Archie the Talking Snowman is back, and a whole new generation (both young and old) is discovering just how much fun it is to talk to him.
Archie was born at Chapel Hill mall one fine December day in 1968. A 20-foot tall giant in woolen scarf, black silk top hat and clutching an over-sized broom, and known as Archie Arctic, he quickly found his voice and began to entertain the mall visitors with his playful and lively banter. Soon, children began to come up to him and share their Christmas stories and wishes. For, you see, Archie was a good listener. That’s why he became so popular, drawing thousands of visitors to his display every holiday season.
Later, he thought it would be trendy to go by the name of just 'Archie.' The girls and boys really loved him. So, it was with great sadness and surprise, when, after 35 years, Archie suffered a nervous breakdown and struggled with severe depression, claiming the stress of standing there motionless was just too much to bear and he abruptly went into hibernation in 2003.
Here are videos of the 11 finalists
Through the power of thousands of text votes, there are 11 finalists competing for the Akron Art Prize, the first contest of its kind in Akron.
The competition, sponsored by the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, kicked off Sept. 1 at the Downtown Akron Artwalk and more than 135 artists entered. The second and final round of voting will end Oct. 6 with all finalists’ works on display at Summit Artspace (140 E. Market St. corner Market/Summit).
Click through to the story for videos about the final pieces.
Ohio native Ann Hamilton, one of contemporary art’s most influential voices, will talk about and show her work Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Stage Door of E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St., on the campus of The University of Akron.
Free and open to the public, the event is presented by UA’s Mary Schiller Myers Lecture Series. While in Akron, Hamilton will also work closely with students in UA's Myers School of Art and visit the Akron Art Museum. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are not required, but open seating is on a first-come basis. For more information, call the Thomas Hall Ticket Office at (330) 972-7570.
Hamilton is recognized internationally for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale multi-media installations. Using time as process and material, her methods of making serve as an invocation of place, of collective voice, of communities past and of labor present.
The Akron Civic will mark the “5th Anniversary of the Akron Hip-hop Showcase” Sept. 2, featuring De La Soul, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Jeru tha Damaja, Special Ed, DJ Mick Boogie, and the 2012 “Akron Hip-hop On-line Talent Search” winner: Ashtabula Ohio’s own Ali tha Prince.
Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins promptly at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $20. The official Showcase after-party will take place upstairs in the Civic immediately after the concert. After-party tickets must be purchased along with your concert tickets.
This year’s Showcase will feature two of the most cutting-edge and influential Hip-hop groups of all time – De La Soul and Pete Rock & CL Smooth. Ismail Al-Amin, executive director of Keepers of the Art, said, “We are very proud to present De La Soul and Pete Rock & CL Smooth to the city. Neither group has ever played Akron before, but many, many people here have been and continue to be influenced by their music.”
The giant talking snowman that was once a staple of holidays at Chapel Hill Mall will make a triumphant return this winter, this time to Lock 3, thanks to the city of Akron, which will host thousands of ice skaters, sled riders, gift seekers and families this winter at the 9th annual Holidayfest at Lock 3.
“There has been such an outpouring of support for Archie through Facebook that we wanted to reward the enthusiasm of so many moms and dads who want to share him with their own children,” said Dave Lieberth, Akron’s deputy mayor who created the first Holidayfest in 2004. “Archie the Snowman will return as a symbol of winter fun and make new memories for a new generation.”
Archie the Snowman, a familiar sight to those residents who grew up after Chapel Hill Mall opened in 1967, will be re-introduced to Akron Nov. 23 during the city’s annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony, featuring a pyrotechnic and fireworks display in Lock 3 on the day after Thanksgiving.
Looking at the petite, 100-pound, Asian “Black Widow,” one would never assume she could do so much damage when it comes to eating. But don’t judge this book by her cover.
At just 5-foot, 5 inches, Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas has taken the world by storm with her unassuming ability to devour food, landing her as the fourth ranked eater and No. 1 female eater in the world.
She and other top-ranked, major league eaters will be in Akron at Lock 3, Aug. 18 and 19 for the National Hamburger-Eating Championship at the Seventh Annual National Hamburger Festival in Akron.