Our picks for the 12 best choices you can make this month
Polsky Building, room 562
Join smART Studio for a painting party to raise money for the Bechdel Film Fest. Attendees will paint portraits of their favorite female musicians on canvas while watching the documentaries “Miss Sharon Jones” and “The Punk Singer.” Participants will have a chance to learn the fundamentals of painting and how to transfer photographs onto canvas. No experience is necessary and snacks are included. Tickets: $40. More details at bit.ly/2PIGYxc.
Interbelt Nite Club
Dance to Beyoncé all night long and leave with a mix CD of her songs from 1998-2018, free of charge. DJ Hummell will lead the party alongside Deja Dellataro, Shari Turner, Joliee Blak and Sasha Mizrahe. More details at bit.ly/2PLZyEx.
Innerbelt National Forest
12 pm – 11 pm
Join The W.O.M.B (Way of Mind and Body) for an open mic and community discussion about the Innerbelt and the Innerbelt National Forest installation. DJ Ace Epps will host a dance party from 12 pm – 5 pm, followed by a discussion from 6 pm – 7:30 pm and an open mic featuring poets, singers, rappers and comics from 8 pm – 11 pm. More details at bit.ly/2MYgKbq.
Kick back after work with music from Theron Brown and Jul Big Green, food from The Square Scullery, local craft brew from Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. and great company. This event is free through the support of the Knight Foundation, the City of Akron Mayor’s Office and Lock 3. Kids welcome. More details at bit.ly/2LBwYCR.
Innerbelt National Forest
Catch live local music in the Innerbelt National Forest from Floco Torres, who recently released a new full-length album, and North Hill’s Himalayan Music Academy. The space is equipped with benches, adirondack chairs and large logs. The goal of the event is to showcase unconventional performances to introduce community members to different types of music. More details at bit.ly/2wkqwew.
Firestone Community Learning Center
Created by Inlet Dance Theatre, “The ‘Black Card’ Project” is a live-action dance cartoon examining the narrow definitions of the black identity. Created by Dominic Moore-Dunson in collaboration with Kevin Park, this family-friendly show has been described as a mixture of “an old school Saturday morning cartoon, a ‘90s black sitcom, and a vaudeville show.” It hopes to open dialogue about the Black experience as it relates to economic development in the community. More details at bit.ly/2BREqd6.
This two-day, family-friendly event features live entertainment, food, carnival games and inflatables in Kenmore’s Shadyside Park. It is hosted by the Kenmore Community Council, an organization that hopes to effect positive change in the Kenmore community. More details at bit.ly/2MWYFL2.
Akron-Summit County Public Library, Main Branch
Bernard Powers, Professor Emeritus of History at the College of Charleston, will discuss his recent book on the 2015 shooting of worshippers by a white nationalist, “We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel.” Meet the author and participate in a discussion of the shootings, which immediately became the focus of our nation’s conversations on race, violence, history and forgiveness. The program is free and open to the public, and Powers’ book will be available for purchase. More details at bit.ly/2MF4RIk.
County of Summit ADM Board
Get involved in helping end the opioid crisis in Summit County by attending this meeting of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board. Ask questions, offer ideas and get to know people who are working to make Summit County a safer and healthier community. More details at bit.ly/2BTU200.
A Creative ApothaCare
Bring a crockpot and learn how to make fresh applesauce for the fall season. Creative ApothaCare will be providing the apples and spices needed. $10. Please call 330-439-0444 to reserve your spot. More details at bit.ly/2MDWHzO.
The first-ever Highland Square Film Festival will showcase films of five minutes or less, featuring work from Akron. The festival is free to attend. A guest speaker will lead a panel discussion from 2 pm – 3 pm, films will be available for viewing, and an an award ceremony will follow with over $1,000 in cash prizes for 1st and 2nd place winners. More details at bit.ly/2MYkSbq.
Akron Civic Theatre
Join indie rock band Modest Mouse at Akron Civic Theatre. They will perform songs from their four albums, including their breakthrough album, “Good News for Good People Who Love Bad News,” which included the hit “Float On” and has sold over 1.5 million copies and earned the band two Grammy nominations. Tickets range from $39.50 to $59.50. More details at bit.ly/2MEeqqI.