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Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC show Cake Boss, will be at the Akron Civic Theatre will be at the Akron Civic Theatre for an interactive show that promises plenty of family fun.

1) Buddy Valastro Live! Homemade for the Holidays, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., $35.75-$45.75, 330-253-2488

The Cake Boss hits the road, bringing with him a holiday-themed show, stories of his family’s bakery and behind-the-scenes info on his show. And he’ll bring a few lucky audience members to the stage for cake and cupcake decorating.


2) The Oblivion Project, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, $20, 216-795-0550,

An evening of tango music written by Argentinean tango master the late Astor Piazolla. Piazolla’s “Suite Punta del Este” was the main theme of the 1995 doomsday film “12 Monkeys” starring Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis. He invented Nuevo Tango, which incorporates elements of jazz and other modes and harmonies that were not common to traditional tango music. The Oblivion Project is a supergroup of sorts, featuring local musicians teamed with award-winning bandoneon (an ancestor of the accordion) duo Peter Soave and Julien Labro.


3) Benefit for Larry Efaw, 3:30-11 p.m. Saturday, Lafayette United Methodist Church, 6201 Lafayette Road, Medina, $15, 234-788-6768,

Money raised from the show will help Larry Efaw, singer/guitarist of traditional bluegrass group the Bluegrass Mountaineers, who has had some complications from the open heart surgery he had in September. Performing will be 10 bluegrass bands, including Idletymes, Tebworth Brothers, Jimmy Haynes, Black Diamond and the Praters. There will also be a spaghetti dinner, door prizes, bake sale and jamming!


4) The Cleveland Orchestra presents Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, 8 p.m., Tuesday, Severance Hall, 1001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, $35-$110, 216-231-1111, 800-686-1141,

Charlie Chaplin’s classic silent tale of his “Little Tramp” character’s struggle to make it in a modern world (circa 1936) is getting the orchestral treatment. Take your kids and see how long it takes them to figure out that there will be no dialogue.


5) Kevin Hart, 8 p.m. Friday, Quicken Loans Arena, Ontario Street and Huron Road, Cleveland. $55.50-$125. 888-894-9424 or

The popular pint-sized actor/comedian, also known by his rap name Chocolate Drop, is bringing his “Let Me Explain” tour to Cleveland. Can we take a second to properly acknowledge that a stand-up comedian not named Jeff Foxworthy or Dane Cook is touring arenas? Hart, who appeared in the film adaptation of Steve Harvey’s book “Think Like a Man,” has had a couple of great years with his concert film/album “Laugh at My Pain” and he hosted MTV’s 2012 VMA Awards.

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