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The Suburbanite
  • Upcoming entertainment events beginning Feb. 22

  • Les Miz at the Palace, Cirque D'Or, the Secret Garden and much more are upcoming events this week.

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  • ‘LES MISERABLES’ WEEKEND!
     Anne Hathaway is widely predicted to be a shoo-in for best supporting actress at Sunday’s Academy Awards for her performance in “Les Miserables.” The film, also nominated for best picture and best actor (Hugh Jackman) will be shown at 7:30 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday at downtown Canton’s Palace Theatre. Admission is $5.
    CIRQUE DU PALACE
    Cirque D’Or, featuring a cast of 30 acrobats, contortionists, aerialists and other performers from around the world, will appear onstage at Canton’s Palace Theatre at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $55, $35 and $20 at the Palace box office, www.cantonpalacetheatre.org and 330-454-8172.
    FINDING A HOME
    An orphaned English girl is sent to live with relatives she has never met in the Tony Award-winning musical “The Secret Garden.” The Carnation City Players production of the show opens tonight at 450 E. Market St. in downtown Alliance. The cast includes (left to right) Brittne Shai Weigand, Amanda Medley and Don McCallister. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, through March 3. Tickets, $12 adults and $10 for students 17 and younger, may be ordered at www.carnationcityplayers.org and 330-821-8712.
    AUTO SHOW OPENS
    Check out all the latest models at the 2013 Cleveland Auto Show, running Saturday through March 3 at the I-X Center. More than 1,000 vehicles will be displayed, with Ride-N-Drive events from more than 10 manufacturers. On Monday, see Browns Bernie Kosar and Brandon Weeden at the Ford display from 6 to 8 p.m. On Tuesday, see Buckeyes John Simon, Zach Boren and Garret Goebel from 6 to 8 p.m. On Wednesday, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman will be at the Chevrolet display from 6 to 8 p.m. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12.50 for 13 and older, $10.50 for seniors 62-plus and ages 7 to 12, and free for 6 and younger. For full details, visit www.clevelandautoshow.com.
    JAZZ AT WALSH
    The Eric Gould Trio will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Betzler Auditorium at Walsh University. Admission is $6. An active jazz pianist and composer for 25 years, Gould is joined in the trio by bassist Glenn Holmes and drummer-percussionist Bill Ransom.
    FREE FAMILY FUN
    ArtsinStark will present ArtSplash, a superhero-themed family fun day of art-making, performances and learning from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 2 at the Cultural Center for the Arts at 1001 Market Street N in Canton. There will be make-and-take art projects, face-painting, photo shoots and performances by the Players Guild, Canton Ballet, Voices of Canton and others. Admission and all events are free; snacks will be available for purchase. For more details, visit www.artsinstark.com.
    Page 2 of 3 - The songs of Irving Berlin at the Palace
    The Canton Comic Opera Company will present a concert titled “Say It With Music: The Songs of Irving Berlin” at 7:30 p.m. March 2 at the Palace Theatre. General admission tickets are $25, and may be ordered at  www.cantoncomicoperaco.com and 330-470-0835. The concert will trace the life and career of one of the greatest American popular composers of all time. Joseph N. Rubin and his 16-piece orchestra will be joined by vocal soloists Carolyn Pelley, Mark Blowers and Sarah Hutchins, with Jay Spencer at the Kilgen organ. Songs include “I Love a Piano,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Blue Skies,” “White Christmas,” “Always,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Cheek To Cheek,” “A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody,” “Heat Wave,”  “Easter Parade” and “God Bless America.”
    Noises Off
    “Noises Off,” a wild comedy that follows a third-rate British theater troupe onstage and backstage, will be presented March 1 through 9 by the North Canton Playhouse at Hoover High School. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, $13, may be ordered at www.northcantonplayhouse.com and 330-494-1613. Seen here are cast members Al La Fleur,  Matt Heppe, Becky Campbell, Maggie Majercik, Jay Sigler, Julia Dixon, Dan Hunsicker, Donna Rasicci and Jim Long.
    The sounds of Scotland March 9
    Voices of Canton will offer a taste of Scotland on March 9 at the Cultural Center for the Arts. The 6 p.m. event, titled “An Evening in Galloway,” will feature the Voices of Canton chorus, bagpipes by the Akron and District Pipe Band, and traditional Scottish dancing. Special guest William Williamson from Scotland, will call the dance, and will sing a few authentic Scottish songs. There will be a cash bar, a silent auction and raffle. Tickets, $20, include heavy hors d’oeuvres. To order, call 330-452-4098 or visit www.voicesofcanton.org/tickets. Tables of eight may be reserved
    BESSIE SMITH LIVES
    Miche Braden has the title role in the Cleveland Play House production of “The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith,” a musical running through March 10 at the Allen Theatre in Playhouse Square Center. On the eve of her death in 1937, Bessie takes center stage to tell the story of her career, loves and losses. Performances are at 7 p.m. Tuesday, and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with 2:30 matinees Saturday and Sunday. To order tickets, call 216-241-6000.
    FOLK, ROOTS, INDIE
    The Wilhelm Brothers, an indie folk-rock duo from Asheville, N.C., will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at Muggswigz Coffee & Tea Co. at 137 Walnut Ave. NE in downtown Canton.  “We’re in the business of making people happy,” said songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist Chris Wilhelm. Cellist Cristof Ensslin adds: “It’s wonderful to see how the smiles spread through the room.” Admission is free; a $4 donation is suggested.
    Page 3 of 3 - ‘HAIR’ IN AKRON
    The national touring production of “Hair,” the “tribal love rock musical,” will touch down at the University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall at 7:30 p.m. March 5 and 6. Tickets, $34 to $54, may be ordered at the Thomas Hall box office at 330-975-7570. They also may be pruchased, with a service charge, from Ticketmaster.