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“We Are the Alternative to the Alternative”

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The Numbers Band Shows Why Quality Still Counts   11/20/2017 words by Steve Van Auken, photo by Ashley Kouri  Bob Kidney does not suffer fools gladly. So it’s better not to ask him if leading The Numbers Band (15-60-75) is “fun.” “There is no fun in it for me,... More »

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Preserving Hip-Hop culture with Keepers of the Art

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words by Floco Torres, photos by Shane Wynn   11/20/2017 Your grandmother knows who Snoop Dogg is. In 39 years since it’s creation, Hip-Hop’s culture has socially and economically grown into the most influential and shared culture on the planet today. However,... 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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Northside Marketplace: A Funnel to Akron

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words and photos by Noor Hindi   11/14/2017 Walking into Northside Marketplace is like receiving a sampler platter of your favorite food at your favorite restaurant. The possibilities are endless. You can grab a drink at Sure House Coffee Roasting Co, then bro... 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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The Perks of Being a Student-Entrepreneur

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  words and photos by Grant Morgan They didn’t know each other before starting a business, but now they say it’s like having another family. That is, if your idea of family is meeting up to hand-punch thousands of business cards at a time. This family also doe... More »

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Origin Story | Stagecoach Antiques

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74-Years-Old and Counting by Josy Jones A scarlet brick face, royal blue awnings and bold, white lettering greet you from the street. The sidewalk in front is decorated with chairs, pots and other goodies, all urging a passersby to deviate from her plans, slow... More »

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Front of the House, Back of the House | Honeymoon Grille

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by Krissy O’Connor Front of the House Name:  Anna Shaffer Occupation: Server Neighborhood: Coventry How long have you been at Honeymoon Grille? Three years What are your top 3 obsessions right now? The Outlander Series. My sister and I are obsessed and watch i... 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 »