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The seed was planted a few years ago by a long-time Highland Square resident, Sharon Lorentzen, who was taken with a musical event in Larchmere, a neighborhood near Cleveland's Shaker Square.
Now, thanks to the Highland Square Neighborhood Association and countless volunteers, this vision will play out in the Square's first-ever Porch Rokr Festival.
Rokr will roll out eight hours of free music to locals and beyond on Saturday, June 8, from noon to 8 p.m. — rain or shine. Musical groups, soloists, choirs and ensembles will offer an incredibly eclectic range of music including gospel, jazz and hip-hop to reggae, blue and classical.
Crafty Mart, Akron's uncommon arts and craft marketplace, returns June 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Musica, We Gallery and Uncorked Wine Bar at 51 E. Market Street in Akron for its eighth iteration.
Just in time for NEOhioans to pick up gifts for Father's Day and graduation parties. Crafty Mart was established in 2009 as a haven of uncommon, locally made arts and crafts and has continued organizing twice yearly events in Akron since.
Brit Charek, director of Crafty Mart, said that this market has "gifts that your favorite grads and dads will remember--handmade right here in the Rubber City."
Caribbean and calypso music by The University of Akron Steel Drum Band airs on Western Reserve Public Media (formerly PBS 45 & 49) at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21.
"Hammer on Steel: Steel Band Paradise" features highlights from the UA Steel Drum Band's April 2013 concert at E.J. Thomas Hall, including guest artists Calypso singer Keet Styla, master pan player Ray Holman of Trinidad, and percussionist Tom Miller, a 1984 alumnus of the UA Steel Drum Band.
"Steel Band Paradise" was produced by students from Z-TV at the UA School of Communication under the guidance of Z-TV general manager and Wadsworth resident Phil Hoffman, an award-winning documentary producer.
The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation Gallery will host a reception for the artists of "Collage & Assemblage" May 22 at 10 W. Streetsboro St., in Hudson, from 3 to 6 p.m. The exhibition features work by 11 signature members of the National Collage Society and continues through May 27.
To learn more about the National Collage Society, visit www.nationalcollage.com.
The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation Gallery hosts several art exhibitions each year and is free and open to the public during most weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and additional hours as advertised.
Art antiquities in the black market and a Steinway piano serenade in a garden setting are featured in this spring's Arts-in-Residence Series offered by The University of Akron's Fine Arts Division.
On Thursday, May 16, beginning at 7:30 p.m., UA art historian Elisha Ann Dumser will talk about "Loot! Antiquities Collecting and the Black Market" at the West Akron home of well-known art advocates Rick and Alita Rogers.
Dumsher will reveal how nearly all antiquities entering American collections over the past 40 years have emerged from illegal excavations, clandestine smuggling operations, and a thriving black market. She'll also discuss objects in northeast Ohio art collections. The evening will include delicious desserts and an opportunity to explore the Rogers' own collection of contemporary art.
The Akron Area Arts Alliance (AAAA) invites the public to nominate deserving ARTISTS for the 2013 Arts Alive! Awards Celebration, honoring outstanding achievement in dance, music, theatre and the visual arts.
Awards are also given for outstanding leadership and generous support of our arts and culture community. This gala event will be held Sunday, November 3 at Summit Artspace.
Arts award categories include: Outstanding Visual Artist, Outstanding Artist in Music, Outstanding Artist in Dance, Outstanding Artist in Theatre, Arts Volunteer, Arts Patron, Arts Outreach, Arts Business Support, Arts Educator, Rising Young Star-Artist, Rising Young Star-Leadership and Collaborative Projects. Candidates from Summit, Portage and Medina Counties are eligible.
The Akron Civic Theatre will host its first ever chocolate fundraiser, "It's All About Chocolate," May 20 at 6 p.m.
The evening will include chocolate food samplings and chocolate martinis, among other chocolate offerings. This Civic fundraiser is based on the very popular purse swaps, but using this popular food.
"Lose a Pound, Gain a Pound" - Everyone will need to bring a one pound box of divine chocolate, in its original package, and then they will be able to swap it out for a pound of chocolates. Attendees will swap in order of ticket color.
In episode #3 of the Digital LIfe, Kevin Lockett talks to NFL Draft Bible's Aki Jones on the 2013 Cleveland Browns NFL draft as well as the differences between using Blogtalk Radio and YouTube when interviewing guests. (Follow Aki Jones on Twitter @EuroJones and NFLDraftBible.com. You can follow Kevin Lockett on Twitter @Kevinlockett or KevinLockett.com and Soul88.com).
Directed by Darrell Lee Music, the Stow Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform its 2013 Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at the Stow-Munroe Falls High School Auditorium, 3227 East Graham Road, Stow. A brief pre-concert preview talk begins at 7:00 p.m.
To celebrate its 15th anniversary the Orchestra will perform Beethoven's 9th (Choral) Symphony, joined by the Stow Symphony Chorus and guest soloists. The 9th Symphony is almost universally considered to be among Beethoven's greatest works, and is considered by some to be the greatest piece of music ever written.
- 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