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Bob Dylan performs during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles, Jan 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

1. Bob Dylan, 7:30 p.m. Friday, E.J. Thomas Hall, the University of Akron, 198 Hill St., $57.50 general admission, $35 student.

It’s Bob Dylan: A bona fide folk and rock legend and one of the most celebrated songwriters of the pop music era. He is once again bringing his Neverending Tour to Akron. Dylan’s most recent record (his 35th) Tempest was, as most of his albums are, highly regarded.


2. Wild Times with Jungle Jack Hanna, 6:30 tonight, Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., $22 and $32. $75 tickets include the show and a private meet-and-greet beforehand. 330-253-2488, 800-745-3000 or

This event is presented by the Akron Zoo, and features talk-show regular and inadvertently funny animal wrangler Jack Hanna, who will educate folks on the animals he’ll have with him on loan (presumably) from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.


3. Sheep blessing, The Spicy Lamb Farm, 6560 Akron-Peninsula Road, Peninsula, $10 adults, $5 children under 12., 330-657-2012.

Do sheep appreciate irony? Probably not, but if observing a sheep blessing is somewhere on your bucket list, here’s your chance to scratch that one off.


4. Record Store Day, Saturday, at your local independent record stores.

Sure, this national program has grown into a dumping ground for the remaining major labels to tease their upcoming releases. But it’s still a cool way to celebrate and support the continued survival of not just vinyl records (those are the big round ones, kids) but also independent record stores, too. Some participating stores are the Exchange in Fairlawn and Cuyahoga Falls, Time Traveler in Cuyahoga Falls, Square Records in Highland Square, SoundChaser Music in Akron, and the Vinyl Underground, Turnup Records and yet another Exchange, all in Kent.


5. Holiday Potluck, 4:20 p.m. Saturday, the Blueberry House, 21 N. Highland Ave., Akron, $5 donation.

This should be a fun day of food and music at West Akron’s DIY venue “named after fruit!” It’s tied to Record Store Day and record swapping is encouraged. There will be some food available and bringing your own dishes is also encouraged. Bands performing include Jerry Fels & the Jerry Fels, Mutt’s Revenge, Kate Westfall, Fast Molasses, Zaq Pariah, Emmitt Thompson, Unwind, Galvanize, KLRD PPL, Drunken Sunday, the Ranks and Infinite Signal.

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