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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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Akron Soul Train Announces New Fellows

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by Noor Hindi 8/29/2017   You’re an artist living in a refurbished shipping container for one month and getting paid through a fellowship to do your art all while surrounded by a community of creative individuals. It sounds like a dream, but could soon be your... More »

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Think on Your Feet

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  Wandering Aesthetics to offer Children’s improv theatre courses by Taylor Patterson 8/28/2017 Tell your kids to bring their singing voices and dancing shoes! Wandering Aesthetics is offering three improvisational theatre courses this September. Their play-ba... More »

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Super No Bueno | Spoils of Akron

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An interview with Shane Wynn and Chris Miller by Ted Zep   Since March of 2015, the Spoils of Akron podcast has concentrated a thoughtful, knowing and often incredibly funny light on the citizens, institutions, and happenings in the perpetually vibrant city of... More »

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Devil’s Dozen | August 2017

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Our picks for the 12 best choices you can make this month   Correction: The print version of this issue’s Devil’s Dozen included an error about PorchRokr 2017. The error has been corrected in this version. Time Cat is headlining this year’s festival, and there... More »

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Akropreneurs Event Spotlight: 2nd Annual Earthquaker Day

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  by Floco Torres If you aren’t a musician or an obsessive fan of music, you may think that an all day event centered around handmade guitar pedals wouldn’t be your thing. I’d agree with you except for the fact that this isn’t just any all day event, it’s the ... More »

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Live at Lock 4: Great Vibes and Great Sounds

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words and photos by Sierra Allen Couldn’t make the first Live at Lock 4 event? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Your case of FOMO (fear of missing out) is coming to an end as we fill you in on past experiences that’ll hopefully inspire new ones at the secon... More »

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I Mommed So Hard at #IMOMSOHARD

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  by Marissa Marangoni If you’ve never watched any of the #IMOMSOHARD video series on Youtube and you’re a parent, know and love some parents, or have interest in perhaps becoming a parent yourself, you’re missing out. Stop reading this review and remedy this ... More »

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The Sound of Conversation

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Showcasing Akron’s Creativity through PechaKucha by Noor Hindi Anoo Vyas is jazzed about the next PechaKucha. As the founder of PechaKucha Akron, Anoo says their next event on Friday, August 4 will be especially unique. Kung Fu, theater and music will fuse tog... More »

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What I Wish I Knew | Evan Delehanty’s startup advice

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  by Gray Giaconia   Entrepreneur and recent “Shark Tank” contestant Evan Delehanty is the founder and CEO of Peaceful Fruits, a company that makes organic, non-GMO fruit snacks. Ingredients are sustainably sourced from the Amazon Rainforest, and all of the pr... More »

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Baseball Now! Goes Softballin’ | The Akron Racers  

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by Dave Daly Basketball playoffs are finally over, football hasn’t started yet and people don’t seem aware of the fact that professional hockey still exists. It does, it is great and their season is over too. What does this mean? It’s officially baseball seaso... More »