StageFest at Civic, Downtown @ Dusk, Blossom Music Festival

Summit StageFest

Free Summit StageFestfounded in 2017 by former Partners for Theatre, will move to theaters and be presented by the Akron Civic Theater this year, from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Thirteen performance groups or artists will present 30-45 minute showcases of their recent works and/or medleys. These are Tower Eighty Players at noon on the Civic Stage, Luminescent Moon Theater at noon on the Knight Stage, Phoenix Performing Arts at 1 p.m. on the Civic Stage, Boom! Steven Scionti from the Theater at 1 p.m. on the Knight Stage, Just Go With It Improv at 1 p.m. at the Wild Oscar’s, Western Reserve Playhouse at 2 p.m. on the Civic Stage, Gum Dip Theater at 2 p.m. at the Wild Oscar’s, Hearts for Music at 3 p.m. p.m. on the Civic Stage, Millennial Theater Project at 3 p.m. on the Knight Stage, Point of No Return Improv at 3 p.m. at Wild Oscar’s, Miller South at 4 p.m. on the Civic Stage, Boom! Theater at 4 p.m. on the Knight Stage and ETC All American Youth Show Choir at 5 p.m. on the Civic Stage,

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Downtown at dusk

The Akron Art Museum will launch its free Downtown @ Twilight 38th Season Concert Series with singer-songwriter Anne E. DeChant 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. Admission to the gallery is also free.

The museum will also host a Member Appreciation Night at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, including a personalized AAM Centennial ice cream flavor, cake, drinks and a centennial commemorative collectible.

[email protected] Dusk concerts will take place rain or shine, with saxophonist Chris Coles and his band Gleam on July 14, The Numbers on July 21 and reggae band Umojah Nation on July 28. See for more information.

‘Scheherazade’ in Blossom with the Cleveland Orchestra

Elim Chan will lead the Cleveland Orchestra in a program featuring Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” which will bring the “Thousand and One Nights” to life at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Blossom Music Festival at the Blossom Music Center. Also on the program, Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, performed by Benjamin Grosvenor, and Weber’s Overture to “Der Freischütz”.

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Hong Kong conductor Elim Chan will make her Cleveland Orchestra debut with the "Scheherazade" Saturday program at the Blossom Music Festival.
British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor will perform Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 on Saturday at the Blossom Music Festival.

Music by Paul Simon with Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra and pop/rock singers will perform multi-Grammy award-winning legend Paul Simon’s songbook at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Blossom Music Festival at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls. Hits from the singer-songwriter’s years with Simon and Garfunkel and as a solo artist would include “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “Graceland” and “The Sound of Silence”. Jeff Tyzik will conduct his Cleveland Orchestra debut.

Cost is $25 to $99. See

Jeff Tyzick

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“It’s Not Too Proud” at Playhouse Square

The musical “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations” makes its first Northeast Ohio tour Tuesday through July 31 at the State Theater in Theater house square. The new tour, which kicked off in December in Durham, North Carolina, stars Cincinnati native Baldwin Wallace University graduate Shayla Brielle G as Mama Rose/Florence Ballard/Tammi Terrell and Antwaun Maple Heights native Holley as a swing. The costumes are by Akron native and Tony Award winner Paul Tazewell.

The jukebox musical follows the Temptations’ journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, showcasing their signature dance moves and silky smooth harmonies. The legendary quintet’s story unfolds to their greatest hits including ‘My Girl’, ‘Just My Imagination’, ‘Get Ready’, ‘Papa Was a Rolling Stone’ and more. It was nominated for 12 Tonys in 2019 and won Best Choreography from Sergio Trujillo.

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Cost is $10 to $119, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. See or call 216-241-6000.

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Baldwin Wallace University graduate and Cincinnati native Shayla Brielle G., far right, stars as The Supremes' Florence Ballard with Traci Elaine Lee, left, and Deri'Andra Tucker on the nationwide tour of

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