A groundhog, new drawings by Ein Mulligan, rockabilly, monster trucks and more are scheduled this week.
FREE PALACE MOVIE
“Groundhog Day,” the hit 1993 comedy starring Bill Murray and Andie McDowell, will be shown at 7:30 tonight at the Palace Theatre as part of downtown Canton’s First Friday celebration. Admission is free. (This year’s Groundhog Day, incidentally, is Saturday.)
NEW ARTWORK TONIGHT
A series of new “Alice in Wonderland”-themed pencil drawings by Erin Mulligan, including this one titled “The March Hare,” will be on display from 6 to 10 tonight at new downtown gallery The Hub at 336 Sixth St. NW (opposite The Auricle). Also on display will be work by Tim Carmany, Kait Beck, Dana Muntean and Robb Quicci. Refreshments will be served.
ROCKABILLY AT BUZZBIN
The high-torque rockabilly band Lords of the Highway will appear tonight at the Buzzbin Art & Music Shop at 339 Cleveland Ave. NW in downtown Canton. The 8 p.m. show also will feature are Johnny & the Applestompers, the Hive Robbers and Asphyxian. Admission is free.
MONSTER TRUCK WEEKEND
The Toughest Monster Truck Tour will roll into Youngstown’s Covelli Centre for shows at 7:30 tonight and Saturday. Six monster trucks will compete on the all-dirt track, including Bigfoot and the new Smashosaurus. Tickets, $10 to $27, are on sale at the Covelli Centre box office and Ticketmaster.
PRINTED ART EXHIBIT
“Parameters #4,” a relief print by Nicole Schneider, is included in “Printed Matters,” a Gallery 6000 exhibition opening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in The University Center dining room at Kent State University at Stark. Featured is the artwork of four local printmakers: Schneider, Anna Rather, Lesley Sickle and Emily Sullivan. The work will remain on display through March 22.
HOME AND GARDENS
Elaborate ornamental gardens, a 4,000-square-foot Tuscan-style “Idea Home,” and cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs are some of the attractions at the Great Big Home And Garden Show, running Saturday through Feb. 10 at the Cleveland I-X Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. For full details, visit www.greatbighomeandgarden.com.
In the critically acclaimed documentary feature “Searching For Sugar Man,” two South African music lovers try to locate an obscure U.S. rocker named Rodriguez whose debut album became a surprise hit in their home country. Catch it at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at downtown Canton’s Palace Theatre, part of the Art Film Series. Admission is $5.
BLACK HISTORY PLAY
In Eugene O’Neill’s play “The Emperor Jones,” a black man named Brutus Jones kills a man, is imprisoned, then escapes to a Caribbean island where he becomes emperor. Summit Artspace, at 140 E. Market St., is presenting the play in celebration of Black History Month. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Feb. 8, 9, 15 and 16, and 2 p.m. Feb. 10 and 17. Tickets, $10 for adults and $7 for students, may be ordered at 330-376-8480. Note: Due to adult content, the production is for ages 16 and older.
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Cameron Mackintosh’s 25th anniversary production of the epic musical “Les Miserables” will be presented Tuesday through Feb. 10 onstage at the Palace Theatre in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Center. This new production includes reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, and enhanced by projections. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Feb. 8, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Tickets, $10 to $80, are on sale at www.playhousesquare.org and 214-241-6000.
Pianist, composer, entertainer and Cleveland native Jim Brickman is returning to the area for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas in New Philadelphia. Tickets, $39, $49 and $59, may be ordered at www.tusc.kent.edu/pac and 330-308-6400.
LOVE HIM TENDER
Elvis tribute artist Mike Albert and his Big E Band will perform a “Love Me Tender” Valentine’s Day concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Canton’s Palace Theatre. Tickets, $24, $28, $32 and $34, are on sale at the Palace box office, 330-454-8172 and www.palacetheatre.org.
KENT “Spring Awakenings,” the Tony Award-winning rock musical about youthful passions in 19th-century Germany, will be presented Feb. 15 through 24 at Kent State University’s E. Turner Stump Theatre. Tony Award-winning actor Michael Rupert will direct the production. For tickets and more information, visit www.theatre.kent.edu.
PITTSBURGH A Roots of Rock and Roll concert featuring Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, Kenny Vance & the Planotones, The Flamingos featuring Terry Johnson, the Original Clovers featuring Harold Winley and other acts, will be performed Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. at the Benedum Center. A bus trip will depart at 2 p.m. from Pileggi’s Italian Cafe in Plain Township. Tickets, $60 include round-trip transportation and a concert ticket. Tickets are available at Pileggi’s, Meyers Lake Barber Shop and Arcadia Grill.
NEW PHILADELPHIA Bill Cherry, winner of Elvis Presley Enterprises’ Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, stars in “Elvis Lives,” which will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas. The high-energy show features Ultimate finalists Kevin Mills, Leo Days and Ben Klein, along with Lorri Russo as Ann-Margret. Tickets, $28 to $50, are available at www.tusc.kent.edu/pac and 330-308-6400.