Akron Civic Theatre // 12-1:30 pm // Join the Akron Civic Theatre for a tour of Akron’s “Jewel on Main Street.” No backpacks or professional photography equipment permitted. Call 330-535-3179 to reserve your spot. Free. METRO: #1, #3, #5, #6, #7, #10, #12, #14, #19, #26, #28, #30, #33, #34, DASH, #102, #103, #104
26th Annual Medina Ice Festival
Main Street Medina // Friday 4 pm – Monday 9 pm // Medina will be home to more than 100 ice sculptures during President’s Day weekend. Speed carving competitions begin Friday at 5:30 pm; individual carving competitions are Saturday from 1-4 pm; and the team carving competition is Sunday from 12-4 pm. All works are left on view after they are created. Free.
University of Akron Student Union // 10 am-10 pm // Zipcon is a one-day anime convention held in the University of Akron’s Student Union. Zipcon features anime-related items, an artists alley where you can look at and purchase all sorts of awesome original artwork, a large variety of panels to go to, a masquerade to show off those awesome cosplay, guests to perform and speak. $10.
Social 8 // 6-10 pm // Tom Swoope will host and DJ Auzzie will provide the soundtrack for a contest to see who really has the pipes. Winner gets a $500 prize. Other categories include best outfit, worst performance, best fan base, best dance moves, worst dance moves, and loudest fan. Presented by Solid Direction Insurance Group. $5 entry fee for performers.
The Devil Strip’s First Shareholders Meeting
Akron Civic Theatre // Doors at 5 pm, business begins at 6 pm // Co-owners of The Devil Strip will meet for the first time to adopt the organization’s bylaws, confirm its inaugural board, and set the magazine’s agenda for 2020. If you aren’t yet a shareholder, there’s still time to sign up. Visit TheDevilStrip.com/Co-Op. METRO: #1, #3, #5, #6, #7, #10, #12, #14, #19, #26, #28, #30, #33, #34, DASH, #102, #103, #104
Four Women: Interpretations of Nina Simone
BLU Jazz+ // 8-11 pm // Celebrate the “High-Priestess of Soul” on what would be her 80th birthday as four local vocal powerhouses — Tracey Nguma, Dorianne Denard, Ceco Selinas and Afi Scruggs — take the stage with a very special tribute show! $20. METRO: #1, #7, #10, #12, #34
La Salsicciata – Sausage Dinner Dance
Carovillese Lodge & Club // 6 pm-1 am // The Sausage Dinner Dance has been a Carovillese tradition in the North Hill community since 1933. This event is one of the club’s primary fundraising events. $45 per person. METRO: #7
Poetry Open Mic Night featuring Damien McClendon
Akron Soul Train Gallery (191 King James Way) // 7-9 pm // Akron Soul Train and VIBE Collective will host a Poetry Open Mic Night featuring Soul Train resident Damien McClendon, whose work explores themes of racism, poverty, masculinity and fatherhood. Free. METRO: #1, #3, #6, #10, #12, #19, #34
The Jungle Brothers & KRS-One
Musica // 10 pm // Akron’s Keepers of the Art are bringing veteran hip-hop act KRS-One and the Jungle Brothers to Akron. $15. 21+.
Sojourner Truth, AKA Isabella Baumfree
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm // 2-3 pm // Known for her efforts as an abolitionist and universal suffrage activist, Sojourner Truth will walk guests through the time surrounding the 1851 Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron. Come to enjoy this first-person interpretation of her words and her role in history. Free.
Feb 24 – March 6
University of Akron // Full schedule at www.uakron.edu/race // Start the new year with earnest conversations at the University of Akron’s Rethinking Race conference. The two-week conference includes speakers, film screenings, panel discussions of issues like mass incarceration and biracial identity, a PechaKucha night of conversation on Tuesday, Feb. 25, and much more. For the full schedule and to purchase tickets to events that require them, visit www.uakron.edu/race. METRO: DASH (weekdays only)
3 Year Party for Exchange House
Exchange House // 6-10 pm // The Exchange House is three! Come celebrate the work done so far at North Hill’s community-center-in-a-house. The Market House, located next door and slated to open in 2020, will be open for a preview. Free. METRO: #7