The Akron Symphony Orchestra Pops will perform the music of John Williams during a show at 7 p.m. Saturday in E.J. Thomas Hall.
Williams has won five Oscars, and been nominated dozens of times since 1967 for his screen music and is especially known for his soaring sounds for Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, with Star Wars one of his Oscar winners. The others are for Schindler's List, Jaws, E.T. and his adaptation score for Fiddler on the Roof.
The pops presentation begins at 7 p.m. with a costume contest inviting folks to show up in outfits derived from Williams-scored movies. The top two costumes win prizes. (Conductor Christopher Williams is judging.)
Anyone showing up in a Williams-tied costume will be entered to win two tickets to late-October events the Masque of the Red Death or the Halloween Charity Ball.
Music begins at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $35 to $55 for regular patrons, $17.50 to $27.50 for children and students. You can find details at uaevents.com. Note that E.J. Thomas does not have an operating box office most of the time because of changes at the University of Akron; you need to use the Akron Civic box office.
Last Hunt. The Wanda Hunt Band gives its farewell concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Kent Stage. Doors open at 7.
What the Beacon Journal's Malcolm X Abram called “one of the area's most dependable, funky and friendly bands” has been around since 1994, but in July began a series of final shows to be capped by the Kent performance.
“I feel like I've been working and doing this for so long and I feel like I missed out on a lot,” Hunt told Abram before launching the farewell tour. “I never had kids, never got married, never did anything because I was so busy doing stuff. Never had time. So, now I'm 54, and it's time to do me.”
Tickets are $10.
More soul. Gladys Knight and Canton's own the O'Jays perform at 8 p.m. Friday in Cleveland's State Theatre. Knight, whether solo or with the Pips, filled our mental soundtracks with the likes of Neither One of Us, The End of Our Road, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, If I Were Your Woman, Friendship Train and Midnight Train to Georgia (and you should look for the clip of that tune on 30 Rock).
The O'Jays, of course, hit hard with Back Stabbers, Love Train, Use Ta Be My Girl and the epic For the Love of Money (which became the theme song of a reality show long hosted by a certain presidential candidate).
Tickets may be off-putting to people who love their money. They range from $51.75 to $121.75, with a special VIP package including a tote bag and poster for $200.75.
Get Mad. The final episodes of Mad Men arrive on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, along with a Complete Collection covering all seven seasons.
Mad Men: The Final Season Part 2 has the last eight episodes of the series along with extras including commentaries on all the episodes, four featurettes with topics such as Earth Day and, on Blu-ray only, an advertising timeline.
The complete-series box has bonuses from previous disc releases along with new material including previously unreleased Season 6 commentaries and a special interview with series creator Matthew Weiner. It also offers two silver-rimmed lowball tumblers and four coasters. And a triple-digit price tag.
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