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U.S. singer Marilyn Manson performs on stage during the Quart music festival in Kristiansand, Norway, July 2009. (AP Photo/Tor Erik Schroder, Scanpix)

1) Calvin Stokes Quartet, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Pub Bricco, 1841 Merriman Road, Akron. Free, 330-869-0035

Clevelander Calvin Stokes is probably the best jazz harpist in the area. I have absolutely no data to back up that assertion, but hey, how many jazz harpists can there be in N.E. Ohio? Anyway, Stokes is a talented dude making the harp cool and his band has some serious professionals including bassist Walter Barnes who was seen recently on the American Music Awards show backing up Christina Aguilera.

 

2) Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!-Get the Sillies Out!, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., $25-$45, 330-253-2488, www.akroncivic.com

This odd, music heavy, Emmy-winning kids show is a real hoot. Created by Christian Jacobs of silly indie rock band The Aquabats, the show chronicles the chaste exploits and numerous teaching moments (Sharing is good!) of a group of surreal looking friends — Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee and Plex. They are led and taught important lessons (in song usually) by DJ Lance Rock who looks like a backup dancer for Dee-Lite (you remember “Groove Is in the Heart” don’t you?). As if that weren’t enough, they will be joined by (wait for it) hip-hop legend (and recurring show guest) Biz Markie. Now that’s a good time.

 

3) Rock Hall Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. — Free admission 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland. 216-781-7625, www.rockhall.com

The Rock Hall celebrates the right reverend and Civil Rights icon with several events including a continuous film screening in the Foster Theater of the complete “I Have a Dream” speech from Aug. 28, 1963. Music will be provided by the Distinguished Gentlemen of the Spoken Word, all-female band Women in the Spirit, girl group cover band Tra-la-la, the Antioch Spiritual Arts Choir, solo R&B artist Diamond Carter and multiplatinum R&B singer/songwriter Bobby V.

 

4) Cuyahoga Falls Frozen River Festival, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Cuyahoga Falls River Square District, $3, 330-971-8135

Falls River Square is in full ice rink mode and this weekend they want YOU to come out and get your skate on. You can also watch University of Akron Culinary Arts students carve animals and other stuff out of blocks of ice (is artistic ice carving an elective?). There will also be wine, beer and vendors selling you things.

 

5) Marilyn Manson, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, House of Blues Cleveland, 308 Euclid Ave. $55-$79.50, 216-523-2583, www.houseofblues.com

The not very proud Canton native and self-described “Antichrist Superstar” returns to Ohio to rock his birth state. Last time I saw Manson live, admittedly several years ago, he was co-headlining a show at Blossom and now he’s playing the House of Blues. Feel free to draw your own conclusions.


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