1. Sesame Street Live Elmo Makes Music — 7 tonight, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at PlayhouseSquare State Theatre, 1519 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. $10-$70. Tickets and information: 216-241-6000, www.playhousesquare.org.
Feel free to make your own Elmo jokes, but please not in front of the kids who still love him. If you can control your snickering, take your kids (you will be with kids, right?) to see one of “Sesame Street’s” most beloved and enduring characters along with buddies Abby Cadabby and Big Bird. Sure, there’s a plot, but all parents need to know is that this is sort of a “Sesame Street” themed jukebox musical with familiar and age-appropriate songs including “You Should Be Dancing” and “The Hustle.”
2. Kevin Hart’s Plastic Cup Boyz — 7 p.m. Friday, PlayhouseSquare Ohio Theatre, 1515 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. $35-$75. 216-241-6000 or www.playhousesquare.org.
Pint-sized and popular comedian Kevin Hart unleashes a quartet of comedians, Na’im Lynn, Will “Spank” Horton, Joey Wells and LaVar Walker, who hope to duplicate Hart’s recent success. No, Hart won’t be in the house, but you know a dude named “Spank” has got to be funny.
3. Dwele, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tangier, 532 W. Market St., Akron; $30-$45, 330-376-7171.
Smoooooth neo-soul singer who was featured on Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights” and had the hits “Weekend Love” and “I’m Cheatin,” returns to Akron to play the cozy Tangier Cabaret and play songs from his 2012 album “What Profit.”
4. Thea Vidale, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Funny Stop Comedy Club, 1757 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls. $5 and up. 330-923-4700.
Former star of her own sitcom, “Thea,” longtime stand-up comedian and actress Vidale brings her plainspoken brand of comedy to Ohio.
5. RCNCAVE Presents: Kristi Wall Benefit, 7 p.m., Saturday, Annabell’s Bar & Lounge 784 W. Market St., Akron; $5, 330-535-1112.
This show is a friendly fundraiser for local artist/musician Kristi Wall who was set to open a thrift-style store called Land of Plenty. Tragically, her business partner and boyfriend died, leaving her heartbroken and their dream of owning a store in dire straits. The local music community is joining forces to help Wall finish her dream with a packed slate of local bands including Rolling Acres, White Pines, A Man for All Seasons, David Bay Leaf, Koproskilos Rebetikos Orchestra and Shivering Timbers. DJ Trophy Bass will spin between bands. Additionally, local guitar pedal maker Earthquaker Devices is holding a $1 raffle for one of its brand new $345 pedals, the Disaster Transport SR (it’s a super reverb/delay pedal, and it’s pretty darn cool), to a lucky concertgoer.