Museums Akron Art Museum Rodin: A Magnificent Obesession on display through May 18. New Worlds 2003 poetry contest. Entries will be accepted through March 14. Winners will receive cash prizes and will share their poems with the public during the awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. April 13. For guidelines, visit www.akronartmuseum.org or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the museum.Flowers in Glass: Paperweights and Sculpture by Paul Stankard through Sunday. Museum hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. 70 E. Market St., Akron. For information, call (330) 376-9185. Cleveland Museum of Art The museum has acquired its first painting by Maurice Denis, a key figure in the late 19th century and early 20th century French art. Photographs by John Szarkowski runs through Feb. 12. Challenging Structure: Frank Gehrys Peter B. Lewis Building runs through Feb. 24. Located at 11150 East Blvd., University Circle, Cleveland. (216) 421-7350. Cleveland Museum of Natural History Animal SuperSenses exhibit opens Saturday and runs through April 23. The museum is holding a Name the Bobcats contest, to come up with names for its two new bobcat kittens. The contest runs through Feb. 28 and is open to adults and children. Entries can be mailed to The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Communications and Marketing Division, 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland 44106. High-Lights of the Night Sky for families with children ages 5 and above, and Whats That Glowing Out My Window, for all ages, showing in the planetarium through February. Planetarium tickets are $3 with museum admission of $6.50 for adults; $4.50 for children 7 to 19, college students and seniors; $3.50 for children 3 to 6 and free for children 2 and under. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 1 Wade Oval Drive, University Circle, Cleveland. $3.50-$6.50. (216) 231-4600. McDonough Museum of Art Breathing Room on view until Feb. 14. Admission is free. Museum hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Youngstown State University, across from Butler Institute of American Art. (330) 742-1400. Western Reserve Historical Society Close up in Black: African American Film Posters on display through April 6. Star Wars: Art of the Starfighter exhibit through June 8. Suess! exhbit extended through April 27. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and $5 for students. Motorcycle enthusiasts can marvel at the displays including Evel Knievels Motorcycle at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum. Gallery tours are at 1 p.m. Saturdays. 10825 East Blvd., University Circle, Cleveland. For information, call (216) 721-5722 or visit www.wrhs.org. Music Akron Symphony Gospel Meets Symphony, featuring the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the all-volunteer Akron Symphony Gospel Choir, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at E.J. Thomas Hall. Tickets are $15 or $25. Tickets for all shows can be purchased at the E.J. Thomas Hall box office at (330) 972-7570, or at any Ticketmaster outlet. Chagrin Valley Little Theatre Casey Neill Trio at 8 p.m. Feb. 5. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and children. Located at 40 River St., Chagrin Falls. For information, call (440) 247-8955. Cuyahoga Valley National Park Family Singing Circle from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Happy Days Visitors Center. Event is free. Call (330) 657-2909 for information. Mount Union College Youth-ful Chamber Orchestra is looking for youth and adult string musicians to participate in a multi-age orchestra. One-time session fee is $15. Rehearsals begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in Cope Music Hall, Room 114 at Mount Union College in Alliance. For information, call Xirlita Oliveria Pitsch at (330) 291-0352 or Tina Gazia at (330) 493-7466. Playhouse Square Center Ohio Theatre shows starring singer John Sebastian, scheduled for Feb. 7 and actor John Amos in Halleys Comet, scheduled for Feb. 8 have been cancelled. Refunds will be made. Thre Mo Tenors at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Palace Theatre. Tickets are between $40 and $25. The Chieftains at 8 p.m. Saturday at the State Theatre. Tickets are between $39.50 and $30. Tickets for any show can be purchased at the Playhouse Square box office, or by calling (800) 766-6048. Tuesday Musical River City Brass Band Saturday at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St. Tickets are between $35 and 42 and can be purchased by calling the E.J. Thomas Hall Ticket Office at (330) 972-7570 or the Civic Box Office at (330) 253-2488. Art Akron Art Museum Flowers in Glass: Glass Paperweights and Sculptures by Paul Stankard through Sunday. Admission is free. Located at 70 E. Market St., Akron. For information, call (330) 376-9185. The College of Wooster 2003 Student Biennia juried exhibition through March 2. Opening reception and award recognition will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 7. Gallery hours: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Ebert Art Center, 1220 Beall Ave., Wooster. (330) 263-2495. The Edge Art Gallery Passages II, the artwork of Kent resident Judy Gaiser, is on display Friday through Feb. 21. Reception is from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Located at 1844 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Fairmount Fine Arts Center Watercolors by John and Gail Peters: Two Points of View runs through Feb. 22. Located at 8400 Fairmount Road, Russell Township. For hours and information, call (440) 338-3171. Gallery 138 Kent State University Sculpture Show through Feb. 8. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday, noon to 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Kent State University School of Art, 138 E. Main St., Kent. (330) 672-9772. The Little Art Gallery Works of artist Lynn Lewis of Uniontown will be featured in Natures Bounty, on display through Feb. 16 at the gallery, which is located in the North Canton Public Library, 185 N. Main St., North Canton. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For informatin, call (330) 499-4712. Mount Union College Crandall Art Gallery Photography of Russ Moses on display through Feb. 7. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Located in Cope Music Hall, 1972 Clark Avenue in Alliance. North Water Street Gallery Standing Rock Cultural Arts will hold a three-course Mardis Gras mask making workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 16, 23 and March 1 at the North Water Street Gallery. The class will cost $15 per class per student. To sign up, call Jeff at (330) 673-4970. Multi-media exhibit Silhouettes, featuring local artists, is on display through Feb. 8. Located at 257 N. Water St., Kent. For more information, call (330) 673-4970. Open Space Gallery Ancient Greek Amazons exhibit opens Saturday and runs through Feb. 23. Located at 612 N. Mantua St. in Kent. Appointments may be made by calling (330) 676-1999. Valley Art Center Selections From a Private Collection through Feb. 21.Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Located 155 Bell St., Chagrin Falls, or call (440) 247-7507. Western Reserve Historical Society Out of Time: Designs for the 20th Century Future through Feb. 16. 10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland. (216) 721-5722. Amusements Akron Zoo Fourth annual Groundhog Day event with Ohio Hog Sunday. Gates will open at 6:30 a.m. and admission is free. Visitors can wait in a heated tent and can enjoy hot coffee and hot chocolate plus an animal program by the zoos Education Department. For information, call (300) 375-2550. Winter hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Admission is $4. Located at 500 Edgewood Ave., Akron. Hale Farm and Village Maple Sugaring Days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 23. Guests participate in the process of sugaring from tree tapping to sap collecting to sap boiling. Admission to the event is $12 for adults, $7 for children aged 3-12. Located at 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath. For information, call (800) 468-4070 or visit www.wrhs.org. Hower House How Do I Love Thee exhibit opens Saturday and features antique valentines. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students and $4 for senior citizens. Hours are noon to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Located at 60 Fir Hill at the University of Akron. For information, call (330) 972-6909. Stan Hywet Hall Mansion opens again with On the Brink of Change: The 1940s exhibit. Located at 714 N. Portage Path, Akron. Mansion tours and ground tours available. For more information, or for reservations, call (330) 836-5533. Theater Aurora Community Theater Moon over Buffalo at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays beginning Friday and running through Feb. 22. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. Located at 115 E. Pioneer Trail, Aurora. Call the box office for tickets (330) 562-1818. Carousel Dinner Theater Always, Patsy Cline through March 2. Located at 1275 E. Waterloo Road in Akron. For information, call (330) 724-9855. Cleveland Play House Cinderella Confidential runs Saturday through Feb. 23 at The Brooks Theatre as part of the Childrens Theatre season. Performances are at 1 and 3 p.m. Tickets are $15. Crumbs From the Table of Joy opens Tuesday and runs through March 9 in the Drury Theatre. Tickets are between $32 and $12. Proof through Sunday on the Baxter Stage. Tickets are $32, $40 and $47.50. For tickets to any of the shows, call (216) 795-7000. Located at 8500 Euclid Ave. Magical Theatre Company Lord of the Flies at 8 p.m. Friday an dSaturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10. Performance is recommended for those 12 years and older. For information, call (330) 848-3708. Main Course Murder Murder Myster Dinner Theater combines a four-course dinner and a play. Doors open at 7 p.m. Fridays and some Saturdays. Tickets are $39. For information, call (330) 856-1900 or (800) 828-2566. Located at 9519 E. Market St., Warren. Ohio Theater Anything Goes runs through Sunday as part of the Great Lakes Theater Festival. Tickets are between $10 and $45 and are available at the Playhouse Square Box Office, all Tickets.com outlets at Tops Friendly Markets or online at www.playhousesquare.com. Tickets can be charged by calling (888) 766-6048. For information, call (216) 241-5940. Palace Theater Sing-a-Long-A Sound of Music runs through Sunday. Tickets are $17.50 and include an official Sing-A-Long fun pack. For tickets, call (800) 241-6000. Porthouse Theatre Season of the Heart love story contest through Feb. 7. Entrants should submit their G-rated love story, which includeshow the theater played a part in the romance. Winners will receive a 2003 Porthouse Theatre subscription valued at $90. Email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: Attn: Elisabeth Madden, Porthouse Theatre, B141 Music and Speech Center, Kent 44240. Include name, phone number, email and mailing address. The winner will be notified by March 1. Located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center. For tickets or information, call (330) 672-2497, (330) 929-4416 or (800) 304-2363. Weathervane Community Playhouse Arsenic and Old Lace through Feb. 9. Located at 1301 Weathervane Lane, Akron. For ticket information, call (330) 836-2626 Auditions Carnation City Players Auditions for Love, Sex and the IRS from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11 at the playhouse. Cast requirements include two men in their early 20s, three men 30s or older, two women in their early 20s and one woman in her mid 40s or 50s. Those auditioning should bring a prepared audition piece of two minutes or less and be prepared to read from the script. To request a script, call (330) 821-8712 or email email@example.com. Performance dates are April 4,5,11,12 and 13. Streetsboro Community Theatre Auditions for The Crucible are from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 9 and at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Streetsboro Municipal Building, 9184 S.R. 43. Cast requirements include 11 men, mature teens through senior citizens; and 10 women, teens through senior citizens. Those auditioning should be prepared to read from the script. Perusal scripts are available at the Streetsboro Parks and Recreation Department. Complete character descriptions from the script can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For information, call Becky Summers at (330) 928-4192. Performance dates are April 25 and 26 and May 2,3,9 and 10. Youth Orchestra of the Americas Auditions are open to orchestral instrumentalists ages 14 to 24 and citizens or permanent residetns of the Americas from Canada to Chile. In addition to a solo of their choosing, students must perform several excepts, which vary by instrument, from orchestral works. For a complete list of requirements, including information of the application form, visit www.youthorchestraoftheamericas.org or call (703) 236-0010. Nightlife Mugs Brew Pub Burning River Band tonight and Friday; Texas Slim and the Blue Posse Saturday; 2 Skinny Dorks Wednesday; Roger Hoover and the Whiskey Hounds Feb. 5; Sugarcane Feb. 6 and Good Brother Earle Feb. 7. Located at 211 Franklin Ave., in Kent. (330) 673-7822. The Outpost Open jam with Graham Webber at 9 tonight; B.E. Mann and Fifth Wheel at 9:30 p.m. Friday; 15-60-75 The Numbers Band at 10 p.m. Saturday and Roger Hoover and the Whiskey Hounds at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Located at 4962 S.R. 43 in Kent, (330) 6739988. Three Miles Out Friday at The Odeon for Pop/Rock Explosion. Doors open at 7 p.m.a nd TMO will perform at 11 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $8 advanced and $10 at the door. Also appearing are Mike Farley, Tony Lang Band and Connor OBrien. Located at 1295 Old River Road, Cleveland. (216) 574-2525. For band information, visit www.threemiles-out.com or call (330) 296-8466. The Zephyr Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start & Crush Kill Destroy at 11 p.m. Friday. Free admission. Located at 106 W. Main St., Kent. Cleveland Museum of Art The Farewell at 7 p.m. Friday in Gartner Auditorium and a double feature of Strange Fruit and Hughes Dream Harlem at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Feb. 7 in the Lecture Hall as part of the international film series. Admission is $7. Located at 11150 East Blvd. Clevland. For information, call (888) CMA-0033. Films Kent Plaza Theatres Phat Phive Productions second feature-length movie Dev/Null will premier at 7 tonight. Phat Phive Productions is comprised of five Kent residents hwo have graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School and have graduated from or are attending Kent State University. Outdoors Holden Arboretum Orchid Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday, except. Located at 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland. For information, call (440) 946-4400 or visit www.holdenarb.org. Speakers Cleveland Metroparks A Mt. Everest Trek is No Walk in the Park with Tom Steckel from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday as part of Saturday Night Specials every Saturday evening in January and February at North Chagrin Nature Center, located off Buttermilk Falls Parkway, off the Sunset Lane entrance of North Chagrin Reservation, off Som Center Road/S.R. 91 in Mayfield Village. For information, call (440) 473-3370. Cleveland Musuem of Natural History Rocks of Ages: A Geological Look at Gravestones with Dr. Joe Hannibal, curator of Invertebrate Paleontology at 7 p.m. Wednesday as part of the 2003 Curators Forum series. For tickets, or information, call (800) 317-9155, ext. 279. Cuyahoga Valley National Park Doctor Loonacy with Denny Olson. Olson uses his alter ego to talk about loon behavior and music at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Happy Days Visitor Center on S.R. 303, one mile west of S.R. 8 in Boston Heights as part of the 2003 Lyceum Distinguished Speaker Series. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children 6-12. For information, call (800) 445-9667.