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Sophie

Show BioHide BioAn alumna of the University of Akron and a poet by training, Maria Sophia Franchi is The Devil Strip’s managing editor. Sometimes, she’d rather have a standing desk.

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Outdoor Gems: Exploring Northeast Ohio | Beaver Marsh

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words and photos by Anthony Boarman   September, 2017 Everyone loves a comeback story. LeBron James returning to Northeast Ohio to bring the Cavaliers their first championship in franchise history. WWII veteran Louis Zamperini’s journey from Olympic stardom to... More »

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Mr. East Akron

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Art Minson, a life of service. by Bronlynn Thurman   When you’re driving south down Arlington, you may have noticed a large mural of a waving older man with the words “Mr. East Akron” over his head. You may have wondered who Mr. East Akron is and what he did t... More »

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“Clean & Bright” stops traffic at Downtown Laundromat

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Art Bomb Brigade completes its first mural by Michelle DeShon 07/2016 Art Bomb Brigade completed its first project, a vivid mural that spans over 3,000 square feet on the Downtown Laundromat on South Main Street. Elisa Gargarella, Art Bomb Brigade director and... More »

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Northside Marketplace: A Funnel to Akron

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words and photos by Noor Hindi   11/14/2017 Walking into Northside Marketplace is like receiving a sampler platter of your favorite food at your favorite restaurant. The possibilities are endless. You can grab a drink at Sure House Coffee Roasting Co, then bro... More »

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A Different Kind of Tour

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  Leadership Akron Launches Destination Akron by Noor Hindi 11/06/2017 Vallery Hyduk moved from Toronto to Detroit because her husband went to a Jack White concert. Well, kind of. They both had a healthy dose of “Detroit fear,” as most folks do when they tour ... More »

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What Ted Bare Wishes He Knew

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What I Wish I Knew with Ted Bare of the Highland Square Theatre and Linda Theatre by Sierra Allen 11/2/2017   Name: Rudd (Ted) Bare Occupation: Owner of the Highland Square Theatre and Linda Theatre Hometown: Akron Current Neighborhood: Bath   The 78-year-old ... More »

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A Spooky Book Signing

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Jean Trawick to sign copies of Spooklin this Saturday At The Learned Owl by Sierra Allen 10/24/2017 As a college student in 1956, Jean Trawick completed an assignment for her Children’s Literature class at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. Now, 61 years l... More »

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In The Crowd: Daikaiju destroys the city of Akron

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  by Floco Torres 10/17/2017 Sunday night shows are usually really awkward, so I try to avoid them. This particular Sunday night at Annabell’s Bar & Lounge grabbed my attention, only because I wasn’t ready for weekend to end and I saw familiar names in See Cre... More »

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In the Crowd: Black Market Brass at Hive Mind

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  by Floco Torres 10/17/2017 In the present day, I seem to blend in with concert goers when it comes to dancing. Provided with the proper alcoholic libation, I fall between a tame two-step and “dance like no one’s watching.” So it would be assumably riveting t... More »

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NEOMFA Student Spotlight: Lisa Langford

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Theatre That Exceeds Gender by Claude Christensen 10/17/2017 A woman with the ability to generate new body parts quickly becomes pregnant, without intercourse. Another laments having a second heart instead of a uterus. A transgender man is given unused male re... More »

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Super No Bueno: It

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by Ted Zep 10/17/2017   (Rating: R – Genre: Horror – Director: Andy Muschietti – Writers: Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga – Stars: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Liberher, Finn Wolfhard – Runtime: 135 minutes) The Plot In 1989, a group of disenfranchised children waged b... More »