The Palette: Our picks for an artsy good time in Akron

wandering“Tails from the Witch’s Cauldron”
Thurs., Feb. 4 to Sat., Feb. 6 at SageRock (15 Broad St. Akron)
The Akronist says the play, which is subtitled “Stories of Blood, Sex and Rock n’ Roll,” takes “unconventional theatre to a whole different level.” What’s that mean? It’s an nontraditional venue (the conference room of the business run by former mayoral candidate Sage Lewis) and leans in to the audience for “wacky, interactive, vaudeville-flavored fun.” It’s a collaborative effort by Benjamin Rexroad, Kyle Jozsa and Nici Romo that showcases their skills, including some delightful stage time for Rexroad who is usually a player behind-the-scenes. Tickets are available at for $15, or pay-what-you can.


primary-The-Lyons-1447086102“The Lyons”
Weathervane Playhouse
Feb. 4-14
This comic drama about death, written by Nicky Silver and directed by Fred Gloor, definitely isn’t suitable for kids. New York magazine put it best: “The Lyons isn’t trying to make a case for freshness or formal innovation. It’s simply trying tell a funny, furious little tale of family annihilation with honesty, savagery, and humanity, a story about how we all, ultimately, pick out our own urns. It succeeds marvelously.” Tickets online at


crafty mart febCrafty Mart’s Pop Up Market
Sat., Feb. 6 at Summit Artspace, 5-10 pm
While you’re getting your Art Walk on this month, swing by the latest Pop-Up Market to grab some hand-crafted goodies for your sweetheart. Choose from a long list of vendors, including Not Wasted, Made by Mike Treats, The Robot Consortium, Palladian Palette, Walterwerks, Champaign Paper and Rebecca Graves Pottery, among others. Admission, as always, is FREE and you can also satiate your tastebuds with Norka sodas, craft brew from Thirsty Dog and delicious Greek food from Western Fruit Basket.


shadow women“In the Shadow of Women”
The Nightlight
Sat., Feb. 6 at 5 pm
Sun., Feb. 7 at 2 pm
A close look at infidelity, Variety calls Philippe Garrel’s new film, “A tightly focused romantic drama that exudes the narrative terseness of a good short story and the lucid craftsmanship of a filmmaker in full command of the medium.” Tickets at


aidaElton John and Tim Rice’s “AIDA”
Rubber City Shakespeare at Summit Artspace
Thurs. through Sun., Feb 12-28
is an epic musical tale of love, loyalty, and betrayal, chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her county, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees begin at 2 pm.

big big messThe BIG BIG MESS reading series
feat. Noy Holland, Imad Rahman & Nicholas Reali
Sat., Feb. 13 at Annabell’s, from 6-9
Join your fellow word nerds on Valentine’s Day weekend for the biggest fiction lovefest Akron has ever seen! They’ve got three great, super-hot readers: Noy Holland, Imad Rahman and Nicholas Reali. Plus, the usual trash [prizes], the same hosts [faces], booze booze [booze]. Bring your loves, bring your love. This is a big one. The reading starts at 7.




verb balletTribute to Heinz Poll
presented by Verb Ballet
Fri., Feb. 19 at Akron Civic Theatre
Verb Ballet will honor what would have been the 90th birthday of celebrated choreographer Heinz Poll, founder of Ohio Ballet. This evening-length concert will select from the panorama of Heinz Poll’s work to present the diversity of his choreographic style and enduring legacy to Northeast Ohio and the dance world including the revival of full company classics Elegiac Song, Songs Without Words and Bolero. Tickets at


golden dragonCirque Ziva featuring the Golden Dragon Acrobats
Sat., Feb. 26 at Akron Civic Theatre
Hailing from Cangzhou, Hebei province, in the People’s Republic of China, the Golden Dragon Acrobats have been recognized as the preeminent Chinese acrobatic company in the US, touring continuously since 1978. The group averages 200 performances each year and has toured through all 50 states and in over 65 countries across the world. The 25 acrobats are athletes, actors and artists who have trained since childhood. They will amaze you with acrobatic feats they perform using their bodies and simple props including everyday objects like plates, jugs, bicycles, umbrellas and more.