Our picks for the 12 best choices you can make this month
Saturday, March 3
Compass Coffee, 647 E Market St
It’s time to welcome Spring to Akron with another Martenitsi-making gathering. What’s a Martenitsa? It’s part of an annual Bulgarian tradition. During the last cold days of winter, people join together to make red and white spring summoning bracelets. On or around March 1, you tie on your bracelet or one that someone has gifted you. The idea is that you wear the bracelet until Spring has arrived. Then, you slip the bracelet off, tie it to a tree and make a wish. Some supplies will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own: string, yarn, pipe cleaners, scissors, buttons, beads, etc. For more information, follow International Akron on Facebook.
22 High Street Gallery at Uncorked, 22 N High St
Like the cover art this issue? Then head Downtown for this exhibition by artist Micah Kraus. Micah has developed a technique of processing his photos as laser-etched images, and for this series, he has created works in response to his everyday surroundings — here he brings light to that which is otherwise “faceless and invisible.”
Wednesday, March 7
Hivemind, 375 W Exchange St
Doors at 7pm, music at 8pm
Matt Haas — bassist for Akron’s own Actual Form — will be on guitar for this solo show. Joining him is Cleveland’s Istvan Medgyesi, with a mix of massive synth drones and intricate guitar compositions, as well as Kent’s heavy but shoegazey Honeymoon, and Mauno — experimental pop from Nova Scotia. Suggested donation of $5-10 at the door. BYOB, but Hive Mind checks ID.
Friday, March 9
Akron Art Museum, 1 S High St
Art & Ale pairs exceptional Ohio and regional brews with delicious offerings from local food purveyors. Art & Ale presents a juried prize for best overall brew and the people’s choice prize for best overall brew. Tickets are $25-50 and are available at akronartmuseum.org.
Thursday, March 15
It’s A Kling Thing! House, 403 Kling St
Bring your earplugs to this DIY house show, because it’s sure to be loud. Wallcreeper and COOP are hard and heavy-hitting Akron bands, and False Accusations is on tour from Wheeling West Virginia. Admission is $5, and all proceeds go to the bands.
Saturday, March 17
E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St
Tuesday Musical is partnering with Chicago Jazz Orchestra conductor Jeff Lindberg for a tribute show for Sarah Vaughan. They will play classics like “Send in the Clowns,” “Until I Met You” and “Misty.” Talented vocalists René Marie, Dee Alexander and Ann Hampton Callaway will honor the four-time Grammy winner. Tickets for the show are $25-$45 and are free for students. For more information, visit tuesdaymusical.org.
Thursday, March 22
Hoppin’ Frog Brewery, 1680 E Waterloo Rd
Can you believe we’ve been printing this rag for three years? We can! Join us in Hoppin’ Frog’s tasting room to celebrate. This Drink Tank is extra special because it’s also the release party for bottles of the devilishly delicious Black & Tan that Fred Karm brewed up for us a while back. The combination of smooth, chocolaty porter and perfectly hoppy IPA was too good to be limited to taps. Come have a beer with us and toast to our first three years in print. Here’s to many more! For more information on the brewery, visit hoppinfrog.com.
Friday, March 23
Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S Main St
This fundraiser gala (which also happens to be local poet and journalist Yoly Miller’s birthday party) benefits Ma’Sue Productions. Proceeds will go to Ma’Sue’s Knight Arts Challenge grant winning project, “Or Does It Explode?” Tickets are $50/each or two for $85 and include “drinking, dancing, bidding, eating and stylish carousing.” Tapas are included, and there is a cash bar. Live music by Free World, The Kahuna Kings, The Dreemers and Rogues’ Gallery. Gala attire recommended. For about $187, you can join the birthday lady for Dinner in the Trap: an underground Civic Theatre adventure with a private theatre performance by Ma’Sue. Special VIP entrance opens at 5:45pm, seating at 6. For more information, visit facebook.com/masueproductions.
Summit Artspace, 140 E Market St
Kick your cabin fever to the curb and join the Friends of Metro Parks for the 2nd Annual Party for the Parks. Enjoy live music by Zach and the Bright Lights and The Grady Miller Band. Sip on premium wines and local brews including a custom brew by R. Shea Brewing exclusive to this event. Food will be catered by Akron’s own Hamad’s on Main. Tickets start at $50.
Wednesday, March 28
Oakdale House, 247 Oakdale
Tears of Joy is Pittsburgh power pop. Sway Cherry, Sway is Akron indie pop. Admission is $5, and proceeds go to the touring bands.
Friday, March 30
Jilly’s Music Room, 111 N Main St
Blooming Where Planted – Unsigned & Unlimited presents this free monthly meetup and happy hour for local recording artists and producers. This groove/listening session is an opportunity to share ideas and listen to each other’s music over drinks. Music curated by Eriq Troi, featuring local unsigned artists. For more information, visit eriqtroi.com.
Tangier, 532 W Market St
Get ready to sip some gin, listen to some jazz and dance the night away at this Crafty Mart fundraiser. There will be gin cupcakes, a silent auction, a wine pull and a costume contest for best 1920s attire. They’ll also award the next recipient of the Jennifer Davis Award for Fostering Creative Community. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door and $25 for VIP which includes one drink, a reserved seat at the VIP table and your name in lights on Crafty Mart’s social media and website. For more information, visit craftymart.org.