30 p.m. Check the site for prices and more information on each event.
Tadmor Shrine Circus
Children of all ages love the circus—especially the Tadmor Shrine Circus, Northeast Ohio’s premier family entertainment extravaganza. Held at the Canton Memorial Civic Center, this family-friendly event is incredible fun for the whole family and should not be missed. See shows at 3 and 7:30 p.m. March 24, at 10 a.m., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. March 25 and at 1 and 5:30 p.m. March 26. Check the site for ticket prices.
MasterWorks 6: Beethoven & His Contemporaries— Liszt, Berwald & Rossini
Go back to the time of Beethoven with this thrilling all-orchestral concert. It will feature excerpts from “The Ruins of Athens,” Berwald’s “Symphony No. 3,” Liszt’s “Les Préludes” and the ever-popular Rossini’s
“William Tell Overture.” Enjoy the performance from 8 to 10 p.m. at Umstattd Hall.
The Making of a First Lady
A full-day Legacy Lecture will take place called “The Making of a First Lady: How History, Power, & the Press Shape Their Legacies.” The cost is $50 for nonmembers, $45 members and $35 for college students. A continental breakfast and lunch are included in the cost. There are eight speakers who contributed to the recently published book, “Companion Book to First Ladies.” Reservations are required. Call 330-452-0876, ext. 307.