James Mellick sculptures, Jason Mraz, Sheryl Crow and half a nation are included in upcoming events.
“Blown Away” and “Tired Old Lib” are two of the 36 wood sculptures by James Mellick included in “Allegory in Wood,” an exhibition opening today at the Canton Museum of Art. The Columbus-based sculptor combines a sense of wonder and humor with a keen design sense and precise craftsmanship. The show will remain on display through Oct. 28.
MUSICAL OPENS TONIGHT
Mark Adkins and Maria Work are among the cast members in Stardust Dinner Theatre’s original variety show titled “An Evening at the Stardust: 40 Years of Music and Comedy.” The show is performed at 7 p.m. Fridays starting today at the Meyers Lake Ballroom at 3218 Parkway St. NW in Canton Township. Included are 21 songs, ranging from ABBA to Frank Sinatra to Broadway, plus classic skits from “The Carol Burnett Show.” Tickets, $30 including dinner, may be ordered at 330-455-5900.
FLYING INTO CLEVELAND
A high-flying Labor Day weekend tradition, the Cleveland National Air Show will run Saturday through Monday at Burke Lakefront Airport. The star attraction is the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Gates open at 9 a.m., with the air show from noon to 5 p.m. Discount tickets are available at Discount Drug Mart: $19 for adults and $12 for children 6 to 11. They are $2 more at the gate. For details, visit www.clevelandairshow.com.
FREE ORCHESTRA CONCERT
The Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Eric Benjamin, will present a “Pops in the Park” concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Tuscora Park Amphitheater in New Philadelphia. The concert will include patriotic selections, songs from “The Music Man,” a Civil War medley, “Moon River” and more. While the amphitheater has seating, those wishing to sit on the hillside should bring blankets or lawn chairs.
Half the nation
New Wave Nation’s guitarist Ken Harding and vocalist Jay Secrest have a new acoustic side project called Half the Nation, in which they play current tunes, classic rock and songs of the ’80s. Catch them at 7:30 p.m. Sunday on the patio at TD’s Tailgate Grill at 2234 Tuscarawas Ave. NW in Canton. In case of rain, the show moves inside.
JASON AT BLOSSOM
Jason Mraz, whose hits are “I’m Yours,” “The Remedy” and “I Won’t Give Up,” will appear in concert Wednesday at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls. Christina Perri will open the show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $73.90 and $52 pavilion, and $25 lawn (including service fees) are on sale at Ticketmaster.
FREE FERRIS BUELLER!
The beloved high-school comedy “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” starring Matthew Broderick, will be shown Wednesday night on Market Square in downtown Canton, as part of the Cinema in the City series. Moviegoers are urged to brings blankets and lawn chairs; theater-style concessions will be sold by the Palace Theatre. There will be live entertainment starting at 8 p.m., with the movie starting at dusk. In case of rain, the screening will move to the Palace.
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Red Wanting Blue will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University Tuscarawas Campus in New Philadelphia. Tickets, $10 ($5 for KSU students), may be ordered at 330-308-6400 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
PALACE ART FILM
In “Headhunters,” a crime thriller from Norway, a powerful headhunter supplements his extravagant, womanizing lifestyle by being an art thief. Catch it at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at downtown Canton’s Palace Theatre as part of the Art Film Series. Admission is $5. The subtitled film is rated R for violence, sexual content and nudity.
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 will be presented Sept. 7 -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. Director Jeremy Lewis has cast Jonathon Neumann, Cassey Martin, Terese Linder and Mathew King. Tickets, $13 for adults and $12 for students and seniors, may be ordered at 330-494-1613.
BIG KSU CONCERT
Sheryl Crow, along with O.A.R. and Los Lonely Boys, will appear in concert Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. at Kent State University’s Dix Stadium. Tickets, $35 and $50, are on sale at Ticketmaster.
PALACE GOES PINK
The highly theatrical Cleveland-based Pink Floyd tribute band Wish You Were Here will appear in concert Sept. 8 at downtown Canton’s Palace Theatre. Opening the show at 7:30 p.m. will be Joe Vitale, the Canton native who has toured with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Buffalo Springfield, The Eagles and others. He will be joined for this show by guitarist Chris Wintrip. Tickets are $35, with proceeds to benefit the Golden Key Center for Exceptional Children Inc. They may be purchased at www.cantonpalacetheatre.org and 330-454-8172. VIP tickets are available at 330-493-4400.
Ingrid Michaelson, a singer-songwriter based in New York City, will bring her acoustic fall tour to Canton’s Palace Theatre at 8 p.m. Oct. 11. Opening act is Sugar & the Hi-lows. Michaelson’s music has been featured in “Grey’s Anatomy,” “One Tree Hill” and “The Vampire Diaries,” and her latest album, “Human Again,” peaked at No. 5 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. The Palace concert is a benefit for homeless programs run by YWCA of Canton, ICAN Housing Solutions & Alliance for Children & Families. Tickets, $30, $37.50 and $45, may be purchased at www.cantonpalacetheatre.org and 330-454-8172.