The North Canton Playhouse is taking a break from musicals to present a popular—and true—drama. This month, the playhouse will stage “The Diary of Anne Frank.” The play is based on the book “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl,” which has been translated into more than 70 languages.
It isn’t weak to ask for help. That’s the message television journalist Elizabeth Vargas plans to deliver when she speaks about her struggle against alcoholism and anxiety to an audience gathered the evening of September 12 at Canton Palace Theatre. Her 6:30 p.m. talk kicks off the Stark County District Library’s “Speaking of Books” series of lectures, which also will include a talk at Palace Theatre on October 30 by David Sheff, the author of “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction.”
A small-scale symphony concert is coming to a park near you. This summer marks the fifth season of the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Serenades in the Park series, which offers free family-friendly concerts in Stark Parks. Concerts begin June 27 and run through the beginning of September.
This year’s Canton Blues Fest will bring a “southern blues-rock guitar wizard” and a “modern swamp-blues master” to Stark County. The 18th annual outdoor festival is set for June 7 and 8 in Centennial Plaza (formerly Market Square). Friday night’s headliner is Tinsley Ellis, a guitarist who recently released his album “Winning Hand,” and Saturday night’s headliner is Kenny Neal, a multi-instrumentalist with a Louisiana sound. Both are touring the country this summer and stopping in Canton before making international appearances.
One hundred years of Massillon Woman’s Club history will be on display at the Massillon Museum this month. The exhibit “A Century of Sisterhood: A History of Massillon Woman’s Club” will open May 17 in the Fred F. Silk Community Room Gallery and run through June 23. The collection is expected to include between 40 and 50 pieces, mostly photographs.
“The Little Mermaid,” presented by the Canton Ballet, is returning to the Canton Palace Theatre. Performed in 2015, the full-length ballet tells the familiar fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen and popularized by Disney.
This month, dozens of local artists will have their best pieces up for display in one place. March marks the return of the biennial Canton Artists League show held at the Canton Museum of Art. Members of the league—who range from professional to amateur—will showcase their work in the upper galleries of the museum. The art in the Visions 2019 exhibit will be judged and then awarded during a reception on March 3.
Cameroon native Imbolo Mbue lost her job as a market researcher during the financial crisis, and she had a hard time finding a new one. As she walked around New York City one day, she saw chauffeurs waiting on the street for their clients. It triggered her interest, partly because some of the chauffeurs looked like they could be African immigrants and partly because it made her wonder what the relationship between the driver and the executive was like.
Painter Evie Zimmer loves flowers so much she stops to take photos of them in the grocery store. And once she has those photos, she manipulates them until they look interesting, and then she gets and idea, and then she heads to the canvas.
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