Skating, cajun party music, the Numbers Band, Bruce Springsteen and Ryan Gosling, what else could you want.
DOWNTOWN AKRON SKATING
There’s a 10,000-square-foot outdoor ice skating rink at Lock 3 park on South Main Street in downtown Akron. Admission is free, skate rental is $3, and strap-on skates are free for toddlers based on availability. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (closed Jan. 1) New this year is Reindeer Run, a 150-foot sledding hill. Toboggans and tubes may be rented, $3 for 30 minutes. For more details, visit www.lock3live.com.
CAJUN PARTY MUSIC
The Zydeco Kings, featuring Canton’s Bob Corlett on keyboards, will entertain at 9 tonight at th Northside at 111 N. Main St. (next to Luigi’s) in downtown Akron. The band also will perform during First Night Akron from 6:15 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the John S. Knight Center, Exhibit Hall 2.
BRUCE NEW YEAR
The Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band tribute act Bruce in the USA, starring Matt Ryan, will appear in concert at 10 p.m. Saturday at the House of Blues at 308 Euclid Ave. in downtown Cleveland. Advance tickets, at Ticketmaster, are $20 general admission and $30 reserved balcony.
FAMILY MOVIE PARTY
The Lions Lincoln Theatre in downtown Massillon will host a family New Year’s Eve party on Saturday. Tickets, $10, include a screening of the film favorite “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” starring Gene Wilder, plus food, hats and noise makers. Doors open at 8 p.m.
PALACE MOVIE SATURDAY
Ryan Gosling stars as an idealistic campaigner for a Democratic presidential hopeful (George Clooney) who gets a shattering reality check in the drama “Ides of March,” which will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at downtown Canton’s Palace Theatre. The cast also includes Marisa Tomei, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood and Paul Giamatti. Tickets, $15, include a pre-show wine and cheese reception at 6 p.m. in the theater’s upper lobby. Movie-only tickets are $5.
BY THE NUMBERS
On New Year’s Eve, Kent’s venerable Numbers Band, fronted by vocalist-songwriter-guitarist Bob Kidney (pictured) will takes its blues-rock-jazz sound to the stage of The Kent Stage at 175 E. Main St. in downtown Kent. Rachael & the Beatnik Playboys will open the show at 8 p.m. Tickets, $12, may be ordered at www.thekentstage.com
BEERS, BANDS, CHAINSAWS
Johnny & the Applestompers are one of 10 rockabilly, bluegrass and folk-punk acts that will perform on two stages during Buzzbin Magazine’s Froth Fest on Jan. 6 from 4 to 9:30 p.m. at Cleveland Avenue and Fourth Street NW in downtown Canton. The free event will feature a beer garden serving Brrr Seasonal Ale, Shock Top, Bass and other brews; chainsaw ice carving; Asian-inspired eats from Umami Moto, plus the girls of the Tilted Kilt. Other musical acts include Viva le Vox, the Most Beautiful Losers, Misery Jackals, Blue Ribbon Bluegrass Band, Dolly Rocker Ragdoll.
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HEADING TO KENT
Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Iris Dement, whose music blends country ad folk, will appear in concert Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. at the Kent Stage in downtown Kent. Tickets, $25, are on sale at www.kentstage.com.
PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE
Wish You Were Here will appear in concert Jan. 6 at 9 p.m. at the House of Blues in downtown Cleveland. Tickets, at Ticketmaster, are $16.50 general admissions tanding room and $25 balcony reserved seating.
Jan. 6 through 16
PRINCESSES CAN SKATE!
Disney princesses old and new are showcased in the Disney On Ice production “Dare to Dream,” running Jan. 6 through 16 at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland. Featured are sequences from “Tangled,” “Princess and the Frog” and “Cinderella,” and a grand finale with all the Disney princesses. Shows are at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, $15, $21 and $48, are on sale zat Discount Drug Mart stores, 888-894-9424 and www.theqarena.com.