craftymart[su_box title=”The Most Akron Thing You Can Do This Week”]Crafty Mart

November 28-29, 10 AM – 5 PM

Musica, Summit Artspace and the Akron Art Museum

Get your Small Business Saturday on and make your loved ones feel special this holiday season as you shop with more than 100 vendors, many selling items that drip with Akroness, while enjoying free DIY workshops and vinyl spun soul courtesy of The Mighty Soul Night. Even the parking and trolleys are free.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Akron Drunk Most Wednesday You Can Do This
Thanksgiving Eve Bash at Annabell’s, 8 PM (FREE)
Thanksgiving Eve is just like Christmas Eve, except instead of opening up your new jammies, you’re throwing down shots and tossing back cheap beer. In Akron, it could be its own holiday, a way to practice overindulgence before the turkey is served. The lineup at Annabell’s makes it our pick, featuring Colin John, Nick Wilkinson & The Featured Players, The Hobs, Sway Cherry Sway and Hell & Highwater. 

Other Drunk Can Most You Akron This Do
The Thanksgiving Eve show at Chuck’s Steakhouse, 9 PM (FREE)
Lost Sylence, Ties That Bind and Custom Audio Mutation provide the soundtrack of the hangover you’ll be trying to hide from grandma the next day. 

Other Drunk Can Most You Akron This Do (Canned Food Drive edition)
Red Water Tragedy at Empire Concert Club, 7 PM
Hillbilly Hotrodz and Dr. Dreadful of Akron open with Son of Neckbeard from Canton. Bring a canned good and get in for just $5.

unit 5[su_box title=”Flashback to the Rubber City of Yore”]Unit 5 reunion concert at Jilly’s Music Room, 8 PM ($10/$15)

Jilly’s is celebrating their 1-year anniversary the rest of this week and they kick off the festivities with a throwback to one of Akron’s classic new wave bands, featuring the original members.

One night only!


Avoid the Drunk Thing, Get Your Indie Rock Art On Instead
Joseph Arthur at Tangier, 9 PM ($25)
The Akron native, Brooklyn resident comes home for a little live painting and some playing that says is “indebted to Dylan shambling folk, Velvet Underground’s hypnotic rock & roll and R.E.M.’s poetic mysticism.”

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Best Way to Burn Calories Before You Eat All The Food
Gennesaret’s 23rd Annual Home Run for the Homeless, 7:15-8:45 AM
This 4-mile run isn’t just a good way to make room for a Thanksgiving feast. The Home Run is a chance to do something for someone else. There’s also a 1-mile fun run/walk is at 8:30 a.m. Race-day registration $25. More info at

Black Friday, November 28

Reasons to Be Thankful: the Crushing Your Head Edition
Black Friday Release of B.O.R.I.S. Batch #200
The Tasting Room at Hoppin’ Frog, noon to 11 PM
BORIS the Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout has been a regular at Hoppin’ Frog since they first opened doors over 8 years ago. To celebrate the 200th batch, they’ve aged it in Kentucky Bourbon barrels five times longer to give it “a substantial, over-the-top Bourbon character”. It’ll set you back $15.99 per 22-ounce bottle. More info at the Hoppin’ Frog website.

How to Feel Like (You Have) a Billion Bucks
Deck the Hall at Stan Hywet, 5 PM
“Deck the Hall” is a sign it’s officially after Thanksgiving and therefore a-okay to put your Christmas decorations up. However, as soon as you visit Stan Hywet’s annual winter light show, nothing you do at your pad will feel adequate. Runs through January 3. Details online.

The Master of Making Fun of Cleveland
Mike Polk, Jr. at Funny Stop, 8 PM
Best known for “The Cleveland Tourism Video” and “The One Semester of Spanish Love Song,” Mike Polk brings his decade-plus stand-up experience to Cuy Falls with a show that featuring music, video and lots of audience involvement. Reservations at 330-923-4700.

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Saturday, November 29

Not a Tough Nut to Crack
“The Nutcracker” at the Akron Civic Theatre ($22-$46)
Seeing the Ballet Theatre of Ohio’s production of “Nutcracker” in Akron’s most beautiful venue should rocket this to the top of your holiday “must do” list. Runs Nov. 29 through Dec. 7.

He’s Kind of a Big Deal Around Here
Ken Peplowski at Blu Jazz+, 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM ($20)
With more than 50 solo albums and 400+ as a sideman, Ken Peplowski returns to his native state as “arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist” (Russell Davies, BBC2) with a career having recorded or shared the stage with Benny Goodman, Charlie Byrd, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Woody Allen and Madonna to name a few.

Rockabilly Around the Christmas Tree
Holiday Stomp with the Walking Clampetts at Tangier, 8 PM
Their blend of rockabilly, surf and rock has been an Akron area mainstay since they formed in 1981. Rubber City Review calls their sound “sweet surf guitar, red-hot rockabilly, gritty garage rock.”

[su_box title=”Social Satire for the Social Good”]#GivingTuesday at United Way of Summit County , 7:30-9 AM

A tongue-in-cheek response to Black Friday shoppers who stand in line for hours (or even days), this is the answer to “Wouldn’t it be great if folks queued-up in the same way to be the first to give on Giving Tuesday?” Keep an eye on their spoof videos on Facebook leading up to the big morning then help make this parody reality.[/su_box]

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