Our picks for the 12 best choices you can make this month
BBS Speaker Series
Thu, May 10, 6:00 PM Uncorked Wine Bar – 22 N. High St.
An experienced, award-winning international sales professional, Arnita Williams speaks on “Selling To Win.” Professionals planning to network, remember to bring $5 and your business cards, so you can participate in our Seed Money Shuffle.
PechaKucha Akron, Vol. 11 Fri., May 11 at 7 pm
Goodyear Theater – 1201 E. Market St. There’s no better booster shot for civic pride than PechaKucha night in Akron. This month, nine local speakers — including our new columnist Willis Gordon, lifetime Devil’s Advocate Yoly Miller and publisher Chris Horne — give lightning quick presentations in a no time to lose, compelling performance fueled by intricately harmonized stories and images. This lineup is stacked with talent, featuring Marie Curry, Dominic Moore-Dunson, Beckett Radonich, Shammas Malik, Mikaia Ross and Derek Mortland.
Fri., May 11 at 8 pm New World Performance Laboratory – 220 S. Balch St.
The premiere of “Don Quijote,” a new bilingual adaptation of Cervantes’ enduring fable of the man of La Mancha, based on a version by Argentine playwright Patricia Suarez, which continues through Mon., May 21. Each performance will be followed by an audience engagement activity. Seating is limited. Tickets and information at donquijote.bpt.me
Idiot Parade Chapbook Release Party
Sat., May 12 at 6 pm
Uncorked Wine Bar – 22 N. High St.
Akron Soul Train fellow (and former TDS contributor) Gabe Gott releases his second poetry collection, “Idiot Parade.” Many of the poems were written during Gabe’s March 2018 fellowship and are a mix of blackout poetry and traditional free verse poetry. It contains both deeply personal and politically charged poems from which he’ll read a few selected works, followed by Kent-based garage rock band, DD MOTO. For details, visit devilst.rip/IdiotParade
Gypsy Caravan Flea
Sun., May 13 from noon to 5 pm
Gypsy Grace & the Vintage Goat – 451 W. Market St.
The very first season opener the Square Scullery ever had was at Gypsy Grace & the Vintage Goat, and ever since then, that’s been their tradition. Now these new wave Akron icons have buddied up to launch the Gypsy Caravan Akroncentric Flea, celebrating the area’s bold, beautiful and eclectic makers and entrepreneurs with some gourmet eats, good grooves and a little NSFW retail therapy. For info and updates, visit devilst.rip/GypsyFleaMay
Highland Square Farmers’ Market Thurs., May 17 from 4 pm to 7 pm
Will Christy Park – 1175 W. Exchange St.
No surer sign that good weather Akron is back than the return of Countryside Conservancy’s Highland Square market! Every Thursday through Sept. 27, enjoy fresh produce, cooking demos and music. If you aren’t sure what to expect, just pretend you’re taking your dog for a walk then cautiously mosey over and when you see something you like, buy it! They take credit cards and accept SNAP so no excuses. Details at cvcountryside.org/eat-highland-square
Downtown Walking Tour
Thurs., May 17 at 5-8 pm
Art x Love – 157 King James Way
It’s a little bit walking tour and a little bit rock n’ roll as @PLAY and Curated Storefront host a walking tour along King James Way with a concert by Urban Troubadour. It’s the perfect way to get primed for May’s 3rd Thursday events downtown. Details at devilst.rip/MayPlayTour
neckline III Release
Sat., May 19 at 8 pm
Hive Mind – 375 W. Exchange St.
The third tape release for Akron-based New Age/ambient music-maker neckline. Leave the dance shoes at home, but bring a yoga mat for these comfort jams. Cleveland’s Factual Brains and The Unsinkable Molly Brown join Kent’s Honey Club on this all-ages bill. FYI – Hive Mind won’t tolerate any forms of bigotry and violence, which is just another reason we love them. Details at hivemindoh.org
Full Circle Storytelling, Vol. 3
Weds., May 23 at 7 pm
Jilly’s Music Room – 111 N. Main St.
Fans of The Moth will recognize the set-up as folks get their five minutes of fame on the stage at Jilly’s, telling stories off a prompt that turns strangers into good company as you cycle through the hilarious, the heartbreaking and the cringeworthy. This monthly series is produced by Wandering Aesthetics with a local celebrity emceeing in the very best venue for it: Jilly’s. The prompt this month is My Favorite Mistake. WA is also hosting EP Cooker Cabaret 36: The Perfect Score on Sun., May 20. Visit watheatre.com for updates and details.
Coup De Grace with Baccano & Dirtkid
Fri., May 25 at 10 pm
Annabell’s – 784 W. Market St
This Akron indie psych-rock trio with a strong jam influence blends catchy vocals, strong songwriting and the occasional shredding guitar freak-out. They welcome Columbus’s Dirtkid and Toledo’s Baccano to the Blimp City for a show at the venerable Highland Square live music venue, Annabell’s. “Walk In Light” was engineered and mastered by Nathan Doutt, co-owner of Central 8 Studios.
Kenmore: Music’s Kind of Our Thing
Fri., June 1 at 5 pm
The Rialto Theatre – 1000 Kenmore Blvd.
Part of the monthly Akron2Akron walking tours, this month’s tour is led by Kenmore homer Tina Brode Boyes, one of the drivers of the Live Music Now! pop-up venue. Whether you want to get reacquainted with Kenmore or are visiting this promising neighborhood for the first time, this tour will be a treat starting at the Rialto Theatre with stops at Lay’s Guitar, Guitar Department and Live Music Now! Bike friendly, strollers welcomed, kid friendly, wheelchair accessible. More info at devilst.rip/A2AKenmore
Highland Square Film Festival Workshops
Fri., June 1 & Sun., June 3 Highland Square Neighborhood Assc. – 641 W Market St Like New York is to Scorsese or Rome is to Fellini, Akron is to you. Whether you want to use the city in a starring role or as a supporting character, register by May 31 for one of these free workshops to jumpstart your filmmaking career and give yourself a better shot at getting your movie in the Highland Square Film Festival this September. Taught by Chris Miller (The Akronist), Mary Mullane (Akron Film Collective) and Blue Green (Around Akron with Blue Green). Register at devilst.rip/HSFilmWS
Coffee! Coffee! Coffee!
Tues., May 15 at 7:30 am
Sweet Mary’s Bakery – 76 E. Mill St.
The Devil Strip hosts a pre-work shindig at one of our favorite spots. This kicks off a new monthly event for the caffeineedy: Coffee! Coffee! Coffee! But of course, you can also get your sweets on and try the bagels that Mary’s making in-house while you swap ideas and stories with some of the coolest people in Akron. For more details, visit devilst.rip/CoffeeMarys