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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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The Devil’s Dozen: Music Events March 2016

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by Brittany Nader and Gabe Gott   Tracey Thomas Jazz Quintet Wednesday, March 16 at Jilly’s Music Room, 6 p.m. Tracey Thomas has explored many different sounds and styles over the years, from contributing to the development of The Akron Sound as lead singer of... More »

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The Palette: Art Events March 2016

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An overview of arts events happening in Akron by Andrew Leask The Man Who Came to Dinner March 17- April 3 at Weathervane Playhouse Though it takes place in the fictional town of Mesalia, Ohio, this play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart could easily have bee... More »

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Film Freak: 5 Films Featuring Akron, Ohio

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by Chris Kessinger (The Film Freak) After discovering Akron’s presence in the Oscar winner “Room” (full review online at thefilmfreak.com), I decided to dig even further into Hollywood’s archives to find the best flicks that reference or feature Akron. I found... More »

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“AKRON: The Film”

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“AKRON: The Film” by Chris Horne While you can catch glimpses of Akron in big budget productions, including a Stan Hywet cameo in a waste of excellent actors in 2012’s “Alex Cross,” or in documentaries like “More Than a Game,” starring LeBron James, or in low-... More »

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Standing Room: Six Akron Bands We Think You Should Know

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  Copali Copali’s original tunes combine fusion, funk and jazz into a unique sound. All of the band members come from diverse musical backgrounds making for an eclectic and fun mix of instruments. The songs intertwine the saxophone, clarinet, guitar, and bass ... More »

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Brew and a Byline

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In Praise of Pizza and Beer by Matthew Sedmock   Oxygen is necessary for survival. As is water. And a sizable contingent of Akronites might add a third staple to that list: pizza and beer. While oxygen and water are critical to sustaining human life, pizza and... More »

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WWWD: What Would the Wanderer Do?

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New Akronite Guide to Food in 2016 by Holly Brown Having successfully completed my first year in Akron this past August, I know what it’s like to be a new Akronite. Here’s a short list of a few (of the many) staples that a new Akronite must try. ASAP. Go right... More »

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Find Your Crowd

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You might think you’re weird, but Akron is chock full o’ nuts by Chris Horne Whether you’re new or native, Akron has many eclectic and diverse groups to join if you’re trying to connect with folks who share your interests. Here’s our totally non-exhaustive lis... More »

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Akron Glossary

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What the hell is a devil strip? by Andrew Leask Are you a Northeast Ohio newbie? A lifelong local? Whether you’re a tried and true townie, or simply a passer-on-through, you may have noticed certain terms particular to the Akron argot. Akronite | ‘A-krə-nīt | ... More »

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Scene Stealers: 8 Community Theatre Groups to See in 2016

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by Mary Menzemer From intimate venues, sophisticated acting styles, and adaptations of classic tales performed in a barn, Akron has the type of theatre suitable for anyone. So whether you’re new to community theater or a seasoned veteran, 2016 has some great p... More »