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Get ready to polka. And eat. And polka some more. Slovenefest XXIV runs noon to midnight at SNPJ



Published: Thu, July 7, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Get ready to polka. And eat. And polka some more. Slovenefest XXIV runs noon to midnight at SNPJ Recreation Center, 270 Martin Rd., Enon Valley, Pa. (877) 767-5732. If you didn't get enough polka, come on back for more all weekend.

Tim Reynolds, the long-time Dave Matthews' collaborator, will be playing acoustic music at 8 p.m. at the Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland. (216) 321-5588.

Third time is the charm? You had two other chances to see Toby Keith (left) as he made his swing through the area. Finally, he closes out the trip at 7:30 p.m. at Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ticketmaster or www.hob.com/blossom.

Food, music, fun and food. Yeah, the ribs star at the Mahoning Valley Rib Burn Off, but the lead act, The Gin Blossoms, is almost as hot. They play at 10 p.m., but the event opens at noon at Super K-Mart, Route 46, Niles. The burn off continues all weekend with musical acts performing practically all day long.

If you're up for something a little meditative, check out "Be Well -- Drum On" Hand Drumming Event with Elie Kihonia, 6 p.m. at Treat Yourself Holistic Center, 3837 Starr Center Dr., Canfield. (330) 533-1870.

Forget all that Lord of the Dance stuff. Ireland's chief export (outside of U2) is the Chieftains, who will be in concert with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. in Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh. (412) 392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

Some acts just refuse to pack it in. And why should they when they can still fill auditoriums and outdoor theaters? That can be said for two of Saturday's hot tickets:

Hall & amp; Oates, performs at 8 p.m. at Tower City Amphitheater, Cleveland. Ticketmaster.

And James Taylor plays at 8 p.m. at Post-Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pa. Ticketmaster.

Sometimes you just don't want decibels. That's when you head over to the Summer Festival of the Arts at Youngstown State University and check out the various art displays, theater, clowns, music and more. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday, all day both days.

What's so funny? That would be Cedric The Entertainer, who will be performing at 7:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh. (412) 392-4872.

Monday The Allman Brothers Band and Gavin DeGraw play at 7 p.m. at Tower City Amphitheater, Cleveland. Ticketmaster.

Here's a perfect mixture of veteran performers along with a real up-and-coming star. The Wallflowers have the buzz-child Anna Nalick as opening act at 7:30 p.m. in House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Ticketmaster or www.hob.com.

Tracy Bonham (right) takes on the House of Blues crowd at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Cambridge Room, 308 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Ticketmaster.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Rock Never Stops Tour -- Cinderella, Ratt, Quiet Riot and Firehouse -- invades Canton Memorial Civic Center, Canton. (330) 945-9400 or Ticketmaster.

This guy gets rave reviews for his bravery in compressing the George Lucas flicks into one evening. It's the "One Man Star Wars Trilogy" starring Charlie Ross, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square, Cleveland. (800) 766-6048 or www.playhousesquare.com. He'll be there for a week.

At 7:30 p.m. July 15, check out the Salem Community Theatre 3rd Annual Gospel Jubilee at Salem High School, Tickets can be purchased at Salem Community Theatre, Young & amp; Merrill Insurance Agency or the Lion & amp; Lamb Bookstore in Salem. For additional information (330) 332-9688. It's one show only, so don't miss the chance.

More veterans show up as Earth, Wind and Fire & amp; Chicago perform at 7 p.m. July 20 at Tower City Amphitheater, Cleveland. Ticketmaster.




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