10 things to do: First Friday, bunny art, Modern Electric, drag show, Elton and Billy
1. April First Friday is student art showcase
April's First Friday theme in downtown Canton is "The Art of Being Children."
More than 400 pieces of artwork created by local students in fifth through eighth grades will be collectively displayed at more than 20 downtown businesses, including BZTAT Studios, Patina Arts Centre, Kendall & Blue Boutique, Mal McCrea Photography, Double Tree by Hilton, Basil Asian Bistro, Lucca Downtown, Fromage du Monde, Canton Palace Theatre, Run To You Racing, Grapes In A Glass, Cantonology, Boomdyada, Escape Room Downtown, Silo Arts Studio, Starz, Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, R&J Ballroom, Creative Dreams, Just Imagine Gift Gallery, Canton Woman’s Club, LovelyInk Creative, 2 Scoopz Ice Cream and Visit Canton.
First Friday activities will be 5 to 9 p.m.
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Silo Arts Studio, 431 Fourth St. NW, will be hosting a solo exhibition from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. featuring the work of Dontay Jenkins, including illustrations of celebrities and pop culture figures.
BZTAT Studios, 209 Sixth St. NW, is featuring the "Abstract is Real" group exhibit showcasing the works of several Canton area artists. Children of all ages and abilities also can create a take-home card project for $2 per person.
R&J Ballroom, 401 Tuscarawas St. W, will host a free ballroom dance class at 6:30 followed by a dance party at 7 p.m. No partner or experience are required.
At Fromage du Monde, 340 Fourth St. NW, free popcorn cones will be given to children under age 12.
Grapes in a Glass, 575 Market Ave. N, will be featuring the live blues-inspired music of Chris Soulsby 7 to 11 p.m.
The Canton Women's Club, 822 Market Ave. N, will have its Victorian Gift Shop open. Tours also will be given.
2. Timothy Herron's art featured at Patina
Patina Arts Centre , 324 Cleveland Ave. NW, will be presenting "The Way I See It" by artist Timothy Herron .
Herron's show is open 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the first floor gallery at Patina. The event is free and open to the public.
"The Way I See It" features a collection of work made from real life observations, Patina said in announcing the event. Works include plein air and figurative oil painting.
Herron also creates portraits as a member of " The Pretentious Tremont Artists of the Literary Café ."
Also Thursday at Patina, following the exhibition opening, Herron will host a session of the Tremont group from 7 to 10 p.m. The portrait model will be Canton mayoral candidate Willis Gordon. The event is also free to attend for artists working with any medium. Bring your own materials.
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Herron's exhibition also will be on display 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Also at Patina on Friday, Canton-based hip-hop artist and rapper Jéan P the MC will be performing at 6 p.m. with Jorge Cervantez.
Open mic comedy night also will be at Patina on Friday hosted by Lydia Carmany of the Females of Comedy . Comedian sign-up starts at 7 p.m. Doors open to the public at 8 p.m. The free comedy event will be in Patina's lower level entertainment space.
3. 'Year of the Rabbit' art show at The Hub
Art exhibits during First Friday in downtown Canton also include "Year of the Rabbit" 6 to 10 p.m. at The Hub Art Factory , 336 Sixth St. NW.
Participating artists are Lorenzo Frazier, Heidi Fawver, Justin Randall, Aimee Lambes, Amanda Morena, Tim Carmany, Alissagrace Raynak, Erin Mulligan, Christian Harwell, Gina Kicos, Todd Bergert, Peyton Hopp, Zoemarie Strickland and John Jordan.
4. Elton John, Billy Joel tribute in Jackson Township
Spotlight Entertainment is presenting an Elton John and Billy Joel tribute show on April 15 at La Pizzaria in Jackson Township.
Featuring Jordan Potter, Mark Adkins and Ben Arrington backed by a five-piece band, the performance will be in the Crystal Room of La Pizzaria, 3656 Dressler Road NW.
Tickets, $42.50, include an Italian meal from La Pizzaria prior to the show. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/ by searching for La Pizzaria, or by calling the box office at 330-327-2087.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
5. 'Hop' movie matinee showings Friday
The movie "Hop" will be shown at 10 a.m. Friday in a "Sensory Cinema" screening at Canton Palace Theatre.
A standard showing will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Palace, 605 Market Ave. N. Tickets are $2 each.
"Sensory Cinema" is a theatre experience tailored to patrons with sensory processing disorders and their families.
6. Stark County High School Art Exhibition awards ceremony
Canton Museum of Art will hold an open house and awards ceremony Friday for the Stark County High School Art Exhibition.
The event is 5 to 7 p.m., with the awards presentation starting at 6 p.m. Between 100 to 150 art pieces are on display through April 9 at the museum. Admission is free.
Participating schools are Alliance City Schools, Canton City Schools, Canton Local Schools, Central Catholic High School, Fairless Local Schools, Jackson Local Schools, Lake Local School District, Louisville City Schools, Marlington Local Schools, Minerva Local Schools, North Canton City Schools, Osnaburg Local Schools, Perry Local Schools, Plain Local Schools, Sandy Valley Local Schools and Tuslaw Local School District.
7. Art Educator of the Year pieces on display in Canton, Massillon
The artwork of nominees and finalists for Art Educator of the Year is on display.
The annual art and music educator awards are a collaboration of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Canton Museum of Art and Massillon Museum.
Art pieces will be displayed in the lower level lobby of the Massillon Museum through Saturday. Admission is free.
Tamela Grandjean, an art teacher at Hoover High School, was recently named the 2023 Art Educator of the Year.
Other finalists were Matthew J. Ferrell, media arts instructor, Massillon Washington High School; Rayvin Lindsey, art teacher, Crenshaw Middle School; Renee Marinchek, art teacher, Alliance Intermediate School; and Rita Walbeck, art teacher, Glenwood Intermediate School.
Melanie Mesmer, music teacher at Northwood Elementary School in North Canton, was named the 2023 Music Educator of the Year.
8. Dollhaus Diva's Drag Revue at The Auricle
Dollhaus Diva's Drag Revue will be featured Saturday at The Auricle , 201 Cleveland Ave. NW in downtown Canton.
The show is being presented by The Auricle and Kardi Redd Diamond. Orion Story , a former contestant on the television show RuPaul's Drag Race, also will perform, as well as Amaya Sexton and Stevie Aura.
Doors open one hour before the 8 p.m. show, which is followed by a dance party.
Tickets are available online at https://www.ticketweb.com/ .
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of show. Advance VIP tickets are $25 ($30 day of show) and include admission, a meet and greet with Orion Story, one drink ticket and VIP front row seating.
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9. Student art exhibit at Mount Union
A student art exhibition will be showcased through April 12 in the Sally Otto Gallery at the University of Mount Union at the Giese Center for the Performing Arts, 67 West Simpson St.
Works by 21 students include paintings, drawings and sculptures.
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10. The Modern Electric and orchestra at The Auricle
The Modern Electric will join members of the Canton Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. April 13 at The Auricle for a Divergent Sounds concert.
The Cleveland band describes its style as piano-charged cinematic rock with influences both in film and music, including David Bowie and Electric Light Orchestra.
Tickets, $20 advance and $25 at the door, are available online at https://cantonsymphony.org/the-modern-electric/ .
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