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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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Coffee Talk with Vanessa Michelle

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  by Noor Hindi Vanessa Michelle loves coffee, good conversations and Akron. Her big personality and creative spirit bounce off the walls of her office at Summit Artspace. Her smile radiates and she’s overflowing with enthusiasm about her new project, Coffee T... More »

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The Black Box | Catching up with Rubber City Theatre

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by Josy Jones   Akron, The Rubber City. It only seems right that there are groups all around Akron paying homage to its legacy, acknowledging its difficult past and carrying this tagline into the dream for Akron’s future. Rubber City Theatre wears the city slo... More »

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“Connectivity between all living things”

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In the Artist’s Studio with Greta Ramey words and photos by Taylor Patterson 11/7/2017 Her blue boots tap the worn wood floor, and along the paint scuffed walls are sketches of women. Greta Ramey is an Akron native and a local artist. When she isn’t pouring a ... More »

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Main Library Speaker Series: Malu Halasa

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A Jordanian Filipino Journalist Traverses Family Ties by Claude Christensen 11/06/2017 A small, predominantly Christian town in Jordan grapples with an overwhelming influx of Muslim refugees and tourists. This town is home to a large family who wrestles with t... More »

Akron native, Kate Birdsall, takes readers to The Flats

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A chat with the author and review of the novel, The Flats by Devon Anderson 11/06/2017 In her debut novel, “The Flats,” Akron native Kate Birdsall takes readers to the gritty streets of The Flats in Cleveland where the body of a murdered child is found in grue... 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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The Rise of the Akron Avengers

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  by Ted Zep 10/30/2017 Everyone knows that Superman flies the skies of Metropolis to keep its citizens safe. And Batman prowls the back alleys of Gotham, training a hard eye on the criminal elements who reside there. But what about Akron? Who protects the Rub... More »

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The University of Akron Press | Poem for November 2017

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“A Bird in the Rafters at Wal-Mart” by Matthew Guenette 10/30/2017 The poem “A Bird in the Rafters at Wal-Mart” appears in the poetry collection Vasectomania  by Matthew Guenette, published by The University of Akron Press September 2017. Visit uakron.edu/uapr... More »

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SUPER NO BUENO: “LOVING VINCENT” MOVIE REVIEW

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The World’s First Fully Painted Feature Film by Ted Zep 10/30/2017 (Rating: PG-13. Runtime: 94 mins. Genre: Animation, Biography, Crime. Writers & Directors: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman. Stars: Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk) During his lifetim... More »