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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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There’s Nothing Simple About Syrup

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Hale Farm and Village serves up pancakes with a side of history words and photos by Andrew Leask It is a cliché to say that a culture tells its story through its cuisine. The popularity of Travel Channel food shows and Food Network travel shows attests to how ... More »

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Jeff Klemm unplugs for a month of Wednesdays

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by Chris Horne If you like Akron music, you know Jeff Klemm’s name, even if you don’t know Jeff Klemm. He’s led Maid Myriad on tour and in the studio. He’s taken on a solo side project with Jeff Klemm & The Letters. He’s chief cheese Sad Bastard — most recentl... More »

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In the Kitchen at Jilly’s Music Room

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An interview with Executive Chef Joël Johnson and Sous Chef Kyle McMullen words and photos by Abby Cymerman   The entire menu at Jilly’s Music Room is gluten-free but you’ll never taste the difference. Jill Bacon Madden, owner of Jilly’s Music room, is gluten-... More »

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Senator Bernie Sanders Feels the Big Love Akron Has to Offer

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‘The American people understand that based on the teachings of every religion—Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism—that love always trumps hate.’ words by M. Sophie Hamad, photos by Shane Wynn Akron is really feeling the Bern. And we’re not talking about sau... More »

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The Wanderer: Mission Nepali Kitchen

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  words and photos by Holly Brown Every so often I get an exclusive tip-off, a secret whispered hint from some blessed soul, from someone who knows not only of my love of fine foods, but also (perhaps more so) that I am, in fact, the Wanderer of this very colu... More »

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Vive le Jazz!

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  French Singer Cyrille Aimée Gives an Encore Performance at Blu Jazz+ words by Andrew Leask; photos by Svetla Morrison   To introduce a song in her set at Blu Jazz+ on February 28, French-born jazz singer Cyrille Aimée told a story. One night, she and her ban... More »

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Feelin’ the ‘Big Love’

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Diverse, family-friendly lineup celebrates collaboration with music, food, yoga and more by Noor Hindi If the name Big Love Fest doesn’t get you excited, try Acid Cats, free food, yoga and community workshops. “Expect 12 hours of music, full scale art installa... More »

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The Culture Club: Community Events March 2016

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Our picks for community events in March 2016   Breakfast with Bunny March 12 & 13, 19 & 20, and 26 at Akron Zoo, 9-11 am Join the Akron Zoo for a breakfast buffet, crafts, activities, and an egg hunt. The Easter Bunny will also be in attendance, so bring a cam... More »

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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 »