Our picks for art events happening in September
by Bronlynn Thurman
Akron Art Prize 2016
September 3 – October 1 at Summit Artspace
Join the Downtown Akron Partnership for their 5th annual Akron Art Prize presented by The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation. With over 100 local artists in the line-up, this event showcases how talented the Akron community really is. This month-long event will allow residents to cast their vote for their favorite artists. This year there will also be a juried component along with several prizes. Visit downtownakron.com/enjoy/akron-art-prize for more information.
September 3 & 17 at Quirk Cultural Center, 7:30 pm
The Point of No Return Improv group will have you shaking with laughter. Featured at Big-Little Comedy Fest, First Night Akron and Oberlin College, this group is sure to be a knee slapper. More information at pnrimprov.org. Admission is $5.
September 10 in Highland Square, 11 am – 8 pm
Come on out for the City of Akron’s yearly Square Fest in the Highland Square neighborhood. This all-day event features a wide variety of local artists, musicians and a family friendly atmosphere.Visit akronsquarefest.org for more information.
Shane Wynn: How I Invented My Own Career
September 13 at Musica, 5:30 pm
Local photographer, Shane Wynn, has been capturing her environment since the age of 13. Over the last 27 years, she’s carved her own path and made her life her own. Listen to her share her story, presented by Creative Cog. Visit creativecogakron.org for more information.
September 15 at Akron-Summit County Public Library, 7 pm
New York Times Bestselling author and contributor of This American Life will be spending an evening at the ASCPL’s Main Library for the launch of their Main Event Speaker Series. Visit the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Facebook page for more information. (Photo of Sarah Vowell by Bennett Miller)
Tennessee Williams’ Glass Menagerie (Through the Prism of Autism)
September 15 at Kenmore Community Center, 7 pm
Revisit Tennessee Williams’ Glass Menagerie presented by the Center for Applied Drama and Autism. This performance is an interpretation by the Theatre on the Spectrum and inspired by Williams’ description of his sister, Rose via the character Laura. This production is sure to touch your heart. Visit centerforada.org for more information.
23rd Annual ART-tini Auction
September 16 – 23 at Harris Stanton Gallery
Join the Hartis Stanton Gallery at their annual silent auction that benefits a local nonprofit. This year’s nonprofit is Summit Artspace. The auction will showcase more than 80 international and regional artists’ pieces. The bidding will begin on the 16th and end with a themed party on the 23rd. Admission is $15. Check their website HarrisStantonGallery.com for gallery hours and location.
September 25 – October 16 at Weathervane Playhouse
Weathervane Playhouse is back at it again with another stellar production of a cult classic. Little Shop of Horrors is a sci-fi musical about a talking, singing, carnivorous plant named Audrey II that promises to bring its owner, Seymour, all the riches as long as he keeps feeding him blood. This production has been capturing the hearts of audiences for more than 30 years.Tickets range between $10 and $26. Visit weathervaneplayhouse.com for more information.
News Brief: Akron Soul Train announces first fellowship
Akron Soul Train, a non-profit arts organization whose goal is to provide local artists an oasis made from refurbished train cars and tiny houses has announced their first artist fellowship. Awarded to local painter, sculptor and author John Sokol, the fellowship will take place at 526 South Main St. Throughout the month of September, Sokol will be leading lectures, teaching workshops and presenting his work to the public. Sokol’s paintings have appeared at the Akron Art Museum, Canton Art Museum, Kent State University and other artist venues throughout the United States. Aside from this, Sokol is also a published writer.
Made possible from winning the 2015 Knight Arts Challenge, Akron Soul Train expects to break ground next Spring and open their first residential space during the summer of 2017. Visit their website at akronsoultrain.org/index.html for more information.