Nuevo Goes Norte

Akron’s favorite cantina proves I-77 runs both ways words and photos by Patrick J. Worden The change has been subtle and slow, so you can be forgiven if you didn’t notice the ground itself shifting under your...

8 Questions with Rust Belt comix creator Derf Backderf

John “Derf” Backderf is a Cleveland-based comix writer and artist whose gritty scenes of life in Ohio have given him a cult-like status in the Buckeye State and well beyond. Derf has never shied away from en...

The Little Indie Fair That Could: Why we love Crafty Mart

written by Jessica Conti photos by Svetla Morrison Before there was Crafty Mart, there was Juniper Sage and J Hudson, crossing paths as sellers at Cleveland Bazaar and a handful of other craft events. None...

Say Yes… | BLU Jazz is picture perfect for artists

MUST SEE: Cyrille Aimée performs at BLU Jazz on Thursday, March 5  Dimmed lighting. Relaxing atmosphere. Signature cocktails. Quality live jazz music. None of these important things were first on Tony Troppe’s...

What does saying ‘devil strip’ say about Akronites?

A linguist looks at the city’s most unique phrase You can still catch the flinty reflection of Akron’s hardscrabble grit lurking behind the darkened windows of the city’s old brick factory buildings, splayed in...