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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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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 »

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Akron’s Art Al Fresco around the City Center

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  words and photos by Andrew Leask As we trudge forth into another gloomy Northeast Ohio winter, it’s worth taking a moment to appreciate the flashes of color that help make each cold, gray day spent outside more bearable. Fortunately, public art is plentiful ... More »

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Best bets to get your arts fix in Akron

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How to get your arts fix in Akron by Bronlynn Thurman   Every year there are major art events happening in Akron. You just need to know where to look.   Akron Arts Expo Akron Arts Expo is an annual juried fine arts and craft show held one weekend in the summer... More »

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The Wheels are Coated with Blood

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A review and commentary on The Death of a Man: The Devil’s Milk, Part 1 by Bronlynn Thurman photos courtesy of New World Performance Lab Everyone knows that the veins of Akron originally flowed with rubber. It was both our bread and our butter. It fed, clothed... More »