This may be the busiest weekend in Akron this summer…
Friday, July 24
Opens July 24 at Nightlight Cinema ($8.50)
30 N High St, Akron
Shot entirely on iPhones, “Tangerine” has been an indie flick force since smashing through Sundance. Sin-Dee is on a tear. Fresh out of prison, the trans working girl just learned that her man and pimp, Chester, has been hanging out with another woman, a biological female no less. Whichever one she finds first had better watch out. Alexandra has a nightclub gig to prepare for but sets off with her on a madcap quest that crisscrosses the sun-baked and neon-bathed strip malls and subcultures of Los Angeles. But it’s the empathetic portrayal of its two stigma-busting stars that make this open-hearted ode to outsiders so memorable.
Boogers, Witches and Haints: Spooky Stories from Appalachia World Premiere
8 pm at Standing Rock Cultural Arts Center ($15)
300 N Water St, Suite H, Kent
If you feel like a short drive, Akron’s own Wandering Aesthetics takes on Kent at the Standing Rock Cultural Arts Center. After a 2,185.9-mile hike on Appalachian Trail in 2013, WA’s co-directors didn’t come back to Akron alone. (Dun-dun-dun!) Master Storyteller Kyle Jozsa leads audiences on a spine-tingling journey into the heart of Appalachia. Intertwining real-life experiences with campfire stories collected on their adventure, Jozsa conjures BOOGERS, WITCHES AND HAINTS off the AT and into the imagination. There are many chills, thrills, and laughs sprinkled throughout this hour-long solo performance. Also being performed July 25, July 31, and Aug 1.
David Wax Museum with Mike Reiter
9 pm at Musica ($10)
51 E Market St, Akron
Combining Latin rhythms, infectious melodies, and call-and-response hollering, David Wax Museum fuses traditional Mexican folk with indie rock and American roots to create a Mexo-Americana aesthetic.
Saturday, July 25
Geekfest 2015 Mini-ComiCon
12 pm at Main Library (FREE)
60 S High St, Akron
Looking for a way to celebrate your geeky obsessions? Here’s your chance! Celebrate your favorite fandom and participate in trivia, a cosplay contest, DIY crafts, photo ops, and much more.
Akron2Akron: Trapped in a World That They Never Made
3 pm at Cascade Plaza (FREE)
S Main and Mill, Akron
Akron’s own David Giffels highlights landmarks and key moments in Akron’s history featured in his book, “The Hard Way on Purpose”. The tour wraps up around 4pm at The Lockview for light appetizers.
A Thing Downtown
4 pm at Downtown Akron (FREE)
S Main St, Akron
Live music, Crafty Mart vendors, yoga, and a free outdoor movie! Enjoy a summer evening in downtown Akron with refreshments available from the Coffee Pot Cafe and Stray Dog. At 9pm, watch “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” in the Main Library’s amphitheater.
“The Story of Archie Book” Release Party
6 pm at Summit Artspace (FREE)
140 E Market St, Akron
Celebrate Christmas in July AND the release of The Devil Strip contributor Joanna Wilson’s book, “The Story of Archie”. Enjoy food from Urban Eats and drinks from Thirsty Dog and NORKA Beverage, and get your book signed!
Keepers of the Art Music Showcase
7 pm at Akron Art Museum ($15)
1 S High St, Akron
Join Keepers of the Art, a nonprofit in Akron dedicated to preserving the integrity of urban artistic expression, in welcoming Grammy-nominated songwriter Teedra Moses, Akron’s own Dan Wilson Trio, and Columbus DJ KR8 DGA for an evening of music at the Akron Art Museum.
The Mighty Soul Night
2nd Anniversary: Diaspora Diggin’
7 pm at Uncorked Wine Bar (FREE)
22 N. High St
Join The Mighty Soul Night as they celebrate their second year anniversary with “Diaspora Diggin.” DJs Ben Crazy, Forrest Getem Gump and El Prezidente with rock the wheels of steel while Dennis Oliver keeps it moving on drums. They’ll glide musically around the globe with stops in Brazil, Peru, Columbia, West Indes, Puerto Rico, Africa and Cuba, transported via LPs and 45s while you never leave Downtown Akron’s Historic Art District. Admission is free so stop by and show them your gratitude with a dance.
Sunday, July 26
Tech Summer Social
Hilltop Shelter at Cascade Valley Park (Oxbow)
11 am – 7 pm
Our friends at Akron.io and Akron Women in Tech are sponsoring a big Sunday social that’s free to enjoy but requires registration (only a few spots remain) for lunch, kickball, frisbee and friends. Expect to meet some Devil Strippers there (people who put together the paper, not Satanic nude dancers… though they’re may be some of them too). There are many picnic tables, but please feel free to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy to beautiful day as well. If you have special dietary restrictions, please bring your food and we will have a clean cooking area. To register, go to EventBrite and search “tech summer social.”
Music by Nature: A Romantic Summer’s Eve
6:30 pm at Happy Days Lodge ($17 for members; $20 for nonmembers)
500 W Streetsboro St, Peninsula
With flute, guitar, viola and cello, this unusual grouping of instruments presents a concert that is sure to satisfy the music lover in everyone. The evening features music from the Baroque to the late Romantics, with an added touch of South American flair.
Firestone Park Summer Concert
7:30 pm at Firestone Park (FREE)
40 Axline Ave, Akron
Bring a blanket and have a picnic in the park while enjoying the wonderful Akron Symphony Orchestra under the stars!
Wednesday, July 29
Knight Arts Challenge Akron Informational Session
5 pm at BLU Jazz+ (FREE)
47 E Market St, Akron
The Knight Foundation is just weeks away from launching the first Knight Arts Challenge, which will offer $3 million over three years to the best ideas for the arts in Akron. Join them for Happy Hour on July 29, to meet the people behind the contest and find out more about the challenge. And save the date: the Knight Arts Challenge Akron officially launches August 10.
Thursday, July 30
Runaway Dorothy with Jon Mosey
5:30 pm at Jilly’s Music Room (FREE)
111 N Main St, Akron
Americana quartet Runaway Dorothy returns to Akron from New York City, bringing along a host of celebrity fans, like Roseanne Cash, Adam Duritz, Rob Thomas and Ryan Adams. Their sensibility is both rustic and refined, mining folk, country, and alt-country, featuring captivating storyteller lyrics, mesmerizingly melancholy vocals, and achingly beautiful harmonies. Akron’s own roots music maestro Jon Mosey opens.