First Friday events, party on Fourth Street, Kiss, star gazing and much more going on around Stark County.
DOWNTOWN BLOCK PARTY
Alt-country, folk-punk, bluegrass, surf-rock and rowdy rock ‘n’ roll will be on tap on five stages from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. today at the second annual Brewed Roots Festival at Fourth Street NW and Cleveland Avenue, inside and in the vicinity of the Buzzbin Art & Music Shop. The free event coincides with First Friday. Acts include Johnny & the Applestompers, Rachel Brooke, Daikaiju, Lords of the Highway, Misery Jackals, Brian Lisik, Most Beautiful Losers, White Buffalo Woman, Smokestack & the Foothill Fury, Ryan Humbert, Reverend Deadeye and Dolly Rocker Ragdoll. A beer truck will offer domestic and craft brews on tap, and there will be food from Hungry Howie’s Pizza.
FIRST FRIDAY FORGING
In connection with its new exhibition titled “Cutting Edge: Evolution of the Knife,” the Canton Museum of Art will present a forging demonstration from 2 to 7 p.m. today. Admission is free. Visitors can expect to see the entire knife-making process, from forging a carbon steel blade to grinding, oil hardening and fitting of a handle. Guest curator Brett Bennett will preside over the demo, with artisans Jerry McClure and Rick McDonald sharing techniques and answering questions.
Through Oct. 19
POETRY AND PHOTOS
A poet, Kay McNaul, and a photographer, Derek Kleinknecht, have combined their talents for the exhibit “Vision & Verse: A Melding of the Arts,” opening Monday at the Stark State College Gallery. The work, which is for sale, will remain on view through Oct. 19.
STARS OUT TONIGHT
There will be a Star Watch tonight at The Wilderness Center in Wilmot. Join the center’s Astronomy Club for a planetarium show at 8, then view the real things through telescopes. All ages are welcome, and admission is free. To get there, take Route 62 West through Navarre, turn right onto Route 250 West, then right onto Alabama Avenue.
Patrick Masalko will be playing a free show at the Stark County District Library, Perry Sippo Branch, at 4 p.m. Sunday. He will showcase his music students from Canton Music City.
AT WOOSTER FAIR
Joe Nichols, who has topped the country charts with “Brokenheartsville,” “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” and “Gimmie That Girl,” will appear in concert Monday in the grandstand at the Wayne County Fair in Wooster. There will be two shows, at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Track seats are $12, and grandstand seats are $10; to order, call 330-262-8001.
KISS MEETS CRUE
Kiss and Motley Crue will share the bill Wednesday at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls. The Treatment will open the show at 7 p.m. Tickets, at Ticketmaster, are $35 for lawn and $65.85 to $185 for pavilion.
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WOODY ALLEN’S LATEST
Ellen Page and Jesse Eisenberg find romance in Woody Allen’s latest comedy-travelogue “To Rome With Love,” which also stars Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Roberto Benigni and Allen himself. See it at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Canton’s Palace Theatre as part of the Art Film Series. Admission is $5. The film is rated R.
Through Sept. 16
An ambitious college art student decides to make a shy young man her latest project in Neil LaBute’s dark comedy-drama, “The Shape of Things.” The play is running through Sept. 16 at the North Canton Playhouse at Hoover High School, with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Cast members include (left to right) Matthew King, Cassey Martin and Jonathan Nuemann. Tickets, $13 for adults and $12 for students and seniors, may be ordered at 330-494-1613.
Through Nov. 2
“My Crayolas,” an acrylic painting by Patricia Zinsmeister Parker, is included in “Abstract Allure,” a new exhibition in the University Center Dining Room at Kent State University Stark Campus. Also featured is work by a second abstract painter, David Kuntzman. The work is on display through Nov. 2. There will be a free opening reception Sept. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the center.
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, who honed their improv-comedy skills on TV’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” will appear in concert at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University Tuscarawas Campus in New Philadelphia. Tickets, $35, $40 and $50, may be ordered at 330-308-6400 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
You may not recognize this guy, but chances are you know his song. Gotye, whose “Somebody That I Used to Know” is one of the year’s biggest hits, will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Lakeood Civic Auditorium in Cleveland. (This is a change of venue from the originally announced Jacobs Pavilion; previously purchased tickets may be exchanged for new ones at the venue box office on the day of show starting at 2 p.m.) Also appearing will be Chairlift and Zammuto. Tickets, $35 to $90, are on sale at Ticketmaster.
A Chorus for a Cause, along with its youth and children’s choruses and Harmony Ringers bell choir, will present a concert titled “The Animals Are Coming” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Malone University’s Johnson Center. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for an animal-themed art exhibit.
Tickets are $10, with proceeds to benefit the Pegasus Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center. Tickets are available from chorus members, at Pegasus Farm or by calling 330-453-3460.
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Tony Award-winning performer Ben Vereen and his band will perform his one-man show “Steppin’ Out With Ben Vereen” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Kent State University’s E. Turner Stump Theatre.
The show includes “The Lady is Tramp,” “It Was a Very Good Year,” “My Way,” “Ol’ Black Magic” and “Mr. Bojangles,” plus songs from “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Hair.” Tickets, $50 gold circle, $25 reserved, $20 for seniors 60 and older, and $10 for students, will go on sale Sept. 10 at 330-672-2787.
The Speedbumps, a Kent-based rock band that incorporates cello, upright bass, ukulele and acoustic guitar, will join the Canton Symphony Orchestra for a concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Palace Theatre. “As a songwriter, having the opportunity to bring my songs to life like this is something I never thought I would be able to do,” said Erik Urycki, the Speedbumps’ singer, guitarist and songwriter.
Bass player Kevin Martinez has arranged the band’s music to synch with the orchestra. Tickets, $28, $24 and $18, may be ordered at www.cantonsymphony.org and 330-452-2094. A post-show party, with beer, wine and appetizers, is available for $10 additional.