Through March 6
Moving Toward the Light
See watercolors by Joseph Raffael at the Canton Museum of Art. Raffael manifests the intensity of nature with his color-saturated works as one of contemporary art’s most highly celebrated watercolorists. His dazzling large-scale paintings have meticulous detail that blooms before your eyes as you experience the pop of his lavish color palette. This sets the stage for a major retrospective of the artist’s monumental works titled, “Moving Toward The Light.”
Through March 6
Identical twin brothers Kelly and Kyle Phelps present “Blue Collar,” an exhibit of expressive ceramic sculptures at the Canton Museum of Art. Much of the twins’ work is about the working class and the everyday struggles of the common man and woman. The twins grew up in a blue-collar environment in Indiana where they were inspired by family members and friends who worked in various manufacturing plants, steel mills and foundries. These everyday people became working-class heroes who have inspired more than a decade of working-class art.
Through March 6
Out of the Woods and into the Ring
Clay sculptor Kristen Cliffel uses whimsy to tell intensely personal stories. She draws upon incidents from her home life and transmutes them into a fairy-tale realm full of familiar images from our shared, Disney-infused experiences. The resulting sculptures are playful, often humorous, sometimes cynical and reveal both the joys and hardships of living in the modern world. Cliffel refers to the language of her work as “domestic mythology.” See her clay sculpture exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art.
Do the Mu!
Enjoy a free afternoon of fun at the Massillon Museum. Drop in anytime between noon and 2 p.m. Enjoy fun activities for the family. It’s open to all ages, and no registration is required.
January 2, 4, 18, 21, 23, 25, 27, 30
Watch as the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs. Games start at 7:30 p.m. January 2; 7 p.m. January 4, 25 and 27; 8 p.m. January 18 and 21; and 8:30 p.m. January 23 and 30.
January 2, 20, 23
Watch as the Canton Charge take on the Oklahoma City Blue, Maine Red Claws and Sioux Falls Skyforce at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. The January 2 and 23 games are at 7 p.m. The game January 20 is at 11 a.m.
Learn a relaxing, low-cost new hobby or meet other people who share your interest. Master woodcarvers will share their expertise with you. Materials will be provided for beginners. Additional wood blanks may be available for purchase. This event, for ages 10 and older, runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway Science Lab at Sippo Lake Park.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure-hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Learn all the basics at this beginners class and earn a Geocoin. You also will learn about the new Strolling Stark GeoTour launched by Stark Parks and the Canton Stark County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Get your GeoTour passport and start exploring. This event takes places from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park.
See Rusted Root live at the House of Blues in Cleveland. The show starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. It is a general admission event with standing room only. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
January 8 through 10, 13 through 17
Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic
Take the kids to Quicken Loans Arena for a magical experience as they watch Disney on Ice. Performances are at various times. Tickets range from $15 to $75 with an additional $3 facility fee.
Bistro Art Night
Paint with friends while having dinner at The Bistro. The art supplies, instruction anddinner are provided. Create a work of art to take with you. Registration includes a buffet of salad, pizza, pasta and dessert at 6 p.m. as well as everything you need for the class from 7 to 9 p.m. You will be painting a snowman. Sign up with friends for a fun evening. A cash bar is available. Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable. The cost is $65 per person. Where applicable, there are additional taxes.
January 12, 13
Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story
“Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story” charts the meteoric climb and legendary adventures of a star who set the music world on fire and forever changed the face and sound of rock ’n’ roll. Buddy explodes onto the stage in this jukebox musical fully loaded with classics “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Not Fade Away” and many more with an encore that will have you on your feet and dancing in the aisles. It starts at 7:30 p.m. at EJ Thomas Hall. Tickets range from $30 to $60.
The Casual Series is a recital-style offering of afternoon performances from 1 to 2 p.m. The series showcases top musicians of the orchestra performing in a relaxed atmosphere. A reception with audience members and musicians is included with each performance. Casual Concerts are held at the Zimmermann Symphony Center. Tickets are $10.
Movie Night: The Sound of Music
Enjoy an indoor movie with the whole family. Bring a blanket or camp chairs and watch “The Sound of Music” beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park. Show up at 6 p.m. for a Sing-A-Long.
MLK Day Kids Movie: Minions
Bring the kids to the Canton Palace Theatre to see “Minions” at 1 p.m. The movie features minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob. They are recruited by Scarlett Overkill, a super villain who, alongside her inventor husband, Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $1, and tickets are available at the door.
Soup at Six—The McKinley Years
This exciting evening begins with a signature soup, fresh baked bread, drinks and dessert. Then it takes you on a photographic journey into the life of our nation’s 25th president. This biographical look at McKinley will chronicle his service during the Civil War, his rise to political prominence and his tragic death. Christopher Kenney, director of education at the Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, will explore the wide variety of campaign memorabilia used in the Front Porch Campaign. This program also will examine McKinley’s legacy, including his role in creating the Panama Canal and establishing the United States as a world power. The lecture also includes two rare film clips of the president’s funeral train. The program begins at 6 p.m. The cost is $15. Prepaid reservations are required. Call 330-455-7043.
January 22 through 24, 29 through 31, February 5 through 7
Junie B. Jones
See “Junie B. Jones The Musical” at the Players Guild Theatre. The shows are at 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets start at $16 with an additional $2.50 fee.
January 23, 24
Belden Village Bridal Show
The 2016 Belden Village Bridal Show will provide area couples with information on how to create the perfect wedding experience. Brides and grooms can spin the Prize Wheel, sponsored by Chocolates by Erin to win prizes donated by show exhibitors and play the Honeymoon Hunt sponsored by AAA. Each bride will receive a complimentary issue of About Weddings magazine. Sign up for the chance to be a contestant in the Price is Right Game Show and the Nearly Newlywed Game. Brides-to-be also can find their dream dress at the Glam To-Go pop up bridal shop, sponsored by Lavender Bridal Salon, located inside the mall for two days only, offering a designer gown sample sale and accessories. The bridal fashion shows will take place each day at 2 p.m.
University of Akron Steel Drum Band
Leave the winter blues behind and escape to the rhythms of the Caribbean with the University of Akron Steel Drum Band. The band comprises undergraduate and graduate percussion students. The show is at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 3 to 12 and free for children 2 and younger.
Winter Wine Pairing Dinner
Join wine steward Abraham McCune as he leads you through his selection of Gervasi Wines for this exclusive dining experience at The Bistro. The wines are paired with a five-course gourmet meal created by executive chef Jerry Risner. Guests will dine together. You do not need to bring a printed confirmation to the dinner. Check in at the host stand at The Bistro and you will be escorted to the private room. The cost is $80 per person for GV club members and $90 per person for non-GV club members. Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
Country singer Phil Vassar is coming to the Kent Stage at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $27.50 to $35.