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Maggie Meiners: Revisiting Rockwell—Butler Institute of American Art
Through Feb. 26 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown. In this exhibition, Maggie Meiners uses Norman Rockwell’s work and reinterprets the scenes by using photographs as the final product. She attempts to contemporize Rockwell’s original works by integrating social issues and elements more suggestive today into each photograph. For more information, visit http://www.butlerart.com.
Jimmy Kuehnle: Wiggle, Giggle, Jiggle—Akron Art Museum
Through February 2017 1 S. High St., Akron. Jimmy Kuehnle’s sculptures, created from coated polyester and coated nylon fabric, inflate and deflate, breathing like an organism, sometimes even pulsating with light. Humor and a sense of play are key components of Kuehnle’s work. Other works spill out organically from rooms and galleries that are created with right angles and rigid geometry. Free admittance on Thursdays. For more information, visit http://akronartmuseum.org.
Dreamworlds: The Art of Imaginative Realism—Canton Museum of Art
Through March 12 1001 Market Ave. N, Canton. Award-winning artists from the entertainment, fantasy and gaming industries will transport you to an exciting and dream-like realm of unworldly wonders. For more information, call 330-453-7666 or visit http://www.cantonart.org/exhibits.
Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar—The Butler Institute of American Art
Through April 17 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown. View this touring exhibition of The National Guitar Museum that explores the artistic evolution of the world’s most popular musical instrument. This unconventional exhibit features 40 instruments and includes 20 photographs of renowned musicians and their instruments. For more information, visit http://www.butlerart.com.
Antique Motorcycle Exhibit— National Packard Museum
Through May 27 1899 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. The museum’s 17th annual antique motorcycle exhibit, entitled “British Invasion,” serves to educate audiences about motorcycle history and to raise awareness of the significance of the motorcycle to transportation history. For more information, call 330-394-1899 or visit http://www.packardmuseum.org.
Beethoven’s Ninth—Akron Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m. EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall, 198 Hill St., Akron. The inspirational message of the “Ode to Joy” is one of the glories of Western art. The Third Piano Concerto moves resolutely from darkness into light, mirroring Beethoven’s heroic ideals. Benjamin Zander, conductor. Tickets on sale at http:// www.akronsymphony.org.
A Night in Vienna—Canton Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m. Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2323 17th St. NW, Canton. From waltzes to polkas this concert is sure to impress. Featuring many works by Johann Strauss Sr. & Jr., plus Josef Strauss, including “Thunder and Lightning,” “The Jockey Polka,” “The Champagne Polka” and “Emperor Waltzes.” Also included on the program is Suppe’s “Pique Dame” and Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. Tickets on sale at http://www.cantonsymphony.org.
Shen Yun—The Ohio Falun Dafa Association
Saturday, Feb. 4, and Sunday, Feb. 5 State Theatre, 1519 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Experience the divine culture of a lost world as the world’s premiere classical Chinese dance and music company brings a lost world to life with unrivaled artistic mastery. For more information, contact Shen Yun Ticketing at 800-974-3698 or State Theatre at 216-241-6000.
The Firebird—Akron Symphony Orchestra
Friday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall, 198 Hill St. Akron. “The Firebird” has astonished audiences since its sensational 1910 Paris premiere. Its emotional impact stems from lush Russian melodies set against propulsive rhythms and explosive orchestral effects. Tickets on sale at http://akronsymphony.org.
Mad About the Arts 2017—88.5 WYSU FM
Friday, Feb. 17, from 7-10 p.m. 525 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Enjoy an evening of contemporary art, music, wine tasting and food sampling. Entertainment will be provided by the YSU Jazz Ensemble from 7-8 pm. Dance music will be performed by The Sensations from 8:30-10 p.m. Mad About the Arts is a benefit for the McDonough Museum of Art and 88.5 WYSU FM. For more information and ticket costs, visit http://www.wysu.org.
Verb Ballets Continues the Legacy of Heinz Poll—Akron Civic Theatre
Friday, Feb. 17 182 S. Main St., Akron. Verb Ballets will showcase a company premiere of the soulful duet “3:00am” by Andrew Carroll, a former principle with Ohio Ballet. The program will also include a revival of Schubert waltzes, with live accompaniment by former Ohio Ballet music director David Fisher. Tickets are $12-$32. For more information, call 330-253-2488 or visit http://www.verbballets.org.
Kiss Me Kate—KSU School of Theatre and Dance
Feb. 24—March 5 (performance times vary) E. Turner Stump Theatre, 1325 Theatre Dr., Kent. While Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” plays on stage, the production’s cast and crew try to tame their own conflicts behind the scenes. Tickets are on sale at the box office, online at http://www.kent.edu/theatredance/kiss-me-kate or by phone: 330-672-2782.
Passionate Piano—Canton Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, Feb. 25 Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2323 17th. St. NW, Canton. The rarely performed “Overture to the Yellow Princess” by Saint-Saens will open the program, which also features the 2016 winner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Nikita Mndoyants. Tickets on sale at http://cantonsymphony.org.