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The Northeast Ohio Blues Association will present Blues @ The Civic featuring Colin John and an opening performance by The Juke Hounds on Friday, Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. in an intimate cabaret setting.
Colin John an accomplished, versatile musician, with both his guitar prowess and passionate singing. His engaging acoustic and electric styles are amazing.
Based on The Big Island of Hawai'i, Colin John, "The Transpacific Bluesman" is internationally regarded and recognized as a unique musician, possessing world class skills on acoustic, resonator and electric guitars.
The Juke Hounds formed in late 2006, and ventured on a special mission to put the "Juke" spin on the standard "Blues Sound". By adding a high energy approach, an uplifting twist to the songs, and upbeat musicianship, The Juke Hounds built a loyal following regionally.
Finish your holiday shopping with handmade artwork created by local artists at Summit Artspace this weekend, Dec. 7 and 8. Artsy Mart is a free event where local arts vendors sell handmade artworks, offering a unique take on gifts, from wearable fine art items to original artwork from Summit Artspace's studio artists and local artists.
It will be the beginning of building a creative and affordable experience to shower those you love with the best in community supported arts for the holidays. Artsy Mart on Saturday evening will coincide with the monthly Artwalk, along with food trucks from Retro Dog and Zydeco Bistro from 5 to 10 p.m.
Hours will be Saturday, Dec. 7 from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, from noon to 5 pm. For information, call (330) 376-8480 or go to www.akronareaarts.org. Summit Artspace is located at 140 E. Market St. Admisson and parking are free.
For the 10th consecutive season, Lock 3 in Downtown Akron will be home to Northeast Ohio's most popular spot to ice skate and celebrate the holiday season. Along with brand new family-friendly events occurring all winter, Lock 3's most frequented winter attraction - its ice skating rink - opens this Friday, Nov. 15, and will remain open until the end of February.
Returning this year is a large range of events and activities that have made Lock 3 the premier holiday destination, including the popular 10,000-square-foot ice rink sponsored by First Merit, and the famous Archie's Enchanted Encounter, sponsored by Chapel Hill Mall, which gives adults and children the opportunity to chat with the magical 17-foot-tall snowman.
"People can watch Lock 3's giant Christmas tree and fireworks light up the Downtown Akron sky during the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 29, then slip on their mittens and snowball down Reindeer Run, 150 feet of festive downhill fun specifically designed for children under 14 years of age," noted Tish Jernigan, Akron's Lock 3 and Downtown Operations Manager.
Directed by Darrell Lee Music, the Stow Symphony Orchestra will perform its annual holiday concert at 7:30 PM on Saturday, Dec. 7. For this performance the Orchestra returns to the Stow-Munroe Falls High School Auditorium, at 3227 East Graham Road, Stow.
Along with many seasonal favorites the concert will feature
• Leroy Anderson's holiday music
• Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Ballet Suite"
• Scenes from the music of "A Charlie Brown Christmas"
• Special selections featuring the Stow Symphony Orchestra Chorale
• A holiday audience sing-along
Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) recently announced the First Night Akron 2014 artwork that thousands of revelers will wear as their admission button on New Year's Eve. The button artist, who was selected by a committee of previous button artists, is Dave Szalay.
"The owl ended up being a great character to represent the spirit of a nighttime New Year celebration in Akron," said Szalay, an accomplished graphic designer and illustrator from Akron. "Owls are nocturnal and associated with insight, wisdom and protection," he added. "Winter is prime time for spotting owls and Northeast Ohio is one of the best places in the country to do so. Anyone who sees an owl in the wild is pretty lucky because they are stealthy."
"I hope that spotting this year's First Night owl brings everyone good luck for the coming year," said Szalay, who uses an illustration technique involving advanced digital painting and drawing yet is reminiscent of vintage 1950s advertising and picture book art. He has worked professionally in visual communications for the past 28 years, and is an assistant professor at The University of Akron, Myers School of Art where he teaches various graphic design and illustration courses.
More than 40 contemporary artists will explore the boundaries between youth culture and advertising for the Clever Little Devils art show, which opens Nov. 15 at the Box Gallery, on the third floor of Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St.
From the unusual to the extraordinary, this show features a number of Akron's freshest contemporary artists all under one roof. Sponsored by Artists of Rubber City, the show will be on display through Dec. 31.
The opening night party starts at 5 p.m. Nov. 15 and includes live music by Ashley Brooke Toussant and Kyndra Heischman. Street music outside of the gallery is provided by Zack Lint Zack Lint.
Artists are known as innovators and creators. Can they be good managers of their own careers and ideas as well? Creative professionals are redefining what it means to be an artist. They are taking action, building professional networks, investing in neighborhoods, collaborating with each other and sparking excitement in communities.
The answer is YES, thanks to a program, funded by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and coordinated by the Akron Area Arts Alliance taking place at Summit Artspace for 7 weeks in November – December 2013. This program has been delivered in Cleveland as well as in Charlotte, NC and Miami, Florida, receiving rave reviews from all types of individual artists.
The Artist as Entrepreneur Institute is the creation of the Community Partnership on Arts & Culture (CPAC) in Cleveland and the business skills for artists' curriculum is award-winning and transformative. It is for artists from every discipline who are serious about advancing their careers and deriving more of their income from their creative work. It takes talent of course, but equally important is the commitment of making the right decisions about marketing, intellectual property, insurance and operations for the future. Combining these skills with your passion and writing a business plan for personal and professional advancement is what AEI is all about.
The Main Event Speaker Series, a popular author series featuring prominent voices from the worlds of literature, the arts, politics and journalism resumes with international, bestselling author Colum Mccann Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. in the Main Library auditorium in downtown Akron.
McCann has been described as a “poetic realist,” a writer who “is known to tackle the dark in order to get through to the light.”
Born in Ireland, McCann is the internationally bestselling author of five novels, including Let the Great World Spin, winner of the National Book Award, and his latest, Transatlantic. McCann has also written two highly acclaimed short story collections, and his work has been published in thirty-five languages. Other awards won by McCann include the prestigious Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, the International Dublin Literary Award, and the Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary Award. Esquire magazine has named McCann one of the “Best & Brightest,” and his short film Everything in This Country Must was nominated for an Oscar.
High school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in theatre are invited to High School Drama Day at The University of Akron from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. High school teachers are also invited.
Hosted by the UA Theatre Program, the free event in Guzzetta Hall will feature a morning of theatre workshops that include physical and vocal exercises and design and technical theatre.The high school students and teachers will also participate in ensemble work led by UA professors, including designer Adel Migid and James Slowiak, recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Artist in Theatre award from the Akron Area Arts Alliance.
Akron arts groups will use $750,000 in new funding to bring innovative programs to the city—including independent film, new plays and a student workshop with banjo player Bela Fleck.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's support is part of the organization's efforts to weave the arts into Akron residents' everyday lives. It complements the foundation's $1 million investment in the Akron Art Museum over the past year, to both create new exhibitions and engage the public more deeply in its programs.
Knight selected organizations working to expand and attract audiences in Akron through a variety of disciplines. Projects, for example, will create a community-wide performance of a "Midsummer's Night Dream," address racial issues through theater, and give young dancers the chance to learn from a much-praised ballet company.
"Few things bring people together like the arts, inspiring and challenging us to be a creative community," said Jennifer Thomas, Akron program director for Knight Foundation. "Our city has a vibrant and growing arts scene, and we want to make sure more Akron residents feel like they have a place in it, to create, participate and enjoy."
- Library's centennial celebration commemorates children's services
- UA hosts researcher, historian Mike Hill
- GAINS discusses sense of place
- Visitors Bureau offers destination grants to tourism entities
- Holidayfest celebrates 10th anniversary at Lock 3 in Downtown Akron
- Last call for donations for Akron fraternity fundraiser