Area entertainment events beginning Jan. 6
BEERS, BANDS, CHAINSAWS
The Most Beautiful Losers is one of 10 rockabilly, bluegrass, roots-rock and folk-punk acts that will perform on two stages during Buzzbin Magazine’s Froth Fest from 4 to 9:30 p.m. today 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 Johnny & the Applestompers, Viva le Vox, Misery Jackals, Blue Ribbon Bluegrass Band, Dolly Rocker Ragdoll.
SOFT ROCK SOUNDS
As part of First Friday, the Sherman Miller Trio will perform from 8 to 10 tonight at 2nd April Galerie at 324 Cleveland Ave. NW in downtown Canton. Members are Miller, guitar and vocals; Jennifer Randell, lead vocals and percussion, and Carl Safreed, drums. The group plays songs by Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles, Heart, The Beatles and others.
ICE ICE BABY!
During First Friday from 6 to 10 tonight, watch as ice sculptors convert blocks of ice into more than 20 works of art at various locations around downtown Canton’s arts district. Returning this year will be world-champion ice sculptor Aaron Costic. A Speed-Carving Competition will begin at 7 p.m. on Fourth St. NW, with the winner chosen at 9 by popular vote.
FREE PALACE MOVIE
The animated adventure-comedy “Ice Age: The Meltdown,” featuring the voices of Denis Leary, John Leguizamo and Ray Romano, will be shown at 7:30 tonight at downtown Canton’s Palace Theatre, as part of First Friday. Admission is free.
Enjoy complimentary wine and cheese and pick up the January issue of About Magazine during First Stop First Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 tonight at the Canton Museum of Art. Visitors may enjoy four current exhibitions, among them “Evocations: The Art of Martin Bertman."
FIRST FRIDAY CONCERT
Room and Board, a “dark indie pop” band from Columbus influenced by Spoon and Television, will headline tonight at The Auricle at 601 Cleveland Ave. NW. The 8 p.m. concert also will feature Elephant Gun, Honest Abe & the Rail Splitters, and Set the Stage. All ages are welcome. Admission is $6 for 21 and older, $8 for 20 and younger.
2ND APRIL FACES
“New York,” a pastel portrait by Judi Krew, and “Audrey,” a spraypaint-on-glass work by Tim Carmany, are among the current offerings at 2nd April Galerie at 324 Cleveland Ave. NW.
Through Jan. 8
Plagued by a serious stammer, King George VI of Britain (Colin Firth) seeks the aide of a speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) in “The King’s Speech” the winner of the 2011 Academy Award for best picture. Catch it this weekend at the Lions Lincoln Theatre in downtown Massillon. Shows are at 7 p.m. today and Saturday, and 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4. The film is rated R for language.
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Twenty artists were asked to create a new cover for a classic novel for the January exhibition titled “Required Reading,” opening tonight from 6:30 to 10 at Translations Art Gallery (formerly Anderson Creative) at 331 Cleveland Ave. NW. Seen here is Emily Vigil’s cover for “As I Lay Dying.” The show will remain on display through Jan. 28. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The south half of the gallery will be a permanent showroom for the furniture and other creations of Kevin Anderson.
HULA HOOP WORKSHOP
The Massillon Museum’s January “Do the Mu!” workshop, from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, will feature hoop dancing with Amy Melnyk of Creative Circle Studio in Plain Township. Melnyk, a frequent participant at Canton’s First Friday, makes her own creative hoops from irrigation tubing, and teaches hoop dancing and fitness to all ages, from children through seniors. Admission is free. The museum is at 121 Lincoln Way E.
SHADES OF ALICE
The Nightmare, a Detroit-based Alice Cooper tribute band, will appear in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Kent Stage at 175 E. Main St. in downtown Kent. All ages are welcome. Tickets will be $10 at the door.
JOIN THE FUN!
Scared Scriptless, Canton’s energetic and irreverent improv-comedy troupe, will appear in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Kathleen Howland Theatre (under 2nd April Galerie) at 324 Cleveland Ave. NW in downtown Canton. Admission is $8. Ages 18 and older are welcome.
Jan. 8 and Jan. 10
"LITTLE WOMEN" AUDITIONS
The Canton Players Guild will have auditions for their production of “Little Women,” the musical. Auditions will be 7 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday. All roles are available with those 14 years of age and older encouraged to attend. Those auditioning should be prepared to sing 32 bars of musical theater style music and bring the music in their correct key. Also, a one-minute monologue will be expected. Bring a headshot or photo and performance resume. For information call 330-453-7617 or 330-453-7619.
WARMING THINGS UP
Hey Monea will celebrate the arrival of 2012 with a mid-week party Wednesday at Panini’s Bar & Grille at 5252 Dressler Road NW in Jackson Township. The music, and eclectic mix of originals and danceable covers, will run from 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is free.
DEREK HESS SIGNING
Internationally known for his rock ‘n’ roll poster art, CD covers and fine-art prints, Cleveland-based artist Derek Hess has just released a 300-page, softcover collection of his work titled “Black Line White Lie.” From 6 to 11 p.m. Jan. 13, Hess will greet fans and sign copies of the book at the 13th Floor Gallery at 28 Charles Ave. SE in downtown Massillon.
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"TEN CHIMNEYS" PRODUCTION
Summer and scandal take center stage in the backstage comedy “Ten Chimneys,” as real-life theatrical legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne and friends Sydney Greenstreet and Uta Hagen rehearse a Chekhov masterpiece at their idyllic Wisconsin retreat.
The Cleveland Playhouse production, which stars Emmy Award-winning actress Mariette Hartley, will run Jan. 13 through Feb. 5 at the new Second Stage theater in Playhouse Square Center. Performances are 7 p.m. Tuesday, and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with 2:30 matinees Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $49 to $69, with a student price of $15 for ages 24 and younger. To order, call 216-241-6000 or visit www.clevelandplayhouse.com.