If you're looking for somewhere to take your pre-Valentine's Day celebrations, you've come to the right place. Whether it's jamming out to your favorite cover band or extending your weekend with a Monday night comedy show, there is always something in store for your weekend in Kent.
Headlining Bar 145's first weekend of live music and entertainment is Chicago's groundbreaking pop, R&B and dance cover band, A Thousand July's.
This charismatic group of four will have you moving and grooving all night long to songs by Michael Jackson, Prince and Usher, along with all the current hits.
The band will take the stage at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the venue, 100 E. Erie St. Don't forget to get there early to check out the stack-your-own menu and drink specials.
Calling all film buffs
If two nights of live entertainment isn't enough for you, head to Standing Rock Cultural Arts 10th Annual International Short Film Festival at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St.
Whether you like animation, music videos, short comedy or documentaries, there will be a film for you. This year's film fest is even bigger with films as far away as France, Argentina and Japan and from as close as Kent.
The first part of the event will feature short films from around the world and the second part will be made up of films by last year's People's Choice winners, Jamie Stone and Anders Jedenfors. The last portion of the night will feature silent films by Dustin Grella and Mike Hovancsek, which will be accompanied live on stage with a trio of musicians playing the balafon, tabla and violin.
Grab a friend and some popcorn and come to the Kent Stage Saturday night. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Free live comedy
The weekend ends on a Sunday for most of us, but for those still looking to party check out Northeast Ohio's longest running, weekly, independently produced comedy show every Monday at the Stone Tavern at 110 E. Main St.
Over two years and 104 Monday's, downtown Kent has showcased some of the best comics in Northeastern Ohio, as well as visitors from Pittsburg, New York and San Francisco.
Performing this week: Hilarities regular Micheal Ivy; Akron native and regular at the Funny Stop in Cuyahoga Falls, Tone Tone; coming all the way from Western Pennsylvania is Kyle Karmelita and recent transplant from Chicago's celebrated comedy scene, Gabrielle Henri.
Northeastern Ohio native Shawn Boyd, who now tours the country and received justice on the Judge Alex show, will headline the show.
And just when you think your splintered mind can't suffer from any more vulgarity, Kent State University alumni and host Anthony Savatt comes in and tells another satirical joke. It's the kind of entertainment you have to see to believe.
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