Jazz and poetry at EJ Thomas, Kids Maker Fest at the museum

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Arts @ Holy Trinity

Internationally acclaimed Canadian violinist Jessica Tong and award-winning pianist Michael Sheppard will kick off the Arts @ Holy Trinity Concert Series 2022-2023 with a free performance at 4 p.m. Sunday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 50 N Prospect St., Akron.

The program, “From Elegance to Extravagance”, explores opposing pairs of French and German composers from the Romantic 19th century and early 20th century Impressionist, including Schubert, Poulenc, Boulanger and Strauss. Tong has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and throughout Europe. Sheppard, known as a virtuoso soloist, won the prestigious award from the American Pianists Association.

For more information, call 330-376-5154 or visit www.artholytrinity.org.

Michael Shepard

Five Bucks Series

Western Reserve Playhouse will host a staged reading of “A Lesson from Aloes” by South African playwright Athol Fugard at 2 p.m. State. The cast will include Tom Barnes, Shani Ferry, John Peters and Tom Stephan.

The cost is $5. For tickets, see thewrp.org. The theater is located at 3326 Everett Road, Bath Township. For more information, call 330-620-7314.

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Jazz and poetry

Walter Delbridge

The University of Akron Press will present “Comeback Evolution,” an evening of jazz and poetry to celebrate the new book by Akron poet Walter K. Delbridge, at 7 p.m. Saturday at EJ Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St., l University of Akron,

Delbridge’s reading will be supported by the Theron Brown Jazz Trio. Special guest Floco Torres will also read poems by Delbridge.

The Theron Brown Jazz Trio

Tickets are $20 or $10 with a UA student card at the EJ Thomas box office. See https://uakron.edu/ej. Use the Zippy access code to create tickets for $15 at Ticketmaster.com or $5 with a UA student card at the EJ Thomas box office.

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Children’s designer party

Enjoy Family Day: Kids Maker Fest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Akron Museum of Art, 1 S. High St., Akron. The event is in partnership with the Young Entrepreneurs Institute and Teen Enterprise.

Families can shop for gifts from 30 kid-friendly vendors who have used their skills to create artwork, products, inventions and more. Mini-makers can also enjoy craft stations, music, games, and a garden trip-themed art installation created by Akron Public Schools Summer Mystery Camp students.

The Akron Art Museum will host a Kids Maker Fest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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Activities and admission to the museum are free. Registration is recommended at https://akronartmuseum.org/media/events/family-day-kids-maker-faire.

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‘Little shop’

Guests can sink their teeth into the campy musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” which kicks off the Great Lakes Theater’s 61st season with a Friday premiere, opening Saturday at the Hanna Theater, 2067 E. 14th St, Cleveland.

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. A performance interpreted in sign language and audio-described will take place at 3 p.m. on October 9.

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In this sci-fi musical, the hapless flower seller tastes fame, fortune and love when he crosses paths with a very unusual plant.

Tickets cost between $20 and $89, or $15 for customers 25 and under. Call 216-241-6000 or visit greatlakestheatre.org.

Art and restoration writer Kerry Clawson can be reached at 330-996-3527 or [email protected]

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