Totality is a wondrous thing

Close your eyes and you might think this town sucks. Stay in the dark long enough and you might even think the country’s going to hell. But using even the slightest bit of good faith, and with a little help from those in the know, you might find joy and wonder wherever you look this week.

Beyond organizing your eclipse watch party (and we list a dozen opportunities to do so), you can also learn some tips on shooting the eclipse from a professional photographer in Kent. Don’t miss the brand new trumpet concerto based on the work of a 20th century surrealist, commissioned by the Akron Symphony. And you can’t go wrong being in the best listening room in the region, the BOP STOP, hearing Carol Leslie interpret standards and pop tunes.

Indian raga opens minds and raises money for Middle Eastern children in Kent, there’s a talk about empowering refugees at Happy Dog in Gordon Square, composer John Adams conducts the Cleveland Orchestra in his “City Noir,” Akron native Josh Rzepka makes a homecoming to BLU Jazz+, and the North Union Farmer’s Markets in Shaker Square and Crocker Park start opening outdoors this week.

CoolCleveland correspondent Liv Ream interviews members of the Rocky Horror Shadow Cast, performing at the Kent Stage, while CoolCleveland columnist Liz Maugans shares her always big ideas for creating a Love Festival, and two area artists are releasing new music and connecting independently. It’s a wonderful thing.

–Thomas Mulready

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