The Suburbanite
  • Area entertainment events beginning Aug. 24

  • Zydeco Kings play at Clay's Park, art fest in Green, Shakespeare in Canal Fulton and the Odditorium closes in Massillon plus other area events.

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  • Aug. 24
    The Zydeco Kings will entertain from 7:30 to 10:30 tonight at John O’s Bar & Grille located inside the campgrounds at Clay’s Park Resort in Lawrence Township. The show is open to the public, who may use the park’s swimming-lake entrance.
    Aug. 25
    More than 50 area artists and crafters will display and sell their art, ranging from paintings and photography to jewelry, ceramics, glass and fiber, at the eighth annual Art-A-Palooza. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Boettler Park in Green. There will be live music, children’s activities and food vendors. Admission is free.
    The Canal Fulton Players will present the William Shakespeare comedy “Love’s Labours Lost” on board the Helena III canal boat and on the shore at 4 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. The cast includes (left to right) Nathaniel Addessi, Sharon McMillan, Steven Ostertag, Kathy Lewis, Denise Young-Robb, Joe Martuccio, Kris Kiko-Cozy and Travis Dudley. Tickets, $19, may be reserved by calling 330-854-6835.
    Mo’ Mojo, an Akron-based band (formerly named Zydeco Jones) now in its 17th year, will celebrate the release of its second album with a concert and party at 9 p.m. Saturday at Northside Bar and Grille at 111 N. Main St. in downtown Akron. Titled “Together in Love We Drown,” the CD contains 14 original tunes that draw from Zydeco, blues, Cajun and rock styles.
    Sculptural ceramics by Beth Lindenberger and abstract paintings by Jack McWhorter  are paired in “Gathering Signals,” a new exhibition at the North Canton Public Library’s Little Art Gallery. There will be an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the gallery. The show will remain on view through Sept. 23, during regular library hours.
    This is the final weekend to catch “The Odditorium” exhibition at the Massillon Museum at 212 Lincoln Way E. Using objects drawn from the museum’s vast collections as furnishings, six unusual rooms have been created for an eccentric family called The Wunderkammers. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday, and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
    Key of Diamond will perform Neil Diamond hits and other classic oldies from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Bluebird Winery at Little Forest Inn at 5252 Alliance Road NW in Malvern.
    Aug. 26
    Christopher Carter, a mind reader, hypnotist and self-described “freak-out artist,” will entertain with mental feats at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University Tuscarawas campus in New Philadelphia. Tickets, $5, will be available at the door, which opens at noon.
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    The 31st annual Great Trail Festival offers visitors old-time music, crafts, food, frontier-style camping, cannon firing and herd of buffalo. The festival’s wooded 18th-century marketplace features demonstrations of candle making, basketry, weaving, quilting, woodcarving, blacksmithing, folk art and more. Performing will be Appalachian musicians, show fiddlers, Scottish pipers and clog dancers. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Sept. 1, 2 and 3. Admission is $6 for 19 and older, $4 for ages 10 to 18, and free for 9 and younger. The festival grounds are on Route 43 near Malvern.
    Aug. 30
    Michael Shoup, a singer-songwriter from Nashville, will play a free concert Thursday at Buzzbin Art & Music Shop at 339 Cleveland Ave. NW in downtown Canton. “I’m a dude and play guitar, so I’ve heard people say I remind them of John Mayer, Ryan Adams or a decaffeinated Jason Mraz,” he said. The 9 p.m. show also will include the Columbus band Matt Reed & TGP. Buzzbin now serves beer.
    Carolina Liar, the alt-rock band best known for its singles, ”I’m Not Over” and “Show Me What I’m Looking For,” will appear in concert Thursday at Musica at 51 E. Market St. in downtown Akron. The 8 p.m. show also will feature Silverlights and the Kristoffer Carter Show. Advance tickets are $12 at Ticketweb.com.
    Aug. 31
    The Stardust Dinner Theatre will present an original variety revue titled “An Evening at the Stardust: 40 Years of Music and Comedy” at 7 p.m. Fridays starting Aug. 31.The cast includes Maria Work, Rufus Malone, Sarah Maag, Kathy Lewis, Ross Rhodes and Mark Adkins. Included are 21 songs, ranging from ABBA to Frank Sinatra. Tickets, $30 including dinner, may be ordered at 330-455-5900.
    Sept. 7 through 30
    Elle Woods takes the Players Guild stage
    The Players Guild will present “Legally Blonde: The Musical” Sept. 7 through 30 on the Mainstage at the Cultural Center for the Arts. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. The cast, directed by Craig Joseph, includes Taylor Marie Scott as Elle Woods, Scott Miesse as Emmet and Lisa Belopotosky-Knight as Paulette. Tickets, $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $19 for ages 17 and under, may be ordered at 330-453-7617 and www.playersguildtheatre.com.

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