From friendship bracelets to chili cookoffs and comedy, here are our best bets for a damn good time

The Nightlight
Jan. 8-21 (times vary)
Director Todd Haynes (“Far From Heaven”) adapts Patricia Highsmith’s “The Price of Salt” to examine gay desire and repression in 1950s New York with this highly anticipated, beautiful new film staring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as Carol and Therese, who fall in love at first sight but are still pursued by clueless men — Therese’s suitor and Carol’s soon-to-be ex-husband. To watch the trailer and get your tickets at


Countryside Conservatory Farmers Market
Saturday, Jan., 9 at Old Trail School, from 9 am-noon
Nothing like starting out the new year eating right. Come pick up everything you need for your healthy meals at the first Countryside Conservatory farmers market of 2016.

neo maniacalNEO Maniacal — XXXtra Special Edition
Saturday, Jan. 9 at Aqueduct Brewing, 9 pm
One of Akron’s favorite photographers, Shane Wynn, is turning 40! Come celebrate with her over a night of laughs at the NEO Maniacal Comedy Show with comedians Sarah Jones, Robert Williams, James Pequignot, Chris Paugh, Kevin Ross, and Carey Callahan. Admission is donate what you can because you’re awesome.



Designing the City for People
hosted by GAINS
Wednesday, Jan. 13 at Musica, 5:30-7:30 pm
Do you want safer streets that are also designed to be green? Good. So do we. Thankfully, GAINS is bringing together some smart folks to discuss designing community, economic and environmental benefits in urban redevelopment policy. Features former Akron Planning Director Jerry Egan, Cuyahoga Falls Planning Director Fred Guerra, Environmental Design Group planner Michelle Johnson and grassroots activist Per Johnson from Streets4All.

10th Annual Chili Challenge
Friday, Jan. 15 at Lock 3, 11 am
Help support the Akron Children’s burn unit while watching Akron Police and Fire Fighters take on chili combatants from around the city in the 10th annual Chili Challenge. Help decide the winners (and fill your belly) with 4oz samples for $1.50 each, or a 6-pack with a drink for $10.


WINTERLAND: A Collective Mural // Soft Opening
Sat., Jan 16 at 22. High St. Gallery, 6-10 p
Come experience the new collaborative mural at 22 High Street! Five large-scale pieces completed with a variety of styles. This joint piece features the talents of Maggie Duff, Laine Keener, Cody Knepper, Jeff Schleis, Dillon Sedar, Meagan Smith, and Melissa Urian.

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The Big, Big Mess
feat. Nin Andrews, Karen Schubert, Amber Allen and Dan Dorman
Sat., Jan 16 at Annabell’s, 6-9 pm
Their 2016 resolution is to make this the biggest BIG BIG MESS year yet so they’re starting the year off with four prize- and grant-winning rockstars whose work has appeared in Ploughshares, the Paris Review, Best American Poetry, American Literary Review and The Oracle. Learn more at

Throwback Thursdays: Friendship Bracelets
Jan. 21 at Akron Art Museum, 7pm
Throwback Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum let you indulge in favorite childhood art projects even though you are all grown up, which is why you’ll have a drink in your hand. In this artist-led class, you will create friendship bracelets inspired Andrea Modica’s photography of Italy, which is on exhibit at the museum through February 21. Class costs $20 for members, $25 non members.

asapAkron Street Art Project
Sun., Jan 23 at Musica, 8pm
Come get your party on while supporting local musicians and public art! A finalist for the Knight Cities Challenge, the Akron Street Art Project is trying to raise money for new public art installations by hosting some of Akron’s favorite bands, featuring Saint Joan, the Dreemers, Time Cat, DJ Naeno and more.


PechaKucha Akron, Vol. 2
Fri., Feb 5 at Akron Civic Theatre, 7pm
Akron’s first foray was a smash hit: 20 slides, 20 seconds each. That’s all each presenter has to get their point across. These fun and thought provoking presentations can include topics on art, music, law, architecture, fashion, photography, science, and more! Admission is free.

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Rubber City Roller Girls
Sat., Feb 6 at Knight Center, 5pm
The 2016 schedule has been announced and it’s time to cheer on the Rubber City Roller Girls! Head to the Knight Center and check out the most action you’ve ever seen on wheels. Tickets are $9 in advance, $13 at the door.

Bonfire Winter Party
Sat., Feb. 13 at Lock 3, tba
So what, it’s cold outside? You aren’t going to let that stop you from having a good time, right? Didn’t think so. That’s why The Devil Strip is embracing the chill by partnering with Lock 3 for a winter festival featuring craft beer, local music, fun weird stuff and fire — in addition to ice skating, that big ol’ slide and Polar Putt-Putt. Go ahead and mark your calendars. All your calendars.