Akron Art Museum Divine Hope Gospel Choir will perform a free inspirational concert for all ages from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Rodin: A Magnificent Obesession on display through May 18. Urban Inspiration: The Visions of Christopher Myers runs through April 27. As Seen on TV!, featuring art and consumer culture, through Sunday. Children Inspire Artists Who Inspire Children Saturday through April 13. Entires for New Worlds 2003 poetry contest 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. 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 Bruke School of Irish Dance will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday in the museums North Lobby. Habib Koite and Ensemble Bamada will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 as part of the museums Viva! Festival of Performing Arts. Tickets are $27 and $23 and can be purchased by calling (216) 421-7350. Treasures of a Lost Art: Italian Manuscript Painting of the Middle Ages and Renaissance will open Feb. 23 and run thyrough may 4. The Gilded Age: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum opens Feb. 23 and runs through May 18. Zwelethu Mthethwa Photographs: Portraits runs through April 23. 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 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.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Exhibit: In the Name of Love: Two Decades of U2. Great Guinness Toast at 7 p.m. Feb. 21. Tickets are $10 (21 and over). Tickets include museum admission, cash bar and entertainment. A drawing for a trip to the Guinness Brewery in Dublin, Ireland will be given away. For more information, call (888) 764-ROCK.
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. Out of Time: Designs for the Future through Monday. 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.
Akron Civic Theater Tickets on sale for two WKSU-sponsored events: NPRs comedy news quiz Wait Wait ... Dont Tell Me live on stage April 3 and WhadYa Know? May 17. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. For information, call (330) 535-3179.
Cleveland Metroparks Zach Freidhof at 7 p.m. Friday as part of the Fireside Concert Series at Look About Lodge, 37374 Miles Road in South Chagrin Reservation in Bentleyville. Tickets are $4 per person and registration is required. For reservations or for more information, call (440) 247-7075.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park Jack Gladstone at 8 p.m. Saturday as part of the Cuyahoga Valley Heritage Series. Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children. For tickets or information, call (330) 657-2909. Shaker Tradition house concert from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at Hines Hill Conference Center. Admission is $5. To register, call (216) 534-1497.
Hiram College Organist Tom Trenney at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 in Hayden Auditorium and 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at Hiram Christian Church. For more information, call (330) 569-5288.
Kent State University Orchestra Winners of the orchestras Student Soloist Competition at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (330) 672-3609.
Night Town Alex Skolnick Trio at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Located at 12837 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights. For information, or tickets, call (216) 795-0550.
Severance Hall Tickets for An Evening with Itzhak Perlman on April 23 are on sale. Tickets are between $30 and $150 and can be purhcased only at the Severance Hall Box Office. For ticket or information, call Severance Hall at (216) 231-1111.
Weathervane Community Playhouse Gods Trombones, An Evening of African American Folklore and Music at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults adn $8 for children 12 and under. For information, contact the ticket office at (330) 836-2626.
Artists Archives of the Western Reserve Exhibit Reflecting Nature: The Art of Adele Marihatt and Kathleen Totter runs through Saturday. Marihatt graduated from Kent State University and Totter taught at KSU.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park Toldeo Blade and nature photographer Andy Morris will speak and show slides of his work from 7 to 9 p.m.Feb. 20 at Happy Days Visitor Center as art of the Cuyahoga Valley Photographic Societys Professional Photographers Series. Happy Days Visitor Center is on S.R. 303, one mile west of S.R. 8 in Boston Heights. For information, call (330) 657-2909 or visit www.cvps.org.
Mount Union College Crandall Art Gallery Frame by Frame, featuring the work of Kent State University graduate Tim Buckett, on display through March 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.
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland Angela White: Garbology Fiber, Fluff and Fuzz and Christine Hill: Pilot (Cleveland) through May 4. Located at 8501 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland. For information, call (216) 421-8671.
North Water Street Gallery Exhibit Spirits of Fascination opens Saturday and runs through March 9. Opening reception is at 7 p.m. Saturday. Standing Rock Cultural Arts will hold a three-course Mardis Gras mask making workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 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. Located at 257 N. Water St., Kent. For more information, call (330) 673-4970.
Open Space Gallery Ancient Greek Amazons exhibit runs through Feb. 23. Located at 612 N. Mantua St. in Kent. Appointments may be made by calling (330) 676-1999.
Akron Civic Theatre Apllo Theater Amateur Night Live on Tour, featuring local talent, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $26 and $21. For tickets or information, call (330) 253-2488.
Hower House How Do I Love Thee exhibit, featuring antique valentines, through Feb. 28. 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.
Playhouse Square Comedian Steven Wright will perform at 8 p.m Feb. 27 at the State Theatre. Tickets are $29.75 and $24.75 and can be purchased at the Playhouse Square Box Office, at all Tickets.com outlets, by phone at (800) 766-6048 or online at www.playhousesquare.com. Free public tours of Playhouse Square are held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month. Tours depart every 15 minutes from the State Theatre Lobby and last 1 1/2 hours. Tours include lobbies, theatre auditoriums and backstage areas.
Stan Hywet Hall Joe Mismas and Friends concert at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $40. On the Brink of Change: The 1940s exhibit for the entire year. Located at 714 N. Portage Path, Akron. Mansion tours and ground tours available. For more information, or for reservations, call (330) 836-5533.
Aurora Community Theater Moon over Buffalo at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 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.
Carnation City Players Annie Get Your Gun runs Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 23. Firehouse Theater, 450 E. Market St., Alliance. (330) 821-8712.
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 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 runs through March 9 in the Drury Theatre. Tickets are between $32 and $12. Tickets are $32, $40 and $47.50. For tickets to any of the shows, call (216) 795-7000. Located at 8500 Euclid Ave.
Hudson Players Man of La Mancha runs Fridays and Saturdays through March 1. Tickets are $12. For reservations, call (330) 655-8522. Visit the Hudson Players at www.hudsonplayers.com
Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance Guys and Dolls opens Feb. 21 and runs through March 2. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, KSU alumni and KSU faculty and staff; and $7 for students with valid ID and can be purchased by calling (330) 672-2497. On March 1, the school will be holding a Casino Night event, including gambling with fun money before and after the production. Tickets for the Casino Night range from $75 to $200 and can be purhcased by calling (330) 672-0103.
Stow Players The Curious Savage oepns Friday and runs through March 2. Tickets are $9 for general admission and $8 for seniors and students. Located at Heritage Barn, 5328 Young Road, Silver Springs Park, Stow. Call (330) 655-6051 for reservations and information.
The Tree City Players Mystery/comedy Getting Away With Murder! opens Feb. 21 and runs through March 1. The Kent Stage is located at 175 E. Main St. Call (330) 677-5005 for more information.
Weathervane Community Playhouse The Laramie Project opens Feb. 26 and runs through March 15. Tickets are $17. Located at 1301 Weathervane Lane, Akron. For ticket information, call (330) 836-2626
Great Lakes Theater Festival Open auditions for non-equity actors for the touring production of Met by Moonlight, based on A Midsummer Nights Dream. Needed are three actors (character ages are 20s and 30s): two men and one woman. Rehearsals begin March 5. All positions are paid. Those auditioning should bring a headshot and resume and prepare one contemporary monologue and one Shakespearean monologue. Total audition time should not exceed three minutes. Auditions are from noon to 2 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Bulkley Building, second floor conference center, 1501 Euclid Ave in Playhouse Square in Cleveland. Auditions are by appointment only and may be scheduled by calling Kelly Schaffer Florian at (216) 241-5490, ext. 318 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The production will tour 18 venues in northern Ohio between March 26 and April 16.
Great Lakes Theaer Festival High school students to become a part of Bardstock FM, a radio program featuring original student music inspired by William Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream. To participate, students must enter in two phases. First, the band or soloist much pitch their song idea to Great Lakes Theater Festival. The pitch must clearly communicate the vision for the song as well as what element or theme of A Midsummer Nights Dream served as the inspiration for the original work. GLTF and WCPN 90.3 FM will evaluate the entries and recommend several for the next phase of the project the submission of the song. The deadline to submit a pitch is Feb. 28. To submit a pitch, students should request and complete and entry form. To request a form, write to: Great Lakes Theater Festival, c/o Bardstock FM, 1501 Euclid Ave., Suite 423, Cleveland, 44115; by phone at (216) 241-5490, ext. 317; or by email at email@example.com.
Youth Orchestra of the Americas Auditions are open to orchestral instrumentalists ages 14 to 24 and citizens or permanent residents 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. Application form must be postmarked by March 7. For a complete list of requirements, including information of the application form, visit www.youthorchestraoftheamericas.org or call (703) 236-0010.
Dusty Armadillo Beginner dance lessons at 7 p.m. every Tuesday. Ladies night with DJ Marty at 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays. Dance lessons at 7 p.m. Friday. Live bands Saturdays Cherokee Highway Saturday, Nashville Bound Feb. 22, JP Country March 1. Special Mardi Gras Party Country Style March 4 with JP Country. Located at 3147 S.R. 44, Rootstown. For information, call (330) 325-0647.
The Outpost Open jam with Graham Webber at 9 tonight; Overdrive at 9:30 p.m. Friday; Roger Hoover and The Whiskey Hounds 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.
Raven Wings and Niteclub D.J. Magic Mike at 9:30 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday. Located at 615 S. Chestnut St., Ravenna. (330) 298-9280.
Akron Civic Theatre The Little Angels, a childrens folk dance company from Seoul, Korea, will perform at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Tickets are $11 and $9 and are available at the Civic box office, at all Ticketmaster Centers or by phone at (330) 945-9400.
Cleveland School of Dance A group of Professional Division Studetns will perform roles in Firebird as part of the Ohio Ballets Winter Program at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Ohio Theatre. The Cleveland School of Dances Youth Ballet will perform with The Cleveland Orchestra at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Severance Hall as part of the orchestras Family Concert Series. For information, call (216) 320-9000.
Ohio Ballet Winter program at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square in Cleveland. For information, call (330) 972-7900.
Cleveland Museum of Art The Chateau at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Lecture Hall and Take Care of My Cat at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Gartner Auditorium and 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23 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.
Akron Art Museum Akron Art Museum Chief Curator Barbara Tannenbaum will speak on The Making of a Ledgend: Rodin and Photography from 7 to 8:30 tonight as part of the museums 2003 Salon Series, Recasting Rodin: A Trilogy of Talks in conjunction with the current exhibit Rodin: A Maginificent Obesssion.
Case Western Reserve University Andrew Nagorski, senior editor of Newsweek, will speak at noon Feb. 26 in room 206 of Clark Hall as part of the universitys Conversations with some of Americas Premier Journalists and Writers series. For information, call (216) 368-2133 or (216) 368-4837.
Cleveland Musuem of Natural History A History of Humans in Space: The Politics, the Science and the Social Context with biomechanical researcher Dr. Peter R. Cavanagh at 7 p.m. Friday as part of the Explorer Series. Tickets are $8. Dr. Joe Keiper, museum curator of Invertebrate Zoology, will speak on How Healthy is Lake Erie? Evidence from Insects at 7 p.m. Wednesday as part of the museums Curators Forum Lecture Series. Tickets are $6. For tickets, or information, call (800) 317-9155, ext. 279.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park Search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker with David Luneau, spokesman of the Zeiss search team that spend 30 days in the swamps of Louisiana in 2002 trying to confirm the existence of the ivory-billed wookpecker, 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.