by Bronlynn Thurman
October 13-22, Weathervane Playhouse
Explore the trials of young love and parental interference in Weathervane’s newest production, The Fantasticks. Tickets are $35 for adults. Visit weathervaneplayhouse.org for more information.
October 14-16, Paul A. Daum Theatre
Real Edge Dance Company presents its annual fall concert featuring modern dance works by RED Artistic Director Kelli Sanford, Guest Dance Artist Damien Highfield and a community piece. Tickets are $15 for students and seniors and $20 for general admission. Visit realedgedance.org for more information.
Main Event: Billy Collins
October 15, 6:30pm, Akron-Summit County Public Library
Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Main Event series has been pulling out all of the stops this year. It is bringing former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins to Akron for an evening of literary bliss. The event is free. Visit the library’s Facebook page for more information.
Runs through October 15, Nine Muses Art Gallery
Stunning photography from local artist Kathy Cameron focuses on the beauty of nature. Cameron avoids extensive editing techniques in favor of showing scenes as they were viewed. Visit Nine Muses’ Facebook page for more information.
October 16, 7pm, Akron Civic Theatre
Spend an evening with the master of satire and humorist writer David Sedaris. He is the author of Barrel Fever, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day and more. Sedaris has been featured in The New Yorker countless times and his original radio pieces can be found on the public radio show, This American Life. Tickets begin at $25. Visit akroncivic.com for more information.
The Stories of Kenmore
October 20, 6pm, The Rialto Theatre
Join Wandering Aesthetics and the Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance for a storytelling event focusing on the neighborhood of Kenmore. The event is free to the public. Visit Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance’s Facebook page for more information.
Full Circle Storytelling Vol. 2
October 26, 6pm, Jilly’s Music Room
Join Wandering Aesthetics for their Full Circle Storytelling focusing on the theme Ghosts of the Past. This will be an intimate evening of storytelling with music provided by Amy Heisi of Light of the Loon and Church of Starry Wisdom. This event is free, but registration is recommended if you wish to share a story.
Ohio Shakespeare Festival Announces Big Move and New Offerings
Ohio Shakespeare Festival has been performing live, professional Shakespeare outdoors at Stan Hywet Hall for 15 years. While they will continue to perform at Stan Hywet for the warmer months, they will now perform year-round with indoor performances at Greystone Hall. OSF has new offerings as well, such as Educational Workshops, readings, and other “extras.”
Check out ohioshakespearefestival.com for more information.
Monday Fight Night
October 10, 7 – 8:30 pm
Join OSF at Greystone Hall on the second Monday of every month for a 90 minute focus class from Fight Director Ryan Zarecki. Zarecki will pick the theme for each month Will it be sword and buckler? Found object? Rapier? War hammer? Dagger? Whatever it is, it will be an awesome way to polish your stage combat skills (and make new friends, too).
October’s Fight night celebrates OSF’s premier Greystone show, “Robin Hood: An Adventure, with Music.” Learn the flashier side of swordplay and explore classic fights (a la “The Princess Bride”) and perfect your hearty, sword-fighter laugh.
Robin Hood: An Adventure, with Music
October 21 – 30 at Greystone Hall
This encore production of OSF’s hit Family Theatre show is wholesome entertainment from a bygone age meant to capture the imagination of the entire family in an entirely new, swashbuckling adventure…with music!
OSF Family Theatre encourages and cultivates the skills of local artists from start to finish. The scripts are new, the music and lyrics are original, and the musicians, composers, choreographers, playwrights, actors, directors and producers all call Ohio ‘home.’
Shakes-Beer: Twelfth Night
November 5 at Greystone Hall, 8 pm
This full-cast reading of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” will take place in Greystone’s beautiful bar, complete with bartender. Sit back and enjoy a pint. The actors will be drinking right along with you! This reading has the potential to get sillier and sillier throughout the night. Help your favorite character along: add a buck to the “character jar,” and he/she will take a sip! 21 and over. Tickets are $15 and seating is limited.