Wednesday, November 19
Best Way to Pretend It’s Spring Again
Akron Rubberducks’ “20 Days of Giving” campaign
November 19 through noon on December 19
From getting your own Rubberducks baseball card to a free hot dog for all 71 home games to batting practice with the team to throwing out the ceremonial last pitch of the season, die-hard baseball fans have a shot at some amazing experiences with the Double-A home team if you make a qualifying purchase, which you can learn more about by clicking here. Or here.
Most Out-of-Town Opportunity to Represent Akron
Shivering Timbers at Music Box Supper Club at 7:30 PM ($28)
If you’re in the CLE and want to show your Rubber City love but aren’t into basketball, head to the Music Box Supper Club to catch Akron’s Shivering Timbers. And then leave as soon as headliner Robyn Hitchcock takes the stage. Just kidding. You probably like him too, right?
Thursday, November 20
Jimmy Haslam, noon at the Akron Roundtable ($20)
Thanks to the Akron Roundtable, you can get lunch with Jimmy Haslam, the billionaire owner of the Cleveland Browns and CEO of Pilot/Flying J. Ben Tate probably won’t be there.
Title Most Likely to End in a Bad “Walks-Into-A-Bar” Joke
“Three Men and a Horse,” through December 21 at Coach House Theatre ($12-$20)
The “hidden gem” at Akron Women’s Club hosts their last play this year, a classic comedy about a meek man being wooed for his talents by a bunch of down-on-their-luck gamblers who think he can make them all rich.
Jazziest Jam Session in Bounceback Town
Dan Wilson, Theron Brown, Cory Todd and Michael Ode, 8PM at Blu Jazz ($5 to listen; free to jam)
— Dina Younis (@DinasDays) November 17, 2014
Cook Me Sumthin’ Good
Terra Milo, 5:30 PM at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuy Falls
Local health coach and blogger Terra Milo promises tasty food (and fun!) at her cooking demo for Western Reserve’s “Doctor’s Order” program.
Get Messy, Make Art for Charity
Ugly Sweater Party, 6:30 PM at Palladian Palette ($15)
Akron has a BYOB painting bar—that is, bring your booze and get your paint on—and on Thursday night, they’re donning ugly sweaters for a silent auction that benefits a local charity.
Friday, November 21
Best Chance to Stay Warm Is to Keep Moving
Akron Bike Party’s Retro Reveler Ride, 7:30 PM at Lock 3
Grab your bike and cruise the city for about 10 miles. Lights, music and costumes are encouraged.
— Young Pizza (@wirthdesign) November 17, 2014
Theatre Most Likely to Awe You and Simultaneously Make You Feel like a Slacker
When a 67-year-old grandmother of 24 hikes the Appalachian Trail in a pair of Keds, you know there’s a good story to tell. Thanks to Wandering Aesthetics and Eden Valley Enterprises, you can get the story and help others find out about Emma Gatewood at the same time. Sunday’s matinee is followed by a reception to benefit EVE’s effort to produce a PBS documentary about Grandma Gatewood.
Saturday, November 22
Most Fun You Can Have in the Freezing Cold Helping Others Live Better
Cranksgiving, 8 AM at the Bike Kitchen in Lock 3 ($20)
An alley cat race that’s part holiday giving drive and part scavenger hunt, you get a map and a list of things the less fortunate need then visit stores by bike to buy at least 10 of these things, returning with your booty to the Bike Kitchen so it can all be donated to the St. Bernard’s Food Pantry. And then—WHAM!—you get a free lunch and a nice memento.
Countryside Farmer’s Market, 9 am-noon at Old Trail School
Yeah, it may be colder than a coal miner’s daughter (or something like that) but you don’t have to miss your farm fresh foods thanks to Countryside Conservancy, who host their last farmer’s market of the month Saturday at Old Trail School so you can stock your pantry for Turkey Day.
How to Practice Excellence in Enlightened Self-Interest
Wine, Bourbon & Scotch Tasting at the Safety Forces Chaplaincy Center, 6 PM ($80)
When you help local police, fire, first-responders and their families, you’re ultimately helping yourself. When you help them and get to enjoy prime rib, bourbon, scotch, wine, turkey and salmon in the process—AND you get to write 40% off on your taxes—you are a master of enlightened self-interest. Call (330) 376-0091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Quirkiest PG-13 Improv Comedy
Point of No Return Improv at the Quirk Cultural Center, 7:30 PM ($5)
Sure, you could stay home and yell ideas at the TV again. Or… you could head to Cuy Falls for an evening of improve with the Point of No Return crew.
Trendy w/ Chil and Townhouse Captains, 9 PM at Musica
Returning stateside, fresh from Simeon Soul Charger’s extended European tour, Aaron Brooks reunites with his pop-punk brethren Davey Patterson and Jay “Money” Baskette for a reunion show as Trendy, which disbanded in 2008. Stow’s Chil and Akron’s Townhouse Captains.