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Theatre | Bronlynn reviews ‘Blue, Miss Billie’

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by Bronlynn Thurman   John Dayo-Aliya’s newest play, “Blue, Miss Billie,” is a compelling story about one of the most influential (and tortured) jazz singers to ever grace the stage. Billie Holiday spent her life battling her demons, bad relationships, and a d... More »

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The Little Indie Fair That Could: Why we love Crafty Mart

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written by Jessica Conti photos by Svetla Morrison Before there was Crafty Mart, there was Juniper Sage and J Hudson, crossing paths as sellers at Cleveland Bazaar and a handful of other craft events. None of them in Akron, however. So, it wasn’t long before t... More »

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Say Yes… | BLU Jazz is picture perfect for artists

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MUST SEE: Cyrille Aimée performs at BLU Jazz on Thursday, March 5  Dimmed lighting. Relaxing atmosphere. Signature cocktails. Quality live jazz music. None of these important things were first on Tony Troppe’s mind when he started planning BLU Jazz+, Akron’s n... More »

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Art for Akron’s Sake: Our Kickstarter project is LIVE

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WE ARE LIVE! The Devil Strip’s Kickstarter Campaign for Newspaper Box Awesomeness has launched! We love public art. We hate neglected newspaper boxes. If you want more public art and fewer dilapidated boxes, check out our Kickstarter project. If you believe in... More »

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Shutter Speed: Spark at the Akron Art Museum

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By day, by trade, Shane Wynn is a photographer, but I met her through her advocacy for the arts. As I’ve gotten to know her better, I’ve seen her love for this community manifest itself repeatedly. She gave our Knight Cities Challenge submission a great name–U... More »