Our picks for the 12 best choices you can make this month
Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8
Reservoir Park Paintscape Party
Reservoir Park, 1735 Hillside Terrace
AtPlay Akron hosts a collaborative celebration of Akron’s “Journey of Water,” featuring collaborative murals, live music, history and games. Help transform Reservoir Park into a more colorful, comfortable and family friendly environment for the summer!
Friday, April 13
Bounce Innovation Hub open house 526 S Main St, Akron
FREE (register at Eventbrite)
You don’t have to be the CEO of a tech startup to benefit from Bounce, or to be curious about the changes that have been made to the incubator formerly known as the Akron Global Business Accelerator. Tour the facility, meet the leadership and staff then hear from Mayor Dan Horrigan, all while munching on local grub on the progressive dinner. Plus, real virtual goodness provided by New Territories VR Arcade. To register, visit devilst.rip/BounceOpen
Saturday, April 14
4th Annual Rubber City Beer Fest
Lock 3 Park, 200 S Main St
Admission: $40 advance, $45 at the door if available
Over 40 Ohio breweries will be in attendance, offering beer, mead, cider and even kombucha. The event will take place in two halls, with outdoor access to food trucks and a live music tent. You get 20 – 2oz. beer tasting tickets for the admission price, plus a Souvenir Taster. Growler fills will be available for $10 from 6:30-7pm, based on available beer. Lock 3 will have empty growlers for $5 or you can bring your own clean and empty growler. Designated driver tickets are $10 and include a bottle of water. This event is 21 and older, and IDs are checked at the door. facebook.com/rubbercitybeerfest
VOV Hyper fundraiser show for Voice of the Valley Noise Rally
Hive Mind, 375 W Exchange St
Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm
This show is to help fund the 10th anniversary of the Voice of the Valley Noise Rally. Music and art by Marcia Custer, Eeny, Contamination Diet, Actual Form, Slump Lapse, DJ Marc Lansley, Gov Naim and Scare Words. Hive Mind is a safe space and does not tolerate any forms of bigotry or violence. Show is all ages, but you can BYOB. Hive mind checks ID at the door.
Tuesday, April 17
Women’s Studies Presents Tarana Burke
The University of Akron, Student Union Ballroom
Hear from one of TIME Magazine’s ‘Silence Breakers,’ Tarana Burke. Tarana is out to assist survivors of sexual assault and end sexual violence. She is also the founder of the #MeToo Movement which hears out the thousands of those who have been victims of sexual assault and puts back the focus on survivors.
Thursday, April 19
Victoria Rogers, Knight Foundation VP of Arts
Akron Roundtable luncheon sponsored by Akron Art Museum
Quaker Station, The University of Akron
$25 (includes lunch)
Last year, Victoria Rogers oversaw funding for 17 Akron arts projects that total nearly three-quarters of a million dollars from the Knight Foundation. She’ll be speaking about why the Knight Foundation works with partners who create or present art that engages, educates and delights residents in ways that reflect the rich diversity and identity of Akron. Her talk is titled “To Borrow a Phrase from the NEA – ‘Art Works.’” For more information or to purchase tickets, visit akronroundtable.org.
Thursday, April 19 to Sunday, April 22
Citizens Akron Church, 647 E Market St
Thurs-Sat at 8pm, Sun at 6pm
Galamac Productions presents Jeremy A. Clarke and Omar Mack’s production of the all too timely play “Columbinus,” by the United States Theatre project, written by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli, dramaturgy by Patricia Hersch, conceived by PJ Paparelli. A longtime dream project for the creative team, the production will honor the original play which was developed following the Columbine High School massacre of 1999 in Littleton, Colorado based on records, transcripts, police records, and interviews from the community. Following recent events in America, now seems like the perfect time to re-examine a dialogue of high school adolescence, mental health, and safety, while also looking at how grief affects a community and the power of knowing the truth in the event of a tragedy.
Friday, April 20
2018 Drag Battle presented by Akron Pride Festival Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S Main St
8-11pm $15 Pride season kicks off in downtown Akron as 15 drag queens fight heel-to-heel for the Miss Akron Pride Festival crown, featuring the Mistress of Ceremonies, Raven, from her appearances on RuPaul’s Drag Race, RuPaul Drag U and All-Stars. Judges will be evaluating costume design, runway lip sync and even crowd following as contestants take questions from the panel. The queen who takes the crown will also perform and emcee at the Akron Pride Festival on August 25 in Hardesty Park. This unique evening of glitz, glam and lots of laughs supports the Akron Pride Festival. To purchase tickets, visit devilst.rip/DragBattle
Saturday, April 21
Summit Lake Cleanup
Reach Community Center, 390 W Crosier St (Registration and kick-off)
Join Keep Akron Beautiful and some of the hardest working volunteers in Akron to help clean up Summit Lake. Last year, 239 volunteers removed an impressive five and a half tons of litter and 18 tires in only three hours! Help make 2018 the biggest clean up yet. To register, fill out this form and write “Summit Lake” under clean up location: keepakronbeautiful.org/clean-up-akron-month.
The Mom and Pop Shoppe by Crafty Mart
Akron Art Museum, 1 S High St
Back in time for Mother’s Day, Crafty Mart’s annual spring show features handmade goods by local vendors. Pick up some gifts for the mothers in your life, or just show up and show support for this staple Akron craft fair.
Tuesday, April 24
Urban Troubadour – Blutique Sneak Peek
Uncorked Wine Bar, 22 N High St
The event begins with pre-concert wine and small bites at Uncorked Wine Bar, followed by the 7:30 concert in the United Building for a sneak preview of downtown’s new Blutique Hotel with Jane Berkner on flute, Stephen Aron on guitar, Michael Strauss on viola and Ann Gilbert on string bass. After concert with piano and jazz vocals begins at Chill ice cream parlor at 9pm.
Thursday, April 26
Jilly’s Music Room
11 N Main St, Akron
This open mic jam is hosted by long-time Akron music scenesters Jen Maurer (Mo’ Mojo) and Mike Lenz (Rubber City All-Stars), but despite their extensive chops, musicians at any level of experience are welcome — just as long as you bring your instrument and your voice. Sign-ups begin at 7:30 pm. Full backline is provided.