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

June 7-23

The Shakesqueer Project: Tame

Rubber City Theatre // Thursdays – Saturdays 7:30 pm, Sundays 2:30 pm // “Tame” is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” by Josy Jones. The play follows Katherina Minor, a young, hot-tempered painter from Akron, on a “dark comedic journey of wit, deception, a challenge of gender expectations and examinations of sexuality.” This show will open Rubber City Theatre’s new space on Furnace Street. For more details, visit Tickets $10-$20. METRO: #34

June 7-9

Founder’s Day Weekend

University of Akron, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and other locations // Every year, Founder’s Day Weekend commemorates the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935 in Akron. On Mother’s Day of that year, Bill W. and Dr. Bob met to talk. Their meeting lasted hours, and marked the start of a worldwide movement. For a daily schedule of events, visit At Stan Hywet, admission is free to the Gate Lodge and Founders’ Day activities.

June 8

North Hill Music Festival

Exchange House // 11 am – 4 pm // The Himalayan Arts, Language, and Cultural Academy presents a day of music in the Backyard at the Exchange House. The celebration will include music and dance, dramas, games, yoga, food, beverages and legal consultation opportunities. Free. METRO: #7, #33

June 8-15

Akron Parks Week

Citywide // Join the city for Akron Parks Week, which will include free events and volunteer opportunities at parks across the city. Activities include concerts, theater performances, cornhole, pickleball, DJs and more. Volunteer opportunities include cleaning, painting, mulching and gardening. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and discounted admission to the RubberDucks game on June 15. See the full schedule and sign up to volunteer at Free.

June 12

The Devil Strip Socials: Akron RubberDucks vs. Hartford Yard Goats

Canal Park // 7:05 pm // Join The Devil Strip to cheer on the RubberDucks. We’ll be on the Barley House patio starting at 6 pm with 50 ticket vouchers for our readers. Note that it’s Craft Beer Wednesday AND Bark in the Park at Canal Park — so bring your furry friends and your beer order! Free if you grab a voucher from us, otherwise tickets are $5-$25. METRO: #1, #3, #10, #14, #26, #28, DASH

June 13

DANCE Class: Karen Bamboo

Exchange House // 6:30 pm – 8 pm // DANCE, Demonstrating A New Cultural Experience, takes place every month at the Exchange House. In June, learn the traditional group Karen Bamboo dance from Hsa Win, who is a dance instructor and Akron Karen Culture Dance Team organizer. All are welcome. $5 donation requested. METRO: #7, #33

June 14

Addiction and Opiates: What’s New, What’s Next

University of Akron Student Union // 8 am – 5 pm // Join the University of Akron, the County of Summit ADM Board and the Akron-Region Interprofessional Area Health Education Center for a daylong conference about the ongoing opioid epidemic. All are welcome, from clinicians to organizers to students. Choose from sessions in a clinical track or a community track and learn from regional national leaders in addiction medicine. To learn more, visit Free. METRO: #2, #17, DASH, #110

June 20

NASA Astronaut Mike Foreman

Main Library // 7 pm // Navy Captain (Ret.) Mike Foreman joined NASA as an astronaut in 1998 and flew on two missions to the International Space Station. He has spent 27 days in space — 16 in March 2008, including three spacewalks, and 11 more in 2009, with two more spacewalks. Talk presented by the Astronomy Club of Akron. Free. METRO: #1, #5, #6, #7, #10, #12, #26, #28, #33, #34, DASH, #102, #103, #104

June 21

LIFT Akron: Kayaking to Xtinguish Festival

Burning River Adventures // 8:30 am – 11 am // Join The Devil Strip and Burning River Adventures to kayak the Cuyahoga River, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the last time it burned. It’s also the summer solstice, so proceeds from this trip will support the Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day campaign. This event is part of the Xtinguish Festival, which is celebrating the Cuyahoga River all weekend. Book online at $14.33 – $42.99.

June 23

Akron-Canton Comic Con

Chapparell’s Community Center // 10 am – 4 pm // Join Harper Comics for our local Comic-Con festival. Buy and sell comic books and collectables, meet comics creators from Akron and elsewhere, and compete in a cosplay contest. Hourly prizes available. $5. Free for ages 6 and under. METRO: #2

June 23

Open Jam With Tommy Lehman: CANAPI Benefit

BLU Jazz + // 4 pm // Stop by BLU Jazz+ to raise HIV awareness and support local musicians. Ticket includes a raffle and heavy appetizers. Cash bar available. $35. Proceeds benefit CANAPI, the Community Aids Network/Akron Pride Initiative. METRO: #1, #7, #10, #12, #34

June 29

National Interstate 8K & 1 Mile

InfoCision Stadium // 8:30 am // The first race in the Akron Marathon Race Series is this month! The course runs through the University of Akron campus and downtown Akron, finishing at InfoCision Stadium. Register for the race at The 1-mile race costs $20-$25 and the 8K costs $60-$65. Proceeds benefit Akron Children’s Hospital. METRO: #2

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Photo at top: Jarett Theberge.