Devil’s Dozen | Our picks for the 12 best choices you can make in February

February 9

Coffee with a Curator

Akron Art Museum // 10:30 am – 11:30 am // Enjoy a cup of coffee and/or hot chocolate while chatting about the upcoming exhibition Joe Vitone: Family Records with Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister. The exhibit is a series of photographs capturing the relationships between Vitone’s family members in and around Akron. Free for AAM members.

February 9

Black History Month: Who inspired you?

Akron Main Library // 2 pm – 4 pm // Local leaders share their recipes for success by answering questions about who inspired them, what barriers they had to overcome, what goals they still have, and what advice they’d give today’s youth. At the conclusion of the program, speakers will answer audience questions. Free.

February 10

Verb Ballets: No Dominion Panel

Akron Main Library // 2 pm – 3 pm // Verb Ballets will perform the first and last works by Ian Horvath, a founder of the Cleveland Ballet. Laura’s Women portrays a life of drug use and No Dominion is Horvath’s exploration of his approaching death. Horvath died from AIDS at age 46. After the performance and clips from a documentary, a panel will discuss the AIDS epidemic and its impact on Northeast Ohio’s dance community. Free.

February 15-18

Medina Ice Festival

Medina Square // All weekend // Visit Ohio’s largest multi-day ice festival. Sponsored carvings will be on view starting Friday, and carvings from on-site contests will be added throughout the weekend. Catch three speed carving contests on Friday night, an individual competition on Saturday and a team competition on Sunday. Details at Free.

February 16

The Devil Strip Socials

A Walk in the Park Cafe // 4:30 pm // Help the Devil Strip get to know you! Join us at A Walk in the Park Cafe for great food, coffee, tea and crafts. Painting activities are available for all who are interested. $10 for easel, paint and paint supplies, otherwise free.

February 16

A Live Conversation with John Cusack + screening of High Fidelity

Akron Civic Theatre // 7:30 pm // Join Hollywood icon John Cusack when he makes his way to the Akron Civic Theatre. Fans will enjoy a live conversation regarding Cusack’s career and the making of the iconic film High Fidelity, as well as a Q&A. Tickets are on sale now at A limited number of VIP seats are available, which include a post-show photo opportunity with Cusack. $49.75 – $150.

February 17

Rosa Parks presented by the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

Akron Civic Theatre // 2:30 pm // When Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white man more than sixty years ago on December 1, 1955, she was tired and weary from a long day of work. Little did she know that this act would significantly change the course of our nation. Adapted by TCT’s Deondra Kamau Means. Free for children under 5, $7 for children 5-12, $12 for ages 12 and up.

February 23

Sojourner Speaks, a One-Woman Play presented by the Illusion Factory

Akron Main Library // 2 pm // The legend herself comes to life in this one-woman show about the life and times of Sojourner Truth, a pillar of activism who spoke in Akron in 1851 at the Ohio Women’s Convention. All are welcome. Free.

February 23

And They Said I Didn’t Matter Book Release and Signing

Compass Coffee // 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm // And They Said I Didn’t Matter is the story of the trial and triumph of City of Akron Councilwoman Tara Mosley Samples, teen mom turned public servant. Tara’s autobiography details the ups and downs of her teen pregnancy as she chased her dreams in law and legislation. Receive a signed copy of Tara’s new autobiography as she celebrates the book’s release. $25 includes a copy of the book.

February 23

Blackout: The Artist Showcase

Akron Civic Theatre // 8 pm // Hosted by the VIBE Collective, Blackout is about “centering Black voices through artistic expression.” The intimate show will invite the audience to sit on stage, where they can be up close and personal with performers. “Come join us at the Civic to see the art that reflects our reality, our struggle and our liberation,” organizers say. $15.

February 21-March 21

Beginning Beekeeping Course

Prime Bricco // 7pm every Wednesday // Laura Urban of Urban Honey Bee and Emily Mueller of Mueller Honey Bee Removal will teach a Beginner Beekeeping course. Laura is a local queen producer and a beekeeper of more than 12 years. Emily, known as the “bee whisperer,” is a local honey bee removal expert. Both are former county inspectors. Courses will be taught from 7 pm – 9 pm every Wednesday night beginning Feb. 21. $85 per student or $120 per pair. Contact Laura Urban at for more information.

March 3

Ed Caner with members of Hey Mavis

Hines Hill Conference Center // 4:30 pm and 7 pm // Master fiddler Ed Caner is a founding member of Northeast Ohio folk band Hey Mavis. Listen to him reunite with the group for two shows on March 3. Proceeds support the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This is an all-ages show. $25.